After a long wait, the Patiala municipal corporation has finally reached a consensus over the land allotment rate for the dairy units which are being shifted out of the city.
A 10-member committee that was constituted in June has fixed the allotment rate at Rs 3,500 square feet.
Mayor Amarinder Singh Bajaj said the allotment rules are being finalised in consultation with the MC commissioner and other technical staff.
“Once the state government grants its approval, we will begin the allotment process. We expect the allotment to begin in a month,” he added
Under the project, all the dairy owners operating within the walled city would be shifted at the 21-acre project site in Ablowal village where they are being given plots at a government-controlled rate.
Although the project was approved in MC House meeting on June 23, the councillors did not accept the technical committee report that had proposed the allotment rate at Rs 7,500 per square yard, saying the rate was too high.
To build consensus over rates, a 10-member committee was assigned the task to finalise the allotment rates in consultation with dairy owners, which has now submitted its report.
Congress councillor Sanjeev Bittu, one of the members, said that with MC slashing the proposed rates by 60%, the dairy owners should not hesitate to shift out at the project site where MC will provide them several facilities.
The presence of 150 dairies within the city limits is the main reason behind the frequent choking of sewers and the resultant waterlogging in different parts of the city.
Also, cattle dung is being regularly dumped in the city’s seasonal rivulet that often creates problems during the monsoon season.
The move to shift dairies outside the city was first mooted in 2003 during the tenure of the Congress regime under the then chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh. However, the project was delayed and missed several deadlines due to different reasons. Arranging the required project land itself took more than 5 years. Then the project got stuck due to delay in getting six acres of land from the forest department.
Mayor Bajaj claimed that all the hindrances in the project’s implementation were now over.
“The MC will provide sewerage treatment plant, veterinary hospital, milk collection centre and other facilities at the project site. The final allotment rate has been decided after incorporating infrastructure cost and the price of the land,” he said.
The MC House, he added, has already agreed to allow 75% plots through a draw system and the remaining through an auction.
The project site has approximately 200 plots. Out of this, 150 will be allotted to dairies, which are currently operating from within the walled city. The remaining plots will be allotted to others through government auction.