Hotels seek more time to install STPs

Goa’s Minister for Tourism Dilip Parulekar raises the issue at a meeting in New Delhi

Expressing serious concern that a directive by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) related to installation of sewage treatment plant (STP) has threatened to lead to closure of nearly half of Goa’s hotels (and industry), Goa’s Minister for Tourism Dilip Parulekar on Saturday sought the Central government’s intervention to seek a holistic solution to this issue.

Mr. Parulekar said time should be given to hotels to build such a facility.

Mr. Parulekar was back on Saturday from New Delhi where he attended a Tourism Minister’s meet. He raised this concern there and said that the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) had issued a show cause notices to several hotels that are functioning without establishing sewage treatment plant.

The NGT had directed the pollution control boards across the country to close down all such units including hotels found violating the Air and Water Act. Accordingly, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) wrote to the GSPCB to take action as per the NGT directives and file an action taken report within a stipulated time.

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