Garbage Treatment Plant On Calangute Plateau?


Notice how our CM refers to the Garbage Treatment Plant (GTP) on our hill as the one “proposed on the Calangute plateau…
herald_masthead_210814 gtp_to_contractor_herald_210814What have we Saligaokaram got to say about this, when the GTP sits on our heads and it is mainly Saligaokars that suffer and will suffer from the devastation caused by the dump and the plant?
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Guess What Is Coming To Life In Saligao!

And after Saligao Institute’s inspirational musical plans for the village, as if on cue, guess what is coming to ‘Life’ in Saligao…

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From: Ruben Quadros <>
Date: 18 August 2014 20:35
Subject: [Goa Speaks] Life & Death – Concert. Goa University Choir

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New Initiative At Saligao Institute

Dear Saligaokaram,

On 17 August 2014 15:21, ‘Louis Vaz’ via Saligao-Net <> wrote:

Budding & experienced musicians (instrumentalists, singers) of Saligao are invited to meet every Saturday evening at the Saligao Institute from 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm. Please bring your own instruments. There will be a coordinator/trainer. Show off your talent, practice, learn to play from & with each other.

A stroke of genius, Louis!

This is thinking straight out of the box…loaded with suspense-filled possibility.  Here are some things this brilliant initiative can lead to:- naturally, promote musical talent – vocal, choral and instrumental.
- give people who do not have the means, a chance to learn from their peers and co-villagers.
- give those who have learnt some music a chance to share their talents and skills with others: a chance to payback to Saligao and Goa.
- give village musicians – experts and novices – an opportunity to band into performing combinations and begin to go professional when they are ready…an employment opportunity.
- list a pool of local musical talent that can be tapped for various events, both as professionals and as volunteers.
- to give villagers of all ages, an evening sing-a-long with village musicians
- promote the value of cooperation instead of the dog-eat-dog competition that devours modern living.
- music as a common denominator blurring the divisive boundaries of creed, class, caste, language etc., that otherwise fragments Saligao so literally.
- the beginnings of the Saligao School of Music…
…the possibilities are endless.  We really do not know where this can take the village…
…but congratulations anyway to Louis and all those who are part of this new burst of energy, this new labour of love, this new vision for Saligao.It was long overdue!
The warmest of regards, lots of solidarity and all success in making these dreams a reality.
PS:  Louis, initially, that “coordinator / trainer” is critical to guiding this creative initiative and keeping it within acceptable parameters.  We really need some responsible volunteers, to orient and mentor this brainwave.  – M&M.

On 17 August 2014 13:07, Louis Jude Vaz <> wrote:

Louis Jude Vaz
Louis Jude Vaz 1:06pm Aug 17
Budding & experienced musicians (instrumentalists, singers) of Saligao are invited to meet every Saturday evening at the Saligao Institute from 5.00 pm – 7.00pm. Please bring your own instruments. There will be a coordinator/trainer. Show off your talent, practice, learn to play from & with each other.
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Grow A Garden In Saligao

Dear Saligaokaram,

Imagine the abundance of veggies we would have in Saligao if each of us used this guide to grow at least a few of them.

And more…imagine the wealth of self-employment if all our young people put their creativity and dynamism into volunteering to make Saligao and Goa a better place to live in.

Warm regards and solidarity.


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From: Sunita Rao <>
Date: 5 August 2014 00:46
Subject: Grow a Garden booklet
To: <>, <>, <>


Grow a Garden – a graphic guide for aspiring and experienced gardeners. Sowing, growing and harvesting tips for a total of 24 heirloom vegetables and flowers as practiced by Malnad master gardeners.

Student volunteers Aparna and Manjusha, seen here, did magic with their design skills and creativity.

Write to vanastree@gmail. com for a copy.



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Save Saligao: Urgent Appeal!

 [Scanned images of original, signed appeal, at the end of this message...]

Dear Saligaokars, Saligao lovers and well wishers,

Garbage has been killing Saligao, Goa from 1987.

For 27 years, unsegregated, coastal and hotel garbage has been dumped in a huge, 60-foot-deep, empty laterite quarry on the Saligao-Calangute plateau. It has polluted the mineral, Salmona spring in Saligao, as well as springs in Calangute and Candolim. Today, spring and well water there, is unfit for drinking.

With each monsoon, the bubbling, toxic soup in the garbage-filled laterite quarry on our plateau, percolates the whole aquifer and contaminates the entire volume of water there. This contaminated, mineral water then feeds the springs and wells of the 3 villages at the foot of the plateau. Wells in Arrarim are also contaminated.

Public health is at risk, because the garbage attracts foxes, wild dogs, rodents, cockroaches, flies and other insects, crows, vultures, egrets and sadly, village goats, cattle and dogs. Toxic, cancer-causing fumes from burning garbage and stench from from rotting hotel food pollutes the air, making life unbearable and dangerous for villagers.

To make matters worse, the state govt. insists on installing a Solid Waste Treatment Facility (SWTF) at the same site. A massive landfill will take 10 tonnes of processed biodegradeable waste per day, for 10 years.  Plant and landfill, both are a potential danger to the 3 villages.

For over 2 months, from the 27 October till the 29 December 2013, Saligaokars have been trying to dialogue with the government to shift its proposed Solid Waste Treatment Facility (SWTF) from its present dangerous location to a safer place, a mere 700 mts. away.

All efforts, including an online petition have so far gone in vain.

That is when the SCCC decided to file a Writ Petition in the High Court of Bombay in Goa.  A formal resolution was also passed at their January, General Body Meeting.  See Resolution at the end of the appeal.

So far, Legal Notices have been sent to the govt. asking them if they have anything to say before we actually go in a Writ.  Deafening silence, has been the expected reply.  So as soon as have enough funds, we will actually file the Writ.

Since January, we have been collecting funds from only among ourselves, and have so far managed Rs. 91,000/-

But we need at least Rs. 400-500,000/- (4-5 lakhs) for a total legal battle, because the govt. has hidden plans which we will have to combat for a long time to come.

Read the details of the appeal inline or in the attachment.  It is the original, signed document by the SCCC…

…and please be generous with your village.  With Goa.  With the planet.

Warm regards and solidarity.

Muriel & Mario.

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Saligao Waste Treatment Plant Unviable: Experts


What we in the Saligao Civic & Consumer Cell and others in the village have been saying for a long time now, has finally been borne out by experts in the field.

The Goa Government’s proposed Solid Waste Treatment Facility (SWTF) is a formula  for disaster: financially, technologically, logistically, environmentally.  Read on:




Garbage Destroys Saligao

Goa’s Biggest Garbage Dump Destroys Saligao.

Leachate Contaminates Village Springs And Wells.

Garbage Leachate Contiaminates Springs And Wells Of Saligao, Candolim and Calangute.

This video says it all:


Waste Not, Want Not!

Have you dejunked your e-waste as yet?  No?  Well neither have we! ;-)

But here is a reminder to all of us to get rid of our e-waste now.  And it cannot be easier than this.  The collection centre, the HQ of Goa’s only e-waste disposal company – authorised by the Goa State Pollution Control Board – and the company’s CEO are all situated here in the village.

Never heard the good news before?…then you must read it now! (Click image to enlarge and read)

Ashley Delaney’s Group 10+ in Abreovaddo, Saligao, is also the collection point for Tetrapaks which are then sent for recycling.  We have a whole pile of those too from friends in south Goa.

Ashley also some times has waste that is immediately reusable, like a ethernet/LAN switch he salvaged and shared with us some time back, after we put out a request on another listserv.  (Actually, that switch gave up the ghost some time back, so if you come across something similar, Ashley, please drop us a line.)  Saligaokars who need computer related spares, do check out with him.

We had also suggested to an IT student, Joseph Ribeiro of Grande Morod, to work with Ashley and attempt to assemble PCs from the waste that comes in, putting in whatever new components are needed.  This would promote the Reuse-Reduce-Recycle lifestyle, as well as give first-time computer users a machine at reduced costs, while still making it a profitable exercise for Joseph and Ashley.

Contact Ashley Delaney @:
Devine Computers
Abreovaddo, Saligao, Bardez, Goa.
Ph: 9823118321 / 9373521448 (office)

…and please send out the attachment to everyone on your Goa address list.   It will be your little effort to save Goa and save the planet.

Warm regards and solidarity.


Future Of Inida: Aap Ke Haath Mein…

Think and vote…




Vote Goa

Vote India

Vote Planet Earth




It’s TODAY: Earth Hour-2014…Lourdes Convent, Saligao, 8:30 to 9:30 pm.


Watch the official Earth Hour video.


Will you switch off
and come to Lourdes Convent, Saligao,
tonight at 8:30
with a candle, if you can?

This year
celebrate EARTH HOUR
by signing our online petition

1 Day To Go: Earth Hour-2014 In Saligao


Watch the video of Saligao’s Earth Hour-2013 with Remo playing!


This is what will happen tomorrow,

Saturday, 8:30-9:30 pm,


Lourdes Convent Open Air Courts, Saligao…


Do not miss out!