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Solid waste mgmt project misses fifth deadline

The solid-waste management proposal for the city missed its fifth deadline on Saturday. For the contract worth Rs 72 crore, the municipal corporation now is expected to float the tenders on another day. In a meeting here on Saturday with local bodies minister Anil Joshi, it again put off the job for technical reasons.

punjab Updated: Oct 12, 2013 20:11 IST
Shaheen P Parshad

The solid-waste management proposal for the city missed its fifth deadline on Saturday.


For the contract worth Rs 72 crore, the municipal corporation now is expected to float the tenders on another day. In a meeting here on Saturday with local bodies minister Anil Joshi, it again put off the job for technical reasons.

Stating that the terms and conditions of the tender document were final, mayor Bakshi Ram Arora said the tenders were likely to be floated by Tuesday.

"The proposal required amendments," said minister Joshi, adding: "The local bodies department and the MC want to avoid repeating the past mistakes in door-to-door collection and disposal of garbage, so it may be a few days before the tenders are floated but we'll do it only when we are sure."

Nealy 650 tonnes of garbage a day is to be collected from Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Jandiala and Patti. However, nothing but the deadline has moved since local parliamentarian Navjot Singh Sidhu of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) exposed the MC's failure to go ahead with many projects even after the foundation stones had been laid.

The exposé had made municipal commissioner DPS Kharbanda set September 23 as the deadline for floating the tenders. The MC failed to keep date with the proposal, and days later, gave the consultant from Delhi 10 days to float the tenders.

Eager to end the deadlock with the MP, who had accused the government of scuttling his projects, the government first promised inviting bids by October 7 and then moved the deadline to October 10 and October 12. It has not shifted to October 15.