Saligao: The monitoring committee, appointed by the High Court of Bombay at Goa, instructed the Saligao waste treatment plant management to ‘remediate’ the old waste, which is lying in its compound before expanding its capacity.
The monitoring committee and officials of Goa Solid Waste Management Corporation and Hindustan Waste Treatment Pvt Ltd held a meeting over the expansion plan of the plant, on Tuesday evening, at the plant office.
During the course of the meeting, the monitoring committee instructed the Saligao plant management not to expand the plant capacity until the heaps of garbage lying in its compound are cleared, and the RDF lying there is also cleared.
The monitoring committee also pointed out that the infrastructure is not in place as yet, and a new road is needed to facilitate movement of the additional garbage trucks that will arrive at the plant. The Saligao road is narrow, and also used by school-going children, the committee added.
Mario Cordeiro, one of the members of the monitoring committee told this daily that the stink is emanating from the old garbage that is brought from Arradi-Candolim, and dumped in the compound of the plant.
The plant management informed the monitoring committee that presently, the plant receives 140 to 150 tonne of garbage, which is beyond the treating capacity, that is 100 tonne, for which the plant was constructed, and that another plant is also proposed in the state to treat garbage.
Meanwhile, Calangute MLA Michael Lobo addressing the media, on the sidelines of the commissioning of a power transformer at Parra, said that the plant was constructed for 27 villages of the beach belt of North Goa and surrounding areas but today the garbage of 140 to 150 tonne is being treated, which is above the plant’s capacity of 100 tonne.
“It takes time to treat the dumped garbage, and due to that stink spreads out in the surrounding villages,” he added.
Speaking further, he said that “no one is serious about constructing another plant. There are only talks. Nothing is moving forward.”
Reacting to the Panaji Mayor’s statement, Lobo said that he is young and is “not aware of the Saligao plant’s condition. The plant also treats garbage from Ponda, Mapusa and other parts of Goa.”