IEP Chandigarh, July 26
Haryana Chief Secretary, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal has taken a significant stride towards resolving environmental concerns by emphasizing the need for prompt identification of suitable land site for disposal of garbage of Panchkula and Kalka. He directed the officer Municipal Corporation, Panchkula and Municipal Council, Kalka to submit the report within 15 days in this regard.Presiding over a meeting with officers of Environment and Urban Local Bodies departments, the Chief Secretary conducted a comprehensive review of the present waste disposal status in the region. In the meeting, he further directed the officers to actively explore alternative locations for the establishment of a modern waste processing plant, fostering efficient and sustainable waste management.The Chief Secretary directed the officers to set a timeline for the processing of legacy waste and appoint an Executive Engineer on a permanent basis by the Municipal Corporation, Panchkula. He set a timeline of 3 to 4 months for the Executive Engineer to achieve significant progress in waste management.In the meeting, it was apprised that two machines are currently being installed to biologically treat the legacy waste in Sector 23, Panchkula, with the project set to be completed by March 2024. The initiative aims to dispose of 3 lakh MT of waste, with approximately 60 thousand MT treated biologically each month.Regarding the Jhuriwala site, it was disclosed that one machine has already been installed for the biological treatment of waste, which is expected to conclude by December 2023. The site will manage the disposal of approximately 90,000 MT of waste.Mr. Kaushal urged the officers to expedite the selection of an appropriate site for waste dumping and processing.The Chief Secretary reiterated the government’s unwavering commitment to fostering a cleaner and greener environment for the citizens of Haryana. He highlighted the significance of responsible waste management and its positive impact on public health and the ecosystem.Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Environment, Mr. Vineet Garg, Commissioner and Secretary, Urban Local Bodies, Vikas Gupta, Municipal Commissioner, Panchkula, Mr. Sachin Gupta, and other senior officers were also present during the meeting.