The much-needed dairy shifting project has literally been stuck over due to the inordinate delay in approval from the municipal corporation’s general house.
In what indicates utter lethargy on the part of MC officials, it has been nearly over two months that the tentative allotment price of the project was fixed after long process of consultation, which included several round of meetings with the district administration.
The proposed price is needed to be taken up in 50-member MC house before sending it to the state government for final nod. However, the official process is being delayed without any valid justification.
While MC commissioner PS Gill could not be contacted, mayor Amarinder Singh Bajaj told HT that his office still awaited the final draft of the project from the commissioner’s office, without which the decision to convene house meet could not be taken. “I will speak to the MC Commissioner to expedite the process so that the project can be started at the earliest,” he said.
Sources said a team appointed under executive engineer Gurpreet Walia has fixed `6,400 per square yard as reserved price at which the plots were to be allotted at 21-acre project site at Ablowal village on Patiala-Nabha road in order to shift the diaries located inside the walled city.
The presence of around 150 dairies within the city limits is the main reason behind the choking of sewers and resultant water-logging in different parts of the city. Even illegal cow dung is being regularly dumped in city’s seasonal rivulet that often creates problem during monsoon.
The project was mooted in order to shift these diaries out of the city and set up a common facility, including a biogas plant, sewage treatment plant, and veterinary hospital so that their entire operation could be streamlined. However the delay in the final process at a time when it is at the advanced stage has literally gone against the city’s long pending demand of its residents.
“Given that the MC needs to carry out a huge development work for the project, their lethargic response to project shows how much they are concerned for city’s development,” said local MLA Brahm Mohindra.
awaiting execution for last 12 years
The move to shift dairies outside the city has been hanging fire for the past 12 years, when it was first announced by the then chief minister, Amarinder Singh, in 2003. Earlier the project got struck due to delay in getting six acres of land from the forest department.
“Had the dairies been shifted back then, the problem of choked sewers would not have been there, as dairy owners have expanded their business over the years,” said a local resident Deepak Bhardwaj.