Pernem plant to treat other villages’ waste

Mandrem MLA Laxmikant Parsekar asked the sarpanchas of village panchayats of Morjim, Mandrem and Arambol to initiate necessary steps for collection of garbage and get it treated for disposal at the newly inaugurated treatment plant at Pernem.

The garbage treatment plant for Pernem municipality was commissioned on Sunday by deputy chief minister and urban development minister Francis D'Souza.

The treatment plant has two units, an organic waste composter for wet waste and a shredding machine for the dry and plastic waste. The treatment plant is set to treat five tonnes of garbage a day. Pernem town generates waste of only two tonnes per day and about five tonnes on a Thursday, which is a market day. As the plant will not receive sufficient garbage on a daily basis, the PMC has plans to lift garbage generated in other villages in Pernem taluka. Mandrem produces garbage of one tonne per day while Morjim and Arambol produces 1.5 tonnes per day.

Parsekar held a meeting with the sarpanchas of the village panchayats in the constituency and other authorities at the panchayat hall at Agarwada-Chopde on Thursday. He told the sarpanchas to "hold meetings of restaurant, shack owners and villagers to work out solutions for disposal of garbage by segregation and ensure proper treatment of garbage".

This he said would help maintain cleanliness, a good environment in panchayat areas and along the costal belt. Vasudev Deshprabhu, chairperson of PMC, has urged the urban development minister to further enhance the treating capacity of the plant from five tonnes to 15 tonnes to take care of garbage of the entire Pernem taluka. [TOI]