|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“