All the leftist NGOs and news groups have targeted three important infrastructure projects in Goa. It is alleged that these projects will harm the wildlife. These three projects are as follows: widening of National Highway (NH) 4-A, construction of transmission line and repeal of existing railway line. Which is being opposed by many social workers.
According to the allegations, due to these projects, Lord Mahavir Wildlife Century and the wildlife of the National Park at Mallam will be affected. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also jumped into this air of protest. As a result, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and them Debate Was also seen
The episode began on 9 November, when Arvind Kejriwal praised the people protesting in Goa for the protection of environment and wildlife. Simultaneously, Kejriwal also slammed the Goa government for the FIR lodged against the protesters. Kejriwal accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government in Goa under Pramod Sawant of suppressing public opposition.
Responding to the remarks made by Kejriwal, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant presented his stand before the news groups. He said that before worrying about Goa, Arvind Kejriwal should improve the situation in Delhi.
Goans camping day n nite to #savemollem and stop #coalprojects. FIRs done against many Goans incl AAP volunteers. Muzzling protests and lodging FIR will not dampen spirit of Goans to save Goa from being a coal hub. Govts shud not implement projects against the wishes of people.
– Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 9, 2020
After this, the Chief Minister of Delhi Goa News Hub Reacted to the Goa Chief Minister’s comment, referring to the tweet of. He said in his response that it is not in relation to ‘pollution of Delhi versus pollution of Goa’. They will have to work to ensure that there is no pollution anywhere in Delhi or Goa.
.@DrPramodPSawant Its not abt Delhi’s pollution vs Goa’s pollution. Both Delhi and Goa are dear to me. We are all one country. We all have to work together to ensure there is no pollution in both Delhi and Goa. https://t.co/AWiIg7zX1W
– Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 11, 2020
Pramod Sawant appeared to agree and said that the Government of Goa is constantly working to end pollution in the state. But demonstrating his cleverness, the Chief Minister of Delhi, using this reply, asked the Chief Minister of Goa to listen to the voice of the protesters. Then the Chief Minister of Delhi said that he knows that the Center is imposing projects on Goa, he (Pramod Sawant) should disagree with the Central Government on this issue and stop Goa from becoming a coal hub (stronghold).
Dear @ArvindKejriwal ji,
Doubling of railway tracks is a nation building exercise.
There is no threat to Mollem & we will ensure it remains that way.
We will not allow Goa to become coal hub.
Knowing your expertise in creating Center vs State issues, we will skip your advice. https://t.co/R0nyO8Bzry
– Dr. Pramod Sawant (@DrPramodPSawant) November 12, 2020
After this, Pramod Sawant reacted strongly and rejected Kejriwal’s claim. He said that railway lines are being repeated all over the country and there is no threat to Mollem from this project. Apart from this, he also said that Goa will not become a coal hub. Apart from this, he surrounded Kejriwal in a logical manner to try to create tension between the Center and the Goa government. He said, “We are well aware of your skill in creating a dispute between the Center and the state, so we ignore your advice.”
.@DrPramodPSawant ji, you don’t need to listen to my advice but please listen to the voices of Goans. Shouldn’t Goans have some say in their own state? Is Central diktat more important than Goan voices? https://t.co/aApYjBxZzq
– Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 12, 2020
But the point of Arvind Kejriwal is unique, he kept on requesting that the central government wants to impose this project on Goa. The Government of Goa should oppose it.
Delhi’s uncontrolled pollution
Arvind Kejriwal may have given a long bundle of suggestions to the Goa government, but in the meantime he forgot the environmental conditions in Delhi. He has almost failed to improve the situation. The country’s capital, Delhi, has a lot of pollution this year, but the government of Delhi has proved to be a complete failure on this front. While everyone knew that during this time of year, the amount of pollution within Delhi increases much more.
Arvind Kejriwal had claimed that burning of straw was the biggest cause of air pollution and he cannot do anything about it as it is done in neighboring states. Overall, the Chief Minister of Delhi blamed the other Chief Ministers for their inaction and negligence and completely ignored all the important causes of pollution.
Not only this, the issue has also been debated by the Chief Minister of Delhi with Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar. On this issue, the Environment Minister said that stubble burning accounts for only 4% of Delhi’s total pollution. On which Kejriwal said that negation will not solve the problem, then he claimed that stubble is the biggest reason for Delhi’s pollution. According to a research conducted by IIT Kanpur in 2015, 70% of Delhi’s pollution is the cause of local sources. Which mainly includes road dust, vehicles and domestic sources. That is, according to Kejriwal’s claim, burning only stubble is not the single biggest reason for Delhi’s pollution.
The government of Delhi has failed to control pollution despite all efforts due to mentioning and not accepting the original problem. The government of Delhi started the ‘Green War Room’ Ion in October under which all the instructions were issued. Including satellite photos, drive to eliminate dust, anti-smog guns in different areas, AQI for 13 hotspots of pollution areas in Delhi, including many other instructions. But none of these instructions proved to be effective but in many areas of the capital AQI Level Around 999, which is the highest reading measured by the device. In simple words, the pollution level of Delhi is so much more than the measurement of the machine.
Apart from banning firecrackers and arresting those collecting green firecrackers (after the Delhi government issued a license for this), the Kejriwal government has no No concrete steps Is raised. Not only this, Kejriwal argued with the Chief Minister of Goa on the issue of pollution but could not refuse to stop the burning of stubble in his neighboring state Punjab which according to him is the biggest reason for pollution. It is also beyond the scope of common people to know that Kejriwal proposed to face pollution with the Goa government. Which is located about 2000 km from Delhi and how different is the climate and environment there.
Lie about repeat project
The project will double the railway line between Hospet in Karnataka and Vasco da Gama in Goa. Of the total 342 km railway line, 252 km railway line has been completed, out of the remaining 90 km, about 70 km comes to Goa. The need for this infrastructure project was realized when it was revealed that a passenger train with a length of 24 coaches could not be started due to platform length and other aspects.
Many activists and local people opposed the project for various environmental reasons. Damage to National Park, damage to old buildings, loss of environment due to coal movement. It is also claimed that the High Court has stayed the project and an order was also issued by the Railway Board to stop the project. Another claim is that the railways did not seek permission from the rural administration for the project.
After this, with the help of Railway’s IISC, Bangalore, a survey (Environment Impact Assessment) was conducted. A reputed institute of the country which analyzes and monitors the things related to the Forest Department and the Ministry of Environment. A plan has been prepared to construct 5 new underpasses, 3 new overpasses for ‘safe crossing’ of animals in that area. The Ministry of Environment has confirmed that any traditional building track will not be broken during the project to double.
Apart from this, the government will also ban the export of coal, this means that the movement of coal on the railway track will not be increased. The Railways has said, ‘The High Court has stayed the project’ This is false because the issue is still to be heard. Apart from this, the order issued by the Railway Board is also completely untrue. According to the Ministry, if legally, there is no need of any local administration to carry forward any project on the railway land.