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Monday, May 30, 2016

State gets its first ultra-modern garbage treatment plant

Plant will have Mechanical Biological Treatment process with proper segregation, recovery of recyclables and bio-methanation technology

PANJIM: The newly-constructed Solid Waste Management Plant, the first of its kind in the country, was inaugurated on Monday, Goa Statehood Day, by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, addressing the gathering, said that the ultra-modern waste management plant is based on German Technology under the Make in India Programme which is Asia’s biggest and most ambitious project.
“The treatment facility planned is a state-of-the-art, modern facility based on the Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) process with proper segregation, recovery of recyclables and bio-methanation technology. The waste treatment technologies have been borrowed from different parts of the world. The machinery that has been installed has come from Germany and Italy,” he said.
Mr Parrikar, during whose chief ministership the plant was planned, asked the authorities to gear up for another such project in Curchorem. “Depending on the success of this plant I request the Science and Technology Department to start work on the Curchorem plant,” he said.
At a special briefing on the occasion, the media was informed that the facility will have minimum human intervention, enclosed sheds, and computer-controlled equipment for handling different types of input material. The functioning of the plant and selection of technology has been done on the basis that all issues of odour, unsightly garbage mounds and leachate generation are addressed and handled with the aim of minimising the same.
He said the electricity produced in-house from the organic fraction of the waste will be used to power the plant’s operation. Composting and maturation of dewatered sludge will help produce manure.
Calangute MLA Michael Lobo, speaking to reporters, said the inauguration is just half the work done and it was now the responsibility of the panchayats and government to get the garbage to the plant.
“The chief minister has written to the panchayats to get the waste segregated but it isn’t possible and the government has to now step in and put up garbage stations on main roads of every village from where the garbage can be collected,” Lobo said.
He also said the government needs to give a truck to each panchayat with leachate tanks so that the garbage is brought to the station in a segregated and scientific manner.
DyCM Francis D’Souza, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar, Science & Technology Minister Alina Saldanha, Panchayat Minister Rajendra Arlekar, GSIDC chairman Dr Pramod Sawant, vice-chairman Sidharth Kunkolienkar and Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar were also present.

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