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Coaches to train people in garbage collection
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune New Service

Chandigarh, July 21
Coaches to train people in the collection of garbage! Yes, the days are not far off when coaches will be around to train people in collecting garbage in their homes. The project will start from Amritsar and Ludhiana, both cities covered under the Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission. Both these cities generate hundreds of tonnes of garbage daily.

Collection of garbage and its disposal is a technical job. People need to collect garbage at their homes in a proper manner. For instance, plastic goods to be disposed of in garbage should be kept separate from other stuff. Likewise, glass waste should also be kept separate. Properly collected garbage can be utilised as fuel to generate power and also as manure.

“Experts will train people in the segregated collection of garbage in their homes”, said Dhanbir Singh Bains, principal secretary, Local Bodies, Punjab. Door-to-door collection of garbage in Amritsar and Ludhiana will be introduced soon.

Meanwhile, on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s instructions, the elevated road project in Amritsar has been included in the mission project. Earlier, the Union Government had refused to include it in the mission project saying that the project was already under progress before Amritsar was included in the mission.

Bains said a few weeks ago Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal met the Prime Minister to request him to include the elevated road project in the mission.

“We have got intimation from the Union Government that now this project will be funded under the mission”, Bains said.

In fact, the original estimate to construct the elevated road was of Rs 230 crore . However, later Gammon India told the state government that it would construct the project by spending Rs 173 crore. The state government has already spent Rs 23 crore on the project. Of the remaining Rs 150 crore, the Union Government will provide Rs 75 crore and an equal amount will be provided by the Municipal Corporation of Amritsar and the state government. The cost for projects, covered under the mission, is shared by the Union Government, the Municipal Corporation concerned and the state government in the 50:30: 20 ratio respectively.

Bains said the state government would raise Rs 75 crore from financial institutions to contribute the corporation’s and its share in the project. “We are on the job to make an upfront payment for this project”, he said. Besides, the Japan Bank of International Cooperation has approved a loan of Rs 360 crore for laying the sewer in the remaining areas of Amritsar.

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