06012018-ATR-01.qxd 1/5/2018 11:15 PM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 6 JANUARY 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Smart City project Destination Chandigarh Eyeing politics No compromise on work quality, MC teams to keep an eye, says Navjot Singh Sidhu. P2 This year, Chandigarh has many reasons to see a boost in tourism. P3 Kamya Punjabi feels politics is not a bad career choice. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 16°C MIN 3°C | YESTERDAY MAX 14°C MIN 5°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 5.42 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 7.31 AM Illegal constructions: 4 MC officials get notices for ‘incorrect’ report Gave wrong information to Local Bodies Dept; STP issues show-cause notices Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 5 Senior Town Planner (STP) Tejpreet Singh has issued show-cause notices to four officials of the Municipal Corporation’s (MC) building branch for reportedly submitting incorrect report to the Department of Local Bodies about the ongoing “illegal” constructions of hotel buildings in the walled city. The action has been taken on the complaint of Advocate Sarbajit Singh Verka, who is pursuing a case against the illegal constructions at the Punjab and Haryana High Court (HC). “I submitted photographs with the court regarding the ongoing illegal constitutions in May this year. The department had questioned the local authorities regarding the ongoing illegal constructions. The officials, including the assistant town planners (ATPs) and building inspectors, submitted an incorrect report about such constructions. They told the department that these building were already constructed. I have submitted fresh photographs and filed a complaint with the Secretary, Local Bodies, in this regard. Now, the STP has issued show cause notices to two ATPs and two building inspectors in this regard,” he said. Responding to the Department of Local Bodies, MC Commissioner Sonali Giri has stated that the STP had issued the show cause notices to the field staff, including ATPs Lakhbir Singh and Jagdev Singh, and building inspectors Angad Singh and Case sub judice ■ Action taken on the complaint of Advocate Sarbajit Singh Verka, who is pursuing a case against the illegal constructions at the Punjab and Haryana High Court. ■ Assistant Town Planners Lakhbir Singh and Jagdev Singh, building inspectors Angad Singh and Munish Kumar get notices as they informed the Local Bodies Department that the underconstruction buildings in question were already constructed. ■ Complainant submitted fresh photographs to the department to counter their claims. . Munish Kumar. Giri said, “The government has asked the STP about the report, which was filed against the claims of the complainant. We have written to the department regarding this.” Sarbjit Singh Verka had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) with the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the construction of hotel buildings around Golden Temple. According to information, the hotels inside the walled city are being constructed in violation of building bylaws. Following the PIL, the court had issued directions for necessary action. The MC did not take appropriate action and Sarbjit Singh Verka filed a contempt of court in 2015 as officials were not complying with the court orders. On the direction of the court, the Local Bodies Department charge-sheeted 32 officials of the building wing of the MC. Amritsar, January 5 A delegation of entrepreneurs, led by Rajya Sabha MP Shwait Malik, today met Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla in Delhi and submitted a memorandum of their demands, including delay in the release of pending service tax refund of the builders across the country. They said builders were facing problems in getting their service tax refund. The memorandum also threw light on other problems of traders. According to them, Shukla took a note of these and promised early redressal of the problems. Shukla also gave his consent to be the chief guest on the annual day celebration of Military Engineetng Services Builders Association of India (MESBAI) to be held in New Delhi on January 11. MESBAI president Praveen Mahana, Balbir Vij, general secretary from Nagpur, Shiv Kumar, honorary treasurer, Varinder Garg, former president of the association were present. — TNS Tarn Taran: A police team of the narcotic cell, led by ASI Paramjit Singh, on Friday arrested Nirmal Singh Nimma of Palasaur village and seized 265 gm of heroin from his possession. The accused was arrested from Sangha village on the Tarn Taran-Goindwal Sahib road, the police said. A case under Sections 21,61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered. OC One arrested with heroin Three held with intoxicants The police on Friday arrested three persons with 1,510 intoxicating pill. Robin Singh of Plasaur village was arrested with 800 pills and Sarabjit Singh of Kadgill village was held with 500 tablets. In another case, the Patti police seized 210 pills from Sukhdev Singh of Patti. They have been booked and further investigation was under way, the police said. OC DAV school head honoured Amritsar: Dr Neera Sharma , Principal, DAV Public School, Lawrence Road, Amritsar, and Mansimranjot Kaur of Std XII (Humanities) were honoured for excellence in their respective fields by Sahodaya Schools Complex, Amritsar. The function was organised at Vivek Public School, Amritsar. Dr Neera Sharma was honoured for her efforts in the field of education. Mansimranjot Kaur was felicitated for her all round performances in curricular and co-curricular activities. TNS Regular jobs sought The Democratic Teachers’ Front (DTF) has lambasted the state government over the non-regularisation of teachers under ‘5178 master cadre’. In a press release, they accused the government of not taking them seriously and flouting the rules when it comes to job regularistion. TNS Tribune News Service One of the photographs of "illegal" constructions that Advocate Sarbajit Singh Verka has submitted to the Local Bodies Department. TRIBUNE PHOTO On November 23, the Department of Local Bodies dismissed Senior Town Planner (STP) Hemant Batra and demoted Assistant Town Planners (ATPs) Banke Bihari and Rajinder Sharma and building inspector Harjinder Singh one rank below for allowing violation of the Tribune News Service building by-laws. According to information, there were 105 hotels in the walled city when Verka filed a writ in 2010. The SIT constituted by the government in 2014 found that the number of hotels was 125. The government invited applications to regularise the hotels under the Walled City Act and 216 hoteliers submitted their files. Advocate Sarbajit Singh Verka claimed that there were more than 300 hotels in the walled city and there were almost 16 sites where illegal constructions were going on. Body arrives from Dubai Amritsar, January 5 The body of Amritpal Singh, who died in Dubai recently, arrived at Sri Guru Ram Ji Dass International Airport here today. Amritpal, who hailed from Mirpur village in Jalandhar, had died on December 10. He was the only son of his parents and had gone to Dubai around one-and-a-half-year ago in Rajbir Randhawa Aulakh in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO know about it online. With the support of my parents and in-laws, I took up the opportunity.” Aulakh is also a model at India Runway Week and a theatre artist in Punjab Naatshala, Amritsar. “I want to SNIPPETS Congress responsible for karate player’s suicide: SAD City woman sparkles at Gurugram beauty pageant Amritsar, January 5 Rajbir Randhawa Aulakh has made the city proud by being crowned as the first runnerup in ‘Mrs India – Pride of Nation 2018’ in Delhi recently. The 30-year-old beauty queen is a surgeon by profession. The event was organised by Glamour Gurgaon, a private company in Gurugram. Aulakh has many such titles in her kitty. Earlier, she had won the title of Miss Jamnagar 2015 and Mrs PunjabPride of Nation 2017. “I want to dedicate this crown to my family members. It was not possible without their support. My husband Satinder Aulakh and my mother-in-law Jaswinder Kaur have always supported me. My motherin-law has been a constant source of inspiration, confidence and love.” Aulakh is keen on pursuing her three passions — doctor, actor and model. “I will try to work in all three professions with passion,” she says. The surgeon, who fell in love with the world of fashion, adds, “I was always inclined to the world of glamour. Even during my college days I used to participate in fashion events. I came to Centre apprised of traders’ issues spread a message that women should come out of their shells and give themselves a chance to explore their talent. I am thankful to the Glamour Gurgaon team for providing me with this opportunity,” she adds. c m y b search of job. His family members approached SPS Oberoi, a noted industrialist and social worker, for helping them in bringing the body back. Oberai heads the Sarbat Da Bhala Trust, which has been instrumental in bringing bodies of around 50 youths, who lost their lives in different countries. — TNS Amritsar, January 5 Accusing Cabinet minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa and another Congress leader Balwinder Singh Billa of meting out injustice to the family of Gurdaspur international karate player Kuldeep Kaur, who committed suicide on Wednesday, SAD leaders have sought registration of cases against them. Addressing mediapersons here today, SAD (youth wing) president Ravi Karan Singh Kahlon, former MLAs Dalbir Singh Verka, Malkiat Singh AR, SAD (urban) president Gurpratap Singh Tikka and others sought resignation of Bajwa. Flanked by Balvir Kaur, sister of the deceased, they alleged that political shelter extended by the leaders of the ruling party to the accused forced Kuldeep to take the extreme step. “Players and Army officials are assets for any country, but such leaders have no respect for them,” they said. The only brother of the girls serves in the Army and he is yet to Balvir Kaur, sister of Kuldeep Kaur who committed suicide recently, along with SAD leaders at a press conference. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR return from his posting in Arunachal Pradesh. Balvir said her family was based at Gujjarpura village of Gurdaspur and her sister, finding no justice from the police and political leaders, committed suicide. “The accused are Congress supporters in the village, who are hell bent upon encroaching upon our 10 marlas of land (250 square yards). They connived with the police and received shelter by the leaders of the ruling party,” the girl alleged. An MBA student of Panjab University (PU), she said she sold off her gold ornaments, saved over the years by her parents for her marriage, in the past 70 days and travelled about 13,000 km to different offices of the police, political leaders and others pleading for justice. She added that her mother was suffering from cancer and a paralysis attack rendered her father physically challenged.
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