Water Resources Minister Filipe Nery Rodrigues has asked the Chinchinim village panchayat to file a police complaint against the dumping of garbage near the eco-sensitive Bondkevoll spring, which is famous for its medicinal properties.
Taking cognisance of a news report in ‘The Navhind Times’, Rodrigues asked the panchayat to lodge a police complaint against those who create nuisance at the spring.
He also asked officials of the water resource department to address the issues concerning the spring, including maintenance of the water tank at the spring.
‘The Navhind Times’ had highlighted the concerns of the villagers over the spring, which has turned into a garbage dumping ground.
Rodrigues said the miscreants causing nuisance at Digabandh should also be brought to book.
Surveillance technology could be used to monitor the bandh area to prevent those dumping animal waste into the water body. Or a person can be engaged to keep an eye on the embankment round-the-clock so as to shoo away the miscreants.
The villagers have urged the water resource department to explore potential to develop Durga lake as a tourism spot for migratory bird watching.
They made a representation to the Water Resources Minister to explore the possibility of developing the area around the lake as a potential tourist attraction, as the lake attracts migratory birds.
The lake could also be developed for boating, the villagers opined. However, they warned that the ecologically sensitive area should not be overexploited as it could have an adverse impact on the fragile ecosystem.
The minister asked the villagers to submit a memorandum to the department which would be taken up for consideration.