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Panaji: The State wildlife board that met today deliberated on three government projects for which around 50,000 trees would be cut from the wildlife sanctuaries.
The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.
Sources revealed that around 19,185 trees will be cut for the doubling of railway track from Castlerock and Kullem while 2,300 trees will be cut for Kullem to Margao stretch. Total 135 hectares of forest land will be utilised for this project.
Another 12,097 trees from protected areas will have to felled for four lanning of NH-4A over a distance of 13 km in the Anmod-Mollem section passing through Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, Mollem.
The third project is the laying of new transmission line through Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary, Mollem which will necessitate the felling of another 16,000 trees in 48 Hectare forest land.