‘Mines affect public health’

A few NGOs have filed petitions with the South Goa district collector N D Agarwal pointing out the threat to public health on account of the operation of several iron ore mines within the catchment area of the Selaulim reservoir, and demanded closure of these mining activities immediately.

Colva Civic and Consumer Forum further threatened to approach the magistrate to force the Police to file an FIR against the violators. "This problem is affecting everyone as even when we store water, we get a lot of this brown film on top of the water and there is a lot of sedimentation. If water is supposed to coming in filtered form , we should not have these problem" said Judith Almeida, convenor of the forum on Tuesday. Another NGO, Selaulim Bachao Andolan (SBA), has named six mines in its petition operating within the catchment area of the dam. [TOI]