13JK01A.qxd 11/12/2013 9:46 PM Page 1 NEGATIVELY POSITIVE wednesday | november 13 | 2013 | Jammu JAMMU TRIBUNE SPORTS: OUTSTANDING PLAYERS TO GET SCHOLARSHIPS ÞPAGE 2 SCHOOLS: PAINTING CONTEST ON ENERGY CONSERVATION HELD ÞPAGE 2 WEATHER SUNNY 22°C MAXIMUM MINIMUM ■ Congests other stretches, especially in the old city; authorities say work on the road will be completed in 3-4 days Tribune News Service Jammu, November 12 The digging work on the circular road is adding to the woes of commuters, especially during peak hours, in the old city. Getting stuck in the traffic for hours together has become a routine affair for residents of Panjtirthi after the Durbar shifted in Jammu from Srinagar. National Buildings Construction Corporation Ltd (NBCC) is laying sewerage pipes here and only two wheelers are allowed ply on the road. To avoid the rush in the old city, commuters take the circular road route, which connects Tawi Bridge, Gujjar Nagar, DC Office, Panjtirthi Sidhra and the national highway to Srinagar. However, now with the circular road closed for four wheelers, there is excess traffic on other routes in the city, especially in the old city and on Mubarak Mandi road. The NBCC has taken up this work at a time when Muharram is being observed and the Darbar has shifted to Jammu. "It should not have been started at this point of time. The government should take such steps after considering all the aspects. It seems no efforts are being made by the administration and The digging work at the circular road has led to more congestion on other roads of Jammu. TRIBUNE PHOTO: ANAND SHARMA the government to give relief to Jammu residents," said Rajan Bali, a resident of Panjtirthi. "We get stuck in traffic jams for hours at Mubarak Mandi, Jain Bazar and the Panjtirthi road. After the Darbar Move, these jams have become a daily affair," he said. "I have to go from Nagrota to Bahu Plaza for my duty. I have been using the circular road for a hasslefree journey but since the work has started on this stretch, I have to take a much longer route on the Sidhra bypass," said Sandeep Sharma, a resident of Nagrota. Kashmiri Pandits living in the Jagti area who work in Jammu, too, are facing problems. The situation is similar in other parts of the city, especially near Chand Nagar where whole road Þ PAGE 4 9°C Closed circular road adds to traffic chaos Amit Khajuria The new show on Colors, Rang Rasiya, which stars Ashish Sharma and Sanaya Irani, has now got its negative lead. Producer Saurabh Tewari has roped in Tarun Khanna in the role of a landlord. He was last seen in Life OK's Devon Ke Dev… Mahadev as Raavan. has been dug up by the Economic Reconstruction Agency. Last year too, this road had been up. The road was laid but the road has been dug up again this year, posing inconvenience to local residents. Manmohan Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic), said, "The NBCC has taken permission from us to close the circular road for ten days, but the work lingered on. We have refused to give them more time. Now, they have assured us that the work would be completed in three-four days." "The load of traffic on other rods is obvious, but the road will be open to commuters soon," he added. 16 unauthorised kiosks seized, protest staged Vendors burn an effigy of the JMC during a protest in Jammu on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: INDERJEET SINGH Tribune News Service Sweets shop owner held for ‘assaulting’ taxi driver Tribune News Service Jammu, November 12 Following a strong protest by taxi drivers against the alleged “assault” on their colleague, the police today arrested the owner of a famous sweet shop of the city. Earlier, the protesting taxi drivers had a heated exchange of words and a minor scuffle with the police as the latter had allegedly adopted delay tactics to register a case against the owner of the sweet shop, Satish Abrol. Later, the police arrested Satish for assaulting the driver, Jasbir Singh. A case under Sections 323, 341 and 34 of the RPC was registered against the accused in the Gandhi Nagar police station here. Modern abattoir in Jagti by next year ■ Urban Development Department awards contract to Ghaziabad-based firm Arteev Sharma Tribune News Service Jammu, November 12 After a delay of almost five years, Jammu is all set to have a modern abattoir in Jagti on the outskirts of the city next year. The Urban Development Department has given the Rs 21-crore contract for the project to a Ghaziabad-based company. The Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) is await- ing the formal approval from the state government. The file pertaining to the project is lying with Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khandey for vetting. “We have awarded the contract for construction of a modern slaughter house on scientific lines in the Jagti area to Ghaziabad-based Ess Dee Enterprises. The company will construct the abattoir within a year and it will oper- ate it for another year before handing it over to the civic body,” Dr Zaffar Iqbal, Municipal Veterinary Officer (MVO), JMC, told The Tribune. The MVO said the file pertaining to the project had been sent to the Chief Secretary, who will give the final approval. “The work will be started soon on the project and we are hopeful it will be completed by the end of next year,” Dr Iqbal said. The project of setting up a modern abattoir was mooted in 2007. It was supposed to be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 10 crore but the delay due to "technical glitches and administrative inertia" led to the overrun in the cost. The project cost was revised and it would now cost Rs 20.70 crore to the state government, he said. Continued on page 2 Jammu, November 12 Vendors near the Jammu railway station today held a protest against the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) for removing their rehris "without any prior notice". Earlier today, a JMC team, under the supervision of Joint Commissioner (Administration) Kapil Sharma, seized about 16 kiosks from outside the station. Kiosk owners alleged that the JMC had seized their kiosks without any prior notices. Manoj Kumar, a kiosk owner, said, “It was our off day today. We were in a relaxed mood when a team of the JMC suddenly arrived and started seizing our kiosks and other items. If they wanted to remove kiosks from here, they should have issued a prior notice to us.” “We are here for many years. After the taxi stand was made, the then Jammu Development Authority vice-chairman assured us that we would be accommodated at the railway station, but the matter remained pending and now, the JMC has seized our kiosks from here,” he said. Continued on page 2
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