Protests against the proposed minor port in the neigbouring Betul village and nationalization of river Sal dominated the proceedings of the Cavelossim village panchayat on Sunday.
Gram sabha members demanded that a port at Betul would hamper tourism activities in Cavelossim, thereby affecting the tourism industry.
They said that the ore or coal transportation to the port would cause severe noise and dust pollution which would result in less tourist inflow into Cavelossim.
“With the advent of tourism in Goa, people residing in the coastal village of Cavelossim left their traditional occupations like fishing, toddy tapping, etc and ventured into tourism-related activities to earn their livelihoods. If the tourism industry is affected, the source of livelihood of these villagers will be at stake,” they said, and adopted a resolution to oppose the project at Betul.