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Park Hyatt gets GSPCB notice

Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has issued a show cause notice to Blue Coast Hotel Ltd (Park Hyatt Goa Resorts and Spa) Arossim beach, Cansaulim, asking them “Why the hotel unit should not be directed to close/suspend operations as it is being operated in a manner causing water pollution in the vicinity.”

The GSPCB notice states in its show cause states, “Why the application for grant of renewal of consent to operate your hotel unit should not be rejected/
refused.”

Following complaints from villagers of Cansaulim, Arossim and Cuelim (CAC) that contaminated water from storm water drains was flowing into the sea at Arossim beach, officials from the GSPCB carried out an inspection in the area.

“Dark black waste was seen accumulated in a storm water drain located outside the compound wall of your hotel unit. This waste water was being discharged from your hotel unit. Analysis of a sample of this dark coloured water, as collected by board officials during the said inspection, indicates that the level of BOD and suspended solids exceeds the permissible limit,” said the show cause notice issued to the hotel.

During the course of the said inspection, board officials observed that underground pipes were leading from the aforesaid storm water drain to a nullah and the colour of the water in the nullah was black with an oily layer on the water. Officials also observed that foul smell was coming from the water in the aforesaid storm water drain and nullah.

“Now, in light of the above and in exercise of powers vested in this board under Section 33(A) read with Section 25/26 and Section 27, the management of Blue Coast Hotel Ltd. (Park Hyatt Goa Resorts and Spa) located at Arossim beach, Cansaulim, is hereby directed to remain present before the chairman of the board on June 10,” said the show cause notice.

The notice also said that failure to comply with the aforesaid directions within the specified time period will compel the board to initiate stringent legal action against the hotel unit, including the issue of directions for closing/suspension of operations of the said hotel unit without any further notice.

GSPCB has also requested the sarpanch of the village of Cansaulim, Arossim and Cuelim to attend the aforesaid hearing. It may be recalled that the environment minister Alina Saldanha had requested GSPCB chairman Simon De Souza to depute his officials to inspect the site and initiate action.

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