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Coastal Salcete unhappy with shifting of GSPCB to Saligao

Coastal Salcete unhappy with shifting of GSPCB to Saligao

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09 Aug 2018 No comment 16 hits

MARGAO

The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) may have shifted to a better facility in Saligao on Wednesday but locals from coastal Salcete who have consistently been highlighting the damage done to the environment say it is a step back in governance.

According to a notice issued by the pollution board, the office began functioning from a 6,300 square meter building in Saligao but coastal Salcete along with their issues including land, air and water pollution said the office has moved further from being easy accessible.

Speaking to this daily, Colva Civic and Consumer Forum (CCCF) secretary Judith Almeida said that the governance was moving away from the people instead of towards it. “Governance at people’s doorstep is what the government keeps pointing to but by moving the head office further away from the capital it is taking the governance away from the people. There are hundreds of environment degrading complaints that normal people would ideally like to complain to the GSPCB, but cannot do so because the office is far away. There is an option to complain online, but there is no follow up,” said Almeida.

Cavelossim Civic Forum said that they have also fought several cases of sewerage being released into water bodies like the River Sal.

“There have been so many cases of sewage being released into the River Sal. It is clear for anyone to see the pollutants but the pollution board gives a clean chit. As it is following up with the office was a huge task, now with its moving, it will make life even more difficult for us at the forum,” said Cavelossim Civic Forum president Iris Passanha.

The civic forums have demanded that an office of the GSPCB should be kept in every taluka in the state to enable easy accessibility for locals and quick response to complaints issued in each area.

The GSPCB have shifted their Patto office in Panaji to a new building located in Saligao. The building has a double height porch, reception, IT department, sample receiving station, canteen and rest rooms for the staff. The foundation stone for the building was laid in January 2016 by former chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar.

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