- To protect environment, No Motor Zone was organised at Porvorim
- Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the event and rode a bicycle
- Green Goa does not happen only by opposing coal: Chief Minister Parrikar
New Delhi: In a bid to protect the environment, social institutions from Porvorim near Panaji, organised an event called NoMoZo (No Motor Zone) at Porvorim service road on December 10, 2017. The event which aimed to spread the message of environment protection was inaugurated by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and saw him ride a bicycle and to home the Green Goa initiative. State revenue minister and local MLA Rohan Khaunte was also present at the event.
As part of NoMoZo, the roads were kept free of motor vehicles from 8AM to 2PM and individuals were seen enjoying with their family, away from vehicular traffic. A large number of people gathered to support the event. Children were seen participating and performing street play, dance, martial arts and a workshop on ‘wealth out of waste’.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar not only supported the initiative, but also expressed the view that such events should be organised at least once in six months in every city. He said that he would love to use bicycle, but he is restrained due to his security cover.
Chief Minister Parrikar also said,
Green Goa does not happen only by opposing coal, you should actually contribute to it.
Talking about the implementation of NoMoZo concept which was started in Panaji a couple of years ago, Chief Minister said that it will be revived in the capital city. The concept will not only work towards controlling pollution, but will also solve the problem of traffic.
Everybody has come today while keeping away their vehicles. This will also help in reviving the old traditions, added Chief Minister Parrikar.
In a tweet, Chief Minister said, “A pleasant experience at the NoMoZo in Porvorim. People of all age groups joining to create an atmosphere full of life at the Non Motorised Zone.”
A pleasant experience at the NoMoZo in Porvorim. People of all age groups joining to create an atmosphere full of life at the Non Motorised Zone. pic.twitter.com/92xHBl1eHI
— Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) December 10, 2017
This is not the first time that Chief Minister Parrikar has supported such initiative. Recently, Goa government took steps to reduce pollution by encouraging people to opt for cycles as mode of transport in Panaji. The government plans to tie-up with a private company for operating bicycle fitted with Global Positioning System (GPS). An individual can hire the bicycle and take it to the market or nearby areas.
Along with taking steps to combat air pollution in Goa, Chief Minister Parrikar is also working towards making Goa plastic free. He has personally claimed to have shunned all kinds of plastic from his life and is trying to make Goa waste free.
With inputs from PTI