HC tells MC to finalise firm in six weeks
Impleading Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu as an intervenor in an ongoing case on his request, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Amritsar municipal corporation (MC) to finalise the company for door-to-door garbage collection in the holy city within six weeks.punjab Updated: Sep 18, 2012 19:36 IST
Impleading Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu as an intervenor in an ongoing case on his request, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Amritsar municipal corporation (MC) to finalise the company for door-to-door garbage collection in the holy city within six weeks.
An intervenor is a person who intervenes in an ongoing case. He or she is allowed by the court to throw light on facts pertaining to the case.
The division bench comprising acting chief justice Jasbir Singh and justice Rakesh Kumar Jain was hearing a public interest litigation filed by the Punjab pollution control committee, pending in the high court since 2006.
Thereafter, two more petitions came up before the high court on the same issue. The petitioners had approached the court, stating that Amritsar residents were facing a lot of problems because of lack of a proper system for collection and disposal of garbage.
The bench also fixed the date of hearing of the petition filed by a private company, AKC Developers, which was earlier granted the contract for collection and processing of garbage by the MC, for October 3. Since the corporation had later taken back the contract from the company, this had resulted in filing of a petition by the company before the high court, challenging the corporation's decision.
Representing Sidhu, who was present in the court along with his wife and Punjab's chief parliamentary secretary Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, senior advocate Satya Pal Jain submitted that there was an urgent need of handing over the contract of door-to-door garbage collection and its proper disposal to some agency since heaps of garbage were becoming a nuisance for citizens.
Amritsar municipal commissioner Dharampal Gupta, who was present in the court on earlier directions of the high court, informed the bench that at present 47 trolleys were being used by the corporation for the collection of garbage. He added that in view of the mayoral elections, the final decision on the matter would be taken at the first House meeting. He sought two months for the purpose.
However, the bench directed the commissioner to start door-to-door collection of garbage as early as possible, preferably within a fortnight, and to take the final decision on the matter within six weeks.
Later, talking to the media, Sidhu said the matter was hanging in the balance for the past so many years. "Until a garbage processing unit is installed, there can't be a permanent solution. For us there is no value of garbage, but for the private processing company it is gold."
Sidhu added, "Amritsar is a holy city of India and the pride of Punjab. If tourists from abroad or other parts of India would see huge piles of garbage after visiting the city, what impression would they carry?"