01082017-btd-01.qxd 7/31/2017 11:14 PM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 1 AUGUST 2017 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Leakage in pipeline Health cafes Show-makers Residents face a tough time owing to a water leakage in the pipeline near Rose Garden chowk. P2 Eating joints that give you an exact breakdown as to how many calories you have consumed. P3 Lopamudra, Bani back in Bigg Boss. FORECAST P4 RAINY | MAX 32°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.25 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.49 AM Rain washes MC claims on waterlogging City receives 7mm downpour that inundates several areas, causes inconvenience Showers lead to dip in temperature Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 31 A brief spell of rain today exposed the preparedness of the Municipal Corporation, Bathinda, to tackle the waterlogging situation in the city. Though the rain lasted for only about half-and-hour, several areas were inundated with rainwater once again. Interestingly, residents of areas like Power House Road, Amrik Singh Road, Parasram Nagar, Balla Ram Nagar, Kamla Nehru Colony, Namdev Marg., Prajapat Colony, Green Avenue, Nai Basti, Kothe Amarpura, Sirki Bazar and Dhobi Bazar said now they had resigned to fate and take the deluge in their stride. Bathinda received only 7 mm rainfall today but it was enough to wash away the repeated claims of the MC on tackling the waterlogging problem after a downpour. Complaints about the inefficient functioning of the drainage and sewerage systems kept pouring in. Sewers in several commercial and residential emanated a foul smell. As per the Agri-Met Department of the PAU’s regional centre here, the city received only 7mm rainfall till 3.30 pm. The rainfall led to a decline in temperature. The maximum temperature was recorded at 31.5 degree Celsius, a fall from Sunday’s 35.2 degree Celsius. The minimum temperature, however, remained ■ As per the Agri-Met Department of the PAU’s regional centre here, the city received only 7mm of rainfall till 3.30 pm. The rainfall led to a decline in temperature. The maximum temperature was recorded at 31.5 degree Celsius, a fall from Sunday’s 35.2 degree Celsius. ■ The minimum temperature, however, remained almost the same. While on Sunday it was recorded at 26.6 degree Celsius, it didn't change much and was recorded at 26.5 degree Celsius on Monday. . SNIPPETS Commuters wade through the waterlogged Mall Road in Bathinda on Monday. almost the same. While on Sunday it was recorded at 26.6 degree Celsius, it didn’t change much and was recorded at 26.5 degree Celsius on Monday. Wind velocity was recorded at 3.9kmph. Man booked for assault Bathinda: The Sangat police have booked a person for assaulting a woman. The accused has been identified as Binder Singh, a resident of Baandi village. A case under Sections 452, 354, 323 and 506 of the IPC has been registered at the Sangat police station. Karamjeet Kaur, a resident of Baandi village, told the police that Binder Singh barged into her house and assaulted her over a dispute related to money. TNS Crores spent, all in vain The Municipal Corporation, Bathinda, may have spent crores to improve the rainwater disposal in the city, but it seems that the funds have only gone down the drain. In the absence of a proper drainage system, city residents have to make their way through a mix of sewage and rainwater that accumulates on the roads. As per information, the MC had laid a rainwater pipeline 193bottlesofil icitliquorrecovered A waterlogged road near Fauji Chowk; and (right) a boy has fun during the rain in Bathinda on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: PAWAN SHARMA linked with the main pipeline at Sirki Bazaar at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore. But the work failed to provide any respite to the residents and shopkeepers of the area. Even a new rainwater pipe and a boosting sta- tion came up on the Power House Road at a cost of Rs 40 lakh, but all in vain. A water disposal line and a water inlet laid from Bhatti Road to the DAV pond in Aggarwal Colony at a cost of Rs 40 lakh and storm water drain laid in the Civil Lines area at a cost of Rs 10 lakh also didn’t address the issue of waterlogging in these areas. As per the records available with the MC, it spent about Rs 7 crore on desilting of drains between 2013 and 2015. The money spent to deal with waterlogging failed to provide any respite to the residents. The Maur police have arrested two persons for carrying 24 bottles of illicit liquor. The accused have been identified as Lal Chand and Madan Lal, both residents of Maur Mandi. The Talwandi Sabo police have recovered 108 bottles of illicit liquor from a Maruti car. Accused Darshan Singh, a resident of Malkana village, fled after seeing the police. The Talwandi Sabo police have recovered 17 bottles of illicit liquor. Accused Sukhdev Singh is on the run. The Raman police have arrested Ajay Kumar and Gautam with 22 bottles of illicit liquor. The Sangat police have arrested Sukhdeep Singh, a resident Gehri Butter village, with 22 bottles of illicit liquor. TNS MC flouts Act by not Construction of rly underbridge PRTC drivers & conductors seek overtime, night allowances calling General House yet to start at Janta Nagar ~60 per hour for night duty meet once a month Gagandeep Sharma LACK OF FUNDS Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 31 Drivers and conductors working with the PRTC on contract have not received their dues for the past eight months for performing overtime and night services. They wrote to senior officials on many occasions but to no avail. PRTC officials say they don’t have sufficient funds to disburse the dues. According to the information available, a driver on a contract basis gets 8,600 per month while a conductor gets Rs 7,875 per month. In the past, PRTC officials had announced extra dues for performing overtime and night duty. The announcement was made after seeing the long routes. Sometimes, drivers and conductors have to spend the night out of station. The PRTC has started paying ■ According to the information available, a driver on a contract basis gets Rs 8,600 per month while a conductor gets Rs 7,875 per month. In the past, PRTC officials had announced extra dues for performing overtime and night duty. The announcement was made after seeing the long routes. ■ Sometimes, drivers and conductors have to spend the night out of station. The PRTC has started paying Rs 60 per hour extra for performing the night duty. After the announcement, they started plying buses on long routes. . Rs 60 per hour extra for performing the night duty. After the announcement, they started plying buses on long routes. As many as 491 drivers and conductors are employed with the Bathinda depot and many of them said they had not received their overtime and night allowances from December 2016. They said, “PRTC employees working on a regular basis are getting Rs 40 to 50 thousand per month. The government is giving them salary every month. But our allowances are pending. Officials say they cannot do anything without funds.” According to sources, an amount of Rs 2 crore is pending towards the PRTC. Manjeet Singh Narang, Managing Director, PRTC, accepted that employees’ problem was genuine and they had released the amount of Rs 1 crore in the past. He said the rest of the amount would be released at the earliest. He said there was no shortage of funds. 2 theft incidents reported in city Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 31 Two theft incidents have been reported in the area that comes under the Civil Lines police station. In first the incident, thieves decamped with gold and cash from a house at Ganesha Basti. In the second incident, a bike has been stolen from the Ajit road area. Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Ganesha Basti, told the police that Bike stolen Gursewak Singh of Jangirana village, told the police that unidentified persons had stolen his Splendor motorcycle from Street No. 13, Ajit Road, when he had gone home for some work. . unidentified person decamped with Rs 20,000 and 15 gm of gold from his house on the intervening night of July 30 and 31. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered against the unidenti- fied persons. Jagseer Singh, who is investigating the case, said a case had been registered and the accused would be held soon. Gursewak Singh, a resident of Jangirana village, told the police that unidentified persons had stolen his Splendor motorcycle (PB03JF-7604) from Street No. 13, Ajit Road, when he had gone home for some work. A case under Sections 379 of the IPC has been registered against the unidentified persons. Tribune News Service PUNJAB MC ACT Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 31 The Municipal Corporation, Bathinda, is flouting the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act norm by not holding its general house meeting once in a month. The last General House meeting was held around two-and-half-months ago. There is no indication that the next General House meeting will be held in the coming days. This year, only two General House meetings have been held. The first meeting was held on March 31, in which the budget was presented. The second meeting was held on May 8. As per the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, it is mandatory to hold at least one General House meeting every month. Congress councillor Jugraj Singh said the Mayor was not calling the General House meeting of the civic body regularly in accordance with provisions of Section 55 of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act. He said the Act mandates that at least one General House meeting would be convened every month. The Congress councillor said the Mayor had convened only two meetings this year so far. SAD councillor Pardeep Kumar Gola said the General House meeting should be held every month so that councillors could put forward c m y b Two meetings held This year, only two General House meetings have been held. The first meeting was held on March 31, in which the budget was presented. The second meeting was held on May 8. . their problems in a planned way. He said the meeting also gives a push to the development works. SAD-turned-Congress councillor from Ward No. 45 Sukhwinder Kaur said, “The MC should call the General House meeting once in a month. There are many issues that I want to raise in the house. But as the meeting is held after three to four months and every councillor want raise the issues of their respective wards. Due to this, women councillors do not get time to put forward their issues at that meeting. In the beginning of the meeting, the Mayor should give half-anhour time to the councillors. The Mayor should listen to their grievances.” A councillor, on the condition of anonymity, said, “The Mayor is bypassing the members who attend the General House meeting. He is giving approvals at the F&CC meeting. It is a wrong practice. This method should be applied only in emergency situations.” Mayor Balwant Rai Nath said, “The General House meeting has been delayed as it took some time to prepare agenda. The next General House meeting will be held soon in the coming days.” Bathinda, July 31 The construction of a railway underbrigde is yet to start at Janta Nagar. due to lack of funds. In July last year, the Public Works Department had prepared an estimate of Rs 3.84 crore for the construction of a lowheight railway underbridge on the Bathinda-Ferozepur stretch alongside Sirhind Canal at Janta Nagar. At present, there is a temporary passage beneath the railway track. The department had written to the state government for funds. But till date, the funds have not been issued. There was no proposal or approval from the government for the construction of a railway overbridge but after seeing inconvenience to the public, Gurmeet Kaur, councilor from Ward No. 49, had raised the demand for an underbridge. Chief engineer of the PWD, in a letter, had issued instructions to find permanent solution to the problem. Councillior Gurmeet Kaur had even written a letter to the Prime Minister in which she said under the Bathinda-Firozepur rail track, there was a narrow passage through which only twowheelers and small cars could pass. She added that ambulances and other big vehicles face problems while passing from the narrow passage. She said in her letter that the gap between the road and the railway track was just 4.5 feet. Bramh Ram, an official at the Prime Minister Office, had written to the Secretary, Ministry of Railways, and directed him to initiate action on the issue. The Railway Ministry fur- ther instructed to the DRM Ferozepur after which, divisional engineers asked the state government to provide a list of requirements for the construction of a railway underbridge and railway overbridge. While talking to Bathinda Tribune, Gurmeet Kaur said all formalities had been completed. Now, the state government had to issue funds to the department concerned for execution of the work, she added. The councillor said due to the formation of new government in the state, the construction might have been delayed. She demanded that the work on the project should be started at the earliest as around 10,000 people live in the Janta Nagar area. She said the area was surrounded by railway tracks from three sides and Sirhind Canal was situated on the fourth side. The site of a proposed railway underbridge at Janta Nagar in Bathinda. PHOTO : VIJAY KUMAR
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