Governor Dr S S Sidhu called for preparing an action plan to protect and conserve the State’s environment and while emphasizing the need to do so, opined that this aspect cannot be ignored by anybody. These observations were made at the Goa Environment Council meeting held at Raj Bhavan.
Dr. Sidhu added that the future generation should not be given an opportunity to blame the present generation for ignoring the environment.
While conceding that development was important, he suggested that all stake holders should be taken into confidence over matters concerning the environment like climate changes, rainwater harvesting and coastal protection measures.
The Governor also drew attention to the issue of River Princess and urged that it be resolved expeditiously as it was adversely affecting the Candolim beach. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat who was also present for the meeting clarified that he had taken up this issue with the Centre and was awaiting the release of necessary funds to carry out the work.
Dr. Sidhu also suggested setting up a task force to study and suggest remedial measures to the threat of rising sea levels due to global warming particularly in wake of the floods in Canacona last year.
He also emphasized the need for rain water harvesting and suggested that this be taken up more widely all over the State.
Chief Minister clarified that the government was taking expert advise wherever necessary and also disclosed that the Regional Plan for the entire state would be notified by April 2011.