The Goa State Pollution Control Board was reconstituted on 15/12/2017 under the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act 1974, with a mandate to plan a comprehensive programme for the prevention, control and abatement of Water and Air pollution in the State of Goa. The Board advices, State Government on matters concerning prevention, control and abatement of Water Act. Also implements the Hazardous and other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules 2016, Biomedical Waste Management Rule 2016, Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000, Solid Waste Management Rules 2016, Plastic Waste Management Rule 2016, Batteries (Management and Handling) Rules 2001 and E-Waste Management Rules 2016.
The Board aims to promote clean and green Environment to the people of Goa along with quality of good Air and Water. The Board also aims to promote cleanliness of wells, streams; rivers in different areas of the State, to have better quality of water by prevention & control. Board also wishes to make Goa plastic free in the near future. This can be achieved by bringing and arranging awareness programmes through school, social forums etc.
The Board is also actively involved in carrying out the following studies in the State of Goa:
1) Source apportionment study by IIT Mumbai on coal issue at Vasco
2) Commissioning of mobile van for continuous air monitoring station
3) Board have initiated at the request of Government of Goa, Salinity Mapping of major estuaries and rivers in the State of Goa.
The Board will undertake many such studies throughout the State of Goa and seeks inputs from stake holders on such issues. We also look forward to an active participation from the public at large in helping us to achieve our objectives under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1974 and under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981 by bringing non compliances to our attention.
Ganesh B. Shetgaonkar