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Sidhu visits defunct STP at Dera Baba Nanak, suspends SDO on corruption charges

Annoyed with the complaints of the residents against the poor sewerage system in the entire town, Sidhu called up the SDO (maintance) Jugal Kishore and placed him under suspension with immediate effect.

punjab Updated: Apr 21, 2017 23:00 IST
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Local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu inspecting the sewerage system in Amritsar on Friday.
Local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu inspecting the sewerage system in Amritsar on Friday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

 

Cracking a whip on lax government officials, local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday, paid a surprise visit to Dera Baba Nanak Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and suspended a sub-divisional officer (SDO) of the water supply and sewerage board after finding laxity in his working.

According to information, after getting repeated complaints from the residents against the defunct STP, Sidhu, along with Dera Baba Nanak MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, went to the STP, which was lying non functional ever since it was established in 2013.

Annoyed with the complaints of the residents against the poor sewerage system in the entire town, Sidhu called up the SDO (maintance) Jugal Kishore and placed him under suspension with immediate effect.

Talking to mediapersons, Sidhu said that he had already asked the local bodies department to draw a list of all such STPs in the state which were not working to their capacity.

Giving a warning to the officials, Sidhu said “I will continue such surprise visits in the future and any laxity will not be tolerated. Officials have to act as per guidelines if they want to retain their seats.”

Later, Randhawa discussed around six more civic amenities’ projects with the minister and told him that almost all had inadequacies following which people were suffering. The minister assured the MLA that action will be taken.

Sources claim that the STP worked in fits and starts and that the pipes were so narrow that they were not in a position to carry sewage.