Saligao villagers on Wednesday in unison opposed plans for expansion of the garbage plant in the village and suggested the panchayat to take legal recourse.
The panchayat had convened a special meeting to seek views of the villagers on the plans of the government to expand the plant’s capacity from 100 to 250 tonnes.
The villagers passed a resolution opposing the move of the government. Some villagers pointing out that the garbage plant is a failure said that they were misled over it as they were told that it would be a world-class facility, treating mixed waste which not true.
Because of the plant and the garbage that comes from other areas, they said they have been facing the nuisance of foul odour, adding, the village could turn into garbage capital of Goa.
Ex-sarpanch Eknath Oraskar said that neighbouring villages of Pilerne, Sangolda, Candolim, Calangute, Reis Magos need to be brought on board to fight for the cause collectively as they also suffer along with Saligao, adding, it will financially strengthen the Saligao village’s fight in the apex court.
Nicklos Sequeira reiterating that the plant has been ineffective in handling garbage, said that the villagers cannot take things lightly and that the panchayat should intervene in the High Court matter and even at the NGT level.
Tulio D’Souza said that the German technology of the plant has not worked in Goa, while Fredrick Noronha said that “we need to form a RTI cell to collect information about the plant, aided by photographic evidence of garbage treatment that will be of great help during legal battle.”
Mario Cordeiro said that “we cannot afford to have the plant expanded as the village does not have the required infrastructure, like the roads.”
Saligao sarpanch Shradha Borkar, after hearing views and suggestions of the villagers, said that she will take up the resolution in the monthly meeting and in the coming gram sabha for discussion.