Francis expresses dissatisfaction over slow pace of work at Sonsoddo plant


Expressing dissatisfaction over the slow pace of work at the recently-commissioned waste treatment plant at Sonsoddo, the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr  Francis D’Souza, on Monday,  stated  that he  is hopeful that everything will be in place by end of May.
"I am not fully satisfied with the work at the plant, but the pace is observantly slow,’’ Mr D’Souza said while speaking to the media after the inspection of the Sonsoddo plant.   
Specifying the reason for his visit, he said that it was appropriate to visit the plant before clearing of the bill as requested by the company. He said that the chief officer, Ms Sandhya Kamat was told to do the payments.
"The running bill has to be certified by the consultant of the council. I am  also told that  Rs 1.30 crore has to be paid to the  company,’’ he maintained adding that the council will directly  appoint a consultant even though it had rejected the idea of appointing a consultant since the works at the plant are almost complete.  
He further informed that the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) had been given Rs 4.5 crore for the project by the government.  He explained, quoting the CEO of Fomento Group of Company, Mr Shridhar Kamat that the plant was commissioned on December 12 and that it requires eight weeks to fall in place with proper clearance of the waste.  
"That means by end of February everything would run smoothly and fast,’’ he assured.
Mr D Souza, who is also the Urban Development Minister, opined that land filling has to be made ready first at the site.   Answering media query, Mr D’Souza said that the issue of consultant appointed on the capping of the Sonsoddo waste will be discussed with the chief officer at a special meeting. [NT]