Plots containing hazardous waste at Cuncolim sealed

 

Twenty-one days after the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) directed the district Collector, South to seal the two plots in the Cuncolim Industrial Estate, the Deputy Collector, Margao sealed the premises on Monday morning.
The sealing exercise, which started at 8.45 in the morning was completed after a hour, but before the Administrative Tribunal could take up hearing of the application for stay filed by the Axis at 10.30 am.
Deputy Collector Surendra Naik along with other revenue officials descended at the Cuncolim Industrial Estate on early Monday morning. They first sealed the main entrance gate and then the second gate leading to the two plots. After sealing the premises, the deputy Collector said the two plots were sealed as per the directions of the Collector and Goa state pollution control board.
Though there was a delay on the part of the district Collector to seal the two plots, intervention by Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar on Saturday helped expedite the sealing of the premises.
The GSPCB had on December 17 issued direction to the district Collector, South to immediately seal the two plots L-2 & L-3 in the Cuncolim Industrial Estate after inspection revealed unauthorized handling of the 25,000 tons of hazardous waste stacked inside. 
By the same order, the Pollution Control Board had withdrawn the Consent to Establish earlier issued to the firm The Axis for the manufacture of cement blocks, pavers and design tiles etc.
The two plots are believed to be housing 25,000 tons of hazardous waste left behind by Ms Sunrise Zinc Ltd after its closure. 
Sources said that The Axis took over the two plots via an auction by the SBI Stressed Assets Managements, Mumbai and had later obtained the consent to establish from the Goa state Pollution Control Board, which was withdrawn on December 17. [H]