30042018-JTR-01.qxd 4/30/2018 12:21 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 30 APRIL 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Passing out parade Songs, with a clause Experience on wheels The passing out parade of constables held at the parade ground in Hoshiarpur. P2 Should entertainment be responsible or should the audience be liberal? P3 Even today, filmmaker and actor Satish Kaushik is better recognised as ‘Calendar’. P3 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 40°C MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C MIN 23°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7:00 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.39 AM Special purpose vehicle lays down progress plan Bonanza Rachna Khaira SMART CITY MISSION Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 29 The wait seemed to be finally over! After one and a half years since Jalandhar was selected under the smart city mission (September 2016), the special purpose vehicle (SPV), formed for the project, has finally laid down the progress plan of the implementation of its various development schemes in the city. SOLAR ROOFTOPS ON 25 GOVT BUILDINGS Labourers winnow wheat at the grain market in Jalandhar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Dead bees ring alarm bells Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 29 About a week ago, bees on hives on trees planted by local activist and academic Prof Lakhbir Singh close to his house dropped dead on the street in large numbers. This happened days after a nearby farm owner sprayed pesticides on the crops right by the trees. This isn’t the only incident of its kind, as flawed farming practices in the state have raised alarm bells for farm groups and ecologists. Professor Lakhbir Singh said, “We see the dropping dead of bees as a very alarming sign. We assume it to be linked with the use of pesticides in the fields. While bees are the pollinators on which the sustenance of the entire food chain is dependent, such dramatic dropping dead of bees by our home caused us to be upset. Ever since it started, the number of bees on the hive is almost half the previous number.” Umendra Dutt of the Kheti Virasat Mission said, “Not just bees, but all pollinators are in peril. As bees are such a critical link in the ecological scale, when these start dropping dead, one can safely assume that there is something seriously wrong with the ecology. There are various kinds of honey bees as well. Some don’t build hives, but independently breed in burrows and cracks in fields. Now the practice of setting crops on Villagers demand underpass, stage dharna Our Correspondent Threat to food chain A majority of the bee-keepers in the state are now bringing in bees from other states since their population in the state is depleting dramatically. fire and excessive use of herbicides and pesticides in the fields have all contributed to bring down the population of bees in the state. It’s a critical situation. Bees have also been affected by the cropping patterns. Earlier, flowering crops were sown in plenty but now it’s primarily wheat and paddy. This is causing damage to bees. The use of BT Cotton in the state has also affected bees.” Jagtar Singh, secretary, Progressive Bee Keepers Association, Punjab, said, “Bees have sustained healthy agricultural produce in the state for years. The use of glyphosate (a salt used in herbicides) across farming and vegetable producing sectors in huge amounts has spelt doom for the bees in the state. On top of it, crops which boosted pollination like sunflower are no more sown so enthusiastically. Farmers don’t even get sun- flower seeds. This was a major nectar producing crop. The loss of nectar will automatically kill bees. Eucalyptus was also pivotal for nectar. The only nectar-producing plant still being sown in the state is sheesham. The number of bee-keepers in the state has grown three times over the past decade, but they are all now importing bees from states like UP West Bengal, , Himachal Pradesh etc as bees are getting dramatically reduced within the state. Huge trucks full of bees are being brought from outside. Once upon a time, Punjab showed the way to the rest of the country in bee-keeping, but now it’s a reverse cycle. The situation is like a ticking time bomb. It shall cause reduced produce, susceptibility to allergies and diseases and reduced immunity in the state’s populace in the coming days.” Resentment Dalit youths clash with policemen following a minor scuffle after the cremation of Yashwant, alias Bobby, in Phagwara (Kapurthala) on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO:MALKIAT SINGH Phagwara, April 29 Several villagers staged a dharna here on Saturday, demanding an underpass at the Khalwaragate crossing on the Mehli-Mehtan Phagwara bypass to provide connectivity to nearly 45 villages with the town. Zila Parishad member Harbhajan Khalwara and sarpanches of Khalwara, Dhak Pandori, Fatehgarh and Balalon villages took part in the sit-in. The protesters alleged that due to the ongoing six-laning project of the PhagwaraRopar highway, crossings on a 9-km stretch of the bypass were being plugged, thus cutting the connectivity of a large number of villages with the sub-divisional headquarter of Phagwara. This will cause inconvenience to villagers, especially students and patients, coming to the city, they argued. The protesters said they had earlier taken up the issue with the MLA Som Parkash and the company engaged in the six-laning project, but to no avail. Tehsildar Inderbir Singh Minhas, who reached the dharna site, asked the protesters to give their demand in writing so that it could be taken up with appropriate authorities. DAPO PROGRAMME Walk-in interview Nawanshahr, April 29 Under the Punjab Government’s Drug Abuse Prevention Officer (DAPO) programme, ground-level trainees will be appointed for which walk-in interview will be held in Nawanshahr on May 1. Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar said interviews would be held in the Nawanshahr, Banga and Balachaur subdivisions in the SDMs offices with documents at 9 am. He further said that this would be not be a permanent job and the selected candidates would be paid only when there would be some work. The education qualification for the job is graduation/post-gradation, good communication skills and command over Punjabi. c m y b To begin with, the SPV is planning to initiate a solar roof top project for which a survey of over 23 government buildings was completed in Jalandhar. An approximate area of over 176000 sqm will generate a solar power of 17.581 kw. INTEGRATED COMMAND AND CONTROL CENTRE Under the mission, an Integrated Command and Control Centre will be set up. Though the location for the same is yet to be identified, a survey for traffic surveillance for it has been completed. 15 PARKS TO BE DEVELOPED Under the environmental Improvement programmes, over 15 parks will be developed in the city. These majorly include the areas of Industrial Area ph-1, Beant Singh park in Urban Estate phase 1, Salimpur park, Bhagat Singh park, Tobri Mohalla park, ladhewali park, Dhilwan road, Aggarsen park in Guru govind Singh Avenue, Adarsh Nagar park, Lajpat nagar park, Old Jawahar Nagar park, KP Park, Urban Estate phase II park as green belt and another in water tank park, Guru nanak Pura park and BR Ambedkar park. According to XEN Kulwinder Singh, over five to six parks will be developed in Phase I and the topographic survey and concept designs for the same were complete. Also, the SPV is planning to An overview of Jalandhar city. A FILE PHOTOGRAPH MAJOR PROJECTS UNDER THE SMART CITY Rooftop solar power Integrated Command and Control Centre Environmental improvement Canal Area rejuvenation Slaughter houses (2 acres) Burlton Park Sports hub E-health APP Upgrade of CETP in leather industry Conversion of diesel autos to CNGs Introduction of E-rickshaws Smart roads Smart parkings Junction improvement Amenities at railway station beautify and do landscaping under the three flyovers, including Lamba Pind Chowk, Pathankot Chowk and near DAV College. BURLTON PARK SPORTS HUB DRAWS FLAK In the mega project of the development of Burlton Park as sports hub which has been estimated at Rs 564 crore, a feasibility study is under way. While the secondary survey of the requirement of coaches, household and retail survey is complete, there has been huge protest lodged by area residents against the project. CETP AT LEATHER COMPLEX GETS FRESH LEASE OF LIFE Also, providing a fresh lease of life to the almost dead leather complex in the city, the first integrated township of leather industry in India, two common effluent treatment plants ~150 crore ~160 crore ~23.75 crore ~7.50 crore ~21 crore ~564.13 crore ~1 crore ~27 crore ~10 crore ~2.40 crore ~22 crore ~70 crore ~40 crore ~1.10 crore (CETPs) will be added under the smart city project to ensure the proper treatment of effluents in the complex. For the project, an estimated cost of Rs 18 crore will be released under the smart city project, and a new CETP will be built along with upgrading the existing CETP with 5MLD capacity in the leather complex. The move will revive the leather complex housing over 361 units providing employment to over 75,000 persons through direct and indirect recruitment. Under the smart city project, around Rs 7.5 crore is expected to be spent on the rejuvenation of the 4.8-km-long canal area situated in the city. Apart from this, many other projects, including the conversion of diesel autos, introduction of smart buses, installation of the safety and security ducting in Rainak Bazaar and other markets are under way. CAUSE OF DELAY While the state government had allocated Rs 200 crore for the Ludhiana smart city, Rs 1.5 crore was allocated for the projects in Jalandhar and Amritsar. Under the project, each city was to receive Central assistance of Rs 200 crore in the first year and Rs 100 crore over the three subsequent financial years. Though the Central government released its share of Rs 200 crore to Ludhiana immediately after it got selected in September 2016, the state government could not release its matching grant in the same year. Due to this, the Union Government held back its grant for Amritsar and Jalandhar and asked the state government to first release its share for Ludhiana. Also, from the Rs 200 crore allocated to Ludhiana, the government could only allocate work worth Rs 48 crore till date, while tenders worth Rs 200 crore are still lying pending with the state government. On the contrary, the Union Government last year again released Rs 25 crore each to the cities of Amritsar and Jalandhar, but the state could not release its matching grant again. Hope revived when Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal announced an allocation of Rs 500 crore as the state’s share in the smart city project.
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