Being announced by Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu in 2017, the Static Waste Compactor Project aimed at handling sold waste is yet to see the light. Interestingly, out of the proposed 40 static waste compactors, not even a single has been installed yet. Local Bodies Department had sanctioned Rs 40 crore for setting up the Static Waste Compactor Project but more than one-and-a- half-year have passed but the project is yet to take off. A few months back, this project was transferred to Ludhiana Improvement Trust and its authorities claimed that project is in progress and would be completed shortly. In the wake of the Lok Sabha elections, various opposition parties are raising the project matter to make it a poll issue.
When contacted, Estate Officer of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust Harpreet Singh said, “I have asked the officers concerned to do the same and 24 static waste compactors would be installed within a month. The department executive officials are visiting the spot and taking care of the project properly.”Improvement Trust Executive Engineer Butta Singh said, “As many as 24 spots have been identified and compactors will be installed shortly. Within a month these will be installed and rest of the spots are under process and the project will be completed soon.”
Senior Akali leader Gurdeep Singh Gosha said, “Congress is only befooling the residents of the city as this project was announced several months back and till now not even a single compactor has been installed as open garbage dumps have become a major problem for numerous residents of the area.”
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