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Camurlim objects to sand extraction activities

14 May 2018 05:08am IST
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14 May 2018 05:08am IST

Want mangroves along the river to be declared as reserved forest

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MAPUSA: Villagers of Camurlim have objected to the sand extraction during the gram sabha held on Sunday, demanding the cancellation of sand extraction zones and to declare the mangroves along the river side as reserved forest.

Villagers, including farmers and fishermen, demanded the cancellation of sand CC1 zone, which is marked as ‘sand extraction zone’ by the mines department. Locals fear that constant sand extraction at this zone would lead to soil erosion. 

Locals further informed that the Kodo Katar Bhand had become weak and could collapse at any moment, resulting in the salty water entering the fields of Vagalim, Muddawado and Khairat, further affecting the livelihood of farmers, as they are totally dependent on the farming activity. Fishermen who have their houses located along the marked zone expressed concern saying due to sand extraction their houses too were at risk as they may collapse.  They also pointed out that the sand extraction activity was affecting the breeding area of fish.

Responding to sand extraction issue, Sarpanch Vishant Naik informed that gram sabha will not have more discussion on sand extraction issue since the extraction zone has been marked by the government department and people should follow it.

A local, Noronha urged villagers not to cut the mangrove trees along the river side. Villagers also demanded that mangroves along the river bank should be declared as preserved forest.

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