Margao: The Director General of the Margao Municipal Council (MMC), Rohit Kadam, emphasized the limited provision of services by the municipality and, to this end, advocated making most services available online.
At a council meeting held on Thursday, Kadam said that before offering the services online, it was essential to make an inventory of the municipality’s archives in order to set up the online service mechanism. The board passed a resolution to hire 10 students to help with inventory work for a limited time and also to help the public apply online for various services. Students will receive a stipend and receive a certificate of work experience. A resolution was also passed to purchase computers, color printers and other items to facilitate online service delivery. While some services are already offered online by the municipality, many others have not yet taken the plunge.
The council also passed a resolution to install vehicle and fuel tracking systems on garbage collection vehicles. Following a passionate discussion on the matter, it was decided that the system would be installed on 2-3 vehicles on a pilot basis for a month.
The issue of the failure of the South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA) to pay the garbage collection fee to the municipality was also discussed during the meeting. During the meeting, it was revealed that SGPDA owed over Rs 1 crore to MMC for lifting rubbish from the wholesale and retail markets over the past few years. The council also gave its approval for the return of the Rs 3 crore grant it received in 2011 following its failure to use it for the purpose of setting up the multi-level parking scheme.