Goa water resources department to use drones to monitor encroachments on notified wetlands

PANAJI: Of the nine wetlands notified across the country so far under the Union government’s Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2017, seven are in Goa. In these circumstances, protection of the notified wetlands is posing a challenge for the state administration.Sources said that the water resources department (WRD) has now been asked by officials of the Goa wetland authority to monitor wetlands for encroachments and other violations every six months using drones.