The execution of the much-awaited solid waste management project, considered the dream project of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, will start in Jalandhar district on Wednesday.
Earlier, the project failed to start due to political controversies surrounding it. The safai karamchari union and Balmiki community leaders have been opposing it.
The project was awarded to Jindal Urban Waste Management Jalandhar Limited (JUWMJL) in January 2012
The door-to-door garbage collection project and its which will use
Around 10 megawatt power will be produced after the scientific disposal of garbage. The electricity will be given to Jalandhar electricity grids. The garbage collection will take place in 16 wards of Jalandhar from Wednesday.
The workers will distribute around 20,000 blue and green dustbins for segregation of biodegradable and non-biodegradable garbage in households.
The workers will collect garbage from 7am to 3pm daily besides lifting garbage from 70 MC-designated open garbage dumpsites in the city.
The garbage will be dumped at Wariana temporarily till the waste treatment plant is established at a village on the outskirts of Jalandhar city. The MC is done with all formalities to vacate the land to establish the plant.
The first seven wards are ward number 18, 19, 29, 34, 31, 32, 45 and 60. In the second phase, it will be started in Nakodar and Phagwara besides some other wards of Jalandhar.
About six compactors, 19 Tata Ace, 70 rickshaws, 184 metal bins, 19 community bins and about 1.20 lakh dustbins will be distributed in 16 wards whereas 81 rickshaw pullers, 22 LMV drivers, 43 waste collectors (LMV), 7 HMV drivers and 12 waste collectors (HMV) will be deputed to manage garbage collection.
JUWMJL project head Satish Kumar Sharma said they are ready for door-to-door garbage collection.
“Some people have created a misconception that the incineration process will create pollution and spread diseases in the nearby areas. Instead, the project will create 10 MW electricity and remaining ashes will be used to make inter-locked tiles,” he said.
Residents will able to lodge complaints or give suggestions on toll free number 1800-1802-101. Workers will visit each house at a fixed time every day from 7am to 3pm.
They will also pick garbage from 70 MCJ designated open garbage dump points. They will distribute blue and green dustbins for segregation of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste in the first seven wards.