|May 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm #5417|
Seeking a holistic approach to the garbage menace plaguing their villages, the Cortalim-Quelossim Panchayat organised a special gram sabha to discuss ways and means to rid the villages of garbage.
Sarpanch Illario Figueiredo who chaired the meeting informed the villagers that at a meeting with the Chief Secretary of all the four panchayats of Cortalim constituency it was pointed out that only Cortalim-Quelossim Panchayat had failed to initiate a drive for dry/plastic waste collection.
Figueiredo however clarified that the panchayat had called for several tenders but none of the contractors had applied since one of the condition was that the contractor had to mention the site for dumping garbage.
The sarpanch said the panchayat had organised a meeting with the ward development committees, health officers and prominent citizens including doctors from the village to come out with a solution to the vexed issue. He said the government would release a grant of Rs 1 lakh per year and that the panchayat was also authorised to use panchayat funds for the purpose.
The village doctor, Suraj Kanekar, who was in the forefront to solve the issue and who had also organised several meetings including rallies said although his earlier initiative did not take it to the logical conclusion, this time he was confident of a lasting solution to the problem.
Kanekar said he had chalked out various initiatives including selecting ward representatives, holding meetings in the wards, spreading awareness in schools, roping in the social clubs to be part of the drive to clear the menace. He stressed on making it necessary for every house owner and tenants to attend the meetings.
He claimed that on June 22 there will a major drive to clear the villages of dry and plastic waste from every nook and corner and thereafter the collection will start ward wise.
A villager Alxandrina Miranda from Church Street pointed out that although fish is sold in the wards by motorbikes, people still prefer to use plastic bags rather than coming with utensils from homes. However, she was told that all these would come up in the awareness drive and even shopkeepers and hawkers will be told to stop giving plastic bags.
Another villager and activist, Mariano Dias, suggested that he had always been demanding that the panchayat levy tax on those owners who keep tenants which are major cause of plastic waste instead of using panchayat funds for plastic waste collection. His suggestion was however shot down by the sarpanch who said the issue can be considered at a later stage.
Source/Reference: Herald, “Cortalim discusses ways to solve garbage menace“