The Governor, Mr Bharat Vir Wanchoo seen discussing at the Goa State Environment Protection Council meeting at Raj Bhavan on Monday. Also seen are Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, Minister for Environment, Ms Alina Saldanha, MLAs, chief secretary, Mr B Vijayan, and others.
The GSEPC deliberated at length on issues like enforcement of prohibition on smoking in public places, status of River Princess, waste management in urban and rural areas, control on use of plastics, Regional Plan 2021, coastal protection measures, Mhadei wildlife sanctuary and general discussion relating to environmental issues concerning the state
PANAJI: The Governor, Mr B V Wanchoo, emphasised the need and importance of maintaining an equilibrium between environment and development, which, he felt was essential for sustainable progress.
Mr Wanchoo also felt that environmental pollution causes health hazards, and advised the authorities to be vigilant and take extra care to prevent diseases arising out of unhygienic surroundings.
The Governor, was addressing the 20th meeting of the Goa State Environment Protection Council (GSEPC) at Raj Bhavan, where the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, Vice Chairman of the Council and Minister for Forest & Environment, Ms Alina Saldanha and other members of the council were present.
Speaking further, he pointed out that, however, great may be our claim for success and achievements in different spheres, the image and prestige of a state is best judged by the cleanliness and pollution-free situation in its cities, towns and villages.
He emphasised the importance of creating awareness among the children about environmental issues from their tender age so as to inculcate sensitivity towards mother nature.
The Governor also felt that, for Goa’s sustainable tourism growth, protection and preservation of natural environment assumed special significance.
He has also mentioned that the government was deeply concerned about this issue, but felt that proper environmental monitoring and management on principled and scientific lines needs to be ensured on a constant basis, by use of modern technology.
He also emphasised the need for scientific way of garbage disposal, cleanliness on beaches and also proper study on environment impact of maritime activities and shipping operations on Goa’s coastline.
The GSEPC deliberated at length on issues like enforcement of prohibition on smoking in public places, status of River Princess, waste management in urban and rural areas, control on use of plastics, Regional Plan 2021, coastal protection measures, Mhadei wildlife sanctuary and general discussion relating to environmental issues concerning the state. With regard to the smoking on beaches it was felt that proper awareness is required for the tourists and therefore it was suggested that the Tourism Department put up proper signages.
The Chief Minister felt that the social responsibility for plastic waste management should be initiated at school level of our education system.
Government, he said will identify technology and work out a mechanism for solid waste treatment and disposal.
He said the City Corporation of Panaji and Department of Science Environment and Technology have been given this responsibly.
MLAs, Mr Lavu Mamlatdar, Mr Mauvin Godinho, Mr Carlos Almeida, Mr Ganesh Gaonkar, Mr Nilesh Cabral, Dr Pramod Sawant, Mr Subhash Phaldessai, Mr Naresh Sawal, Ms Jenifer Monseratte, Mr Caetano Silva, Chief Secretary, Mr B Vijayan, Principal Secretary (Environment), Mr Parimal Rai, environmentalists, heads of departments were also present.