CCP draws flak over proposed garbage sorting site

 Even as the last date for filing of objections against the site for the proposed garbage sorting site behind the Heera petrol pump in the city expired on Wednesday, fears are being raised over the location of the site.

The last date for objections as per notice of the TCP department on September 6 expired on Wednesday. There are 16 objections including those from Dr Oscar Rebello, Mr Pravin Sabnis, Ms Zarina da Cunha, Mr John Philip Pereira, Dr Sabina Martins and Miguel Braganza.

It may be recalled that an order dated July 24, issued by Mr Ashok Kumar, member-secretary, North Goa PDA, Mala, Panaji states that the property under review is earmarked as a No Development Area (NDA) as per Panaji ODP 2011. So the authority had rejected the proposal in its 43rd authority meeting held on July 11, 2012.

However, the latest efforts are to get it under Section 16,16A of the TCP Act.

The area already marked as ‘No Development Area’ or NDA in the Outline Development Plan (ODP 2011) prepared for the city by the North Goa PDA and notified by the Government of Goa.

However, the problem could be a little more serious. "This is a garbage dump and has a leachate tank according to the plans. We have seen from experience whenever garbage is dumped methane is produced. Methane is a combustible gas and the site is behind a petrol tank," Dr Sabina Martins, a PhD in chemistry told media.

"This has happened at Campal too. This could be a disaster. Also the leachate tank is close to water bodies. The soil is porous as this is a mangrove area. It could pollute the water body," Dr Martins added.

Locals also point out that the dump is located as we enter the city and the one at Patto stinks.

Survey numbers 25, 26 and 57 of Panaji, in the erstwhile ward of Morombi ward of Merces village near the Heera Petrol pump opposite the Kadamba inter-state bus stand are currently mangrove forest and were earlier salt pans locally known as "agor".

According to information, member-secretary of the NGPDA, Mr Ashok Kumar, reportedly filed a FIR dated September 20, 2010 with the Panaji Town police against unknown persons for filling the said salt-pans in Survey no 26 and 57 of Panaji city area.

The Panaji town police investigated the case over the next eleven months and then closed the file on August 25, 2011, as "A Final." Incidentally, the land belongs in parts to the Communidade of Morombi, the government and a private party. [NT]