16DD01A.qxd 11/15/2013 9:10 PM Page 1 STAR TRACK 3 Heart-warming moment ENTERTAINMENT 4 Real touch to a reel wedding The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Dehradun Plus Dehradun Saturday November 16, 2013 After disaster, govt's plan to legalise slums stuck in limbo NEENA SHARMA TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 15 The state government's plan to legalise slum settlements, which have taken roots on river beds, according to the slum rehabilitation policy seems stuck in limbo. In the wake of a massive destruction to life and property in the mid-June natural calamity during which overflowing rivers created havoc and washed away several habitations, the Department of Urban Development is evaluating its policy under which slums and habitations existing deep on river beds are to be legalised. Most of the slums that exist on the Rispana and Bindal river beds are precariously placed and exist in the middle of the course of the river. During the monsoon, swollen rivers bring down misery for the people. The loss of lives in Dehradun In the wake of the massive destruction to life and property in the mid-June natural calamity during which overflowing rivers created havoc and washed away several habitations, the Department of Urban Development is evaluating its policy under which slums and habitations existing deep on river beds are to be legalised. during this year's floods were reported in these areas. "For this reason, the Department of Urban Development is undertaking wide consultations with the Central Government on the feasibility of such projects, as the lives of the people would always be at risk in such settlements," said MH Khan Principal Secretary, Department of Urban Development. According to the slum policy, the slums are to be legalised by extending land tenures to the owners and even rehabilitating some of the settlements, so that the inmates could access sewerage, drinking and electricity supply facilities. The government had planned to access the funds to be released by the Centre under the Rajiv Avas Yojana (RAY) for slum rehabilitation under which affordable houses equipped with basic amenities are to be built. But after the disaster, the plan seemed stuck in limbo. According to a survey, there are a total of 500 slums in Uttarakhand within the municipal area and boundaries of the local bodies with Dehradun possessing the maximum number of slums. Ten towns are free of slums. As of now, the total population in the slums in the state is close to 7.73 lakh. In 2001, it was 5.98 lakh. While undertaking the survey, even small settlements prevalent in the hills were considered as slums, so that these could be provided basic facilities. But now most of these have been washed away. Muharram procession taken out amid security TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 15 A large number of Shia Muslim mourners took part in a large procession to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain on the occasion of Muharram here today. The procession started from Imambada on east Canal Road and passed through the customary route of Survey Chowk, Tibetan Market, Darshan Lal Chowk, Tehsil Chowk and finally culminated at Imambada, Naya Nagar, on Gandhi Road. The security remained tight around the whole procession till it reached its destination at Gandhi Road. Little girls and women dressed in black sang tearfully, remembering the sacrifices of Imam Hussain in a procession, which was headed by the people carrying black flags. A horse symbolising the one owned by Imam Hussain was also a part of the procession. The day is also known as BJP chief castigates govt over flyover issue TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE MUSSOORIE, NOVEMBER 15 Responding to the news item published in these columns on Thursday, titled “Residents smell foul in construction of flyover, call for probe”, president of the state unit of the BJP Teerath Singh Rawat today alleged the state government had assigned the construction work of the flyover to a company that was blacklisted during the previous WHAT’S ON BJP regime. Rawat, while talking to mediapersons during his brief visit to Mussoorie, alleged Engineering Projects India Limited (EPIL) was blacklisted during the previous BJP regime and the state government had tasked the company with the construction work to usurp funds through dubious means. He alleged the state government had sidelined other executing agencies that were well-equipped to do the same Sports: District Super League Football, Pavillion Grounds, 2 Pm SDBIT-T-20 Cricket Tournament, Rangers College ground, 10 am WEATHER CLEAR 26°C MAXIMUM 9.1°C job to usurp government funds in the name of the flyover construction in ent probe against the company. On the December 15 Dehradun rally of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, he said it would be an historic one. The state president also addressed BJP workers and said there was a wave in favour of the BJP in the country and appealed to them to work towards bringing the voters to polling booths without being overconfident in both the panchayat and parliamentary elections. Police to ensure weddings do not inconvenience the public GAURAV TALWAR TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 15 Dehradun State BJP chief Teerath Singh Rawat addresses party workers in Mussoorie on Friday. A Tribune photo Dehradun. He said with such a company being entrusted with the construction work, the quality of the work was bound to suffer. Rawat alleged corrupt bureaucrats were ruling the roost in the state. Most of the ministers were involved in corrupt practises and were only interested in earning through commissions. They had sidelined honest officials by transferring them to lesser important departments, he alleged. He demanded an independ- The Dehradun police is all set to tighten the noose around the city's wedding points, banquet halls, proprietors of bands, DJ set owners and most importantly, the applicant at whose house the marriage is happening. The police is ready with a plan, according to which the applicant who comes for taking permission for taking out marriage procession will now have to fill a form or an undertaking, giving details about the wedding point, DJ set owner, band owner and marriage horse carriage, which have been booked for the wedding. ''Permission from the police is a pre-requisite for holding marriage procession but the norm is not followed strictly. The police is ready with a plan, according to which the applicant who comes for taking permission for taking out marriage procession will now have to fill a form, giving details about the wedding point, DJ set owner, band owner and marriage horse carriage, which have been booked for the wedding. We are trying to fix everybody's responsibility in ensuring that marriage celebration is done without causing inconvenience to others. At present, everybody tries to pass the buck on to others in case of any violation of rules,'' SP, City, Jagdish Chandra, told The Tribune. The revellers occupy the entire road and traffic goes out of gear during wedding processions, which is in violation of the norms, and from now we will provide two constables for streamlining the traffic and action would be taken if still they do follow the norms, he further added. It is to be noted that generally DJ sets keep playing the music beyond the time limit of 10 pm, claiming that marriage procession did not reach on time and people had just started enjoying the music. They pass the buck on the relatives of the bride saying they forced him to play music beyond the stipulated time. ''We are also making a database of all the wedding points, band owners, DJ set owners and wedding horse carriage owners, so that we can track www.tribuneindia.com a particular person in case of any violation or rules. Now the applicant will have to abide by the undertaking he gives during applying for the permission,'' said the SP, City. The police is doing this exercise seeing the marriage season round the corner and traffic snarls along with other inconveniences are going to increase during the next few months. The police is going to take action under the Police Act in case of any violation committed by any one the above persons. ''We just want that everybody follows rules and all the stakeholders understand their responsibilities so that minimum inconvenience is faced by other people who are commuting on roads or are living near the wedding points, Jagdish Chandra told The Tribune. Shia Muslim mourners participate in a Muharram procession in Dehradun on Friday. Tribune photo: Vinod Pundir ''Yaum-e-Ashura,'' day of enlightenment, on the 10th day of Moharram, the first month in the Islamic calender. Many young boys bled themselves with heavy beating with blades and chains and swords to mourn the day. The procession was organised by Anjuman Moinul Mominin. Residents, MC members resent water pipes in sewerage chambers TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE MUSSOORIE, NOVEMBER 15 Local residents and some Municipal Council members have resented the shoddy work being done by the Peyjal Nigam in the construction of sewerage chambers under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) project in Mussoorie. Elderly woman murdered DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 15 After a dispute over an issue, one elderly woman was killed by a man in the Rajpur police station area on Friday night. The accused has been arrested by the police. According to the police, the dispute between the victim and the accused over dinner lead to the murder. Reportedly, the accused, Riyaz Pahelwan, was having dinner with Savitri (60) at their residence near Sahansahi Ashram when he hit her by a heavy stone. The neighbours informed the police about the incident, after which she was rushed to a hospital, where she was declared brought dead. Locals told the police that Riyaz and Savitri were together till night after which the police arrested Riyaz this morning from Rajpur. The police has also recovered the stone which was used by Riyaz to kill Savitri. — TNS Ward members Jasvir Kaur and Shashi Rawat along with local residents have alleged that the Peyjal Nigam has flouted the Asian Development Bank (ADB) guidelines in the construction of sewerage chambers on Tilak Road by not removing drinking water pipelines and telephone wires. The presence of water pipelines in the sewerage chambers pose the danger of contamination of drinking water and resultant health hazards to the people of the town. Shashi Rawat said the apathy of Peyjal Nigam officials could be gauged from the fact that they had not bothered to remove drinking water pipelines from the sewerage chambers despite several complaints. ❚ Continued on P 2 Six-month-old human skeletal found TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE MUSSOORIE, NOVEMBER 15 Mussoorie police on a tip-off from woodcutters recovered six-month-old skeletal remains of a human from bushes near Kohlukhet on Mussoorie-Dehradun highway today. The police, taking the remains in its custody, has sent it for a postmortem and begun further investigations into the matter. The police is yet to ascertain the identity of the human remains. According to the investigation officer, Senior SI RP Sati, some villagers were out to collect fodder and wood in the forest area adjacent to Kohlukhet on MussoorieDehradun road where they found skeletal remains of a human. The police reached the site on the information and recovered the remains Prima facie, it seems as if the deceased lost his life during the mid-June natural disaster and was buried alive. From the clothes the deceased was wearing, it looked as if he was some labourer working in the area. immersed in mud debris with the assistance of villagers here. He further said that prima facie it looked as if the deceased lost his life during the mid-June natural disaster and was buried alive. He also said that perusing through the clothes the deceased was wearing, it looked as if it was of some labourer working in the area. However, it also raises a pertinent question that if the deceased was from labour class, then why had the contractors failed to file the missing report in the police station.
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