Sunday, December 05, 2010

Garbage funds: CCP caught in mess

While Panaji has been gripped by a waste management crisis for over the last three years, information sought under the RTI Act reveals that the Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP) had received funds of 8 crore for waste management from the state government over the same period. While the opposition corporators in the CCP questioned as to how the funds were used, civic officials replied that most of the funds were used towards land acquisition. The RTI documents from the directorate of municipal administration (DMA) was availed of by corporator Surendra Furtado, who alleges that the government had given a total budget of 8 crore to the CCP to purchase property for a garbage treatment plant at Bainguinim, near Heera petrol pump at Patto, Taleigao and
Dona Paula. The RTI document states that in February 2006, the government released a
grant-in-aid of 16.92 lakh for the construction of composting stations to the CCP.

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