Even as the state government has directed the firm concerned to collect garbage from designated dumps under pressure from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to speedily implement the solid waste management project in Jalandhar cluster before June 15 next year, the decision not to engage in door-to-door collection of waste has turned the entire exercise into mere eyewash.
The implementation of the project has apparently become eyewash since its main motive was to collect segregated biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste in blue and green dustbins from every house and it for producing electricity and fertilisers.
But following the dissent by Safai Karamchari Union and members of the Balmiki community, Jindal Urban Waste Management Jalandhar Limited (JUWMJL), to whom the project was awarded in January 2012, could not implement the project in its letter and spirit and collected garbage from designated dumps only.
Even as the same company launched the solid waste management project in Phagwara city on Sunday, it will lift garbage from identified garbage dumps only.
It will collect the garbage generated from all the 50 wards in the city, which has nearly 27,500 households, 5,430 commercial properties, 475 industrial properties and 111 other identified properties.
The firm has deputed one compactor, four Tata Ace vehicles and about 70 rickshaws in the city for picking garbage from 32 identified dumps.
For the time being, the garbage will be dumped at the existing Bhogpur site and soon the company will shift it to Jamsher village, the proposed site for constructing the solid waste management project.
“We have already placed 50 large dustbins of the 70 bins in Phagwara and we will collect garbage from all the designated dumps in Phagwara city,” said Satish Kumar Sharma, project head, JUWMJL.
He said the company had purchased around 3 lakh blue and green dustbins for all houses for segregating biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste but they are lying unused following safai sevaks’ dissent.
“Initially, we will only collect garbage from the designated dumps to keep the city clean and green. Let us see when we will get green signal from the government for proper implementation of door-to-door collection of garbage," he added.
The company is scheduled to implement the project in Kapurthala city from January 15.