With Rs 4 crore funds granted by Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar, Ponda Municipal Council (PMC) is all set to upgrade the garbage treatment plant at Keriya-Khandepar into a bio-methanation plant, PMC chairperson Venkatesh Naik announced on Friday during the council meeting.
Naik stated that all the paperwork related to extension and renovation of the garbage treatment plant has been completed and the tendering process for the same will begin soon.
“The MP has provided PMC around Rs 4 crore funds, which will be used for setting up a bio-methanation plant at Keriya. It will have two bio-digesters of 5-tonne capacity each,” said Naik.
Besides this, PMC has also decided to keep in abeyance the decision on shop rent issue of around 55 vendors and start collecting fresh rents from the said shopkeepers.
According to the chairperson, around 26 shops from new market complex and around 29 shops in Indira market have failed to pay rent and other taxes since last two years and the matter is sub judice.
Due to this, the PMC is losing huge amount of revenue. So the PMC has decided to keep the issue in abeyance and seek government permission to waive off or revise the pending arrears, he said, adding, till then, rent and taxes of recent months will be collected.
During the meeting, PMC also resolved to seek around 10 bio-toilets for the town out of which around 2 will be set up in new market complex until alternative arrangements are made, Naik informed.
Over the ongoing sewerage work in the town, Naik stated that by March-April, most roads in the town will be hot-mix carpeted. Work in most areas has been completed and the contractor has already prepared completion report of few roads, after which the government-approved work of hot-mix carpeting will be taken up.
Apart from this, discussions on issues like development and extension of PMC office building, LED lights in town, sopo tax of vendors and others were held.