Questions arise over garbage collection in Salcete



MARGAO: Several panchayats in Salcete have been left with questions as garbage collection may be forced to come to a standstill. With no directions from state authorities, village panchayats may have to stop garbage collection as workers also stay away.

In the wake of the state-wide lockdown to prevent the spread of Corona Virus, several villages are staring at a situation where weekly dry garbage collections will have to be put on hold. Many village panchayats have said their workers have not been reporting to work and that the waste corporation has also not been collecting the segregated garbage.

In Benaulim, where a fire recently engulfed segregated dry garbage, there is still uncertainty on what is to be done. “At the moment the garbage collection has been put on hold because the workers have not reported to duty. We are still awaiting directions and guidelines from the BDO on how to go about with the garbage collection,” said village sarpanch Ezlina Fernandes.

The recent fire has also left a large amount of burnt dried waste that will have to be sorted out again. With the bailing machine also damaged in the fire, the panchayat is uncertain of how to go about with the garbage collection which is usually done once a week in each of the 11 wards of Benaulim.

In Cavelossim too, there seems to be a lot of uncertainty. “We had collected the dry garbage and segregated it over the last eight days but today there are about two truck loads of segregated waste ready to be taken, but the corporation has not come to collect it yet,” said sarpanch Dionizio Dias.

Dias said the contractor hired to collect the garbage has not been operating and added that their recently procured bailing machine is also awaiting commissioning. “We have setup around 80 square meter of land for MRF (material recovery facility) and we also have the bailing machine installed but it hasn’t been commissioned yet,” he said.