HC reserves order on contempt petition against Goa government on garbage dumping on roads
A division bench of Bombay High Court at Goa comprising of Justice Nitin Jamdar on Wednesday reserved for September 27 its order on the contempt petition filed by Advocate Aires Rodrigues over the alleged inaction of the authorities to the continued dumping of debris and garbage along the Panaji-Old Goa Bypass Road.
The court stated that it would pass a very detailed order on the steps government needs to take in order to address the issue.
The Advocate General submitted to the court a 11 page note on measures taken by the Government to deal with the issue, but Advocate Rodrigues submitted to the court that the government directives to the Panchayats and Municipalities was only on paper while the ground reality was that the dumping of debris and garbage continues unabated with the situation getting bad to worse.
As directed by the court, Old Goa Police Inspector Sudesh Velip submitted his report on the illegal land filling of Comunidade fields that had been carried our along the Ribandar-Merces Road.
Advocate Aires Rodrigues in his contempt petition filed last year pointed out that in 2007 a Public Interest Litigation was filed over the rampant dumping of building debris along the Panaji-Old Goa Bypass Road and that taking serious note of the gross violations of law, various orders came to be passed by the High Court in that petition which was finally disposed on June 26, 2008, based on a Minutes of Order that was signed and submitted to the Court.
Advocate Rodrigues stated that in the Minutes of Order the Goa Government had undertaken to continue and take to its logical conclusion investigations into the dumping of construction debris on the Panaji-Old Goa Bypass.
Advocate Rodrigues also stated that in the Minutes of Order amongst other things the Government had also undertaken to within three months identify and designate separate places for safe disposal of building debris without harming the environment besides also having undertaken to within three months identify and place at proper convenient locations public receptacles, depots or places for temporary deposit or collection of non-biodegradable garbage.