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GMC Officials Compelled To Repair Overflowing Sewage Plant Chamber  
Source:   Herald City   : Panjim Published On   08-10-2009  

 

Villagers of Bambolim today compelled Goa Medical College (GMC) authorities to repair the overflowing chamber of its Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) as stinking sewage water made its way into the village.

Stinking sewage water has been flowing into village for the last couple of days however the authorities woke up to the problem only after the angry residents finally approached Dr V N Jindal, Dean of the GMC.

Panch member of Bambolim Village Panchayat, Rosita Almeida complained that the sewage water has been coming down from the overflowing sewage chamber but authorities claimed that they were not aware of the problem until today morning.

When contacted Medical Superintendent of the GMC, Dr Rajan Kuncolienkar said, he visited the spot after villagers met him today morning and instructions have been issued to clear the overflowing chamber. The problem was due to chocking, he said.

When asked whether there is no supervision at the plant, Dr Kuncolienkar was evasive. A resident of Bambolim Teofilo Monteiro who headed the delegation said, due to the leakage of sewage the residents are exposed to unhygienic condition. “The condition provides breeding ground for mosquitoes. Even during the daytime you will find mosquitoes buzzing around.”

This is not the end of the problem of Bambolim villagers though.

Another villager Marvin Gonsalves said, Bambolim has always been at the receiving end as a result sewage treatment facilities of the GMC.

Some wells have been contaminated and so also the paddy fields. Few have stopped cultivating altogether as it is not possible even to walk through those paddy fields, Gonsalves said. The fields have been left abandoned and now covered with wild vegetation.

 “Walk into those fields and your feet would get infected, “ said Monteiro.

However, Dr Kuncolienkar said, he was not aware of any such problem faced by Bambolim villagers nor he has received any complaint in this regard. Only complaint he received today was about overflowing chamber and action has taken action to stop the nuisance, he said.

 

 
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