MMC, PWD told to stop tankers dumping sewage into Margao network


Navelim MLA and Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado on Saturday told the Margao Municipal Council and PWD officials to immediately stop tankers from unloading sewage into the Margao sewerage network, even as he vowed not to allow acquisition of an inch of additional land for expansion of the Sirvodem Sewage Treatment Plant.
Avertano had a meeting with PWD and MMC officials this evening to take stock of the demand raised in PWD circles to acquire additional land for the expansion of the STP.
The Fisheries Minister pointed out that the existing land admeasuring 35,000 sq mts should be adequate to host the state-of-the-art 20 MLD STP, besides the additional 6.5 MLD plant planned by JICA. “I have made it amply clear to the PWD officials that not a single inch of additional land in and around the Salpem lake will be allowed for acquisition. If the PWD was eyeing on the additional land to expand the STP, I have maintained that the PWD can set up STPs in other areas, and leave the existing plant for the sewage generated in Margao and Navelim”, he told Herald after the meeting.
He said the PWD officials agreed to his suggestion that the STP expansion can be take place well within the existing land admeasuring 35,000 sq mts. 
Incidentally, Avertano maintained that around 35-40 tankers from various parts of the state are unloading sewage in the Margao sewerage networks every day. ‘This network was planned only for Margao and Fatorda. I have told the MMC officials to stop any tanker from unloading sewage inside the sewage chambers. This is creating a stink at Navelim”, he added.
It was during the tenure of former PWD Minister Churchill Alemao that the PWD had proposed for acquisition land admeasuring 2.53 lakh sq mts towards the expansion of the existing STP plant. The proposal, however, came in for strong objection from the local farmers, who called for the de-notification and return of the fields for cultivation. [H]