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With no access way for reaching Bhagtanwala dump, MC mulls taking private passage on rent

With no access way available for reaching the Bhagtanwala dump, the Amritsar Municipal Corporation on Monday made an attempt to pave way for the dumping of garbage there by acquiescing to the owners' demand for using the land on rent.

punjab Updated: Apr 06, 2015 19:27 IST
Shaheen P Parshad

With no access way available for reaching the Bhagtanwala dump, the Amritsar Municipal Corporation on Monday made an attempt to pave way for the dumping of garbage there by acquiescing to the owners' demand for using the land on rent.

However, the civic body is yet to fully accept the amount demanded as rent by the owners and says that it would write to the government in this regard.

The owners have demanded Rs 25,000 per month as rent for allowing the MC to use its land as passage for accessing the Bhagtanwala dump. A meeting to this effect was held on Monday, in which the two owners of the land demanded rent from the MC for using their land, to which the civic body has agreed. Besides this, the MC would write to the government to initiate the process of acquiring the land.

Giving details, Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora said that during a meeting held in this regard, the owners of the land had demanded rent from the MC. "We are yet to finalize the amount to be paid as rent though it is certain that as of now the private passage would be taken on lease," he said.

He added that the case pertaining to the owners demand for Rs 25,000 as monthly rental for using the private passage was being referred to the government, who were also being asked to initiate the process of acquiring the land. With this arrangement in place, the lifting of garbage that had been suspended for the past few days in the absence of a place to dump the same is likely to resume soon.

While dumping had been suspended at Bhagtanwala since November last year following a protest by the residents of localities around the dump, the makeshift dump at Fatahpur too had been rendered out of bounds for the MC by a court order a few days ago.

This had left the MC with no choice but to resort to Bhagtanwala landfill again for dumping garbage, but in vain as all three access ways to the dump got out of its reach due to a stay and resistance by the residents and owners of the private lane.

Meanwhile, there were reports that the MC also intended to acquire land for passage through Raja Enclave, a government approved colony in the vicinity of the dump. However, the residents of the lane had begun to pose stiff resistance.

Jashandeep Singh, one of the residents of the colony, and an owner of a part of the passage, said that none of the residents of the lane were in favour of giving their land to the MC. "The dump is just a few meters away from our locality and is a major health hazard. We shall oppose all efforts of the Mc to acquire the land to dump garbage here," he said.