MMC decides to sign agreement with Asnani


 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]