Appealing to people to undertake a cleanliness drive in Colvale, the youth came out in large numbers to clean their village strewn with plastic and glass bottles along the roadsides.
The garbage menace has become a major problem in Colvale were heaps of garbage is dumped in plastic bags. The garbage dumped along the national highway has been in focus and numerous times the issue was raised in various forums, however the garbage continues to be dumped in the interior roads of the village.
On Friday the youth from Colvale came together to clear the garbage dumped along the main road connecting Mapusa to Colvale village in Mushirwaddo.
Derrick Rodrigues appealed to villagers to come forward and join them in order to clean the village of garbage dumped in large quantities.
“We have taken the initiative to clean this stretch to protect our environment and to make our village clean. People should not only count on the government to tackle garbage menace but should dispose garbage at designated places” said Alcina Fernandes.
She further added that people should not dump garbage along the roadsides but should instead segregate the waste and dispose the same accordingly.
Dominic Coelho demanded that the panchayat should look into the garbage menace and take action against those dumping garbage along the roadsides.
Colvale panchayat is yet to begin their door-to-door garbage collection in the village and the panchayat has procured around 3000 bins to be distributed amongst the households.
Sarpanch Nityanand Kandolkar said that the panchayat had identified a garbage dumping site to be set up as a segregation unit, however the site was rejected by the town and country planning on technical grounds. Kandolkar said that the panchayat approached the communidade for 2000 sqm of land which the communidade has agreed and the file is now pending for approval.