These projects were approved on April 7 last year in environmentally sensitive areas. Many local organizations objected to this.
Supreme Court (File Photo)
The Central Empowered Committee (CEC) set up by the Supreme Court has said that it does not see any justification for starting the rail line doubling project in Goa. Environmental experts are opposing this project. The committee said in its report on 23 April that such a project would damage the weak bio-system of the Western Ghats. The Western Ghats is an internationally recognized, biodiversity center and is an important wild life corridor in the country.
The committee reported in its 110-page report, “In addition, this double-tracking project is the least effective of the ecologically sensitive and biodiversity-rich tiger reserve, two wildlife sanctuaries and a railway network passing through a national park.” There will be a slight increase in the capacity of the section.
The committee, in its report, recommended revocation of the permission given to double tracking of the railway line, stating, “In these circumstances, the consideration of the Hon’ble Court for the doubling of the railway line passing through the ecologically sensitive Western Ghats is national It is recommended to revoke the permission given by the Standing Committee of the Wildlife Board (NBWL). ”
Three types of projects were approved by the government with double tracking of the South Western Railway line. This includes the project of four laning of the national highway and the laying of the power transmission line by the Goa Tamner Transmission Project Limited (GTTPL). These projects were approved on April 7 last year in environmentally sensitive areas. Many local organizations objected to this.
The biodiversity of Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary and Molem National Park located on the Goa-Karnataka border is expected to be severely affected by these projects. Despite this, it was approved by the Standing Committee of NBWL. A committee was formed after the NGO Goa Foundation filed a petition in this regard in the Supreme Court. Environmental activists believe that thousands of trees will be cut from all three projects.
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