Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday said the Punjab government would soon form solid waste management wings at the local bodies department to make cities and towns garbagefree, besides using the garbage for power generation.
While taking stock of the ongoing development projects in Amritsar at a high-level meeting on Thursday, Badal said the state government was contemplating the formation of solid waste management wings (SWMW) to solve the garbage problem in urban areas to provide clean and safe environment to the residents.
He said SWMW would work under experts’ guidance for the lasting solution to the garbage problem and generation of power from it.
The deputy chief minister said the SAD-BJP government would not tolerate any damage to the green cover of cities and rural areas in the state at any cost and informed that they would be establishing horticulture wings in each district.
These wings would ensure planting of two saplings for a tree cut for road widening, besides ensuring the maintenance of green cover, he added.
Badal said the SAD-BJP regime was committed for the inclusion of Amritsar in the list of developed and beautiful cities of the world and they would leave no stone unturned to achieve it.
He directed PS Aujla, PWD secretary, and other officers concerned to hold a meeting with Amritsar mayor and officers of other departments concerned and to submit a detailed report within two days, identifying the places, where flyovers are required in the city.
The deputy CM said the ruling alliance was also determined to include Amritsar in the proposed ‘Smart City’ project of the union gover nment so that it could witness world class infrastructure with a high paced all-round development.
Asking the officials present in the meeting not to stick to the outer look and major roads of the city, Badal directed them to ensure the overall development of the city vis-à-vis outer and inner roads and streets as per the needs of various localities.
“Development should take place in view of the future needs of all localities and the authorities concerned should take necessary suggestions from residents of various localities before finalising any plan,” he said.
He also reviewed the ongoing construction of Golden Temple Plaza, Central Jail project, District Administrative Complex project, Amritsar-Rajasansi and Amritsar-Ajnala roads and four-laning project of Fatehgarh Churian road and asked the authorities concerned to expedite the pace of work.
He directed the officials concerned to ensure time-bound completion of development projects, including 8 crore project of state-of-the-art entrance gate on Jalandhar Road, walking track alongside the Sultanwind Canal, 500 crore of Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project, beautification of Chowk Shaheedan, widening of Tarn Taran road, solid waste management plant and sewerage and water supply projects.
On the issue of felling trees for the purpose of road widening in the city, Badal strictly directed the officers concerned not to cut the trees without dire necessity.
He told them to ensure multiple planting of saplings against the number of slaughtered trees. He also directed the department concerned to take responsibility for the maintenance of these plants for at least five years.