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Goa set to launch seaplane rides for tourists

Each plane with eight people on board can land and fly from the sea. These planes will land on the Mandovi river, giving tourists the opportunity to catch glimpses of the backwaters

 

Goa is all set to launch seaplane and amphibian rides for tourists, a top state government official said here on Sunday.
 
"We are soon going to start seaplane service to give an aerial view of the picturesque destinations," Goa tourism director Sanjeev C. Gauns Dessai told IANS.
 
He said there is much demand for air rides among tourists.
 
"We are awaiting clearance from the central government. Once we get the permission, we will start the seaplanes," he said.
 
Each plane with eight people on board can land and fly from the sea. These planes will land on the Mandovi river, giving tourists the opportunity to catch glimpses of the backwaters.
 
Goa is flanked by the Arabian Sea on the west and the Sahyadri mountains on the east and is criss-crossed by several rivers.
 
Dessai, who was here to participate in a three-day exposition of Himachal Pradesh tourism industry that concluded on Sunday, said the government is also to start amphibian buses that can run on roads as well as float on water.
 
"Such vehicles will be the first of its kind in India and, of course, unique in giving 'Go Goa' experience. Even this state (Himachal Pradesh) can start amphibian buses to attract more tourists," he said.
 
An amphibian bus, common in Singapore and London, costing about Rs.2 crore and with a capacity to carry 32 people, will run on both road and water.
 
These vehicles have been manufactured in Goa with technological collaboration from the US.
 
Goa, with a population of 1.5 million and spread over 3,702 sq km, attracts 45 lakh domestic and five lakh foreign tourists annually.
 
The visitors mainly come from Russia, Britain and Germany.
 
The state tourist department last year added hot air balloon, motorised paragliding and helicopter services to its portfolio to offer tourists aerial view of the popular destinations in the state.
 
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'Private sector to play key role in Smart Cities mission'

The global urban population is set to rise over 66% by 2050, and India will be a significant contributor

 

The private sector will play a pivotal role in the development of smart cities though India's urban growth has not been accompanied by commensurate increases in infrastructure and municipal services, a study said on Sunday.
 
A joint report prepared by the World Economic Forum and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said the private sector will play a key role in delivering the much-needed infrastructure and help address capacity issues across state governments and urban local bodies.
 
"The growth of India's urban population has not been accompanied by commensurate increases in urban infrastructure and service delivery capabilities. As a result, cities in India face a range of challenges in areas such as water, waste management, energy, mobility, built environment, education, healthcare and safety," it said.
 
It said the global urban population is set to rise over 66 percent by 2050, and India will be a significant contributor.
 
According to the report, India's urban population currently is around 410 million, around 32 percent of the total population, and is expected to reach 814 million, or 50 percent of the world population, by 2050.
 
"This is why the plan announced by the government of India for 100 smart cities and 500 Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation cities is so important," the study said.
 
However, taking the leap to smart cities requires more than just government proclamation, the report said, adding that the challenges may exacerbate if timely action is not taken, and if neglected, could even derail India's growth.
 
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Raghuram Rajan is not RBI's highest paid executive

Rajan's total monthly emoluments, which stood at Rs1,98,700, were less than that of three others - Gopalkrishna Sitaram Hegde (Rs4,00,000), Annamalai Arappuli Gounder (Rs2,20,355) and V Kandasamy (Rs2,10,000)

 

Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan is not its highest-paid top executive, according to the latest details published by India's central bank, under the RTI Act.
 
Rajan's total monthly emoluments, which stood at Rs.1,98,700, were less than that of three others - Gopalkrishna Sitaram Hegde (Rs.4,00,000), Annamalai Arappuli Gounder (Rs.2,20,355) and V Kandasamy (Rs 2,10,000), as per the RBI's latest list of monthly emoluments of employees for the period of June-July 2015.
 
The RBI has published its "monthly emoluments of top management (as on July 1, 2015)" as also the "monthly emoluments of employees (as on June 30, 2015)".
 
While the first section provides monthly emoluments of Rajan, the four deputy governors and 11 executive directors, the second section has more than 16,000 entries from all its offices some of which are for total monthly emoluments of less than Rs.10,000.
 
Rajan's packet includes a basic pay of Rs.90,000, a dearness allowance of Rs.1,01,700 and "others" of Rs.7,000.
 
The RBI governor however remains on the top in terms of basic pay. The total monthly emoluments for each deputy governor stood at Rs.1,73,900, while those for executive directors were at Rs.1,70,864.
 
At least 44 employees earned more than the executive directors.

 

 

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