24 Oct 2017 05:59am IST
NGT asked GSIDC to conduct Environment Impact Assessment for third Mandovi bridge, EIA report states that impact on mangroves, ecology, air will need mitigation; Mangroves to be replaced in certain sites; No flora and fauna impact
PANJIM: The GSIDC’s Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) has finally admitted that the construction of third Mandovi bridge will destroy mangroves “to certain extent” and also impact the marine ecology.
Following a petition filed by Goa Foundation, the National Green Tribunal had directed GSIDC to conduct Environment Impact Assessment for the Third Mandovi bridge.
The EIA prepared by Mumbai-based Fine Envirotech Engineers, copy of which is obtained by Herald under RTI, while admitting damage to mangroves and marine ecology has failed to quantify the extent of damage.
“Mangroves shall be affected to certain extent at some regions, however, will be replaced at suitable sites identified by Forest Department,” says the EIA.
It further states that the marine ecology shall also be impacted due to construction activities but shall be restored.
The report further goes on to state that the project will have no impact on the flora and fauna.
“There will be no impact on flora and fauna and other vegetation due to any of the pollution parameters hence there will be no violation of Wild Life Act,” it reads.
The EIA also admits that during construction air and noise pollution may increase and would require mitigation
“In operation stage air quality and noise levels generally expected to improve, however, measures would be taken to contain pollution due to increased vehicular traffic near project area,” EIA says.
However, it adds, “air pollution at site cannot be prevented but can be minimised to great extent if construction activities are done in a planned manner.”
“Contractor shall identify all sources of air pollution and develop management plan to minimise pollution,” EIA says.
The project is in its final phase and is expected to finish in first half of next year.
In a bid to mitigate the environment impact, the EIA says the project proponents and the GSIDC would take several steps.
“Tree loss due to access roads, if any, will be mitigated by tree planting programs in the ratio of 1:2 and the approach roads will be covered by green belt on both sides to avoid any air quality problems to the nearby residents,” the report states.
It adds that the project location has good quantity of green cover in the surrounding areas. “However, if any further plantation is to be undertaken it will be done by planting local trees.”
The EIA says that the terrestrial ecology in existence will be restored and fully taken care of.
“Under no circumstances, any kind of pollution at any given stage will not alter existing ecological balance,” the EIA says.