PANJIM: The Corporation of the City of Panaji’s proposal to use the Bainguinim site to set up its garbage treatment plant is still alive, and the CCP is going ahead with the proposal, Commissioner Sanjit Rodrigues informed a CCP meeting on Friday.
Rodrigues told the meeting that CCP plans to get the plant ready
in six months.
Refuting reports that the government was intending to scrap the project and go for a common garbage treatment site for North Goa, Rodrigues said, “We are going forward with it. The proposal is already through. We have been asked by the government what we need and what we plan to do with the Bainguinim site.”
Rodrigues also circulated a garbage management plan among the councillors which showed that they would get a plant in place at Bainguinim, which would specifically deal with the kind of garbage that Panjim generates.
“We want a plant that works for Panjim,” he said, adding that at Bainguinim they would segregate wet waste, dry waste and tree waste separately.
The commissioner however stressed that Bainguinim plant would only be successful if citizens of Panjim can achieve 100 per cent segregation of garbage at source. “Till now we have not achieved 100 per cent segregation at source,” he remarked.
Replying to concerns raised by various councillors regarding the stink arising from the Patto and Campal garbage sites, Rodrigues said that they have increased the shifts of the workers and are not working round the clock in composing garbage and are composting 20 tons a day as opposed to the 5 tons a day that was being done earlier. He said the stink was caused by the backlog of wet waste that has now been covered.
The biodigester that was bought two years ago has been almost completely dismantled, however the sludge that was still in it remained to be removed and was the cause of the stink.
The issues of flooding of part of the city also dominated the proceedings with chaos prevailing at the beginning of the meeting.