For the last six months there has been a battle royale going on between mining dependents who feel deprived and cheated by the Government, and the Government itself which has consistently making promises to attempt to restart mining, to no avail. Away from this battle, there are much larger questions, should Goa’s future be dependent on mining alone to why have we allowed our natural bounty of rivers, farms, forests to wither away and become valueless! It is time to tap into the vast treasure trove of resources that nature has given us and use it for sustainable livelihoods.
The lack of Mine closure strategies is one of the primary issues that are pushing Goa to an environmental and economic collapse. The mining industry in Goa has also had the ‘foresight’ to ensure that its devastating impact will be felt here forever. Massive craters are left abandoned to a miserable existence, which continue to impact its surroundings. The thesis proposal by Architect Donovan Gracias – “Project Earth: A Memorial to the Devastation of the Earth” hopes to explore the possibilities of rehabilitating such an abandoned mine beyond gimmicks and eyewashes.