3 more trees felled at Salvador do Mundo


A visit of the state-appointed Forest Identifying Committee to Salvador do Mundo on Wednesday led to an offence being booked against the owner of a plot where trees have been felled illegally.
The felling, together with the clearing of vegetation, was noticed in survey Nos. 66/4 and 66/5 by committee chairman V T Thomas and other panel members.
The clearing has been undertaken in view of a proposed residential complex.
Forest officials accompanying the committee immediately booked an offence against the plot owner.
Range forest officer of the area, R S Fatarphekar told TOI, "Last year, in June, the same builder felled 33 trees without permission from the forest department. This time he has felled three trees."
Round forester Suhas Chodankar added, "We have booked an offence and have sealed the bulldozer involved in clearing the vegetation."
Porvorim-based zoologist, Nitin Sawant, explained the significance of the area's verdant woods.
"The area where the construction is slated to come up is rich in avifauna (birds) diversity. The increasing number of constructions coming up in Salvador do Mundo village is threatening the forests and biodiversity of the area," said Sawant.
Deputy conservator of forests (North Goa), G T Kumar, who visited the site, has issued directives to forest officials to take necessary action against those involved in the tree-felling.
The supervisor present at the site said, "The TCP department has cleared our file and the village panchayat of Salvador do Mundo has given us the construction licence for this residential complex." [TOI]