Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) appointed firm, TUV-SUD India, has confirmed that the offshore casinos in Goa are not polluting the Mandovi river, after being directed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to conduct a water audit.
GSPCB’s member secretary Shamila Monteiro said that the audit was commissioned to address a matter in the High Court and NGT about pollution of the Mandovi due to sewer discharge from the casinos in the river.
Shamila Monteiro also said that the High Court ordered for the water quality to be monitored and that all offshore casinos are required to mount a sewage tank to collect any sewage disposal from the vessel. She explained that,
“The tank is locked and opened in the presence of board officials and the captain of ports for discharge into the sewage tankers for treatment in the sewage treatment plant. The board maintains records of the sewage collected and transported.”
Ganesh Chetgaonkar, chairman of GSPCB said,
“Board members have approved for placing this report before the NGT,”
A report from the Times of India suggests that Monteiro said,
“M/s TUY-SUD has submitted the final report, and the findings state that there is no pollution from casinos in the Mandovi,”
Environment Minister, Nitesh Cabral, had announced that the GSPCB will be conducting audits for casinos vessels, alleging that they’ve been contaminating the rivers with sewage discharge, in June 2019.
In September 2019, the GSPCB had proposed that a water audit will be conducted for all casino vessels at sea.
Moreover about offshore casinos, the six-month extension granted to the offshore casinos to remain in the Mandovi river.
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