The Bombay High Court at Goa on Wednesday, in a land mark judgement ordered the immediate clean up of Colva beach and also directed various government agencies to take corrective measures to ensure that the beach is saved from pollution.
In the first place, the Colva Village Panchayat has been directed to ensure that no garbage is burnt at the beach and also to make the beach garbage free. The panchayat has been asked to file a compliance report by next week.
Taking note of the pollution of the creek at the beach, the Division Bench comprising of Justice Sharad Bobde and Justice Filomeno Reis directed the Food & Drugs Administration, Goa State Pollution Control Board and the Directorate of Health Services to stop the hotels from dumping their waste in the creek.
The court has directed the authorities to close down hotels found violating the laws of the land and further directed that no licenses be issued for new restaurants in the area and also ordered that no extensions of existing hotels be permitted.
The order was pronounced in the petition filed by Colva Civic and Consumer Forum through Judith Almeida who has been at the forefront of the long struggle to clean up the Colva beach which has been degenerating in recent years primarily due to the failure of the authorities to take action against violators.