PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that Mhadei is more than mother to us and he shall protect it at any cost.
CM Sawant was replying to a question asked by Hema Sardesai during the #GoaStarWomenAwards2023 by Rebuild India Trust in association with Goa Panchayat Mahila Shakti Abhiyan .
“Mhadei is more than mother to us and we shall protect it at any cost. No other government had taken such efforts to protect Mhadei.” said Sawant
Sawant said that the government has effectively stopped any further construction or diversion of the Mhadei waters. “My government is closely monitoring the activities of Karnataka and issues pending before the various Central government authorities,” he said.
“We have made a strong case before the Regionally Empowered Committee (Forest) at Bangalore and in New Delhi to not grant any Forest Clearance. The Chief Wildlife warden-Goa has issued notice and ordered stopping all activities of Karnataka,” he had said.
“As of today, we have favourable orders from the Supreme Court, stopping Karnataka from carrying out any further work or diversion unless permissions under the environmental laws are obtained,” he had said
Meanwhile, Sawant felicitated women from various fields who have immensely contributed for the betterment of the society.
“I am happy to note that this program shall give further push to development of leadership among women,’ he added