Aware of the dumping of untreated industrial waste on the ground or in sewer lines, a 13-member Vidhan Sabha committee on Friday ordered the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) to take strict action against the industries responsible for the contamination groundwater.
The panel also met with administrative officials including Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik, Police Commissioner Kaustubh Sharma and Municipal Corporation (MC) Commissioner Shena Aggarwal at Circuit House and said it was imperative to verify the dumping of untreated waste in the industrial centre. because they had received several complaints about groundwater contamination.
He ordered MC officials to operationalize the carcass utilization factory established in Noorpur betting area. The factory, which was created at a cost of approximately ₹8 crore last year, remained non-functional due to community resistance. Villagers believe that the plant will bring foul odors and unsanitary conditions to the area.
The committee also reviewed various development projects being taken over by the civic body, including the ₹650 crore project to rejuvenate the Buddha Nullah and different smart city projects. He ordered officials to speed up the projects.
The committee, which was formed under the chairmanship of MLA (Bathinda urban) Jagroop Singh Gill, also included legislators such as Ajit Pal Singh Kohli (Patiala), Pargat Singh (Jalandhar Cantt), Dalbir Singh (Baba Bakala), Kulwant Singh Sidhu (Atam Nagar), Ashok Prashar Pappi (Ludhiana Central), Gurpreet Gogi (Ludhiana West) and Rajinder Pal Kaur Chhina (Ludhiana South).
Sub-committee formed to verify work in progress
The chairman of the panel has also formed a sub-committee to check on the ongoing development work in the city. The sub-committee will be headed by MP Kulwant Singh Sidhu and all city lawmakers will be members. Officials were asked to submit reports regarding various ongoing projects, their current status and timelines with the committee.
Gogi proposes a government hospital in the city center
After the meeting, the committee members also carried out site inspections of different projects, including the ongoing works to cover Shivaji Nagar Nullah, Carcass Factory and Malhar Road.
Gogi took the committee members to the city center project site at SBS Nagar and proposed the establishment of a government hospital and a medical college at the site. The 26-acre land has been disused since December 2007 after the alleged downtown scam came to light. Gogi also urged the committee to order the widening of Malhar Road.
BJP Delegation Demands Action Against ‘Anomalies and Corrupt Practices’
A delegation of BJP leaders and advisers submitted a memorandum to the Minister for Local Bodies, Inderbir Singh Nijjar, demanding action against alleged anomalies and corruption within the civic body.
BJP Local Bodies Cell Inder Aggarwal and Councilors Surinder Atwal and Om Prakash Ratra alleged that there were anomalies in the outdoor advertising and garbage collection contracts and the LED street lighting project. They called for an investigation to verify whether the contractors were receiving undue benefits and the poor maintenance of the streetlights.