Under the guise of preparing for the monsoons, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat called for a meeting with the Margao Municipal Councillors to assuage the ruffled feathers of those unhappy with Chairperson Sushila Naik.
Briefing media persons subsequently, he brushed aside the discontent with the chairperson stating that these things happen in a council and recalled that they used to happen even when he was a councilor.
“My interaction with the councilors has made me realize that the younger councilors are very enthusiastic about doing some good work and maybe due to the pressures they have expressed their unhappiness,” he said.
He disclosed that the Council has been asked to bifurcate the supervision of works in Fatorda and Margao assembly constituencies so that work can be undertaken simultaneously in both the areas in order to get rid of the feeling of the other segment being given priority.
He also pointed out that most of the decisions taken at a similar meeting held about four months back have been implemented.
He pointed out that four new compactors have been delivered, 500 of the 1,000 bins have been delivered and the model of the remaining 500 have been changed, two rickshaws to collect market waste will be delivered within this week, collection of hotel garbage has been started as a pilot project and the council has acquired four bush cutting machines and if required more will be procured.
He also revealed that he had instructed the Sanitation Committee to improve the garbage management of the city which he admitted had tremendous scope to improve.
“People also have to co-operate. Unfortunately our people lack civic sense and any garbage including branches and building waste is dumped next to the dust bins which the compactors cannot lift,” he said.