Cavelossim villagers want River Sal dredged only after submission of EIA report

Saying that the village should be protected from soil erosion and other natural calamities, Cavelossim villagers on Sunday told the Captain of Ports not to go ahead with the dredging of mouth of River Sal till the stakeholders submit a detailed report, including Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report on the project.
The village panchayat has also decided to coordinate with the neighbouring Betul panchayat and other stakeholders how to go about the issue, even as the Captain of Ports has floated a tender to dredge the mouth of the river.
Captain of Port’s hydrographic surveyor Sagar Chandra Rai was in Cavelossim-Mobor village panchayat to explain to the villagers the dredging project.
While he maintained that the dredging work should commence by October and conclude before December to achieve good results, the villagers contended that the NOC for dredging will be issued only after receiving reports from the departments of Coastal Zone Management Authority, Goa State Pollution Control Board and Water Resources department.
Cruz Cardozo pointed out that a portion of the Mobor Beach has eroded this monsoon, and wondered why the CRZ has not yet given its report to the CoP before undertaking the project.
Former Sarpanch Edwin Barretto said the villagers are not against dredging, which would benefit the fishing vessels, but cautioned that the interest of the village should also be protected.
“Around 2-3 huts on the beach have been washed away this monsoon. While we have no objection to the demands of the fishing industry to dredge the mouth, the interests of the village should also be protected”, he added.
During discussions, the villagers contended that the panchayat NOC would go waste if concerned agencies fail to give their nod.
They demanded to know the precautions that would be adopted by the government to save the livelihood of the local fishermen. [H]