|November 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm #3960|
Nearly all 19 panchayats in Ponda taluka could be pulled up by the high court, after only one panchayat has so far succeeded in acquiring land for a garbage disposal site.
So far, only the Veling-Priol-Cuncoliem panchayat has managed to acquire 5000 sq. mtrs of land for a garbage disposal site, but the site is yet to get approval from the Goa Pollution Control Board (GPCB). The site acquired by the Veling-Priol-Cuncoliem panchayat will also house a cattle pound.
It may be recalled that all local bodies had shortlisted a garbage disposal site and a site for a cattle pound, based on court directives.
However, various factors led authorities to reject the files for the various garbage sites. Residents in some panchayats had also raised objection to the garbage sites.
“Garbage disposal sites need consent from the GPCB, Town and Country Planning and the forest department, if the area comes under the forest. Files were rejected after some panchayats did not obtain permissions from these departments and some sites were rejected by the GPCB after inspection,” a source in the Ponda Block Development Office told Herald.
According to information, the BDO convened a meeting with panchayat secretaries from Ponda Taluka and directed them to expedite the process of re-identification of sites.
Panchayat secretaries have also been asked to take NOC’s from the concerned departments to sites that have been already identified for garbage disposal.
“We have acquired 5000 sq. mtrs of land and we are awaiting approval from authorities. Once we get all approvals, we will start the process to set up the garbage disposal plant,” said Veling-Priol-Cuncolim Panchayat Sarpanch Damodar Naik.
According to Kavlem Sarpanch Rajesh Kavlekar, the Kavlem panchayat has identified two garbage disposal sites.
“One site is private land at Kapileshwari and a proposal was sent to the PWD. The other site is at Dhavali, which comes under forest area. We also had written to the forest department. Our panchayat does not have government land or even communidade land and we hope the government will look into this matter,” informed Kavlekar.
Source/Reference: Herald, “18 p’yats in Ponda taluka yet to have garbage sites“