Herald: RRC drafts action plan to make polluted river stretches fit for bathing

RRC drafts action plan to make polluted river stretches fit for bathing

16 Apr 2019 06:19am IST

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16 Apr 2019 06:19am IST

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Plan kept open for public suggestions, wherein the educational and religious institutions are requested to submit their recommendations

PANJIM: Disconnecting direct discharge of domestic sewage into rivers or water bodies, construction of septic tank and soak pits by residential houses and installation of bio-toilet facilities are amongst several measures proposed to make the river stretches pollution-free. 

The State Government constituted River Rejuvenation Committee (RRC) has drafted action plan for the river stretches of Zuari, Sal, Chapora and Terekhol to bring in all polluted river stretches, as identified by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), to be fit at least for bathing purpose. The action plan is prepared as per directions of National Green Tribunal (NGT). 

The action plan has been kept open for public suggestions, wherein the educational and religious institutions, in particular, are requested to submit their recommendations. 

Identifying discharge of raw sewage as major cause for river pollution and health hazard, the RRC has proposed to disconnect all the direct discharges of domestic sewage into the rivers, storm water drains and nallahs. Installation of bio-toilets and construction of septic tanks and soak pits by the residential houses is on card. The concerned village panchayats and Directorate of Panchayat have to oversee the progress of the measure, which is to be completed in 12 months post finalisation of the plan. 

The RCC has also proposed improvement and up gradation of the existing Solid Waste Management Facility (SWMF) including collection system and erection of material recovery facilities / storage shed for non-biodegradable waste in the village panchayat areas along the banks of the rivers. 

For River Zuari, wherein 18 river stretches are identified, the action plan speaks about establishment of toilets at fishing jetty at Cortalim within a period of six months. Also, Rs 190 crore SWMF at Curchorem is also proposed and is expected to be in operation within 18 months. The facility will handle solid waste from Quepem, Sanguem and Dharbandora. Up gradation of existing sewerage treatment plants and setting up of new facilities is also on cards. 

For River Sal, which is considered as the lifeline of South Goa and the most polluted river stretch of the State, the action plan proposes to install natural treatment (SIBF/phytorid beds) along the river bank to avoid the pollution. It has also spoken about replacement of old sewerage network system, laying of new system and providing house connection to the existing facility. 

Desilting and deweeding of the river is also a major component. 

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