A Division Bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa comprising of Justice M.S.Sonak and Justice M.S Jawalkar today directed the Panchayats of Merces, Chimbel and Santa Cruz to ensure that by 20th July the black spots are cleared and a compliance report is filed.
The directions were issued after Adv. Aires Rodrigues today submitted to the Court photographs removed on 10th July showing garbage dumped along the roads in these three panchayats.
While observing that despite several directions, the position of black spots in these Panchayat areas continues to remain substantially the same, the High Court in its order today has made it clear that if no serious steps are taken to prevent such black spots and to clear them no sooner they start appearing, the Court would be constrained to take serious action against those in control of these Panchayats.
Adv. Rodrigues today submitted that though the Panchayats of Merces, Chimbel and Santa Cruz have been repeatedly submitting to the Court that the streets within their jurisdiction are free from garbage that the ground reality however continues to be to the contrary.
The Contempt petition filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues in 2017 over the failure of the authorities to comply with the undertaking given that a garbage management plan would be in place will now be heard by the High Court on 22nd July.