Did Goa, India’s most literate State need Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev of Isha Foundation to remind us of the dire need to Save our Soil?  Given the current grim state of the basic infrastructure, it would be prudent for the Government not to allow the construction of any further residential complexes. Lack of proper planning with a mushrooming of environmentally incompatible new constructions all over without the much needed infrastructure has landed Goa in chaos. With political blessings, the real estate mafia has swiftly enriched itself multifold while leaving the common man to face the brunt of their misdeeds. The State has been unable to provide adequate water and power supply. While there is no proper sewerage system in place, the garbage management has also reached a point of crisis.

The colossal environmental degradation that Goa has been witnessing over the years by way of rampant destruction of hills, fragmentation of pristine vegetated verdant landscapes and ruthless chopping of trees with not even sparing the pouring of  concrete in the low lying fields is finally showing the impact of criminal interference in Goa’s age old natural ecosystems.

If those in power do not take urgent corrective, well planned and sustainable measures to save the natural ecosystems, the god gifted landscape, the eco-sensitive beaches, sand dunes, Khazans, wetlands, Salt pans, the last remaining hills and farms, the orchards, rivers, estuaries, lakes, ponds, springs, fountains of Goa for protecting our ecology, we will soon have a catastrophic disaster.

Goa has been a beautiful accident of history endowed with abundant resources. But the rampant greed of those in power has brought our State to a point of grave environmental crisis.

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