Arambol panchayat cleans up its act, clears waste

Tourists and locals alike, can now look forward to a clean, green Arambol village, as the village panchayat has finally cleared the garbage dumped at the entry to Arambol beach and along the road leading to the village.

TOI had highlighted this issue in its October 8 edition. Locals said that the garbage menace was caused because of hoteliers and shack owners, who dump waste on the road along the 1km stretch from Agar to Quepe in Arambol. Cracking the whip against this, Arambol sarpanch Herculana Rodrigues, through a notice, directed hotel owners against dumping garbage in the open along the roads.

"If hotel or shack owners are found dumping garbage on roads or any other open spaces, their NOCs will be rejected by the panchayat," said Rodrigues.

Stating that asking the hotel and shack owners to take care of their own garbage is a temporary solution, Rodrigues said, "We will soon start door-to-door waste collection. The fees to be collected from hotel and shack owners will be fixed after a meeting between them and the panchayat members."

Arambol produces 1.5 tonnes of garbage per day. "We have approached the Pernem municipality to treat our garbage and once the waste management plant is commissioned, there will be a permanent solution to the garbage problem," Rodrigues said.

Once the waste management plant is commissioned, the Pernem municipality has plans to pick up garbage generated in other villages in Pernem taluka as the plant will not receive sufficient garbage on a daily basis.

"We have approached the municipality to treat our garbage and once the waste management plant is commissioned, it will be a permanent solution to the garbage problem," Rodrigues said.

The commissioning of the garbage treatment plant for the Pernem municipality has been delayed because of technical errors while releasing the tender for the work and delay in the installations of the machinery. It is expected to be commissioned within a month. The municipality also has plans to purchase a new composting machine to treat waste, a demonstration of which was also given to the various panchayats of Pernem by a private company.

During the demonstration, it was explained that the machine has a capacity of treating three tonnes of garbage and can convert garbage into manure within 10 days without causing a stench. [TOI]