Tuem Tragedy: Govt fail to fill up quarry despite NGT's order

15 Sep 2019 06:36 PM

The tragic drowning of four school boys while swimming in a hole left by a laterite stone quarry at Tuem, Pernem has left entire Goa in shock. However, this should never have happened because the National Green Tribunal had ordered the government to fill all holes left by quarries within six months in an order on April 3rd this year. So in truth by this month all quaries should have been filled up.

On Saturday 43 students of a high school in Tuem had gone for a trek. Here 5 of the students went to a stone quarry and subsequently drowned. Their bodies have been fished out by fire department and local youths. 



NGT judgment came out April this year saying that area excavated for stone quarries had been left without scientific closure resulting in damage to eco-system and death traps for human and wildlife.

NGT had given six months time to fill this quarries and had also sought quarterly reports regarding the progress of matter. NGT had also directed Chief Secretary to monitor progress  atleast once in a month.

Its October now and government has failed to act on NGTs direction. Even, the Tuem locals have expressed ire over the lethargic attitude of government. 

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