PANAJI: In a major directive, the Bombay High Court at Goa today restrained Arambol village panchayat in Bardez taluka from issuing any fresh construction licences without a Material Recovering Facility (MRF).
The Court observed that the panchayat needs Material Recovery Facility with the required capacity for construction waste management. The panchayat is ordered to issue construction licenses when it are put in place MRF Facility.
HC also directed the Sarpanch to deposit Rs 50,000 as a fine.
Meanwhile, in reply to the submission made by the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) with regards to open disposal of waste, VP Arambol today filed an undertaking that non-bio-degradable waste kept in open space will be sent to the Saligao waste treatment plant within 2 days.
The High Court on Wednesday lifted the restrictions imposed on the Colva Village Panchayat about the issue of construction licences.
In April this year, the Court restrained the Village Panchayat for failing to set up and operationalise the permanent Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for garbage management within its jurisdiction.
In January this year, the Court also ordered forfeiting of Rs 90,000 deposited by the Colva panchayat for failing to construct the MRF by December 2022. Of the Rs 90,000 deposit, Rs 80,000 was to be given to the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) and Rs 10,000 to the amicus curie.