|November 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm #4879|
Residents of Keriyem in Khandepar, during the gram sabha of Curti-Khandepar panchayat, once again opposed the waste treatment site at Keriyem and said that they will never give nod for it.
Members of the panchayat were forced to adjourn the gram sabha over this issue.
Villagers, who complained that there is rise in number of flies and foul smell emanating from the site, compelled all the panch members to visit the site by adjourning the meeting.
Villagers, along with panch members, inspected the site and alleged that Ponda Municipal Council (PMC) is carrying out the work illegally.
It may be recalled that the PMC had written a letter to Curti- Khandepar panchayat saying “High Court of Bombay at Goa has approved the site at Keriyem-Khandepar as a waste treatment site as well as a landfill site for the town of Ponda, as well as to treat similar waste from the village panchayat of Curti-Khandepar.”
The PMC had also said that “if the local body is not supporting the cause of PMC, it may invite contempt of the High Court.”
Sarpanch of Curti-Khandepar Deepa Naik informed that the PMC has not taken NOC from the panchayat and termed the work as illegal.
“Villagers are opposing the site to be used for garbage treatment. Hence, we will decide in our next meeting to challenge the High Court order,’’ the sarpanch added.
Sandeep Khandeparkar, a panch member and leader of BJP, alleged that the PMC without taking approval of electricity and water department are using the facilities.
“It is strange that the PMC is using water and electricity without meters. We will definitely bring this to the notice of High Court and also to the concerned departments,’’ Khandeparkar added.
According to him, the waste treatment site is downhill and not fit for such projects.
“In the rainy season, leachate will flow down. This may cause health problems,’’ he added.
At present, the PMC treats garbage using organic waste converter machines in the basement of market complex, and transports the manure generated from it to Keriyem site for drying purpose.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Villagers firm on opposition to waste treatment site at Keriyem“