No Compromise on issue of ensuring Clean & Hygienic Cities: Sidhu. Navjot Singh Sidhu The Local Government Minister, here today presided over a meeting with commissioners of all the 10 Municipal Corporations of the state and reviewed the arrangements with regard to smooth functioning of solid waste management projects and ensuring clean and hygienic look for the cities and towns.The Minister made it clear to the officials of the department that no compromise would be made with regard to the ensuring of clean and hygienic conditions in the urban centers.
The meeting was attended by Adviser to the department Dr. Amar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Mr. Satish Chandra, Director Mr. K.K. Yadav and Chief Engineer Mr. A.S. Dhaliwal.During the course of meeting held at Local Bodies Bhawan, the Minister said that the urban areas are facing the problem of clogged sewerage’s which results in stagnant water on the streets. Instructing the departmental officers, he said that the remedy to this problem must be found before the onset of monsoon. As part of a solution, he batted for the induction of ultra modern super suction machines regarding whose operating procedure, he witnessed a power point presentation also.
Mr. Sidhu further said that these machines would be used on priority basis in 5 major cities namely-Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Patiala and Bathinda which constitutes more than 40 percent population of the state so as to ensure that the population living in these doesn’t has to face with the problem.
He instructed the departmental officials to spend every single penny received under swachh bharat mission on ensuring sanitary conditions in the urban areas. He directed the cancellation of agreement with those companies who have yet to start work or whose performance is un-satisfactory.
Mr. Sidhu mentioned successful projects being run in Delhi and other cities of the country and rooted for the implementation of same model in Punjab. Minutely reviewing the process from gathering waste to its processing in plant, the minister asked the representatives of companies to bring to his notice any problem they encounter but he also made it clear that he would not tolerate any laxity in the successful implementation of the project. Terming the ensuring of clean and green environment in urban areas as very significant issue, Mr. Sidhu warned that officers found negligent on this count would have to face action.
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