According to reports, the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) has invited expressions of interest (EoI) from professionals from across the country for empanelment of consultants for solid waste management (SWM) projects of the civic body at Margao.
Besides providing expert guidance to the MMC in the task of capping the existing garbage dump at Sonsoddo on scientific lines, the selected consultants are also expected to assist the MMC with their technical expertise in SWM for carrying out projects related to collection, treatment and disposal of solid waste.
“The panel of consultants will be tasked with designing the closure of the dump and preparing a detailed project report (DPR) based on which tenders will be invited for scientific closing of the dump,” said MMC’s chief officer J B Bhingui.
The MMC will also place its plan of action before the high court of Bombay at Goa, which is monitoring the progress of the work of the garbage treatment plant at Sonsoddo.
The proposal for scientific closure of the Sonsoddo dump on the lines of Gorai dumping ground, Mumbai, was initially mooted by the concessionaire for the solid waste management plant, Fomento. Subsequently, soil testing conducted by an independent laboratory of samples of the dump confirmed the presence of toxic metals. P U Asnani, the SWM expert, in his report had suggested to the MMC that the Sonsoddo garbage dump be capped following specifications of scientific closure as per the municipal solid waste Rules 2000, and that the capping exercise be monitored.