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Students stand up against linear projects on World Environment Day 2023 | Events Movies News

Students stand up against linear projects on World Environment Day 2023 |  Events Movies News
In that context World Environment Day 2023 A group of 27 college students from Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka presented a petition to Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav and Wildlife Institute of India (WII) Director Virendra. Tiwari requested WII to support the call for railway double tracking project through biodiversity zones. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary And Mollem The national park (collectively, Mollem) will be excluded.
This letter continues a 3-year-old grass-roots campaign to protect and protect it from irreparable damage resulting from three large-scale linear projects passing through the biodiversity hotspot, among others the installation of a 400 KV high tension power line and the widening of the highway connecting Karnataka and Goa.
In the letter, the students point out that the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) appointed by the Supreme Court of India in its April 2021 report found no justification for the railway double-tracking scheme and acknowledged several concerns. Representations received by it. Additionally, students note that Mollem is already suffering the impacts of human encroachment, including forest fires and unsafe levels of human feces in its water bodies, many of which feed the Mandovi River, Goa’s main source of drinking water. The letter reiterates that the impacts of climate change will only worsen the situation, and urges WII not to support exacerbating these problems through the performance of a second environmental impact assessment, especially when the original findings are against the dual-tracking project.
Asked to comment on the current state of the campaign, Mithila Prabhudesai (23), a student who signed the representation, said, ‘It is disappointing to know that the government is not listening to the massive protests that took place in the past. Despite this, we the youth of Goa still stand in solidarity with this demand and have again written to the concerned authorities of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change asking WII not to sanction any project that will bear fruit. At the destruction of our beloved Mollem.’
Signed by another student, Shruti Salunke (21), offered a gentle reminder to the addressees of representation: ‘People in power should remember that it is the public who elect them as their representatives, and the public’s concerns should be taken seriously. In this case, it’s not just about people, but our shared and irreplaceable natural wealth.
The signatories of the representation also call on the public to continue their persistent opposition to the project to ensure that the precious biodiversity of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park is preserved in perpetuity for the benefit of future generations.

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