Within days after being rebuked by the Punjab and Haryana high court, the Airport Authority of India has issued a no objection certificate (NOC) to the municipal corporation for setting up of ambitious waste management plant at Jamalpur.
The high court had dismissed a civil writ petition against the setting up of the plant, saying that denial of NOC for project was a result of typical bureaucratic approach without examining the facts and to scuttle the larger public good.
The court went on to state that even if the operations of commercial flights from the Sahnewal airport have to be stopped, it should be done. “But the larger public interest warrants that there cannot be any further delay in setting up of a solid waste management plant in question, in respect of which the MC has been granted clearance,” stated the high court order.
The MC had in year 2011 sought permission for setting up of a waste management plant from ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) and also from Airport Authority of India. The ministry had given a go ahead in February this year but the NOC from airport authority was still awaited.
The court while disposing of the writ petition filed by the residents of the area against the proposed plant, stated that the MC should go ahead with the project. The court also dismissed the argument of AAI that setting up of a solid waste management plant would result in bird menace that could result in disaster. The court rubbished the argument stating that garbage is being dumped at the site for the past 25 years by the MC and no such problem has ever occurred.
The court also observed that the distance of the aerodrome from dumping site was 6.5 km.
The court in strong words stated that even if the flights are not operated from Ludhiana on account of perceived bird menace, it would not harm the interest of general public.
The MC was excited over the decision as the project was in doldrums due to the writ petition against the project and also the absence of NOC from AAI.
The A2Z waste management company that has the responsibility to lift garbage from all 75 wards of the city and dump it at Jamalpur would soon start the work on waste management plant. Contract between A2Z and MC was signed on November 30, 2011.
The NOC for the waste management plant has been shot off to the MC through a registered letter a few days back
VP Jain, director, Sahnewal airport
It is a major victory for the municipal corporation as the AAI clearance was awaited for a long time.
AS Sekhon, joint commissioner, MC
The work on the waste treatment plant has already started. Machinery would start arriving within two months and the plant would be fully operational within a year.
BPS Chauhan, vice-president, A2Z
After getting a clearance from the ministry of environment and forest, the MC sought NOC from the Airport Authority of India.
MC's problems multiplied when a writ petition against the project was filed in December 2011.
High court rebukes AAI for delay in issuing NOC.
A2z claims the plant would be ready within a year. The Rs. 104 crore plant would 1,200 tonnes of garbage daily.