Managing garbage is a battle in the state and everyone wants it done but no one wants the facilities required to manage it in their backyard
With south-west monsoon active over Goa bringing in heavy spells of showers, it has once again exposed the filthy state of the Panjim market with decayed vegetables spilled across the vicinity. The place turns an eye-sore with rains scattering the dumped garbage - a common scenario with vendors and consumers often complaining and demanding its cleanliness.
The market stretch particularly near the fish market is one of the major dumping grounds for all kinds of waste giving a tough time to even a passer-by owing to it unhygienic condition. The Composite Unit in the premise has not been of immense help but City Corporation claims it otherwise.
“Regular inspections by my team and myself have not found major flaws. There had been complaints of foul smell in the past and we took immediate action. We have taken the responsibility to ensure the site is maintained,” Commissioner of the Corporation of City of Panjim (CCP) Ajit Roy told Herald.
About the filth around fish market, Roy asserted that daily cleaning is undertaken even as the Corporation is ‘trying to find a solution to the problem.’ He further stated that the stretch, in the past, had seen frequent dumping of waste which has been contained in the present time.
People, who have been frequently visiting the fish, meat and vegetable markets, and even shopkeepers, are increasingly worried about the leftover dump and the health hazards that it poses. The fisherwomen at the market have been demanding that the composting unit be shifted far away from the market area.
The CCP officials are however firm not to shift the site. It was in the month of April that the present agency’s contract was extended to three months till July 31, 2018. Roy said the CCP will issue a fresh tender to bring on board a new agency to take up the task of the composting unit.
Earlier this year, large number of traders staged a protest outside the market complex over this issue demanding immediate removal and shifting of the unit looking upon as a potential health hazard. The traders had also threatened to close down the market complex and protest out on the streets if the unit is not shut.
“We have been time and again asking the CCP to shift the plant as the stench is unbearable. Also looking at the health hazards, many people and vendors have suffered health problems in the past whereas some have even lost their precious lives; it is a slow poison. Many customers are also avoiding our shops due to the disgusting smell,” The Panjim Municipal Market Tenant Association (PMMTA) President Rajendra Dhamaskar had told the media recalling, “Almost 10 years back when the plant was erected, we were told that it was only temporary but over the years, it has continued to remain there. Also earlier it would only deal with dry leftover vegetable waste but now we see that fish and meat waste is also treated there. The stench, flies, mosquitoes and the left over water remaining in the drains is the biggest health hazard.”