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Cuncolim citizens forum warns civic body over accepting outside waste

Demanding that the Cuncolim Municipal Council should first put its house in order before accepting waste from neighbouring villages, the Cuncolim Citizens Action Committee has warned the Civic body against going ahead with the proposal, saying the historic village is not a dumping ground for outside waste.

13th August 2017, 11:41 Hrs

the goan I network

Action Committee President Oscar Martins told the media on Saturday that the Committee will call an urgent meeting to discuss and deliberate on the matter and to submit a memorandum to the Chief Officer to desist from taking any unilateral decision against the wished of the people of Cuncolim.
"It has come as a big surprise that the Cuncolim Chief Officer has drawn up a plan in connivance with Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar to bring waste from the neighbouring villages into
Cuncolim. I want to remind the Chief Officer that the Municipality's waste disposal mechanism has been in doldrums with no segregation of waste taking place in the Municipal jurisdiction,"
Oscar said.
He demanded to know how the Chief Officer could even think of identifying a place near the KTC bus stand to set up the waste collection centre, further seeking to know whether the Municipality want to turn the heart of the town into an eyesore.
He reminded that the people of Cuncolim had in the past opposed proposals from the neighbouring villages to dump waste in the town, adding that people of Cuncolim will not tolerate any such move from the Chief officer or the elected body.
"It is surprising that the proposal has been mooted without discussing the same at the Council meeting", Oscar lamented, while demanding that the Council immediate place the proposal at its meeting for discuss and deliberation.
Oscar recalled that when the people of Cuncolim had opposed the fish meal plant at the Cuncolim Industrial Estate, the very same Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar had questioned opposition for the project.
"Today, people staying in the vicinity of the Industrial estate is facing foul odour, but what the government is doing now to check the pollution," Oscar asked, while saying that a similar fate will befall on the collection centre for outside waste if allowed in the town.