File finally traced after noisy scenes in council; Council presses for resolution to shift hazardous ammonia tanks outside the city’; Sealing of ammonia tank demanded
VASCO: A critical file on ammonia transportation literally choked the special council meeting of the Mormugao Municipal Council on Tuesday
When angry councillors got wind of the fact that the file on ammonia transportation had gone missing, more than half of them “filed out” of MMC, in anger.
Before the Council could adopt formal resolution to shift ammonia tanks out of Vasco city, Councillor Kritesh Gaonkar sought to know the terms and conditions mentioned by the council before granting permission for setting up an ammonia tank at MPT.
He even asked the MMC Chairperson to present ammonia file before the council to bring more clarity on the issue. “Since we are all unanimous on shifting ammonia tanks, let us follow proper procedure and seal the ammonia tank premises after taking legal opinion,” Gaonkar said.
To this Chairperson Deepak Naik said, “It is very clear that we all don’t want ammonia tank in Vasco. Let’s resolve to shift such hazardous tanks. Please give me time to trace the file until then we can hold discussion on the budget.”
However, the proposal was turned down by Goankar and other aggrieved councillors. Later, when the Chairperson tried to move on to have discussion on the budget, half of the Councillors staged a walkout under protest, forcing the chairperson to adjourn the meeting.
Speaking to reporters, the aggrieved councillors claimed that they all support the decision to shifting ammonia tank out of Vasco, but at the same time they are upset with the way important files including ammonia file have gone missing from MMC.
“Today such important file is missing; God knows whether files of common public are safe here or not. We will not attend the meeting until we have the ammonia file on the table,” one of agitated councillors told media after they staged walkout under protest.
Making his stand clear that he was on the same page with his councillor colleagues on sifting the ammonia tanks, Chairperson Naik said that he felt embarrassed that the ammonia file is missing. “We are very serious on ammonia issue and thus I have already asked the Chief Officer Agnelo Fernandes to initiate inquiry on missing file and pull up staff responsible as reports of missing files have become routine affair here,” he said.
Though the meeting was called to discuss and pass budget for the year 2018-19, but council started with discussion on other issues listed in the agenda including on the issue of ammonia transportation in the port town.