PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant today said that not a single tourist will visit Goa in the next 10 years if the people of the state continue to dump garbage in public places.
“There is a need for awareness, we must not turn Goa into a dumpyard. If this continues not a single tourist will visit Goa in the next 10 years if the people of the state continue to dump garbage in public places,” said CM Sawant
He further said that just for the sake of self benefit do not create garbage dumps in the villages
“If this continues the villages will be destroyed, its everyone responsibility to keep our Goa clean,” he added
Sawant also said that Goa is the only state in the country to have seven types of waste treatment plants.
“These includes solid waste management, sewerage treatment, bio medical waste, chemical waste, construction waste, industrial waste and e-waste. There is no plant in any state which has such a treatment plant,” he added
The chief minister also said that hotel and industrial waste has been dumped in villages and if it is not treated then in no time Goa will become waste dump yard.
“State government had already spent crores on legacy waste left behind; Stop throwing garbage on roads and in river water. Keep it in designated areas of villages and cities, where your local bodies asks to. This will help to lift and treat the garbage,” he further said.
Sawant asked people to stop throwing waste into the state’s rivers. Speaking at the cleaning drive at Miramar beach, he said plastic bags with religious offerings damage the marine ecosystem.
“I see people stopping on the bridge and throwing plastic bags into the water. Please don’t throw any waste into the water because the same waste then washes up on beaches. Either keep it along the roads or put it in waste bins,” he said.