08092017-ATR-01.qxd 9/7/2017 10:28 PM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 8 SEPTEMBER 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE BRTS redesign Democracy shot? First steps on screen Passengers still prefer autorickshaws over bus service for frequent availability. P2 The killing of Gauri Lankesh has brought the issue of safety of journalists to the fore. P3 Ashi Singh shares her on-set experience and more… P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 32.8°C MIN 23.3°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C MIN 24°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.46 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6.11 AM No rent collection from MC properties Man ends life, in-laws booked MC already in financial crisis, lease term of several properties has expired the lease term ❝The MC should get Ifthe buildings,be vacated, the of which is over, vacated. these can’t rent Amritsar, September 7 A man, identified as Angrej Singh (28), a resident of Vaniyeke village, committed suicide by consuming celphos tablets here yesterday. He was rushed to a private hospital where he died late evening. His mother Jaspal Kaur lodged a complaint with the Amritsar rural police, following which a case was registered against deceased’s wife Daljit Kaur, her mother Balwinder Kaur and father Jagtar Singh, all resident of Kalas village in Tarn Taran. — TNS Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 7 The lease term of 90% of the properties of the Municipal Corporation (MC) is over but the civic body has not made any effort to vacate the buildings. Even the MC is not collecting any rent from most of the buildings leased out. As per the information gathered from the MC office, 174 properties (1.28 lakh square yard area) are leased out to other departments, such as schools and social should be collected as per the government rates. If MC collects 5% rent of these properties, it will come out of the financial crisis it has been reeling under. SURINDER SINGH SULTANWIND, MC Councillor organisations. These are worth crores of rupees as almost all properties are located in prime locations. As the lease term of most of the properties is over, the MC can’t collect the rent that too is minimal. Punjab ❞ Roadway took the ISBT ground on lease from the MC. They are paying a few bucks as rent but sublet the shops to private shopkeepers at a hefty price. Similarly, schools located on MC land have been paying Rs 60 or Rs 90 as annual rent but shops have been subletted to private firms for thousands of rupees. A local MC councillor, associated with the Aam Adami Party (AAP), raised the issue and demanded collection of rent from Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to increase the revenue of the MC. MC Councillor Surinder Singh Sultanwind said the MC should get the buildings vacated the lease term of which is over. If the build- ings can’t be vacated, the rent should be collected as per the government rates. “If MC collects 5% rent of these properties, it will come out of the financial crisis it has been reeling under,” he added. MC Estate Officer Jaswinder Singh said, “The government has issued a letter for the preparation of the list of properties and the status report. We have prepared the list and hope that the government will make a policy on such properties.” continued on page 2 Blue Whale helpline Civic body to speed up tax recovery Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 7 Amid the threat Blue Whale Challenge (an internet game) poses, Fortis Hospital has launched a round-theclock helpline (8376804102) for parents and youngsters in distress. Officials at the hospital said family members noticing behavioural changes among youngsters should consult the helpline where mental healthcare professionals give advice to the callers. Dr Samir Parikh said the helpline aimed at crisis intervention and psychoeducation, imparting skills to young people to be able to deal with the situation effectively. “Through this helpline, the endeavour is to make help available and accessible to vulnerable individuals as well as concerned friends and family members,” he said. He said the consultants would provide psychological supports to individuals experiencing any kind of emotional or psychological distress. Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 7 The Municipal Corporation (MC) has so far collected Rs 4.34 crore as property tax. The officials concerned say they expect a collection of Rs 10 crore till September 30. Despite the routine review meetings conducted by the MC Commissioner in the last five months, the property tax wing of the MC has collected only Rs 4.34 crore. The employees who are responsible for property tax recovery A man pays property tax at MC zone 6 office at Company Bagh in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR say the demonetisation as well as the imposition of the c m y b GST have hit the tax recovery. The routine collection of taxes has also suffered due to the 22-day strike of MC employees last month. MC officials have planned to open the tax collection windows in all zones for more recovery. Tax is now being accepted at the head office as well as the zone 6 office in Company Garden. The employees at the tax collection window say that the number of taxpayers has been increasing day by day as the last date of paying tax with 10 per cent rebate is approaching. continued on page 2 SNIPPETS Lok Adalat on September 9 Amritsar: The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) has announced that a national lok adalat will be held to amicably resolve the disputes on September 9. DLSA Secretary Monica Sharma said during the lok adalat, benches would be set up at the district courts besides subdivisional courts at Baba Bakala and Ajnala. She said the cases related to traffic challans, complaints against municipality, domestic violence, cheque bounce and other laws would be resolved. TNS Man dies in road mishap A truck ran over a cyclist, leaving him dead on the spot, near Verka bypass on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Tilak Ram. He along with Parmod Kumar, both local residents, were going to Verka on their cycles when a “speeding” truck hit Tilak Ram. He died on the spot. The police have launched a manhunt for the driver. TNS Mobiles, cash stolen Unscrupulous elements burgled a house belonging to Amarjit Singh alias Bagga in the intervening night of September 5 and 6. Bagga told police that the unidentified accused gained entry in the house from the rooftop and decamped with three mobile phones and Rs 40,000 in cash. The police have started investigation to identify the accused involved in the crime. TNS Optical fibre cable stolen The Civil Lines police have booked Aman Singh and Chamkaur Singh of Faizpura locality among several unknown persons for allegedly stealing the optical fibre cable of Connect, a telecom firm. The cable in Ranjit Avenue area has gone missing. Rahul Salwan, the complainant, said the firm later found the involvement of the accused. No arrest has been made so far. TNS Purse snatched Three motorcycle-borne persons have snatched a woman’s purse in the city. Simar Kapoor told police that she was returning home on her scooter and the moment she reached near Sunny Enclave, the accused snatched her purse that contained Rs 5,000 in cash and two mobile phones. TNS
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