Dated: 07 June 2013
Admitting that garbage has become a major issue in the State, Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza said it is the responsibility of all councillors and households to tackle the problem.
“The government is ready to provide necessary financial assistance to all municipal councils to develop infrastructure required to tackle the problem,” said D’Souza, after inaugurating the workshop organised by Goa State Urban Development Agency on ‘Methodology and technique on handling municipal solid waste.’
“The government plans to provide a permanent chief officer and accounts officer to each and every municipal council shortly for the smooth functioning of the councils,” he said.
Regretting that most municipal councils were yet to utilize the Golden Jubilee funds allotted to them by the State government for signature projects, D’Souza advised the civic bodies to submit their proposals for the development of their respective towns. Director of Administration Elvis Gomes said they have approved Rs 27 crore to upgrade Mapusa town. “Mapusa and Bicholim Municipal Councils have taken the initiative to solve the garbage problem by starting door-to-door collection of garbage in 2-bin system and by setting up garbage treatment plant.”