Herald: MMC junket to study junk in Ajmer, or ‘study’ trip?
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MMC junket to study junk in Ajmer, or ‘study’ trip?

30 Nov 2017 06:06am IST

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JULIO D’SILVA

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30 Nov 2017 06:06am IST

Report by
JULIO D’SILVA

Model garbage plant in Saligao, Margao councillors on “trip” to see plant in Ajmer; MMC Chairperson says Councillors will get ‘good inputs and perspective’ from this field study trip

MARGAO: The trip by 10 councillors of Margao Municipal Council (MMC) to Ajmer in Rajasthan, to study a garbage management plant there, is being questioned, especially as the garbage treatment plant at Saligao is being touted as the best plant in the country by the government. 

Councillors who have gone on this trip, that will cost the MMC Rs 4.5 lakh, cut across party lines. Ketan Kurtarkar, Suchita Malkanekar and Suganda Bandekar have BJP affiliations while Terrence Barbosa, Angelis Pereira and Lundon Pereira are backed by the ally Goa Forward. Not to be left behind, Digambar Kamat (Congress) backed councillors who have also gone on this tour include Doris Texeira, Manoj Massurkar and Avinash Shirodkar, while Damu Naik, who claims to be an independent councilor, is also part of the team.

Former MMC chairperson Savio Coutinho quipped, “I really wonder how many of these 10 councillors have visited the plant at Saligao which could be more educative especially since a 

similar plant in South Goa at Cacora is planned.”

However, MMC Chairperson Dr Babita Prabhudessai justified the trip on grounds that it is a national programme where the participants get good inputs and information from technicians and experts.

“You meet councillors from other places and get a perspective of the work they are doing and that needs to be done in your own city,” she said, sharing her experiences at such programmes.

She assured that all permissions were taken, including from Directorate of Municipal Administration to enable the councillors to go to Ajmer.

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