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Earlier this month, Stage-1 clearance was given in favour of South Western Railway; Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd in connection with the Double Tracking project. This approval comes despite some of the largest and most vibrant citizen and youth-led efforts to save Goa’s largest protected area, including the protests at Chandor, where thousands of citizens did a night vigil on the railway track in November, 2020. Goans and others who have supported these efforts from across the board, said their voices and their resolve will only get stronger.
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The Regional Empowered Committee
Integrated Regional Office, Bengaluru
Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change
Forest Proposal No: FP/GA/RAIL/22041/2016
Forest Proposal No: FP/GA/RAIL/28650/2017
Forest Proposal No: FP/KA/RAIL/34288/2018
In principle approval dtd. 4th February, 2021 F.No.4-GOB 1205/2019-BAN
Respected Chairperson, Member Secretary and Members,
It has come to our notice that the forest diversion proposal involving diversion of forest land in Goa and Karnataka for double tracking of the Vasco-Hospet railway line was discussed and deliberated by this esteemed committee in its 49th meeting held on 27th January 2021. Four proposals were submitted by the project proponent for the project, which were all recommended for Stage-I clearance on 27th January, 2021 and granted in-principle approval on 4th February, 2021. The entire project involves diversion of 148.841 ha of forest land and felling of 25,239 trees.
On perusal of the in-principle approval and the conditions of recommendation, we raise the following issues with the project, to be considered by you before granting any further approvals:
In Ossie Fernandes & Ors. v. MoEF & Ors. (Appeal No. 12/2011), the Ld. National Green Tribunal held:
It is always desirable that a cumulative impact study is conducted invariably in all the cases where more than one project of similar nature or different nature are involved. The cumulative effect of any discharge from the industry/project would definitely have an adverse effect on the carrying capacity of environment and ecology...All the more, it is essential to have cumulative effect study of the projects to avoid any danger to human life and the marine life equally.”;
Given the nature of the project and the ecological significance of BM WLS & NP, it is imperative that Cumulative Impact Assessment studies be carried out for the Highway expansion, railway and transmission line projects, within the affected region of Goa and Karnataka.
We urge you to reconsider this project in light of the submissions made herein. It is further requested that no work order be granted by the Forest Department permitting tree felling for the project, till the same is reconsidered.