It is teachers day today 05th September 2009. It is observed in India so to commemorate birthday of great teacher Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan who also became President of this great country in his lifetime. Special functions are organised in Indian Schools and colleges to specially honour teachers. And guess what how Forest department observed it today! They - someone claiming to be the officer of the rank of Chief Conservator coming from Delhi, and Curdi range forest officer Mashelkar eloped with Contractor of Dinar Tarcar mine at Carvem-Maina in dense forests of Colamb.
Today at around 12.30 afternoon they were sighted searching place for their nesting in intimate warm embrace. The sighter were none other than ever alert Colamb villager! They relized if these three are allowed to nest in their forest then very soon their hyper activities would start radiating warmth from their bones leading to mining dust, deforestation, water shortages, destruction of agriculture, death of all the living oraganism in dense evergreen western ghats forests. The villagers know it from their experience with Audooth Timblo and Radha Timbo already. Hence new teachers consisting of Forest officials and miners were not required to give any lessons on mining of Forest to the experienced villagers.
Villagers stormed at them as soon as the three entered Colamb's forest and began quizzing them incessantly. The officials on on joint honeymoon backed by mutual favours via briefcases were unnerved. They tried to turn the tables on the villagers by asking them that they must demolish their houses! Villagers told them that it is none of the bussiness of unwanted honeymooners! Forest offiicials were remineded in kindest words that Forest department is meant to protect the Forest. Forest officials then relectantly agreed as they began regaining thier lost memory. Forest department officials then said they have come on visit to demarcate the boundaries of Forest. Villaers found this was very puzzling. They shot back "if that so then what the miners are doing with you?" Forest department officials had no answer. They were caught pants down in the middle of the yet another honeymoon sujourn.
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P.S. This forest in Colamb has two mining leases granted during Portuguese Colonial regime with T.C. Nos. 41/53 and 46/51. They are as it is as Colamb is yet to test freedom like the entire State of Goa. Freedom from mining companies. First minng lease is called Galiem Mola Iron Ore Mine V.G.Mehta. The second mining lease is called Vatasur iron Ore Mine V.G.Mehta. Topography is rich dense evergreen Western ghats forest. Indian government conducted Public Hearing under Environment protection Act on 6th February 2009. According to report tabled in Goa Assembly via LAQ No.43 on 6th August 2009 none of these two mines were granted Environmental Clearnaces.
Colamb has 23 mining leases covering 1510 hectres of its land. Village total land is 1929 hectares.