The green activists demanded to know from the government why the environmentally-destructive projects were pas…Read More
PANAJI: Unstarred questions about Mollem that were put up at the one-day monsoon assembly session on Monday by Rohan Khaunte and Ramkrishna Dhavalikar were of a very general nature, said the Save Mollem Goa Citizens’ Group.
“It is so very disheartening to have our elected representatives…fail to bring it up in the assembly,” said Lorraine Fernandes.
The responses they got were that environmental impact assessments (EIA) reports were only submitted for two out of the three projects, and excluded the LILO transmission line, they wrote in a statement issued on Tuesday.
“The reply to Khaunte’s unstarred question states that the forest minister has received three proposals for three projects, when an independent analysis from lawyers a few days ago to the Central Empowered Committee of the Supreme Court shows five different proposals have been received for the three projects inside Mollem, besides at least four more forest diversion proposals outside,” the statement read.
The citizens’ group also pointed out that a Sterlite power project has asked for police protection for the 400 KV LILO transmission line and substation at Xeldem before this project was even approved and until its finalisation. They questioned why the office of the collector and district magistrate, South Goa provided protection as early as February 2019 when the project was passed only much later in April 2020.
“We need answers to our questions since all these unnecessary and environmentally-destructive projects were passed hurriedly. It’s a humble request not to destroy an international tourist destination like Goa under the guise of development and building of state economy,” said student Chrisene Oliveira.