02022018-ATR-01.qxd 2/1/2018 11:54 PM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 2 FEBRUARY 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Hoardings removed Drug in party circuits Happy ending Employees of Municipal Corporation remove hoardings from across the city. Although not many own it up, party drugs are slowly and steadily spreading their evil tentacles in tricity P3 Mandy Moore is all set to walk down the aisle with musician Taylor Goldsmith! P4 FORECAST P2 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 22°C MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24°C MIN 8°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.06 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7.22 AM 125 hotels near Golden Temple apply for one-time settlement Tough norms disappoint hoteliers who are in dark about regularisation charges GS Paul Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 1 The Local Bodies Department received 125 applications under the state government’s one-time settlement policy for regularising illegal hotels and guest houses around the Golden Temple. The last date to apply ended yesterday. However, tough norms have left the hoteliers disappointed. Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu had declared the government’s special policy for illegal hotels and guest houses near the shrine on January 13. The applicants were asked to furnish the surety of structural safety, fire safety and parking norms prescribed under the National Building Code, 2016. Sidhu had claimed that the policy would have benefitted at least 215 hospitality units located in the narrow lanes. Sarbjit Singh Savvy, proprietor of Sita Niwas, said though the policy was not ‘friendly’, but he had applied for regularisation. “We had no choice. I have given the initial payment, but am still clueless about what amount exactly would I have to pay to regularise my hotel,” he added. Narinder Singh of City Heart Hotel said he had converted a residential property Residents were seen glued to TV sets across the city on Thursday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR For city residents, nothing concrete in Union Budget Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Several hotels and guest houses around the Golden Temple are not registered. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR into a humble hospitality unit to earn a livelihood, but exorbitant penalty amount had disappointed hoteliers like him. “I haven’t applied for it yet as I am unable to figure out how I’ll arrange the heavy penalty which would not be less than Rs 20-25 lakh. I urge Sidhu to reconsider it. The scheme will suit those who are new entrants in this field and have sound financial backing,” he added. Meanwhile, Jatinder Singh Moti Bhatia, who owns Alpha Inn hotel, said everyone should have at least availed the golden opportunity offered by the government. Federation of Amritsar Hotel and Restaurant Association president Surinder Singh said though a large number of applicants have submitted the initial payment with documents, the policy needed to be reviewed while taking our representatives into confidence. “Around 125 hoteliers have submitted their documents with a token amount, but we all are in dark about the charges and the conditions laid down in the policy. The charges come out to between Rs 20 lakh and Rs 2 crore, which is still irrational,” he said. It would not be easy to procure the structural safety certificate from designated institutes as due to old topography there was no provision for parking, the floor area ratio was beyond permissible limit and there were narrow stairs, he added. Killer bridges cry for attention Tourist’s purse snatched A survey in 2014 suggests there are 86 bridges in a shambles or sans railings Amritsar, February 1 Unidentified persons snatched a purse from a tourist outside Kumar International Hotel in Civil Lines yesterday evening. Meinka Gupta stated that she was going along with her family members in an autorickshaw when two bikeborne youths snatched her purse. She lost a mobile phone, Rs 8,000, an Adhaar and a voter card. The police have registered a case. — TNS Gurjit Sethi to be KCIPS head A dilapidated bridge near Attari border. Such bridges have claimed several lives in the past. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR GS Paul Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 1 Though Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who drove down to meet and reward Karanbir Singh at Muhawa village in Attari yesterday, has announced funds to the tune of Rs 10 lakh for immediate repair of the bridges on the defence drain, there are a number of dilapidated bridges in the district crying for attention. On September 20, 2016, a school bus carrying 30-40 children of a school in Attari’s Neshta village fell in the drain while crossing a bridge in Muhawa village. The railing on the bridge was so weak that it could not resist the uncontrolled school bus from falling in the drain resulting in a loss of seven innocent lives. The mishap had left several students injured. Karanbir, now a student of Class XII, had shown exemplary courage, saving the lives of at least 15 children. He was also recognised by the Prime Minister’s bravery award recently. Karanbir had sought repair of the bridges and Sidhu, who also awarded him with Rs 1 lakh from his own pocket, had instantly announced government funds of Rs 10 lakh. The bridge at Muhawa is not the lone dilapidated one as there are around 80 such bridges built on canal distributaries in the rural border belt. These are sans railings or in a very dilapidated state. ADC (Development), Amritsar, Ravinder Singh said the state government had already announced Rs 200 crore for the repair of bridges, roads, signage and speed breakers, etc. in the border belt. “An estimate of Rs 12.5 crore was prepared by the Punjab Mandi Board to repair the bridges that fall in Amritsar. We expect to receive Rs 4-5 crore soon. The work on Muhawa bridge will be executed instantly as the minister announced a grant today,” he said. The absence of crash rail- ings on bridges built on canal distributaries have virtually turned these into a death trap and claimed lives in the past. A survey was conducted in 2014, detecting around 86 bridges in a shambles or without railings. As per the list, the areas falling under the Tarsikka and Mattewal police stations have maximum number of canal bridges (nine) without railings. Similarly, the areas falling under the Gharinda and Ajnala police stations have eight and seven risky bridges, respectively. Chatiwind, Kamboh, Majitha, Beas Bhindi Saida and Jandiala Guru, too, have six such bridges. c m y b Amritsar: Khalsa College Governing Council (KCGC) on Thursday appointed Gurjit Singh Sethi as principal of Khalsa College International Public School (KCIPS). Having a rich experience of 14 years in teaching, Sethi has been the principal of prestigious schools, including Kendriya Vidyalaya at Jaisalmer, Suranussi and Amritsar. — TNS Amritsar, February 1 The Union Budget seems to have failed to live up to the expectations of city residents. The salaried class is the most dejected as they had been expecting the government to raise the exemption limit for income tax. A retired senior manager of Punjab and Sind Bank, Shamsher B Singh, said, “It was expected that the exemption limit would be raised to Rs 5 lakh and it could have been a big relief to the honest tax payers.” Prof Paramjit Nanda, head of the Punjab School of Economics, Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), termed it a routine Budget. “The FM has himself admitted that the salaried class is paying more tax than that of the business class. The purchasing power of the salaried people has gone down because of the high rate of inflation and other factors,” she said. Though Jaitley touched the issues of agriculture, health, water supply and others, the industry and service sector, which is pivotal to the growth of country, has been ignored, she added. Dr Satnam Singh Ajnala, president, Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, said, “The Union Finance Minister said the government minimum support price (MSP) would be fixed at 150 per cent of the input cost. But a rider is there according to which the Union Government will discuss it with the state governments who are already claiming to be grappling with fund shortage. The government has kept Rs 2,000 crore for the promotion of sustainable agriculture. Considering the fact that there are 14.5 lakh families of farmers, the amount is of no consequence. Thus the Budget has nothing concrete for the agrarian sector.” Dr SS Chinna, Senior Fellow, Indian Council of Social ❝ The income exemption limit was expected to be raised to Rs 5 lakh. It could have been a big relief to the honest tax payers. The revival of standard deduction of Rs 40,000 is too meagre considering the inflation and multiple taxation system. ❞ SHAMSHER B SINGH, retired banker ❝The Union ❝Jaitley has admitted that the salaried class is paying more tax than that of the business class. The purchasing power of the salaried people has gone down because of the high rate of inflation and other factors. ❞ PARAMJIT NANDA, head of the Punjab School of Economics, GNDU There ❝logic inis no Finance Minister has said the MSP will be fixed at 150 per cent of the input cost. But a rider is there according to which the Union Government will discuss it with the state governments who claim to be fund starved. reducing the tax from 30 to 25 per cent for the companies with annual turnover worth Rs 250 crore. The rise in education cess is laudable as there is a provision for spending Rs 1 lakh crore on educational infrastructure. DR SS CHINNA, Senior Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science DR SATNAM SINGH AJNALA, president, Jamhoori Kisan Sabha ❞ ❞ ❝The Budget is laudable as itItenvisages development of infrastructure. aims to boost the economy and generate jobs through a major push in rail, road and air logistics. GUNBIR SINGH, ex-chairman, Punjab CII ❞ Science, too, stated that Rs 2,000 for the promotion of sustainable agriculture in the shape of organic farming was a meagre fund. “There is no logic to reduce the tax from 30 to 25 per cent for the companies with annual turnover worth Rs 250 crore. The rise in education cess from 3 to 4 per cent is laudable as there is a provision for spending Rs 1 lakh crore on educational infrastructure.” Former Punjab CII chairman Gunbir Singh, however, lauded the Budget, terming it for the development of infrastructure with an added focus on healthcare and education.It aims to boost the economy and generate jobs through a major push in rail, road and air logistics, while continuing with civic upliftment through the Amrut, Hriday and Smart City programmes. 2 cops thrashed, history-sheeter booked Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 1 The Amritsar rural police booked a couple for attacking a police team at Bhakana village here yesterday. The cops were there to arrest a history-sheeter. The accused have been identified as Kawaljit Singh and his mother, residents of Bhakana village. Head Constable Sarwan Singh from the Gharinda Bike set afire Head Constables Sarwan Singh and Satnam Singh went to arrest Kawaljit Singh in Bhakana village when the accused along with his mother allegedly thrashed them and set their bike on fire. police station said Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Amit Malan had issued arrest warrants for Kawaljit Singh. Following the court orders, Sarwan Singh along with Head Constable Satnam Singh went at his house in Bhakana village at around 3 pm. “When I informed him that the court had issued his arrest warrant, he attacked us. He tore my uniform besides thrashing me. The accused threatened us to kill. We fled leaving our bike. The accused sprinkled kerosene oil on our motorcycle and set on fire,” he said in his com- plaint. On being informed, senior police officials, including Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Harpreet Singh and Station House Officer (SHO) Rajbir Singh reached the spot. The accused managed to flee. A case under Sections 307, 353, 186, 436, 506, 427 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered. The police are making efforts to arrest the accused.
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