Goa und Deutschland - eine Lösung für das
Die IGSG (Deutsch-Indische Freundschaftsgesellschaft Goa / Indo German
Friendship Society Goa) freut sich über den Besuch, den Herr Manohar
Parrikar, Chief-Minister von Goa, in der ersten Juliwoche 2013 der Stadt
Kaiserslautern und seiner sehr effizienten und globalen
Abfallverarbeitungs-anlage abgestattet hat.
"Ich bin von der Abfallverarbeitungsanlage sehr beeindruckt. Sie
verarbeitet gemischten Abfall und Plastikabfall, ähnlich wie er in Goa
produziert wird," verkündete Parrikar nach seiner Rückkehr auf seiner
Die IGSG setzt sich mit allen ihr zur Verfügung stehenden Mitteln seit
2010 stark für eine Lösung des Abfallproblems in Goa ein. Wir würden uns
sehr freuen, wenn dieser Besuch von Herrn Parrikar ein wichtiger Schritt
in Richtung auf die endgültige Lösung dieses großen Problems in Goa
Lesen Sie einen diesbezüglichen Presseartikel (auf Englisch) bitte hier unten.
MAYABHUSHAN NAGVENKAR | IANS PANAJI, JULY
9, 2013 | UPDATED 14:45 IST
Goa looks to German
cure its garbage woes
A southwestern German town, known for its clinical fetish for
cleanliness and garbage management, will be Goa's inspiration as India's
best-known beach tourism destination finally tries to sort out its
ever-burgeoning garbage woes.
Minister Manohar Parrikar's visit to picturesque Kaiserslautern last
week and inspection of the city's efficient and comprehensive garbage
handling systems have impressed him so much
that he now plans to replicate it in Goa to solve "our long pending
"I was highly impressed after visiting their garbage treatment and waste
management plant which handles mixed garbage, waste and plastic similar
to what is generated here in Goa," a visibly impressed Parrikar said on
Facebook after his return.
With tourism in Goa increasing nearly triple-fold in the last decade or
so, the state has been unable to handle the 150 cubic tonnes of garbage
which the industry generates daily.
What has compounded the issue further has been the inability of the
state government to identify a single site big enough to dispose of
garbage, both organic and non-organic. As a result, it is not unusual to
find piles of garbage strewn along the roads as well as near urban hubs
in this beach tourism destination, visited by 2.6 million tourists
Not that efforts have not been made to dissuade people from 'garbage
bombing' of Goa's roads and fields, right from creating vigilante groups
to imposing heavy fines. But with no formal system to dispose of garbage
both on a micro or macro scale, there has been no headway so far.
Is the Kaiserslautern replication really the answer? Parrikar seems to
"There was no stink emanating or flies, pests menace in the vicinity of
the treatment plant. I am convinced that setting up such treatment
plants will be the solution to our long-pending garbage woes," the chief
He is already planning three such facilities in Goa, where over 300
tonnes of garbage can be treated every day. The facilities can also
generate revenue, Parrikar said, "by selling fuel pellets and gas which
are commercially viable by-products of the garbage management process".
With a population of 165,000, Kaiserslautern has emerged as one of the
leaders in waste management systems in Europe.
Located nearly 100 km from Frankfurt and host to a North Atlantic Treaty
Organisation (NATO) base, the town even has a "garbage guide", which
instructs its residents on how to dispose of various kinds of garbage in
the best possible manner.
Incidentally, Goa's inspiration to look towards Germany is ironic,
considering the fact that German tourists and Goans residing in Germany
have been lobbying with the state government to manage its garbage.
"A lot of the feedback that the society (Indo-German Friendship Society
Goa) gets is that Germans no longer want to come here because Goa cannot
solve its garbage problem," Aurobindo Xavier, a professor of Goan origin
teaching in a university in Munich, told IANS in an e-mail.
Xavier, who heads the IGFSG, said that a clean Goa would only help the
state bring in more tourism dollars.
"The garbage situation, the increase in the number of Russian tourists,
have led to the decline of German tourists here; also other beach
destinations like Thailand are much cheaper than Goa," he said.