No NOC yet for CCP’s Bainguinim plant

 

The Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) is still struggling to remove hurdles it faces in the setting up of a solid waste treatment facility (SWTF) at Bainguinim. It is yet to get a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Old Goa village panchayat to build a compound wall around the land admeasuring 171312sq m which has been earmarked for a scientific waste treatment facility for Panaji.
 
The CCP appealed to the deputy director of panchayats, after its request for an NOC was turned down by the Old Goa panchayat. Though it has now got some relief with the deputy director of panchayats directing the Old Goa panchayat to issue an NOC within 15 days, the CCP is not sure when this will come through, a source in the CCP said.
 
The CCP's already-delayed project is likely to be delayed further if the Old Goa panchayat goes in appeal against the order of the deputy director of panchayats.
 
Though the CCP got possession of the land in 2009, it could not proceed with the project due to opposition from certain sections.
 
Subsequently, some locals moved the high court to restrain the CCP from setting up a SWTF at Baiguinuim. The high court ruled against the objection by the petitioner, making way for the CCP to set up its plant.
 
The setting up of the plant was again delayed for want of funds. Though the CCP prepared a detailed project report (DPR) assuming a cost of Rs 34 crore which it planned to get through the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Development Mission (JNNUDM)., its efforts went for a toss since the DPR was never sent to the JNNURM, and the scheme expired.
 
While the CCP manages its waste, especially organic waste, through various composting sites, it does not have its own site in the city.
 
The CCP is now pushing for the project through the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC). The GSIDC had invited pre-qualification bids in November 2012. "The GSIDC will shortlist a final entry from the pre-qualification entries. The project will be built on a public-private-partnership (PPP) mode," said a CCP official. [TOI]