Waste Management Minister Michael Lobo on Thursday said four solid waste management plants will be enough to take care of waste in the entire State and set yet another deadline to make Goa garbage free by 2022. “Our first priority is to see that Goa becomes garbage free. We will see that segregated waste is collected in entire Goa by 2022. We will educate every village. Our department officials will personally visit every house to inform people…,” Lobo said. The Waste Management Minister was addressing a gathering after hoisting the flag on the occasion of the Liberation Day function at the government complex in Mapusa. Continuing, Lobo said in earlier time’s people used to treat waste in their backyard but in today’s world since nobody has time, civic bodies and panchayats collect segregated waste and send it to be treated at waste treatment plant. He said in another two years, Goa will have three more waste management plants where entire waste of the State will be treated. “We will collect the waste and treat it at the facilities that are provided in Saligao and upcoming treatment plants at Cacora, Verna and Sonsoddo. These four SWM plants will take care of all the waste that is generated in the state of Goa,” he said.
The State government was unsuccessful to fulfil such earlier deadlines to make Goa garbage free. Former chief minister late Manohar Parrikar had promised to make the State garbage free by 2020 but soon after taking over the reins of the State, CM Pramod Sawant had said the 2020 deadline was not achievable. Lobo said sustainable mining was the need of the hour even as the economy was facing challenges. “We have to also take care of nature. But finally people should get jobs and money in their pockets,” he said. He said a lot of politics has taken place on Mhadei issue and assured that government will never compromise on Goa’s share of water. “The Opposition should stand by the government. We have to be all united as far as Mhadei is concerned,” he said. The Waste Management Minister said the government was committed to reach out to the last man. “Our government is connected to remotest village in the State. We are committed to give roads, electricity and water supply to remotest villages,” he said giving an example of how the rural development agency was building a road in Sanguem which for very long time could not be fulfilled due to rigid stand of the forest department.