The Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai, on Tuesday, asked the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) chief officer (CO) Siddhivinayak Naik to immediately start segregating the waste collected from Fatorda.
The Deputy Chief Minister asked the chief officer to undertake segregation of the waste at the proposed pickup stand ( SGPDA tarred area), and hand it over to Fomento Green, the company which operates the waste treatment plant, and added that “if it refuses to accept the waste, then the civic body should file a criminal complaint against the company.”
During his visit to the Sonsoddo waste dumping site, which was an attempt to resolve the vexed waste disposal issue, the visibly upset Deputy Chief Minister asked the civic body to make ‘space’ at the waste dump site itself to dump the rejects as demanded by the Fomento Green for it to accept the segregated waste.
“As a people’s representative, and not as a minister, I tell you to start segregation of Fatorda waste at the proposed pickup stand at SGPDA area. Let the Margao MLA see the site for the sorting the Margao waste. If the Fomento does not accept the segregated waste, file a criminal complaint against it. The Fomento cannot hold the city to ransom. I have also directed the civic body to shift the 1000 tonne of rejects from the plant to the one and half lakh tonne of mixed waste dump lying outside the plant, as it is just like a drop in the ocean and would not make any difference. Both should be started simultaneously from tomorrow,” he said.
Sardesai further said that he knows the sections of the agreement.
and we are not wearing bangles. We know to react. We can dump the
waste at even their doorstep. We expect that Fomento will not
take the city to ransom. I am telling you(pointing to
the chief officer of MMC) and Fomento, if you cannot act in
the interest of the city, you all better get out of it. MLAs
and ministers are saying that the Solid Waste Management
Corporation can resolve it. We are not here to make money from the Sonsoddo
dump. This is a manmade problem,” he
What seems have bothered the Deputy Chief Minister was the fact that the notices were served by Fomento to the MMC even after he and the Chief Minister Promod Sawant met with the chief of the company and held talks with him on resolving the issue.
“This is a cat and mouse game between the MMC and Fomento, and the people are suffering. The government is not impotent and nobody can fool with us,” he added.
However, when the media pointed out that the Fomento has no space inside the plant for more waste, he furiously reacted, and asked, “There is no space for whom and since when?” and added that he will not listen to these stories.
Interestingly, later in
the day, the MMC unloaded the waste at the Sonsoddo site, which was
kept in the trucks as the Fomento refused to accept it on Monday,
claiming that there was no
Meanwhile, when the Margao MLA Digambar Kamat was contacted to know whether he has any site in mind for undertaking segregation of Margao waste, he said that he has held a meeting with the councillors and soon a place will be identified for that.