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Tides move waste from Colva creek to beach

Tides move waste from Colva creek to beach

10 Jul 2018 No comment 14 hits

COLVA: Nature has a way of cleaning and healing itself. This seems to be true in the case of the Colva creek.
Less than a month ago, a layer of foam had developed on the famed creek’s surface, an alleged consequence of pollutants discharged into it by some restaurants operating on its banks. Now, however, the water is not only clear but also free of waste like plastic bags and bottles. Strong tidal movements owing to the monsoon appear to have washed the refuse onto the beach.

For years now, villagers have been demanding that the authorities protect the creek from pollution by restaurants in its vicinity, and also deter tourists and other citizens from throwing waste into it, but to no avail. Local voluntary organisations point fingers at the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB), and even the Colva panchayat for not doing enough to curb the menace.

The Colva creek, which flows between the beach and an expansive parking space, has always been a bone of contention between the panchayat and tourism department. A panch member said the creek gets polluted only during the tourism season. “Checks and balances on restaurants has to be maintained by the tourism department as it permits them to operate there,” the member said, adding that the Goa Tourism Development Corporation, which is expected to develop Colva’s infrastructure, will also desilt the creek as part of the project.

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