Fish unloading activity: Cavelossim panchayat issues strict guidelines

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August 1, 2018 at 10:42 am #8271

The village panchayat of Cavelossim has issued strict guidelines pertaining to the fish unloading activity, after a local complained of open defecation taking place in the area.

Speaking at the recently held gram sabha, Cavelossim sarpanch Dionizio Dias had said that following an inspection, “a list of recommendations have been made, which have to be strictly followed.”

“We had received a complaint that there was open defecation taking place at Mobor and Silva fisheries, and that it posed a health hazard to the locals visiting the beach. Along with the members of the village development committee (VDC), the panchayat conducted an inspection and made recommendations to change the current situation,” he said.

He informed that recommendations include issuance of identity cards to labourers employed at the site, maintenance of cleanliness and hygiene and installation of portable toilets.

“There has to be a register for all the trawlers with details of the owners listed along with all the labourers working there. They have to be issued with photo identification cards. There has to be clean and hygienic surroundings. During our inspection we found that there were many hazardous items including oil and paints that were simply thrown around. We have asked for a proper disposal of these items,” said Dias adding that the issue was also raised with the Goa Biodiversity Board.

The panchayat has also asked that open defecation be strictly stopped in the area for which portable toilets as well as bathing rooms be provided to those working at the site.

“We have also asked that the owners put up sign boards in the native languages of the workers they employ so they are able to understand. We have asked them to submit a compliance report once these measures are put in place,” said the sarpanch. The locals, however, have urged the panchayat to stop the fish unloading business as it is being conducted on the beach and a hindrance to those visiting the beach.

The sarpanch informed that the panchayat is investigating the issue and added that they have asked both the fish businesses to submit documents they have in their possession for undertaking the activity.

Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Fish unloading activity: Cavelossim panchayat issues strict guidelines

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