Work on Calangute STP begins, to be ready by 2015


Chief minister Manohar Parrikar unveiled the foundation stone for a sewerage treatment plant at Calangute on Tuesday evening in the presence of PWD minister Ramakrishna 'Sudin' Dhavalikar, Calangute MLA Michael Lobo, Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral and Calangute panchayat members. The sewerage plant is part of the JICA-funded Goa water supply and sewerage project.
"This sewerage treatment plant was planned in 2004 during my earlier tenure as chief minister," Parrikar said, adding, "But after that nobody followed up the matter in the years that followed. After we came to power last year, I told Lobo and the Calangute village panchayat to do this on a priority basis as Calangute is an international tourist destination. As there is no sewerage network, all the sewage waste is going into the ground, polluting the ground water. The water from the wells in this area is not even fit for washing cars," Parrikar told the gathering.
He added that he would now focus on the garbage treatment plant. "We're getting closer to a solution for the garbage problem in Calangute and the coastal belt. We should be close to a decision, at least by December. The third big problem faced by Calangute and Goa is plastic," he said, asking people to stop using plastic in a phased manner.
Dhavalikar said that two coastal areas in Goa have been selected for a sewerage network-Calangute in the North and the Colva-Navelim coastal belt in the South. He said the STP in Calangute would be ready by 2015.
Lobo described Tuesday as a historic day for Calangute as the long-felt need for a sewerage treatment plant and network was finally coming true. "The other important issue, after sewerage, is garbage. We have a garbage segregation centre on comunidade land atop the Calangute hill. The same spot could be used to set up a garbage treatment plant."
Principal secretary Rakesh Verma, project engineer A Wachsunder, chief engineer D Borkar and others were also present. [TOI]