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Residents ask Manpreet Badal to fulfil election promise

Want solid waste mgmt plant to be shifted from city
Residents ask Manpreet Badal to fulfil election promise
Members of the Solid Waste Plant Hatao Morcha submit a memorandum to Finance Minister Manpreet Badal in Bathinda on Saturday. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, January 5

Members of the Solid Waste Plant Hatao Morcha have met Finance Minister Manpreet Badal and asked him to fulfil his poll promise of shifting the waste plant from the city.

Jeet Singh Joshi, convener of the morcha, said since the Congress fored the government in the state, they had given memorandums to the Finance Minister on a number of occasions, demanding the shifting of the solid waste plant from the city. 

He said a promise in this regard made by him before the Assembly elections. He said they again apprised him of the same demand.

Joshi said Manpreet had told them that the solid waste plant would definitely be shifted from its current place, but the Municipal Corporation or the state government would have to pay a heavy price for this.

The morcha members listed many anomalies while setting up and operating the plant here. 

They also alleged that the company had signed a written agreement and according to it, the firm had to spend Rs 5 lakh on controlling the bad odour, Rs 25 lakh on the maintenance of machines, Rs 5 lakh for keeping the environment fresh, Rs 5 lakh for a green belt, Rs 25 lakh for a sewerage treatment plant, Rs 25 lakh for suppressing the gases and Rs 5 lakh for the purification of groundwater. 

According to the members, the green belt, which had to come up in 15 metres around the plant, is yet to see the light of day.    

They said the company had also failed to control fire twice at the plant. They added that except for minting money from people and spreading the bad odour in nearby areas, it had done nothing. 

They also demanded a probe into all these all points listed in the agreement and a penalty on the company.

Joshi said, “W have failed to understand that despite so many irregularities in setting up the plant here during the SAD-BJP tenure, the current government is still showing concern for the previous government saying that the civic body or the state government will have to pay a big price for shifting the plant. It means that the burden will be put on people as the company will be seeking money in the court.”

Residents of around 20 colonies, including Mati Dass Nagar, Nachattar Nagar, Jogi Nagar, Harbans Nagar, House Fed Colony, Guru ki Nagari, Deep Nagar and Silver Colony are affected by the plant. They are also part of the morcha.  

Started as a pilot project in Bathinda, the solid waste treatment plant faced the ire of public within a week after it got operational on a trial basis in January 2016. Since then, residents are protesting against the plant.

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