13042017-btd-01.qxd 4/12/2017 11:37 PM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | APRIL 13 | 2017 | bathinda BATHINDATRIBUNE UP IN ARMS: RESIDENTS PROTEST CRIME: TWO BOOKED ON HARASSMENT POOR SUPPLY OF WATER CHARGES PAGE 2 ÞPAGE 2 MAXIMUM All roads lead to Talwandi Sabo today want Mann and Gurpreet Singh Waraich, would be attending it. Apart from these, Sarbat Khalsa leaders Baljit Singh Daduwal, Dyan Singh Mand and Amrik Singh Ajnala would also be holding a conference near Takht Damdama Sahib. As per the route map, the traffic coming from Mansa, Sardulgarh and Budhlada would be stopped at Rori Road and would be parked at tractor mela place. Traffic coming from Bhucho, Rampura, Bathinda city and Bathinda rural would be stopped and parked near Reliance petrol pump on Bathinda-Talwandi Sabo Road. Traffic coming from Maur would be stopped and parked near Yatri Niwas on Maur Road. Traffic coming from Rama Mandi would be stopped and parked on var- Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 12 The stage has been set for various political conferences to be held during the Baisakhi Mela at Talwandi Sabo on Thursday. All arrangements have been made by the district administration in connection with the holding of the state-level Baisakhi festival. More than 4,000 police personnel have been deployed to ensure law and order situation during the mela. Barricading has also been done on the roads leading to Talwandi Sabo. CCTV cameras have been installed by the police at the sites for political conferences and special control rooms have also been set up at Takht Damdama Sahib where police officials will be keeping a close tab on the movement of people through CCTV cameras. To ease traffic congestion, the police have issued a special traffic plan under which separate parking points, check-posts and barricades have been set up. During the mela, fire tenders and recovery vans would also be deployed. Medical posts would provide emergency medical facilities to the devotees. Besides, arrangements have also been made for uninterrupted power supply during the mela. Separate parkings have been made for Congress, SAD and AAP vehicles coming for conferences near their respective ven- Preparations in full swing at the venue of Congress conference on the occasion of Baisakhi at Takht Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo; (right) a view of the preparations for the AAP rally. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA ues. Temporary bus stands have also been made so that pilgrims coming from various places to Takht Damdama Sahib do not face any problems. Bathinda Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Naveen Singla said fullproof security arrangement had been made for the Baisakhi Mela at Talwandi Sabo. Around 4,000 police personnel have been deployed, including women police force, for the mela. A huge rush of devotees is expected to converge at Talwandi Sabo tomorrow. Various religious and social organisations, political parties, district administration and the police have also geared up for the important day. The Congress is holding its political conference near Jandsar Gurdwara in which Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh will address the first public meeting after taking charge. SAD is holding its conference at Diwan Hall in Takht Damdama Sahib. SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and Parkash MCB gets tough, to take on illegal buildings now Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 12 Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) is all set to crack the whip on illegal buildings in the city. The civic body is planning to constitute a seven-member probe panel from among the councillors for the purpose. The probe panel will take illegal buildings on their radar area wise and will take strict action against each and every illegal building and structure in the city. Deputy Mayor Gurinderpal Kaur Mangat is expected to head the probe panel along with six members from among SAD, BJP, Congress and Independent councillors of the house. They have to probe the illegal buildings in a given time frame after which they will table their report in the general house meeting. It has been witnessed that many illegal buildings have come up on Ajit Road, Mall Road and various other parts of the city. Major violations include not leaving 16-feet area from the front which is mandatory. Another violation is that only two-andhalf-storey building structure is allowed as per MC norms but people in the city have laid more than three storey struc- tures in the city. Mayor Balwant Rai Nath, Senior Deputy Mayor Tarsem Goyal and Deputy Mayor Gurinderpal Kaur Mangat today discussed the constitution of the probe panel and said the final decision in this regard would be taken in a day or so. During the general house meeting held on March 31, 2017, councillors had raised the issue of corruption in building branch of the civic body and coming up of rampant illegal buildings in the city, after which the Mayor had announced that an seven-member committee would be constituted to probe the illegal buildings in the city. SUNNY 39° Singh Badal would be addressing the meeting. AAP is holding its conference on Bathinda Road. All 22 MLAs of the party, along with its star leaders Bhag- ious vacant plots, BDPO office and inside the church on Rama mandi Road. Takht Damdama Sahib has been beautifully decorated for the Baisakhi mela. EVERYTHING IS FAIR IN WORD WAR… Actor-producer Abhay Deol has slammed fairness cream advertisements, featuring celebrities, in “reference to a comment made by a politician on TV”. 19° PAGE 3 MINIMUM Þ Local Bodies chief engineer visits MCB Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 12 Ajay Kanwar, Chief Engineer of Local Bodies Department, reached the office of Municipal Corporation, Bathinda, (MCB) today. He will inspect various construction works done under urban mission in Bathinda, Mansa and Muktsar districts as a third-party audit had detected irregularities in these works. Kanwar remained in the MCB office for two and half hours and held a closed-door meeting with the officials. He passed on the directions of the new government and told officials to follow them and plug the drawbacks. He left for Rama Mandi and Sangat for conducting checks. On the way, he stopped at Naruana road where he checked the ongoing development works. The state government had built new roads under urban mission in the past one year. The works were inspected by a third-party under which a team had taken samples of materials used for these works and had tested them. It came to light during the inspection that in 10 cities under the Bathinda region, sub-standard material had been used in construction of roads and irregularities had been indulged in. In Bathinda district— Rama Mandi, Goniana, Nathana, Lehra Mohabbat, Kotha Guru, Mehraj, Bhagta Bhai Ka— and in Mansa district, reports of — Joga, Sardulgarh and Bareta— had failed. AAP MLA condemns PU incidence Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 12 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from Bathinda (rural) Rupinder Kaur Ruby today condemned the police action on students who were staging a protest against fee hike at the Punjab University, Chandigarh, yesterday. “The government at the Centre has been working on the directions of the RSS and is striking at the education system with privatisation and saffronisation. They have adopted a policy of crushing the students who are opposing it,” said Rupinder Kaur. “In the past two years, we have seen such instances at Jawaharlal Nehru University, the University of Delhi, Yadavpur University, Himachal Pradesh University and Hyderabad University, so this is the same case of crushing the students protesting against the hike in fee and crushing their democratic rights,” she alleged. The MLA said the police had also arrested 50 students. The police could not take this action on its own so it was clear that the motive of the government was to declare the protest of the students illegal, she added. SAFE SCHOOL VAHAN POLICY 7 buses impounded, 11 vans challaned in surprise check Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 12 Following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Safe School Vahan Committee today conducted surprise checking of school vans ferrying students in the city. The committee impounded seven buses and issued challans to owners of 11 vans for not fulfilling the criteria set under the policy. Vans of St Joseph’s School, St Xavier’s School, St Paul’s School, Radiant Playway School, SSD Krishna Vatika School, Guru Gobind Singh School, Nathana, Dr Guru Ram Dass Public School, Lehra Mohabbat, and Top Ranker School, Nathana, were checked by the teams constituted by the committee. District Child Security Officer Ravneet Kaur Sidhu said the vans which did not fulfil the requirements under the Safe School Vahan Policy were impounded. The school heads and van owners had been told to make sure that the vans ferrying children were not found lacking on any of the requirements laid down in the policy, she added. As per the policy, the vans ferrying girl students must have female attendants, they must be equipped with stop signs, retracting steps, hydraulic doors, CCTV cameras, adequate seating capacity, yellow colour, school bus insignia, valid fitness certificate, permit, speed governor, emergency As per the policy, the vans ferrying girl students must have female attendants, they must be equipped with stop signs, retracting steps, hydraulic doors, CCTV cameras, adequate seating capacity, yellow colour, school bus insignia, valid fitness certificate, permit, speed governor, emergency exit, and storage racks. The Safe School Vahan Committee has asked schools and bus owners to maintain the buses and vans. exit, and storage racks. The Committee members said the schools should not shirk from the responsibility of maintaining the vehi- cles by giving the excuse that they do not own the buses. The school heads will have to make sure that the vans ferrying their stu- dents fulfil the norms. Similar surprise checking would be conducted in the future as well to make sure that the van drivers do not take the rules lightly and also keep the documents of their vehicles complete, the committee members added. City experiences summer wrath at 39.5°C Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service A rickshaw puller splashes water on his face to beat the heat near bus stand in Bathinda on Wednesday.TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA c m y b Bathinda, April 12 The city and its adjoining areas registered the hottest day of the season as the blazing sun beat down hard today. As per the data collected by the Agricultural-Meteorological Department of Punjab Agriculture University regional centre in Bathinda, the maximum temperature was recorded at 39.5 degree Celsius today while the minimum temperature was recorded at 16 degree Celsius. The temperature registered an increase from Tuesday when the maximum temperature was recorded at 37.5 degree Celsius while the minimum temperature was recorded at 13 degree Celsius. Hot winds blew at the speed of 6.4 km per hour in Bathinda and its adjoining areas today as well, forcing residents to stay indoors. Due to the increasing temperature, the market places have started wearing a deserted looks during the daytime and those who do step out do so with their faces covered to save themselves from sunburns. As per the latest forecast, the hot and dry weather is here to stay as the days are turning increasingly dry with the humidity being recorded around 64 per cent in the morning and oscillating around 47 per cent in the daytime. The forecast also predicted that the region could experience dust storms in the coming days. The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted that over the next six days, the maximum temperature would hover around 40 degree Celsius. However, the minimum temperature could rise even further to be recorded around 16 degree Celsius, making the nights warmer. With the increase in temperature, the demand for electricity has also increased manifolds. More than the heftier power bills, it is the long power outages due to maintenance works in several areas across the city that have left the residents sweating. Sources in the Electricity Department claimed that most households, especially the older constructions, had started consuming power more than the sanctioned load and if this continued, frequent complaints of load shedding were bound to pour in. Sources in the department said while the maintenance work was usually conducted ahead of the onset of the harsh summer season, this time it was delayed due to the change in government. The maintenance works were being done to make sure that the complaints of fault in lines were minimised in the months ahead but were causing long power outages lasting up to six hours in residential areas, sources added.
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