They were shocked to witness the role of Govt. as a mute spectator to the sight of rampant destruction of tree belts & catastrophic infringement in the tiger corridor. (Picture: Western Ghats)
The youth of Goa has put the forefront of their demands in respect of public interest appealing before the Govt. to repeal three linear projects crossing the Western Ghats via press meeting in Panjim.
Leander Fernandes, the ten-year-old member of the team “Future of Goa” has raised issues about the construction of those projects in the context of its environment-friendly parameters.
“Imagine playing a lottery, it’s like when 1,000 people play at the cost of 999 people, the pooled money benefits one person… that is what is happening at Mollem,” explained Leander Fernandes, later he added, “The youth today is standing here urging to revoke the projects one hundred per cent. We want clarity where the projects have been granted as till today, there is no paperwork. Be transparent with us.”
They make a humble request before the forest dept. & the CM to launch an order meeting their five demands including the restoration of Forest’s ecological niche.
Another representative, Ethan Jose pinto briefed the purpose of their mission, “Our goal is to spread awareness and to articulate a vision of development we want to see in Goa which is grounded in local, cultural and scientific and legal values. The vision of development does not involve destroying forests.”
They further reminded the crowd of the importance of the rich bio-diversity of the Western Ghats that is older than The Himalayas, instrumental to the sustainable development of mankind, is now under great threat from the irreversible harmful impacts of power line plans, expansion of railways & highways etc.
They were shocked to witness the role of Govt. as a mute spectator to the sight of rampant destruction of tree belts & catastrophic infringement in the tiger corridor.