Say it is an attempt to suppress voice of the people; Demand inward counter in South Goa
PANJIM: With Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) shifting its office to its new premises in Saligao, locals, environmentalists and activists have expressed their dissatisfaction calling it an attempt to suppress the voice of the people.
As per the notice issued by GSPCB on August 6, it said that the office shall function from its new premises in Saligao with effect from August 8.
Speaking to Herald, environmental activist Savio Correia said, “The building should have been located centrally making it easy for people to travel but if you want to reach the new office of GSPCB in Saligao, there is no proper public transportation. In my view they should come up with a small counter at the South Goa Collectorate building.”
Another activist, Siddharth Karapurkar, said it was an attempt of the State government to suppress the voice of the people. Karapurkar said, “It is very difficult for the common man to travel to the new premises of GSPCB in Saligao, especially those who are coming from South Goa as they have to now take two separate buses and then walk 15 minutes. The building should have been centrally located. The government should set up an inward counter in South Goa.”
South Goa residents also said that there is neither direct bus service nor public transport to the office site and that the people are middle class and the shifting has made it more difficult for them to get to the GSPCB office.
“If you see most of the offices are now moving out of Panjim city. Pollution control is a dear subject of most of the people. The government should realise what its services are. The best option is setting up another branch for the South Goa people,” GOACAN coordinator Roland Martins said.