VASCO: Declaring Sancoale Bay as heritage site will help protect environment and marine life as then no projects harmful to the marine life and environment would be okayed, Minister for Science and Technology Alina Saldanha said.
Saldanha inspected the Sancoale Bay in view of attempts to declare the stretch of Zuari river from Chicalim to Cortalim via Sancoale as heritage site. Also present were Sancoale sarpanch Ramakant Borkar, Chicalim sarpanch Marie Mascarenhas, Goa State Biodiversity Board member secretary Pradeep Sarmukadum, members of Biodiversity Management Committees of Sancoale, Chicalim and Cortalim.
Saldanha said that the state government has kept aside the proposal of marina at Sancoale adding “There is a lot of pollution in the Zuari rivulet at Sancoale, Chicalim and Cortalim Bay due to presence of barges, with many being scrapped. Pollution in Zuari river has affected marine life especially shell fish and oysters, and thereby poses health hazard to people who consume the sea delicacies.”
Sancoale village panchayat sarpanch Borkar raised strong concern over the reduction in sea food in Sancoale Bay due to the presence of manganese and iron ore due to the barge repair and barge construction yards.
Meanwhile, Saldanha held a meeting with panchayat members of Sancoale, Chicalim and Cortalim in the presence of Biodiversity Management Committee members of the three respective villages at Sancoale panchayat room. She listened to the grievances of the Biodiversity Management Committee members and made various suggestions to fulfill the dream of declaring entire Sancoale Bay as heritage site.