04062018-JTR-01.qxd 6/4/2018 1:14 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 4 JUNE 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Little campers Shun plastic Good ties pay Students enjoy dance classes during the ongoing summer camp at IVY World Schoo. P2 Celebrities pledge to remove plastic footprint from face of earth. P3 Star Plus is all set to launch a horror show titled Qayamat Ki Raat. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 40°C MIN 29°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31.6°C MIN 13.9°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.21 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.21 AM Beating the heat MONSOON PREPAREDNESS Road gullies, sewer lines yet to be cleared in city Only two areas in the city have storm water sewerage system Avneet Kaur Residents of a locality in Jalandhar offer sweetened water to people on a hot Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Check human attack on nature, says expert Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 3 Reckless deforestation, the lack of a policy to safeguard flora and fauna and unbridled development — which has eaten up a majority of the green cover in the state — has had unsuspecting victims in the state’s animals and birds. Besides sparrows, deforestation has also had a fallout on other birds, including vultures, which are fast vanishing from the state. Meanwhile, even as incidents of animals straying from nearby forests are on the rise due to the depletion of the forest cover as well as food sources of wild animals, the irony is that due to the lack of a solid policy to save animals or any census having being conducted in the state, there is no count of the number of animal deaths that have taken place in wild areas. A few weeks ago, The Tribune had highlighted how bees in the state were dying due to excessive pesticide use, endangering the delicate ecological balance sustaining nature. Veterinary officer, Dr GS Bedi, says, “Sparrows and vultures are almost on the verge of extinction in the state. Both mobile towers and deforestation have a role to play in this. The human onslaught on wildlife has also taken a toll on tigers and leopards frequenting the jungles. The sanctuaries near Jalandhar and its neighbouring areas like Takhni wildlife sanctuary, the area near the Chauhal Dam, among other green patches, need to be fervently protected.” Dr Bedi added, “This is all a package which is causing a collective calamity in the state. The lack of green cover has direct impact on the water level which, in turn, endangers animals. Immediate steps need to be taken to stop the human attack on nature. “ Environment awareness run To mark the World Environment Day, 100 runners, under the Khilda Punjab Group, ran from Jalandhar to Beas, with the message to keep Punjab clean and green. They were also joined by some cyclists (below). TRIBUNE PHOTOS FEEDBACK Jalandhar Tribune invites feedback from its readers on issues of public concern relating to Jalandhar and 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. To mark the importance of World Environment Day and to give out the message to keep Punjab clean and green, hundreds of runners covered a distance of 30 km from Jalandhar to Beas. The run was started in the wee hours under the Khilda Punjab Group Run in which men and women of different age groups participated. Cyclists also joined the event to encourage people to use carbon-free vehicles. The organisers, Mehak and Balwinder, who are working in an IT firm and are fitness freaks as well, said it was the first of its kind run on this route, where athletic and cycling groups like Amritsar Runners, Hawk Riders Jalandhar, Jalandhar Biking Club, NH95 Riders and Jalandhar Runners were participating. The groups, meanwhile, condemned the littering of roads and members of these groups picked up junk and plastics throughout the route and encouraged commuters not to throw garbage and different kinds of trash on the roads. more storm water sewerage due to the paucity of funds. Residents bear the brunt Residents living alongside roads have complained of water contamination and looming threat of vector-borne diseases in their localities. “We have complained to the officials concerned but to no avail. During monsoons, the area is found in most unhygienic conditions as water stands here for days due to fault in the sewerage system” said Baljeet Kaur, a resident of Preet Nagar (Sodal). Mayor promises action Mayor, Jagdish Raja, said, “We are committed to providing every facility to every household and the issue will be addressed on a priority basis before the monsoons by the corporation. The sewerage and its maintenance will be checked and worked upon soon.” We have also hired labourers for the cleaning of overfilled sewerages and in the next House meeting, all problems related to the issue will be discussed and strict action to solve the problem of water accumulation or leakage will be taken, he added. On the release of funds under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) for the repair and maintenance of the poor sewerage system in the district, Mayor said, “An amount of Rs 78 crore has been released. Of this amount, the MC had prepared three different tenders which, when passed, will be spent to install more sewerage lines and the repair of the old sewerage at a few colonies and commercial areas in the city. We aim to provide 100 per cent sewerage facility to every household by the year-end, and we are dedicated to work on the issue, he claimed. 6-YEAR DELAY IN DELIVERY OF FLAT JIT told to refund ~6.7 lakh along with interest Our Correspondent Jalandhar, June 3 After the delay of six years in handing over the possession of LIG flat No. 62-A in the Bibi Bhani complex by the Jalandhar Improvement Trust (JIT) to an allottee, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, in its judgment on Friday, told the Trust to refund the amount of Rs 6.7 lakh along with 12 per cent interest to the complainant. The forum, after verifying facts, gave its judgment regarding the complaint of Anjana Verma, a resident of Suraj Ganj, Jalandhar, on Friday, telling the JIT to pay the amount along with 12 per cent interest. In her complaint, Anjana Verma had written, “I had submitted an application to Flats of Bibi Bhani Complex in Jalandhar. A FILE PHOTO the JIT on February 2009 for the allotment of the LIG flat in the 51.5-acre Bibi Bhani Complex at Guru Amar Dass Nagar. A lucky draw was held in August that year and I was issued an allotment letter in January 2010.” She said she paid the whole purchase price of the flat to the tune of Rs 6, 68,688 to the JIT in installments as per the terms within two and a half years. Her last installment was in 2014. As per the conditions of the allotment letter, the JIT was to give the possession of the flat to the complainant on the payment of the last installment, but it did not deliver its possession despite several requests. Since the Trust has still not constructed the flats the way it promised, and the 15-yr-old gang-raped in Kartarpur area lacks basic facilities, she sought the refund of the amount deposited along with interest, while also claiming compensation and litigation expenses. The JIT, in its reply, said that vide Clause No. 7 of the allotment letter, the cost price of the flat was to be recovered within the period of 2½ years and within the period construction of the flat is expected to be ready, then the possession could be taken after wards and that too after the execution of agreement. Under the circumstances, there is no mandatory condition which absolutely mandates the completion of construction within 2½ years. However, the construction of the flat is completed and possession can be taken and further alleged that the performance of the contract having been completed, the com- plainant is left with no cause of action to file the present complaint. The forum said the case proved that the JIT had been enjoying fruits of this amount i.e. Rs 6.7 lakh deposited with it since 2014 and nothing had been paid to the complainant in the form of interest. The complaint is partly accepted and the opposition party (JIT) is directed to refund the consideration amount deposited by the complainant i.e. Rs 6,68,688 with interest @ 12% per annum from the date of last deposited money i.e. 28.01.2014, till realisation and further the oppsition party is directed to compensate the complainant for mental torture and harassment by paying a compensation amount of Rs 30,000 and also litigation expenses of Rs 5,000. No relief Tribune News Service JALANDHAR: Jalandhar, June 2 Even as the monsoon is around 25-30 days away, the Municipal Corporation (MC) of Jalandhar seems to have not even begun any preparation to meet the challenge to check rainwater accumulation on city roads. Sewerage lines have not been cleared of the accumulated silt and road gullies leading to the groundwater chambers lie covered with filth and cannot even be spotted along many roads. Even a short spell of pre-monsoon showers yesterday led to accumulation of water in lowlying areas of the city. Forget roads, even the newly constructed railway under bridge (RUB) at Chandan Nagar, Sodal, gets filled with rainwater if it rains continuously for two hours. Besides, water also seeps from its roof. And, same is the condition of the Damoria overbridge as water leakage from the bridge during rains has become a common sight. Despite repeated complaints regarding the overflowing sewerage water and the rainwater leakage, the civic authorities have turned a blind eye towards the problem, said residents of Shiv Nagar, Sodal. As per information received from the MC officials, Rs 235 crore has been allocated for the development of the sewerage system in the city under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP) scheme last year, but no progress has been made so far on the laying of storm water sewerage across the district. For the past many years, only two sites have the storm water sewage system — one on the Kapurthala road and the other around Jyoti Chowk. No provision has been made till date to install Jalandhar, June 3 A 15-year-old was allegedly gang-raped in Kartarpur on Saturday afternoon. The police said the girl had gone to the fields when three men followed her and raped her. The family named the three accused who were living in the locality of the victim’s family. The accused were identified as Paramjit Singh, alias Manga, Swaran Singh, alias Buta, and Seva Singh. After committing the crime, the accused fled from the place. The mother of the victim complained about the matter when the latter didn’t return home. SHO Kartarpur said a case under Section 376-D (gangrape), c m y b 366-A (procuration of minor girl), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC, and Sections 8 and 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act had been lodged against the three men. Woman drug peddler arrested Phagwara: The Phagwara police have arrested a drug peddler identified as Gurdev Kaur alias Devo, a resident of Bhungrani village and recovered 5.80 kg of puppy husks from her possession last night. The accused was nabbed at a check point near Bhaghana village. A case under NDPS Act has been registered in this regard. A deserted look of New Sabzi Mandi during the ongoing protest by farmers in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTO SARABJIT SINGH
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