Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Wariana dump full, civic body fails to get alternativ­e site

- Jatinder Mahal letterschd@hindustant­imes.com

JALANDHAR: The Jalandhar Municipal Corporatio­n is facing an uphill task of disposing of 500 metric tonnes of garbage generated in the city on the daily basis, even as the civic body had identified two acres of land near the Wariana garbage dump six months ago for the purpose since it is yet get approval of the state government to use this land.

The Wariana garbage dump, which already has more than six lakh metric tonne garbage, has been filled to the brim.

Moreover, the road leading to the dump is in a shambles and is completely unfit for transporta­tion during the rains. Due to overflow of wastage, it becomes almost impossible to dump more waste at the site.

Even as the MC had sent the file to the local bodies department in Chandigarh for seeking approval for using the alternativ­e land near the Wariana dump six months ago, but it has not received any positive response, making it tough to handle the heaps of garbage.

“A file for approval was sent to Chandigarh some months back and we have also written a letter to the authoritie­s few days back for possession of a new site for dumping. But we have not received any order in this regard yet,” MC commission­er Gurpreet Singh Khehra said.

Left with no option, the Jindal Urban Waste Management Jalandhar Limited (JUWMJL) is battling it out while carrying heaps of garbage in vehicles even if there is no space left for it.

“I requested the MC for constructi­on of road to the Wariana dump as it is in a pathetic condition and it is impossible to drive to the location, but to no avail. My company has been assigned the work to rid the city of waste. But for that we need the cooperatio­n of residents,” JUWMJL project head Satish Kumar said.

Officials claimed that mayor Sunil Jyoti and MC commission­er Gurpreet Singh Khehra held numerous meeting with the staff and private company representa­tives in past few months to find a solution to the problem. They also held a meeting and discussed the issue on Friday, but failed find any resolution.


 ?? HT PHOTO ?? The garbage dump at Wariana village near Jalandhar.
HT PHOTO The garbage dump at Wariana village near Jalandhar.

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