Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has proposed to the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) that the Mhadei river of Goa may be included in the River Rejuvenation Scheme.
Sawant participated in a videoconference involving all state forest ministers, organised on August 17 by the Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar to discuss new schemes related to protection and conservation of forests and wildlife.
Sawant, who holds the forests portfolio, also proposed that being a small state with approximately 68 per cent forest and tree cover, the whole state of Goa may be considered for LiDAR (light detection and ranging) survey.
Appreciating the Nagar Van Scheme regarding creation of ‘City Forest’, the Chief Minister suggested a reduction in the minimum area to 4-5 Ha from the proposed 10 ha in case of Goa due to non-availability of land. He also said that 50 school nurseries will be established in schools of Goa in one year under the School
Nursery Scheme. The Chief Minister extended to the Union minister full support and cooperation that is required for the implementation of the National Transit Pass System for transport of various forest produce, planned with the objective of ‘One Nation One Pass’. Sawant also said that Goa would like to join the central project to strengthen efforts of the Centre to protect and conserve dolphins, as Goa’s coastal waters have a significant population of the Humpback dolphins and whales.
Moreover, the Chief Minister invited attention of the Union minister towards relaxation in Forest (conservation) Act for promotion of hinterland eco-tourism in Goa, which will bring people close to the natural heritage. Javadekar assured to consider the proposals put forward by the Chief Minister.