I am very much interested to know about goa real estate. I googled few things & I came up with following points.

1. If you search anything related projects you will find most of the villa & bungalow projects.
2. Is there any reason behind this - very few projects are with apartments.
3. What is the average rates going for 1 BHK & 2 BHK in Main cities of Goa.

Waiting for reply....

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  • From last six month the rates are increased in Main cities of Goa. You will get 2500 to 5500 per sq ft.
  • PIL against illegal huts at Moti Dongor

    MARGAO: The high court of Bombay at Goa on Thursday issued a notice to the state and the Margao Municipal Council on a public interest litigation highlighting the failure to demolish unauthorized constructions at Moti Dongor in Margao.

    Advocate Sanjiv Punalekar, who filed the PIL, saidthat the widespread slum on Moti Dongor has become a breeding ground for criminals.

    The petitioner has stated that the failure of respondents in complying with their statutory obligation of demolishing unauthorized constructions has resulted in the erection of thousands of illegal hutments and many more are still under construction. The government has to file a reply by August 9. The director of municipal administration, the South Goa district collector and MMC's chief officer are listed as respondents in the case.

    PIL against illegal huts at Moti Dongor - The Times of India


    Govt to cancel 40 questionable mining leases

    PORVORIM: Asserting that the government would not tolerate illegalities in the mining industry, chief minister Manohar Parrikar said the government would cancel around 40 mining leases that were brought back to life by condoning the delay in the renewal process by past state governments.

    Parrikar, who is also mines minister, said the right to condone is not with the state government. "Subversion of the law has been carried out," he said. After the mining concessions were converted into leases in 1988, the leases were to be renewed by the cut-off date of November 1988. Taking upon itself the powers to condone the delay, the state government renewed the leases.

    In this backdrop, the chief minister questioned how the Union ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) had issued environmental clearances (EC) to "non existing mines" which he said can "land officials in jail". He also said he would give the matter to the crime branch.

    Taking strong exception to letters written by the Union ministry of mines and MoEF to the state government on handling mining dumps, Parrikar said they have no moral right to do so as there were many irregularities committed by them. "How did they issue EC to some mines whose lease had already expired in 1988?" he asked.

    "The state doesn't have to be advised by MoEF. It (MoEF) has no moral right to do so," Parrikar said in the assembly referring to letters dispatched by MoEF to the state government earlier this month. "I want to know how EC was given to a mine when condonation was not even done," he said referring to a particular case. He pointed out that EC was issued in 2005 to a "non-existing mine" and the state government condoned the delay in renewal of the lease in 2007.

    He said when he was the chairman of public accounts committee (PAC) during which he studied the mining issue for 18 months, he has found irregularities committed by MoEF and central agencies in the mining sector. He also stated that the PAC report would be implemented.

    Stating that he had never heard the word "dump mining" (till MoEF and ministry of mines wrote to the state government), Parrikar said dumps are created because of mining and that some call it over burden. While there was no value for it ten years ago, now there is demand for ore from the dumps.

    He stated that at the moment there is no illegal mining in Goa. Stating that illegal mining was rampant in the past, he said the government will recover the royalty with interest from exporters who had underpaid over the years.

    Asserting that mining cannot be stopped, he said mining should continue with all rules and regulations. He assured that it would be a controlled activity. He also announced that the number of traders have been reduced from 400 to around 40-45. "We don't want fly by night operators," he said.

    Referring to the iron content in the water at Selaulim dam, Parrikar said there is disparity in analysis done this month. He further said that the solution for the contamination is removing the nearby dumps. "Wait for the policy to be declared," he said.

    Govt to cancel 40 questionable mining leases - The Times of India
  • Anger builds up over 'erratic development' in Chimbel

    PANAJI: The issues of haphazard development at the cost of greenery and the controversial passing of the budget 2012-13 generated some heat at the Chimbel gram sabha on Sunday. The villagers congratulated the panchayat members at the first meeting after elections chaired by sarpanch Shruti Kunkolker and urged them to work for their betterment.

    The proceedings commenced with the reading and confirmation of the minutes of previous gram sabha, which had ended on a stormy note after members rejected the 2012-13 budget estimates, alleging that no development plan had been formulated and the code of conduct for the assembly polls was in force.

    But villagers objected to the recording of the resolution on the budget 2012-2013 as "read and approved by all villagers". The sarpanch said that the villagers development proposals will be taken up, but she was interrupted by deputy sarpanch Chandrakant Kunkolker, who started responding to queries. A discussion on the budget issue was aborted.

    A member, Gurudas Shirodkar, sought to know how allocations of 1 lakh and 5 lakh were made for maintenance towards a slaughter house and garbage collection respectively. There is neither a slaughter house nor a site for garbage management in the village, he alleged. No one answered his questions. Another member, Anant Narvekar, raised a concern over the disappearance of green areas due to construction activities beyond the panchayat's control and suggested a programme of regreening them. Residential complexes should be compelled to seek approval (NOC) from the Goa state pollution control board, the gram sabha resolved.

    Caitan Fernandes, a member, pointed out that the panchayat has a significant role at the local level in approving these projects. But unplanned development is creating a mess in the village, Suhas Chari alleged.

    Govind Shirodker said long neglect had left a severe impact on tribal families due to pollution entering paddy fields and wiping off forest areas on which they subsisted. Dayanand Kholkar, a villager, stated that houses in Gavant are inundated during the monsoon and threatened to go on a hunger strike if the panchayat fails to initiate measures to solve this problem.

    Anger builds up over 'erratic development' in Chimbel - The Times of India
  • Mega projects dominate Sao Jose de Areal meet

    MARGAO: The issue of mega construction projects largely dominated the proceedings of the gram sabha of the Sao Jose de Areal village panchayat held on Sunday.

    Responding to the concerns raised by gram sabha members over the alleged irregularities in the mega projects coming up in the village, sarpanch Julio Monteiro, called upon the villagers to come together to constitute a mega project inspection committee.

    The gram sabha also initiated the process of constituting ward development committees.

    The issue of RP 2021 was also discussed following which the gram sabha unanimously adopted a resolution that only the village plan passed by the gram sabha be incorporated in the land use map. Members demanded action against those responsible for the illegal land filling of tenanted lands.

    Resolutions demanding devolution of powers to panchayats and gram sabhas in light of the recent Supreme Court judgement which held that the panchayats could challenge the government authority decisions before the high court, were also adopted at the gram sabha.

    Members expressed the difficulties they had to face in seeking an audience with their local MLA as the Velim legislator's office is located some 15 km away. Monteiro informed the gram sabha that the MLA had informed him of his plans to set up an office in Sao Jose de Areal for the benefit of the villagers.

    Mega projects dominate Sao Jose de Areal meet - The Times of India
  • 'Won't give inch of land,' angry Vel'lekars react to govt 'land grab' for jetty expansion

    VELIM: The revenue department's recent notification to acquire 30,000 sq m of land for the expansion of Cutbona fishing jetty, hardly days before the proceedings were to lapse, has stirred a hornet's nest in Velim.

    Villagers have resolved not to part with any of their land in protest against the government "bulldozing" its way over the land acquisition proceedings. The notification was issued under Section 7 of the Land Acquisition Act.

    The Cutbona Trawler Owners Association, on the other hand, which feels the jetty's expansion and upgradation are the "need of the hour", would like to hold "negotiations" with villagers, the fisheries department and the project's consultants. Association members believe the upgradation is "more important" and therefore the land being acquired need not be 30,000 sq m. They insist they do not want the project at the cost of antagonizing the locals.

    The issue, nonetheless, generated a lot of heat at the Velim village panchayat's recent gram sabha. The support extended to the locals by the Velim MLA Benjamin Silva is also being viewed as a shot-in-the-arm for opponents of the project. What has fuelled the locals ire is not just the jetty upgradation project or the fishmeal plant, but the way the government has gone about acquiring prime farming land without taking the panchayat into confidence.

    "Neither the fisheries department nor the land acquisition authority (the South Goa collectorate) bothered to inform the panchayat about the plans for land acquisition," said Ramona Almeida, convener of the Velim Civic and Consumer Forum (VCCF) that has been in the forefront of the agitation.

    "Only when the locals questioned the panchayat over the matter two years ago did correspondence begin between the panchayat and the land acquisition officer. And yes, there was a mention of the fishmeal plant in one of those letters from the land acquisition authority then," she explained.

    As there was no transparency over the project, the locals had demanded a public hearing, "which has so far not taken place", said Almeida.

    The villagers had also submitted a 24-point questionnaire to the fisheries department and the land acquisition authority over the project, which, the locals claim, has so far remained unanswered. One of the queries was concerning the proposed fishmeal plant.

    "We have very limited land resources and we just cannot afford to part with such a huge swathe of land, especially when 19,000-odd sq m acquired by the government years ago has not been fully utilized," said Almeida. She stressed that the locals have decided not to give any more land to the government "whatever may be the purpose of acquisition".

    Hector Colaco, a social activist from the village, believes the project will not accrue any benefits to the locals. "There are only 8-9 people in Velim who own about 16 trawlers, and they too are opposed to any land acquisition. The project will only bring in more and more migrant labour force to our village. The project will benefit only the big trawler owners, while leaving local fishermen in the lurch," Colaco said.

    Echoing Colaco's views, Almeida questioned the purpose of land acquisition for "public purpose". "Here the villagers are the public, and when they are opposed to the project, when the locals in the fishing business have given in writing that they are against any land acquisition, who is benefitting from the project?" asked Almeida.

    She added, "We demand total transparency in the project. This is prime agricultural and khazan land which has been classified as an eco-sensitive zone, and the government just can't bulldoze its plans over the villagers." Terming the expansion and the upgradation of the jetty a urgent necessity, members of the Cutbona Trawler Owners Association, stressed that they do not wish to have the project at the cost of antagonizing the locals.

    "We have been demanding proper facilities at the jetty for the last 30 years, but successive governments just ignored our demands," association president Patrick D'Silva said. Pointing out that the previous Congress government "heeded our demand and appointed a consultant for the project", he said, "We have always held that no project should come up in the village without an environmental impact assessment report, and that the local panchayat should take the right decision at the right time. We do not want to make money at the cost of the locals and the environment." Further stressing that there is no fishmeal plant envisaged in the project, D'Silva said he is willing to have a meeting with the villagers and the fisheries department, along with the consultants, for "negotiations".

    "What we have asked for, and what is provided in the project report, are basic facilities at the jetty, including a restroom and recreation hall for the labourers. If the villagers are opposed to the government acquiring 30,000 sq m, a smaller area can be acquired and only the essential facilities set up. It is absolutely essential that the jetty is upgraded, otherwise it will drastically affect fish production as no trawler owner will go in for expansion of business," D'Silva said.

    'Won't give inch of land,' angry Vel'lekars react to govt 'land grab' for jetty expansion - The Times of India
  • Now, encroachment drive put off

    MARGAO: Stiff opposition from traders and subsequent intervention by Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral forced the Curchorem-Cacora municipal council (CCMC) to put off the "encroachment clearance" drive, on Tuesday, to a later date. However, the CCMC is determined to clear the footpaths and public passages of all illegal encroachments by traders if they fail to do so voluntarily by September 26.

    High drama was witnessed near the Curchorem station area on Tuesday soon after CCMC workers began razing down the illegal structures and extensions constructed by the traders in violation of a high court order that had mandated that no encroachments should be allowed on footpaths and public passages. Chief officer of the CCMC, Agnelo Fernandes, supervised the operations that began under strong police protection.

    However, hardly had the CCMC begun its job, the traders association put up stiff resistance and threatened to shut down the market if the operation was not called off immediately. The agitated villagers then sought the intervention of Cabral, who, after listening to the grievances of the traders, asked Fernandes to defer action until the end of Ganesh Chaturthi. The traders association also gave a written undertaking that the traders will dismantle all illegal extensions and encroachments themselves soon after Ganesh Chaturthi.

    Speaking to TOI, Fernandes said that he will be holding a meeting with the traders association on September 26 and take a review of the situation before going ahead with the demolition drive.

    Now, encroachment drive put off - The Times of India
  • 46 mining lessees get Union ministry of environment and forest notice

    PANAJI: Stating that dump mining has been taking place in Goa, Union ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) issued notices to 46 lease holders asking them to show cause within 15 days as to why environmental clearances (EC) granted to them should not be revoked and their mines closed.

    In the order dated September 11, MoEF deputy director Neeraj Khatri said, "The EC didn't include dump mining within its scope."

    As per the ministry's directions, the mining sites were inspected by MoEF's regional office at Bangalore and the inspection report, revealed that "dump mining has been found to have taken place" in these mines.

    Khatri said two EC conditions have been violated. The conditions are: No change in mining technology and scope of working shall be made without prior approval of MoEF, and no change in the calendar plan including excavation, quantum of mineral, iron ore and waste shall be made.

    The order stated that in view of the violation of the two conditions, the lease owner is directed to show cause within 15 days of the issue of the notice as to why the EC granted to their unit should not be revoked and the direction for closure of the mine should not be issued under the Environment Protection Act, 1986.

    Khatri also stated that if no satisfactory reply is received within 15 days, the ministry would take "necessary action as deemed fit and appropriate in the circumstances of the case without any further notice".

    ECs of 139 mines kept in abeyance

    Five days after announcing its decision, Union ministry of environment and forests on Monday kept environmental clearances (EC) of 139 mines in abeyance. Mining companies will have to submit documents for verification %of EC.

    46 mining lessees get Union ministry of environment and forest notice - The Times of India
  • Footnote birthed tall buildings

    PANAJI: High-rise residential buildings soared into Panaji's skyline in the last few years as builders took advantage of a footnote in the planning development authority (PDA) rules 2000 to secure larger floor area ratio (FAR). The buildings, entirely residential, came up in areas marked commercial and coloured blue in the outline development plan (ODP).

    While there is nothing illegal about this, citizens say town and country planning department officials and politicians teamed up and at the behest of builders converted residential areas to commercial areas to allow the higher FAR.

    The footnote stated: In case of C-1 (C=commercial), C-2, C-3 and C-4, residential use shall be permitted on upper floors and ground floor above stilts. The footnote, that was not in the draft PDA rules of 2000, appeared on the finalized version and allowed builders to construct high-rise residential buildings in commercial areas, sources said.

    Instances of such use of commercial area include Taleigao village which has a large number of high-rise gated residential complexes. Miramar that has quite a large institutional area is another example as it has tall residential buildings next to the institutions dwarfing the institutions and marring the skyline.

    Footnote birthed tall buildings - The Times of India
  • Vijai Sardesai finds flaws in building laws

    MARGAO: Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai demanded that the state government realize that building bye-laws are "totally inadequate and approval of building plans by conforming to these bye-laws will only worsen the already near-hopeless situation".

    Addressing mediapersons on Saturday, Sardesai demanded that the state government take immediate action to tackle the problem of indiscriminate real estate development in the state and said that "lack of planning regarding parking of vehicles, garbage collection and water and power supply is affecting the lives of citizens in urban and semi-urban areas of Goa".

    The Fatorda MLA appealed to all authorities, including the TCP Minister, TCP department, PDAs and municipalities, to coordinate and take action to remedy the shortcomings.

    Sardessai said to monitor projects in Fatorda, he has formed a three-member panel, comprising Ernest Moniz, Dilip Prabhu Desai and Maendra Alvares.

    Vijai Sardesai finds flaws in building laws - The Times of India
  • Mapusa’s parking woes: Solutions ride in

    MAPUSA: Traffic authorities and Mapusa municipal council have renewed their commitment to ease the traffic and parking woes in the town, especially in the municipal market area.

    Municipality workers will now assist parking in the market to ensure smooth flow of traffic. Chairperson of the Mapusa municipal council (MMC) Sudhir Kandolkar, Mapusa traffic cell police inspector Salim Sheikh attended the meeting chaired by deputy collector Sabaji Shetye to discuss the subject of traffic management within the jurisdiction of Mapusa.

    Parking and traffic congestion have become a major irritant for residents due to absence of proper city planning. Various suggestions were exchanged by the MMC and the traffic cell authorities to help aid the traffic flow and solve the parking problems along with ensuring smoother transportation.

    Various suggestions by the traffic cell included rounding of the jagged corner of the taxi stand at the south east side which will allow a free access to vehicles wanting to exit the city especially wide-chassis vehicles like buses, trucks etc.

    The suggestions included curbing of the stone barrier at the taxi stand, fortification and extension of gutter slabs and bringing it to the road level which will extend the parking of two-wheelers off the road and increase the motorable lane by almost 1.5m, and no handcart should be allowed to be placed in twowheeler parking areas

    "Every inch should be utilized optimally to ease the traffic congestion. We will help the municipality in easing the traffic in the town," said Mapusa traffic cell police inspector Salim Sheikh.

    Absence of parking spaces, roadside bus stops intra-state buses originating from and terminating at busy city areas, undisciplined driving and parking, bad roads and main shopping centres in a space falling within a radius of 1 -2 kilometres from the town centre are the main causes for traffic congestion in Mapusa.

    "The municipality has instructed to assist in parking solutions as the congestion has increased manifold. We will do it with the help of the traffic police," said Uday Salkar MMC market inspector.

    "People haphazardly park vehicles which adds to the traffic congestion. We will deploy our men to assist parking," he said. The Mapusa traffic cell will also ask for additional signboards and staff to regulate traffic flow in the town.

    Mapusa’s parking woes: Solutions ride in - The Times of India
  • SGPDA issues stop-work order to builder

    MARGAO: The South Goa planning and development authority (SGPDA) on Saturday issued a stop-work order to a private real estate company, directing it to stop any digging or other development or construction activity on their project sites behind the power house, Aquem-Margao.

    The SGPDA order comes following complaints filed by the Navelim civic and consumer forum and the subsequent inspection carried out by the water resources department (WRD) on the grounds that 'in the event the development is allowed to continue, the underground table will be rapidly diminished leading to drying up of the surrounding water bodies, including wells, and make cultivation impossible'.

    SGPDA further issued and a show cause notice asking the company to show sufficient cause within 15 days, failing which the SGPDA would proceed to act against it.

    SGPDA member secretary Rajesh Naik further pointed out that the land clearly belonged to the comunidade.

    WRD's senior hydrologist N Sonasundaram had inspected the site on August 24.

    SGPDA issues stop-work order to builder - The Times of India
  • Economic development corporation notice to DLF for its failed 'mall'

    PANAJI: Trouble continues to haunt the Delhi-based infrastructure company DLF, as the state government-run economic development corporation (EDC) has decided to issue a show-cause notice to the company as to why the lease should not be cancelled as the company has not utilized the plot allotted to them at Patto Plaza, Panaji, within the stipulated time.

    DLF was allotted the plot of over 18,000 sq mt for the construction of a mall at Patto, in Panaji, at the cost of 90 crore. DLF had bought the plot through a bidding process and the highest amount of 50,000 per sq mt.

    "We are in the process of issuing the notice to DLF for cancellation of the lease," said an EDC official.

    DLF was allotted the plot in 2007 and as per the lease agreement, DLF had to utilize the plot within three years from the date of allotment. But as they were not able to start construction, DLF once again approached EDC for an extention of two years.

    The EDC extended the time period by two years as per the request, but even then, DLF failed to start the work and extended period further, which came to an end this year.
    The EDC took the decision to issue a show-cause notice after discussing the issue at its board meeting recently, sources said.

    Some months ago, DLF was in the news regarding a building project at Dabolim.

    Economic development corporation notice to DLF for its failed 'mall' - The Times of India
  • Govt gives DLF termination notice for Patto plot

    PANAJI: Almost eight months after the lease extension expired, the state-promoted Economic Development Corporation Ltd (EDC) has issued a cancellation and termination notice to Delhi-based infrastructure group DLF for a plot at Patto, Panaji.

    While the reasons stated include non-payment of specified amounts, the financial institution's timing for issuance of the notice is interesting. Delhi Land & Finance Ltd, better known as DLF, is currently in the news for its connections with Robert Vadra, husband of Priyanka Gandhi, and suspect land transactions in Haryana.

    The EDC notice, issued on Wednesday, directs DLF to hand over the possession of the 18,120 sq m plot at Patto, Panaji, within three months, for failing to commence construction of its shopping mall project.

    EDC sources said that a condition in the lease deed issued on February 21, 2007, was that DLF should utilize the plot within three years of allotment. But even after extending the deed for two more years no construction activity was started on the plot, sources pointed out. The extended period expired on February 20, 2012.

    The EDC notice states, "You (DLF) have committed a gross breach of the terms of the deed of lease dated February 21, 2007, wherein it was clearly agreed that time was of essence of the contract of lease."

    It further notes that DLF also failed to pay EDC 35,847 towards extension fee and the ground rent installment of 90.60 lakh.

    It adds, "On account of the above said clear breaches of terms of lease deed, EDC Ltd has decided to cancel and terminate the said lease granted to you (DLF) with respect to the demised plot. DLF is hereby required and called upon to leave and vacate the demised plot and hand over possession to EDC immediately upon the expiry of this notice period of three months."

    Govt gives DLF termination notice for Patto plot - The Times of India
  • Goa to go ahead with 4/6 laning of NH 17, 4A

    PANAJI: The Goa government on Friday conveyed to the Union ministry for road, transport and highways that it is going ahead with the detail project report (DPR) on the expansion of NH17 and NH 4-A.

    Speaking to STOI, PWD secretary R K Verma confirmed this. The letter is sent to reconfirm with the Union government, the "in principle" approval received for widening NH 17 and NH 4-A on a public-private-partnership (PPP).

    The government is likely to spend over 40 crore for the DRP and will soon float a tender to appoint a consultant for this purpose. Verma said that once the DRP is ready, it would be sent to the Union ministry for road, transport and highways for approval as the highway project belongs to them.

    The government is also in the process of preparing a draft memorandum of understanding (MoU), which will be signed between the state and central governments. While the state will bear 60% of the cost of the project, the Centre will bear 40%. "We will send the draft MoU to the ministry," Verma said. The Union government said that the state government does not have a mandate to decide the width of the national highways. To this, Verma said, "We will try to come up with a solution as widening of the highway is a necessity for the state."

    After getting the in-principle approval, the state government had decided to take up the construction work of bridges across Zuari, Talpona and Galgibaga and Khandepar rivers on a priority.

    The work of widening the NH 4-A from the Karnataka-Goa border to Panaji was awarded to IRB Infrastructure Developers Limited at a cost of 471 crore and the project of 4/6 laning the NH 17 from Patradevi to Pollem in Goa had been awarded to the Hyderabad-based IVRCL group at a cost of around 3,100 crore.

    But tall demands by the state government led to a cost escalation and, it was decided that both projects would be re-tendered.

    Goa to go ahead with 4/6 laning of NH 17, 4A - The Times of India
  • 'Destroyed Western Ghats will turn South India into desert'

    PANAJI: Mention mining to noted wildlife filmmaker Shekar Dattari and he says simply, "Mining strips everything away and turns pristine rainforests into wastelands."

    The conservationist who has earned international recognition for his films 'Silent Valley-An Indian Rainforest' (based on the Western Ghats) and 'Mindless Mining-The Tragedy of Kudremukh' was recently in Goa. And though the current ban on mining in the state has brought the damage caused to the Western Ghats by thoughtless ore extraction into sharp focus, what Dattari has in mind is Kemmanagundi in Karnataka. "Mining activity stopped there 30 years ago, but nothing grows there even today."

    It is Dattari's firm belief that mining poses one of the biggest threats to the Western Ghats that stretch across 1,600 km from the Gujarat-Maharashtra border to the southernmost tip of the subcontinent, Kanyakumari.

    "As many as 65 rivers originate in the Western Ghats and 400 million people living in South India are dependent on these rivers," says the filmmaker whose wildlife exploits began at age 13 at the Snake Park in Chennai.

    "The Krishna River, which is the lifeline of Chennai city where I live, originates in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. The rice bowl of Tamil Nadu-Thanjavur-gets its water from Cauvery, which originates in the ghats of Karnataka. In Andhra Pradesh, vast stretches of lush paddy fields are watered by the Godavari," he elucidates. Destroying the forests that are the source of these rivers in the ghats could turn peninsular India into a desert. "All the development carried out will be meaningless if we do not have water for drinking, agriculture, industries and sanitation," he warns.

    He stresses that ecologically-sensitive areas like the Western Ghats need to be contiguous to survive. But human activity, in the form of construction of roads, railways, dams, and clearing for plantations and human settlements have already done much damage to the contiguity of the forests that are home to tigers and the largest population of the Asian elephant.

    "Wildlife conservation is not just a buzzword or about being kind to animals. Once destroyed, our natural heritage created through millions of years of evolution cannot be recreated," says the filmmaker, who, in 1998, was recognized by UK trade magazine Television Business International as one of the top 10 rising stars of wildlife filmmaking. He also has documentaries for 'National Geographic' and the 'Discovery Channel' to his credit.

    Pointing out "we have only discovered a fraction of the species and life in the ghats", he says, "Every time scientists go there, they discover new things. New diseases are emerging in the world and these forests could well have the blueprints for the medicines we need to combat these illnesses."

    "The Western Ghats are like a vast library with books containing immense knowledge being destroyed even before the books in it can be read," he says, again, simply.

    'Destroyed Western Ghats will turn South India into desert' - The Times of India