Noted ecologist Madhav Gadgil has warned that Goa may face the same fate as the flood-battered Kerala if it does not take environmental precautions. Like other states, Goa too, is witnessing a rise in profit-driven activities.
Gadgil headed a committee that published a widely debated study on the Western Ghats a few years ago. “Certainly all sorts of problems are beginning to surface on the environmental front in the Western Ghats. Goa, of course, does not have Western Ghats which are so high as in Kerala, but I am sure Goa will also experience all sorts of problems,” he said, reacting to the worst-ever floods in Kerala.
He said the reason for not taking any environmental precaution was purely greed for unlimited profits “You have seen it in Goa too. The Union government constituted Justice MB Shah Commission has estimated illegal profits of Rs. 35,000 crore from illegal mining,” he said.