The Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) has decided to request pharmacies within its jurisdiction to stop selling single-use masks as they are difficult to dispose and pose a risk to people, mayor Uday Madkaikar said on Friday.
“These one-time use masks have turned into a big problem for us,” he said. “People use them and discard them anywhere. If the person wearing them was infected, they pose a risk to the person handling waste. We have decided to write to the government to ban them. Our inspectors will also request pharmacies to stop selling them.”
Following directions from the high court of Bombay at Goa, the CCP has also cleared the Campal parade ground of all garbage, tree waste, construction debris and mud, Madkaikar said. However, the abandoned vehicles lying there will be auctioned once a valuation report is received from the PWD.
The CCP recently received cabinet sanction to build 310 individual toilets under the 14th Finance Scheme, after which the capital city is expected to be open defacation-free (ODF). “It was a long pending issue,” Madkaikar said. “There were delays because the initial estimate did not include floor and wall tiles. We requested a fresh estimate, including tiles. PWD too revised its rates, and there were delays. The new estimate of Rs 1.6 crore has been approved.”