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Urban plan to script sanitation success

Dhanbad will soon have a new city development plan that will focus on the sanitation of the coal capital.

This and many more important decisions were taken on Monday during the standing committee meeting of Dhanbad Municipal Corporation (DMC).

Divulging details, chief executive officer of the corporation B.P.L. Das said that a new city development plan for Dhanbad would be chalked out keeping in mind the sanitation requirements of the coal town.

He added that an agency would be roped in. The state urban development department will choose the agency.

“Under the new plan, a sewerage treatment plant will certainly be established,” said Das, adding that a concrete development plan would help streamline things with the solid waste management proposal going haywire after the exit of Gurgaon-based solid waste management firm A2Z Private Limited.

Notably, the civic body had roped in one Tetra Tech Inc — an environmental engineering and consultancy firm — to come up with a development plan for Dhanbad focusing on the sewerage and drainage requirements of the coal capital way back in 2005.

The central government, however, rejected the proposal, citing several loopholes.

The other key decisions taken during the meeting, chaired by mayor Indu Singh, include implementation of the recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission and development of a new plan to utilise the unused funds of the last financial year.

Apart from mayor Singh and chief executive officer Das, deputy mayor Niraj Singh, deputy administrator Siddharth Shankar Chaudhary, environment officer Subha Kiran and ward councillors also attended the meeting.

The meeting, however, saw a dramatic episode when councillor of ward No. 32 Madan Mahto protested against the non-inclusion of sanitation in the agenda.

Mahto even staged a walked out, but returned later after deputy mayor Singh convinced him.

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