Goa: A day after Union Ayush minister Shripad Naik opposed the setting up of a solid waste management facility at Bainguinim, Panaji mayor Uday Madkaikar appealed to him not to create obstacles when the project has reached the final stages.“We have fought and won all battles. We appeal to Shripad Naik to think of not only Panaji citizens, but the entire Tiswadi. The project will be beneficial to the entire taluka. Don’t bring obstacles now after the project has been tendered,” Madkaikar said.
Opposing the plant Naik had said that many residents have put their life savings to buy property in the peaceful environment of the Kadamba plateau and that if the garbage project is completed then it will lead to pollution. Replying to this, Madkaikar said, “People knew the garbage plant would come up in the area and despite knowing this came to live in the area. When we acquired the land there was nothing there. It was a jungle area and in this area they built buildings.”
He, however, assured residents of the area that the plant will come up “scientifically according to the directions of the high court” and will not cause residents in the area any inconvenience.“We have to follow the high court’s guidelines and the people need not fear. There is no smell emanating from the Saligao plant and this plant will be superior to the Saligao one,” he told reporters.He said that Panaji receives a floating population that is double its own population and as such doesn’t have a place to dump or treat waste.
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