categorically stated that if a big cat is sighted occasionally, it doesn’t necessitate declaration of the area as . pointed out that the tiger should be protected but the issue of and national parks should not be a hindrance to development and economic activities.
Environmentalists had been hopeful of conservation of a ‘resident tiger population’ in Goa after then Union environment and forests minister Jairam Ramesh asked the Goa government to submit a proposal to declare Mhadei as a tiger reserve.
Ramesh had noted in his letter to then chief minister Digambar Kamat that Mhadei was a contiguous part of the tiger landscape and formed a corridor to Bhimgad wildlife sanctuary and Anshi-Dandeli tiger reserve in Karnataka. The big cats are a resident population and not transient animals in Goa as thought of, he had stated. The Kamat government had not acted on this suggestion.
Though the Parrikar government had given the green signal for inclusion of the Goa stretch of the Western Ghats as a world heritage site, it is not in favour of a tiger reserve.