Panaji: The Goa government will raise an objection before the centre on inclusion of fifty-five villages from Sattari taluka as a part of Eco Sensitive Zone as per Kasturirangan Report, State Forest Minister Vishwajit Rane said.
Rane, who represents Valpoi Assembly segment in State Legislative Assembly, told reporters on Monday that the issue would be taken up before Union Ministry of Environment and Forest, New Delhi by him, during his next meeting.
Total 55 villages in Sattari taluka are marked as Eco-Sensitive Zone as per Dr Kasturirangan Committee report.
“Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and me are on the same page as far as the objections to the inclusion of villages in Eco-sensitive zone is concerned. I will be soon visiting Delhi to meet Union Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav and appraise him about the issue,” Rane told reporters in Panaji on Monday.
He said that the respective village panchayats will have to adopt the resolution opposing their inclusion in the eco sensitive zone. Rane pointed out that these resolutions could be adopted only after the elections for new panchayat bodies scheduled on August 10, 2022.
“State government has to listen to the demands of the people. We are against big projects in the forest areas but we don’t want the villages to be declared as eco sensitive zones,” he said.
Poriem MLA Deviya Rane was the first one to raise the issue about inclusion of villages in Sattari in eco-sensitive zones. She had raised the issue on the floor of the House during the recently held monsoon session.
Earlier, Deviya had tweeted “I object to this decision and request @moefcc to drop 55 villages of Sattari. I, along with my other colleagues whose constituencies are affected and people of Sattari, will make sure these objections are raised and reach the highest authority as per procedures laid to file objections.”