Newly-appointed Minister for Rural Development Agency, Waste Management, Ports and Science and Technology, Michael Lobo has assured to provide smooth functioning of government administration and to repair potholes on roads across Bardez taluka. Lobo also assured to hold grievances meeting once a week at the mamlatdar’s office at Mapusa to address grievances of the common man. Lobo was interacting with media persons on the sidelines of a function at Mapusa. Stating that the garbage problem in the state is exacerbating and even High Court of Bombay at Goa has raised concern over it, Lobo said, “We will work out a system to tackle the issue. Bainguinim plant is important for Tiswadi and public hearing is supposed to be held on July 28, and after completing the process, we will take environment clearance from environment Ministry and start the work on the plant.” Waste management minister Michael Lobo said that solid waste management in the state should be brought under one roof and that all equipment used should be standardised. The newly inducted minister also said that he would go to Singapore and Malaysia at his personal expense to study the garbage technology used there to check the feasibility of adopting it in the state. “I will see if their technology can be adopted at the three proposed garbage treatment plants in the state. I will spend my money to visit the country for study,” he said. Presently, panchayats, municipalities and the state’s sole corporation are each responsible for the manner in which they manage their waste. Various departments issue tenders and decide how to handle the garbage menace in the state, Lobo said. The minister said he would like to bring them all under one roof.
Streamlining waste management
Talking about standardising all equipment and vehicles used in the management of waste, Lobo said different municipalities were using different types of trucks to transport garbage. “I feel all municipalities, panchayats and the corporation should have for one type of truck for garbage collection. There should also be one type of dustbin for garbage segregation. Garbage collection bags, too, should be of one type across the state. This is one step towards making Goa clean,” Lobo said. The waste management minister said that once the second solid waste management plant at Bainguinim came up, 40% of state’s garbage issue would be solved. “Once the Verna and Cacora plants come up, the state’s garbage issue will be 100% solved,” Lobo said, adding that the government will work towards improving the technology at new solid waste management plants.
Bardez Tenancy Cases, Potholes and Ravindra Bhavan
Lobo said that many tenancy cases are pending in the mamlatdar’s office which needs to be cleared adding, “I will ensure smooth functioning of government administration especially mamlatdars where cases are pending since long time.” “I will sit at mamlatdar’s office at Mapusa once in a week for a whole day to meet general public and hear their grievances. There is need to expedite the process of clearing tenancy cases and give justice to people.” He also assured that all the potholes on roads in Bardez and major district roads will be repaired to give relief to commuters. Replying to question on Ravindra Bhavan for Bardez, Lobo said that the Mapusa MLA Joshua D’Souza has taken an initiative and land will be identified adding, “We have to take communidade and tenant into confidence to go ahead with the project. The project will be built in partnership between the communidade, tenant and government so everyone should be taken into confidence.”
Lobo was given charge of the newly created waste management portfolio. After being inducted into the cabinet headed by chief minister Pramod Sawant, Lobo said he was ready to shoulder the task to keeping Goa clean and green. “After a long wait, finally I have come one step closer to serving the people of Goa. After assuming this office as a waste management minister, I will help all constituencies of Goa,” he said, adding that citizens were free to come and visit him three times a week at his office. “Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, I will sit in the ministerial block from 10am to 2pm and listen to public grievances,” Lobo said. “Swacch Bharat is a mission and it cannot happen overnight. It takes six months to one year. And if it has to happen then somebody has to be behind it,” Lobo had said.