Even as the government planned to adopt Turkish model of solid waste management, it seems a distant dream for the state government as the project has been facing ire of people across the state.
With people already protesting against solid waste management in Amritsar and Jalandhar, now the residents of village Dhudhar in Patiala district, a final site for setting up the plant in coming months, also initiated protests.
It should be mentioned that deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal also visited Istanbul in 2013 to collect ground information about working of solid waste management projects.
Moreover, the Patiala municipal corporation (PMC) has already identified and took possession of 20 acre in the village last year.
Raj Kumar, member of solid waste dump action committee formed by group of villagers, said already people of Dhudhar are facing severe problems due to presence of three cardboard factories, a distillery, big poultry farm and a major sewer drain, while setting of solid waste plant will added to their worries.
“Over a dozen of villages will be affected with the project, as hundred tons of garbage will be thrown in the village that would raise serious health issues among the villagers,” he said.
Meanwhile, Madanjit Singh, former sarpanch of the village said they would never allow the state authorities to set up waste management plant in their villages, as it will create unhygienic conditions all around the area.
“Will the government guarantee hygienic atmosphere in the area after setting up of the plant,” he said. Singh said they would launch a massive protest if the government refuses to shift the plant to another place suitable for the plant.
What the project proposes
Setting up of the project is expected to address the issue of garbage disposal in not just Patiala, but also its satellite towns and other districts.
The plant will recycle 240 metric tonne of solid waste everyday from 26 towns, including Patiala, Sangrur, Mansa, and Barnala. It includes door-to-door collection of garbage which will be sorted and processed at the Sanaur plant.
For over 50 years now, waste in the city has been disposed in the open at the dumping ground at Sanaur road.