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Dy CM orders inquiry into felling of coconut trees at Seraulim

Dy CM orders inquiry into felling of coconut trees at Seraulim

02 Jul 2019 No comment 59 hits


Deputy Chief Minister Vijai  Sardesai, on Tuesday,  took cognizance of the incident of  coconut tree-felling in the  village of  Seraulim, and  ordered the director of  Agriculture to constitute  a committee to conduct inquiry into it and submit a  report with a plan of action.

There were reports that  around 40  coconut trees  were  uprooted  with the help of an excavator at  Sukhobhatt, Seraulim.

A resident  Carmo  Fernandes had strongly opposed to the  felling of  such  huge number of coconut trees, and had  urged the  Deputy Chief Minister to take action on it. 

Fernandes had claimed that on the pretext of beautification, these  coconut trees were felled along with other  trees,  and that the authorities when  questioned,  informed that they have the permission to fell these trees.

“We have taken the cognizance of the felling of these trees.  We have ordered for the detailed inquiry. The director of Agriculture ordered to constitute the  committee  to look into the matter and  submit a detailed report,” said Sardesai. 

Speaking further, he said that a preliminary  inquiry  has disclosed that  the Goa State Infrastructure  Development  Corporation (GSIDC) had applied for  permission to  fell these  trees for its project of  widening the  road along with the  footpath and that the  permission was  granted to them on a condition that they would  give an alternative land to the  forest department to plant  the trees, which they would do before the completion of the  project.    

Meanwhile, the village panchayat of Seraulim, on Tuesday, met with the officials from the agriculture department, and enquired about the tree-felling incident in
the village.  The panchayat claimed that  around 20 coconut trees were seen fallen along the road side. 

Seraulim sarpanch Domingo Fernandes said the panchayat had nothing to do with the incident, and added that the GSIDC was in charge of the work there.

“The panchayat had taken a resolution to undertake beautification of the road stretch in Per Seraulim.  The work was to be taken up  by the GSIDC.  The panchayat cannot be blamed for this incident,” he said.

He further added that agriculture department officials visited the village on Tuesday for an inspection.

Fernandes said that two of the trees had fallen on their own after the contractor, who was given the contract of beautifying the road stretch, laid concrete around the trees.

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