Despite issuance of a work order for the lifting of garbage from all over the city by the Finance and Contract Committee (FNCC), the Amritsar municipal corporation (MC) is yet to initiate the process.
Though the garbage lifting in the city has been suspended for the past one week, the officials concerned are yet to specify when the work would resume.
The Lifting of garbage was suspended after the contract with tractor-trolley operators expired on March 3. On Wednesday, the FNCC of the MC approved a tractor-trolley for each of the 65 Wards of Amritsar.
MC officials said this time they had received 21% lesser bids, while hiring a new firm to handle the work.
“This year, the contract has been awarded for Rs 36 lakh. The project was earlier planned for only 60 Wards, but it was later extended to 65 Wards,” said municipal commissioner Pradeep Sabharwal.
Meanwhile, MC officials said as of now, the garbage would be dumped at the Fatahpur landfill site, but after June the civic body would resume dumping at the Bhagtanwala landfill site.
The garbage dumping at Bhagtanwala was suspended in November last, following the protests by residents living around the dump.
MC officials said the Punjab and Haryana high court had cleared the construction of a solid waste treatment plant proposed under the second phase of the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Project at Bhagtanwala, the tenders for which would be opened on March 25.
Meanwhile, Bhagtanwala residents have sent a representation to the Punjab government in keeping with an order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) dated March 3, to urge the government to file objections and bring to their notice the state of affairs of deposit of municipal solid waste at Bhagwantwala.
“The residents have made it clear that they will offer stiff resistance to the dumping of garbage and the proposed project. We have the support of chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Inderbir Singh Bolaria, who is also an MLA from Amritsar south, where the Bhagtanwala garbage dump is located,” said Sanjay Sharma, a resident.
While MC officials claim that the dump is very old and the residents settled there later, the residents claimed that the MC started using the site in 1999 when the area was significantly populated. “As of now the garbage will be dumped at Fatahpur, as our main concern is cleaning the city,” said Sabharwal. email@example.com