Locals from Seraulim, irked over dumping of construction debris along village roads, have filed a complaint with Colva police and will meet with local MLA Churchill Alemao in this regard.
Locals along with panchayat members raised an alarm after seeing five truckloads of debris positioned along the road from the SGPDA market up to the village. On either side of the road leading to the village, the PWD has erected boards with the notice ‘Designated dumping sites for construction debris (by High Court order)’.
Residents claimed that this was being done due to their opposition to the western bypass that passes along the same route. They have been demanding that the bypass be built on stilts in areas of Seraulim, Mungul and Benaulim, a decision the government is unwilling to take.
“These boards are being put up right on the banks of the river Sal and debris including plastic waste is being dumped, which is bad. This dumping has been happening on the river bank for the last 15 days and we demand that it is stopped immediately,” said a resident, Benjamin Fernandes.
Meanwhile, Seraulim sarpanch Domingo Fernandes said that the panchayat had not received any notice from the concerned department regarding the dumping of construction debris in their village.
“The panchayat is doing everything in its power to make sure the village is made plastic and garbage-free but the government is reversing our work by dumping waste like this including plastic. We have already complained to the Colva police against the dumping that is going on and we will be taking up the issue with the MLA as well,” said the sarpanch.