Having failed to start lifting garbage from all 75 wards of the city, waste management company A2Z has come in deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal's line of fire.
In a meeting held on Monday evening, Badal directed the company to get its act together within a month, else its contract could be terminated.
The meeting was attended by municipal corporation (MC) commissioner Rahul Tewari, mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwari and A2Z president BPS Chauhan.
Badal was of the view that the company had not started lifting garbage from all 75 wards of the MC, which was in violation of the contract signed with the company.
At present A2Z is lifting garbage from 60 wards in the city. But even in these wards, residents often complain against the company for not lifting garbage regularly. Complaints are also received over the garbage dumps, which cause foul stench. There are nearly 200 garbage dumps in various parts of the city.
Tewari told Hindustan Times that Badal had categorically told the company that it should mend its ways, else the government would be eligible to terminate the contract.
“The meeting also discussed different measures to improve solid waste management in the city,” he added.
On the other hand, according to A2Z, frequent strikes by its staff had marred its operations. Suspension of work resulted in accumulation of garbage at dumps thus causing inconvenience to residents.
Company president BPS Chauhan said they had decided to dismiss some staff members, who encouraged others to go on frequent strikes.
“In a meeting held with the staff members on Tuesday, I have told them that we could sustain in Ludhiana only if we functioned properly. I have prepared an action plan to improve our working in the city,” Chauhan claimed.
Joint commissioner AS Sekhon, who is the chief of health and sanitation wing, said the company had so far not been able to lift garbage from 15 wards of the city that resulted in problems for residents.
Sekhon said the company had already been asked to improve its garbage lifting operations in Ludhiana.
Meanwhile, sources said the name of Jindal waste management company cropped up during discussions in case A2Z lost its contract.