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MMC to seek presentation on ‘black hole tech’

Margao: The Margao Municipal Council in its special meeting, held on Tuesday, decided to ask the black hole technology company to make a detailed presentation in the month of July over the proposed waste treatment plant.

The presentation will be attended by the councilors, officials of the Goa State Pollution Control Board, members of civil society and the media persons.

If satisfied with the presentation, the council will be recommending the proposal to the directorate of municipal administration (DMA) so as to help clear the Sonsoddo waste.

The ‘one point-agenda’ meeting held at the conference room, was chaired by the chairperson, Dr Babita Prabhudesai.

Prabhudesai’s insistence on adopting a resolution recommending to the DMA the black hole technology company’s proposal saw resistance on the part of the councillors Rupesh Mahatme, Doris Texeira and Raju Hadley, who demanded that before adopting the resolution recommending the proposal, “the company should treat Sonsoddo waste at the firm’s Bangalore plant, and effectively prove that it can be done,” only they would approve of it.

After much discussion, the chairperson decided and adopted a resolution demanding a full-fledged presentation on the black hole technology operational system.

“Let us be practical. We do not know what you all have seen at Bangaluru plant of black hole technology company. But we say that until the said company does not treat Sonsoddo waste and show us that it can do it, we should not believe them. The civic body has been cheated by many companies in the past on the pretext of clearing the Sonsoddo dump. We do not want a technology to treat day-to-day waste, but to clear the Sonsoddo dump,” said Mahatme and Texeira as they voiced their opposition.

The duo’s opposition came after the chairperson Prabhudesai explained how the Bangalore plant operate.

“I have seen the operations. It is a five-tonne capacity plant. The waste is treated with the fire- generating process. Air is sent in to control the fire process. Waste is turned into ceramic waste, which is then mixed with cement to form bricks. The technology also help form tar. We are convinced about the process. There is nothing to worry.

The company officials have already visited the Sonsoddo site, and even held a meeting with us on Monday. They are asked to give detailed presentation in July on how it would treat the Sonsoddo waste. The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) officials have also been asked to be present to get their doubts cleared,” the chairperson said.

The chairperson, a couple of councilors and sanitary inspector had visited the black hole technology plant at Bangaluru.

The GSPCB officials also had visited the plant separately and had raised certain queries, which are yet to be cleared by the company.

Prabhudesai said that the GSPCB has given clearance to the said company but not given any permission to operate as the queries raised were not answered. [NT]

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