The Residents Welfare Society (RWS) of Punjab Small Industries & Export Corporation (PSIEC) Housing Complex, Mohali has raised its demand of shifting the dumping yard from Sector 74, industrial area, as was assured by the state government. Meanwhile, the Punjab & Haryana High Court in its latest order, has directed the state to file the status report by 9th December, 2019 in this matter.
The High Court bench of Justice Daya Chaudhary and Justice Sudhir Mittal recently called for the status report in view of the undertaking given in affidavit by Mr Suresh Kumar, Principal Secretary, Department of Local Government, Punjab on 01 May, 2012. The affidavit was given about the time schedule for setting up the solid waste management facility at village Samgauli near Dera Bassi. It was stated that 16 months would be required to complete the process after acquisition is completed with delivery of possession with contractors.
Sardar Baldev Singh, ex-president, RWS said, “We first raised the issue in the court on 19 April, 2006, but to no avail. The dumping yard is still in the centre of SAS Nagar, causing trouble to the people of residential as well as industrial area, because the foul smell, mosquitoes, flies and the hazardous medical waste pose a serious danger to the health of the residents and the employees alike. Our legal counsel Satwant Singh Rangi has been looking after the matter since then.”
The dumping yard is situated in the heart of Industrial Area and IT Area in Sector 74. Adjoining this eye sore, is the residential Sector 91 on one side and Chappar Chiri monument on the other side. Punjab government is claiming this location to be a star attraction for IT setup with Quark, Teleperformance and hundreds of start ups as well as established IT companies operating in the buildings, adjoining this garbage yard.