Almost seven months after Delhi-based company Engineers India Limited (EIL) was roped in by the office of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to clean the polluted Buddha Nullah in Ludhiana, the company has now been hired for Rs 3.34 crore to prepare a detailed project report (DPR). The deadline to submit the report is April 8 this year.
The company will be submitting the report to the state government after three months as the chief minister’s office is personally heading the project and the Sewerage Board has been made nodal officer for this purpose.
A 15-member committee was formed by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal which visited the city on May 9 last under Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, special principal secretary to the CM.
On Thursday, an EIL team came to Ludhiana and a high-level meeting with MC officials was held at Zone D Sarabha Nagar office of MC.
Earlier, on October 25, the team visited Wallipur and Jainpur villages, the confluence point of Buddha Nullah and Sutlej. At that time the team was given a thorough presentation by MC officials, explaining the polluting points of the stream and sources of pollution.
Sanjoy Mukherji, general manager of EIL who was in the city, said, “We will be preparing the DPR to clean the Buddha Nullah and upgradation of sewerage treatment plants. MC officials of Ludhiana have been asked to submit various data we need for our report.”
Manjeet Singh, superintending engineer, MC, said, “We have provided EIL team with the required data and till Friday they are in city. They will visit dairy complexes, one of the major sources of pollution, on Friday.”
Sources said that EIL team was apprised of 16 major polluting points and almost 400 minor ones throwing industrial and domestic waste into Buddha Nullah. Meetings with the dyeing industry were also planned.