"Mollem to be protected by locales, biodiversity important for the general public".

By editorenglish BalkaniFeb 6, 2021, 12:12 IST
"Mollem to be protected by locales, biodiversity important for the general public".
The Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant, on Friday, said that the people are enough to look after the interests of Mollem.
Speaking at the inauguration of a bird festival in Mollem, located in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary, the CM said "Mollem is not just popular in Goa and India, but internationally too, for various reasons now. With the inauguration of a biodiversity park and the hosting of the fourth bird festival in Mollem, I want to tell everyone that we are more concerned about Mollem and Goa. People from Mollem and Goa are enough to take care of Mollem."
Mollem is a forest village that is home to the proposed road, rail, and power projects which have faced severe protests from green activists and legislators.
He said it was important to open up protected forest areas for the general public so that they can understand the importance of biodiversity.
"Goa has been a victim of propaganda for the past several months, which has been significantly fuelled by external forces. Some of the opposition parties in Goa have also been motivating such external forces to create unrest in the state," Sawant tweeted on Thursday.
Sawant's comments come a day after he alleged an international conspiracy to derail the three projects -- South Western Railway track doubling, National Highway-4 expansion, and drawing of a power transmission line -- in and around the protected forests of Mollem.
Sawant also said that it was important to open up the forested areas to visitors as well as take steps to preserve the biodiversity of such areas.
"If we preserve and show these areas like the Dudhsagar waterfall and the Mahadev temple to people only then it will be of true benefit to Goa and international and national tourists. If we insist that no one should go to these forests then, then no one will be able to see the birds and other biodiversity elements in these forests. But it has to be done in a balanced manner," the Chief Minister said.
The Dudhsagar waterfall is a popular tourist site, while the Mahadev temple is a 12th-century temple site, both located in the vicinity of Mollem.

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