Housing societies in Margao give NOCs to new waste management plan – ET RealEstate

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MARGAO: Moves by Margao Municipal Council (MMC), to take all housing cooperative societies across the city on board its decentralized waste management plans, has had its desired effects.

MMC chief officer Agnelo Fernandes told TOI that a number of societies have given their NOCs for installation of a suitable waste disposal facility, in accordance with their respective needs.

A meeting was held with representatives of the societies recently, he said, and their cooperation in that regard was sought. “The NOCs have been forwarded to the directorate of municipal administration (DMA). Once the DMA gives its approval, a suitable technology will be selected and the facility installed. Maintenance of the facility will be the responsibility of the respective societies,” Fernandes said.

Pointing out that post-installation maintenance was crucial for successful implementation of any waste management system, Fernandes said, “MMC will ensure its projects and facilities are operated by the best team of experts in compliance with the Solid Waste Management Rules 2016 and guidelines pertaining to bulk waste generators.”

Explaining the concept, he said: “In order to follow waste management rules by bulk waste generators, as per central guidelines and municipal bye laws, MMC will introduce sustainable waste management practices in the residential societies of Margao and Fatorda. A decentralized approach is to treat the wet waste at its source of generation. Following evaluation of waste generated, availability of space and cost of operation, a suitable technology will be suggested. Currently, technologies available are portable biogas, organic waste convertor (mechanical composting) and drum composting, along with operation and maintenance.”

Further, stating that segregation was the key to successful waste management practices, Fernandes said that cash awards will be instituted to encourage people to segregate recyclable dry waste. “That means societies can earn from their recyclable waste.”

Societies or contractors engaged in treatment of the decentralized units will have to submit a work completion report every half yearly which will mention quantum of waste generated, waste treated, waste sent for recycling and other waste handling. “This will ensure updated information and functioning of decentralized units,” Fernandes said.

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