Department of Science, Tech. & Env., Goa

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Citizen's Charter



Minisrty of Env. Forests

Govt. of India



1st Floor, Pandit Deendayal Upadhay Bhavan, 

Behind Pundalik Devasthan,Near Sanjay School

Porvorim - GOA

 1) Introduction:

The Department of Science, Technology & Environment (DST&E) was established in the year 1983 as a Secretariat Administrative Department at Panaji, and is now (since 1997), located in a modern premises at Saligao (Bardez), 12 kms. from Capital City of Panaji. Presently it has been shifted to Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhay Bhavan, 1st Floor, Near Sanjay School, Porvorim since December, 2016.

 2) Organization:

The Department is headed by the Director who is also the ex-officio Joint Secretary to the Government. The Department implements various schemes towards popularization of science, environmental awareness, promotions of Science & Technology (S&T) projects relevant to the State, implementation of renewable energy programmes, application of remote sensing technology, and enforcement of “environmental protection/pollution control” laws. The mandate of the Department is executed through various statutory and non-statutory agencies/authorities listed below :-

1. Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB).

2. Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA).

3. Goa State Biodiversity Board (GSBB).

4. Goa State Council of Science & Technology (GSCS&T).

5. Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA).

6. Goa Environment Protection Council (GEPC).


1. Promotion of appropriate S&T and environmental projects relevant to the needs of the State.

2. Implementation of science popularisation and environmental awareness drives.

3. Organization and promotion of scientific exhibitions, seminars and workshops.

4. Publications of papers, brochures and books etc. relevant to S& T.

5. Application of Remote Sensing technology for management of natural resources and planning.

6. Popularisation and dissemination of non-conventional and renewable energy sources and   


7. Administration of statutory and advisory bodies on S &T and Environment.

8. Drafting of environmental legislations proposed by the Government from time to time.

9. Nodal action to implement ‘State/Central’ Acts/Legislations on environment and pollution  

    control through the respective enforcement authorities.








4) Services offered by the DST&E:

(i)Promotion of S&T projects and Science Popularisation activities:

Educational and research institutions, bonafide NGOs and relevant government organisations can avail of various schemes prepared by his dept.. Funds are released in the form of grant-in-aid to undertake appropriate S&T projects, science popularisation activities, environmental awareness drives and scientific workshops/seminars. Applications in the prescribed format (as per  schemes given on website at should be made to the Director (DST&E) on the address in (APPENDIX - I). The proposals are scrutinized by expert committee for approval.  

 (ii) Non-Conventional and Renewable Energy Sources:

Activities under this scheme are undertaken through the Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA), an agency of the government under the purview of the DST&E & is located at Patto-Panaji Goa. The mandate of GEDA is to promote non-conventional and renewable energy sources and gadgets through popularization campaigns, demonstrations and offer of incentives. While achieving the said objectives, the public is also made aware of energy crisis, and adverse environmental impacts of conventional energy use. For detailed information on the non-conventional energy products and services/schemes offered by GEDA contact the Member Secretary (GEDA), 5th Floor, IDC Building , Patto-Panaji.  

 (iii)Clearances under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986:

All ‘constructions/developments’ (including houses, hotels and resorts) located within 500 mts. of the High Tide Line (HTL) along the sea coast and within 100 mts. (or the width of the water body, whichever is less) along either banks of “rivers/creeks/backwaters’’ influenced by tidal action, require prior clearance under the CRZ Notification of 1991. Applications in the prescribed format (available at DST&E, Porvorim) should be made to the Member Secretary (GCZMA), 1st Floor, Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhay Bhavan, Porvorim.  The proposals are scrutinized for approval within one month of the date of receipt of completed applications. Projects requiring clearance from the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MOEF), Government of India (New Delhi), are first approved by the GCZMA and forwarded to the MOEF.     







 (1) Environment Impact Assessment (EIA)

Industries including Thermal Power Plants included in the Schedule of the Environmental Impact Assessment (E.I.A.) Notification No.S.O.1533 of 2006 are required to obtain prior environmental clearance from the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India, (MoEF), (GoI). Public Hearing is mandatory for all such proposed industries and a report of the said Hearing is a pre-requisite for seeking environmental clearance. Applications should be first made to the Member Secretary, Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB),Dempo Towers, Panaji, in the prescribed format available with the GSPCB, to request the conduct of the Public Hearing. In cases of proposed mining leases, Public Hearing is mandatory only for lease area of more than 25 Hectares. Subsequently the proposals in the prescribed format should be forwarded either to the MoEF, GoI, as the case may be, alongwith the Report of Public Hearing, Consent to Establish (NOC) issued by the GSPCB, and all other supporting documents (e.g. EIA Report, EMP Report, etc) as per the EIA Notification, 2006.


(2) Consent to Establish and Consent to Operate under the Water and Air Pollution (Control) Acts:

All industries including those which are not listed in the Environment Impact Assessment (E.I.A.) Notification, 2006 have to obtain Consent to Establish (NOC) under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981 prior to the commencement of their construction. On completion of the construction work, all such industries are again required to obtain the Consent to Operate under the said Acts prior to the commencement of industrial production. Applications in the prescribed format alongwith all the relevant documents and the prescribed fees should be made to the Member Secretary (GSPCB), Dempo Towers, Panaji. The proposals are scrutinized for approval within one month of the date of receipt of completed applications.







(3) Authorization under Hazardous Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 1989;

All proposals involving industries generating hazardous waste, as defined in the said Rules, require prior authorisation to dispose off their hazardous wastes. Those desiring to obtain such an authorisation should contact the Member Secretary (GSPCB), Dempo Towers, Panaji. The proposals are scrutinized for approval within one month of the date of receipt of completed applications.


(4) Authorisation under the Bio-medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998:

Every occupier of an institution generating, collecting, receiving, storing, transporting, treating, disposing ‘and/or’ handling bio-medical waste in any other manner except such occupiers of clinics, dispensaries, pathological laboratories and blood banks providing ‘treatment/services’ to less than 1,000 patients per month should obtain authorization from the GSPCB. Also, every operator of a bio-medical waste facility should obtain the authorization from the GSPCB. Applications in the prescribed format (available with the GSPCB) should be made to the Member Secretary (GSPCB), Dempo Towers, Panaji.


(5) Authorisation under the Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000:

All municipal authorities and all operators of waste disposal facilities have to obtain authorization from the GSPCB for setting up municipal waste processing and disposal facilities including sanitary landfills. In this regard, municipal authorities should comply with the implementation schedule as indicated in above mentioned rules. Application in the prescribed format should be made to the Member Secretary (GSPCB), Dempo Towers, Panaji.

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Establishments and Facilities Promoted by DSTE

 A. Goa Science Centre located on Marine Highway, Miramar is a unit of National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) functioning under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, GoI and developed with the support of DST&E, Goa. Goa Science Center is an excellent Science Education facility perceived and developed to inculcate scientific temper among students in particular and people in general. The center houses modern indoor interactive exhibits consisting various galleries depicting scientific principles and phenomena in biology/physics/chemistry/earth sciences/oceanography/fun science, etc. It also houses outdoor science park for children, renewable energy systems, mobile science exhibition and computer room. State-of-the-art 3-D theater is the attraction of the student community here. The Centre also conducts various activities such as workshops, science quiz contests, science fairs, National Science Day, World Environment Day, science film festival, science drama competitions, and training programmes for teachers and housewives. Virtual Reality Corner is the latest addition wherein latest Information Technology exhibits are placed in Fun Science Gallery. So also Large Size Models of Prehistoric Animals such as Dinosaurs have also been installed in the Science Park. 

B. Two modern Science Education Vehicles (SEVs) for North and South Goa districts. The SEV is a bus equipped with “Audio-visuals/Tools/Exhibits” to serve as a morden science facility to impart science education especially in “ Remote/Rural” localities in the state.

·C. Solid Waste Management Plant at Saligao (SWMC) to look into the matters relating to solid waste management issues  in the State of Goa.





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                       The Director/Jt. Secretary (DST&E),

Department of Science, Technology & Environment,

1st Floor, Pt.Deen Dayal Upadhay Bhavan, Behind Pundalik devasthan,Porovrim.

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