State Begins Drafting Solid Waste Management Policy
Goa Waste Management Corporation has been commissioned to prepare a comprehensive policy
PANJIM: With emphasis on zero waste and zero landfill approach, the state government has initiated a process of developing a solid waste management policy for Goa.
The Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) has been commissioned to prepare a comprehensive policy. The GWMC has appointed Karnataka-based M/s Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (iDeCK) for the preparation of the state-level policy.
A senior official said that over the past two decades, even after concerted campaigns to manage the treatment and disposal of solid waste, the state believes it is imperative to address the issue of waste management comprehensively and substantively, within a policy framework, with the support of rules and regulations, compliances and corrective actions in case of non-compliance.
“Similarly, there is a need to educate and sensitize the people of the state through social campaigns and informational programs,” the official said.
Waste Management Minister Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate had recently said that the state government is committed to making Goa a waste-free state by 2027.
At present, two solid waste management plants are operational in Saligao (North Goa) and Cacora (South Goa) respectively. GWMC is in the process of setting up a third plant at Bainguinim for central Goa, while a fourth plant is proposed to be installed in the Verna Industrial Estate to process waste from Mormugao Taluka and parts of Salcete .