Herald: Is Goan paradise losing its sheen?
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Is Goan paradise losing its sheen?

10 Nov 2017 05:01am IST
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10 Nov 2017 05:01am IST

“The greatest tragedy today is that with each passing day, the Goans are taken for a ride by our own government. The government who is supposed to protect and safeguard our natural resources and take people friendly decisions and ensure every citizen gets justice but instead it is now at the forefront of destroying Goa, the land we so dearly love and known the world over as ‘Paradise’.


Savio Pinto

“The greatest tragedy today is that with each passing day, the Goans are taken for a ride by our own government. The government who is supposed to protect and safeguard our natural resources and take people friendly decisions and ensure every citizen gets justice but instead it is now at the forefront of destroying Goa, the land we so dearly love and known the world over as ‘Paradise’.

The latest details emanating through the media giving every detailed operation of the coal hub should open even a blind man’s eyes to the ground realities of coal dust that will play havoc on Goans’ lives. The power hungry and lust for greed speaks volumes of the present government. The damage will be too heavy to rectify if at all this coal hub comes to a reality. The latest comments of Minister Gadkari are just an eye wash to the Goans stating that if Goans don’t want the coal hub it won’t be imposed. So why doesn’t he stop the works that are going on full swing? Give the stop order for road from Verna to Borim via Loutolim at the first place.

It’s high time we show our solidarity and urgency to reject this project in its totality and earlier the better. Even the foreign media is voicing the concern towards this uncalled destruction of our scarce land.

The ongoing destruction of land at Verna Industrial Estate for the highway road to join from Verna to Borim via Loutolim is a glaring example of destruction of Goa. The biodiversity will be heavily bombarded by these roads and constructions which is an eyesore to any visitor.

First and foremost one wonders as to how and why this corridor should come only because of the Coal Hub when it’s not Goa centric? Why the Goans should waste their resources and destroy the land mass to satisfy the other state? Why can’t the coal be directed via the Mangalore Port or for that matter any other port? Don’t we see here the pure logic to reject this monster in the making? Is MPT a final authority to decide on this project? Is MPT so blind to Goans’ concern? The experts have voiced their reservations and its upto the people now to carry forward the once for a life time’s struggle and fight against this monster project which will bring an end to our paradise called Goa.

For how long will the government take us for a ride?  

We ought to have a peoples’ revolution against this project. And earlier the better and I earnestly appeal to the leaders heading this struggle to give a clarion call to the people at the earliest. Let us fight this menace of hood-winking Goans once again. “God help us to remain united for a just cause.” 

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