Fire dept to carry out inspections
The director of fire and emergency services, directed the senior fire personnel of Margao to conduct a fresh inspection of scrapyards in Salcete.
According to sources, a couple of years ago, the Margao fire and emergency service had provided conditional NOCs to 140 scrapyard owners of Salcete, and had asked them to comply with a few things. However, sources added that these owners failed to keep up their end of the bargain.
Interestingly, many of these scrapyard owners obtained electricity connection in Salcete with the blessing of politicians and elected members of the panchayats and municipality.
A member of NGO who has been tracking the illegalities of these scrapyards, said that these few scrapyard owners had approached the Administrative Tribunal earlier to justify their stand but nothing concrete came out.
When contacted, the divisional officer of the fire and emergency services, Mr P M Parab, confirmed such a direction having been issued to the office by their director. [NT]