Govt gives saplings to naphtha fire affected


The agriculture department distributed saplings of fruit-bearing and coconut trees to Dhaktollem residents affected by the naphtha leakage in August 2011.
A massive blaze caused by the naphtha leakage charred the green cover in and around Dhaktollem area and coconut and banana plantations of some residents were destroyed.
S Tendulkar, director of state agriculture department said, "The soil seems to be fertile as there is qualitative growth of banana and other plantation."
South Goa collector N D Agrawal, deputy collector Vasco Gourish Sankhwalkar, Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida, Zuari officials and others conducted the inspection. The team decided to cut 25 burnt coconut trees which were posing danger to human lives. The owners of the trees informed the team that they suffered financial lose due to the blaze as they used to sell the coconuts.
The saplings will be providing to them by the end of May after taking stock of requirements. The municipality will provide workers to dig pits to plant the saplings.
Almeida said, "Due to contaminated well and nullah, children have to undergo treatment due to mosquitoes and unhygienic living conditions."
Responding to this statement, Agrawal said that he will direct the water resource department to distill the nullah and the well. The well is still contaminated with naphtha which will be pumped and cleaned by an expert team of Zuari Industries limited assisted by the Mormugao municipality.
The trees will be cleared and the expenditure will be borne by Zuari Industries limited.
Sankhwalkar said, "The owner of the well does not want it to be closed down and asked that the water be made clean enough for consumption."
The team inspected the entire area, the nullah, well, burnt tress, and also interacted with survivors and their families. [TOI]