Asserting that Goa should have four waste treatment plants, including a small plant at Sonsodo, if tourism is to be taken at a different level and also resolve the waste imbroglio, Waste Management Minister Michael Lobo said the Cacora plant will come up within 15 months after the issuance of work order to the contractor. Making an appeal to the Margao Municipal Council to hand over the Sonsodo site to the Corporation, Lobo said the government will give a definite result at the site. He said the Corporation will take up work on remediation of the two lakh tonnes of existing waste at Sonsodo after the rains. Requesting the Margao City Fathers to think positively in the interest of the people of Margao and Fatorda, Lobo disclosed plans to visit Sonsodo within 10-12 days with a team comprising of the district Collector, officials from the Corporation, GSPCB and other departments to check the ground reality.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the programme at the Don Bosco College of Engineering, Fatorda, the Waste Management Minister said, German engineers will come down to install the Cacora waste treatment facility and will also show local people to run the plant. “The government has received loan amounting to Rs 180 crore from NABARD to set up the plant,” he said, while exuding confidence the Cacora plant will become a reality within 15 months. Saying that the government has planned a total of four waste management plants at Cacora, Verna, Bainguinim and a mini plant at Sonsodo, Lobo said the government has applied for EC for the Bainguinim plant before the tender is floated in the coming months. Saying that Madgavkars and Fatordekars should not be held ransom on the waste front, the Minister said the commercial capital is indeed facing the problem of waste management. “When I came down to the city on Thursday, I saw tonnes of waste along the road side. This should stop immediately and the Corporation is willing to help the MMC tide over the problem,” he added. “Nothing has happened at Sonsodo for the last 25 years because we only did the talking. From 70,000 tonnes, the existing waste has gone up to 2 lakh tonnes now. The contractor says the mound has only increased because the civic body is not handing the segregated waste,” he said, adding that the Corporation is ready to take over the Sonsodo site and treat the waste scientifically.
Kundaim Bio-medical Waste Treatment Plant
There’s good news in store on the bio-medical waste front. A bio-medical waste treatment plant will become a reality within 15 months at Kundaim on land admeasuring 10,000 square metres. With the Solid Waste Management Corporation receiving the EC clearance and the project tendered, the government has planned to issue the work order in the next 15 days. “We will have a pre-bid meeting before the bid is opened in the first week of October. We will issue the work order by October,” informed Waste Management Minister Michael Lobo. He said the government will deliver on the bio-medical waste plant since the land admeasuring 10,000 sq mtrs is already in possession of the Corporation. The facility will have two incinerators, an administrative block and other facilities, he added. Lobo said the bio-medical waste treatment facility will do away with the current practice of burying the bio-medical waste underground. “The NGT had issued a strict order to the government to set up the bio-medical waste facility for entire Goa as the bio-medical waste was being disposed off unscientifically,” he added.