16032017-JTR-01.qxd 3/16/2017 1:26 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 16 MARCH 2017 | jalandhar JALANDHARTRIBUNE EDUCATION: POWER BILLS FOR SCHOOLS GET STUCK AGAIN Þ PAGE 2 DEMANDS: SUWIDHA EMPLOYEES HOPEFUL OF REGULAR JOBS 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 CLOUDY 22°C MAXIMUM 10°C MINIMUM Health Dept teams visit New Rajan Nagar as sewage overflow causes water-borne diseases Pulse Polio round from April 2 Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Sewerage woes: Epidemic fear looms No solution yet Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 15 Several diarrhoea cases have been reported from New Rajan Nagar and adjoining areas after the area’s sewers began overflowing. At least two teams of the Health Department visited the area today. However, there is a difference in the number of persons being reported ill by the residents and the number being reported by the Health teams. The teams of the department reported that across 168 homes visited by them today, only four fever cases were found while the area councillor said there were still at least 20 patients suffering from diarrhoea and other related problems ever since the sewerage trouble resumed. Notably, the first spurt of sewerage backflow and related illness in the area was reported after a temporary bandh put up by environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal, which routed waste and sewerage water being dumped into the Kala Saghian drain into the sewerage pipes. After the excess water caused an overflow in some of the low lying areas of Basti Peerdad, cases of illness were first reported in December and diarrhoea cases have resurfaced now. While the MC is heaping blame of the sewerage flow on the temporary bandh, the environmentalist says the Kala Sanghian Drain is no place to dump the dirty ■ The MC puts blame for the sewerage flow on the temporary bandh by Balbir Singh Seechewal ■ The environmentalist says the Kala Sanghian drain is no place to dump the dirty sewerage water. He said the faulty construction of the sewer lines, limited quantum of the Basti Peerdaad sewerage treatment plant and delays in solving the problem of sewerage overflow has added to the mounting trouble ■ MC Water overflows from the Kala Sanghian drain in Jalandhar. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH sewerage water, which should be treated by the sewerage treatment plant (STP) at Basti Peerdad. He says continued allowance of the water to be dumped into the drain will create a crisis in the future. Notably, the 50 MLD sewage treatment plant in Basti Peerdaad is also currently not equipped to deal with the quantum of the water currently making way to the plant – which has exceeded the plant’s capacity – causing repeated sewerage overflows in low lying areas. Amidst the administration’s reluctance to find a solution to the problem, the sewerage woes resurface every few days to haunt residents. During the time of water overflow, the water supply of the area also gets hit with residents battling a severe crisis of clean drinking water. Area councillor Baldev Singh said, “The MC blames it on the environmentalist. People have no water to drink and their homes are flooded with stinking water. All areas like New Rajan Nagar, Pannu Vihar and Anant Nagar, among many other localities of Basti Peerdad are drowned in sewage. The health teams merely visited some homes. If they come to the interiors of the locality, they shall find the patients. At least 20 are down with diarrhoea. I am personally taking so many of them for medical treatment.” District IDSP in-charge Dr Surinder Kumar said, “Two of our teams were pressed into service in the area today. Our teams visited 168 homes and checked at least 600 people. We did not find any diarrhoea or jaundice patients. There were only four cases of fever and they have been attended to.” While the MC has also proposed a temporary sewage pond in the area to accumulate the excess water in the area which is making way to people’s homes, Sant Seechewal said the faulty construction of the sewer lines, limited quantum of the Basti Peerdaad STP (compared to the amount of sewage being generated in the area), as well as delays solving the problem of sew- Commissioner Gurpreet Khehra said the concerns raised by the environmentalist would be taken care of while fixing the problem erage overflow has only added to the mounting trouble. The environmentalist said the MC had to find a permanent solution to the issue rather than relying on the quick fix of dumping sewage wastes into the Kala Sanghian drain. Municipal Corporation Commissioner Gurpreet Khehra said, “Yes, a problem persists in the area which we are planning to do away with. We have conveyed to Seechewal Ji that a catchment area will be built where the waste shall be stored so that it does not flow in the low lying areas. It will be ensured that none of this water is routed to the drain. The concerns raised by the environmentalist would be taken care of while fixing the problem.” Jalandhar, March 15 A workshop regarding the National Pulse Polio round was held by civil surgeon Harpreet Singh Kahlon here today. Dr Kahlon said in the National Pulse Polio round to be held from April 2 to April 4, none of the children of the district should be left out and all should be administered polio drops. He asked all senior medical officers, nodal officers, BEEs and field staff to ensure that polio drops were administered to all children of the requisite age groups. District immunisation officer Dr Harpal Kaur said due to the presence of virus in the neighbouring countries, there was a fear of its spread. She said special attention needed to be paid to the migrant population. She also asked HLVs and BEEs to ensure 100 per cent pulse polio coverage in their respective areas. Dr Rishi Kumar from the World Health Organisation said the micro plans must be prepared and updated immediately. On the occasion, assistant civil surgeon Ramesh Kumar Banga, district welfare officer Mandeep Kaur Mangat, district health officer Kuljit Singh and senior medical officer Anup Kumar, district mass media officer Pargat Singh, district programme manager Sukhwinder Kaur, Ram Singh and Rajni Bala were also present. Annual flower show at Cantt on March 21 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 15 The Annual Flower Show and Garden Competition will be organised in Jalandhar Cantonment on March 21. The event will be held at Jawahar Garden and will be inaugurated by Lieutenant General BS Sahrawat, General Officer Commanding, Vajra Corps. Many senior officers of the Army, BSF, Punjab Police and civil administration are expected to grace the event. The competition is being organised in Jalandhar Cantonment since 1924. It is a popular event which receives many entries from educational institutions, public offices and individuals, both civil and military. There are several categories of display which include foliage plants, potted flowers, cut flowers, flower arrangement etc. Prizes are also awarded for the best institutional garden, best maintained roundabouts and best arboriculture project. Rangoli and painting competition for children is also being organised on the occasion. Citizens participate in the event to celebrate the colours of spring through various flowers. MY MLA MY AGENDA As the new govt takes oath today, Jalandhar Tribune speaks to newly elected MLAs in a series starting today Discontinuation of waterworks Bawa Henry to focus on industry, green belts, park uplift leaves village dry Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Villagers of Dheena village show their water supply bill in Jalandhar on Wednesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Gagandeep Singh Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 15 Residents of Dheena village near Jalandhar Cantonment have been deprived of water for the past 15 days after the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) disconnected the power connection of the waterworks in the village due to an outstanding power bill of nearly Rs 8 lakh. Interestingly, the village was adopted by Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Gujral in 2014 under Adarsh Gram Yojna for development. Residents alleged that the power connection was disconnected on March 1 by the PSPCL officials without serving any prior notice. Villagers woke up the next day to find hundreds of households without the drinking water facility. Jai Omhare, a retired employee and member of the village’s common welfare committee, said, “Near- ly 3,000 people in the village have been affected by the move.” He said the waterworks in the village were set up in 1990 for three villages, including Dheena, Sansarpur and Subhana. Sansarpur got its waterworks in January this year while Subhana received its own waterworks years back. Only the residents of Dheena village have been bearing the brunt of the outstanding bill. He also alleged that despite the fact the village was developed by MP Naresh Gujral, the development of the village was far from satisfactory. Villagers have been deprived of the water facility. Pargat Singh, the newly elected Congress legislator from Jalandhar Cantonment, said, “I will take up the matter with the authority concerned on priority basis. I will get the problem sort out soon as power supply has been restored to some villages.” Jalandhar, March 15 Winning with a huge mandate of 69,715 votes, Jalandhar North MLA Bawa Henry, 36, says his payback time is set to begin from the day of his taking oath in the Vidhan Sabha. The development agenda for his constituency includes creating new focal points, shifting industry from the residential area to the industrial area, creating more green belts and more sports, education and health facilities in his constituency. Son of former Congress minister Avtar Henry, the junior Henry says, “People of my area have voted for me in majority. This shows that they have so much faith in me. The more I think on these lines, I start getting more sense of responsibility towards them. I have various plans and ideas in my mind which I would want to get implemented for the welfare of the voters of my constituency.” An active leader, Bawa Henry says that the experience and advice of his father would definitely come handy to him. “I have been assisting my dad for the past 10 years, but I became more active only in the last five years. I somehow wanted to see my father to be in the Assembly again but owing to circumstances, I had to take the plunge. I have told my father that he should keep an eye on my working and correct me wherever I go wrong.” Facelift for Burlton Park For the new Congress MLA, the renovation work create space ❝We willplantation and for more A worker making a bat at a manufacturing unit in Jalandhar; and (right) Beant Singh Park lies in a state of neglect with filth piling up at Focal Point in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPHS of the Burlton Park tops the agenda of the young leader. “BJP leaders, including Manoranjan Kalia, had planned huge budget renovation work in this sports hub, which they could not complete owing to lack of funds. Lying in a complete mess with renovation work pending for the past over seven to eight years, the BJP’s plan has been of no use to budding players and sportspersons. I feel that by sprucing up the area at a cost of just about Rs 1 crore can bring life back to the park. Facilities for c m y b morning walkers too need to be improved,” he said. More green belts Besides Burlton Park, Henry Jr focuses on having more green belts in his constituency and said, “We will create space for more plantation and parks. The condition of the existing parks, especially Beant Singh Park near Focal Point needs to be improved. It is in complete shambles and leaders of SAD-BJP government did nothing to beautify this huge space falling on the national highway just because it is after the name of ex-CM of the Congress. Beautification of this park is surely on my initial plan.” New Focal Point Even as weaning the youth away from drugs menace will be on the top agenda of CM Capt Amarinder Singh, Bawa Henry said, adding that he too has it in mind, “For the success of drug deaddiction programme, we need to set up more industries so that there are jobs for the youth. We need another Focal Point in Jalandhar, where new units should come up. Focal Point Jalandhar North parks. The condition of the existing parks, especially Beant Singh Park near Focal Point needs to be improved Also, we need another Focal Point, where new units should come up❞ is also required for shifting of the industrial units currently running in residential areas. Even the facilities in the industrial areas such as those in Gadaipur need to be improved”. Mini Civil Hospital Seemingly quite well verse with his area’s problems, Henry shared another issue, “I also want a mini Civil Hospital to come up in my constituency. The site where there the Maqsudan Police Station is situated was actually allotted for a 16-bed hospital. Residents of this area want the police station to move closer to the area which it actually caters to. This police station falls with Jalandhar Rural Police and is situated in the city area, which is not its actual jurisdiction. If this police station is shifted out from the city to a more appropriate location, it will be doubly beneficial as we can then plan setting up of a government hospital here for the benefit of the residents”. Henry Junior also wants more fund allocation for government schools as he believes that private education is becoming more unaffordable.
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