Panaji, Jun 7 (GCCurrentAffairs) Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said that the government will lay thrust in creating awareness on safeguarding the environment especially among children and youth who are the future of the nation.
Speaking at the Environment Day event and book launched, hosted jointly by the Forest Department and World Wildlife Fund, at a function held at Goa Science Centre Auditorium, Miramar, in the city, the Chief Minister said World Environment Day was an appropriate occasion to understand and broaden knowledge on environmental problems and concerns.
The Chief Minister said,’Goa’s Forest cover is a healthy 60 per cent of our geographical area. But we still need to look at problems that are beyond our borders. The list is long. We have reducing tree cover, polluted water bodies, global warming, green house gas emissions, volatile organic compounds and acid rain, ozone layer depletion by chloro fluoro carbons, melting glaciers and the Artic ice cap, increasing flash floods, landslides and drought and air pollution.’
The Chief Minister said the rivers of Goa were unique, the fresh water rivers met the sea inland, and therefore had an intertidal overlap.
He spoke about the sustainable development carried out by the Goa government. He said under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and emphasis on infrastructure of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, the Government of Goa was building highways, jetties, airports and other infrastructure. ‘However, there runs through it all, a common thread of sustainable development. We are working with nature and not against it. Exactly as our forefather did with Khazan lands,’ he said.
The Chief Minister said reducing vehicle usage and car pooling can be done at the individual level, while the government can concentrate upon infrastructure to ease congestion.
‘The introduction of mass and rapid transport system is the next step. Harnessing green technology for CNG run buses, introducing biodiesel and electric buses would be the correct completion,’ he said.
Dr Sawant said the solid waste management plant at Saligao was pride of Goa.
‘This is the place where we receive waste, segregate it and break it down into its component parts. By September 2019, Goa is committed to achieve open defecation free or ODF status. This is in line with our commitment to the Swatchh Bharat Abhiyaan,’ he added.
Earlier, Chief Minister presented the prizes to the winners of various competitions organized in connection with World Environment Day.
Dr Sejal Worah, Programme Director, World Wildlife Fund, gave presentation on Biodiversity. Subhash Chandra, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, welcomed and Chief Wildlife Warden proposed the vote of thanks.