13032018-JTR-01.qxd 3/13/2018 12:48 AM Page 1 TUESDAY | 13 MARCH 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Symposium organised Breaking stereotypes Overcoming stage fear Indo-Malaysian industrial symposium organised at Lovely Professional University. P2 At Garvotasava 2018, students gathered to break prejudices. P3 Meera Deosthale used to have stage fright when she was young! P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 30°C MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C MIN 15°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.29 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.34 AM Commuters rue bad road at Domoria under-bridge Our Correspondent Jalandhar, March 12 Causing great inconvenience to commuters, the road at Domoria under-bridge leading to the railway station here lies in a pitiable condition. Despite tall promises made by candidates to rebuild the road during the Municipal Corporation (MC) elections, no concrete efforts have been made by the civic authorities to solve the problem. People have to wade through stagnant water on the road here. Elderly persons are facing a tough time while crossing the uneven surface scattered with stones. Many times, vehicles get stuck here. Potholes add to the woes of passengers and commuters. They get injured many times due to the bad condition of the road. Driving along the road has become a risky affair owing to potholes and accidents have increased manifold. The potholes are not only damaging four- The Domoria under-bridge road, leading to the Jalandhar railway station, lies in a pitiable condition. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH wheelers, but have also become the main reason behind accidents. Stones lying on the stretch many times hit window panes of vehicles while these are moving here. “The stretch from the starting point of the Domoria flyover leading to the underbridge towards the railway station is like a roller-coaster ride for passengers. Nothing has been done to carry out the repair work on the road,” said Sahil, a student. Apart from disrupting the smooth flow of traffic, it puts financial burden on commuters as they have to spend a lot of money on the maintenance of their vehicles, which get damaged while plying on the road. During rainy season, this path is badly flooded, while on the rest of the days of the year too, the condition is the same as mostly one can see water accumulated here due to poor sewerage. The MC officials should look into the matter and find a concrete solution to the problem,” said Chaitanya Sharma, a commuter. “Councillors who have now won the elections have forgotten their promises. Moreover, we pay taxes but the government has failed to provide safe roads to us. The bus stand and railway station are the major points where huge traffic and crowd is witnessed. The maintenance of the road should be the priority of the MC,” said Kavita Joshi, a commuter passing through the road. Joginder Singh, Corporation Engineer, B&R Department, said, “The administration is aware of the bad condition of the road and inconvenience caused to the commuters. As the stretch falls under railway lines, we are bound to seek permission from the Railways. Unless we get the permission, we are not authorised to carry out any work. But we will definitely work towards the commuters’ issue and will lay patches filled with gravel on the potholes so as to avoid accidents and other threats. The work will begin soon,” he added. Roadways staff upset over new transport policy Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 12 After the Punjab Government notified its new transport policy that has reduced the share of State Transport Undertakings (STUs), PRTC and Punjab Roadways creating 50:50 ratio of the roadways and private buses, there has been a huge uproar among the district roadways workers here. While the Roadways Action Committee wants 1990 transport policy to be re-enforced, the drivers, meanwhile, demanded to withdraw the new slab of 50:50. Earlier, the share of the STU was 60 per cent that has now been slashed to 50 per cent and it is lowering the number of roadways buses running on national highways in the region. Salvinder Kumar, one of the members of the action committee, said, “It would result in great losses to the roadways and more profit to private buses. Though previously the public and private buses were running in 60 to 40 ratio, even then it was benefiting private bus operators, as practically due to more buses running on single permit, higher occupancy of private buses, profits were driven to private owners attributing to government’s inefficiency of providing the required numbers of buses under public undertakings.” There was shortage of around 550 buses under the STUs. He added that the government should include PUNBUS under the Punjab Roadways to eliminate its inadequacy. Also, this new transport policy will benefit private owners in a way that in the 60:40 slab STUs already had shortage of buses and now with the introduction of 50:50 slab, the figures of STUs will be further lowered. Currently, under the Punjab Roadways, around 3,000 STUs buses are there, while there are a total of 5,500 private buses running in the region, including illegal private buses. In addition, Paramjit Singh, general secretary of the roadways at the city bus stand, said if the government had slashed the ratio of roadways buses, why was the Supreme Court’s order of equal remuneration for equal work not applied? All Punjab roadways employees wants 1990 transport policy to be enforced, as this new policy would not only cut the share of roadways but also cost the jobs of existing drivers and conductors. Apart from that, the indulgence of ministers in the operations of private buses should be curbed. Moreover, the DA and the pay commission have not been issued to the roadways employees even though these have been passed by the central government and have already been provided in neighbouring states, he added. Not only the new policy is troubling the STUs, some commuters have also expressed their regrets on it. Gurdeep Singh, one of the passengers at the bus stand, said, “The roadways provide so many facilities and subsidies for disabled, cancer patients, police personnel, woman and people under 10 such categories. Therefore, when the roadways buses will be reduced, needy people under such categories would be hit.” Kapurthala Lok Adalat Chairperson Manju Rana during the challaning of over 50 buses near LPU University on Monday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Stress on cost-effective and innovative ideas for smart city Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 12 The innovation club, Dr BR Ambedkar NIT, organised a national-level competition on the theme of Smart City. The inauguration started with the introductory speech by L P Singh, faculty coordinator (Innovation Club). He said the main objective of the event is to promote innovative and cost effective ideas for smart city and inculcate a sense of belongingness among the young technocrats to participate in the mission of smart city. Moreover the new and innovative ideas selected based FEEDBACK Jalandhar Tribune invites feedback from its readers on issues of public concern relating to Jalandhar, Phagwara, Kapurthala and the nearby areas. Readers can email their views to jalandhar.feedback@ gmail.com They can also send their views to: Feedback, Jalandhar Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh - 160029. Letters sent by post must mention 'Feedback for Jalandhar Tribune' on the envelope and it should be signed and must contain the address and telephone number of the sender. upon the merits shall be explored and converted into reality through the incubation centre and district administration. Director of Institute Prof LK Awasthy also gave his short speech through social media and motivated the students for participation. He mentioned that the selected ideas will be funded through incubation centre for new start-ups. Team “Life to Life” from NIT Jalandhar was awarded with the first prize which is with idea of kidneys swapping between families. It has created a website for the members which enables them provide an optimal match between the two families for interchange of organs across the country and globe. The link of the website is https://life2life.000webhostapp.com. Team “A1403” from Lovely Professional University was awarded the second prize. They had presented an idea about smart security system using RF module to track the vehicles which is already implemented in their collage premises. Team “Pravaah” from NIT Jalandhar was awarded with the third prize. The team worked on the concept of reusing garbage to make useful items. 50 buses challaned for illegal stoppage The third flower Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service A girl looks at flowers at the Grand Flower Show organised under the aegis of the Vajra Corps Headquarters in Jalandhar cantonment. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH AAP leaders to show black flags to the CM Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 12 The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Amarjit Thind and HS Walia today said that they, along with party supporters, would show black flags to Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh during his March 14 programme in Nakodar. The government has announced to give a debt waiver to 40,000 farmers of six districts on the day. Thind, who had unsuc- AAP leader Dr Amarjit Thind at a press conference in Jalandhar on Monday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH c m y b cessfully contested from Shahkot in the 2017 Assembly polls, said the event was just a “drama” by the government which had failed on most fronts. Taking up the issue of illegal sand mining in Shahkot villages, both Walia and Thind said they had held protests at the sites and even sounded the administration and the police, but they were not acting on their complaints. “The cops did not even act after GM, Mining, had informed senior police officials about the illegal mining. Due to the excessive use of machinery, the use of which is illegal as per an Act, there are 40-feet deep trenches at some places,” he said. Thind claimed that he had even faced attack by miscreants thrice for allegedly indulging in antiillegal mining activities, but the cops only took his complaints and did not register any FIR against the accused. Jalandhar, March 12 Cracking down on the transport mafia working on national highway areas, Manju Rana, chairperson of the Permanent Lok Adalat (PLA) at Kapurthala, today launched a massive crackdown on buses stopping illegally in front of the Lovely Professional University gates in Phagwara. Over 50 buses were challaned for stopping illegally in front of the university gates in the five-hour long operation. The chairperson, accompanied by heavy police force and heavy machinery, reached the spot in the morning and ordered the removal of two-wheelers parked illegally over there. The police also confiscated over two dozen vehicles parked illegally on the national highway. Also, the encroachers along footpath having shops and pushcarts selling food items were warned to remove the encroachments from the national highway. The chairperson also spoke to the students whose vehicles were confiscated by the police. A student alleged that the university does not allow free parking inside the premises. “They charge Rs 5,000 as monthly parking fee which a majority of the students could not afford. Two-wheelers being challaned near LPU near Jalandhar on Monday. Even the illegal shops mushroomed outside the university premises charge Rs 40 a day to allow parking outside their shops. We do not have any other option but to park our two-wheelers on the national highway,” alleged students. The students also demanded a foot overbridge outside the university gate so as to prevent road accidents on the spot. Suket Gupta, president of the Human Rights Press Club, said some shops outside the university gates were even found selling tobacco products, a complaint of which was handed over to the chairperson for necessary action.
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