GOA: Former forest minister in the Manohar Parrikar cabinet and BJP Cortalim MLA Alina Saldanha has once again written to the Union environment minister, Prakash Javadekar, stating her objections to the three central government funded infrastructure projects that will pass through Mollem. This is her second letter on the issue.Saldanha has told Javadekar that Maharashtra and Karnataka are much bigger states than Goa and hence, projects that are possible there may not be feasible here.
“The neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Karnataka are 82 times and 52 times bigger than Goa. Therefore, what may be possible in these big states cannot be contained in the dot-sized state of Goa. “The railway line expansion will affect thousands of people, not only within this forest area but outside too. The survey and land acquisition efforts have gone ahead while paying no attention and giving citizens no rationale for why these projects are even planned, and whether it is towards creating infrastructure for coal transportation,” Saldanha said.
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