MARGAO: Curtorim MLA Alexio Reginald Lourenco said that the recent grave expression highlighted by the Supreme Court on the diminishing of forest cover due to the axing of the trees for an infrastructure project is a timely reminder to authorities at all three levels be it the Central, State government and local self-governments for prioritizing the need of corrective course of action on irresponsible environmental unfriendly developmental agendas pursued by them.
The top court has emphasized the preservation of the green cover at all costs and exploring alternatives in order to develop infrastructure. While hearing on a petition filed against the over bridge construction on the border of West Bengal and Bangladesh the three-member bench of the apex court which was presided over by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde and consisted of two other Justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant said that the green cover must be preserved. People are not willing to explore alternatives. There could be a way to create a path without cutting trees. It might be a little more expensive, but if you value the property, it would be better.
"In order to know the value of a tree by the quantum of oxygen it gives out during its lifetime, the top court has articulated its keenness for a scientific study by involving both economists and the environmentalists", said Reginald.
"It is sad that the top officers of the State including Collector, Deputy Collector and Mamlatdar seem helpless to stop the wanton destruction of Goa’s ecology including the axing of trees, cutting of hills and polluting of water bodies. As we have bequeathed Goa’s pristine beauty from our ancestors it is the responsibility of each Goemkars to save our State’s pristine natural beauty for our posterity", state Reginald.
Reginald has written a special letter to the Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant in these regards and excluded concern.
He also congratulated the State government for withdrawing section 144 which was imposed on North Goa District recently and also rescinding the draconian order notifying 56 villages including Curtorim and Raia in Curtorim constituency as urban areas.
"I would also request Hon’ble CM and his dynamic ministers to take out a leaf from the aforesaid important observation of the country’s top court against the cutting of trees, a destructive activity which incidentally has engulfed pan Goa too and can be seen with the construction of the NH 17 bypass work, construction of National Highway 4 lane roads, construction of Mopa airport, construction of Zuari bridge and construction of Atal Setu, etc", he added.