In the backdrop of concerns raised by some MLAs from coastline areas, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday urged the Indian Institute of Technology, Goa (IIT-Goa), to deal with the threat of sea erosion, micro-plastic looming in fish and environmental issues.
“IIT Goa should play a significant role in solving the state’s environmental issues. Goa is known across the world for its green vegetation, pristine beaches and clean air. Every traveller cherishes it in Goa, and we are committed to protecting nature’s gift,” Sawant said, addressing the third conference of IIT Goa.
“Climate change is affecting the coastline due to sea erosion as the change in sea level is excessive. It is causing flooding and rain. I urge IT-Goa to deal with such issues,” he said.
He said that the threat of microplastic in our food chain, mainly fish, is looming. “I expect IIT Goa will conduct a research study to provide remedial measures to both demand and supply chain,” he said.
He said that IIT Goa is collaborating with the state pollution control board to develop forecasting tools for the air quality level.
He commended the IIT-Goa for manufacturing face shields during the COVID-19 pandemic and providing it to frontline workers.
“It is a good example of social commitment. IIT is helping us in various fields. It is assisting us in various matters and governance also. IIT Goa had developed a ‘chart board’ for smooth conduct of recent assembly election,” he said , appreciating scientists and students of IIT-Goa.
He also said that IIT-Goa is helping the government promote start-ups and make state IT friendly.
Goa Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte had recently said that sea erosion had become a significant threat to the tourism industry, which needs to be tackled with new concepts. Also, MLAs from coastal line areas expressed concern over beaches being washed out due to sea erosion.
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