Activists from different NGOs in the state expressed strong displeasure at the State government’s justification for shifting the jurisdiction of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Goa-related cases from the western zone bench in Pune to Delhi.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday that the State government had sought the transfer of cases to Delhi, saying that the Capital was better connected to Goa.
The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) changed the jurisdiction for Goa-related cases in a notification on August 10.
Renowned Advocate Aires Rodrigues said the decision had been taken with “ulterior motives”, and was a clear attempt to deny justice to the common man.
Rubbishing NGParrikar’s claim that the government does not have a legal set-up in Pune, Mr. Rodrigues said proceedings at the Pune bench had been running smoothly all these years.
The Goa For Dabolim Only, a movement opposing a second airport in Goa led by Fr. Ermito Rebello, said the government has acted against the people who have been working to save the fragile ecology of the State.