I recall childhood memories of incessant rains in Goa during our school
days when it poured non-stop for even 8 to 10 days. But there was never
ever such flooding all over like we witnessed recently. The nature’s fury
that the State faced has been predicted for years by environmental
scientists Dr Nandkumar Kamat and Dr. Joe D’Souza.

The colossal environmental degradation that Goa has been witnessing over
the years by way of rampant destruction of hills, fragmentation of pristine
vegetated verdant landscapes and ruthless chopping of trees by not even
sparing from pouring concrete in the low lying fields has finally shown the
impact of criminal interference in Goa's age old natural ecosystems. The
traditional drainage systems, waterways and outlets for natural flow of
rainwater are choked all over with no functional drainage system in place.
The capacitance Goan communities built over centuries with their time
tested strategies designed and it's resilience to secure us from flooding
that we ourselves had witnessed in our childhood has now all gone for a

Lack of proper planning while cluttering of environmentally incompatible
new constructions all over without the much needed infrastructure has
landed Goa in a State of chaos. With political blessings the real estate
mafia has swiftly enriched itself multifold while leaving the common man to
face the brunt of their misdeeds. The farmers of Goa had never suffered so
much at any point in the past. Nature is kicking back as they say.

If those in power do not take urgent corrective, well planned and
sustainable measures to save the natural ecosystems, the god gifted
landscape, the ecosensitive beaches, sand dunes, Khazans, wetlands, Salt
pans, the last remaining hills and farms, the orchards, rivers, estuaries,
lakes, ponds, springs, fountains of Goa for protecting our ecology, we will
have to face a bigger catastrophic disaster soon.

Goa has been a beautiful accident of history endowed with abundant
resources. But foolishness of those in power has brought this state to a
stage in history when one day Mother Nature may crack the whip and Goa
already threatened by sea level rise would simply be wiped out from face of
this planet. Before that happens let better sense prevail.

Aires Rodrigues

Advocate High Court

C/G-2, Shopping Complex

Ribandar Retreat,

Ribandar – Goa – 403006

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