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Jaypee seeks 3 weeks to upgrade plant, UT mayor fails to pacify protesters

Citing that they still had 6,000 tonnes of unprocessed refuse on the premises, the plant officials said they need at least three weeks to upgrade the plant, and will install a compost plant within three months.

punjab Updated: Jul 15, 2017 11:18 IST
HT Correspondent
Unattended garbage outside a collection centre in Sector 21, Chandigarh, on Friday.
Unattended garbage outside a collection centre in Sector 21, Chandigarh, on Friday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)

It’s been three days but the city residents have failed to get respite from the overflowing garbage.

With the Jaypee plant refusing to let in garbage and Dadumajra residents not allowing dumping in the ground next to the plant, the municipal staff didn’t lift garbage from Sehaj Safai Kendras even on Friday.

Heaps of garbage have piled up in various localities over the past three days and even garbage bins installed in the sectors are overflowing.

Earlier in the day, municipal commissioner B Purushartha and mayor Asha Kumari Jaswal held a meeting with the Jaypee plant officials to resolve the issue.

Citing that they still had 6,000 tonnes of unprocessed refuse on the premises, the plant officials said they need at least three weeks to upgrade the plant, and will install a compost plant within three months.

Denied entry, all municipal vehicles used for transporting garbage are parked in front of the garbage plant.

“We have sought three weeks to upgrade the plant. The MC will have to understand our problem. We already have around 6,000 tonnes of garbage on the premises. It will take time to process it,” said Jaypee plant in-charge Col KJS Sandhu (retd).

Meanwhile, Dadumajra residents are also up in arms. They say they won’t allow garbage to be thrown at the dumping ground. The protest is being led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councillor Rajesh Kalia.

Even as the mayor went to pacify them, they refused to budge. “I am trying my best to resolve the issue. As the Jaypee authorites have sought three weeks to upgrade the plant, I will again hold talks with the protesters on Saturday so that they allow us to at least throw garbage in the dumping ground,” said Jaswal.

‘FROM BAD TO WORSE’

Meanwhile, residents are having a tough time.

“Sanitation has gone from bad to worse. The authorities have been talking about making Chandigarh a smart city, but have failed to even find a solution to the problem of garbage collection and disposal,” said SS Bhardwaj, citizens’ welfare society, Sector 51, chief.

Hitesh Puri, vice-chairman of the Federation of Sector Welfare Associations Chandigarh, said it was unfortunate that the MC had failed to resolve the issue for the past five years.

“MC officers are busy holding meetings in their air-conditioned rooms and have no idea about the ground reality,” he said.

“We are debating the issue in the House since 2012, but nothing has happened on the ground,” major DS Sandhu (retd), a former nominated councillor .

THEYSAY

“We have sought three weeks to upgrade the plant. The MC will have to understand our problem.”-- Col KJS Sandhu (retd), Jaypee plant in-charge  

“As the plant has sought time, I will again urge protesters to let us dump garbage in the Dadumajra ground.” --Asha Kumari Jaswal, city mayor

“The city is stinking. I fail to understand as to how the MC can be so insensitive towards the residents.” -- Pawan Kumar Bansal, former city MP