Stakeholders established and working in the Tourist Development Area (TDA) particularly at Palma Rima and Paradise Beach areas have complained of a serious sewage leakage that is emitting an offensive odour in the Tourism Development Area, and called for urgent intervention in order to save the environment and their businesses.
They said the odour is so irritating that it is preventing tourists from visiting the beach.
The sewage leakage is taking place behind the Palma Rima Gardens adjacent Calabash residence, as well as other important beaches like Juffureh, Jula, Kunta Kinteh, Leptus, and Dunes Casino. At the opposite side of this sub-sewage station is a craft market and behind is a rice garden belonging to women farmers.
Daily Observer managed to contact the authorities on the matter. Fatou Beyai-Raji, the Project Development and Culture Investment Director at the Gambia Tourism Board confirmed the worrying development. She said they even went to see the leakage at Paradise Beach. She revealed that GTBoard wrote a letter to Nawec management over the issue and they also made a follow-up visit to the Nawec office. She added that Nawec promised to solve the problem immediately.
When contacted, Alhaji Dibba, the director of Water and Sewage at the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), confirmed the sewage leak. He said they had held series of meetings over the issue to find a way to fix it as soon as possible. He added that it was on Tuesday morning that they got to know about the problem.
Dibba explained that the problem was due to power failure in those areas. According to him, when light goes off, the sewage will overflow.
He assured the GTBoard and other stakeholders in the area that they are doing everything possible to get rid of the problem soonest, as they are working with their electricity unit to fix it.