MARGAO: The Principal District and Sessions Court Judge B Dhespande, on Monday, in his order said that Fomento Green, the company that operates the Sonsoddo waste treatment plant, will continue treating the MMC waste till November 27, while the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) will maintain the same earlier arrangement of paying Rs 1 lakh per day.
Judge Dhespande, passed this order after hearing the arguments of both the parties on Monday.
A senior lawyer from Mumbai Rafik Dada represented the Fomento in the case while, High Court advocate S Padiyar argued for the MMC.
The judge also directed both the parties to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday itself inviting the stakeholders and the government officials to resolve the other minor issues.
“Instead of asking every time one month, why can’t you (referring to the MMC advocate S Padiyar) take two months and so that the MMC can start the deemed process,’’ the judge said when Padiyar prayed for another one month’s time in the court agreeing to continue with the earlier arrangement to pay Rs 1 lakh per day.
Padiyar, while arguing on behalf of the MMC, said that the government has constituted a high power co-ordination committee, specially, to resolve the Sonsoddo waste-related issue and that the MMC would write a letter to the Chief Minister to convene the meeting of the same at the earliest. He said that he is seeking time in the court in the interest of the Margao.
Padiyar even assured to put up more labour for carrying out baling of the plastic waste and that the Fomento may permit them to add one more baling machine at the site. Padiyar also asked Fomentos to allow accepting the wet waste from the hotel in the night.
On the other hand, the Fomento lawyer Rafik Dada said that further treating of the MMC waste will not be possible since the company has to carry out the maintenance of the plant. He asked Padiyar as to why the 150-tonne excluded waste from the plant is not lifted by the MMC, if it can lift 1000 odd tonne inert from the plant a few months back.
“There has to be solution. The excluded waste has to be removed from the plant,’’ Rafik Dada stressed. He later agreed to the request of Padiyar.