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Patiala

Decks all cleared for solid waste management project
Navrajdeep Singh, Hindustan Times
Patiala, September 23, 2013
First Published: 12:27 IST(23/9/2013)
Last Updated: 12:33 IST(23/9/2013)

After remaining in the pipeline for the past two years, solid waste management project, one of the dream projects of not only the district but also of its adjoining districts, will finally see the light.


In a fresh development, decks are all cleared for the project as the municipal corporation has decided to send proposal to the Punjab government to set up the plant in 20 acre land in Dhudhar village near here.

Thanks to technological advancements in setting up of the solid waste management project. The project, which earlier required around 40 acre land to become reality, will now be set up in 20 acre land, which the civic bodies had already acquired in 2011.

Though according to the earlier proposal, the MC had failed to acquire remaining 20 acre land due to political interference of some local leaders.

Earlier, fearing in controversy, the MC had even decided to cancel the deal after some local residents of the village decided to move the court against the civic body even after that the village panahcyat had passed resolution to give shamlat land to civic body.

Mayor Amarinder Bajaj said they had carried out several meetings with engineers and other professionals regarding the techniques of setting up of solid waste management project in available 20 acre land.

“We will soon table the proposal in general house meeting following which expression of interest will be called to make blueprint of the plan in order to send same to the state government for the final nod,” Bajaj said.

Bajaj said the project would be finalised at the government level as the latter had divided the state into clusters to set up such project at various places.

“We have already given a fresh presentation to the locals of the village about the project and ensured them that cleanliness should be taken as top priority after setting up of the project,” Bajaj said.

However, in a fresh deal, the MC has decided to pay lease amount of `50,000 per acre per year, which was `25,000 per acre per year as per deal in 2011.

“We have taken the possession of land and will act according to guidelines of the state government,” he said.

 As per available information, the project also had the approval of the Punjab Pollution Control Board, as it was to be carried with ultra-modern and sophisticated machines.

The plant would have recycled 240 metric tonne of solid waste per day from areas under Patiala MC in addition to the waste of around 25 towns of Sangrur, Mansa, Barnala and Patiala.

The setting up of the project will help to carry out door-to-door collection of garbage and leads to scientific storage of the garbage as for over 50 years now the waste of the city is dumped in the open at the dumping ground on the Sanaur Road.


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