PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that as per provisional report, the petroleum leakage at Matvem, Dabolim is attributed to non-changing of petroleum carrying pipeline for a very long time.
“As per provisional report, it is natural, they had not changed the line for a very long time. That could be the reason,” said Sawant.
“I think the leakage has been found out,” he added. “They are changing the entire line. It may take a months time,”he further informed.
Sawant asserted that the state will be not face shortage of fuel due to the leakage issue, as alternate measures are in place to replenish the supply.
Goa State Pollution Control Board(GSPCB), Industries Dept, Collector etc are continuously monitoring the situation, he said.
Sawant asserted that action will be taken against Zuari Indian Oil Tanking Limited (ZIOTL). “Such mistakes will not be tolerated. Warning letter has already been issued to them,” he said.
Well was sealed by the Vasco fire and emergency personnel in the presence of government officials, who appealed to the residents not to use the water and further to refrain from cooking in close proximity of the well due to inflammable products.
The panicked residents complained that water from at least six borewells and also the natural spring had been contaminated and feared that the pipeline was leaking. It could be either petrol, diesel or naphtha pipeline, the residents said.