Villagers oppose eco sensitive zone in Sanguem taluka



The people from Sanguem taluka who will be affected by
the proposed eco sensitive zone of the government have decided to organise
various programmes including a public meeting, signature campaign and a
resolution by the panchayat in order to pressurise the government not to
include their villages in the eco sensitive zone.

The decision was taken during a special meeting conducted
in colony no 1 of Vaddem rehabilitation site.

The meeting was attended by Sanguem MLA Prasad Gaonkar,
Vaddem sarpanch Sanjog Pai, deputy sarpanch Kusht Gaonkar, deputy sarpanch of
Netravali Abhijit Dessai, Adv Anand Gaonkar, panchayat members and villagers.

Anand Gaonkar said that as per the eco sensitive zone no
construction or commercial activities will be allowed in 1 km area radium
between the boundaries of wild life sanctuary and eco sensitive zone. This will
prohibit even the re-construction of houses. Though it is said that repairs of
houses will be allowed in the eco sensitive zone area, there is no
clarity as who will be the authority to allow the repairs of houses, he

The villages which come under the eco sensitive
zone of Sanguem include Nune, Dongore village, Villian, Bhaati and Kumeri
village, parts of Netravali, Naigini, Curdi, Selaulim, Tudav, Ugem, Xelpem,
Andurlem and Pattem villages.

By December 5 the central government will prepare the
final affidavit in respect of the eco sensitive zone.

MLA Prasad Gaonkar said that first it was the forest act then
it was the wild life sanctuary act and now it is the eco sensitive zone act
which is going to make the life of villagers miserable and difficult.
Gaonkar said that it is the right time to come together and fight unitedly
against the decision of the government of including the villages into
the eco sensitive zone.

The villagers have formed a Gram Saurakshan Manch
(village protection forum) to fight against the eco sensitive zone. A
signature campaign will be launched soon. The panchayats will pass a resolution
opposing the eco sensitive zone. Special gram sabhas will be
conducted to draw the attention towards their demands of rejecting the
eco sensitive zone.

The MLAs of Valpoi, Sanguem, Sanvordem, Quepem and
Canacona will be submitted with memorandums seeking their support to campaign
against the eco sensitive zone. Finally, a huge public meeting will be
organised to demonstrate the strong opposition to the eco sensitive

Others who spoke on the occasion were deputy sarpanch of
Netravali Abhijit Dessai, Kust Gaonkar, Chanda Velip, Upaso Gaonkar, Manoj
Paryenkar and others.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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