Pollution Board is autonomous, will not interfere with its functioning: CM

 

 Asserting that the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) is an autonomous body, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said he would not interfere in the decision of the Board directing the Industrial Development Corporation to set up a captive land fill site at the Cuncolim Industrial Estate to treat 25,000 tons of hazardous waste.
“I treat the GSPCB as an autonomous body. I will not interfere with its functioning unless there is something amiss. The Board has to take decision on its own,” he told Herald.
The chief minister was referring to the GSPCB’s directions to the IDC to set up a captive land fill site to treat the hazardous waste lying in the Cuncolim Industrial Estate and his stand that the Industries Association should set up the land fill site at the Dharbandora site acquired and developed by the government at a cost of Rs two crore. “I don’t find anything contradictory. I am of the opinion that hazardous waste should be treated at the Dharbandora site by the industries. If the GSPCB has issued direction to the IDC to set up the captive land fill site to treat the Cuncolim waste, they are free to do so. Finally, the Board is an autonomous body”, he said.
Incidentally, inquiries with the GSPCB has pointed out that the IDC is yet to reply to the directions on developing the captive land fill site at the Cuncolim Industrial Estate.
While Board officials said the IDC should not have any objections to set up a captive land fill site at Cuncolim, eyebrows are raised whether the IDC would toe the CM’s line in the matter. [H]