Sewerage treatment continues to raise a stink at House meeting

A team of councillors along with officials will embark on a study tour to examine the technology available to set up a sewerage treatment plant.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:June 20, 2012 1:53 am

A team of councillors along with officials will embark on a study tour to examine the technology available to set up a sewerage treatment plant. The agenda to set up a plant at Maloya was brought to the meeting of the general house of the Municipal Corporation for approval. It was decided that sewerage treatment plants at different places will be visited in order to ascertain the best technology.

The proposal was to set up a plant of 5 million gallon daily capacity with the pumping station on Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) technology. This was to be set up to treat effluents of colonies and villages located in the vicinity of Patiala ki Rao. It was stated that due to the topography of the region,the sewage of the villages surrounding it could be taken to the existing plants at Diggian and 3 BRD.

Councillor Saurabh Joshi stated that instead of setting up a new plant and spending huge sums of money,the feasibility of pumping the sewage to the existing plants should be explored. Meanwhile councillor Arun Sood stated that new technology should be examined instead of SBR. He said that it seemed the report prepared by the Public Health Wing was to favour a particular company. Following the discussion it was decided that a team would study the various kinds of technologies. Free-parking passes

The issue of parking passes once again led to arguments in the House. Councillor Arun Sood said that the MC should make a new policy and then hold a discussion. He said that the issue had not been resolved. The matter had been raised during the last house meeting after a question raised by Sood revealed that the Mayor had 406 passes issued in her name.

Additional storeys
on MC building

An amount of Rs 19.39 crore was approved for construction of four additional storeys on the Municipal Corporation building. Preliminary drawings have been prepared by the UT Architecture Department. While the proposal had been doing the round for the past few years,the civic body was unable to locate the building plan. Tests were conducted by the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research in order to ascertain the load carrying capacity of the building.

Sweeping machines

The comprehensive maintenance contract for the machines was extended for one month. It was proposed that the concept of night sweeping with the machines should be experimented. Thereafter,the CMC be extended further. The amount paid to the company for maintenance contract for three machines up to March 2012 was Rs 73.58 lakh. The amount spent on the consumables was Rs 50.58 lakh.

Water Problem

The councillors raised the issue of shortage of water in different sectors. Councillor Davesh Moudgil said boosting pumps should be installed at the earliest,in order to overcome the shortage. The installation of the boosting pumps was approved,but the Architecture Department had not cleared the sites. Councillor Heera Negi also raised the issue stating that most of the sectors were facing shortage of water supply.

Other issues raised

The agenda to carpet roads in Sectors 23 and Sector 36 was deferred after a revised estimate was brought to the house. The revision of estimate was sought after half of the work was completed.

The issue regarding revision of rates for construction material was deferred as it was felt that the increase that was proposed was not sufficient. It was decided that the issue must be further examined.

The estimates for construction of jogging tracks in green belts in Sectors 47 and 48 was approved. Toe walls will be constructed in 19 parks in the sectors.Nominated councillor Dr Amrit Tewari pointed out that two agenda items mooted by the nominated councillors were not brought to the house. She added that it seemed that only the issues where money could be minted were made part of the agenda.

Councillor Sat Parkash Aggarwal alleged that when he questioned the contractor in-charge of sweepers in his area about the number of sweepers present,he was told that he could not question. In protest he returned the list of sweepers that was provided by the MC to the commissioner. Councillor Satinder Singh sought permission to show a clipping on his laptop about anomalies in maintenance of tubewells. He said that the contractors who were assigned the task were not paying the operators adequately and not hiring the requisite number.

MC’s ‘depleting’ funds a matter of concern: Councillors

Councillors expressed concern at the depleting funds with the Municipal Corporation during the meeting of the general house held on Tuesday. Questions were raised over whether new agenda items should be passed when the funds available were inadequate. However,after some debate the agenda was cleared.

The issue was raised by councillor Subhash Chawla who said that the civic body had approved a budget of more than Rs 800 crore,while the Administration had agreed to give Rs 204 crore under the non-plan head and Rs 156 crore in the plan head. “Where will the rest of the money come from? In the last three years,the Administration had not given adequate grant. The civic body generates around Rs 80 crore per year,” said Chawla.

It was stated that since new departments had been transferred to the Municipal Corporation from the UT Administration,the share of the MC in taxes should be increased. Councillor Harjinder Kaur said that since the responsibility of maintenance of roads was with the MC,road tax should be given to the civic body rather than the Administration.

Councillors stated that new agenda items should not be passed since with inadequate funds work would not be undertaken. Questions were raised on how the new departments that had been transferred would be managed in wake of lack of funds. The Finance Commission had asked the councillors to make recommendations about the issues.

It was proposed that a detailed list of the work that were approved,but not initiated should be prepared. During the budget presented this year,it came to light that the civic body had utilised funds out of its Rs 500 crore fixed deposit. This was due to lack of funds.

Councillor Arun Sood said the questions should have been raised when the budget was approved. “When the budget was presented in the house it was passed without any discussion. Questions should have been raised at that time about the shortage of funds and increasing the resources of the civic body,” he said.

Municipal commissioner V P Singh said there was a need to have a vision for the city,five years from now. He added that the MC was not spending on the new departments and all the expenses were being met by the Administration.

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