Raia, Curtorim residents block movement of mud-laden trucks

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November 8, 2013 at 11:19 am #4835

Tension prevailed at the Sonsoddo waste dump site, on Thursday, as nearly 30 residents of Raia and Curtorim blocked the movement of the 20-odd trucks loaded with mud  to be transported to Nuvem for road construction.

Police rushed to the site and pacified the agitators calling a meeting at the Deputy Superintendent of Police’s cabin in the afternoon. 

The locals  alleged that transportation of mud cause pollution and  that  the hill at Sonsoddo was illegally cut  to arrange mud for the  road work on the  pretext of  preparing a landfill site, which is  required to set up  full-fledged  waste treatment plant as agreed by the Fomento Green with the MMC.  The affected residents, who later received support of local MLA Reginaldo Lourenco, claimed that  the transportation of mud is an illegal act as they do not have the  necessary  permission from the mines department.

During the hour-long meeting with the  agitators, chief executive  officer (CEO) of Fomento  Green Shirdhar Kamat and  MMC chairperson  Dayanand  Deulkar,  Deputy  Superintendent of Police (DySP) Mohan Naik, while convincing the  agitators,  informed that  they are executing the  orders issued  by  the District Collector, who has urged to  give police protection to Kamat  to transport mud from the Sonsoddo site.   

The locals, however, did not accept it and decided to continue with their agitation on Friday with a bigger mob and said that they “are ready to face the wrath of police.’’ 

“Convince the District Collector and  withdraw the  police protection  given to  Fomento Green which commenced  illegal hill-cutting and involved in  transportation of mud illegally. Else, we would continue with the agitation on Friday and with more number of  affected locals,’’  local MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco said.  

When  DySP’s  efforts to convince the agitators went in vain, he said  that they have to follow the orders of  District Collector and checking of legalities have to be done by the competent authorities.

“The transportation of mud is highly  objectionable.  Hill is cut illegally and a lot of pollution is caused. There are a lot of irregularities going on at Sonsoddo.  There is no proper system in place  and as a result the untreated leachate is allowed to percolate in the  ground and ground water is contaminated. The locality will be  badly affected,’’ said  Raju Aiyer, one of the agitators and a resident of Sonsoddo. 

Kamat, on the other hand, refuted all the allegations leveled against him. He said that he has all the necessary permissions to cut the hill and  transport the mud.   

“Who are these people to show them  the  permissions obtained by me? Such  permissions can be insisted only by the concerned  department and authorities. I am  filing a  police complaint against them,’’ he added.

Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Raia, Curtorim residents block movement of mud-laden trucks

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