Ujjain: The issue of high pollution in the river Kshipra due to mixing of industrial and domestic waste from Indore, through the Kahn river, dominated proceedings of the district planning committee (DPC) at the Simhastha fair office, here, on Wednesday.
Prominent people’s representatives vehemently termed the Kahn diversion project as useless and demanded purification of Kshipra waters and supply of hygienic potable water. However, instead of giving directions to do the needful, home minister and district in-charge Bhupendra Singh threw the ball into collector Manish Singh’s court, while highly appreciating him for his role during the Simhastha Fair-2016, as Indore’s municipal commissioner.
The last DPC meeting was held on September 21, 2017 and the same people’s representatives had raised the issue of pollution in the Kshipra, scanty rainfall, construction and repair of stop dams and ponds, but the report of action taken and submitted by the department concerned, did not focus on their woes. Moreover, claims were made in the report that all suggestions were executed.
It irked the members and as soon the meeting started their anger came to the fore. Member of Parliament (MP) Chintamani Malviya and zila panchayat president Mahesh Patel, opened the front and levelled serious accusations. The MP said the Kahn river project had proved futile as the industrial and domestic waste from Indore was still getting mixed in the Kshipra. Patel sought an enquiry on the misuse of about Rs 100 crores and the miserable failure of the project.
MLA Mohan Yadav also joined them and said it was claimed before Simhastha Fair-2016 that the industrial and domestic waste of Indore would not mixed in the Kshipra via the Kahn, as a sewage treatment plant (STP) would be constructed in Indore district. However, no such thing was done. MLA Bahadur Singh Chauhan said after diverting the Kahn water at Raghopipliya and releasing sewage water near Kaliadeh Palace, waters of the Kshipra river had become polluted and resulting in the people of Mahidpur being provided contaminated water.
All members insisted that stop dams should be constructed at required places and a STP should be constructed at Ujjain itself. The collector said fishes had been dying in Kshipra due to sewage from Indore city and estimates have been prepared while using Google maps, to put an end to such a situation.
In his short remark in the last of the meeting, the minister supported the views of the members, but gave no direct assurance. He, however, praised the new collector twice at length. The issue of non-release of funds for water transportation, repair of ponds and stop-dams, digging of tube-wells and hand-pumps, wastage of money in the name of water tape schemes were also raised.
Members like Shyam Bansal, Dilip Singh Shekhawat, Anil Firojiya, Mahesh Patel, Karan Kumariya and Mukesh Pandya confronted officials and sought the minister’s intervention. Members looked perturbed over the attitude of zila panchayat and Janpad Panchayat CEOs and charged them for giving wrong and misguiding information.
The zila panchayat president was not happy over the procurement of different agriculture products on minimum support price as well as the Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana. He said that arrangements in sub-mandis were extremely bad and farmers had been left to the mercy of God. Zila Panchayat vice-president Bharat Porwal alleged that crores of rupees were being spent on plantation in villages despite the water crisis.
He complained that poor people had been exploited by the MPEB staff overof non-payment of power tariff. Mayor Meena Jonwal said that re-survey of beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana should be conducted in the city. BJP president Iqbal Singh Gandhi drew attention towards mismanagement at main government hospitals.
DPC sees violation of ‘protocol’
Protocol was thrown to the winds when the mayor and Ujjain Development Authority chairman who have the ‘minister of state’ status, were given seats in mid row in the DPC meeting, while officials captured the front rows. Three chairs meant for the district minister and power minister (who is a local MLA) and MP were overtaken by Ujjain South MLA Mohan Yadav as energy minister (Paras Jain) did not turn up at the meeting, evoking the anger of other MLAs.
MP objects to MLAs demand
BJP MLA from Ghattiya constituency Satish Malviya remained conspicuous due to his absence in the meeting, but sent his recommendation letters to name the stadium, college building and bus stand in the name of his MLA father, late Nagulal Malviya. MP Chintamani Malviya became red faced over the issue and enquired with appointed agencies whether such works had been completed or not. As there was no definite reply, the MP ordered that there was no need to name three new constructions in the name of a particular person and should rather be named after party legends like Kushabhau Thakre.
People kept hold on sufferings
In a bid to impress their boss, the (home minister), local police officials made local people suffer during the visit of the district in-charge minister on Wednesday. Kothi Road was made ‘one-way’ and nobody was allowed to move towards Tarantaal. Stoppers were put on roads in front of Vikram University and the traffic police jawan diverted commuters in different directions. These arrangements were made at the last moment and no official notification was issued in this regard prior to the arrival of home minister causing great inconveniences to the people in the sizzling heat and they had to travel long distances to reach their destinations.
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