Panaji: The Supreme Court ban on the “voracious” iron ore mining in Goa may have saved the state from ecological peril, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has said.
At a book release function in the state capital late Friday, Parsekar said though mining was necessary to fuel the state’s economy, it was also necessary to simultaneously maintain an ecological balance.
“It is time we introspect and plan for future. About two and a half years ago, the Supreme Court was compelled to intervene, because we were too voracious without understanding the ecological balance,” the chief minister said.
“Mining activity had increased to such an extent that if it was to continue, probably in a decade, I don’t know what would have been the state of Goa,” he added.
Mining in Goa was banned by the Supreme Court in 2012 after a judicial commission exposed a Rs.35, 000 crore illegal mining scam, blaming a nexus of Goa’s mining companies, politicians and bureaucrats.
In 2010-11, nearly 54 million tonnes of iron ore was exported from Goa, out of which nearly a third was estimated as illegally mined iron ore.
Goa at that time contributed to nearly 21 percent of India’s total iron ore production.
After nearly three years of the ban, the Goa government is now gearing up for resumption of mining, but Parsekar says that there is need for caution.
“Of course as a head of the state, I do have consideration for mining… it helps economy… We need to keep in mind the ecological balance while we are involved in the development,” he said.
“We need to take care of nature. We need not be too greedy as regards mining. As a government, we are for restarting of mining, but that has to be controlled mining. It has to be in line with nature. We have to maintain the balance therein,” he added. (IANS)
International Bikini Day is celebrated on July 5, a day that marks the anniversary of a two-piece bathing suit in 1946 by a Parisian Fashion Designer Louis Reard. Since then there is no turning back. Women around the globe have been hitting the beaches and pool sides in the bathing suit. When it comes to India, bikinis are usually worn in the movies and even in 2018, the bikini culture has not been accepted fully. Not to forget the fact that India is home to sun-kissed beaches that spread over 7,500 km coastline. Beaches mean waves, sand, shores, and fun. When it comes to beaches you will find people taking photographs and secretly judging you. But that should not turn you off from hitting the beaches in India in your favourite bikini. Well, having said that there are few local beaches across India that provide complete freedom to flaunt your bikini body enjoying the sun and sand.
If you are planning to explore the backwaters of Kerala, then head to the Marari Beach in Alleppey. The secluded beach is an undeveloped one and is an ideal for lazing around. The tourism in the area is growing though. The place is minus any water sports and beach shacks. However, you can rent beach chairs and umbrellas. The beach is also home to few resorts.
Butterfly beach is one of the secluded beaches in Goa, which is known for dolphins, crabs and of course ‘butterflies’. The place is peppered with gorgeous views, aquatic lives and an aura of bliss. The semi-circle landscape, flying butterflies and acrobatics of dolphins and you donning a gorgeous bikini, doesn’t it make a picture perfect scene?
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Situated in the Havelock Island in Andaman, Radhanagar Beach is known for its beauty and sunsets. The beach is also known as Beach Number 7. The turquoise blue beach and white sand give tourists an opportunity to delve into nature’s charm. Sunbathing and basking in the sun is a must do activities here. The only advice is carried good sunscreens to protect your skin from the harsh sun.
Agatti Island, Lakshadweep Agatti Island in Lakshadweep is every adventurer’s delight and is known for water sports activities. The beach is also home to sea turtles and beautiful corals. Visitors are allowed on the beach with certain restrictions and have to obtain an entry permit from the Lakshadweep Administration for entering the island.
Om Beach, Gokarna
One of the popular beaches in Gokharna, Om beach derived its name for being naturally shaped like the auspicious symbol ‘Om’. The beach is also home to a bunch of water sports activities including speedboats and surfing. It is often frequented by tourists from the West and is considered safe to don a bikini.
Varkala Beach, Kerala
Also known as Papanasham beach, Varkala beach is located in Thiruvananthapuram. The beach is believed to be holy which has the power to wash away sins. It is often visited either by tourists or worshippers.
Palolem Beach, Goa
Located in the Southern Goa, Palolem beach is a one-mile long beach and is also known as Paradise beach. The beach is largely unspoiled and is inhabited by local fishermen and foreign tourists. The beach tops the list of the safest beach as it is considered safe to wear bikinis without being judged at.
Mamallapuram Beach, Tamil Nadu
Mamallapuram Beach, also known as Mahabalipuram, is a perfect destination for lazing around without being judged. Sunbathing is a must do activity here. The place is a beautiful blend of history and natural splendor. The beach is home to various tourist attractions including School of sculpture, Snake venom extracting center, Tiger’s Cave, Crocodile Farm, Five Rathas and Arjuna’s Penance.
Benaulim Beach is one of the less explored beaches of Goa and is away from the hustle and bustle of the city. However, the beach sees a huge crowd on weekends. Old houses, temples, and churches add to the old charm of the beach. The beach is home to a lot of accommodation and witnesses a huge crowd during weekends. (IANS)