Opinion: Go Goa Gone! The Naturally Scenic Place—Goa Is Becoming Hub Of Coal Business By The Government; Mainstream Media Should Voice Concerns Of The Protesting Citizens


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Goa is one of the most beautiful states in India in terms of nature, ecology, and environment. It is popular globally for its picturesque locations and beaches. Goan food and culture are also very famous. It is one of the most preferred places by tourists to visit. Especially in India, it is the dream of everyone to visit Goa with friends or family once in a lifetime.

Unfortunately, the government is making attempt to disturb this place’s ecology by bringing in coal projects in the state. The construction of the doubling of tracks is going on. The citizens of Goa have alleged that this is being done to favor coal companies and make Goa a coal transportation hub at the cost of its ecosystem. 

The students and people of goa are protesting against this project. In an attempt, t create pressure on state government citizens also slept on railway tracks while agitating. Three major infrastructure projects are introduced by the government of goa. These projects will destroy the forests in and around the regions of Mollem National Park and Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary.

The two forest clearance will lead to the cutting down of 59,024 trees which a huge loss to the environment. According to The Quint, the sanctuary is a home for more than 70 mammal species, 235 bird species, 219 butterfly species, 44 fish species, 45 reptile species, and 27 amphibian species.

Earlier it was claimed that the projects will benefit the Adani group. However, now the organization has stated that “The Adani Group refutes and condemns fake news circulated by politically motivated groups about fictitious business interests comprising road and railway projects in the state of Goa.”

Citizens believe that mainstream media is not giving much attention to this case. Mainstream media requires covering such issues and helping citizens to raise their concerns.

The government should rethink the project or think of a way that would save the ecology of nature’s place—Goa. Nature and the environment shall not be damaged under the name of development. Already we are facing a lot of environmental problems and effects because of human’s own selfish wants by destroying nature. Goa will lose its biodiversity its natural beauty in the race of development.


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