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Vijai asks MMC CO to undertake segregation of Fatorda waste

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Margao

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.

“The government  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
said.

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
space. 

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.

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