AS FOMENTO DEADLINE ON SEGREGATED WASTE NEARS...Sonsodo dump may play host to fresh waste again
16th June 2019, 02:59 Hrs
the goan I network
Faced with the prospect of Fomento not accepting mixed waste at the Sonsodo waste treatment plant from Monday, the Margao Municipal Council is toying with the idea of resuming dumping of waste on the Sonsodo site which was recently covered with mud to cap the fire and smoke at the site.
Margao Municipal Chairperson Babita Prabhudesai pointed out that while the Civic body will go all out to get only segregated waste from the city households and establishments from Monday, she said there’s no bar from the High Powered Coordination Committee (HPCC) headed by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on the Civic body from dumping the waste on the existing Sonsodo waste dump. “I have checked up with the officials and they have confirmed that the HPCC headed by the Chief Minster has not banned dumping of waste on the existing site”, she said.
In fact, the MMC Chairperson said the HPCC had only observed that fresh waste should not be dumped on the existing dump yard till the fire and smoke was capped by the authorities.
Sensing huge trouble for the Civic body at Sonsodo in the event the Municipality fails to hand over only segregated
waste to Fomento, with the company making it clear that no mixed will be accepted at the plant from Monday, Babita looks at the existing dump yard as a short term solution to her problem of the Municipality’s failure to transport only segregated waste at the Sonsodo plant. “We understand the concerns expressed by Fomento. And, we are also aware of the limitations to get cent per cent segregated waste from the households. In such a situation, we will have to weigh various options, including the option to resume dumping of waste at the existing dump as a short term measure before segregation of waste at source catches up with the households”, she added.
The Chairperson further said the Civic body is also weighing options of roping in expert agencies to conduct a study on waste segregation and to make the public hand over only segregated waste to the municipal workers.
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