Calangute gets 8 new waste collection trucks


Chief minister Manohar Parrikar said money will not be a hindrance for the development of infrastructure in Calangute. He was speaking on Sunday evening after launching eight new garbage collection trucks donated to the Calangute village panchayat by resorts as part of their corporate social responsibility at a function at the village panchayat.
Parrikar later unveiled the foundation stone for the new vegetable market complex and also switched on the repaired high-mast lamp at the main beach entrance. The high-mast lamp had been dysfunctional for the last few years.
Parrikar said the positive effects of the various development works being undertaken in Calangute will be visible by the end of this year during the peak tourist season.
By that time, the beautification of the Calangute promenade near the Bandodkar statue will be completed, as also the changing rooms and toilets.
Calangute MLA Michael Lobo, sarpanch Ann-Marie D'Souza and other panchayat members, along with a large number of other dignitaries were also present at the functions.
While six of the trucks will be collecting garbage from Calangute, one van has been given to the Parra village panchayat for collection of garbage, while another van is being outfitted to serve as a utility vehicle with a hydraulic lift for the electricity department.
Another jeep is being used for collecting garbage from the beach shacks. Of the six trucks, one will be permanently stationed at the market to serve as a mobile garbage bin, while another will be stationed at Baga to serve a similar purpose so that anybody can come and dump their garbage in the truck.
Once full, these trucks will dump the garbage at the dumping yard and return, according to panchayat members.
The panchayat has also inducted six garbage-collection bicycles which will be able to collect garbage from inaccessible areas. [H]