The Goa Foundation on Friday, claimed that the officials of the Tamnar High Tension Power Line Project were mis-leading Goans in regards with deforestation in eco sensitive areas in the state.
According to Dr. Claude Alvares, Director of The Goafoundation, actual extent of trees needed for the project from Narendra in Karnataka to Xeldem in Goa is an astronomical 131,082 trees, most of which fall within the biodiversity-rich Western Ghats region and its ESAs (Eco Sensitive Areas). The project requires deforestation of 62289 trees in Karnataka side, whereas in Goa, it is 68793.
The project has already illegally felled 2849 trees on Sy.No.21/1 of Sangod village, in connection with which the High Court at Goa has admitted a writ petition filed by the Foundation.
“For the Sangod-Mapusa stretch, the Tamnar Project has sought permission for diversion of forest land involving 18427 trees. From Goa border to Xeldem, the number of forest trees sought to be diverted is 15,772. From Xeldem to Sangod, the number of trees listed for forest clearance is 9002”, Dr. Claude said.
He further said that “The Tamnar Project has sought the approval of the Goa government to short circuit its applications for 22140 trees to be felled in private properties by excluding the trees from the purview of the Goa Protection of Trees, Act, 1984. The permission has since been granted by the Chief Minister himself, despite the fact that the application has been made by Tamnar and not the individual landowners. Copy of the file notings dealing with the approvals granted for felling 22,140 trees”.