Margao: District collector, South Ajit Roy on Thursday said that the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) has been asked to put to use both the identified sites for dumping of the end product of the remediation works that is been carried out at the garbage dumping site of Sonsoddo “since the end product that consists of RDF, compost and inert are all safe and are useful.’’
Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’ after the hour-long meeting with the director of Municipal Administration (DMA), MMC chief officer, officials of the PWD highways, electricity, Forest, Agriculture, Goa Solid Waste Management Corporation (GSWMC), KRC, MMC, deputy collectors and mamlatdars, Roy said, “I took stock of the remediation process at the Sonsoddo site and its progress. There was a misconception that the remediation process has slowed down for want of space. There is a lot of space and some area is not used. MMC has been asked to make use of the two identified sites for the purpose of storing the end product and that it is the GWMC’s duty to cover the RDF that is stored. This is clarified in today’s meeting,” he added.
When it was pointed out to Roy that there is opposition from farmers to use of the land of 5000 sq metres identified at Aquem, he said that MMC has to go head since there is a High Court direction to use it and hence there is no stay from the court to that effect. He also said that MMC will be using the land which was earlier used to store the end product after remediation started in 2017.
“I want to convey to the people that the end product of remediation is primarily fractioned into three types – Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), compost and inert and all these three products are safe and useful. While RDF is used in the cement factory and compost is being used for plantation, the inert will be used for the construction of
highway. We have called agriculture and forest departments to explore the option of using the compost generated through remediation, while PWD highways, KRC and the contractor constructing the bridges and highways in Goa – DBL was called to ask to make use of inert in construction of highways, as per the practice followed across the country,’’ the district collector explained.
When further pointed out that there is an opposition to store the RDF and inert, the collector said that the RDF will not be stored for over a month’s time as it will be taken to the cement factor regularly while the road contractors have agreed to make use of the inert.
Sources in GWMC had informed that MMC had to provide the land to them to store the end product of remediation.
“MMC has not given us the land. It is their duty to provide it,” said the managing director of GWMC Lavinson Martins.