PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar on Thursday said that the government has proposed a common hazardous waste treatment storage and disposal facility for industries, at GIDC Pissurlem-Sattari and alongwith that the government is also coming up with waste management plants at Kakoda and Verna.
Dhavalikar was addressing a gathering during inaugural function of a two days national conference on ‘Challenges in Environment Management: Mines & Industries’, at Goa College of Engineering, Farmagudi. The national conference is organised as part of golden jubilee celebrations of GEC in association with Institution of Engineers (India) and Mining Engineers Association of India. Associate Professor from Carmel College Dr Manoj Borkar, Principal of GEC Dr V Shet were present among others.
Dhavalikar said that Goa has seen a steady growth of industries in the recent years and the government is conscious about impact of the industries on environment. Presently there is no common hazardous waste treatment storage and disposal facility (CHWTSDF) within the state.
Therefore, the industries here are required to dispose of their hazardous waste in other neighbouring states, he said, adding, in view of the same, the government of Goa is taking steps to set up common facilities for treatment and disposal of hazardous waste.
He said with the help of Goa Industries Environment Management Association (GIEMA) the government has decided to locate a common hazardous waste treatment storage and disposal facility at GIDC Pissurlem-Sattari. This facility will cater to the needs of entire industries in the state. Alongwith that the government has proposed two waste management plants – one each at Kakoda and Verna.
Dr Manoj Borkar, keynote speaker in his address, said there are a lot of repercussions of mining in India. Mining is also followed by different crises which include displacement, socio-economic impact and others, he said. Dr Borkar stated that precautionary principles of mining are not followed in India or much importance is not given to it.
Dr Borkar also spoke about the global trends and national scenarios in the three sectors of mining waste, e-waste and municipal solid waste. Around 175 invitees including 115 delegates across the country attended the conference which is a platform to exchange knowledge and experiences so as to work out the best and feasible solutions to the problems of waste management, environment and sustainable