Penha da Franca locals oppose garbage plant

Barely two days after Environment Minister Alina Saldanha laid the foundation stone for the proposed garbage treatment plant at Penha da Franca, the project has already run into rough weather with some residents of Krantinagar opposing the project in an open space near a residential colony.

In a letter to the Penha da Franca Panchayat, the residents stated that the proposed garbage treatment plant may create health problems and they have requested the panchayat not to set up the plant in a residential colony. When asked if it had issued a no-objection certificate to the plant, the Goa State Pollution Control Board claimed that it had not received any proposal from either the panchayat or the Goa Housing Board (GHB) to set up the garbage treatment plant at the site.

According to sources, the GHB in a letter dated November 30, 2011 had allotted 1,000 sq mtrs of land to the panchayat on lease for 9 years at Re 1 per month “for implementation of garbage segregation plant to tackle the garbage. Accordingly, the Leave and License agreement was executed on June 27, 2012, allotting 1,000 sq mtrs of land at Porvorim on a lease period of 9 years at Re 1 per month for implementation of garbage segregation. Thereafter, GHB received a letter on December 14, 2012, from Penha de Franca Panchayat requesting to extend the leave and license agreement for 99 years. [H]