Thursday, March 09, 2017

AAI’s garbage dumping has worsened situation: Official

Vasco: Taking a dig at Airport Authority of India (AAI), the Health Officer of Vasco Urban Health centre Rashmi Khandeparkar on Wednesday claimed that despite three notices served to AAI on overflowing sewage from Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) owned by AAI which in turn has been polluting the storm water drain (located next to STP, no steps were taken by AAI to resolve the issue, however in reality situation actually has worsened.Speaking to reporters after conducting site inspection along with complainant Jude Joseph on Wednesday morning, Khandeparkar claimed that she along with other officials including GSPCB, panchayat and others have already held three inspections of the same site in the past and have even issued notices to AAI, but instead of any improvement, the situation at the site has turned worse.
“Now to add to the existing sewage problem, AAI has even started dumping collected garbage close to the STP and along with sewage people engaged in segregating garbage are dumping garbage in the storm water drain. We now want to meet the airport director in person and see that what he has to speak about this. Not only at this site but even at the gutters at the entrance of old airport building we have found presence of sewage which is unacceptable,” she said.“Garbage close to airport attracts birds and can lead to bird hits which are serious and should not happen. Also, I need to know how frequently AAI dumps its garbage at MMC owned garbage treatment plant at Sada,” she said.