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The volunteers of the Vivekanand environment awareness brigade performing a street play at Chorla Ghat.Vishant Vaze | NT

Protest fast observed to demand steps against littering, picnickers’ nuisance at Chorla Ghat

SANKHALI:  Poriem unit of journalists along with social activists, environmentalists and youth observed a protest fast on Sunday demanding steps to ensure decorum and cleanliness at the Chorla Ghat which has been in the news for problems being created by ‘unruly’ picnickers at the site.

The fast started at 10 in the morning and ended at 5 p.m. President of Poriem journalist association Nilesh Shetkar said that “the protest fast was organised as the government authorities failed to curb littering and nuisance being created by picnickers, besides traffic congestion.” He said the government should take concrete measures to address these problems. 

Sankhali MLA Dr Pramod Sawant, addressing the conscious citizens who observed the protest fast, said that Chorla Ghat is the nature’s gift with beautiful waterfalls. However, he said, today the picnickers are spoiling the image of the place by littering garbage and through their indecent acts, adding that, “he will take initiative to promote ecotourism by involving locals.”

Bicholim MLA Naresh Sawal said that he will raise the issue in the coming assembly session. Dasharath Morajakar, member of Vivekanand environment awareness brigade, said that “we want tourists to come at Chorla Ghat but not spoil the environment.” He said the ghat area is a sanctuary and people should maintain decorum while on their visit at the site. 

Students of Bhumika higher secondary school, activists Vishvesh Parab, Rajendra Kerkar, forest officer Paresh Porob, Nirmal Kulkarni were among others who observed the protest fast. A street play was organised by Vivekanand environment brigade to highlight a number of environment issues

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