The Margao Municipal Council (MMC) in its special meeting held, on Monday, decided to sign an agreement with the Ahmedabad-based Urban Management Consultants, Mr U P Asnani, for a period of one year, for his services pertaining to the waste treatment plant at Sonsoddo.
The council has approved the draft of the detailed project report for landfill closure at Sonsoddo dumping site and would be forwarded to the government for grants after discussing in detail.
It was decided to have an inspection at the site with the said consultant after his appointment and later if his services are found satisfactory on the given fix parameters, the agreement would be renewed.
The appointment of a consultant is important to settle the bills of M/s Sociedade De Fomento Industrial Private Ltd (Fomento Greens), which has set up the municipal solid waste treatment plant at Sonsoddo with a capacity of 50-70 tonne per day.
His services and reports are equally important to file an affidavit in the court before March 17.
“Why do we want consultant now, when the plant is completed. His services should have been there at the time of commencement of the plant. We do not wish to waste huge funds in the form of fees of consultants,’’ said Mr Laxmikant Kamat, while other councilors, including the chairperson, Mr Arthur Da Silva said that consultant is important as he has to evaluate and give technical inputs on the concession agreement signed between MMC and Fomento Green and also to monitor the works and disposal and landfill site at Sonsoddo. The fees of the consultant is Rs 7.31 lakh.
The council has also approved the draft of the detailed project report for landfill closure at Sonsoddo at the dumping site.
Ms Pratima Coutinho, the vice chairman of MMC and few others pointed out that treating of this particular waste was included in the original tender and suggested to verify it before the final approval of the report.
It was also approved to make use of the slope surface of the capped site for solar panel to tap solar energy.
It may be recalled that capping was suggested after it was found that leachate and metal was existing in the waste. However, the cost was found to be more than that of the setting up of plant. The original tender of the Fomento Green included the treating of this waste and setting up of the plant on the same place. However, later, its scope of work changed and the Fomento Green was given plain land beyond the waste heap. The waste treatment plant was commissioned on December 12, 2012 and it runs on trial even after their bills are not paid. [NT]