16032017-ATR-01.qxd 3/15/2017 11:36 PM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 16 MARCH 2017| amritsar AMRITSARTRIBUNE LOST FAMILY: UNITED WITH FAMILY DEFACEMENT: HOARDINGS TO CONGRATUATE AFTER 11 LONG YEARS LEADERS, THANK PUBLIC DOT CITY Þ PAGE 2 Þ PAGE 2 SAYING IT WITH LOVE Jimmy Shergill and Sargun Mehta are hoping to rock Pollywood with their upcoming movie Jindua. PAGE 4 Þ PARTLY CLOUDY 21° MAXIMUM 19° MINIMUM Bolaria to take up proposal of shifting proposed waste plant out of city Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 15 Congress MLA Inderbir Singh Bolaria has announced to take up the proposal of shifting the proposed Solid Waste Management Plant (SWMP) from the Bhagtanwala dump area to outside the city with the impending takeover of the Capt Amarinder Singh government. A rebel SAD leader, Bolaria had resigned from the membership of the Vidhan Sabha on October 10 last year. He had openly raised his voice against the SAD’s certain development policies. “My revolt started with the garbage dump at Bhagtanwala in my constituency. Scores of colonies are near it, resulting in damage to the health of residents. Still a solid waste management plant was proposed to be set up there to turn things from bad to worse. Despite my repeated pleas, I was ignored, so it hardly made any sense to be part of the government which hardly bothered to listen to a chosen representative,” he said. Talking to the Amritsar Tribune, Bolaria said elec- Miscreants snatch handbag from girl Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 15 Three unknown persons on a bike robbed a girl of her belongings while she was going on her foot. The victim, Sunita, stated in her complaint at the Cantonment police station that as per her routine she alighted from an auto-rickshaw near Ganga Building on GT Road and was going to her house on foot. On the way, three young persons came on motorcycle No. PB-02 CH 2077 from the rear and tried to snatch her handbag. The victim tightly held the bag and foiled their attempt of snatching. Thereafter, one of the accused alighted from the motorcycle and snatched her handbag by threatening her with a sickle. After snatching the bag, the accused fled from the spot within no time. The complainant claimed that the bag contained Samsung J-5 mobile phone and Rs 5,000 in cash. Assistant Sub-Inspector Harjinder Singh from the Containment police station stated that the police had registered a case under Section 379-B of the IPC in this regard. The police has been investigating the matter. One of the accused alighted from the motorcycle and snatched her handbag by threatening her with a sickle. Inderbir Singh Bularia torates of Ward Numbers 37 to 39 had heavily voted in his favour, as he had taken up their cause. Now, it was my moral duty to revise the proposed SWMP so that it could be shifted out of the city, keeping in view its futuristic development needs. He said the previous SAD-BJP government worked for cosmetic development projects, attracting much attention while in actual giving nothing in return to the masses for their convenience. He added that this was the reason that the majority of the area in his constituency was still deprived of basic amenities like sewerage, piped water and street lights. He stated a large part of his constituency falls in the walled city where supplying potable water has become an uphill task. “First, there is a dearth of open space to instal water tube wells. In case, they get the space, then its life span was short-lived, as water table goes down rapidly”. He suggested setting up of an artificial lake on around 200 acres of the area and then draining out waste water from the walled city into it. He added that the same water after purifying could be re-supplied to the houses. He said one of the biggest and oldest villages of the district Sultanwind village fell in his constituency, with over 30,000 voters. He said the work on installing sewerage connectivity was currently undergoing and he would see to it that it would be finished in time. He said once sewerage lines were laid, he would ensure laying of roads there. Bolaria said he welcomed the statement of waiting-in CM Capt Amarinder Singh that the police would be freed from political interference. He said once this would be implemented, it would provide relief to politicians who were pressurised by people to intervene in their disputes. GOLDEN TEMPLE: GOLD-PLATING CLEANSING UK-based volunteers initiate kar seva Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 15 A 25-member team from UK initiated the kar seva of cleansing the gold plating on Golden Temple after performing ardas here today. The volunteers of the Nishkam Sevak Jatha Birmingham led by Sukhbir Singh said the seva would be completed within eight-10 days. The team member stated that cleaning was done with soap nut (reetha) and dust and other particles that have accumulated on the gold plates would be removed. The work of cleansing of gold plates at the holy shrine was taken up from time to time, as rising pollution levels in the area dull the sheen of A view of Golden Temple in Amritsar. FILE PHOTO the gold plates. The Birmingham-based group of volunteers have been performing this duty for a long time, said SGPC officials. The officials stated that due to weather conditions and pollution, areas of the dome and the exterior and interior have to be cleaned and repaired, as and when required. The gold plating at the holy shrine was done during the era of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. However, these were replaced with new ones in the year 1999. The SGPC officials stated on the occasion that the Sikh body was creating awareness among people so that pollution levels were not allowed to rise and the surroundings of the Golden Temple were made greener and beautiful. SGPC officials including additional manager Sukhraj Singh, supervisor Kashmir Singh and others were also present on the occasion. Delhi-Asr-Delhi and Mumbai-Asr-Mumbai flights from today Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 15 IndiGo is all set to launch Delhi-Amritsar-Delhi and Mumbai-Amritsar-Mumbai flights from tomorrow (March 16). Introduction of many domestic and international flights in the past some months have revived the fortunes of the Amritsar airport, which boosted the aviation and allied trades in the holy city. IndiGo will operate a daily non-stop flight between Amritsar and Delhi and Amritsar and Mumbai circuits. The airline aims to cater to both corporate and leisure customers travelling from Amritsar. It has also inducted two brand new Airbus A320 NEO aircraft into its existing fleet this month under its expansion plan. Popularity of the Amritsar-Delhi route can be gauged from the fact that already three airlines collectively operate eight flights daily on this route. The national carrier, Air India and Jet Airways, operate three flights each daily. Besides, SpiceJet is flying two flights daily on the route. While Vistara airline launched flights on the Delhi-Amritsar and MumbaiAmritsar circuits recently. Airport director Venkateswar Rao said Sri Guru Ram Das Jee Airport is ready to welcome new flights in its operations. He said the airport is ready to accommodate any number of flights. Major revamp in the pipeline for rly station Banning serials, movies is Train from Amritsar to Gandhidham in Gujarat to start from April Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 15 Development work and revamping of amenities worth an estimated Rs 145 crore are in the pipeline to revamp the Amritsar railway station while massive expansion work worth over Rs 1,000 crore to bring it on a par with quality infrastructure will commence next year. The decisions were outlined at a meeting Rajya Sabha member Shwait Malik held with senior railway officials headed by Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Anuj Prakash. Malik said the development of the railway station would be carried out in two phases. The first phase will see an investment of about Rs 145 crore and the second phase will attract funds to the tune of over Rs 1,000 crore. In the first phase, a satellite railway station will be developed at Chheharta to decongest the local railway station at an investment of Rs 61.22 crore. The project is expected to be over by the end of the year. Setting up of a mega solar plant at a cost of Rs 8 crore, installation of six water vending machines, construction of two washing lines at platform number 3 and 6 at an investment of Rs 8.77 crore, installation of four elevators and two escalators with an investment of Rs 16.29 crore are in the pipeline in the first phase. Projects like the addition and alteration at Amritsar railway yard at an estimated A new train from Amritsar to Gandhidham, which is near Kandla port, will start plying from April. The DRM said he anticipates that it will provide a comparatively less time consuming route to the traders to export their merchandise from here to overseas through the ports of Gujarat. cost of Rs 5.58 crore and reconstruction of Rego railway overbridge for Rs 8 crore have also been sanctioned. Setting up of the departmental mechanised laundry will also be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 2 crore. Besides, development of the local railway station will be undertaken at a cost of nearly Rs 16 crore. Malik informed that loading and unloading of cargo from the Amritsar railway station will be shifted to Khasa railway station. It will facilitate the uninterrupted movement and handling of cargo, he said. Once, Chheharta railway station becomes operational, all trains would come there for washing, parking and other maintenance work from the Amritsar railway station. It will offer room for the widening of operational facilities at the local railway station, paving the way for the commencement of the second phase of development at the local railway station with an infrastructure planning for the next 45 years. The present strength of five stations would be increased to 12. All residential structures and non-operational buildings would be shifted out of the railway complex. New administrative and other buildings would be raised on the Gol Bagh side of the station with vertical structures. DRM Anuj Prakash said the railway station would be developed as a leisure spot with beautiful landscapes all over. He informed that state-ofthe-art electronic inter-locking will replace the obsolete lever frame system to digitise the railway signalling installation to allow the safe operation of trains in the area. He added that it will bring down the waiting period of trains on the outskirts of the city. Tonga owners want their stands back Demand that the govt should provide them facilities, as they can’t switch occupation Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 15 Nowadays, tonga runners are facing several challenges to earn their bread. The district administration shows no courtesy for owners, who run tongas (horse-carts) in the city. Tonga stands (parking lots) near railway station, bus stand, Lohgarh Gate and outside Gurdwara Shaheedan have been either encroached or removed by the administration. There are as many as 50 tongas, which are still running in the holy city. After modernisation, people prefer to hire an auto or electric rickshaw to move around in the city. Two decades ago, there were thousands of tongas in the city and the required infrastructure was available on every stand. With the change of time, tongas have got out- dated and auto- rickshaws have replaced them. Owners, who were not able to drive any vehicle, stayed on roads with their horse carts. Meanwhile, the number of tongas is dwindling swiftly in the city. Hazara Singh, a tonga owner from Kot Mit Singh, said, “I was a boy when I started running a tonga on city roads. Now, I am 60 years old, but never seen such bad days. We can’t replace ton- gas with auto-bikes as we don’t know how to drive machines. Our stands were encroached or removed in the name of development. Now, we are not able to offer water to our horses anywhere in the city”. Satnam Singh, another tonga owner from Sultanwind said, “The entry of tongas has been banned in several markets. There is no arrangement of water tanks for horses in the city. The c m y b administration should make efforts to provide us such basic facilities.” Balkar Singh, alias Kuku Badsah, said, “We know that all of us are outdated and stuck in an old profession. But, we have no option to change our occupation. The government has to allow us to run tongas on the Heritage Street or station us at places, which get maximum number of tourists.” condemnable, says Gohar Madeeha Gauhar, a renowned Pakistani theatre artiste (centre) addresses mediapersons in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 15 Madiha Gohar, a renowned theatre artist and director of Ajoka Theatre Lahore is in the city to take part in the Indo-Pak Theatre for Peace Festival. Her group will stage three plays including ‘Mera Rang De Basanti Chola’, ‘Kaun Hai Yeh Gustakh’, ‘Anhi Mai Da Sufna’. Responding to questions about the intolerance and ban on TV serials in booth countries, Gohar said, “We condemned this practice to ban TV serials and films. The Indian TV serials have been banned in Pakistan and Pakistani serials have been withdrawn by Indian TV channels. Artistes should not be a target for achieving political goals”. On the same question, Rajinder Mohan Singh Chinna, senior BJP leader and one of the organisers of the festival stated, “Intolerance against artistes is not justified. Artistes are beyond religion, cast, creed and political boundaries”. “We are making efforts to bring the people of India and Pakistan closer to each other. We have a composite culture and several similarities. We can’t identify separately. We appeal for permanent peace and easy visa process for the artistes” said Gohar. The Ajoka Theatre would stage plays in Punjabi at Virsa Vihar. Kewal Dhaliwal, orgniser of Indo-Pak Theatre for Peace Festival, said, “The festival is being organised to revisit the Partition after 70 years. There are thousands of common stories of the Partition, which are needed to be discussed through performing arts”. The artistes from Lahore were warmly welcomed by the office-bearers of Virsa Vihar and the Indian Academy of Fine Arts. Most of the teem members of Gohar’s team had visited Amritsar in the past and they were quite familiar about the hospitality of Amritsar. The Indo-Pak Festival will continue till March 20.
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