Within a week of taking over as mayor of the Chandigarh municipal corporation, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councillor Arun Sood has started working towards fulfilling one of his major poll promises.
The mayor, during a meeting with Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday, demanded land for dumping the waste material, a step in providing better infrastructure for processing garbage. Sood, along with other mayors of Punjab, including SAS Nagar mayor Kulwant Singh, met the chief minister at his residence in Chandigarh.
The city’s lone garbage processing plant in Dadumajra processes 250-tonne waste everyday, of which 75% is processed completely, while the remaining garbage residue is dumped at a nearby landfill. The regular dumping of residue is shrinking the area and moreover, it’s hazardous for the health of locals. Sood said he had asked a piece of land on lease in any remote part of Punjab. The issue would also be taken up with the Haryana government, he added.
Besides, the chief minister was also asked to provide land for setting up a water reservoir near Jandpur village in Kharar; a water pipeline has been laid from Sector 39 water works to Jandpur village.
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), which also shares the pipeline, will also purchase the land at the village. The mayor said the MC and GMADA could contribute to make the reservoir, which would help in addressing the water woes.
The existing water reservoir of the MC, having capacity of 62 million gallons per day (MGD), can store water either during morning or evening time, which, in case of any repair work, creates problem, especially during the summers. With the launch of the additional water reservoir, the city will have surplus water supply for at least two days.