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Solid treatment plant: MC to go ahead with project

Kamaldeep Singh Brar, Hindustan Times   Bathinda, May 01, 2013
First Published: 19:27 IST(1/5/2013) | Last Updated: 22:08 IST(1/5/2013)

The observations made by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) have not discouraged the local municipal corporation from going ahead with the proposed Solid Waste Management Facility (SWMF) on Mansa Road.

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The MC has called a meeting of company officials to set a deadline for the completion of the project.

Meanwhile, the affected locals held a press conference here and demanded action against the officials for giving clearance to the project.

The MC has called a meeting of JITF Urban Waste Management officials on May 3 to set the deadline for the plant.

MC commissioner Uma Shankar said, "The proposed dumping site was not being properly maintained as the company was discouraged owing to the litigation. Now as the NGT wants us to give a deadline for the plant, we are taking it positively."

HT had highlighted in its report published on Wednesday about the comments made by the NGT on the "irresponsible and unscientific" working of the MC and summoned its commissioner for appearing before the tribunal on the next hearing of the case on May 24.  

Shankar said, "We have called company officials to set a deadline for the completion of the plant. I hope it will start working in the current year. We will ask company officials for a proper maintenance of the dumping site. The MC will also take necessary steps for its proper maintenance."

The MC may be firm on constructing the plant at the proposed site, but locals are in no mood to allow this.

Mal Singh, a local, said, "It is on record that the Punjab Pollution Control Board and the MC overlooked many norms to give approval to the plant. It is a difficult fight for us but now we have exposed all in front of the NGT and hope it will not allow the MC to go ahead with the plant."

Karnail Singh, another local, said, "It is clear from the report that some officials went out of the way in clearing the project. An inquiry should be conducted into the clearance given to the plant and the guilty should be punished."

Amar Singh, another local, said, "The work to remove this plant should be started as soon as possible. The monsoon season is approaching. Large quantity of solid waste is dumped at the site and all the dirt will seep into the earth to pollute groundwater if it was not removed ahead of the monsoon."

"We are expecting Bathinda MLA Saroop Chand Singla to come clear on the issue. He should tell the people if he is with them or the MC. People do not want this plant to be set up here and he should use his influence for this," said advocate GS Chahal, who is also a local Congress leader.

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