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Garbage bomb ticks on N Goa villages

HC deadline ends; panchayats in the limbo over directives to make own plans of handling garbage

Story: The | Goan | 16th February 2019, 03:11 Hrs

Only the panchayats within Bardez are supposed to send their garbage to the plant. I held a meeting with all other panchayats and have asked them to take care of their own garbage
- Levinson Martins,
North Goa Collector
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PANAJI: Residents in North Goa villages other than Bardez are grappling with a huge crisis of piling garbage with the respective panchayats unable to lift it after the Saligao solid waste management plant has stopped accepting waste from outside Bardez.
The crisis could get worse in the coming days as the plant in Saligao can no longer handle the load of garbage coming in with its 180-tonnes capacity already topped.
North Goa Collector Levinson Martins has directed all panchayats outside of Bardez to find their own ways to treat their garbage after February 10.
"Only the panchayats within Bardez are supposed to send their garbage to the plant. I held a meeting with all other panchayats and have asked them to take care of their own garbage," Martins told 'The Goan'.
Martins, however, did not reveal the exact number of Panchayats he has directed to do this.
Other officials involved in the operation of the plant from the Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) meanwhile declined to say how many panchayats are now left with no place to dump the garbage generated in their jurisdiction.
But going by the garbage piling up along roadsides and black spots of the villages on the outskirts of Panaji, particularly Santa Cruz and Chimbel, the administration has a huge garbage crisis to face in the days to come.
Meanwhile, Director of Panchayats Rajan Satardekar admitted that there was no immediate solution to the garbage crisis.
"We will need more waste treatment plants, and more people will have to go in for home composting besides using less plastics," Satardekar said, adding that his department has already submitted an affidavit to the Bombay High Court last week on behalf of the panchayats. A division bench of the Bombay High Court had in mid-January directed that the panchayats other than those from Bardez were required to come up with their own plan to handle garbage generated in their jurisdictions by Friday (February 15).
Sources in the SWTP monitoring committee told 'The Goan' that the State government does not want to reveal how badly the SWTP was failing.
"Of the load the SWTP is currently taking in, half the garbage is going out of the State to be burnt. There is no recycling taking place at all," sources in committee set up by the State government to monitor the plant said.
"It is a complete mess. Unsegregated garbage like a mix of dead dogs together with mattresses are reaching the plant," the source added.

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