Congress, NGOs red over NGT Goa bench relocation to Delhi
Congress and Green Activists in Goa see red over the relocation of the Goa bench of the National Green Tribunal from Pune to New Delhi by the Union Environment and Forests Ministry.
Goa Pradesh Congress Committee State President Shantaram Naik said that vested interests had forced the Central government to shift the bench to the national capital to discourage activists in Goa from filing petitions.
“Delhi is far for a Goan to travel, Pune was nearby. Vested interests are behind this decision. They want to discourage activists and opposition from challenging projects which are environmentally damaging to Goa,” he said.
Various NGOs in the state such as Goa Foundation, Rainbow Warriors feel that the Goa Government is using every crooked method available to hasten the destruction of Goa through rapid and unplanned infrastructure development.
According to the Ministry’s August 10 notification, Goa which was earlier in the West zone along with Gujarat and Maharashtra, has now been relocated to the North zone, while Gujarat and Maharashtra stay put in the West Zone, whose bench is in Pune.