Scrapyard continues to receive bio-medical waste from industrial estates at Bicholim and Verna while rampant burning of the waste is still being carried out
By Joao Souza M | NT
SAO JOSE DE AREAL: Implementation of the order of the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) to an illegal scrapyard in Sao Jose de Areal village to shut down with immediate effect is in doubt as the authorities seem to be dithering on taking action.
The pollution control board had carried out inspection of the scrapyard and had submitted a copy of the inspection report to the South Goa deputy collector, directorate of industries, trade and commerce besides the village panchayat of Sao Jose de Areal and sought a compliance report.
People of Sao Jose de Areal continue to battle against illegal scrapyards. Despite directives, the scrapyard continues to flourish as the authorities are left wondering as to who should initiate action and dismantle the erring premises.
Investigations have revealed that the scrapyard owned by Samshera Alam continues to receive bio-medical waste from industrial estates at Bicholim and Verna while rampant burning of the waste is still being carried out.
GSPCB chairman Jose Manuel Noronha, taking cognizance of ‘The Navhind Times’ report on June 1 on the indiscriminate burning of industrial and bio-medical waste at Sao Jose De Areal-Chandor border had issued directions under sections 5 of the Environment Protection Act 1986 to immediately stop handling of the bio-medical waste. The pollution control board had also warned of initiating action against the authorities under Section 15 of the Environment Protection Act 1986 for failure to act against the illegal scrapyard.
The board had also pulled up the scrapyard for operating in violation of bio-medical waste rules 1998 and also contravening the provisions of the Environment Protection Act and causing grave health concern to the residents after it found that the burning bio-medical waste resulted in noxious smell with thick smoke emitting from the burning waste.
GSPCB had also found capsules along with acid bottles and other liquids stored and dumped in a haphazard manner besides burning of fiber cables and electrical waste without obtaining authorisation from the pollution control board.
Speaking to this daily, Sao Jose de Areal sarpanch Julio Monteiro said that the panchayat has been battling against the scrapyards however adding, “We need support from other authorities as the panchayat is not in a position to initiate action against the scrapyard.”
Monteiro further said that the panchayat does not have space to store the waste and dispose the same and hence the panchayat body has passed a resolution to write to the concerned authorities including the director of panchayat, Panchayat Minister and the district collectorate to act as per Pollution Control Board directives.
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Source: The Navhind Times