ACTIVISTS STAGE PROTEST AGAINST PLAN TO FELL COCONUT TREES ON NATIONAL HIGHWAYThursday, May 25, 2017
A news report in The Times of India said environmental activists protested along the Guirim-Mapusa stretch of national highway 17 in Goa State, on Monday, World Biodiversity Day, opposing the proposed felling of 400 old coconut trees to broaden the highway. The activists said the Guirim-Mapusa road stretch is already wide enough and the trees along it are not a hindrance to traffic.
“During our previous agitation, the government had assured us that they will save it. We are restarting the agitation, because we want to save coconut trees along the Guirim-Mapusa highway and all over Goa,” said heritage activist Prajal Sakhardande, who led the activists. The protesters said that some 10,000 trees were felled in 2011-2013 but the government has not replanted any trees.