Margao: The shadow council for Margao Municipal Council has initiated following resolutions to tackle ongoing garbage problem in the city.
It was unanimously resolved that the MMC should immediately work out a solution to the dispute between Fomento & the council, keeping in mind that the interest of the public exchequer be safe guarded by all means. And further resolved that all the three MLA’s of Fatorda, Curtorim and Margao MLA Mr. Digambar Kamat, known to have good relations with the Fomento, should step in to work out an early solution.
It was unanimously resolved that the MMC should step up measures for “segregated waste collection & transportation” by engaging adequate manpower & vehicles. It was further resolved that the respective ward councilors should assist the municipal waste collectors to encourage & convince the people to hand over segregated waste.
There is a long pending dispute over the discrimination in taxation system of the council. Only the legally assessed premises are charged house tax & sanitation fees, while the un-assessed residential/commercial premises generating waste are neither charged house tax nor sanitation fees. Even Margao Municipal council owned premises enjoy the facility of free waste collection. It was unanimously resolved that all the waste generators should be brought under the tax net.
It was unanimously resolved that the MMC should understand that both the types of waste, dry & wet must be tackled with equal attention. While collection of wet waste separately, facilitates proper composting, collection of dry waste separately will prevent the waste from getting soiled. Thereby helping a larger quantity of dry waste for recycling/bailing. This will eventually drastically reduce the rejects going into the land fill site.
There are around 21 High schools, 7 Higher Secondary Schools & 3 Colleges within the jurisdiction of Margao. Collectively these institutions generate huge quantity of waste, but it is collected in mix firm. It was unanimously resolved that the MMC should work out a system with the institutions and there student bodies to encourage students to dispose waste in segregated form. Incentives may also be considered if necessary.
Garden waste forms a huge quantity which includes Palm leaves, Coconut Husk, road side shrubs, branches, etc. It was unanimously resolved that the MMC should handle this waste separately.
Public participation in waste management system has proved advantages all over the country. As such it is very important to involve like minded people in the planning & execution of waste management systems of the council. It was therefore unanimously resolved that the MMC should formulate local committes to participate & assist in the waste management of the city.