Waste composting machines for PMC
The State government has given administrative approval and expenditure sanction of Rs 1.25 crore to Ponda Municipal Council (PMC) to purchase four organic waste composting machines.
“PMC is hereby permitted to take up the works (purchase of four organic waste composting machines) through the grants released under the guidelines of ‘Grants for Local Bodies’ recommended by the Twelfth Finance Commission,” stated an order issued by the Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA) on March 18.
It is learnt that each machine with a capacity of 1.5 tonnes will be installed at the earlier abandoned PMC’s garbage disposal site at Bond Baag. Once machines are installed, 6 tonnes of organic waste per day will be handled.
“We have received approval order from the DMA and accordingly we will expedite the work to complete it before PMC election process begins,” PMC Administrator Narayan Navti told Herald.
Few months back PMC was struggling to dispose daily generated tonnes of garbage as sites identified by it had to be abandoned due to public opposition.
“Presently, we have been managing garbage disposal smoothly and once the four plants are ready, there won’t be any problem. The four organic waste composting machines will be installed at Bond Baag,” informed Navti.
Presently, PMC has one such machine (200 kg capacity) installed near its building at Ponda and another machine (400 kg capacity) by former councillor Venkatesh Naik in Yeshwant Nagar, Ponda. [H]