Minister for Solid Waste Management Michael Lobo has said that besides the centralised garbage treatment plant in Cacora in Curchorem, South Goa will have another state-of-the-art garbage treatment plant, plans of which will be unveiled soon.
He said that environment impact assessment has been done and the project will come up on land which has already been acquired by the government however he added that the details of the project will be unveiled soon.
He said that work on the Cacora garbage treatment plant is going on in full swing adding, “The work on the bio-medical waste plant is also nearing completion. The plant will become operational within the next three to four months.”
He further stated that work on removal of the legacy waste at Sonsoddo is going on in full swing and that one unit for garbage disposal will be set up at Margao once the legacy waste is cleared. He however said that the garbage treatment plant at Sonsoddo will be temporary and all the waste will be treated at the centralised plant.
He said that the Margao municipal council will have to collect segregated waste and it will be treated at Sonsoddo adding, “The ministry is awaiting a formal proposal from the council which will come up only after the municipal elections are over and a new council is in
Lobo said that legacy waste is not just an issue of Margao alone and the government has cleared several legacy waste dumps in various parts of Goa, including at Mormugao, Mapusa, Saligao besides also clearing the waste at Campal ground.
He further stated that the government will import Norwegian technology where all baled dry waste will be used in incinerators which will generate electricity. He said at present the waste is sent to cement factories in Karnataka. He said that the truth is village panchayats and municipalities are handling garbage but not treating it and if anyone is saying they are treating the garbage, it is a lie.