|July 26, 2012 at 8:34 pm #3631|
Source/Reference: Herald, “Waste threatens contamination at Opa treatment plant”
Water supplied to Tiswadi and Ponda talukas from the Opa Water Treatment plant could get contaminated, as heaps of garbage have been dumped in forest land near water treatment plant at Curti-Khandepar.
The heaps of garbage were discovered when some youth, while playing football in an adjacent site, noticed foul smell in the area and traced its source.
The villagers alerted the forest department and a forest guard was sent to inspect the site.
“I feel the garbage has been generated from a market as there is a lot of vegetable waste, apart from plastic and other waste,” said Roque Dias, a local.
“Waste water from the dump can easily flow into low-lying areas and finally into the river, which could pose a health hazard as the same water is used at the Opa treatment plant,” added Dias.
“I hope authorities take quick action against those involved in illegal dumping of waste and that too in the forest land,” said Dias.
Though no formal complaint has been lodged by the forest department, it is learnt that forest officials were trying to trace the culprit.