DEFENCE MINISTER INAUGURATES SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY AT CALANGUTE

Panaji: May 31, 2016 …. Union Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar has said that the problem of garbage in Goa was increasing day by day and was viewed seriously by the Government. Despite Government has now succeeded in setting up a state of art, modern, facility based on the mechanical, Biological Treatment (MBT) process with proper segregation, recyclable and bio methanation Technology. He said the waste treatment technologies have been borrowed from different parts of the world.    

Shri Parrikar was speaking as the Chief Guest after inaugurating Solid Waste Management Facility at Calangute/ Saligao in North Goa. The function was organized by The Department of Science & Technology & Environment in collaboration with Goa State Infrastructural Development Corporation Ltd. at Saligao recrently.

Shri Parrikar further speaking said that, the machinery that has been installed from Italy and Germany. 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 minimizing the same. Electricity produced in house from the organic fraction of the waste will be used to power the complete plant operation.

Shri Parrikar further also said that the facility is the first of its kind in the country will not only serve as a tourist attraction but also as a learning centre to create awareness about the positive environmental impact of the solid waste treatment facility in the state. He complimented all those who have contributed in making Solid Waste Management Facility a reality.  

The Chief Minister Shri Laxmikant Parsekar in his address said that, Goa is known as tourist destination by the people from world over and therefore we have to keep Goa clean. The Government he said has faced many problems but due to the cooperation of many people this ambitious project has become a reality. He said every citizen has to cherish the dream of clean Goa then only we will be able to maintain cleanliness he reiterated.  

Deputy Chief Minister Shri Francis D’Souza while addressing  the function said that the solid waste treatment project which is commissioned today will cater to the need of large Garbage creating areas like Calangute, Mapusa, Saligao and other surrounding areas. Garbage he said is a man made problem therefore we have find solution for this. Goa has touristic importance world over that’s why we have to be serious about keeping Goa clean by making proper garbage management he added.  

Minister for Science and Environment Smt. Alina Saldanha while speaking at the function said that, In order to overcome the problem of garbage we need  greater awareness among the people. As a responsible citizen  we should  not litter garbage and not allow others from littering garbage. Garbage treatment plant was a long pending demand of local people came into reality to cater to north Goa,                                                                                                                                                                 

Shri Ramesh Tawadkar, Minister of Sports & youth Affairs, Shri Rajendra Arlekar, Forest Minister, Shri Dilip Parulekar, Tourism MinisterShri Nilesh Cabral, MLA & Chairman of GTDC, Shri Siddharth Kuncalckar, MLA & Chairman of EDC, Shri Michael Lobo, Shri Glen Ticlo both MLAs, Shri R.K. Srivastava, Chief Secretary,Shri Jose Manuel Noronho, Chairman GPSC, Shri Sanjit Rodrigues, MD, GSIDC,Shri Sandip Falari, Chairman MMC,Shri Ian D’Souza, President Saligao Communidade, Staff of GSIDC, and other Government Departments attended the function.

Dr. Pramod Sawant MLA & Chairman of GSIDC welcomed the guest. While Shri Levinson Martins, Director of Department of Science and Technology proposed the vote of thanks.

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