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Coastal villages in S Goa face tough task of tackling wet waste

Coastal villages in S Goa face tough task of tackling wet waste

14 May 2019 No comment 9 hits

Margao: Though most of South Goa’s coastal villages engage in door-to-door collection of dry waste on a weekly and monthly basis, they are however struggling with the setting up of a system to tackle wet waste in their villages.

Earlier last week, villages along Salcete coast in Benaulim were asked to formulate a garbage management plan for their respective villages. One of the issues was setting up of a wet waste treatment plant.

Speaking about the plans, Betalbatim sarpanch Constacio Miranda said that finding space was the biggest task. “We have dry waste collection ongoing at the moment that is going well with the help of a contractor who does the collection and segregation. But when it comes to wet waste, we have the biggest problem of space. People are not willing to give us even 50 square meter of land for the purpose,” he said.

The panchayat had earlier identified and were in the process of finalising a plot of land in a field, but had to be shelved as it was a low lying area. “There was land in a low lying field that was agreed too, but then as per government rules and guidelines, the wet waste garbage management cannot be done in low lying area. We therefore had to cancel it,” said Miranda.

Similar problems were also faced by the Colva panchayat. “We have dry waste collection as well as road side collection but because of lack of space we cannot have a place identified for wet waste. Maybe if we finalise on our panchayat ghar area, we can keep a part of it for wet waste management,” said Colva sarpanch Anthony Fernandes.

In Salcete, the village panchayat of Navelim is one of the only panchayats to have started and successfully implemented wet waste management with the end result of compost. Along similar lines, the village panchayat of Benaulim is also looking to setup its own wet waste system but is still in the discussion and planning stage. 

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