28052018-JTR-01.qxd 5/28/2018 12:51 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 28 MAY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Street vendors Full of punches Jnana mudra Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar to identify separate zones. When BN Sharma, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Karamjit Anmol and Binnu Dhillon meet, laughter erupts. P2 The practice of Jnana mudra reinforces one’s determination to overcome impediments in the path of spirituality. P2 FORECAST P2 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 43°C MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 44°C MIN 23°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.18 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.21 AM SUMMER BLOOM 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. An amaltas tree stands out on a hot Sunday afternoon in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH JALANDHAR BYPASS LAND ACQUISITION NHAI, Town Planning Dept set to lock horns Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Fire at Ramamandi Flyover in Jalandhar on Saturday night. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH 3 fires in 24 hrs cause panic among residents Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 27 Three fire incidents in less than 24 hours in city areas created panic among residents on Sunday night. While the first incident was reported on the Rama Mandi flyover on late Sunday night, another incident was reported in Transport Nagar where three trucks caught fire due to a short circuit on an overhanging wire. In the third incident reported on Monday morning, fire gutted the basement of a prominent electronics showroom and damaged stock kept there. According to eye-witnesses at Rama Mandi, the fire broke out after a truck moving on the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road got entangled in hightension wires reportedly used for taking illegal connections by some people. According to Bhushan, who was passing the place during the time of the incident, as soon as the wires came down, sparks began to fly from these wires and fire immediately engulfed the stock of street vendors kept on and under the flyover. Within no time, the fire engulfed the entire flyover in flames. After getting the distress call, the fire and the power departments swung into action. While sub-fire officer Rajinder Singh sent three fire tenders to douse the flames, the PSPCl too switched off the mains to facilitate the flow of water canon over the hightension wires. Meanwhile, nearby residents got hold of the truck driver and beat him up mercilessly even before the police could arrive on the spot. The street vendors whose stock was gutted demanded compensation from the transport company. The driver was handed over to the police. SHO Navdeep Singh of police division 8, however, said that three trucks caught fire after someone burnt an oil lamp under a tree situated nearby. “It seemed that the fire from the lamp spread to nearby dry grass and reached the trucks,” said Navdeep. He, however, refused to see any sabotage in view of the Shahkot byelections scheduled for May 28 and said that the police would not be able to conduct further probe as no one had approached them with a complaint. The fire at the electronics shop was a major one, but did not cause any loss of life. Fire officials managed to control it in an hour. Jalandhar, May 27 The Punjab Town Planning Department and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) are all set to lock horns over the land acquisition of the Jalandhar bypass that will begin soon in Jalandhar and Kapurthala. While Section 80 (2A) of the Punjab Regional and Town Planning and Development Act, 1995, clearly states that in case a state or Central Government intend to carry out any development in respect of the change of land use, it should notify in writing to the competent authority in local area (here Jalandhar Development Authority (JDA), District Town Planning Department and Punjab Revenue Department) its intention by giving full particulars thereof and accompanied by such documents and plans of the project. However, VK Sharma, Chief General Manager (Land Acquisition), NHAI, expressed his ignorance in this regard. “We have published the gazette notification as per the provisions prescribed under the National Highways Act, 1956, and there is no other provision to initiate separate communication with the local competent authorities in our Act,” said Sharma. Meanwhile, due to this deadlock, the NHAI may have to shell out crores of extra money to pay as compensation charges to people whose land it would acquire for the project. Since the District Revenue and Town Planning Department of Jalandhar and Kapurthala have till date not received any written communication and route plan of the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur link road as per the Punjab Town Planning Act, they were until recently registering sale deeds and the change of land use (CLU) certificates since the day the NHAI began the land acquisition survey in the area. This has given a free hand to land sharks to earn multifold profits. The NHAI has not even placed map of the proposed road on its official website. According to sources, many senior politicians, their close relatives and also top bureaucrats too have laid their stake to earn multifold profits in the form of compensation. However, following the report in The Tribune published on May 7 this year, the Town Planning Department and the Punjab Revenue Department have now locked horns over the cancellation of the change of land use (CLU) certificates issued for the land to be acquired under the project. While Rajiv Verma, SDM–II-cum-competent authority for Land Acquisition (CALA) has written to the Punjab Town Planning Department to cancel the CLU issued before the publishing of the gazette notification of NHAI on February 27 this year of the aforesaid land, the latter is awaiting directions from the Punjab Government to initiate the process. To add more trouble to the government agencies, many land owners have now approached the court. While calling it a lapse on part of the officials of the NHAI and Town Planning department they have sought a stay on their sale deeds and also CLUs. Coloniser moved court against bypass project Sukhdev Singh, MD, AGI Infra, said, “Even though the NHAI had issued us NOC to develop a residential project in the land last year, it has now announced to carve a link road in over 2 acres of area from within our project. We have already sold a majority of the flats in our 20 floors towers and even paid fee worth crores to government to get various sanctions, how can we cancel the allotments? This is utter nuisance on part of the NHAI and we have approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court to seek a stay on the project. We have planned our project according to the approved master plan and the NHAI should also respect it.” The confusion lies here! Punjab Regional and Town Planning and Development Act, 1995 Section 81 .2 (a) In the case of a Department of the State Government or the Central Government or a local authority intending to carry out any development in respect of, or, change of use of any land, the department concerned or the local authority, as the case may be, shall notify in writing to the competent authority of its intention to do so giving full particulars thereof and accompanied by such documents and plans as may be prescribed, at least, two months prior to the undertaking of such development or change, as the case may be. National Highways Act, 1956 Power to acquire land etc Section 3 (A): Where the Central Government is satisfied that for a public purpose any land is required for the building, maintenance, management or operation of a national highway or part thereof, it may, by notification in the Official Gazette, declare its intention to acquire such land. (There is no mention of sending separate communication to local authorities) Section 3G (7) in the National Highways Act, 1956 The competent authority or the arbitrator while determining the amount shall take into consideration the market value of the land on the date of publication of the notification under Section 3A The proposed highway link The NHAI intends to buy around 380 acres for a project to link NH-70 (Jalandhar to Mandi via Hamirpur) with National Highway-71 (Jalandhar to Rohtak via Sangrur). It plans a 29-km bypass running through Jandu Singha village to Pratarpura via Jamsher in Jalandhar. 2,500 staff all set as Shahkot Sweet gesture goes to the polls today Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 27 The election machinery is all set for conducting the byelection of the Shahkot Assembly segment on Monday in which 1.72 lakh voters will decide the fate of the 12 candidates in the fray. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma today monitored the process of the distribution of the EVMs and VVPAT machines at Public High School in Shahkot today. Machines for conducting elections were disbursed among 2,500 polling staff across 236 polling stations in 189 locations in the constituency. Polling parties were then ferried to polling stations around 50 buses deployed for the job. Deputy Commissioner said there were a total 1.72 lakh votes, of which 88,885 voters were males and 83,194 were females. He said officials of the civil and police administration had identified as many as 96 polling booths. He said the polling booths 96 booths vulnerable ■ 1.72 lakh votes, of which 88,885 voters are male and 83,194 female ■ Webcasting at 103 polling booths on election day ■ 2,000 security personnel, six companies of BSF and police to be deputed ■ 30 videographers deployed with senior officers ■ At 64 polling booths, micro-observers to oversee electoral process would be provided security cover by the six companies of the BSF along with the local , police, to ensure a free and fair polling on May 28. The Deputy Commissioner said the district administration had roped in a blend of ultra-modern techniques, electronic gadgets and traditional security cover for free c m y b and fair byelections for the Shahkot Assembly polls. He said from the deployment of around 2,000 security personnel, including six companies of the Border Security Force, the administration was taking the help of electronic eye to ensure free and fair polling. He said 30 videographers were being deployed with senior officials, including election observers, Deputy Commissioner, Senior Superintendent of Police, returning officer, sector officers and other polling staff for polling day. The Deputy Commissioner said the videographers would minutely check the process of polling during the election day. Likewise, Sharma said the Election Commission had also decided to conduct webcasting at 103 polling booths on the election day as part of its commitment towards transparent and peaceful polls. He added that 64 polling booths, micro-observers would be assigned the task of overseeing the electoral process for a smooth and hassle-free polling. See also page 2 A woman and her child at a ‘chabeel’ in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTO MALKIAT SINGH ‘Green schools’ to be honoured by ministry Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 27 The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, ahead of World Environment Day, will launch an awareness programme to minimise the usage of plastic in schools so that these become plastic-free. The schools that will start the campaign and become plastic-free will be certified “green schools” by the ministry. In a circular, the ministry has stated, “Under the programme, in the first step, the ministry has asked the schools and authorities to undertake environment awareness programme so that the schools become plastic-free.” For such schools that claim to have become plastic-free, the ministry shall give these a certificate in honour, it further stated. Under the initiative, the ministry has told the schools, “No such items may be used in schools such as plastic water bottles, plastic carry bags, plastics cups, plastic plates or water jugs etc. continued on p2
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