Goa Congress demands ban on off shore casinos
Panaji: The Congress party Tuesday demanded that off shore casino vessels be banned in Goa holding them responsible for pollution in Mandovi river, the water of which has been certified as unsafe for bathing and fishing.
"The high level of bacteria present in River Mandovi water is going to be an environmental hazard affecting the people living around this waterbody. The off shore casino vessels are obvious reasons for this pollution. We demand immediate ban on these vessels," Goa Congress spokesman Ulhas Parab told reporters today.
The recent report by Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) had established high level of bacterial presence in Mandovi certifying that it was not fit for bathing, fishing and water sports activity.
The Board had claimed that the bacterial presence was due to release of sewerage in the water, but had said that the off shore casino vessels were not releasing their untreated sewerage in it.
Parab said the bacterial presence is 65 per cent more than the permissible levels, due to which people who are depending on the fishing activity in this river are likely to suffer.
"How can pollution control board give clean chit to off shore casinos when the reason for the high level of bacteria is release of sewerage. There is no other source of sewerage other than off shore casinos here," the spokesman claimed.
GSPCB had conducted the study following the directives of National Green Tribunal which is currently hearing the case against off shore casino vessels.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Watch: Yogi Adityanath's first speech as Uttar Pradesh CM in Gorakhpur
- Fateh Ka Fatwa: Is it time to introduce reforms in Muslim laws?
- BJP MLA Vikram Saini accused of voicing controversial statement
- Watch: Yogi Adityanath's speech at Gorakhnath temple
- DNA: Analysing the 'no first use' nuclear policy of India
- Is this for real: Ajinkya Rahane bizarre shot went for six, concerned Virat Kohli settles with smile — WATCH
- WATCH: Tom Latham takes IMPOSSIBLE catch to dismiss Faf du Plessis
- Sunil Grover to return as Dr Mashoor Gulati!
- Those ready to work 20 hours daily are welcome, rest can leave - UP CM Yogi Adityanath's message to govt officials
- India vs Australia: Ravindra Jadeja clobbers Steve O'Keefe, Nathan Lyon for sixes — VIDEO