Waste Management Minister, Michael Lobo on Friday said work on the construction of a new garbage treatment plant in Cacora in South Goa will begin on December 13 and will be completed within 15 months. He said an improvised version of the Calangute waste treatment plant will be set up in Cacora to treat wet waste. “This plant was planned four years back along with Calangute. The work to set up the plant was mired with tedious paper work which also involved changing of drawings a number of times. We have completed all the processes and also obtained all NOCs,” Lobo said. The waste management minister was addressing a gathering at a function to distribute garbage bins at Verla-Canca panchayat. Continuing, Lobo said the waste plant which got delayed for so many years will now be completed within 15 months. He said the government has taken care of the financial implications for the project and NABARD has disbursed an advance of Rs 25 crore for the plant. “At the same time, work to treat waste in Sonsoddo will also be taken up from December 12. Other plants to treat e-waste and bio-medical waste are on fast track. The incinerator to produce electricity and tackle all the dry waste of Goa will also come,” Lobo said.
The minister, who is the MLA of Calangute, told the gathering at the Verla-Canca panchayat to give up the belief of not in my backyard. “Earlier, people thought only hotels generate waste. Now, they have come to realise that even individuals generate waste and the need to tackle the problem,” he said. He also said that the Goa Solid Waste Management Corporation will provide trucks to lift waste to six more panchayats. “Very soon will provide trucks to Assagao and Aldona panchayats and four more panchayats, which are yet to be announced,” Lobo said. Local MLA Vinoda Paliencar said waste was a big problem in the entire state and there was need to bring change in the mindset of the people. Acknowledging the contribution of the waste management minister in his village, Verla-Canca Sarpanch Milton Marques said Michael Lobo was ever ready to help the people of the village. He thanked the minister for providing a truck costing Rs 17 lakh to the panchayat to collect waste. Garbage bins for collection of dry and wet waste were distributed to some villagers at the hands of the minister. Other panchayat members were also present on the occasion.