|November 1, 2017 at 1:55 pm #8118|
The High Court of Bombay at Goa has directed the Merces panchayat to remove garbage and debris dumped along the Panaji-Old Goa bypass.
Declining to hear the Merces panchayat till all the debris was first cleared, the court observed that the panchayat should have acted swiftly after a notice was issued to it. The court expressed anguish over the inaction of the authorities despite various orders issued by the court.
Submitting that the dumping of debris and garbage along an eco-sensitive area was an unpardonable crime against the environment, advocate Aires Rodrigues pointed out to the court that in a recent judgment it had observed that ‘Goa is a land truly worth fighting for’.
A contempt of court petition has been filed before the High Court of Bombay at Goa against the Goa government over its inaction against the continued dumping of building debris and garbage along the Panaji-Old Goa bypass.
In his petition, advocate Rodrigues has pointed out that in 2007 a public interest litigation was filed over the rampant dumping of building debris along the Panaji-Old Goa bypass and that taking serious note of the gross violations of law, various orders came to be passed by the High Court in that petition which was finally disposed of on June 26, 2008 based on a minutes of order that was signed and submitted to the court.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Merces panchayat faces High Court heat; asked to clear garbage, debris along bypass“