Patiala mayor Amarinder Singh Bajaj has announced to sign sister-city agreement with the United States’ cities of Milwaukee and Stockton.
After spending nearly 10 days in the US, the mayor said that his team will table a report in the coming session of the House of the municipal corporation about his visit and the reforms to be carried out.
“During our visit, we visited San Francisco, Stockton and Milwaukee, to study the solid waste management, waste water disposal, rainwater harvesting, and other civic amenities. A detailed report would be tabled in the MC House, to reach a consensus to start work in these directions”, said Bajaj. He said that his first priority would be waste management project, as with this project, 70% of the cleanliness issue would be resolved.
He said Milwaukee and Stockton representatives have shown interest in signing an MoU with Patiala, which is a heritage city. “Under this sister-city project, there would be transfer of technological knowhow, while citizens would also get chance to visit these respective cities. A team of Stockton officials is expected in December, while Milwaukee city mayor will be in Patiala in January,” said the mayor.
He said that during the visit, councillors were apprised of various technologies used for garbage collection and solid waste management.
“In the US, solid waste disposal work is totally mechanised and it has given us a broad idea how we can improvise this for the Patiala model”, said the mayor.
He said that the MC has already floated a tender of the solid waste management and five companies have shown interest in it. The tenders would be opened by mid-November to study technical bids, while the financial bids would be opened later on, he said.
He said that he has decided to enforce the rainwater harvesting system in every house, to tap the rainwater for recharging. “In the US, they tap rainwater and reuse it for irrigation and other daily purposes,” he said.