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Pilot project for garbage collection hits roadblock

A clause in the implementation agreement for the garbage processing plant signed around five years ago is coming in the way Municipal Corporation’s effort to start a new venture.

Written by Khushboo Sandhu | Chandigarh | Published: February 2, 2012 1:46:11 am

A clause in the implementation agreement for the garbage processing plant signed around five years ago is coming in the way Municipal Corporation’s (MC) effort to start a new venture. The civic body’s proposal to start the pilot project for garbage collection has hit a roadblock due to the clause that states that the MC will have to give first preference to JP Associates in any new garbage collection venture.

With the garbage processing plant set up by the company at Dadumajra mired in controversies,objections have been raised about giving preference to JP in any new venture.

The MC has proposed to start a pilot project for garbage collection from Sector 22 following directions from the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Under the project,the MC was to call bids from contractors. The proposal,which was placed before the Finance and Contract Committee,also mentioned the clause in question.

Objecting to this,BJP councillor Rajesh Gupta said: “The plant set up by the company has been engulfed in controversies. If the company has to be given preference,then why invite tenders?”

Meanwhile,Congress councillor Subhash Chawla said that they have asked officials to seek legal opinion on the issue.

“We have given an in-principle nod to the proposal. However,the modalities will be worked out once bids are received. The clause about giving preference to JP Associates has been brought to our notice. It needs to be examined legally,” he said.

“The members of the Finance and Contract Committee have demanded that the clause be legally examined and this will be done. In-principle consent has been given to the proposal,” said Commissioner Prerna Puri.

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