Dated: 23 May 2013
The Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) has decided to install three organic waste converters in Mapusa to take care of the town's wet waste.
The move is expected to bring much relief to the civic body's efforts to manage the town's garbage issues, given that it lacks a garbage management site of its own and its dumping of waste at the Assagao plateau has been repeatedly hauled up by the state pollution control board.
"The organic waste converter (OWC) will ease the problem of garbage management in Mapusa," MMC chairperson Sudhir Kandolkar told TOI. He added that the municipality is also contemplating signing an agreement with a private contractor to take care of dry waste.
Deputy chief minister and urban development minister Francis D'Souza, who is also the local MLA, had recently commissioned an OWC installation near the Mapusa fish market. The project cost 40lakh-30lakh for the machinery to convert the waste into organic compost and 10lakh for the civil works. The unit with a daily capacity of 1,600kg is expected to take care of Mapusa's entire wet waste.
"Two such organic waste converters will be installed at the Mapusa yard and at housing board. The council has already taken resolutions in this regard and the work will start very soon," Kandolkar said.
The municipality also proposes to implement the two-bin system of garbage collection to segregate wet and dry wastes at the household level. As a pilot project, it has been distributing two bins to each household in wards 8 and 15.
"Once the three OWCs start functioning the two-bin system of garbage collection will be implemented across all wards and another OWC will be installed later," said Kandolkar.
Sources said the OWCs are a temporary move till the state sets up its proposed garbage treatment plants in the two districts.
Elaborating on the move to tackle dry waste, Kandolkar said a private contractor had approached the municipality asking it to provide him with segregated dry waste that he will lift free-of-cost. Sources added the contractor will further segregate the waste, sell what's usable in order to meet his costs and dispose of the rest himself. "We've already deliberated this proposal at a meeting and we're mulling over signing an agreement with the contractor," said Kandolkar.
On the town's waste issues, the chairperson said much of the problem is because the nearby tourist villages dump their garbage at specific points in Mapusa.
He said residents too continue to throw their waste at places where the bins have been removed and the municipality is considering the possibility of stationing guards to stop the clandestine dumping.
An average of 15-20 tonnes of garbage a day is generated within Mapusa municipality's jurisdiction and this is currently being disposed of at the Assagao plateau.