Stating that the work on the proposed solid waste treatment plants at Bainguinim and Cacora has to be taken up on a priority, Minister for Science and Technology, and Waste Management, Michael Lobo said that waste is any substance, which is discarded after its primary use, however, if proper mindset is applied then we can create wealth from such waste. Lobo was addressing the heads of the government departments and stakeholders after inaugurating a workshop on ‘Environment-friendly handling and recovery of construction and demolition waste in Goa’, at the Goa Waste Management Corporation headquarters, at Saligao. The event was organised by the Goa Waste Management Corporation, in collaboration with SINTEFF, CPWD and IL&FS Academy of Applied Development. Those present at the event were Henrik Width, the Deputy Consul General Royal Norwegian Consulate General, Mumbai; Christian J Engelsen, senior scientist with SINTEFF; Gaurav Bhatiani, Dean of II & FS Academy; and Levinson Martins, Managing Director of the Goa Waste Management Corporation.
Speaking further the Minister for Science and Technology, and Waste Management urged the people to keep Goa clean and green, maintaining that the work on solid waste treatment plants at Bainguinim and Cacora have to be taken up on priority. Stressing on the clean Goa concept, Lobo said that waste such as the household waste, restaurant waste, construction waste, waste from the hotels, and finally, waste generated in buildings and colonies have to be treated on a priority basis. “This can be made possible only if Bainguinim and Cacora solid waste management plants get operational,” he maintained, observing that people should not oppose such clean and green, and environmental-friendly projects as they help to maintain clean image of the state all around the globe, which in turn attracts tourist in large numbers. Speaking further, Lobo said that there is no waste in other countries, as they address the waste by the name of energy. “Such positive approach has to be built in the mindset of Goans,” he observed, noting that SINTEFF would provide effective solution to dry waste, which we see all around Goa. Various sessions conducted by eminent personalities were held at the day-long workshop on technical, operational and environmental aspects, business and policy aspects and on standards and quality control.