Patiala civic body awaits state govt’s nod for shifting of dairies
The Patiala municipal corporation (MC) is awaiting Punjab government’s approval to go ahead with the much needed dairy shifting project.punjab Updated: Apr 21, 2017 16:23 IST
The Patiala municipal corporation (MC) is awaiting Punjab government’s approval to go ahead with the much needed dairy shifting project.
After 14 years since its announcement, all formalities including the allotment of tenders to a private construction company for Rs 6 crore have been done, while the file related to the project is still lying with the local bodies department for final clearance.
Only after green signal from the state government can the corporation and the contractors start to develop the area for shifting of at least 150 dairy animals, which are presently kept in the interiors of the city.
Under the project, all dairy owners operating within the walled city will be shifted to the 21-acre project site in Ablowal village where they are being given plots at a government controlled rate.
The project is in limbo since its announcement in 2003 by the then chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, in the Congress tenure, before the corporation invited tenders for construction of dairies in the outskirts of the city, last year.
As per the information available, the civic bodies opened tenders at reserved price of Rs 7 crore, and allotted the tenders at 15% less charges to a NH Constructions.
Mayor Amarinder Singh Bajaj said that the corporation has asked the authority to give green signal to the development projects worth Rs 1 crore. If the tender is over the said amount, then will they have to send the file to the state government for technical clearance related to the project.
“The work orders will be issued once we get clearance from the state government to go ahead with the shifting of dairies to outer localities of the city,” said Bajaj.
The project was mooted in order to shift these diaries out of the city and set up a common facility, including a biogas plant, sewage treatment plant and a veterinary hospital so that their entire operation can be streamlined.
The presence of 150 dairies within the city limits is the main reason behind frequent choking of sewers and resultant water logging in different parts of Patiala.
Also, cattle dung is being regularly dumped in the city’s seasonal rivulet that often creates problems during monsoon.
The project site has approximately 200 plots.
Of this, 150 will be allotted to the dairies, which are currently operating from within the city limits. The remaining plots will be allotted to others through a government auction.