GSPCB team collects samples of black dust

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August 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm #3792

A team of the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB), on Tuesday, visited the Navelim village in the wake of Saturday’s pollution incident, and inspected many houses in Navelim and took samples of carbon particles.

On Saturday, carbon particles emanating from the pig iron plant at Amona filled the air for most part of the day and entered the houses in a radius of 1.5 km largely in Navelim and partly in Amona.

The team, which comprised of junior environmental engineer, Mr Rohan Nagvekar, assistant senior laboratory inspector, Mr Nilesh Surlikar and Ms Clamy Rodrigues, visited the pig iron plant at Amona and inspected the entire site. They also collected the samples of the black powder from different areas.

Sarpanch of Navelim, Mr Gopinath Gauns, panchayat member, Mr Deepesh Gauns and some villagers were present at the time of inspection.

The officials stated that the samples will be sent to the laboratory for analysis and the future course of action will be decided after the report on samples is received.

It may be recalled that on Saturday, carbon particles emanating from the pig iron plant at Amona had put the villagers from Durigwada, Bharoniwada, Pelwada, Katarwada in Navelim to a great inconvenience — the black powder permeated the air and drifted with the wind into the residential houses and continuous deposition of the black particulate matter stained their belongings and contaminated food.

When the matter was brought to the notice of sarpanch, Mr Gopinath Gawas, he immediately called two officials of the company for site inspection. Later in the day some aggrieved villagers gathered at the panchayat demanding some action against the company for causing pollution.

The sarpanch then contacted the local MLA, Dr Pramod Sawant, and briefed him about the situation. Dr Sawant instructed the villagers to lodge a complaint with the GSPCB and also assured them to look into the matter.
Later a press conference was also held at Amona village panchayat office where villagers set a deadline of August 22 for the company to solve the problem.

At the press conference, the sarpanch informed that last week a panchayat delegation had brought this matter to the notice of the company but no steps were taken in this regard.

Meanwhile, Dr Sawant in his statement, on Tuesday, stated that, he has instructed the GSPCB to conduct thorough inquiry into the matter while, the sarpanch, Mr Gopinath Gawas, said that villagers will decide on the future course of action only after their deadline expires on Wednesday.

Source/Reference: Navhind Times“GSPCB team collects samples of black dust

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