PORVORIM: Pointing out that 56 of the 99 villages notified by the Union Ministry Of Environment, Forest and Climate Change(MoEF &CC) as the Western Ghats Ecologically sensitive areas (ESA), though a draft notification, are from Sattari Taluka, Poriem MLA Deviya Rane said that she will raise objections to the notification with the centre and also raise the issue in the ongoing state legislative assembly.
“I shall be raising calling attention on the house floor. One cannot declare villages as “eco-sensitive zones” without a plan of action in place,” she asserted.
MoEF & CC has given 60 days for the states to file objections, if any, in the matter.
Rane, also Chairman of Goa Forest Corporation, said, “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. We will request the MoEF&CC to drop the 56 villages of Sattari from the notification,” she said. MoEF&CC issued a draft notification on July 8, identifying an area of 1,461 square kilometres in Goa as Western Ghats ESA. 56 villages in Sattari, 5 in Canacona and 38 in Sanguem come under the purview of the notification.