Mishra, while talking to the mediapersons, said, “Earlier, the pace of projects was a bit slow, but now it’s going on well.” Regarding parameters for the works, he said, “There is a technical team for checking specifications.”
Earlier in the morning, he reviewed the works going on under the Smart City mission in Ludhiana, Amritsar, Patiala and other cities. Some of the officers had come to the city for this meeting, while others joined virtually.
After the closed-door meeting, he went to have a look at the ongoing works at sewerage treatment plant in Jamalpur under the Buddha Nullah rejuvenation project, Mini Rose Garden, Animal Birth Control Centre at Hambran Road, Sidhwan Canal Waterfront, Malhar Road and ROB/RUB at Pakhowal Road railway crossing.
He reviewed PM Swainidhi Scheme from a fruit vendor in Sarabha Nagar market to find if he was registered with the scheme and was getting its benefits.
Stray dogs removed
While complaints of residents about stray dogs had always fallen on deaf ears of the officials, on Friday, a team of dog catchers reached the Sarabha Nagar market for taking away the animals. Officials were in the field early morning and catching of stray dogs went on at full tilt. Senior vet officer Dr Harban Dhalla told the secretary they had sterilised 3,480 dogs from April 1 to September 16.
As heavy rainfall left roads submerged, officials were on their toes in some areas draining out rainwater.
Engineers’ body: Nothing smart about city
Council of Engineers president Kapil Arora handed over a memorandum to the secretary about certain issues related with the Smart City. The memorandum said even after five years, smart city citizens’ forum has not been constituted by the special purpose vehicle (SPV), so there was no residents’ participation in the projects. He said projects were being executed without involvement of various representatives, thus violating the Smart City Act.
The width of Malhar Road has been decreased and the bases of trees have been covered with interlocking concrete tiles against the directions of the NGT and the environment norms, it said. The memorandum said no parking space was left for four-wheelers, so cars were being parked on the so-called smart road.
Besides, the LED lights project was a complete failure as most remained off during the night and Sarabha Nagar market project was still incomplete as wires were yet to be laid underground. The construction of ROB/RUB at Pakhowal Road railway crossing misappropriated Smart City funds and there was nothing “smart” in it as it was just a flyover with a simple design, the memo said.
The installation of static compactor was going at a snail’s pace and there was no segregation of dry and wet waste, the council said, adding that the solid waste at Tajpur dump was increasing by the day and there was no proper planning for solid waste management.