PANJIM: The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) will direct the Corporation of City of Panjim (CCP) to clear the garbage at Campal parade ground on priority, as it has taken serious cognizance of the frequent fires at the site.
While heaps of mixed waste at the segregation site continues to remain an eye-sore and nuisance to city residents and visitors, fire incidents have largely risked human health and affected the environment.
After a recent fire at the site, the GSPCB’s inspection team has observed that it was a self-lit fire owing to methane gas generated by the rotting waste. “The Board will ask the CCP to immediately clear off the garbage to prevent similar incidents in future,” GSPCB Chairman Jose Manuel Noronha said.
The Board had earlier recommended various measures to all the municipal councils and related authorities to ensure garbage dump sites at other locations such as Sada, Kakoda and Sonsodo are free from such mishaps.
During the inspection last week, the GSPCB experts noticed that CCP segregation shed along with non-biodegradable waste at the site was completely burnt. There was also a small fire at the agricultural waste. The Fire Department personnel have been constantly keeping an eye to prevent fire from spreading to adjoining areas.
As reported by Herald last week, the residents, government offices including Fire & Emergency Services, educational institutions and a private hospital located in the close proximity to the Campal ground are facing health risks.
“We have people coming for minor treatment and for consultation. They suffer from the hazardous smoke emissions and have to be operated upon,” a senior doctor at the clinic told this reporter.
The government college of Home Science faces similar situation. “It’s not just the students but also the staff who go through a terrible time. When there is no fire, the unbearable garbage stink distracts us. We are not able to concentrate,” a staff member expressed.
The CCP is on record that its major challenge is lack of space to dispose off the debris and tree waste. CCP Commissioner Sanjith Rodrigues claims that this property is used to dump only tree waste whereas the GSPCB’s inspection report clearly indicates the garbage dump also comprises of non biodegradable wastes.
“We assume somebody ignites fire to the waste on purpose. We are looking for new quarry pits to dispose of tree waste and debris,” Rodrigues told Herald.