Jamalpur waste plant gets MoEF green signal

Issue hanging fire since last year

Hanging fire since March last year, the proposal for a waste management plant at Jamalpur has finally got a green signal from the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation had sent a proposal in this regard in March 2012. On Tuesday, the MC received the approval letter from the ministry allowing the A2Z, the garbage collection company, to establish a plant at Jamalpur.

Amarjeet Singh Shekon, joint commissioner and chief of health and sanitation wing of the MC, confirmed the development. "1,000 tonnes of waste will be treated by the plant," he told Ludhiana Newsline.

After objections from several sections to building the plant at Jamalpur, residents of Jamalpur had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking denial of permission for the plant. The court ordered MoEF to take a decision by February 4, 2013. Now the ministry has given approval after seeing the past records of Ludhiana being "the most polluted city of the world as per UN in 2011".

The dumping site at Jamalpur is in a pathetic condition at present with no plant to treat the waste.

The MoEF letter states that the proposal has been appraised as per the prescribed procedures in the light of provisions under the Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006, on the basis of mandatory documents.

"Expert Appraisal Committee after due consideration of the relevant documents submitted by the project proponent and additional clarifications furnished in response to its observations, have recommended for the grant of environmental clearances for the project. Accordingly, the ministry hereby accords necessary environment clearance for the project," the letter notes.

However, the letter states that the consent for establishment shall be obtained from state Pollution Control Board and "a copy shall be submitted to the ministry before start of any construction work at the site".

It adds that a 30-metre wide green belt should be provided all along the boundary of the site.

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