GSPCB to submit report on Sada dump to govt


The fire at the Sada garbage dump in Vasco and the subsequent smoke rising from the site has inconvenienced residents of the area.
Environment minister Alina Saldanha has said she will receive a report from the Goa state pollution control board on Monday based on the inspection conducted by the GSPCB officials at the site.Four officials from the GSPCB had inspected the Sada garbage dump on Saturday to assess the situation.
Saldanha said the team had found that the garbage treatment plant at the site was not working and all sorts of garbage including biomedical waste was dumped there.
She said the only solution to the garbage issue was segregating waste and having a house-to-house collection system. Solid waste management is the responsibility of the municipality, she said, adding that the municipality needs to begin with segregated collection of garbage at least on a pilot basis in some wards of the town.
Saldanha said the GSPCB will be coming out with rules for all municipalities and panchayats for garbage disposal.
Levinson Martins, member secretary of GSPCB, had told TOI that it was high time the Mormugao municipality started a door-to-door collection of segregated garbage.
Saldanha also said work of clearing garbage along the national highway in the state will begin in two weeks time. She said the highways will be divided into stretches of 10 km and the cleaning work would then proceed.
An agency will be appointed to handle collection of plastic waste. [TOI]