Goa Chief Minister: "Shift Garbage Treatment Plant...protect people, save the environment."
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Garbage has been killing Saligao, Goa from 1987.
For 26 years, unsegregated, coastal and hotel garbage has been dumped in a huge, 60-foot-deep, empty laterite quarry on the Saligao-Calangute plateau. It has polluted the mineral, Salmona spring in Saligao, as well as springs in Calangute and Candolim. Today, spring and well water there, is unfit for drinking.
Public health is at risk, because the garbage attracts foxes, wild dogs, rodents, cockroaches, flies and other insects, crows, vultures, egrets and sadly, village goats, cattle and dogs. Toxic, cancer-causing fumes from burning garbage and stench from from rotting hotel food pollutes the air, making life unbearable and dangerous for villagers.
All pleas, to stop the indiscriminate dumping have been ignored.
Now, the state govt. insists on installing a Garbage Treatment Plant (GTP) at the same site. A massive landfill will take 10 tonnes of processed biodegradeable waste per day, for 10 years. Plant and landfill, both are a potential danger to the 3 villages.
For the sake of Goa, Saligao wants the plant, but shifted to a safer location, just 700 mts away.
It is not the best location for the environment, as such dangerous projects should never be located in eco-sensitive zones like hill-tops and plateaus.
However, shifting the GTP will be safer, cleaner, healthier...not just for Saligao, but Calangute and Candolim too.
Please join the Saligao Garbage Struggle in this 5-point charter to the Govt. of Goa:
1. Shift the Garbage Treatment Plant to the safer, alternate site, just 700 mts. away.
2. Have a dedicated approach road to the plant, instead of garbage trucks passing through the densely populated areas of Saligao.
3. Completely clean up the present dump site, according to the High Court order of 2003.
4. If the capacity of the plant is only 100 tonnes, then it should cater only to Calangute, Candolim and Saligao.
5. If there is no segregation-at-source, then do not install such a plant on any hill, as all such plants in India have failed.
Please sign our petition and see how this simple action of yours will change the way the Govt. of Goa looks at the garbage problem.
For Goa's sake.
For the sake of the planet.
Saligao Garbage Struggle (SGS)
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