The controversy over Solid Waste Management Plant Jamsher village in Doaba region on Wednesday got a new turn with chief minister Parkash Singh Badal declaring that if the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA from Jalandhar Cantonment, Pargat Singh, did not want the waste management plant to come up in his constituency, the Punjab government was ready to scrap the project.
The chief minister, who addressed series of meetings in Nakodar constituency during his sangat darshan programmes, was asked by the media about the status of the project. Citing tough stance taken by Pargat, who did not even accept the post of chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) in protest against the plant, the CM said, “If people do not want the plant at the proposed site, we are ready to scrap it. If Pargat does not want the plant, we will not go ahead with it. We are with the people on the issue.”
Badal’s statement on the issue is a huge setback for the municipal corporation Jalandhar (MCJ), which was hoping to bring the project on track.
Notably, the project is already in shadows as a few days after the proposal, Pargat turned down the offer of becoming the CPS, and later the company — Jindal Urban Waste Management Jalandhar Limited —, had also announced to withdraw from the project, putting the MCJ in the dock.
After the company’s stand to leave the project midway, the shattered MCJ officials had met local bodies minister Anil Joshi over the issue, but nothing concrete came out.
“I don’t know what the CM has said to the media, but our stance is very clear. The city needs the project at any cost to ensure cleanliness. We will plead our case before the CM to describe the ground reality of the project before him,” the mayor, when contacted.
The company has already shut down its operations since last one week, citing that they were running in huge losses because of the delay in starting the plant proposed at Jamsher village in Doaba region.
In case the proposal is scrapped, the JMC is set to feel the heat in the smart city ranking as the cleanliness component is very crucial in getting marks in the race for the Smart City tag.
Meanwhile, Pargat was not available for his comments, despite repeated calls.
Rs 33-crore announced for laying sewerage lines in Nakodar
The Punjab government has sanctioned Rs 33-crore for completing the sewerage project at Nakodar.
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal made the announcement while presiding over his sangat darshan in Nakodar town. He said the projects including, sewerage plant, water supply and lighting in towns and cities, are his government’s priority.
The Rs 15-crore project of laying sewerage lines in Nakodar was started by the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board and came to a halt following lack of funds. The then chief minister, Captain Amrindar Singh, had laid its foundation stone in March 2006.
A civil writ petition on the issue of non-completion of the project, remitted by the Supreme Court, is pending in the high court.