JAMMU, June 10: Minister for Housing & Urban Development Department, Sat Paul Sharma, today reviewed the progress of solid waste management project and other alternate arrangements, taken up by JMC while chairing a meeting at JMC hall.
The meeting was attended by KB Aggarwal, Financial Commissioner, Housing & Urban Development Department, Ramesh Kumar, Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation and other officers of JMC.
The JMC Commissioner briefed the Minister about the arrangements/facilities with the Jammu Municipal Corporation for collection, transportation and management of the solid waste produced in the Jammu City, including the progress of the SWM plant to be constructed by JMC at Kot Bhalwal.
The Minister desired that we must also explore the possibility of solid waste management at the ward level or at least for 3-4 wards together as a pilot project, till the time the main solid waste management project is commissioned at Kot Bhalwal.
In this regard, it was informed that in Ward No 36, domestic waste segregated at source is already being collected by a trust successfully. This model can be replicated in other wards/areas in the Jammu City on the trial basis immediately. He directed the Commissioner, JMC to start the work at the micro level by de-centralizing the collection and management of the waste at the ward level in next 18-20 days.
In addition to this, JMC was also directed to start working on beautification of rotaries and directions were also issued to install High Mast Lights (Energy Efficient) besides installation of new street lights in the dark spot areas of the city.
The Minister also announced Rs 15 lakh for each ward of JMC for development/beautification. The Commissioner, JMC shall identify the works to be taken up in each ward in consultation with the concerned Legislatures and prepare estimates.
The others who attended the meeting were Rajesh Kumar Savan, Vice Chairman, JDA, Rishpal Singh, Joint Commissioner (A), Hari Dutt, Joint Director (P&S), Neeraj Gupta, Chief Accounts Officer, Dr Saleem Khan, Health Officer, Dr Zaffar Iqbal (MVO) and Tariq Raina, Chief Transport Officer.