Industrial hazardous waste to be disposed off at Dharbandora

 Industrial hazardous waste which did not have a proper disposal facility, will now be disposed of at Dharbandora. The government on Monday directed the Industrial Waste Management Association of Goa to begin the construction of common hazardous waste treatment storage and disposal facilities.

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar held a meeting with the association members, officials of the industrial development corporation (IDC), directorate of industries, the Goa state pollution control board, water resources department and South Goa additional collector. Sources present at the meeting confirmed that Parrikar has directed the association to "immediately start work on the common hazardous waste treatment storage and disposal facilities at Dharbandora".

On April 16, 2008, the state government notified land admeasuring 1, 10,390 sq m in survey No. 193/3 of Dharbandora for a common hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facility for industries.

The IDC had obtained an environment clearance (EC) for setting up a hazardous disposal facility in 2008, which will expire on February 19, 2013. If the EC validity expires, then the government will once again have to go through the entire procedure to acquire a new EC.

"The government is going through the process of handing over the land to the association and once it gets possession of the land, then we will prepare a detailed project report," said association president Joseph D'Souza.

Two major companies which generate a huge quantity of hazardous waste have been shut down in the state. At present, 6,500 metric tonnes per annum (MTA) of hazardous waste is generated by 130 industries. Of which, 5,500 MTA is disposed of at their own disposal site at Cuncolim.

The state accumulates around 2,000 MTA of hazardous waste which would be disposed of at the new facility at Dharbandora, said sources. Goa's industrial hazardous waste is also disposed of at Taloja, Maharashtra. [TOI]