PANAJI: Taking cognizance of the fact that Village Panchayat Arambol is disposing of bio-degradable waste in open spaces, the Bombay High Court at Goa has directed the panchayat secretary and Sarpanch to appear in person before the Court in June.
Also, the Village panchayat St Lourance and Bhati deposited Rs three lakhs each before the Court for failing to put in place a permanent material recovery facility. The Court had on Tuesday imposed fines on both the panchayats.
It may be noted that during an earlier hearing, coming down heavily on the panchayats, the High Court had said,
“Having regard to the fact that for all this while, these panchayats have not even bothered to set up an MRF, we direct that until the MRF is actually set up in these villages, these panchayats will not issue any licences for construction from today itself.”
Such an order is necessary because the panchayats, on the one hand, continue to issue construction licences and, on the other hand, make no provision whatsoever for collection, storage and treatment of waste that is invariably generated.”