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Members of the surveillance team keeping a watch on the naphtha-laden tanker on Wednesday. The tanker has run aground some metres off the Marivel beach near Dona Paula

Team monitoring naphtha ship working in inhuman conditions

Panaji: The working condition of the surveillance team, posted to monitor the stranded naphtha-laden tanker ‘MV Nu-Shi Nalini’ at the Marivel beach in Dona Paula, for the past three weeks is itself a disaster.

The team, which also has female members, is compelled to work in a pathetic condition from the open terrace of an abandoned house without any provision of basic facilities from the district administration.

So on day one, the team’s primary mission was not to save others’ lives but that of themselves. They felt like victims with no immediate source of food or water and no proper escape route to reach a safe location in case of a tragedy.

This daily has learnt that the team members, comprising of a police constable, talathi and a firefighter, coming from far off places, are left without any provision for food or water on duty. Hence, they go to a restaurant in Dona Paula to eat, and spend from their own pocket.

With no access to a toilet, the team members are forced to defecate in an open area or around the beach stretch, which is in contrary to the Clean India or ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission. The female members posted on duty during the daytime are forced to request the residents in the vicinity to use their toilet.

The entry to the surveillance team’s room is unhygienic with a persistent stench and presence of mosquitoes even during daytime. The village is congested with shanties and residential houses located close to each other with no proper drainage, and waste water is discharged in the open. There is also no space to install a bio-toilet for the team in order to avoid open defecation. The team personnel, who work in shifts, sleep on a mat and cardboards sans fan facility. With no proper arrangement made for sitting, a partially broken plastic chair is used by the team.

The intense heat during daytime and a ‘battle’ with mosquitoes at night are forcing the team members to spend sleepless nights. However, ignoring the subhuman conditions, the members continue to perform their duty.

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