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CM To MMC’s Rescue

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat who met the newly constituted Margao Municipal Council announced a slew of schemes aimed at not only streamlining the functioning of the council, but also improving the conditions of the commercial capital of Goa, more particularly on the garbage management front.

Accompanied by Director of Municipal Administration, Digambar Kamat who is also the local MLA suggested streamlining the functioning of the council to provide better facilities to the public.

In the first place, he suggested quick disposal of applications and insisted that any application should reach the dealing hand the day it is received by the council. “There is no reason why it should take four or five days for this to happen,” he said.

Digambar suggested that all applications for single dwelling units, house and compound wall repairs, renewal of licenses and NOCs for water and power connections should be dealt with within seven days.

The chief minister said that he has instructed the municipal administration director to review the powers of municipal engineers enhancing them to sanction the estimates from Rs. 6 lakh to Rs. 15 lakh. With this revision, the government intends to bring municipal engineers to the level of PWD engineers with reference to the sanction of estimates, he said.

The chief minister also advised MMC Chairperson Sushila Naik to consult Government Printing Press Director N. D. Agarwal on the setting up of CCTVs in the MMC so that the staff can be disciplined.

Incidentally N D Agarwal has earlier worked as chief officer of the Margao Municipal Council and knows exactly what problems it faces from the staff as his plans to introduce the bio-metric scanner was steamrolled by the staff.

Taking cognizance of the fact that the bio-metric finger scan reader brought in to mark the attendance of the staff is lying idle for more than three years, Digambar said the same would be revived.

Speaking about solving the garbage problem, the chief minister said that four nes garbage compactors and two tipper trucks will be bought by the civic body worth Rs 1 crore. With the 40 contract workers engaged by the civic body exclusively for garbage collection and the proposal to set up more than 1000 garbage bins in the city, which has been sanctioned by the government, the garbage problem should be addressed, he said.

The MMC will subcontract two rickshaws for garbage collection in Margao and Fatorda, said the chief minister informing that these will be stationed in areas where garbage generation is more. Garbage supervisors will now get a mobile phone from the MMC and new dustbins will be numbered ward-wise for quick disposal of waste.

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