The Budakattu Krishikara Sangha, with its emphasis on people oriented strategies, has improved tremendously the lot of the tribals in and around Honsur taluka.

Concerned residents of the city have formed groups to ensure the municipal authorities take care to keep the city clean, green and functioning.

Neelamma, a Jainu Kuruba of Neralakuppe B , was the first president of the Girijan Vanvasi Mahila Sangha GVMS . Today, though no longer the president, she continues to work to help improve the lives of tribal women.

Controversy has dogged the Konkan railway project since its inception. Today, many influential Goans are up in arms against the present alignment of the track, which, they allege, would wreck the state"s environment. Railway officials, of course, disagree

Gramashrama, a children based organisation in Karnataka, is trying to understand the causes of migration and prevent the exodus of youngsters from villages to cities.

Matanhy Saldanha has been associated with every major environmental campaign launched in independent Goa.

Dinesh studied upto standard two and then quit, He grazes cattle and prepares food for his father who is a stone cutter. Dinesh also looks after his younger brother and makes sure he does not fall into a welt. His mother is a farm labourer. In Marc

Ecological factors • The present alignment passes through densely populated and cultivated coastal land. • The alternative alignment also passes through forest areas. • Trains

In its judgement on a writ petition challenging the Konkan Railway Project, the Panaji High Court ruled that the railways did not need to get an environmental clearance for the project.

• Total length of the Konkan railway : 760 km • Cost (at 1991-92 prices) : Rs 1,391 crore • Completion date : October 1994 • Length in Goa : 106 km • Number of