|November 2, 2015 at 5:15 pm #5966|
The Raia panchayat has refuted the “false and baseless” allegations levelled against it by Manora residents and produced documents to support its stance on the sewage issue concerning V M Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education (VMSIIHE).
At a recent press briefing in Margao, a group of Manora residents alleged that the authorities had found violations with regards to the college’s compound wall in view of the alleged flow of sewage into the neighbouring fields.
They further alleged that the Raia panchayat had failed to act against these violations and had not inspected the site.Raia Sarpanch Isidore Rodrigues, while rubbishing the statements made against the panchayat, referred to the inspection report it had received from the GSPCB and the Loutolim Health Centre.
The PHC report of the joint inspection on June 1 clearly stated that “during the site inspection, it was noted that there was no release of sewage into the fields surrounding the compound wall of the college and that the sewerage treatment plant (STP) is functional and there are no water sources within 15 metres of it.Rodrigues also showed the STP water analysis report of August 28.
This was of the final treated-water sample of the STP based on a complaint filed by Anthony Fernandes, where the water samples were from the fields, central point of the compound wall and the stormwater drain near the STP.
It is to be noted that the GSPCB, after being satisfied with its evaluations, granted a renewal of the consent to operate under Section 25/26 of the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, Section 21 of the Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, and Renewal of Authorisation under Rule 5 of the Hazardous Wastes (Management, Handling and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2008, for the operation of the STP for the hotel management institute earlier this year.
In a statement issued recently in view of the comments made against the institute and the panchayat, VMSIIHE Director Prof Irfan Mirza stated that the institute has all the licenses and permissions in place from GSPCB concerning water, power and disposal of waste.”We have an STP in our campus.
As per the directives of GSPCB, all the details are displayed on a board at the entrance of our campus. We have also obtained an NOC from the Loutolim PHC. We have never objected to any inspections being conducted by the authorities at our institute. It is evident that we are following the rules and regulations,” added Prof Mirza.
Source/Reference: Herald, “Raia refutes allegations over sewage issue“