GOA PANJIM: Plastic waste including hundreds of pet bottles have clogged drains near Azad Maidan, Panjim.
The civic body has commenced pre-monsoon work in full swing and while undertaking the work of desilting drains, the workers are finding that hundreds of water bottles and other plastic trash have chocked the drains. They were seen removing the water bottles on Monday morning from drains.
Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) Mayor Rohit Monserrate, who personally inspected the ongoing pre-monsoon works appealed to the citizens to refrain from littering and to throw the waste in the dustbins placed at designated places across the city.
“We have plenty of dustbins around the city and a door-to- door garbage collection system is in place. If anyone has any issue then please bring it to our notice but don’t throw waste on the streets. Plastic is choking all the drains of the city. I request people to dispose of plastic and other waste properly,” Monserrate said.
He informed that the Portuguese-era drains that were not desilted for over a decade are being now taken up by the City Corporation. The Mayor expressed hope that the CCP will complete the ongoing pre-monsoon work before the onset of the monsoon.
“We have required manpower now. Contractors executing the Smart City works have also provided their labourers and everything is going well. We hope to complete the work by mid-May or at least before the onset of monsoon,” the Mayor said.
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