Four wildlife sanctuaries and one national park of Goa will not be a part of the UNESCO World Heritage status to be accorded to the Western Ghats. Reason being when representatives of the UNESCO and Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) had asked Goa for its participation prior to India submitting the proposal to the World Heritage Committee in February 2010. The then Congress-led government under the Chief Ministership of Digambar Kamat neither concurred with the application of UNESCO, nor did it supply any information on Goa’s protected areas of Mhadei, Bhagavan Mahavir, Netravali and Cotigao to the MoEF.
Shockingly when a meeting was scheduled on September 15, 2011 between delegates and co-ordinating agencies on the World Heritage status in Bangalore, not a single official from the Goa government attended the meeting. This besides the fact that Union Enviroment Minister had written a note on June 28, 2011 to then CM to take immediate steps in submitting a proposal for the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary to be brought under the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
Already a cluster of 39 sites from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu has been inscribed in the heritage list. But this year Goa missed the opportunity.