02092017-JTR-01.qxd 9/2/2017 12:01 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 2 SEPTEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Three held with weapons Hoc-key to success I am a very positive person Three persons, who had been allegedly looting people at gunpoint, nabbed with weapons. P2 Khido Khundi, a Punjabi film based on hockey, is all set to promote the game among the audiences. P3 Shraddha Arya, the leading lady of Zee TV’s latest primetime show Kundali Bhagya, talks about the show. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 31°C MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 6.45 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 6.00 AM OLD, UNSAFE BUILDINGS IN CITY MC ignores residents’safety concerns WATER TANK OF CIVIL HOSPITAL Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, September 1 Even as a 117-year-old building collapsed in South Mumbai and claimed a large number of lives recently, there are many such buildings, especially in the Old City localities here, which pose a grave threat to the life and property of the inhabitants of these and adjacent structures. The Municipal Corporation (MC) continues to close its eyes on the issue without having any effective mechanism in place, knowing that the chances of fatalities due to the falling of the unsafe buildings are high in the monsoon season. The MC has failed to get any updated list of such dilapidated buildings for the past over eight years. The last survey that the Town Planning Department here had done was in 2009 when 12 such unsafe buildings had been marked. Ever since, just three notices for repair/renovation and demolition action from the authorities have followed. According to information procured from residents, the number of unsafe buildings in the city is certainly far more and the officials have failed to wake up from their slumber despite two-three incidents ■ The Civil Hospital water tank that falls in the Islamaganj area here (located just behind the hospital) is posing a severe threat to the area residents in its vicinity. ■ Despite residents having filed complaints twice with the hospital authorities regarding the water tank lying in a dilapidated condition, which could fall anytime, no action has been taken by the authorities. ■ Civil Surgeon Raghveer Randhawa said, “As I have joined recently, I am not aware of the issue, but I shall look into the matter." PAST INCIDENTS ■ A 45-year-old man Roshan Lal An unsafe building in the Old City locality in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH happening every year. While most of the buildings reported to the MC fall in the area near Ram Gali, Charanjitpura, Charat Singh Bazaar and Chowk Malka, the other unsafe buildings that fall in Mai Hiran Gate, Rainak Bazaar, Qilla Mohalla, GTB Nagar are even not listed in the papers with the MC. Even the DEO office building, buildings of Government Primary School Chohakan Kalan and Government High School Bulle are in a ramshackle condition and have been declared unsafe by the PWD, still no action has followed. DEO (Secondary) Nee- lam Kumari said, “Six rooms of the school at Bulle village too had been declared unsafe for the past many years. Until the government takes any action, the space remains unutilised also.” Residents’ woes Concerned residents of old c m y b city areas like Mai Hiran Gate, Rainak Bazaar, Qilla Mohalla and Sheikhan Bazaar, which have many unsafe buildings, said, “We are working here in shops by putting our lives to risk. We have been tired of knocking the doors of the civic body continued on page 2 died last year as the roof of his house collapsed at Basti Danishmandan while he was asleep. His wife Suman and two teenaged daughters Simran and Shilpa, too, were lying asleep and got buried under the debris. ■ Two brothers Simar and Gurpreet, who had gone to purchase bikes from a showroom, got badly hurt when an unsafe building in Ali Pulli Mohalla atop the showroom fell on them last year. It had been raining and the first floor of the unused, unsafe building came down all of a sudden, on the Old GT road near Jyoti Chowk. 7-yr jail for sodomising boy Jalandhar, September 1 The court of Additional Sessions Judge Harreet Kaur Kaleka has sentenced a Deol Nagar resident to seven years’ imprisonment for sodomising a seven-year-old boy in a three-year-old case. The accused Amardeep Singh has been sentenced to seven years’ jail with Rs 7,000 fine under Section 377 of the IPC. Under Section 3 of the POSCO Act, he faced another sentence of up to three-year jail and Rs 3,000 fine. The police had arrested the accused after an FIR was lodged against him on March 24, 2014. The father of the victim had alleged that his son had gone to his brother-in-law’s house at Deol Nagar. From there, the accused, who was his brother-in-law’s neighbour, had taken his son to his place by offering him a chocolate and committed the crime. The boy returned home and narrated the episode to his parents after which a case was lodged against him. — TNS
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