The Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) in its board meeting held, on Monday, decided to go slow on the installation of bio toilets in the state for at least two months in order to check the functioning of these toilets in case phenyl is used in cleaning them. The Minister for Waste Management Michael Lobo said that “about 17150 beneficiaries have applied, and has government issued work order to five contractors allowing each of them to install 500 bio toilets. We have asked the contractors to go slow in installing the toilets and asked them to install first 50 bio toilets to check how this technology work on bacteria if the phenyl is used in cleaning the toilets.” “We want to see how phenyl reacts with bacteria. If it dies then the project will be a failure and then we will have to return to conventional method of septic and soak pit but with improvised technology. However, the delay will not affect in achieving ODF target because the community toilets are already provided,” the Minister added. He further said that the meeting of high level committee headed by Chief Minister is fixed with Margao, Curtorim and Fatorda MLAs on Tuesday to arrive at an amicable solution to the dispute between the Margao Municpal Council and Fomento Green. “During the board meeting, we have finalised to award the contract to L1 category contractor to remediate immediately 2.35 lakh cubic metre of Sonsodo waste and segregate mixed waste and RDF will be sent to cement kilns,” he said.
The meeting also decided to ask the CCP and Taleigao panchayat to set up temporary facilities to treat wet waste without defining the period, and also could not take a decision for allowing them to deposit wet waste at the Saligao waste treatment facility after the deadline which is expiring on October 28. The board also decided to award the contract for collection, segregation and transportation the litter along national and state highways to Karnataka Commercial & Industrial Corporation Pvt Ltd. The direction was also issued to director of panchayats to hold meetings along with GWMC, GSPCB officials and panch members of four defaulted panchayats of QuerimTiracol, Parcem, Siolim, Sodiem-Siolim and Oxel, directing them to start collection of wet waste and deposit it at Saligao waste treatment facility. It was decided to take up the upgradation of one tonne capacity organic waste converter at Nuvem through the GWMC. The decision was also taken to go ahead with the setting up of Cacora waste treatment facility with funding from the NABARD, however, the proposal for procuring funds to set up integrated waste treatment facility at Bainguinim will be submitted to the Urban Development Ministry.