In spite of a strong opposition by Shiromani Akali Dal’s Jalandhar Cantonment MLA Pargat Singh, the Punjab government has given the final go-ahead for setting up the solid waste management plant at Jamsher village on outskirts of the city.
The government completely overlooked the protest by Pargat who in August this year had said he would “go to any extent” against setting up of the plant at Jamsher, which falls under his constituency.
Following the protest, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has sent a high-powered committee comprising three members led by his special principal secretary SK Sandhu.
“The high-powered committee submitted its report last week to the state government. The report states that the plan site at Jamsher is the best among those available for the project. We have informed the Jalandhar municipal corporation about this. The civic body can now start the project as suitable,” local bodies minister Anil Joshi told Hindustan Times over phone.
Though the site for the project, where the solid waste collected from 27 civic bodies in the Doaba region would be treated, had all requite permissions but Pargat opposed the same saying since the area already has a dairy complex setting up of the plant would be a serious threat to the health of people living there.
The development is a big setback to Pargat, who while opposing the project on August 22 had said that if the government fails to change its stand on the issue “we will take every appropriate step for the welfare of area”.
Pargat on various occasions had also accused Joshi of not paying heed to his requests.
Mayor Sunil Jyoti, who confirmed the approval, welcomed the government’s move. “I hope the city will be garbage-free now. Since we already have got all the required clearances, the project would start soon,” the Jalandhar mayor said.
State government’s ‘dream project’
The project, termed as the dream project of the Punjab government, carries huge political importance as its effective implementation is going to make all cities and towns of Doaba solid waste-free.
Once the plant becomes fully operation, Jindal Urban Waste Management Jalandhar Limited (JUWMJL), the company which has been awarded the project, will start door-todoor collection of solid waste and garbage collected from the towns would be brought for treatment to the Jamsher plant.
With the government making all out efforts for its image makeover with the state set for the assembly polls in early 2017, the project, if implemented successfully, come become a major gift of SAD-BJP government to the region.