Margao: The garbage issue of Margao and Fatorda seems to be slowly getting resolved with the Margao municipal council (MMC) beginning to hand over segregated waste to Fomento Green for treatment from Monday.
Fomento Green, which operates the waste treatment plant at Sonsoddo site, agreed to accept waste from the civic body on Monday only after the plant was emptied by removing the 2000-odd tonne of non-recyclable reject.
“We gave a total of 12 tonne of segregated waste to Fomento Green on Monday after removing the reject from the plant as demanded by Fomento. We have not collected mixed waste from the citizens and will not collect it as Fomento Green is not accepting the mixed waste at the plant,” said MMC engineer Agostinho Mesquita, who is the concerned person to deal with the issue. He said that another two to three tonne of segregated waste from hotels would be handed over to the plant by Monday evening.
Mesquita said that most of the total waste handed over to Fomento Green was generated in the MMC wards from Fatorda. “Less segregated waste came from the Margao wards including the market area. By Tuesday, we will be handing over on an average 20 tonne of segregated waste to the plant. The week-long problem of garbage will near its end in another two days,” Mesquita said and added that he will commence segregation of waste at Sonsoddo site from
Tuesday onwards, if all the workers interviewed on Monday join duty.
He further said that the dry waste will be collected twice a week – on Tuesdays and Fridays – and it would be baled. According to him, the process will speed up once the civic body procures the new baling machine.
Sources in the Fomento Green, interestingly, said that the MMC had sent five truckloads of mixed waste at the Sonsoddo plant on Monday morning which Fomento refused to accept even though the civic body claimed that the waste was collected from crucial spots. Sources said that the waste was later dumped on the old dump.
Chief officer Siddivinayak Naik has said that strict action will be initiated against those not handing over segregated waste.
Meanwhile, it must be noted that Konkan Railway Corporation (KRC) quarters has been the first to hand over segregated waste to MMC on Monday.