PANAJI: Chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday directed the department of science, technology and environment to initiate land acquisition proceedings for about 93,978 square metres land on the Saligao-Calangute hill, where a garbage treatment plant for North Goa coastal villages is planned.
Speaking at a joint meeting of stakeholders in the secretariat on Tuesday, which was attened by Calangute MLA Michael Lobo and Saligao MLA Dilip Parulekar along with representatives of both comunidades and village panchayats, Parrikar directed the Goa state infrastructure development corporation (GSIDC) to draw up specifications for the proposed garbage treatment plant and invite tenders from interested parties. High level officials from GSIDC, DSTE and other departments also attended the meeting.
The government proposes to acquire 29,178 square metres land of Saligao comunidade and 64,800 square metres of Calangute communidade which adds upto 93,978 square metres. "The government will formally write to the comunidades soon," Lobo said.
While both MLAs agreed in principle to the land acquisition, they had some pre-conditions. Calangute comunidade attorney Anthony D'Souza said the Calangute comunidade has requested the government for detailed plans of the precise area of land desired and what technology will be used. "These details will be scrutinized by the communidade before arriving at a decision," D'Souza said.
Saligao comunidade attorney Austin Gama echoed in agreement to the proposal subject to the government fulfilling some conditions prescribed by the general body. Gama said that one demand is to realign the approach road in Saligao to the garbage disposal site. Sources said that the government surveyors will go to the site on Wednesday itself to begin the process for the road realignment.
Sources said that the comunidades and village Panchayats of both the villages, along with the MLAs of both constituencies, have demanded to be on the monitoring committee that will oversee the project from beginning to end. The department of science, technology and environment will appoint a land acquisition officer shortly to acquire the land on an emergency basis by invoking Sections 4 and 17 simultaneously.