Replying to private members resolution at the Goa legislative assembly in regards with scrapping of three liner infrastructure projects on Friday, the Goa power and Environment minister Nilesh Cabral said that how many years India should have “developing” tag …… when Goans are going to abroad …. They are astonished with development abroad….. Were, there was no tree while urbanising developed nations….?
Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai and Curtorim MLA Alexio Reginaldo earlier this day had tabled a private resolution at the assembly demanding scrapping for doubling tracking for South Western Railways, Expansion of National Highway and Tanmar Power project. The resolution was trashed with 20 votes by ruling dispensation. 10 MLA’s extended its support for scrapping the projects.
Cabral told assembly that people connected and affected due to the projects were settled. He said that we are trying to protect National Park by diverting high tension electric lines along the periphery of Wild life century. We are ready to upgrade existing lines to 440 MW if Supreme court’s CEC gives us permission.
“Hardly 4 % power is generated in Goa …… Despite solar schemes floated by Goa government, environmentalist opposing projects have not opted for harnessing solar energy. If people are so much concern, is it not there responsibly to opt solar power ….. ?” Cabral took a jibe at environmentalist.
Cabral maintained that Goa Environment ministry don’t intend to create coal hub or burn coal in the state. He however maintained that “80% power consumed in Goa is produced by burning coal in other states of India”.
Congress MLA Luizinho Faleiro speaking on the occasion said that “I don’t oppose national grid upgradation ….. But my opposition is of placing the lines through national wild life century.
Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai informed the assembly that govt was trying to mislead people. He maintained that deforestation in UNSCEO recognized site is a crime