The Patiala municipal corporation (MC) will allot plots for the diary project in Ablowal village at a rate of around Rs 6,000 per square yard. It is learnt that the rates will be placed before the next general house meeting for approval, following which the MC will send it to the local government department for final vetting. The allotment process will start thereafter.
The civic body fixed this rate after the deputy commissioner’s office recently cleared Rs 30-lakh per acre as collector rate for the proposed diary project site on the main Patiala- Nabha road.
The fixation of the DC rate then paved the way for the municipal corporation to finalise its saleable rate of the plots, which is to be allotted to the diary owners for the purpose of shifting them out of the city limits.
The presence of around 150 dairies within the city limits is the main reason behind the choking of sewers and resultant water-logging in different parts of the city. Recently MC commissioner PS Gill strictly asked diary owners not to throw cattle waste into the sewer.
A senior official said the final saleable price has been calculated after considering the cost of common infrastructure to be created at project site and collector rate of the area.
“The proposed allotment rate is well below the market rate prevailing in that area. It will be placed before the MC’s decision-making body and then will be sent to the secretary, local government, for final approval before inviting application for allotment,” he added.
The project is spread over 21-acre of land, out of which six acres will be used for setting up common infrastructure, including a biogas plant, sewage treatment plant, water recycling project and veterinary hospital. The remaining 15 acres of land is divided into over 200 plots of different sizes varying from 150 square yard to 500 square yard. Verka has been asked to set up its collection centre at the proposed site.
Why this project is important
The move to shift dairies outside the city has been hanging fire for the past 12 years, when it was first announced by the then chief minister, Amarinder Singh, in 2003.
MC claims the project got struck due to delay in getting six acres of land from the forest department. Had the dairies been shifted back then, the problem of choked sewers would not have been there, as dairy owners have expanded their business over the years.
The project is now in the advanced stage of execution, as besides finalising the allotment rate, tender was recently placed to construct a concrete road from Nabha road to the project site with estimated cost of `70 lakh.
MC commissioner Parminder Singh Gill said once the project gets executed, the city would get a big relief from sewer blockage as all diaries within the old city would be shifted to project site. “The sewer line is meant to handle human excreta. However, the city’s lines often remained clogged due to the cow dung thrown illegally by dairy owners,” he said.