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Porvorim: Chief minister Pramod Sawant told the House on Thursday that thex High Powered Committee will meet befofe February 10 to decide on installing waste treatment plant at state’s one of the oldest garbage dump in South Goa, near Margao town.

The garbage dump at Sonsodo, near Margao town, has been existing since Portuguese-era. Sawant told the ongoing Legislative Assembly session that state government is serious about dealing with this menace.

The issue was raised on the floor of the House by Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, who had sought to know from Waste Management Minister Micheal Lobo about the fate of the garbage dump, which has attained menacing proportion at the outskirt of Margao town.

Goa Forward Party MLA Vijai Sardesai intervening in the discussion demanded that State government should give firm assurance on tackling this issue. Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat too joined the fellow members in the demand.

Lobo said that the state government had initially planned to put seven different plants on Sonsodo to treat the waste,but now the intention is to have only one plant of 75 tonnes capacity.

He pointed out that the plant at Sonsodo would be a mini-replica of the facility at Saligao (North Goa), which is managed by Goa Solid Waste Management Corporation (GSWMC).

The opposition  benches were unhappy with the response as Sardesai questioned why they were not taken into confidence when government changed its plan to have one plant instead of seven.

Intervening in the discussion, the Chief Minister assured that High Powered Committee led by him will meet soon and decide on the matter. He assured that all the three MLAs – Kamat, Sardesai and Lourenco – would be taken into confidence before taking final decision on the matter.

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