07032017-btd-01.qxd 3/6/2017 10:36 PM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | MARCH 7 | 2017 | bathinda BATHINDATRIBUNE MINI BUSES: PASSENGERS SUFFER IN SPORTS: TECH UNIVERSITY ORGANISES ABSENCE OF TIMETABLE ÞPAGE 2 CRICKET TOURNEY ÞPAGE 2 NAVINA TIES THE KNOT! TV actress Navina Bole who is seen in Ishqbaaaz has finally tied the knot recently with her long time beau Karan Jeet. PAGE 3 Þ PARTLY CLOUDY 26° 14° MAXIMUM MINIMUM Farmers fume over scarce water supply Balluana village residents are dependent on groundwater to irrigate fields as canal water is rarely available Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Balluana (Bathinda), March 6 Farmers ploughing close to 4,200 acres in Balluana village of the district are dependent on groundwater to irrigate their fields, as the village receives scarce supply of canal water. This is so because Balluana is located at the tail-end of the canal. Canal water doesn’t reach the village for several days at a stretch and, when it does, it is available for only two to three hours. “To add to farmers’ woes, we have to spend a lot on diesel to operate the tubewells since electricity supply is irregular,” said Balraj Farmers of Balluana village arrive at the District Administrative Complex to meet the XEN of the Irrigation Department in Bathinda on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Singh, block president, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal). Another farmer Gurjit Singh said farmers were running into losses since they had to foot high electricity and diesel bills. “In the past two years, we have written to the Irrigation Department 10 to 12 times, but not much has been done,” he added. Gurjant Singh of the same village said the shortage of water wasn’t acute in the rabi season but, in the kharif season, “canal water is too little to irrigate the fields”. “Paddy demands ample water. We are heavily dependent on tubewells for irrigating the fields,” he said. Irrigation Department Executive Engineer (XEN) Upkaran Pal Singh said farmers didn’t have any reason to worry. “The location of the village is inconsequential since there are three distributaries. The department regulates the supply of water on a rotational basis in each of the three distributaries. Farmers receive less water for a week and full supply for two weeks. I met farmers today and assured them of looking into the matter,” he added. Road accident: Another bus Families come to blows over marital discord near DSP’s office bears the brunt of public ire Gurdeep Singh Mann Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 6 Residents at Bhagta Bhaika today broke the windowpanes of a private bus and deflated its tyres after it hit a bike, injuring the couple riding it this afternoon. As per reports, a couple from Kangar village was riding the bike from Tharaj village towards Bhagta Bhaika when it was hit by the speeding private bus. While the husband, Sukhjinder Singh, fell on one side and received minor injuries, his wife Baljeet Kaur is said to have received serious injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. Police officials reached the spot and enquired into the incident. Further investigation is on. The damaged bus that hit a bike at Bhagta Bhaika in Bathinda on Monday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH A couple from Kangar village was riding a bike towards Bhagta Bhaika when it was hit by a speeding private bus Two days ago, three buses were damaged by the public on the Goniana-Jaitu road after a bus hit a bike, resulting in serious injuries to a couple riding it. The three buses belonged to a private company. The public vented its ire on the buses as the three bus drivers were racing against each other to pick more passengers. Bathinda, March 6 High drama was witnessed today near the office of DSP (City-1) where two families, trying to resolve a marital dispute, entered into heated arguments and then resorted to fisticuffs. The police took preventive action after the situation went out of control. A woman received internal injuries and a young boy got four stitches. They had come to support the woman’s family at the DSP’s office near the grain market. As per details, a man and woman’s family was into matrimonial dispute for the past around four months. The woman, Sapna of Adarsh Nagar, was married to Vikas Kumar from Muktsar four years ago. The woman said she was a graduate and her husband was matric pass, who started doing work a few months A relative of the woman’s family involved in a marital dispute undergoes treatment at the Civil Hospital in Bathinda on Monday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR ago as agent in an insurance company. The couple has two daughters, the first fouryear-old and the second four-month-old. The woman alleged that ever since she gave birth to the second daughter, her inlaws and husband started harassing her. She also alleged that her in-laws had also been demanding dowry from her. She left her husband’s house a few months ago and was staying with her parents in Bathinda. The woman’s family members alleged that the police were siding with the boy’s family by not registering a case of dowry against the accused family members, despite repeated written complaints and making visits to police station and DSP’s office. Ashok Kumar, the woman’s father, said they had brought today’s incident into the notice of IG, Bathinda Zone. Apart from seeking action against the boy’s family for attacking them, they have also demanded punishment for the policemen who extended support to boy’s family, he added. DSP (City-1) Harinder Mann said the police tried to resolve the dispute but both families resorted to violence. “None of them has given in writing about today’s incident. Action will be initiated after getting a written complaint from either side,” the DSP said. Jogging track not for joggers anymore Govt college hostel cries for attention Sukhmeet Bhasin Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 6 The jogging track at Joggers Park is run-down and demands immediate repairs. Cracks have appeared on the track due to which it makes for a clumsy stroll. Not only the track, but the cycles for exercise at Joggers Park are also lying in a poor condition. It seems that these have not been maintained properly by the authorities concerned. In 2013, as many as 10 cycles were bought by the Bathinda Development Authority (BDA) and these were later given to the Municipal Corporation Bathinda. The park was inaugurated by the Deputy Chief Minister amid much fanfare but the lakes planned as a part of the project to beautify the place, now paint a picture of neglect. The first-of-its-kind project with tracks exclusively dedicated for jogging and cycling alongside the water tanks of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB) was developed at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore. The jogging and cycling tracks are separated by a green belt. Private consultants were roped in for the landscaping of the project. The jogging track is 2-m wide while the width of the Bathinda, March 6 Plaster falling off the walls, weeds growing around and rusty iron railings – the seemingly deserted building, located on the premises of Government Rajindra College, is the boys’ hostel. A visit to the building would make for anyone’s guess as to why students don’t prefer to stay at the hostel. Built more than four decades ago, the boys’ hostel has been lying in a state of neglect for several years now as the college has not received any funds to repair and renovate the building. Although the hostel building has three floors and each floor has 33 rooms, only one block is in a slightly habitable condition now. More than six years ago, the college had undertaken minor renovations in one of the three blocks following which around 30 rooms were made fit enough to be given to students. “While all floors of the hostel are in a very bad condition, a few years ago, the college spent its own funds for the maintenance of the top floor of the hostel. About 32 students are staying at the hostel these days and the college provides them uninterrupted supply of RO water and electricity,” said college principal Dr Sukhraj Singh. Although the government The poor condition of the jogging track at Rose Garden in Bathinda. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA FACT FILE ❙ ❙ ❙ ❙ The first-of-its-kind project with tracks exclusively dedicated for jogging and cycling alongside the water tanks of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB) was developed at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore The jogging and cycling tracks are separated by a green belt It was a project close to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s heart, who himself reviewed its progress many times The Punjab Government and the Bathinda Development Authority (BDA) came up with the ambitious project worth crores and popularised it as the main spot of the city cycling track is 3-m. It was a project close to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s heart and who himself reviewed its progress many times. The Punjab Government and the Bathinda Development Authority came up with the ambitious project worth crores and popularised it as a main spot of the city. Within a year, it seems, the authorities have forgotten all about the project. It is not surprising since it’s the case with almost all projects launched by the state government, said Balkaran Singh, a city resident. Another resident Jaspal Singh said it was a very wonderful project and it should be properly maintained. Senior deputy Mayor Tarsem Goyal said, “We are maintaining it properly and if there is some problem, it would be addressed at the earliest.” c m y b The boys’ hostel at Government Rajindra College in Bathinda on Monday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH OFFICIALSPEAK ❝ If proper hostel facilities are to be provided, the existing hostel needs to be demolished and constructed again. There is also an increasing demand for hostel for girls as female students from far off areas have also started coming to the college.❞ — DR SUKHRAJ SINGH, PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT RAJINDRA COLLEGE fee for the hostel rooms is meagre Rs 2 per month per student, the college charges the students a higher amount, which includes electricity charges that are collectively shouldered by the college and students. “The hostel has a mess, which works like a coopera- tive unit. The students contribute money and the responsibility of arranging vegetables and other ingredients and a cook is also shouldered by the students. The college does not offer food to the students,” the principal said. Considering the belongings of the students staying at the hostel are kept in their respective rooms, 24x7 availability of a guard has been provided by the college. The principal said proposals for the maintenance and upgrading the hostel have been sent to the DPI (Colleges) a number of times but to no avail. “The college had also sent a proposal as part of the Babu Jagjivan Chhatrawas Yojna, asking the Central government for funds to build a hostel for girls belonging to scheduled class and scheduled tribes more than five years ago. We didn’t get any response in this regard,” Singh said. “If proper hostel facilities are to be provided, the existing hostel needs to be demolished and constructed again. There is also an increasing demand for hostel for girls as female students from far off areas have also started coming to the college,” the principal said, adding that the college had sufficient land to have hostels for both boys and girls.
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