Deputy Collector will seal Cuncolim plots: Agrawal

 

The South Goa District Collector on Sunday said his deputy Collector will execute instructions to seal the two Cuncolim industrial plots containing hazardous waste on Monday, even as the petition filed by the firm The Axis seeking a stay on the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) directives on sealing the plots will come for hearing before the Administrative Tribunal tomorrow morning
Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar has assured that the government would file an appropriate response before the Administrative Tribunal on Monday to ensure the sealing of plots takes place smoothly.
When Herald contacted District Collector, N D Agrawal on Sunday on Monday’s sealing plan, he said the deputy collector has been issued instructions to execute the GSPCB order dated December 17, 2012. 
“There was delay in the sealing of the two plots in view of the intervening suspension of deputy collector Dasharath Redkar. Redkar’s successor will now execute the directions”, Agrawal said.
Sources in the  Goa State Pollution Control Board said the partnership firm The Axis, having an office at Colmorod, Navelim, have served a notice on the Board on Friday issued by the Administrative Tribunal for hearing of the application for stay on the Board’s directions.
The  Goa State Pollution Control Board has been issued the notice to show cause on January 7 at 10.30 am why stay should not be granted to The Axis, which has challenged the Board’s order dated December 17, 2012 under Section 33(A) read with Section 27 of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and under Section 31 (A) read with Section 21 of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981. 
By the order, the  Goa State Pollution Control Board had withdrawn the Consent to Establish issued to Axis for the manufacture of cement products in the two plots and had further directed the District Collector, South to seal the two plots alleging unauthorised handling of the hazardous waste from the plots.
Sources in the  Goa State Pollution Control Board said the Board will seek adjournment of the hearing on the application for stay since they were not served a copy of the application along with the notice.  [H]