Fatorda MLA says Plant installed at SGPDA fish market is not accepting fish waste
Says sludge is released into fields; Min Sequeira assures action
PANAJI: The MLAs have strongly raised their opposition to the proposed bio-methanation plant at Sonsodo and surrounding area pointing out that one installed at SGPDA fish market is not accepting fish waste.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, said that the government will go ahead with the plant and the same will be managed by the Goa Waste Management Corporation.
Minister Environment Aleixo Sequeira also assured inquiry into the allegation that plant at SGPDA is not accepting fish waste
MLAs Vijai Sardesai and Alexio Reginaldo Lourenco raised their opposition. Sardesai pointed out that since the plant at SGPDA is not accepting the fish waste, the sludge is released into the nearby fields.
Lourenco on the other hand said that bio methanation plant won’t work at Sonsodo garbage dump and that State should set up a full-fledged bigger capacity plant.
Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai also demanded an audit of the plant while stating that said that due to discharge of effluent, the area has turned into a breeding ground for mosquitoes and hence the authorities concerned and the minister concerned should act immediately.
“The stink is unbearable and the manner in which the plant operates proves that there is a scam. The effluent is found released directly into the open fields causing hardship to the residents of Fatorda,” he said.
Minister Aleixo Sequeira said that the said plant has been issued the consent to operate by the Goa State Pollution Control Board; as the plant was in operation without consent to operate, directions were issued to stop the operations.
Environment Minister had earlier told that the GSPCB will conduct a thorough investigation into the functioning of the bio-methanation plant in the form of an audit. He had also assured the Fatorda MLA as well as the citizens to do everything possible to ensure the plant does not emit stink and foul odour.