Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had the rank audacity to falsely claim that
Goa was Open Defecation Free (ODF) from 31st August 2019. It is over three
long years down the road and the very grimy ground reality is there for all
to see with people urinating and even defecating out in the open
everywhere. In the hills, the fields and along the riverside across Goa we
see it all. Along Goa’s riverside it all gets released in the waters where
we catch fish from. With no sewage line in place, many are releasing their
raw sewage through pipes into the public drains and the fields. It is an
unacceptable situation and the onus is on the government to ensure that it
is mandatory for every house to have a septic tank. This is required to
ensure that a health menace is avoided.

What a shame while the entire pollution of our Rivers, Lakes and Water
bodies with sewage flowing from the cities and villages is a matter of
concern. Even in the capital City of Panaji, the Rua de Ourem creek and the
Santa Inez Creek is an absolute eyesore and says it all.

Our Politicians living in glass houses should humbly  realise the plight of
our common man facing and enduring the dilemma of those malafidely ignoring
issues of environment that concern Goa.

We are far from truly becoming ODF and the government needs to get its act
together to achieve that goal in the best interest of the State and the
Health of its people. For Goa to be Open Defecation Free we would have to
first free ourselves from the stench of rampant corruption and lack of
proper governance that our State is besieged with.

Adv. Aires Rodrigues

C/G-2, Shopping Complex

Ribandar Retreat

Ribandar – Goa – 403006

Mobile No: 9822684372

Office Tel  No: (0832) 2444012


You can also reach me on AiresRodrigues



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