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Beach cleaning comes under CM’s watch

21 Apr 2017 12:36am IST

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21 Apr 2017 12:36am IST

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Waste Management Corporation to handle beach garbage; Two new Solid Waste Treatment Plants at Cacora and Verna to be prioritised

PANJIM: The scam-ridden beach cleaning system will be taken over by the newly-constituted Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC), which observed that Tourism Department, currently looking after the management of beaches, is incompetent to handle it.

GWMC constituted under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar held its first meeting on Thursday, wherein it in-principle approved imposition of a fine for littering in public places. The Corporation also intends to have a special subject on Waste Management for school and higher secondary students.

Speaking to Herald after the meeting, Deputy Speaker and Director of GWMC Michael Lobo said the government is committed towards making Goa garbage free by 2020 and hence various measures in those directions have been proposed.

Besides beach cleaning, discussions were held on how to handle and treat different kinds of waste like plastic, food, medical and e-waste. Emphasis had been laid on commencing two new Solid Waste Treatment Plants at Cacora and Verna. 

Lobo said, “We have decided that beach cleaning should not be part of Tourism Department. They do not have the mechanism to deal with it and the department officials do not want to take the responsibility,” Lobo said. “The corporation will float a tender and monitor beach cleaning by appointing a designated officer,” he added.

A multi-crore beach cleaning scam, currently under investigation by the Goa Lokayukta, had been exposed during the term of the previous government.

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