PANJIM: Residents of the capital will heave sigh a relief as the Mayor and Commissioner of the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) have toned down their tussle and the Corporation will continue with the garbage collection in the city.
The deadline for the residential complexes to setup their own garbage treatment units ended on Wednesday, however, CCP Commissioner Shashank Tripathi who had issued the notices to the 44 housing complexes and hotels in the city informed that the corporation will continue to collect the garbage until a solution is reached at.
“We have received representations from the citizens and therefore we will consider their requests. We will take the necessary steps in the interest of the citizens”, he stated.
In the notice, the Commissioner had stated, “Whereas the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India vide notification dated 08/04/2016 has published the Solid Waste Management Rules 2016... Under the said rules all the bulk waste generators are mandated to treat and process bio degradable waste within the premises… Pursuant to the above said rules you are hereby requested to set up a processing unit (composting / bio-methanisation) within your premises at your own cost, for treating of bio-degradable waste generated from the establishment within a period of 15 days from the date of receipt of this notice, failing which the Corporation of the City of Panaji would not collect any bio-degradable waste generated from the premises.”
Mayor Uday Madkaikar who had alleged that the Commissioner had been acting arbitrarily, on Wednesday said that despite the various internal problems the Council has ensured that the people of Panjim do not suffer.
“I have ensured that the garbage is collected irrespective of the quantity. The Commissioner had his own reasons but despite lack of labour supply, I roped in private services and ensured that the garbage is collected”, he stated.
Regarding the notice issued to residential complexes Uday said that the people of Panjim need not panic. He said “Since code of conduct is in implementation we have to wait until the same is lifted. Thereafter in the first Council meeting we will resolve to set up the treatment units in bulk garbage generating residential complexes from the CCP with the help of CSR funding.”
He assured that anyone who faces problems due to non-collection of garbage and approaches the corporation, they will be extended help.