In view of residential apartments with sewage treatment plants (STPs) facing challenges on maintenance, the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has issued guidelines making mandatory on manufacturers and dealers to enlist and empanel with the board for installation and maintenance of sewage treatment plants (STPs).
The rule makes mandatory on STP manufacturers to open service centers in the state within one month of empanelment and adequately equipped with technical
personnel, spares, tools to be able to attend to a maintenance call within 48 hours.
The GSPCB will issue enlistment letter to the vendors with one year validity from the date of issue of enlistment letter however the small category of vendors should pay registration fee of Rs 10,000 for supplying upto 10 KLD, Rs 20,000 for medium category supplying upto 25KLD STPs and large category vendor supplying above 25KLD has to pay Rs 30,000 fee.
To get qualified for the enlistment, the firm/company should not be blacklisted and declared debarred by any government department and must have commissioned Sewage Treatment Plant for a cumulative capacity according to their supply category from upto 10KLD to above 25 KLD during the last two years.
The firm/company must have shop and establishment certificate or certificate of incorporation/registration and it is mandatory to have a full-fledged office within the state along with trade license from concerned authorities.
If the firm is a manufacturing company, they must provide details of the original equipment of all major components such as aerator, pump, filter etc. along with their latest test certificates (not older than six months from the date of submission application) as per IS or BIS standards.
However the manufacturer of Sewage Treatment Plant or an authorised dealer are allowed but the firm/company should not be having any relation with environmental laboratories nor their sister concern.
According to a data released by Sewerage and Infrastructural Development Corporation of Goa Ltd (SIDCGL) which was produced before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in river pollution matter shows the sewerage coverage in Goa is only 16% and only three towns Panaji, Margao and Vasco have proper sewerage system with capacity to treat 58.52 million litres per day (MLD) but not more than 23.81 MLD of sewage is actually treated or 59.30% of sewage generated in these three towns goes to treatment facility.