Though a special meeting was convened on Monday by the Curchorem Cacora Municipal Council (CCMC) to discuss and finalise the issue of imposing sanitation fees, the garbage issue has remained unresolved.
The special meeting which was held in the municipal hall on Monday afternoon was attended by chairperson Felix Fernandes, deputy chairperson Piedade Diniz, councillors, chief officer Kapil Phadte, ME Dessai, Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral and the owners of shops and other establishments.
The owner of Anubhav Electronics Pandurang Dessai said by publishing an advertisement in the newspapers asking shopkeepers to pay sanitation fees is not right and the proposal will not be accepted. He suggested that a decision about the issue should be discussed and finalised by organising a joint meeting of the municipal authorities, shopkeepers and owners of the other establishments.
Ex-councillor and president of Curchorem market merchants association Rosha Pereira said that considering the trade tax and other taxes collected by the municipal authorities, there is no need to impose separate sanitary fees for garbage collection.
The municipal authorities should have convened a meeting with the shopkeepers and owners of other establishments and the authorities should have discussed and finalised the issue. The one sided decision is not acceptable, he said. Presently, there is slack in business due to the mining ban and we cannot afford to pay the sanitation fees, he
MLA Cabral said that since the last eight to nine years he has made arrangements to collect the garbage from municipal areas and also door-to-door collection by spending from his own pocket.
Cabral said, “Earlier there were dustbins kept in different wards which were overflowing and inviting various diseases. After my election as MLA as a social commitment I started this system of lifting the garbage. Eight vehicles and labourers were employed to collect segregate and dump the same at the dumping site at Cacora. The municipal authorities are compelled to levy sanitation fees as different taxes collected are not sufficient to pay salaries to staff and other expenditure” he said.