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City to have dark nights for few more days

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Amritsar, February 21, 2014
First Published: 21:16 IST(21/2/2014) | Last Updated: 21:17 IST(21/2/2014)

It could be a few more days before the city could have access to lights on its streets at night time as the Amritsar Municipal Corporation is still to receive tenders for the project pertaining to streetlights, the contract for which expired in January.

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This became clear during the meeting of the finance and contract committee (FNCC) of the MC held on Friday, which also saw no discussions on solid waste management project, which is crucial for maintaining sanitation in the city.

Likely to cost `72 crore, the project would entail door-to-door collection of garbage, which at present is being done through tractor-trolleys and a few traditional means, including donkeys,  which are not very effective in keeping the city garbage free.

The meeting of the FNCC had been called after 50 days at the insistence of the Congress councillors, who feared that major projects could be suspended when the code of conduct comes into force ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Rajkanwal Preet Pal Singh Lucky, leader of the opposition in the MC, said that a number of areas in the city lie immersed in darkness each night in the absence of streetlights, while the city virtually stinks due to massive garbage heaps that had come up in the absence of the solid waste management project.

However, the MC authorities said that as the tenders for the streetlights had not been received and no headway had been made in the talks with the company concerned for the solid waste management project, these were likely to be discussed in a meeting scheduled for February 26.

Friday's meeting too did not register any significant development with the MC limiting itself to the allotment of ward-wise development works pertaining mainly to provision of water supply and sewerage facilities.

"Works, pertaining to provision of water supply and sewerage facilities in the 65 wards of the city, were allotted during the meeting," said municipal commissioner DPS Kharbanda.

He added that another meeting of the FNCC had been scheduled for Saturday. "Works pertaining to the streetlights could not be allotted as the tenders in this regard have not been received," said Kharbanda.

He maintained that there was a possibility that discussions would be held about the municipal solid waste management project on February 26. "We expect to get in touch with the company concerned by that time," he added.

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