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Pissurlem unit issued show cause over waste water discharge into nullah

Valpoi: The Goa State Pollution Control Board has issued a show cause notice to an industrial unit located in the Pissurlem Industrial Estate for allegedly discharging waste water into a nullah.

According to GSPCB member secretary, a farmer namely Manohar Parab made a telephonic complaint regarding waste water being discharged into nullah by the industrial unit from the Pissurlem Industrial Estate and other premises.

During the initial stage of inspection, a foam substance was seen discharged in the storm water drain near the compound wall of industrial unit, which was connected to the adjacent nullah.

It may be recalled that earlier this month residents were shocked to find a mysterious white substance floating on the water at the famous Harvalem waterfall site.

According to the information, the Harvalem locals during their visit to the site noticed that the water had turned white and found a mysterious white substance floating.

They had immediately informed the local MLA and Speaker, Dr Pramod Sawant, who in turn contacted the GSPCB. The board immediately sent its team and collected the water samples.

“After I was informed about the incident, I visited the site and found foam like substance in the water. We immediately contacted the GSPCB and are awaiting reports,” Dr Sawant had said.

People and the MLA suspected that it could be the industrial waste from Pissurlem Industrial Estate.

“We strongly suspect it could the waste from some chemical company at Pissurlem or upper Harvalem. We demand that the GSPCB takes strict action against such company,” Dr Sawant had demanded.

“If this continues, there could be serious threat not only to the waterfall but also to the fields and marine life as well. The entire Harvalem area could get polluted,” Dr Sawant had warned adding that “I am in contact with the MS to GSPCB, Sharmila Monteiro and will demand stern action against the company.”

It is pertinent to note that the Harvalem waterfall is one of the famous waterfalls in North Goa. [H]

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