|November 18, 2015 at 11:53 am #5999|
Villagers in Curti, Ponda, have expressed fear over the hill-cutting activity going on in a haphazard manner in their locality. Following a complaint filed by the villagers at the North Goa collector’s office, a field inspection was conducted on Tuesday.
The members of North Goa private forest identifying committee, headed by V T Thomas, witnessed the hill being cut near the forest areas in Curti, which is a few meters away from the by-pass road near the NH 4-A.
When contacted, Ponda deputy collector Johnson Fernandes said, “When I received information about hill-cutting, an inquiry was conducted and it has been revealed that the land has been acquired by the state government for constructing a crematorium for the benefit of local people.”
As the hill-cutting is in progress on a steep hill, villagers are apprehensive about increased siltation during the monsoon. They were also of the view that the hill-cutting would result in landslides in the area. In all, 32.6% area under the jurisdiction of Curti-Khandepar panchayat comprises forests.
Source/Reference: Times of India, “Curti hill-cutting poses threat to houses“