Political wrangling spells doom on waste management project in Jalandhar

  • Nitindra Bandyopadhyay, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Apr 06, 2015 21:34 IST

With politics around the solid waste management project heating up as Jalandhar Cantonment MLA Pargat Singh and District Congress Committee (rural) chief Jagmeet Brar have already protested against setting up of a plant at the identified site, the municipal corporation is facing an uphill task disposing of 500 metric tonnes of garbage the city generates on a daily basis.

The Wariana garbage dump which already has 5 lakh metric tonne garbage is full to the brim and an alternative to it seems a far cry as of now.

Satish kumar, project head, Jindal Urban Waste Management Jalandhar Limited (JUWMJL), said, “Our priority is to rid the city of waste and for that we need cooperation of residents. The Wariana site will be closed in a scientific manner and our first priority is to build the solid waste processing plant. Despite all clearances we are facing hurdles.”

The road connecting the Wariana dump to the city is in a shambles and it becomes completely unfit for transporting when it rains. Keeping this in mind, the municipal corporation identified an alternative site at Suchi Pind, but employees of JUWMJL faced stiff opposition form local residents when they started dumping garbage at there.

Left with no option, the civic body has been forced to dump garbage near the Verka milk plant amid protests by residents of the area. The JUWMJL is fighting its own battle and carrying garbage to Wariana while some miscreants are burning the garbage left in the city.

Officials in MC’s health wing said a private land owner had offered the dumping site at Suchi Pind.

The MC is using the landfill in a scientific way till the road to Wariana dump is repaired, local residents protested at the behest of some local politicians and they had to stop the work, they said.

“Our first priority is to build the solid waste management plant but the site which was allotted to us houses few dairies. I am seeking the opinion of my management before starting work at the site as we have faced an ugly episode in Bathinda,” Satish Kumar said.

The civic body had earmarked 19 acres of land. But according to the memorandum of understanding (MoU), a total of 20 acres was to be allotted for building the solid waste processing plant. One acre of land is occupied by seven dairies.

The civic body had failed to shift these dairies from the site and allot it to JUWMJL in November 2013.

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