Panaji, Jan 28 (PTI) Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said the high-power committee will meet before February 10 to decide on setting up a waste treatment plant at Sonsodi, one of the oldest garbage dumps in the state.
The garbage dump at Sonsodo near Margao town in South Goa has been in existence since the Portuguese era.
Speaking in the state Legislative Assembly, Sawant said the state government is serious about dealing with the garbage menace.
The issue was raised on the floor of the House by Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, who had sought to know from Waste Management Minister Micheal Lobo about the fate of the garbage dump, which has reached menacing proportions.
Intervening the discussion, Goa Forward Party MLA Vijai Sardesai demanded that the state government should give a firm assurance about tackling this issue.
Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat also joined fellow members in the demand.
Responding to the query, Lobo said the government had initially planned to set up seven plants at Sonsodo to treat the waste, but now it intends to have only one plant with 75 tonne capacity.
The minister said the plant at Sonsodo will be a mini-replica of the facility at Saligao (North Goa), which is managed by the Goa Solid Waste Management Corporation (GSWMC).
The opposition benches were unhappy with the response, as Sardesai questioned why they were not taken into confidence when the government changed its plan to have one plant instead of seven.
To this, the chief minister assured that the high- power committee led by him will meet before February 10 and decide on the matter.
He said all the three MLAs Kamat, Sardesai and Lourenco will be taken into confidence before making the final decision in the matter. PTI RPS ARU ARU