Galgibaga residents unite against turtle nesting site

 

Residents of Galgibaga-Talpona in Canacona taluka have formed a committee to oppose Forest Department’s plans to acquire their coast under the Wildlife Act to develop the area as turtle nesting site.

The villagers at the meeting at GPS Talpona on Sunday decided not to allow the Forest Department officials to conduct any survey or site inspection unless and until government gives in writing that no human settlement or their traditional activities including traditional practices will be disturbed or stopped.

It may be recalled that the Forest Department has already published a public notice for acquisition of 1.81 lakh sq mtrs of coastal land from Talpona to Galgibaga under Wildlife Act for the development as turtle nesting site.

The speakers at the meeting came down heavily on government’s initiative to protect turtles at the cost of human existence.

 “Why area above high tide shoreline is being acquired when turtles are known to lay eggs within the ambit of high tide sands only. Are you trying to throw our kids on the road to protect turtle babies,” asked former Poinguinim deputy sarpanch Bipin Prabhugaonkar.

Akhil Goa Kshetriya Pagui Samaj President Santosh Pagi assured his community support if the government goes for demolition of even a single residential unit. “We will stand in support of you,” assured Pagi.

Canacona Vikas Samiti President Ramu Naik, former Congress Youth vice president Janardhan Bhandari, Agonda Panch Sapnesh Dessai, Poinguinim Panch Vallabh Tengse and Poinguinim Sarpanch Kusta Talponkar also spoke on the occasion.  [H]