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Four nullahs discharging sewage into River Sal: MMC chief

Margao: Chairperson of Margao Municipal Council (MMC) Babita Prabhudesai recently said that MMC has found that four main nullahs, which are connected to the River Sal, are discharging sewage into it.

“This was unearthed during the inspection carried out by the MMC team in adherence to the NGT order. We are forwarding the factual report to the office of the DMA, who is the nodal officer,” said Prabhudesai.

Addressing the media, the chairperson said, “The nullah at the Osia Complex, near old market, at old railway station and at Shirvode are releasing the waste into the River Sal.” 

She said, “The MMC has started issuing notices to the bulk waste generators from the MMC jurisdiction asking them to make necessary arrangements to segregate the waste and find a way out for the garbage disposal.”

“The MMC has decided to set up a composting unit at the Gandhi market. The MMC is also contemplating collection of the waste at night. I will be holding a meeting in next two days with the stakeholders including the members of the Indian Medical Council, as workers have reported that some mixed medical waste has also been found while collecting the waste,” Prabhudesai said.

She informed that whatever 40 per cent of the segregated waste the MMC receives is from the 11 wards, waste collection which is outsourced by the MMC.

The chief officer of the MMC Siddhivinayak Naik said, “If the hoteliers do not hand over the segregated waste, the civic body would not hesitate to complain about them to the Goa State Pollution Control Board, and fine them.”

However, interestingly, when the media pointed out that many MMC workers are burning the waste in the town which is against the Goa State Pollution Control Board direction, the chairperson and the chief officer together agreed to correct their folly.

The Fomento Green Company, which is running waste treatment, complained that the MMC is not handing over segregated waste.

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