Kasturirangan ignores Goa's land constraints: Alina

PTI, PANAJI | 14 August 2014 20:39 IST

Goa government will demarcate the ecologically sensitive areas around its wildlife sanctuaries and submit a detailed report to Union Ministry of Environment and Forests by 31 January next year, State Environment Minister Alina Saldanha said on Thursday.

Goa has not accepted Dr Kasturirangan report (on the Western Ghats) as "it has not taken into consideration the land constraints and social needs of the people," Saldanha told the State Legislative Assembly.

"The state government is of the opinion that the report totally ignores the land constraints. The government has brought to the notice of MoEF that out of total geographical area of 3,700 sq kms, already area of 1,250 sq kms comes under forest cover, area of 70 sq kms comes under Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ), 96.80 sq km comprises water bodies. Besides, there are other restrictions like archaeological monuments," she said.

The minister was responding to a question raised by Independent MLA Vijay Sardesai regarding the state government's action on Dr Kasturirangan report.

 

Saldanha said the state government is committed to protect its environment and land, but it is also responsible for the people.

"Therefore, the state government has pointed out various lacunae and informed the MoEF that the recommendations in the report are not acceptable," she said.

"The MoEF has accepted our stand and given all the states involved an opportunity to carry out demarcation on ground reality and the state government has asked for time up to January 31, 2015, when the report will be placed before the Union government," she added.

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Saldanha said the state government is committed to protect its environment and land, but it is also responsible for the people.. These are flowery words. BJP has always proposed plans for dvelopment which were and are anti environment. They never say sustainable development. Probably they do not know or care or sustainability of our ecosystem (even this will be a new word for them).

- Kalidas Sawkar, Panaji | 14 th August 2014 22:44

 

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