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Calangute: It can be a result of proper garbage collection or habit of littering, the garbage on the beaches of Goa has tripled in last one year.

Around 20 lakh kilograms of garbage has been lifted from Goa beaches in last 16 months with the quantum of garbage tripling this year compared to the last year.

 Drishti Marinehave completed 16 months of service in offering its assistance and mobilized manpower and equipment for clearing garbage from the beaches of Goa which began on December 17, 2016.

Said Ravi Shankar, CEO Drishti marine: “Since December 17, 2016 till April 15, 2018 the agency has collected and transported 19,90,250 kgs of garbage from along the state’s coast and cleaned the beaches.”

The last four months from January till April 15, 2018 witnessed 7,89,968 kgs of garbage being collected from the coastal areas of the state, he said.

 “In comparison, the previous year the garbage collected during the same period of January to April 15, 2017 was 2,67,047 kgs.  The quantum of garbage collected during the first quarter of the year has almost tripled,” Ravi stated.

“The steep rise in garbage collected can be attributed to greater compliance by shack owners to segregate and handover waste to Drishti Marine. Over the past year we  have been working with shack owners to educate them on the  proper methods to segregate wet and dry waste,” he said.

“Over time we have seen that almost  all shack owners have been following the correct method of segregating garbage and hand over the garbage in a timely manner, ensuring that they do not miss on the garbage collection pick-up time. Another  factor could be the  waste and debris washed ashore during high tide. This amount increases during rough weather,” he added.

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