To make the Panchkula city spic and span, the local municipal corporation (MC) is all set to get a road sweeping machine, besides other much-needed equipment, from the special budget of Rs 6-crore approved by the Haryana government.
The proposal for improving sanitation work and other infrastructure was mooted by local member of legislative assembly (MLA) Gian Chand Gupta.
With the special fund, Gupta had purposed to purchase a road sweeping machine worth Rs 20 lakh. To help the MC, which is facing a huge shortage of equipment, these approved funds will be utilised to purchase a total of 100 cycle rickshaw carts worth Rs 5 lakh for garbage collections of different areas.
With limited resources, the MC has not been able to provide services of door-to-door garbage collection. At present, the private contractors collect garbage from locals and throw it at dustbins placed in each sector, from where the MC staff lift the garbage and dump at the dumping ground in Sector 23.
For their services, private contractors charge money between Rs 50 and Rs 100 at their will, thus fleece residents. The councillors had been promising to initiate door-to-door collection of garbage for the past many years.
Besides, a total of 15 minitrucks worth around 70 lakh will also be purchased for lifting garbage.
Chander Bhan Goel, councillor, Sector 7, said collection and disposal of garbage was a major problem in the city and purchasing of equipment would resolve the issue to a certain extent.
Talking to HT, MLA Gian Chand Gupta said that the funds had been received. “We have been getting complaints from residents about the sanitation problem in the city, which is the major reason it was decided to buy these equipment.”
“It is our priority to keep the city neat and clean,” said Gutpa.
Accepting that there was shortage of resource and equipment, mayor Upinder Kaur Walia said the new equipment would help them in serving people in a better way.
The funds have also been earmarked for purchasing of new ambulance, boom ladder, installation of CCTV cameras in different areas of the city, repair work of government school buildings in Panchkula and to buy a bus for the director of public instructions (DPI), schools, Panchkula.