The Fomento Green, which has been operating the waste treatment plant at the Sonsoddo dump, on Monday stopped accepting the waste from the Margao municipality, as the plant has been chock-a-block with refuse.
Consequently vehicles filled with garbage were seen parked at the Sonsoddo waste site and the Old Market garage. As garbage was not accepted for handling at the dump, roadsides were seen littered with waste. S Pai Raiturkar of the Fomento Green said that they stopped accepting the waste from the municipality as the plant has been chock-a-block with rejects or the waste which could not be handled.
“There is around 1000 tonne of refuse, which has to be cleared by the MMC within 48 hours. Moreover, there is no space at the plant even for segregated waste. The MMC has failed to clear the rejects,” Raiturkar explained.
The Fomento Green’s decision to turn away the garbage vehicles forced MMC chairperson Babita Prabhudesai and chief officer Siddhivinayak Naik to rush to the site for holding talks with Fomento officials.
Sources said that Prabhudesai and Naik could not give in writing to the Fomento Green assuring that the municipality would cart away the rejects from the plant.
The civic body is now in a piquant situation: it does not know what to do with the rejects. Councillors and officials are mulling making some spaces at the dump to put the rejects from the plant, so that the waste generated daily in the city could be handled at the plant.
“There is no space at the plant for more waste. Officials from the Solid Waste Management Corporation and the DMA saw it when they visited the plant on Friday. The MMC has started sending segregated waste, but there is no space even for that,” Prabhudesai said after meeting the Fomento officials.
Nevertheless, at a council meeting held on Monday evening, the chairperson assured a solution by Tuesday.
“I cannot reveal you the solution. But there will be a solution by Tuesday,” she calmly said.
Sources said the city fathers have been waiting Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai to return from his foreign tour.