The SAD-BJP face off over dumping of garbage at a site in Amritsar is now being freshly scripted in Jalandhar on selection of a site for the installation of a solid waste management plant at Jamsher village, as leaders of both the parties have contradictory opinions regarding the finalisation of the site.
Pargat Singh, SAD MLA from Jalandhar Cant, said, “The high headedness of the municipal corporation over the issue shows lack of common sense on its part, and I don’t understand their shallow understanding of it. The site, which has been proposed by me, will result into a win-win situation for both the corporation authorities and the company installing the plant.”
The Jamsher village site has been a bone of contention into installation of the project with villagers and dairy farmers opposing the move.
Village residents complained that the civic body authorities never took into consideration their issues and went on with the proposal of setting up of the plant here.
The civic body has, time and again, deferred on its decision to install the plant at the village, however, local bodies minister Anil Joshi during a visit to the city on Monday announced that the plant would come up at Jamsher as all essential clearances had been done to carry forward the work at the site.
Irked over Joshi’s announcement, Pargat Singh said, “The corporation is unnecessarily creating a problem and the villagers were not taken into confidence when the site was earmarked for the installation of the plant. The safai sewaks have already poured cold water on the implementation of door-to-door garbage collection. In this situation, locking horns with the villagers will prove to be fatal.”
However, Singh has suggested a new site under Khun-Khun village jurisdiction. It is learnt that the village panchayat is ready to give 20-25 acre on a lease, but the civic body is little hesitant to consider a new site as the duration for installing and making the plant functional was around 18 months, while taking all necessary clearances before that time period might be difficult.
Joshi said, “It is not an easy task to consider a new site. First, the site needs to be included in the master plan, and then getting clearances from the environment and pollution department is an uphill task. Secondly, I have not been informed till date about the new proposed site. It’s all a politics over garbage and to keep people engaged with it and divert them from the real issues — an ailing state.”
Meanwhile, at the last general house meeting, an ad-hoc committee was formed to look into the transfer of the proposed site from Jamsher to a new one place.
When contacted mayor Sunil Jyoti said the matter was put up before the state government and no report could be submitted by the committee constituted for the purpose till the clearance was received from the higher ups.
He maintained that the announcement of setting up the plant at Jamsher was made after the civic body had acquired all necessary clearances.
However, Pargat Singh said the private company which had got the contract would take some time before all its machineries arrived for installing the plant.
The current site did not have proper road connectivity, while employees of the private company appreciated the site proposed by him, he said.
Amid entire bickering, however, the proper implementation of the project has taken a backseat.
Safai sewaks oppose proposal of pvt firm collecting garbage
President of the Safai Majdoor Union, MC, Chandan Grewal and Gurpreet Khehra held a meeting at the commissioner’s office here on Wednesday to discuss the issue of collection of garbage from dumps situated in the city.
Khehra said, “I spoke to the union members and discussed with them the face off over collection of garbage from open dumps. The union members told me that they were not sure about the area earmarked to them and the private company for collecting garbage, however, a few safai sewaks opposed the move of collecting garbage by the private company.”
However, the matter had been sorted out, said the commissioner.