Panjim: State Government has constituted a special Environment Surveillance Task Force to ensure that no illegal mining takes place in the river belts of polluted stretches.
Task force under District Magistrates has been constituted in North and South Goa. It comprises of Superintendent of Police (North and South), scientist from Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) and Secretary of District Legal Services Authority of the district administration.
“Special Environment Surveillance Task Force will ensure that the no illegal mining take place in the river belt of polluted stretches,” notification issued by director environment Sanjeev Joglekar stated.
Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had declared 11 river stretches in Goa as highly polluted. Total eight river stretches fall under Category V those are – Assonora to Sirsaim (Assonora), Bicholim to Curchirem (Bicholim), Ponda to Opa (Khandepar), along Candolim (Sinquerim) along Tiracol (Tiracol), Sanklim–Bicholim to Poriem (Valvanti) and Curchorem to Madkai (Zuari).
Two rivers’ stretches fall under Category IV. Those are – Marcela to Volvoi (Mandovi) and along Canacona (Talpona). The river stretch from Khareband to Mobor (Sal) falls under Category III. [H]