The state government has directed all the 211 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the state to equip themselves for scientific disposal of solid waste in their respective jurisdiction, including purchase of the required land.
Municipal Administration Minister Quamarul Islam told reporters here on Wednesday that strict instructions have been given to all the ULBs to adhere to the guidelines of the Supreme Court in scientific disposal of solid waste, generated in the respective urban areas.
He said the ULBs should take measures to acquire land to an extent of 5 to 10 acres for the said purpose. He warned of initiating disciplinary proceedings against officials concerned for any lapses. The state government has released `80 crore for the ULBs to tackle drinking water issues and additional amount of `83 crore is pending with the concerned deputy commissioners, he said.
“We have directed the ULBs to prepare an action plan for the further release of funds to supply drinking water,” he said.
More funds to the tune of `100 crore is also earmarked to mitigate water crisis, he said. “In the event of not getting sufficient water in the borewells, authorities have been directed to take measures to supply water through water tankers,” he said. He said under the urban poverty alleviation scheme of the National Urban Livelihood Mission (NLUM), the ULBs have been asked to formulate schemes and submit proposals to the state government.
“We can utilise any amount under the NLUM scheme, based on the programmes and action plan to tackle urban poverty,” he said. He said resource mobilisation of ULBs across the state is to the tune of 80 per cent and the state government had directed these urban self government agencies to make it 100 per cent. Informing that it was decided to levy double penalty on individuals found guilty in false declaration of property tax under the SAS scheme, he said directions have been issued to the concerned officers to review such cases.