Concerns raised over ‘anti-environment’ projects

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NT NETWORK

Margao

Around 400 people gathered near Chandor church on  Saturday evening for raising concerns over  government’s ‘anti-environment’ projects.

A few prominent persons offered  tributes to the great leaders of  yesteryears — Dr Jack Sequeira and Shabha Desai, who fought for the state of Goa.

Later, the key speakers spoke on how the  “state government is planning to destroy  Goa and its  environment with the anti-people projects.”

Joy D’Silva, in his address, highlighted how the  “state government is planning systemically  to destroy the state in the name of development.”

He said that the people have to be united  to fight back over these projects which include,  double tracking,  and extension of power lines  by destroying thousands of forest trees in Mollem.

Vikas  Bhagat from Canacona explained how dangerous it would be to allow these ‘destructive’ projects proposed by the government.  He urged the people to  collectively fight against these projects.

Prajal Sakhardande  said that the people need to pressurize the  government to stop the proposed projects as it would  drastically destroy the state’s environment and  ecology.

“We should ask the government to stop these projects,” he urged.  Later, a  jyoth  was lit at the  site and ‘magnnem’ was made  in a traditional manner at the site.

Earlier, a  street play was performed by the children from Canacona, highlighting the message of the need for unity. 

The programe that was organised by the  villagers with the support of social activists and environmentalists, was compered by Garat D’Silva.

 “The jyoth  was supposed to be taken to Cuncolim,  the historic place on  Sunday, but due to  imposition of model code of conduct for  ZP elections in Goa, it would not be done,” said  Felix Furtado, one of the organisers.