- February 11, 2021
- Posted by: Planet Goa Team
- Category: Talk of the Town - Get The Latest Updates In Goa
Another 2021 milestone – Goa officially has its first three wetlands. Quepem taluka’s Xeldem lake and Nanda lake along with the Dhasi lake in Revora became the first water bodies to be called wetlands under the central government’s Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2017. This protects them from encroachment, untreated waste discharge from various sources, demolition, industry setups, and more.
Within six months, all water bodies will be scientifically analysed to see whether they qualify as wetlands or not. Draft has been accepted for notification for fourteen other lakes in Goa – Curtorim lake, Maitollem, Sarzora lake, Bondvol lake, Mayem lake, Macazana lake, etc. These lakes can now take public objections for 60 days.
“In some places, locals are apprehensive about the wetlands being declared. But rules today permit paddy cultivation and even repair of homes existing in buffer zone of wetlands. There is no need to be unnecessarily apprehensive. Ultimately, we have to protect the wetlands and its buffer zone.We have now decided to provide a scheme to houses within 50 ms of wetland to help set up small STP so the water does not percolate in the lake,” said Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral.