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Residential houses along river bank release waste into Mandovi, reveals GSPCB study

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Panaji: The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) recent inspection of River Mandovi has revealed that maximum numbers of residential houses located along the bank has an outlet to discharge the waste water in the river.

The inspection was carried out across stretch covering the village panchayat of Betqui-Candola, Marcel-Tivrem-Orgao, St Estevam, Old Goa and Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP). The inspection of sewage treatment plant (STP) of Public Works Department (PWD) at Patto and Tonca was also undertaken.

The Board also inspected the commercial establishments, cruise vessels and off shore casinos vessels.

During the inspection, the residential houses and commercial establishments located in these VPs were found discharging the waste water into the river.

Board has directed the concerned VPs to inspect verify and prepare a list of all the residential houses and commercial establishments, stretch-wise located along the bank of river and their mode of disposal of waste water.

As far as commercial establishments were concerned, Board did not came across any direct discharge of waste water by these units in the river.

During inspection it was noted that the waste water generated in all the casino vessels is collected into their respective holding tank and the same is unloaded into the sewage vessel in the presence of officials of Captain of Ports and GSPCB. The same is thereafter transferred into the night soil tankers at the jetty for eventual disposal at the STP, Tonca.

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