Rajendra Kerkar feted with Vasundhara award

PRAKASH KAMAT/THE HINDU, PANAJI | 27 August 2013 16:55 IST

Rajendra Kerkar with his wife Pournima

Environmentalist and conservationist Rajendra G. Kerkar has been felicitated with “Vasundhara Sanman” on Sunday by Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival (KVIFF) for his tireless and consistent environmental conservation work.

The General Secretary of the Mahadayi Bachav Abhiyan (Save Mahadayi Movement) was lauded at the closing ceremony of the two-day festival held in the city.

Mr. Kerkar made a passionate appeal to the people of Goa to strive to conserve the State’s fragile forests and water bodies.

Describing Mahadayi river, which becomes Mandovi after it enters Goa from Karnataka, as “the lifeline of Goa”, Mr. Kerkar lamented that Karnataka has been clandestinely trying to divert the water in the garb of drinking water by constructing canals.

“I was born in the lap of Western Ghats and brought up praying to Mahadayi as mother,” an emotional Mr. Kerkar said, warning “If we fail to protect the forests of Western Ghats, we will face huge water scarcity in the near future.”

Describing Goa as a rich area of 11 rivers and 42 tributaries, Mr. Kerkar said that a lot of forest area has been destroyed in the name of mining.

He lamented that much damage had been done to wildlife until 14 mines were closed down following notification of two wildlife sanctuaries of Netravali and Mahadeyi in Goa in 1995.

The KVIFF was inaugurated on Saturday by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and screened nearly 30 environmental films.

The festival will be in Hubli in Karnataka on August 29.

Director of the National Institute of Oceanography S.W.A. Naqui was the chief guest while Chief Engineer of Goa Water Resources Department Sandeep Nadkarni and Director of KVIFF Viredra Chitrav were present.

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Congratulations to the environmentalist and conservationist Rajendra G. Kerkar and thanks to those who decided that he should get this award.

Mandovi is the lifeline of Goa and diversion of it's water by Karnataka will cause unimaginable damage to our tiny state which the common people will realise only when it is too late.

We need more persons like Rajendra G. Kerkar to work and fight for genuine causes affecting our state and protection of environment.

- Francisco, Goa | 28 th August 2013 13:13

 

Congratulations and thanks for taking up the issues.People do not think about the long term damage and consequences it would have and play with nature and only realise it when its late.

- Brian, USA | 27 th August 2013 22:44

 

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