With the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) withdrawing the Consent to Establish at the Cuncolim Industrial Estate, Ms The Axis has applied to the Industrial Development Corporation to use a portion of the quarry for a landfill site to dump the 25,000 tons of hazardous waste.
The company, which has taken over the two plots from State Bank of India via an auction for the manufacture of pavers, blocks and designer tiles etc, has requested the Industrial Development Corporation to grant permission to use the quarry for dumping of the hazardous waste.
In its letter to the Industrial Development Corporation , The Axis maintained that it was not aware that the hazardous waste was lying in the two plots which had earlier housed Ms Sunrise Zinc Ltd and the previous company was allotted the quarry admeasuring 10,000 sq mts to set up the captive landfill site.
Axis, however, has made it clear to the Industrial Development Corporation that it will not pay any charges for the land fill quarry site, but will only remove the hazardous waste stacked in plot no L-2 & L-3.
A copy of the letter has been forwarded to the Goa State Pollution Control Board, saying that the company will proceed further once the Industrial Development Corporation hands over the land to set up the captive land fill site.
The Goa State Pollution Control Board had withdrawn its Consent to Establish granted to Ms The Axis after inspection of the hazardous waste site revealed handling of the 25,000 tons of hazardous waste lying in the two plots.
The Goa State Pollution Control Board had also issued directions to the District Collector, South N D Agrawal on December 18 to immediately seal the two plots to prevent the occupier to stop handling of the hazardous waste.
SDM, Margao Dasharath Redkar, who has received instructions from the district collector two days ago, have decided to seal the premises of The Axis on Friday. [H]