Lucknow: Citizens of the state are disappointed because of the contracts that were distributed by Navneet Sehgal during the reign of BSP government. Solid Waste Management
(SWM) is proving to be just another scheme, to be the scam, among numerous other scams carried out by Sehgal. Today, environment stands in danger due to these culprits.
There were particular protocols that needed to be followed under Scientific Land Fill (SLF) when SWM was launched. Out of which the first one was that no part of the total disposed waste should be left while its treatment in the running plants. But almost twenty to thirty percent of waste remained which was eventually harmful for the environment and was hazardous to the health of people residing near the plant.
A to Z (company) installed its plants at Muradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Aligarh and Kanpur, and none of these plants followed the SLF. In this process, the waste increases by fifteen to twenty percent which cannot be even recycled and this extra waste is causing the entire problem. Situation is even worse at the Muradabad plant, here roughly 230 tonnes of waste turns out, out of which not even half of this is recycled. This results in city being spread largely with waste and similar are the conditions of other cities as well, where ‘A to Z’ has taken the contract
A total of over 2500 tonnes of waste is generated from the four cities in which Kanpur alone generates 1500 tonnes of waste. The application to “Consent To Operate” (CTO) was cancelled for the plants at Muzaffarnagar, Muradabad while Aligarh do not has the certificate to the same, still they are running the plants fleeting against the rules and regulations. Money is still being sanctioned for the management to the companies having the contracts and the state and its citizens are being duped in the name of waste management.
Reality behind SWM Plan
Time and again, we have disclosed the layers of corruption of Navneet Sehgal; we now disclose another fact behind the subject. The model of waste management was picked up BSP government from Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab but rates were kept multifold in UP compared to the rates in other states. Scams that took place in the rule of BSP government were surprising in numbers, the contracts of the waste management in other cities were given to the companies owned by the nears & dears of Navneet Sehgal and his close associates.
Largely, it has been seen that cities have Municipal Corporation and their chosen companies that do waste management but Sehgal pressurised city commissioners and stressed on distributing contracts to his choice of companies without passing the tender. Mayors criticized the system and even reported the matter to the governor but all went hopeless.
Navneet Sehgal along with PK Bhukesh and DK Singh carried out the swindling as they utilized the money for waste management to improvise their living. They also let C&DS into the waste management plan, increasing their corruption score further by crores. Sehgal played a vital role in capitalizing money by distributing the contracts to SPML, Ramki, A to Z and Jyoti Envirotech.
Sources say that Sehgal provided a subsidy of over 80 percent to these companies, from where he made his commission. By his position, he also melted a deal of lease of 33 years to these companies in which the companies will not even have to give any revenue payments. Another fact to know is that these companies are not accountable to anyone. They also charge money from the public for garbage picking.
Scams are surfacing on a daily basis after BSP government lost political ground to the Samajwadi Party. To deal with the waste management, INR 300 crore was rendered to these companies apart from the unnecessary subsidy. But still the conditions of the cities remain the same, including the capital city, Lucknow. Jyoti Envirotech got the Lucknow’s contract in which they were sanctioned INR 43 crore but work lingers incomplete even after INR 37 crore of expenditure and more than 40 percent of work remaining. The project which started in 2007 lurked by years; it started on April 8, 2011 and had to be finished by November 30, 2011.
The new government is now required to tactfully play its part against the scammers and strategize their plans to nab the culprits and improve their investigative components to sort this out. It’s time for the Urban Development Minister, Azam Khan to announce a probe into the Solid Waste Management scam which happened during the tenure of BSP government regarding which, team Pardaphash will soon meet the minister.
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