Goa: Pollution of soil, water continues in Sattari

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The pollution of soil and water bodies is rampant in Sattari as not a single village panchayat in the taluka has a garbage treatment plant. Agreeing to this, Sattari block development officer Tipi Mulgaonkar says that most panchayats have begun land acquisition for the purpose.

“Though no panchayat has a garbage treatment plant, most of them have already begun the process of acquiring land for the purpose, in their jurisdiction. There is a high court directive in this regard,” said Mulgaonkar. As there is no collection of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste in villages, people dump garbage whereever possible, and this has rendered many areas in the taluka with an unsightly look.

“Garbage has become a serious problem in many areas of Sattari. There is no discipline shown by people, and no system available for disposing off waste. Heaps of non-biodegradable waste are seen lying around during the monsoon. The place becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes and flies,” says Ashok Gawas, zilla panchayat (ZP) member from Honda ZP constituency.¬†“We have already discussed about the problem and have planned a strategy to solve it.” he added. The number of industrial units and population at Honda has been increasing, and this has seen a corresponding increase in pollution of water bodies and soil due to plastic waste. ¬†“We had taken note of this, and our panchayat installed a shredder machine at Bhuipal. However, the shredder was stolen even before we could commission it. The police are yet to trace the culprits,” says Pratap Rane, secretary, Honda panchayat.

Meanwhile, Keri is also facing a similar problem due to the frequency of tourists visiting the village. “As a large number of tourists visit the Chorla Ghat areas during the monsoon, they throw plastic bags, bottles and other waste in forested area. This has now become a serious problem,” informs Keri sarpanch Sakshi Sawal.

Courtesy: ET

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