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Goa: Burning waste draws green board ire

PANAJI: Garbage management at St Cruz has turned chaotic with stray animals seen feasting on rotting waste piles and garbage being burned at several black spots, which has prompted Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) to summon the panchayat secretary on Wednesday.
The waste management plant at Saligao stopped accepting garbage from St Cruz since February 10 after repeated pleas to the panchayat to dispatch segregated waste failed to elicit positive action. Following this, the highly urbanised village is turning into a mess for local residents and others.

Local activist Arturo D’Souza had complained to GSPCB about the panchayat’s lack of a management plan to handle and treat waste scientifically. “A sorting facility is a necessity, but there is none,” D’Souza alleged.

GSPCB officials had inspected some parts of the village ten days ago and had found garbage littered in many prominent spots. The narrow road at Bandh, which links to Taleigao through fields, and another road that leads to the church were littered with heaps of waste.

With unsegregated garbage being dumped in huge quantities, the situation has gone out of hand. “Fires are being lit to dispose of the garbage in an unscientific manner and in public places,” a villager said.

The spots with mounds of ashes and charred remains of plastic can be seen in a few areas.

The secretary has been warned of stringent legal action regarding violations under provisions of Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, and if he fails to turn up.

Date: 06 March 2019
Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/goa-burning-waste-draws-green-board-ire/articleshow/68281813.cms