Panaji: The Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) is considering adopting a decentralised approach for waste management using economically feasible and proven technologies followed with mass awareness towards safe disposal of waste to implement solid waste management rules in compliance with the directive of National Green Tribunal.
However, the CCP is yet to formulate an action plan, which is at the planning stage, for execution and enactment of the solid waste management rules.
The Corporation is now looking at investing in decentralised, cost-effective systems that support segregation and safe disposal of wet waste and also push for lasting behavioural change by involving local community groups and partnering with non-profit organisations to raise awareness on the importance of zero waste.
Decentralisation approach means creating a clean hygienic environment free of garbage in the city, minimising waste disposal, utilising waste as a resource for the generation of wealth, converting biodegradable waste into compost, educating the community and making citizens aware of their roles and responsibilities to involve community in solid waste management.
According to a CCP official, the action plan, which is yet to be formulated, will also include provision for providing adequate training and hands-on experiments to enable the staff to identify bottlenecks at the implementation level and take appropriate action.
Panaji has been recently notified as a model city following the NGT direction in April this year asking the state government to designate at least three major towns or cities in the state and at least three panchayats in each district as ‘model’ towns and make them fully compliant within next six months with regard to implementation of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, and Plastic Waste Management Rules.
Lack of awareness, inappropriate technical knowledge, inadequate funding, unaccountability, poor implementation of legislation and policies are the major reasons for the failure of waste management in the capital city.
The CCP will be investing in viable decentralised composting technologies and make it mandatory to be installed by housing colonies, societies and bungalows after providing proper training and supplying machineries at subsidised rate to reduce the load on CCP for collection and transportation of wet waste. This will subsequently culminate in the reduction of pressure exerted on the composting plant at Patto.
The organic waste management facility opposite Heera petrol pump at Patto is presently processing over 20 tonne of wet waste per day which is four times more than its handling capacity.
“We need to make waste management, just like brushing our teeth, a daily ritual, a necessary habit, which will be our major focus strategy in the action plan. We want to adopt decentralised approach by learning economically feasible and proven technologies of processing wet waste and share the same with residents on subsidised rate,” the CCP official said.
The Goa Waste Management Corporation has also planned installation of bio-digester having capacity of 100 TPD (tonne per day) at Bainguinim, which will also help the capital city dispose of the wet waste.