Cuncolim Industrial Estate lacks ETP, fire service
Seafood Exporters Association of India has lamented that the government has not acceded to the long pending demand for an Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) and fire station at the Cuncolim Industrial Estate.
President of the Association, M Ibrahim said a total of five seafood processing units are located in the Cuncolim Industrial estate, which have been finding it difficult to discharge the effluents. ‘We had petitioned to the government to set up an ETP which would not only take care of the effluents, but also help recycle the waste water, which could have been used by the steel units or for the purpose of gardening”, Ibrahim said.
He pointed out that the ETP would have cost the exchequer around Rs three crore, but did not find favour with the government in the budget presented in the Assembly by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar earlier this week.
Besides, he said the government has also not met the long pending demand for a fire station at the Cuncolim Industrial Estate. “The Cuncolim Industrial estate has witnessed a number of fire accidents in the last one year. Property worth crore of rupees have been lost in fire and the delays in the arrival of the fire brigade from Margao have only added to the problem”, he said while reminding that the Fire services themselves have called for an independent fire station at the Cuncolim Industrial estate.
Ibrahim further said the government has also not agreed on the demand for waiver of the demand charges vis-à-vis power. “We had petitioned to the Chief Minister to waive off the demand charges on power especially during the lean period of nine months, but in vain”, he added. [H]