Following the MSW 2000 norms that calls for more than one road connectivity to a landfill site, the Amritsar municipal corporation (MC) on Tuesday signed an agreement with a land owner, which will allow the MC to use his tract as an alternate approach way to the Bhagtanwala dump site, besides a proper road leading to the dump.
As per the agreement, the MC will make a monthly payment of `12,500 to the landowner in lieu of using his tract as an approach pathway to the site.
However, signing an agreement with just one landowner will not make the Bhagtanwala dump accessible to the MC from an alternate route, as another landholding in between the site and the land for which the civic body has signed the agreement. Anh thus, the corporation will have to bring the landowner of another land on the table for signing an agreement.
Confirming the development, mayor Bakshi Ram Arora said the MC would pay a monthly rental of `12,500 to the landowner, while expressing confidence that an agreement with another landowner would also be reached.
“After reaching an agreement with another landowner, the MC will pay a monthly rental of `12,500 each of them for allowing the civic body to use their private passages,” he said.
Arora said the MC had made an offer to another landowner as well.
“Apart from this, the MC has also written to the government to initiate the process of acquiring land, which will serve as an approach road to the dump,” said the mayor.
Garbage lifting remains suspended
The garbage lifting in the city remains suspended. “The lifting of garbage will be resumed in a few days. The MC is making arrangements to facilitate the lifting soon,” said the mayor.
Residents adamant on their stance
Meanwhile, Bhagtanwala residents are adamant on their stance and not allowing the MC tractor-trolleys laden with garbage to pass through residential colonies and grain market on their way to the dump.
Their anguish over duping of garbage could be judged from the representation sent to the chief secretary in March.
The residents had alleged that Rule 6 of the Municipal Solid Waste Rules 2000 provides for monitoring by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) for compliance of the standards laid down in the MSW rules. However, they alleged that under pressure, the PPCB too hadfailed to strictly go by the rules of MSW 2000.
They said the conditions laid down for to the grant of no objection certificate (NoC) were not followed and no consideration was taken of residential areas and grain market.
According to residents, there is no alternate pathway to reach the dump.