Dharbandora taluka yet to feature on political map of Goa

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July 30, 2012 at 7:42 am #3643

Source/Reference: Times ofIndia, “Dharbandora, Dharbandora, where are you?

If you’re searching for Dharbandora taluka on the map, you won’t find it. This, simply because the government has not yet ordered for a new political map of Goa to be drawn, even 15 months after the state got its 12{+t}{+h} taluka. Drawing a new map is the government’s prerogative, an official said.

Survey and land records superintendent Ajit AS Talaulikar said, “It is for the government to decide about drawing up a new map. We have updated the survey records of the 12{+t}{+h} taluka and even revenue records have been updated.”

The department has transferred the survey records of 16 villages of Dharbandora taluka as a new entity. The department is also carrying out ground markings to demarcate village and taluka boundaries afresh. “This requires minimal effort and is underway,” Talaulikar added.

Survey of India (SOI), Bangalore, is of the same opinion. “Redefining the internal limits of the state boundaries is within the state jurisdiction. We (SOI) update the topographical (topo) sheets based on information received from the state government,” the official said.

The SOI official said they have received no communication from the state government about the political changes. “After updating, a new map will be printed and issued, reflecting the changes,” the official said.

TOI found that students in schools and colleges are being largely fed outdated data. The Class V environmental studies text book has five lessons on Goan geography and a line says, “There are 11 talukas spread over both (North and South) districts…”

“The new taluka has not been mentioned in the book,” a Class V geography teacher said. Sources said some teachers are not aware about the change. “They (his former students) phone and ask me about the change,” a senior geographer said.

At the college level, students have a paper on resource geography of Goa. “Teachers have a responsibility to update their knowledge and pass it on to students,” geography professor F M Nadaf said.

SCERT director Nagraj Honnekeri assured that the change will be reflected in text books in the next academic year. “This academic year a reprint was taken and the process commences well in advance of the academic year,” he said.

At the other end of the spectrum, the tourism industry is still waiting for a new map with the redrawn limits of the hinterland talukas. A notification regarding the taluka should have been published with a new map of Goa showing the 12 talukas,” said Caranzalem-based publisher Mary Jane Dias.

The new taluka boasts of major tourist attractions that include Bhagwan Mahavir national park and wildlife sanctuary and the sparkling Dudhsagar waterfall. “A few media groups are publishing outdated information and maps for tourists,” another source said.

Dias’ quest for a redrawn map led her to various departments. “The officials kept passing the buck,” she said.

A few other departments have been slow to absorb the change. Education department is pursuing a proposal to set up an office where an assistant district education inspector can function at the taluka headquarters.

Goa board of secondary and higher secondary education carved out an examination centre in Dharbandora for the first time. Students of the 16 villages answered their SSC examinations nearer home. “It was the smallest exam centre at Tisk and just over 300 students answered their SSC exams here,” an official said.

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