12022018-JTR-01.qxd 2/12/2018 12:52 AM Page 1 MONDAY | 12 FEBRUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Sports The whole nine yards Golden Temple experience RCF Kapurthala sail into final of Jarnail Singh Memorial Football tourney P2 One of India’s top fashion designers criticised women for not wearing saree. P3 Although her work is very important to her, actress Tina Datta makes sure she takes out time for regular breaks. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 21°C MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19°C MIN 8°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.07 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 7.05 AM Sick of MC apathy, traders turn Lack of popularity hits Swacchata App stinking dump into green haven Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, February 11 A place which looked like a living hell with garbage strewn all across the road and scavengers and stray dogs taking their fill day and night at the point has now been transformed into a haven, making it pleasing to the eyes. Interestingly, not a single penny of the government has been spent for the big feat – which has completely been managed by shopkeepers on the Ladowali road, setting an example for the Municipal Corporation (MC) which has conveniently been ignoring the city’s deplorable garbage dumping points. Frustrated by the lack of action on part of the MC, the shopkeepers on the Ladowali road here got an illegal dumping point — falling on the road — cleaned by private workers and slammed the MC for its continuous ignorance towards civic issues. The dumping point which got cleared, falls nears Cargo Motors workshop on the Ladowali road here. While the road is a completely commercial area having over 50 shops, the shopkeepers, besides getting the area cleared and sick of the MC’s unresponsiveness to their repeated complaints, decided to seek their own solution to the problem. They, therefore, got a tent installed at the point, planted saplings and got two private security guards in order to keep a watch on cleanliness at the place. Shopkeepers in the area said, “We made a lot of calls and posted letters to the MC from time to time, but to no avail. Garbage dealers collecting waste from all nearby hotels and restaurants used to dump garbage at vacant plots here, to be scattered later by stray cattle in the area. The area had become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects, causing problems and diseases to commuters and workers working in the shops nearby for the last past over five years.” The Deputy General Manager of Cargo Motors, ID Sharma, said, “I had been tired of com- Power supply to six Sewa Kendras snapped Phagwara, February 11 Though the state government has decided to close Sewa Kendras, but no formal orders have been issued in this regard so far. Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has disconnected power connections of six Sewa Kendras, out of 14 Sewa Kendras, in Phagwara recently. The PSPCL has confirmed the disconnection. Ashok Sabharwal, XEN, said the power supply to the kendras, set up at the Tehsil complexes of Hadiabad, Bhanoki, Mauli, Rihana Jattan and Ranipur was disconnected due to non-payment of bills, which were lying pending for the past six months. These kendras are being run with the help of generator sets for the past many days. It was learnt that the staff deployed at 14 Sewa Kendras in Phagwara has not received their salaries for the past five months. Daljit Singh Dr Ankush Sharma Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service A place on the Ladowali road near the BSF chowk in Jalandhar from where garbage was removed. PHOTOS: SARBJIT SINGH OFFICIALSPEAK MC Commissioner Basant Garg while speaking on the issue, said, “We are working to resolve the issue as we are soon to start a project under the Swacch City banner and will install underground smart bins at 110 places in the city. Moreover, in the past, there had been a vast improvement and many stretches have been converted into green belts. We are working on cleaning other stretches too.” Also, the smart city project budget for the solid waste management has been allocated and we will come up with latest technology which will help us get rid of the garbage issues, he added. plaining to the MC officials again and again about clearing the area as it falls adjacent to my workshop and was troubling my workers a lot. More than 250 workers work in my workshop and were prone to harmful diseases due to the dumping of waste.” Foul smell was another big problem. Apart from that, many accidents had taken place in the past due to stray cattle taking up a large area near the dump, he added. Shopkeepers also complained that efforts should be made to generate awareness about cleanliness and sanita- tion and bringing about behavioural changes on health and hygiene practices. Ground Reality The much-hyped nationwide Swachh Bharat project has hit a major roadblock in Jalandhar, with the absence of a dedicated garbage collection service by the civic body. The bins, due to less capacity, remain full and garbage scattered throughout the day, showing the plight of the Swachh Bharat project in the city. Several dumping areas lie riddled with dump piles which are not picked for ages. Traffic to be diverted on routes of shobha yatra Jalandhar, February 11 In order to regulate traffic in a better manner during the proposed Shobha Yatra to mark the festival of Maha Shivratri in the city on Monday, (February 12), the Jalandhar Commissionerate of Police has decided to divert traffic at 22 points on the route of the shobha yatra. As per the route plan 22 diversions would be given to the traffic by the Jalandhar Commissionerate of police, so that pilgrims participating in the shobha yatra do not face any problem. The shobha yatra would commence from the Sri Devi Talab Mandir in the city and culminate at the same place, after passing through the Tanda Adda, Bhagat Singh Chowk, Ram Chowk, Bhagwan Valmiki Chowk, Basti Adda, Patel Chowk and Mai Heeran Gate. Keeping in view the shobha yatra, heavy vehicles would not be allowed from the Damoria Pull towards Hoshiarpur Adda, Shastri Chowk to Milap Chowk, GPO Chowk to PNB Chowk, Skylark Chowk to Bhagwan Valmiki Chowk, Patel Chowk to Jail Chowk, Railway Station to Adda Hoshiarpur, Dr. Ambedkar Chowk to Bhagwan Valmiki Chowk, Football Chowk to Basti Adda Chowk, Kapurthala Chowk to Patel Chowk, Workshop Chowk to Patel Chowk, Kapurthla Chowk to Old Sabzi Mandi, T-Point Vijay Nagat to Basti Adda Chowk, Street near Naaz Cinema to Basti Adda Road, T-point Jail Chowk to Basti Adda Road, Basti Adda Chowk to Patel Chowk and Bhagwan Valmiki Chowk, Pathankot Chowk to Doaba Chowk and others. Meanwhile, there is also a traffic helpline number0181-2227296-to help the general public. Notorious among the dumping grounds include the playground near DAV College, Focal Point, the dump under the flyover at the Chugutti Chowk, Ram Nagar Colony (Sodal), Surya Enclave Extension, Plaza Chowk in front of the MC office, dump near Burlton Park, Nakodar Road among other areas. Residents’ woes A majority of the vacant plots have become dumping points in the city. Things have come to such a pass that we are unable to invite our relatives and friends to our residence and remain worried for children, who might get infected, said Archana Singh, a housewife, a resident of Maqsuda, adding that in front of her house, a vacant plot was converted into a dump. She had been trying all possible ways to get the plot cleaned, but nothing had happened. Shivam Goyal, another resident from Chugutti, said, “The garbage dump has now become an eyesore. No MC sweeper visits here regularly. I urge the authorities to do the needful, besides only collecting the Swachh Bharat cess.” Jalandhar, February 11 Though the Municipal Corporation’s (MC) cleanliness wing claims that there are more than 5,000 downloads of the Swachhata App in the city, a survey conducted by The Tribune reflects another story. It shows that residents were not informed that the App could help to make their surroundings clean within 24 hours of the complaint lodged, as per the MC claims. Daljit Singh, a resident of Sant Nagar, said, “I neither know about the Swachhata App nor any awareness campaign was held at our locality to make the residents about the App. Infact none of the cleanliness workers or officials have ever visited the locality in the recent past for the survey of garbage disposal. Another resident, Dr Ankush Sharma said, “I did not see any awareness campaign regarding the Swachhata App in the city. More- ID Sharma Sharda Mehra over, if the Municipal Corporation (MC) has conducted such surveys, why was it limited to a few areas.” He got to know about the App when he visited Delhi and was not aware that any such facility had been adopted in the city as well. Therefore, he said the MC should also adopt a mechanism to promote the scheme among the residents of each locality. ID Sharma, Deputy Manager of a private automobile showroom, said, “He is aware of the App but never used it as he had filed many written complaints to the MC house but steps were not taken to make their area clean. In fact, the empty land near his workshop, being used as a garbage dumping spot by the hotels around it, was not cleared even after complaining to the MC. Sharda Mehra, who works in a private company, said, “She is not aware of the App. If any such App is available for the benefit of the society, people must use it to make their city clean and a better place to live. As a city resident, she would definitely avail of the benefits of the App, but the MC should also have to take stricter actions to resolve the complaints registered under the App portal, then only the app will be a success. Archana, a postgraduate student, stated, “I heard about the Swachhata App through a newspaper when the MC claimed that the city had thousands of the downloads of the App. About its usage, she said once her friend used the app to file the complaint about the undisposed waste lying open in front of her house, but timely action was not taken by the authorities so she did not install it on her smartphone. Moreover, if any such App is available than MC should organise awareness camps on a larger scale and also in all schools and colleges, as most of the smart phone users are in educational institutes only. MaintenanceofregisterstostopfromMar1 MID-DAY MEAL Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 11 The updation and maintenance of registers under the mid-day meal scheme will stop from March 1. The Education Department has released an independent App for the task and no register shall be needed to be maintained from the aforesaid date. During review meetings and based on representations received from school teachers, it was observed that six kinds of registers were presently being maintained under the Mid-day meal scheme by schools. These included cashbook, stock register, paste/voucher register, cooking cost register incorporating daily expenditure and health register. District Education Officer Ram Pal Singh said, "The mobile App would make the maintenance process easy and everything would be digitised. The data online update would record the data of how much ration was used, how much was needed. Moreover, the medical record of children would also be recorded in the App data storage along with this a feedback portal provision." Sources said the updation Happy lot Students of HMV College in an upbeat mood during the annual trade fair fiesta held in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH c m y b Archana and maintenance of the registers by teachers was taking a lot of time of the teachers. The issue had been examined and without compromising the financial rules and other relevant instructions, it had been decided that no registers would be maintained by any school. As an alternative, the department had prepared a software and also a mobile App. This would simplify the calculations and also help schools generate hand copy of the document or register if desired. The App was being prepared by the Mid-day meal cell in the head office and would be fully operational by the end of this month.
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