Article courtesy of TNN | October 26, 2014 | The Times of India | Shared as educational material
PANAJI: The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) report on pollution in the St Inez creek has indicated significant sewage contamination in the creek’s water. The board conducted the inspection following directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
“The report indicates that the biochemical oxygen demand and total coliform are not within permissible limits, indicating significant sewage contamination in St Inez creek,” states the inspection report, submitted by GSPCB member secretary Levinson Martins to NGT.
The board has recommended that the PWD should be directed to provide a detailed storm water drain layout in the vicinity of the starred hotel and surrounding the Corporation of the City of Panaji’s areas, including Altinho, connected/ having connections to St Inez creek, anywhere along its entire length from Dona Paula to River Mandovi.
GSPCB has also recommended that the CCP and the health officer of PWD may be asked to carry out an area-wise detailed survey of all residences/residential complexes/establishments along the banks of the creek that are having discharge into the creek, and once discharge points have been identified the same should be immediately removed.
It has also recommended that other adequate arrangements should be made, such as septic tank/soak pit/laying of sewer lines.
The inspection report further stated that garbage was found strewn in the creek, adjacent to residential dwellings, and that a residential complex of 150 flats and 13 row villas at Tonca had no sewerage connection. “The existing septic tank/soak pit was insufficient and found continuously overflowing.” The GSPCB inspection report has directed the housing society to stop all discharges “effectively, immediately and permanently”.
The inspection team, consisting of officials of the Urban Health Centre, Water Resources Department, Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority, and CCP, along with GSPCB, further visited upstream residential complexes, like Landscape Shire, where a lot of garbage was found strewn in the creek.
GSPCB has been monitoring the creek for pollution or environmental degradation for the last year. Martins had stated that once the study was completed and based on the findings the board would issue directions appropriately. TOI ran a campaign in August highlighting the plight of the St Inez creek and how the authorities have been dragging their feet on the plan to clean and beautify the water body.