Govt to set up two integrated solid waste management plants in state

By RAMNATH N PAI RAIKAR | NT

FRANKFURT, GERMANY: The state government will set up two integrated solid waste management plants in North and South Goa, each of them with a capacity to treat 100 metric tonne of garbage a day. 

Chief Secretary B Vijayan informed that the government will set up these plants with combination of one or more technologies available at the waste management facilities in Italy, Austria and Germany. 

A delegation of the state government led by the Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza and presently on the Europe tour visited the Aral waste recyclable facility at Alessandria in Italy, AAG or the Abfallbehandlung Ahrental GmbH solid waste management plant located at Innsbruck in Austria, and the ZAK or Zentrale Abfallwirtschaft Kaiserslautern mixed waste treatment plant at Kaiserslautern in Southwest Germany, earlier this week.

The proposed plants are to be set up at Saligao/ Calangute on a 94,000 sq mt area, and at Cacora/ Curchorem on a 65,000 sq mt area.

The Chief Secretary, who is a part of the delegation said that these plants would need at least 100 metric tonne of waste every day, and hence garbage would also be collected from talukas surrounding these facilities. 

“And we are likely to get mix waste for these plants,” he added.

Statistics inform that the garbage generation ratio in Goa is 0.257 gram garbage per head.

Speaking further, the Chief Secretary said that as soon as the delegation returns to Goa, he would hold meetings with the members of the self-governing bodies from 12 talukas to inform about the proposed plants. 

He also maintained that if corporate bodies within the respective jurisdiction of panchayats and municipal councils extend help in setting up of the garbage bins, establishing the garbage transfer stations/ garbage collection stations and so on, the same would largely help the self-governing bodies a great deal.

“However, the catchment areas linked to garbage collection for the two plants are yet to be defined,” Vijayan said, noting that a consultancy firm could map out these catchment areas. “Furthermore, an agency for transportation of garbage from the households to the two plants also has to be decided,” he added, pointing out that the self-governing bodies would further have to be involved in the exercise of internal collection of garbage, that is collecting the segregated waste from the houses and handing it over to the selected agency, for its transportation to the two plants.

“Frankly speaking, there is no rhyme or reason why we cannot do the garbage transportation and its treatment at the two plants the way it is done here in Europe, minus the stench,” the Chief Secretary said, maintaining that the government will soon decide upon the technologies to be adopted for the two integrated solid waste management plants.

It was further informed that initially a pilot study would be taken up by carrying out transportation of plastic to the two existing bailing stations at Sarvan, Bicholim and at Cacora, in the most full safe manner. 

This collection exercise is expected to begin by the end of January 2014, and will be pre-cursor to the transportation of garbage.

It may be recalled that the monitoring-cum-working committee on solid waste management had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Vasavadatta Cement Company, for the disposal of plastic waste and other non-recyclable combustible waste. The plastic as well as other non-recyclable combustible waste from Goa is send to the plant of the company at Gulbarga, Karnataka. The state generates 40 tonne of baled plastic waste every day.

“The government is going ahead with the project of setting up these two plants,” Vijayan stated, mentioning that the project would make Goa a garbage-free state, and in the long run, the plants would pay for themselves. 

He also said that a period of minimum one-and-a-half year would be required to put up the plants in Goa.

The Chief Secretary also discussed the viability and advantages of the two proposed plants with the sarpanchas of various self-governing bodies, who form a part of the delegation.