Goa Current Affairs

Goa Bans Thin Plastic Bags

The Goa State government has decided to ban buying and selling of plastic bags below 50 microns. Goa has already banned the use of plastic bags below 40 microns.

Salient Highlights

The ban will come to effect from July onwards.

Initially, violators of the ban will be asked to pay a fine of Rs. 500 and subsequently the fine amount would be raised to Rs 5000 depending upon the initiative’s success.

The move of the government is aimed at tackling the menace of garbage and litter in public places. Thin plastic bags tends to cause flooding by chocking the drains and are easily carried by wind and water in flood planes thus increasing the flooding of public places during rains.

The state government also plans to simultaneously collect garbage dumped on highways to increase the cleanliness in the tourist state.



Tejas Express: New Premier Train between Mumbai and Goa

Indian Railways is expected to launch a new 20 coach premier train called the Tejas Express connecting Mumbai and Goa in June. The Tejas service aims to provide comfort to passengers in the inter-city journeys. Once the Mumbai-Goa run becomes operational, the Railways is likely to extend the Tejas service in Delhi-Chandigarh route. The Tejas service was promised in the Union Railway Budget 2016-17.

Salient features

The Tejas Express will be the first train of Indian Railways to have automatic doors and secured gangways for all coaches. At present automatic doors are only operational in metro trains in the country.

The coaches of Tejas Express would have integrated braille displays, digital destination boards, and electronic passenger reservation charts.

The fare of the Tejas Express would be fixed similar to that of Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.

The Tejas Express will have fire and smoke detection and suppression systems as well as improved aesthetics. The other facilities include tea and coffee vending machines, magazines and snack tables. In addition, passengers can enjoy the taste of choicest cuisine curated by celebrity chefs.

All the coaches will have water level indicators in the bio-vacuum toilets. Individual LCD screens have been made available for all the passengers for entertainment purpose and for disseminating passenger related information and safety instructions.