Waste disposal in Punjab cities is poor: Report: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Chandigarh, July 1

The Department of Local Government has performed poorly in implementing Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM) in Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) across the state, which has prevented it from achieving full coverage of households for door-to-door waste collection.

Folders of three MCs verified

To verify the efficiency and effectiveness of municipal solid waste management by ULB from 2015 to 2018, CAG audited the records of municipal corporations of Ludhiana, Bathinda and Jalandhar and 10 municipal committees and nagar panchayats.

In tabling an audit report of urban local bodies during the Vidhan Sabha budget session which ended yesterday, the Comptroller Auditor General of India (CAG) said that poor financial management and delay in the release of funds had led to the failure of the implementation of the MSWM.

To verify the efficiency and effectiveness of the MSWM by the ULBs from 2015 to 2018, the CAG audited the records of municipal corporations of Ludhiana, Bathinda and Jalandhar and 10 municipal committees and nagar panchayats.

It was pointed out that the municipal corporations of Jalandhar and Ludhiana; and the municipal councils of Rampura Phul, Maur, Jagraon and Raikot were at least 49% below their targets.

The CAG concluded that the misuse of funds, non-collection of land rents, unwarranted salary expenditures and overpayment of tipping fees showed a lack of financial control.

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