‘High-powered meet to discuss Sonsoddo issues’


A meeting of the High-Powered Committee headed by the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar will be convened next week to decide on various issues linked to the Sonsoddo dump at Margao as well as its scientific capping.
Earlier, the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Francis D’Souza said that councils of the municipalities around Goa spend maximum energy in retaining the power and are unable to perform. “Many a times, the government has to warn the chief officers of the municipalities to undertake the developmental works,” he added stating that financial assistance has already been provided to the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) for taking up the work at the Sonsoddo dump, so that the leachate doesn’t seep into the ground water.
It was also informed that Mr K R Gopalkrishnan has been appointed as the consultant by the MMC for scientific capping of the Sonsoddo dump, and has, in his detailed project report (DPR) envisaged creation of an aesthetically attractive vertical garden or setting up of solar energy generation project at Sonsoddo, once the scientific closure at Sonsoddo is complete.
The DPR will be placed before the council of the MMC for appropriate decision, and thereafter, before the High-Powered Committee for its approval. The Fatorda MLA, Mr Vijay Sardesai informed that the compound wall at the Sonsoddo dump has collapsed and once the monsoon starts, the garbage will flow down affecting the ground water.
Mr D’Souza, who also holds the Urban Development portfolio, said that the MMC will have to take necessary measures, during the monsoon. “Once the DPR is accepted by the
MMC, only those having experience of capping the dumps, would be involved,” he assured, noting that capping is a scientific method of handling dumps and it prevents the ground water seepage.
Speaking further, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the compound wall at the Sonsoddo dump site will have to be readied before the monsoon. “The High-Powered Committee will take a decision that would expedite the capping exercise,” he mentioned. [NT]