|April 14, 2018 at 11:51 am #8192|
Sancoale Village Biodiversity Committee (SVBC) has raised strong objection to the alleged scrapping (dismantling) of barges at some ship building/repair yard along the banks of Zuari river in the Sancoale panchayat’s jurisdiction.
SVBC members on Thursday paid a surprise visit to some of the ship building/repair yards along the bank of river Zuari when it came to their notice that a large number of barges are being scrapped (dismantled) without obtaining any necessary permission from the Goa State Pollution Control Board and other concerned authorities causing pollution and damage to environment.
SVBC members consisting of its chairman Navin Jha and members Tulsidas Naik and Edward Fernandes visit came in view of a report in this newspaper about scrapping of barges illegally without taking any permission from the GSPCB and other concerned departments. A ship building/repair yard claimed that they had necessary permissions issued by the GSPCB for scrapping barges.
Jha disclosed that Goa State Biodiversity Board (GSBB) has already declared the Sancoale bay as ‘Biodiversity Heritage Hotspot’ as the same is a breeding ground for the endangered windowpane oysters and hence GSPCB and other concerned authorities should not allow any activities that could lead to pollution of the Zuari river. He also said that the pollutants endanger marine life and also humans who consume fish from the river.
The SVBC committee members noticed that a barge was being dismantled right at the bank of Zuari and that large number of lubricants including sludge and pieces of iron rods were disposed in the water.
SVBC member Fernandes said that the scrapping of barges illegally could endanger the marine life but also humans who consume the sea shells that are collected from Chicalim and Sancoale bay.
Another SVBC member and former panch of Sancoale Naik said currently 12 dockyards are located along Chicalim and Sancoale protected site and they have been carrying out repair and construction of vessels but there is no dry dock facility available here for scrapping of barges.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Sancoale villagers see red over ‘dismantling’ of barges along Zuari“