After GSPCB & health department, PWD inspects Colva creek


 The PWD water department on Thursday carried out an inspection of the Colva creek.
The same comes a week after the Goa state pollution control board (GSPCB) and the health department carried out similar inspections.
Locals have been complaining that sewage from a complex in Colva is allegedly being dumped into a drain that passes through fields and empties into the creek. They claim both, the fields and the creek, are thus being contaminated.
"We have informed the South Goa district collector N D Agrawal about the matter and about GSPCB's inspection. We are waiting for the latter's report," said complainant Judith Almeida, convener, Colva Civic and Consumer Forum.
She added that the PWD inspection was carried out in the presence of Colva pancahyat officials.
PWD officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the inspection was held to collect information about permissions and to check the complaints of sewage dumping.
They said action would be taken once the report is submitted to the government.
In 2011, the forum petitioned the high court pointing out that restaurants and hotels were using underground pipes to dump sewage into drains that emptied into the creek.
In April 2012, the water resources department desilted the creek and sealed all sewage pipes leading to the creek. This action followed inspection reports filed by GSPCB.
Following the inspections this month, Colva sarpanch Snowkan Gonsalves said the panchayat would wait for the reports. He said action would have to be taken by GSPCB or the PWD. [TOI]