GSPCB, health dept inspect Colva creek
Following complaints from locals over stench emanating from the Colva creek due to release of sewage water into it, Goa state pollution control board (GSPCB) and the health department carried out an inspection on Thursday evening.
Residents complained that the sewage from a complex in Colva was allegedly being dumped into a drain that passed through the fields and empties itself into the Colva creek, thus contaminating the fields and the creek.
"The government authorities handling this should be suspended as this matter has been going on for two years and every time we complain, they come and promise action but the residents here are suffering and we are at risk from the spread of diseases like malaria, dengue due to the unhygienic conditions here," said Judith Almeida, convener of Colva civic and consumer forum.
"Farmers are facing many problems as their fields are being destroyed and the cows are seen grazing on the same dirty waste which is harmful," said a resident.
Acting on complaints, the GSPCB and health department also inspected the area behind the sulabh toilets. The complainants stated that the drain behind the sulabh toilets leading to the taxi stand was choked with sewage.
In the month of October 2012, GPSCB along with Benaulim MLA Caitu D'silva had visited the creek and assured to take action against those found responsible for dumping waste into the creek. However the residents expressed their frustration and disappointment with the government for failure to resolve the problem. [TOI]