18032017-btd-01.qxd 3/17/2017 11:17 PM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | MARCH 18 | 2017 | bathinda BATHINDATRIBUNE EDUCATION: TWO-DAY SEMINAR ON IMPLICATIONS OF BREXIT AT CUP ÞPAGE 2 DUMP ROW: COLLECTORS STOPPED FROM THROWING WASTE AT SUCHA SINGH NAGAR ÞPAGE 2 Vigilance to probe ~288-cr sewerage project Officials responsible for delay in work will face action, says MLA Manpreet Badal Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 17 The Vigilance will probe the Rs 288-crore sewerage-water supply project in the city. The project was given to the Noida-based Triveni Company. The company was scheduled to complete the 50 per cent work of the project by December 2015 and had to complete the project by the end of 2016, but the present condition is such that despite getting Rs 45 lakh from the MCB, the company has completed only 30 per cent of the work so far. The MCB is facing ire of the public over the poor progress of the company in the work. Now, the state Finance Minister and MLA from Bathinda (Urban) Manpreet Singh Badal has demanded a Vigilance probe into the project. After the probe, the project agreement and officials responsible for the delay in the work would be taken to task, he said. Manpreet said Rs 288crore project was given to one company and then Rs The sewerage work was scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016, but only 30 per cent of the work has been finished in Bathinda. A FILE PHOTO 45 crore was released despite the fact that the work had not been done. The delay and poor execution of the project had hit the local SAD candidate hard in the Assembly elections as the public are also irked over the slow work due to which Congress leaders are not in a mood to take the project and the company lightly. CONG NOT TO TAKE ISSUE LIGHTLY The delay and poor execution of the sewrage project had hit the local SAD candidate hard in the Assembly elections as the public are also irked over the slow work due to which Congress leaders are not in a mood to take the project and the company lightly. Since the initial stage, Triveni Company and Sewerage Board officials are putting blame on each other for the poor progress of Sewage overflow makes residents’ life difficult Sewage water accumulated on a road at Lal Singh Basti in Bathinda on Friday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 17 Residents of the Lal Singh Basti have been facing a tough time owing to the problem of sewage overflow in the area since long. They are perturbed over the lack- lustre attitude of the civic body towards the issue. The sewage overflow is not only emanating a foul smell but also creating health-related problems. Residents said they had taken up the issue with the authorities concerned many times but to no avail. They say only short-term arrangements were made to solve the issue, but sludge continues to flow. The problem has been going on unchecked for the past many years. Continued on page 2 the project. The firm claimed that they were ready to complete the work but the Municipal Corporation was not giving them ‘work front’. On the other hand, the Sewerage Board said they had repeatedly asked the company, during its meetings, to speed up the work as residents are suffering due to this, but there had not been any improvement. Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had also headed three review meetings of the project in which he had asked the company to speed up the work, but even it failed to produce any substantial results. Later, the Deputy Chief Minister deputed his OSD Monish Kumar to look after the work of Triveni but despite holding three review meetings, the work failed to pick up momentum. Mayor Balwant Rai Nath said: “They had told the company many times to speed up the work during the review meetings. We have even told it to provide a monthly review status report of the project.” He said all ‘front’ has been given to the company for the work. Police clueless in Maur Mandi bomb blast case Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 17 Over one-and-a-half month has passed but the police are still clueless in the Maur bomb blast case. Not only the Punjab Police but various intelligence agencies have also started a probe into the incident but still nobody has succeeded in cracking the case and arresting the accused. The police have arrested many suspects in the case, but they have failed to reach any conclusion in the case till date. Six persons were killed and various others were seriously injured in a car blast in Maur Mandi on January 31 as soon as Congress candidate from Bathinda (Urban) Harminder Jassi ended his election rally barely four days ahead of the polling for the state Assembly elections. Jassi, a relative of A file photo of the Maur Mandi blast site. the controversial Sirsabased dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, escaped with minor bruises in the incident. He was sitting in a Toyota Fortuner. The vacant car, a Maruti Alto, bore a false registration number. It was thrown up into the air up to 15-20 ft and fell, injuring many people. The explosion occurred barely 5-10 metres from where Jassi had addressed the rally outside the Congress party office. Continued on page 2 Bir Talab Zoo gets ready to welcome leopards Nikhila Pant Dhawan TIGER SAFARI PROJECT HANGS FIRE Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 17 Come April and Bir Talab Zoo here will be all set to welcome leopards on its premises. Following the nod from the Central Zoo Authority, the divisional Forest Department is now preparing to bring three leopards from Chhatbir Zoo by the end of this month. Divisional forest Officer Sanjeev Tiwari said the Divisional Zoo authorities had submitted a proposal of Rs 12 crore with the state government demanding funds for the tiger safari, leopard enclosure, bird aviary, jackal and crocodile enclosures among other additions to the zoo. “Of the Rs 12-crore proposal, Rs 80 lakh has been released and the B&R Department is already undertaking the construction of enclosure for leopards. Earlier, there were no carnivores in the zoo and leopards will be a big attraction,” he said. He said the leopard enclosures, with six feet high walls and barbed wire mesh, were being constructed in the The Divisional Forest Office had initially planned to undertake the project of bringing bigger cats to the zoo. The tiger safari project, which was announced four years ago by the then Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, was put on the backburner for want of funds. The authorities of Rs 12 crore with ❝stateDivisional Zoodemanding had submitted a proposalleopard enclosure, the government funds for the tiger safari, bird aviary, jackal and crocodile enclosures among other additions to the zoo. Of the Rs 12-crore proposal, Rs 80 lakh has been released and the B&R Department is already undertaking the construction of enclosure for leopards. Earlier, there were no carnivores in the zoo and leopards will be a big attraction.❞ — SANJEEV TIWARI, DIVISIONAL FOREST OFFICER An under construction enclosure for leopards at Bir Talab Zoo in Bathinda. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH 1,200 sq ft area. These would include five cells for the animals and close to 90 per cent of the construction was complete now. “We have also written to the Central Zoo Authority for giving us sanction to hire additional staff to handle the carnivores. Till the time we don’t get more staff, we will send a few staff members to Chhatbir Zoo to get training in handling of carnivores to make sure that the leopards are in expert hands,” Dr Tiwari said. The Divisional Forest Office had initially planned to undertake the project of bringing bigger cats to the zoo. The tiger safari project, which was announced four years ago by the then Deputy c m y b Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, was put on the backburner for want of funds. “The Tiger Safari project will also be taken up soon. We had applied for funds and since there was shortage of funds, we decided to go ahead with the leopard project first. For successfully taking up the tiger safari project, we need Rs 5 crores. Once the leopards are brought to the zoo, we will revive the tiger safari project as well which will be constructed on about 50 acres of land which the Forest Department already has,” Dr Tiwari said. PLAYING A HARYANVI GIRL... South sensation Madirakshi Mundle is all set to essay a character that she has never played before — that of a Haryanvi girl. PARTLY CLOUDY 27° 13° MAXIMUM PAGE 3 Þ MINIMUM Woman killed by kin for ‘honour’, 12 booked Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 17 An incident of ‘honour killing’ has come to light in Tungwali village where a woman was mercilessely killed by her brother and some unidentified persons on Thursday night. As per the police, the woman, Beant Kaur, from Tungwali village was married in Gobindpura village. The woman after her split with her husband started residing in the village. She, however, developed an illicit relationship with another resident, Lakhvir Singh, of the village. The matter was brought into the notice of girl’s family members and they tried to counsel the duo. They, however, refused to pay attention to the directions given by her family members and the woman instead got more rebellious and started residing in the house of her lover. The family members of the woman got upset over the same. As a result, the brother of the woman killed her and badly damaged her face and threw the body on the railway lines near the village. During initial investigation, the police suspected that it was an unidentified body but later during investigation it was found that it was a case of murder. The police have booked the deceased’s brother, Bittu, and her mother Mango and 10 unidentified persons in this regard. Investigation in the case was on. Diprava Lakra is Bathinda DC Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 17 Diprava Lakra today took charge of office as Deputy Commissioner, Bathinda, after taking guard of honour at the District Administrative Complex here. A BTech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Lakra was posted as Additional Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, before being posted here. An IAS Officer of the 2005 batch, he began his career as Sub Divisional Magistrate, Dhuri, and had also been served as a Special Secretary (Home), Director Welfare Department, Punjab. After assuming charge, he held a meeting with senior officers and district officers to review the status of welfare schemes and development works. Diprava Lakra He also asked the officers to maintain punctuality and discipline in government offices, besides resolving public issues on a priority basis. Assistant Commissioner Abhijeet Kaplish, Maur SDM Latif Ahmed, Talwandi Sabo SDM Subash Khatak, MC Commissioner Anil Garg, Assistant Commissioner Veerpal Kaur and Assistant Commissioner Roop Singh were among those present.
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