The Calangute Gram Sabha after initial opposition at a special meeting held on Sunday agreed to setting up a 5 tonne per day (TPD) capacity garbage treatment plant in the village following the intervention of former Sarpanch Joseph Sequeira.
The plant estimated to cost around Rs. 70 lakhs is expected to be commissioned within six months on a plot of land admeasuring 500 square metres which is to be donated by the Panchayat.
Though the villagers were initially not in favour of this plant, Joseph Sequeira explained that it would be difficult to get administrative and other approvals for a higher capacity plant and prevailed upon the villagers to give a go ahead for this plant.
Representative of Mailhem Engieners Pvt. Ltd. Samir Rege explained the intricacies of the plant through a power point presentation and said it could be a revenue earned for the panchayat as the plant would generate biogas and manure which could be sold.
He also assured the villagers that locals would be trained to manage and operate the plant.
Besides, he revealed that there were no complaints from any quarters even regarding bad odour with regards to the plant operated by them in Pune, a fact corroborated by Joseph Sequeira, Sarpanch Alex Fernandes and pancha Subhash Salgaonkar who had visited the plant at Pune.