Taking a jibe at state bureaucracy and politicians for not enforcing the Bombay high court’s judgement on illegal sand mining in Goa, several Green activist and NGO’s on Monday resolved to extend their support to the Goa Foundation of implementations of verdict.
Dr. Claude Alvares , Director of the Goa Foundation, said that it would approach the High Court in January 2020 , pleading that the state government was reluctant to stop the sand extraction even when the volitions were clearly visible on CCTV cameras installed on river banks. He also said slammed the Traffic police and RTO’s for permitting plying of sand loaded trucks in the state.
Addressing media persons in Panjim, Mapusa based activist Shrirang Zamble said that despite filing multiple complaints with mamletdar, collector, costal police – none of the authorities take cognizance with respect to the sand extraction.
Shailesh Sheyte – Betki based farmer, speaking to media said that sand miners in Savoi Verem dump waste rejects into their farms, hence his cultivations were affected.
Saidas Khorjuvekar, a NGT petitioner accused that police official were taking protection money for the illegal miners and passing the blame on other officers .