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Buddha Nullah: Four years and Rs 200 cr later, Delhi company to make fresh start

DC Rajat Aggarwal (left) with the officials of the Engineers India Limited in Ludhiana on Monday. Gurmeet Singh DC Rajat Aggarwal (left) with the officials of the Engineers India Limited in Ludhiana on Monday. Gurmeet Singh
Written by Divya Goyal | Ludhiana | Posted: July 15, 2014 4:23 am

A Delhi-based company, Engineers India Limited (EIL), has been roped in by the Punjab government to prepare a road map to clean Buddha Nullah and Sutlej river.

Representatives of the team, which is also handling the work of cleaning Yamuna river, visited the sites in the city on Monday.
On four-day visit to Ludhiana, the team on very first day made it clear to the Ludhiana administration that “it will be a beginning from scratch”.

A confidential meeting was held between company officials, including deputy general manager (infrastructure) Sanjoy Mukherjee and three engineers, and Ludhiana administration including Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal and MC Additional Commissioner Sumit Jarangal at Circuit House.

Sources present at the meeting told Newsline, “The team was given a thorough presentation on how stream is being polluted for years due to industrial and residential waste. They made it clear that they have to start afresh. No result was visible from previous steps taken at different levels and pollution has surpassed the highest levels in Buddha Nullah.”

The team visited Wallipur and Jainpur villages, the confluence point of Buddha Nullah and Sutlej. The company will be preparing its blueprint to tackle pollution in Buddha Nullah and present it to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal after which it would be decided if the company would continue the work or not, said Mukherjee.

The team will also be holding interactions with owners of dyeing industries throwing waste into the nullah. The government has claimed that almost 50 sewerage treatment plants and common effluent treatment plants will be installed in affected areas by 2015.

When Badal had visited the city on May 9, he had formed a 15-member committee under the leadership of Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, special principal secretary to the Chief Minister.

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