As the long overdue garbage treatment plant coming up at Bainguinim will cater to the entire Tiswadi Taluka, all the five MLAs of Tiswadi should stop truant and whole heartedly support the plant despite their intrinsic links with the land mafia who are deviously opposing this much needed facility.

Over the years successive governments have miserably abdicated in their bounden duty to address the issue of garbage disposal. The garbage issue has today reached a point of crisis with people now dumping their waste all over while even throwing it brazenly in our rivers and lakes. We can no longer procrastinate on this burning issue any more.

The Bombay High Court having last month on 11 July in its 30 page order amongst other directives ordered the Goa Government to ensure that the Bainguinim Garbage disposal plant is functional within 28 months, it should be the endeavor of all that this is done at the earliest possible with the plant functioning strictly within the parameters of law and to everybody’s satisfaction.

The land admeasuring 1, 70,000 sq mts was acquired by the government over a decade ago while the awfully corrupt Old Goa Panchayat at the behest of the builder’s lobby has been creating hurdles. But now with the High Court having issued clear directives, the Panchayat if it has any grievance against the garbage treatment plant should approach the High Court. They have a duty to work in the best interests of the people whilst at the same time respecting the law by acting in accordance with the High Court directives urgently.

Having effective garbage treatment plants is the only way to mitigate the disastrous environmental menace and health hazard posed by irresponsible garbage management that has plagued and shamed Goa. This is an urgent vital need that must be actioned urgently for the benefit of the many. Pandering to the whims of the Greedy and short sighted few is not acceptable. The needs of many must outweigh the greed of a few.

Our forefathers left us a Golden Goa, Posterity will never forgive us if we leave behind a garbage filled Goa.


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