- 175 notices issued to people for polluting Bicholim River
175 notices issued to people for polluting Bicholim River
Notices say if precautionary measures are not taken within 15 days then strict action would be taken against them
BICHOLIM: The Bicholim Municipal Council (BMC) and the Health Department have issued around 175 notices to the people for polluting the Bicholim River and have stated that if precautionary measures are not taken within 15 days then strict action would be taken against them.
Speaking to Herald BMC chairman Satish Gaonkar informed that the move is based on the suggestions from the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The NGT based on the survey had declared Bicholim River as one of the most polluted rivers in the State.
Gaonkar said that the work to clean the river and punish the offenders has already commenced.
“We have seen that the Bicholim River is being polluted by the people as well as the industries. Till date we have issued around 175 notices and the survey is still on and as we come across any such activity we issue them a notice,” Gaonkar said.
As per the report the notices are served from May 19 and after the survey, within the next two days a notice is issued to the erring households. “There are many households and industries, who release their waste water into the river thereby polluting it. We are conducting joint survey along with the Health Department and even the officers who are involved cannot neglect this as action could also be taken against them under contempt of court,” Gaonkar added.
The notice warns the offenders that their water and electricity connections would be disconnected if they do not act within 15 days. The municipality has thus urged the public to follow the rules and not to pollute the river.