12012018-JTR-01.qxd 1/12/2018 12:59 AM Page 1 FRIDAY | 12 JANUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Statue unveiled Weinstein slapped ‘I like bad guys’ The DC underlined the need of enhancing linguistic skills among students. P2 Studio mogul Harvey Weinstein was filmed getting assaulted at a Paradise Valley restaurant. P3 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is all set to be aired on Star Movies on January 14. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 21°C MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C MIN 5°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 5.44 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7.16 AM Work on Smart City to begin in three months Tribune News Service Illegal colonies and encroachments in the district being demolished by the Jalandhar Development Authority on Thursday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH JDA demolishes illegal colonies Mushrooming of colonies to be dealt with strictly, says the authority Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 11 Cracking down on the illegal colonies and encroachments in the district, the Jalandhar Development Authority (JDA) today demolished four illegal colonies besides removing encroachments from the commercial sites on PUDA Laadowaali road locality of the city. On the directions of Chief Administrator of JDA Girish Dyalan, a special team of the civic body led by Additional Chief Administrator Dr Jai Inder Singh razed the illegal colonies in village Bulandpur and Nangal Salempur today. The team demolished three illegal colonies in Bulandpur village while one was razed in village Salem- pur Nangal. In the same manner, in a joint action, the JDA and Municipal Corporation Jalandhar later removed illegal encroachments in the parking, corridor, footpath and other commercial sites of PUDA on the Ladowali road. The Additional Chief Administrator said the mushrooming of illegal colonies would not be allowed in the district. He also added that JDA was keeping strict vigil on such colonies. Jai Inder Singh said as per the directions of the state government the JDA would take strict action against any such colony coming in its jurisdiction. The JDA has already set up a special regulatory authority headed by him to take stringent action against violators of law on one hand and strengthening its regulatory wing on the other, Singh said He also said a centralised complaint cell has been set up to register and maintain all complaints received telephonically or in writing. To ensure that this regulatory body works efficiently, various officers of the civic body have been assigned specific subdivision. Jalandhar, January 11 Deputy Commissioner (DC) Varinder Kumar Sharma and Chief Executive Officer, Smart City, Girish Dyalan today said work on this ambitious program to give face lift to the city would begin within three months. Presiding over a meeting to review the work on this project which is worth Rs 1,000 crore here at District Administrative Complex today, the DC said the blueprint of this ambitious project would be finalised within a few days with the active support and cooperation of every department. They also said that after the completion of concept note and feasibility surveys, the tenders for these projects would be floated within three months to start the work. The project would ensure complete transformation of the city for which minute planning was being done by the consultants appointed by the Government of India. The complete overhaul of the city was on cards with this project. The city would have a unified command control room for all the emergency services like police, fire and others. Likewise, the project would also ensure intelligent traffic management system in the city with a special provision of e-challaning for which powerful cameras would be installed. Public transport system would be further strengthened by introducing low-floor mini buses and the auto-rickshaws plying in the city would be run only on CNG. The proposal to provide subsidy or finance the CNG kits for the auto-rickshaws owners was also on cards. Similarly, traffic management would be done at critical junctions for which multi-storey parking, foot over bridges and other features would be introduced. In the same manner, safety audit would be undertaken for the congested bazaars and areas of the city to minimise the incidents of fire. In order to check further depletion of groundwater in the city, it was also decided that the feasibility of using surface water from rivers would be examined besides the installation of rain water harvesting system, recharging of the wells and other features of water. The city would also have environment censors to keep a regular tab on the pollution level. Burlton Park would be developed as a sports hub with a convertible stadium on the pattern of the recently inaugurated stadium in Ahmedabad. Besides housing 17 indoor games, this stadium would also have hotel, convention centres, auditorium and other facilities to ensure its uses round the year. The government schools would be converted into smart schools with smart classrooms in the city. The work to identify places in government buildings to install solar panels and rain water harvesting system would also start soon. Soliciting active support and cooperation of officials, they said the project could not materialise without their active participation. SACRILEGE INCIDENTS Justice Ranjit Singh visits 5 villages Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 11 The Justice Ranjit Singh who is heading the Inquiry commission visited five villages of Nawanshahr today. The commission has been probing cases of sacrilege that took place in the state. Singh interacted with the villagers to gather data and information regarding the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and other religious books. The panel visited the spots,where sacrilege incidents took place such as Garhi Kanugoa, Jhander Kalan, Khothra, Talwandi Jattan and Saroya. Justice Ranjit Singh also listened to the villagers and panchayat members of the villages concerned to gather the data and information regarding the sacrilege incidents and also recorded their statements. He also asked the villagers to visit his office on the fifth floor of the forest complex in Mohali on January 17 if they wanted to give more information. 3-yr-old crushed to death Jalandhar: A three-year-old boy David was killed after he was crushed under a vehicle of a gas agency outside his home at Hargobind Pur Nagar here today. The driver Raju Kumar has been arrested by the police and a case under Sections 304 (A) and 279 had been registered against him. The victim was the son of a migrant labourer who was playing outside his home when the speeding vehicle hit him. Commuters near rlystationfeelupset Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 11 Commuters near the railway station here have been complaining that some persons putting up at the place are causing a great inconvenience and hindrance to them whenever they cross that route. The junk piled up by these persons at the railway entrance and the road connected to it was another factor troubling the commuters and visitors. Recently, complaints have also been got registered by students of Fenton Ganj Girls Senior Secondary School that these persons sit unnecessarily outside the school and make the path uneasy for the girls while entering or leaving the school campus. Navpreet, a student of Class X, said, “It is very uncomfortable to see these people sitting outside the school and making the surrounding dirty by the waste material they spread there. Often, we also encounter them urinating adjacent to the school wall, which makes the school premises filthy.” The school authorities said they continuously drive them away and tell them not to sit in front of the school, but they keep on coming there and sitting there with- Say squatters at the place litter the place, making area filthy out any permission. They had even complained about it to the cops on round, but to no avail. The General Railway Police (GRP) official Harjit Singh Randhawa said there seemed to be no solution to this problem, as we also evacuate the place regularly, but we are not authorised to take any strict action against them. Therefore, this has to be deal with as per the law as daily commuters have also complained about it many a time. The official said, “We only take action against them under Section 145 of the Railway Special Act. A challan of Rs 200 is also issued, but due to no money in their pockets they leave the place temporarily, hence no permanent solution is available.” Meanwhile, the persons concerned said, “We do not have a fixed space to live. Therefore, we have no option available but to sit in these areas. Even the raen basera (night shelters) supervisor does not allow us to sit there. Therefore, a solution must be found to our problems.” LOHRI ROUND THE CORNER: A vendor sells peanuts and a man selects a kite ahead of the festival in Jalandhar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH Elderly villagers fail to get money for three years MGNREGA SCHEME Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, January 11 When at the age of 72, one expects a comfortable life, this elderly man has been forced to run from pillar to post, that too to get his hardearned money. The web of the Aadhaar card formalities seems to have taken a toll on this man too. Ram Krishan of Sujjowal village has not got his wages under the MGNREGA scheme for the past almost three years. He has approached every official he could think of. But he says nobody had told him what could be the reason for him not getting his money. And he doesn’t go alone, Ram Krishan (72) who has not received his wages under the MGNREGA scheme for the last three years in Balachaur; and (right) Kashmir Kaur and Vidya. TRIBUNE PHOTOS but takes one of the neighbours who guides him as to whom he should visit. Ram Krishan, while talking c m y b to The Tribune, said he had not got any money for the past three years. His wife, Vidya, 70, is unsure of how she would be feeding herself and her ill husband. She said it was becoming difficult for them to survive in the absence of the money. The couple lives alone, while their children are far-away. They are daily wage labourers. Officials said they were trying hard to ascertain the real reason for this. Joga Singh, works manager, said he was trying every method to get him his money. “I feel his pain. Even we don’t want the elderly to suffer, and we are hopeful that the money will come,” said Singh. Jagjit Singh, Balachaur, SDM, said he had been looking into the matter. I have asked the Balachaur BDPO to look into the matter, he added. The Block Development Panchayat Officer (BDPO), Dharam Pal, said he had just got the extra charge of Bal- achaur and, thus, he would have to check the actual problem as to why he was not getting the money. Officials said the Aadhaar card was creating the problem. Also, his fingerprints were not matching, which was creating an issue. “But we are hopeful that his money will come soon,” the officials said. Another woman, Kashmir Kaur (35), of the same village said she had also not got the wages under the scheme. “Hun te baar baar jaan daa hi mann nahee karda,” she said, adding that she had also visited officials many times, but nothing had been done. She said she had a child in class III and her husband was a daily wage labourer, and she did not know how to run her family.
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