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Norway to show Goa the way in waste management



Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday held discussions with ambassador of Norway to India Hans Jacob Frydenlund for establishing stronger collaboration between Goa and Norway on waste management technology.

Sawant said that fruitful discussions were held with the Norwegian envoy for having stronger collaboration between Goa and the Scandinavian country on waste management technology.

Speaking to media persons after the meeting, Frydenlund also said the discussions were productive.

He favoured very quick exchange of technology and information on waste management.

Waste Management Minister Michael Lobo and Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral were also present at

the meeting. Lobo said the Frydenlund’s visit to Goa came on the heels of a study tour by a delegation of the state government to that country last month.

A technical team from Norway will visit Goa to carry out a study on climate and weather conditions before the proposed technology transfer.

“We are in possession of one lakh square metre of land for setting up  an incineration plant for dry waste. Once a technical feasibility report is prepared by the Norwegian team after carrying out the study, the government will complete required paperwork to go ahead with the project… Thereafter   expression of interest will be floated for setting up the plant, ” Lobo disclosed.

He also said the state will adopt the technology of Norway for setting up the incineration plant without spending a single rupee on it.

“The plant will be built on BOOT basis: a Norwegian firm will bear the cost for setting up a refuse-derived fuel plant. Electricity will be generated out of dry waste, which will be sold by the company to the state government, which will help recover the money to be invested for setting up the plant,” he explained.

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