Illegal mining in the vicinity of wildlife reserves have always been a thorn in the flesh in Goa. Operators with political clout were freely mining in the immediate environs of sanctuaries with all permits. Now, heeding to the call of environmentalists Government of Goa has decided to clamp down on these illegal activities.
Environment minister Aleixo Sequeira has given an assurance in the legislative assembly that all mines located near wildlife sanctuaries in Goa will be closed within seven days. Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) which has been at the receiving end of lot of complaints will be reconstituted shortly. The minister has assured that from here onwards it will be coordinated team effort and lapses will not happen.
This new initiative is a victory for the environmentalists. High Range Tidings salutes all the brave hearts who have worked relentlessly for this to happen. Well done