Farmers pay price of contaminated Ponda nullah

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February 20, 2014 at 1:02 pm #5181

The contamination of Ponda nullah has hit about two hundred farmers, including 180 from Kapileshwari-Kavlem in Bandora village panchayat while about 20 from Ponda Municipal Council (PMC) areas.

Kavlem sarpanch Rajesh Kawlekar claimed that the contamination of the nullah has forced farmers to give up agricultural activity in the area for the last two years.

“Farmers used to cultivate over five tonnes of rice in their 1,10,000 sq m of farm land at Kapileshwari and the sweet water from the main Ponda nullah was used to irrigate the crop. The contamination of the nullah has resulted farmers giving up agriculture,” Kawlekar said.

He also added that the village panchayat has already compensated farmers with 5,000 each, but that was too less an amount. Giving up farming has resulted in an immense loss to farmers, Kawlekar said.

Admitting that the nullah water has been contaminated, PMC chairperson Radhika Nayak said that the civic council has taken action against those found draining effluents in the nullah, however there are several people who drain domestic waste and even septic tank sewage into the nullah through a pipeline hidden beneath the road.

She also said that the water of the nullah comes down contaminated from Bethora and a liquor factory drains its effluents in the nullah. The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has already initiated action against it, Nayak said.

Nayak said “The proposed sewage treatment plant (STP) would solve the problem after its commissioning. Besides the PMC has asked the water resource department (WRD) to de-silt the nullah basin.”

Source/Reference: Times of India, “Farmers pay price of contaminated Ponda nullah

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