|November 12, 2015 at 10:25 am #5979|
After the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) inspected the 60-odd stone crushing units at Sarzora, Dramapur and Sao Jose de Areal sometime back, little headway has been made in keeping a check on pollution levels at the units.
A random survey carried out by this daily revealed a sorry state of affairs at the stone crushing units even as the villagers are raising concern over rising dust pollution caused by the units. The GSPCB seems to be soft-pedaling the pollution issue.
In 2013, the GSPCB had decided to install air quality monitoring systems at various points in the three villages.
Highly placed sources in the know informed that the air monitoring systems could not be installed as the land for the same has to be acquired.
The villagers informed that after the GSPCB carried out the inspection, there was a marginal improvement in the functioning as the promoters of these units had started following directives of the board, however, over a period of time everything has gone to back the square one as the authorities have failed to act.
The villagers opined that such units should be allowed in industrial areas rather than residential areas as it is the people who suffer due to the dust pollution.
They pointed out that the Velim MLA Benjamin Silva had raised the issue of shifting the stone-crushing units but nothing has materialised so far. The Velim MLA could not be contacted for comments on the issue.