Stopgap arrangement in place to clean prime beaches: GTDC

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Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) on Friday said that 100 labourers have been deployed as a stopgap arrangement to clean important beaches along the state’s coastline.
However, there is a requirement of around 350 labourers to cover the entire beach stretch.
GTDC chairman Dayanand Sopte said that a decision has been taken to appoint a beach-cleaning agency who will be asked to temporarily undertake the task of cleaning the beaches, and assured that while appointing the agency, due process would be followed by the government.
“For time being, an agency will be put on the job, they will have to accept our terms and condition and within 8-10 days, we will
finalise it,” he said.
Managing director of GTDC Nikhil Desai said that all the waste collected on the beach will be sent to Goa Waste Management Corporation adding without the support of Waste Management Corporation, the waste collected can’t be disposed of.
Meanwhile, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar refuted the charges made by Drishti Marine and said that there was no prior intimation from them that they would stop handling garbage from November 12.
“We received a communication from Drishti on November 12 that they are stopping the work of garbage collection…I had personally requested them to at least continue the work for another 45 days as we require some time to complete the tendering procedure and appoint a new agency,” he said.
He further said that within the next 30 days, the new agency will take over the task of handling garbage which is generated at the beach stretch.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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