18072017-btd-01.qxd 7/17/2017 11:10 PM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 18 JULY 2017 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Joggers’ Park stinks Notes of a poet Fresh start Thick algae, stagnant water, foul smell and mosquitoes — lakes at Joggers’ Park turn into eyesores. P2 Charan Likhari, Punjabi writer, poet and lyricist is rooted to the soil. Supergirl actress Brit Morgan is all set to be seen in the second season of the series Riverdale. P4 FORECAST P3 RAINY | MAX 37°C MIN 29°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 28°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.32 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.41 AM PRTC halts city bus service on outer routes Starts operating mini-buses meant for inner city areas; move comes in wake of mounting losses Confusion over timetable Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 17 The PRTC has stopped 10 regular city buses, which were making losses, and has started operating mini-buses on the outer routes. The city bus service has been affected as of the 20 mini-buses, meant for inner city area, many are now plying on the outer routes. There is confusion over the timetable followed by these mini-buses. PRTC officials claim that they are following the timetable given to them by the MCB while MCB officials say they don’t have any ■ The city bus service has been affected as of the 20 minibuses, meant for inner city area, many are now plying on the outer routes. ■ PRTC officials claim that they are following the timetable given to them by the MCB while MCB officials say they don’t have any time table. ■ The city bus project was launched in 2012 The mini-buses parked in Bathinda. A FILE PHOTOGRAPH . timetable. PRTC Bathinda bus stand GM Surinder Singh said, “We have halted 10 city bus- mini-buses plying on outer routes, he said it was decided by the MCB and these buses were operating 7 km es as we were facing loss. The regular buses also need maintenance.” When asked about the outside the city area. Mayor Balwant Rai Nath said he would take up the matter in the upcoming F&CC committee meeting and soon the issue would be resolved. When asked about the routes on which mini-buses were plying, he called the XEN, who said they didn’t have any route. They have to take the time table details from the PRTC, the XEN added. The city bus project kicked off in 2012 under the then Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). Ten (52-seater) low floor Shimmering lights buses were introduced and the project was handed over to the PRTC for its operation and maintenance. Former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal inaugurated the project with much fanfare. Even in 2016, the PRTC moved out of a contract with the MCB over operating these buses. At that time, the MCB has planned to operate these buses on its own. The civic body floated a tender for it but no bus contractor showed any interest in operating the buses due to which the PRTC was later told to operate them. Gang of burglars busted, 5 held Gagandeep Sharma Tribune News Service Headlights of two-wheelers and four-wheelers glow bright after the rain on GT Road in Bathinda on Monday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR High Court orders stay on construction of NH-15 toll plaza Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 17 The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered a stay on the ongoing construction of a toll plaza on National Highway 15. The toll plaza, located near village Jeeda on Bathinda-Amritsar road, was being constructed by a Rajasthan-based company. As per the information, the stay was ordered following a petition submitted in the court by the owners of a petrol pump located near the upcoming toll plaza. The owners of the petrol pump alleged that the construction firm was flouting several rules and regulations while undertaking the work. It is pertinent to mention here that the owner of the petrol pump, Harpreet Singh Grover, had filed a writ in the court following which the court ordered the parties concerned to submit their replies by July 28. Elaborating on the case, advocate Anmolratan Singh Sidhu stated that as per the notification issued by the Road Transport and Highways Ministry of the Government of India dated August 24, 2013, there is a ban on construction of a toll plaza within a 1,000 metre radius from the petrol pump. He stated that Grover has been running the petrol pump since 2005 in Jeeda village and the distance of the toll plaza from his pump is only about 30 metres. Meanwhile, residents of Jeeda village also supported the case and stated that the toll plaza should be either located in Faridkot or Bathinda rather than at Jeeda village. Residents of the village said the setting up of a toll plaza on the road just a few metres away from the village would cause traffic congestion on the road right outside the village. The village residents stated that due to the road widening project, unnecessary vehicular traffic was passing through the village and with the setting up of a toll plaza, traffic problems will only increase. “Instead of a toll plaza at Jeeda village, it should be at the outer limit of Bathinda district from where Faridkot district begins as there can be better traffic control resources,” said a village youth Dilbar Singh. SNIPPETS F&CC meeting on July 20 Bathinda: The Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) has scheduled its Finance & Contract Committee (F&CC) meeting for July 20. Four agenda items would be taken up for approval during the meeting. The proposal of giving Rose Garden canteen on contract for three years would also taken up for discussion. The MCB had conducted the auction for the canteen on June 28 in which three contractors participated and deposited the security amount. The estimated cost for the contract of the canteen was kept at Rs 3 lakh per year. Rajiv Kumar made the highest bid of Rs 3.14 lakh. In the hope of getting approval from the F&CC, the MCB had given the work to Rajiv Kumar. Another proposal of toner paper for computer printers would also be taken up. The MCB has estimated Rs 9.13 lakh for the purchase of toner paper. Three contractors made bids for this contract held through e-tendering. Shakti Engineering Company quoted the lowest price at 23.23 per cent below the estimated price of Rs 7.00 lakh. Even the agenda for the purchase of stationary would also be taken up. The estimated cost of this work was kept at Rs 4.38 lakh. TR Traders quoted the lowest price at 28.10 per cent below its estimated quote at Rs 3.14 lakh. Mayor Balwant Rai Nath said the F&CC meeting had been fixed for July 20 as some urgent purchase had to be made due to which these tenders would be taken up for discussion and approval. TNS Four held with liquor, drugs Bathinda: The police have arrested four persons with illicit liquor and one with poppy husk. One accused has been absconding in case of Excise Act. Three cases have been registered at various police stations. In the first case, the Talwandi Sabo police have arrested Jagtar Singh, a resident of Lelewala village, with 15 kg of poppy husk and recovered an Indica car (HR-11Z-0348) from Talwandi Sabo. A case has been registered under the NDPS Act at the Talwandi Sabo police station. The Talwandi Sabo police arrested Kulwinder Singh with 144 bottles of illicit liquor from Behman Kor Singh village and recovered a motorcycle. Satnam Singh, a resident of Ghuman Kalan, have been absconding. Both accused have been booked under the Excise Act. The Raman police have arrested Hemraj, Rupesh Kumar and Rupinder Singh, residents of Raman Mandi, with 24 bottles of illicit liquor. TNS Alumni meet organised The toll plaza on the outskirts of Jeeda village. A TRIBUNE PHOTO Bathinda: Baba Farid College of Management and Technology held an alumni meet, “Samyukt 2017”, to reunite the pass out students of MBA from 2008 to 2014 batches. Faculty members said the alumni of the institution were working with renowned companies such as Wal-Mart group, Nerolac Paints, Glen Mark, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, Canara Bank, Yes Bank, Muthoot Finance, Touchstone, Ess Key Fincrop, Verka, Bani Milk and Cordona Publications besides others. TNS c m y b Bathinda, July 17 The police have busted a gang of burglars by arresting five persons while two of its members are absconding. Addressing mediapersons, SSP Naveen Singla said Rajinder Kumar, in-charge of CIA-1 wing of the Bathinda police, today received a tip-off about the gang, whose members were planning to loot a petrol pump or bank in the city. The police have arrested Rohit Victor alias Vicky Christian, a resident of Railway Colony, Ishwar Dass, a resident of SS Nagar, Vijay Kumar, a resident of Railway Colony, Manpreet Singh, a resident of Partap Nagar and Amit Kumar, a resident of Zirakpur. SSP Naveen Singla addresses mediapersons in Bathinda on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA The police recovered one country-made pistol, three revolvers, 12 cartridges, 180 gm of gold, Rs 2 lakh, an LCD, a laptop, Rs 2,500 in coins and 550 gm of silver. SSP Singla said the accused had looted Rs 3.96 lakh at gun point from Delhivery Private Limited Courier Company from Model Town, Bathinda, on June 5. They also assaulted a person called Vishawnath and fired at him in Continued on page 2
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