Thanks to the village cleanliness drive undertaken by Ganv Bhavancho Ekvott in collaboration with village panchayats of Cavorim-Chandor and Guirdolim along with the Basic Christian Community of the Our Lady of Bethlehem Church, the villages looked spic and span with no litter on the roadside.
Since last two years GBE has been undertaking the village cleanliness drive. Last year the panchayats of Cavorim-Chandor and Guirdolim joined them and in addition, this year the Church helped them to carry out this eco-friendly activity to keep the village clean and green.
Kaydence Media Ventures that owns goachronicle.com supported the exercise by sponsoring the black trash bags in which the plastic waste from the twin villages of Cavorim-Chandor and Guirdolim, that formed Chandrapur in olden time, was collected.
Savio Rodrigues, Editor in Chief of goachronicle.com said his company was committed to keeping Goa clean and green and promised to take up such activities in other villages too.
Members of the Basic Christian Community collected the plastic waste from households and surroundings and kept the bags at vantage points in each ward from where they were collected on Sunday by volunteers of Ganv Bhavancho Ekvott.
Anthony Dias, leader of the Parish Pastoral Council’s PATS and CATS advocated reducing the use of plastic if it cannot be stopped at all. He also advised not to burn plastic as plastic when burnt, releases carcinogenic gases.
Santan Antao the joint leader of PATS and CATS said that Basic Christian Community is responsible for keeping the environment clan and healthy and that was the reason why these grass root level organizations of the Church participated in the cleanliness drive
Some villagers also cleaned the roadsides, collecting the plastic waste littering there and also in the gutters.
Cavorim Chandor Sarpanch Derick Braganza Pereira while conceding that cleaning the village of plastic waste is a daunting task was full of praise for the church for joining hands in this efforts and offered to make this cleanliness a regular activity in the village.
His counterpart from Guirdolim Jose Antao besides appreciating Ganv Bhavancho Ekvott’s initiative also had a word of advice to get more village organizations involved in this activity. He suggested that the two main clubs from the two villages – Chandor Sports Club and Guirdolim Sports Club should be roped in first.
Three vehicles made innumerable trips around the village to collect the plastic waste kept at vantage points in the wards and all the bags were collected at the main square
Parish Priest Saude Pereira pointed out that the church also has a responsibility towards creating a healthy environment and said that he is also personally anguished with the growing litter in the village. While appreciating the efforts made by Ganv Bhavancho Ekvott, he also appealed to the parishioners to reduce the use of plastic and more importantly, dispose off the plastic as per the laid down procedures.
Ganv Bhavancho Ekvott President Rui da Silva while pointing out that plastic is emerging as the biggest menace as it is non-biodegradable said the GBE was committed to keeping the village clean. He advised to incinerate plastic under controlled conditions. He further revealed that burning of plastic generates methane gas and being an engineer by profession; he will personally carry out that experiment.
The accumulated plastic wasted piled up quite high and it being soiled, the Department of Environment would be roped in for disposal.