Officials from Salcete mamlatdar and talathi office, acting on a notice issued by South Goa collector, on Tuesday sealed the main office and a godown of Mobor Fisheries in Cavelossim after several complaints from the village forum about illegal fishing activities and that it is operating under unhygienic conditions.
The order issued by South Goa collector Tariq Thomas pointed to a show cause notice that was issued by the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) in October.
The order said that Mobor Fisheries had failed to comply with the directions issued by GSPCB to apply for consent to operate, remove PVC pipeline draining into the river and provision of adequate sanitation to prevent river water pollution and were therefore asked to stop all operations and submit compliance reports. The collector on November 23 had ordered the sealing of Mobor Fisheries and submitting of compliance report within two days.
However, on Tuesday as the officials descended at the site, confusion prevailed with the owner of Mobor Fisheries claiming that he had stopped fishing activities while the village forum demanded sealing of all the units in survey number 107/1.
“As per the order that was issued, we have been told to seal all operating units of M/s Mobor Fisheries. So today, we sealed the main office and one godown at the back of the office. The remaining are residential units and we are not clear on whether to seal them or not,” said the joint mamlatdar of Salcete.
Meanwhile, the talathi, who was also present during the sealing operation, reiterated that it was not clear whether or not to seal everything in the premises adding, “We will seek clarification from the collector’s office and then take a decision. Our main focus was to deal with the issue of sewage being released in the river water and we have addressed this by sealing the unit,” he
Locals under the banner of Cavelossim Village Forum however have said that everything belonging to Mobor Fisheries should have been sealed to prevent restarting of any operations.
“Our demand from day one has been to stop all operations here and remove the areas where the labourers of the Mobor Fisheries are living as it is unhygienic and should be shut down,” said forum president Iris Passanha.