Monday, November 07, 2016

Jets run risk of bird-hits from garbage near airport

The dumping of garbage by a contractor appointed by Airport Authority of India (AAI) that too beside the four-lane National Highway 17B leading to airport, has become an eyesore for tourists who arrive in Goa attracted by the beauty of the State.
The issue of dumping of garbage near Dabolim airport was brought to the notice of Herald by a concerned citizen from Chicalim. Accordingly, when Herald team visited the site, it was noticed that huge quantity of plastic bags filled with garbage from the airport was dumped at the site with few women seen engaged in segregating it at the site, located between INS Hansa compound and NH17 road and is in close proximity of the INS Hansa main gate.
As the issue was serious and as the Naval authorities have been striving hard to curtail bird hit menace at Dabolim airport reportedly due to garbage, Herald contacted Chicalim Panchayat Sarpanch Neelima Naik and Navy officials at INS Hansa and they were shocked to hear about the garbage dumping site close to Dabolim International Airport by AAI.
Chicalim Sarpanch Neelima said, “This is something very serious, as we have been trying hard to eliminate garbage menace from our village and if AAI has been dumping waste near the Dabolim airport then it is a matter of concern and the panchayat will not allow this to happen. We will surely inspect the site and will issue notice to AAI for openly converting a site close to the spring as garbage dumping and segregation site which is also located very close to the road leading to airport and will be an eyesore”.
07/11/16 Herald