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Pressure on the state government and convince CM Pramod Sawant

Goa : congress  will organise a public meeting on November 7 at 4pm to exert pressure on the state government and convince chief minister Pramod Sawant that the three major infrastructure projects coming up in the protected forests in Mollem should be cancelled. Organised under a neutral banner, the Congress said it seeks to unite NGOs and environmental activists who have criticised the attempts to enhance coal transportation through Goa.Former chief minister Digambar Kamat and Pratapsingh Rane spoke out against the government’s reluctance to heed people’s protests, and said that attempts to enhance coal transportation despite opposition from locals smacked of arrogance.The greenery of Goa under no circumstances should be demolished as it has been protected and given to us by our forefathers,” said Rane, who rarely addresses press conferences.

The party said that it has always respected the sentiments of the people and cancelled its own decisions after citizens raised objections. “We demand that when people oppose something, the BJP government must be ready to hear what the people say. On November 7, at Lohia Maidan we have called for a public meeting and at this meeting, we invite all the NGOs, activists to attend this meeting,” said state Congress president Girish Chodankar.The party said it wanted the meeting to be a neutral event and would not organise the meeting under the Congress banner. Chodankar also accused Sawant of trying to give the ongoing protests a communal twist by blaming just one community.

The News24 Goa

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