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Change in design holds back Cacora waste plant



The construction of the proposed solid waste treatment plant at Cacora in South Goa has been delayed due to change in its design, with the original design of this plant not adhering to the Solid Waste Management Rules 2016.

This delay, in turn, has overrun the estimated cost of the project by Rs 44 crore.

The particular plant was supposed to be set up in South Goa, along with a similar facility in North Goa that has already come up in Saligao.

As per the information provided by the Goa Waste Management Corporation, there are changes in the design to ensure compliance to Solid Waste Management Rules 2016, environmental clearance, and recommendations by the expert committee headed Dr Sharad Kale.

The GWMC has prepared the detailed project report for this plant, while the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation will be the project management consultant.

The capacity of the solid waste treatment plant proposed at Cacora will be 100 TPD. and it will cater to the waste generated from Quepem, Sanguem, Dharbandora and Canacona talukas.

“No construction of the 100-TPD solid waste treatment plant at Cacora has commenced yet,” the GWMC said.

The GWMC further stated that the initial cost for setting up this facility was Rs 145.95 crore. However, the revised cost estimated is Rs 189.99 crore, after considering factors such as Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 and associated Rules; environmental clearance issued on January 22, 2018; technical improvements recommended by the expert committee; escalations; the study made of a similar plant at Saligao; and General Statutory Rules 2019

The Cacora plant will be set up on an acquired land admeasuring 82,750 sq mts.

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