Solid waste mgmt: CMO downplays Joshi’s claims over project clearance

  • Ravinder Vasudeva, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Nov 24, 2015 23:26 IST
Jalandhar Cantt MLA Pargat Singh. (HT FILE PHOTO)

Local bodies minister Anil Joshi’s claims about giving clearance to the solid waste management plant at Jamsher village, have come under cloud with chief minister’s office declining to confirm the claims of the minister over the project.

The CM office claimed that the final report is still under consideration and it has yet to decide over this.

On Tuesday, perturbed over the minister’s statement, Pargat Singh met chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and principal secretary to Badal, SK Sandhu, at Chandigarh and raised the issue with them.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, SK Sandhu who headed a high-powered committee that visited Jamsher village where the plant is proposed, told that someone has given misleading and confusing information to the minister and there was communication gap due to which the minister might had given the statement about clearance.

However, he said that final report is still in process that would be sent to the minister.

MLA and former Indian hockey captain Pargat Singh said, “I have talked with the CM’s office and no such clearance has been given to project.”

Meanwhile, the local bodies minister was unavailable for comments.

Two days ago, Joshi told HT that a high-powered committee submitted its report last week to the state government.

The report states that the plan site at Jamsher is the best among those available for the project. “We have informed the Jalandhar municipal corporation about this. The civic body can now start the project as suitable,” the minister claimed.

Though the site for the project, where the solid waste collected from 27 civic bodies in the Doaba region would be treated, had all required permission but Pargat had openly opposed the same saying since the area already has a dairy complex, setting up of the plant would be a serious threat to the health of people living there.

Joshi’s statement is a setback to Pargat, who had said that if the government fails to change its stand on the issue, “We shall take every appropriate step for the welfare of area.”

State government’s ‘dream project’

The project, termed as the dream project of the Punjab government, carries huge political importance as its effective implementation is going to make all cities and towns of Doaba solid waste-free.

Once the plant becomes fully operational, Jindal Urban Waste Management Jalandhar Limited (JUWMJL), the company which has been awarded the project, will start door-to-door collection of solid waste and garbage collected from the towns would be brought for treatment to the Jamsher plant.

With the government making all out efforts for its image makeover with the state set for the assembly polls in early 2017, the project, if implemented successfully, will become a major gift of the SAD-BJP government to the region.

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