St Cruz: The Village Panchayat of Santa-Cruz today held a press conference at Menezes Braganza Hall at 10 am on ‘Garbage black spots in Santa-Cruz’. The Village Panchayat of Santa-Cruz along with the support of our visionary Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar is on a mission to eradicate the various popular garbage black spots that have been developed over the years in Santa-Cruz. The assignment on garbage eradication in the village was started last year September by the Village Panchayat, wherein all the 11 wards of the village were educated by showcasing a live demo on segregation of wet/ dry garbage. Soon, the Village Panchayat started door-to-door collection of garbage from all the gated colonies in Santa-Cruz each consisting of over 200 flats.
Following, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, 2nd October 2017, the VP of Santa-Cruz went full-fledged with door-to-door collection of garbage in the entire village, (except Cacra ward) charging a minimal tax of Rs. 2 / day. Cooperative in this entire process was Managing Director of Saligao Solid Waste Management Plant, Mr. Sanjit Rodrigues, with his help the loads of garbage collected in the village was disposed off at the Saligao plant. A total number of 25 women and 3 men have been hired by the Panchayat for the door-to-door garbage collection on daily bases, a good initiative to boost women employment in the village.
Recently the Panchayat went a step further by taking a decision to exterminate permanently the various garbage black spots in Santa-Cruz that have been created over the years. It is decided that anyone henceforth found dumping garbage in places such as roadsides, rivers, nullahs etc. will be fined Rs. 1000/- to 5000/- as per the Goa Non-Biodegradable Control Act 1996, Government of Goa.
Sarpanch of Santa-Cruz, Mr. Mariano De Araujo said, “We have already started work on eradicating the various black spots in the village, people should be supportive by leaving their criticism aside and should join hands in the betterment of the village. Stringent laws are put in place and action will be taken against people found dumping garbage. All this is possible with the continued support of our dynamic Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar, MLA Mr. Antonio (Tony) Fernandes, ZP Member Ms. Savanna Araujo, Deputy Sarpanch Ms. Lafira Olivera and and all the VP Panch members.”
The panchayat has already cleared four garbage black spots with the help of watch-dogs provided by the Thunder Force Security at these spots. He further added, “For smoother working, Chairman of Dempo Group of Companies, Mr. Shrinivas Dempo has agreed on providing us a truck for garbage collection, which will be of great help and further save on a huge expenditure incurred by the Panchayat every month (approx. Rs. 65,000).”
The total number of black spots identified and cleared in the village:
- Four Pillars road (on the way to Panaji)
- Opposite Santa-Cruz Library, near football ground (cleared)
- At Shah Arcade, behind Santa-Cruz church cemetery (cleared)
- Road going to Bandh, St. Augostino
- Road going to Karo Sankov via Taliegao
- Infront of St. Francis Popular Colony, Cabesa
- Road going to Alto-Santa-Cruz , opp. Shanti Building
- Road going to Rego Bagh
- Road going to Vernekar Bar, Alto-Santa-Cruz
- Road going to Bambolim, NIO residency at Paklo Colony, Alto-Santa-Cruz (cleared)
- Road going to Bambolim, Filomena Colony
- Near Roland Appartment, Alto-Santa-Cruz
- Road going to Vodle Bhat, infront of Fernando Puram Colony
- Road going to market near the Village Panchayat
- Near Hindu Crematorium, Vodle Bhat (cleared)
- Road opposite Mapusa Urban Bank of Goa, St. Augostine
- Near Blind School, Segundo Bairo