5btd01a.qxd 04/09/2012 09:16 Page 1 A-PDF Image Downsample DEMO: Purchase from www.A-PDF.com to remove the watermark BATHINDA TRIBUNE DREAM DEBUT wednesday | september 5 | 2012 | bathinda CONG LEADERS COMPLAIN AGAINST CRIME INCIDENTS WEATHER CLOUDY HOT DID LITTLE MASTERS ARE EXPERTS IN SHAKING A LEG Þ PAGE 2 Þ PAGE 4 Þ PAGE 3 34.0° MAXIMUM 26.0° MINIMUM BLUE FOX COMPLEX MAY GET NEW LEASE OF LIFE ❙ Improvement Trust plans to construct shop-cum-office site and a hotel; Chief Town Planner’s nod awaited for inviting the bidders Megha Mann Tribune News Service Bathinda, September 4 Making yet another attempt to earn money from the 21,261 square yards of the Blue Fox complex, a plan has now been devised to auction it for constructing a shop-cum-office site that will also house a hotel. The Bathinda Improvement Trust has planned 40 shops-cum-offices and a hotel at the controversial Blue Fox complex, near the Rose Garden. "The plan for the project has been forwarded to the Chief Town Planner (CTP) Punjab for his final nod," said the administrator, Improvement Trust, Kamal Kishore Yadav. While around 42 SCOs have been kept in the pipeline, 1.2 acres of land would be given to develop the hotel. The sites would be given for auction as soon as the plan gets approved. Earlier too, attempts by the Municipal Corporation Bathinda and the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) to auction the complex for commercial purposes had failed to evoke a good response from the bidders. Bidders had skipped the Blue Fox auction earlier in 2010 and 2011 owing to the skyrocketing reserve price of over Rs 51,000 fixed on an average. "This time too, we do not expect much response from the market. There is hardly any buyer for the commercial site from outside Bathinda. Heavy property tax and increased stamp duty may prove to be the dampener," said property consultant Kewal Krishan. The Improvement Trust took the land from the municipal corporation around two-and-a-half years ago after giving a loan of Rs 96 crores to the corporation against the land. "We fear the Blue Fox complex may prove to be an albatross around our neck. The corporation was given loan against the property with the expectation that a decent profit could be earned out of it. But the past auctions have elicited a poor response," said an Improvement Trust official. The sale of the complex had courted a controversy in 2008 when it acquired a political hue with the Congress raising objections. It was sold off to the PIDB Teachers protest rationalisation policy Members of various teacher unions take out a march in the city on Tuesday. The teachers were protesting against the rationalisation policy of the state government. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Tribune News Service Bathinda, September 4 Various teacher unions today took out a march to protest against the rationalisation policy of the Punjab Government. The teachers said the student teacher ratio in government schools is now increasing to 1:40 where as it should be 1:30. The unions alleged that because of this, the number of teachers would come down and they would be burdened with work. Teachers deployed in dif- ferent schools across the state would also feel insecure as they could be shown the door with the implementation of the new policy, the unions alleged. The teachers feared that those employed on contract would not be able to get their contracts renewed if the new policy is imposed upon them. The unions said that teachers working under the Sarva ShikshaAbhiyaan, RAMSA besides the CSS scheme would also be affected with the implementation of the new rationalisation policy. A teacher leader, Ratanjot Sharma, said after taking out the march from the Teachers' Home to the District Administrative Complex, the teachers submitted a memorandum to the government through the Tehsildar. The unions hoped their voice would be heard. (See also P2) History of Blue Fox complex ❙ The land for the complex was acquired in the early 1960s for the purpose of constructing water tanks to provide drinking water. The project was later shifted near the present Rose Garden. The then municipal committee developed a restaurant, marriage palace and a canteen for recreation purposes. With the advent of big marriage palaces in the city and the Rose Garden developing as a tourist spot, the Blue Fox complex faded away. Soon, the complex lost its glory. that gave Rs 40 crore loan to the municipal corporation. Later, in 2010, the property, once transferred to the PIDB, was handed back to the corporation on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Later, in September 2010, it was decided to auction the area in four-plot format, which did not attract even a single bidder. The municipal corporation then planned to auction the property in the form of 85 SCOs, which did not materialize. On their feet Girls dance at a talent hunt-cum-freshers’ party organised at the Khalsa College on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Garbage collectors call off strike after 3 days Security beefed up in s Tussle took place with JITF management; corporation officials intervene to end the stir Tribune News Service Bathinda, September 4 The garbage collectors enrolled with the private company, JITF Waste Management Limited, today called off their strike after three days following intervention by the officials of the municipal corporation. Garbage collection in the city had come to a standstill owing to a tussle between the collectors and the management of JITF. For many months, similar problems have been arising at the beginning of every month when the garbage collectors are to be given their salaries. Verbal altercation between the collectors and the management was becoming a regular feature. Irked over poor garbage collection, the officials of the municipal corporation had taken the JITF officials to task. They in turn, pulled up the garbage collectors. The move, however, did not go down well. Owing to a simi- lar problem, the garbage collectors had called a strike and had not been picking garbage for the last three days. "The standoff between the two ended only after we intervened today," said the municipal commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta. He said efforts are being made to set a synchronized pattern of giving salary. Added to this, there have been issues of attendance and other minor problems, Gupta said. The collectors picked the garbage today with the help of the sweepers employed by the municipal corporation. Residents of the area complained that garbage collection is poor in the city. "I think the sweepers employed by the corporation were much more regular than the company's garbage collectors," said Rekha Rani, a resident of Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar. Fact file ❙ Garbage collection had come to a halt owing to a tussle between the collectors and the management of JITF. ❙ Irked over poor garbage collection, the officials of the corporation had taken the JITF officials to task. They in turn, pulled up the garbage collectors. The move, however, did not go down well. court complex s Step taken after gangs clashed there on Saturday Around 20 policemen have been deployed on the court premises after members of two gangs clashed there on Saturday, raising concern over security arrangements. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Tribune News Service Two men on a motorbike shield themselves against the rain with an umbrella. The city again witnessed showers on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Bathinda, September 4 Security was tightened at the court premises today following a clash between two criminal groups on Saturday. The two criminal groups clashed when they had come for hearing in a court case. It is learnt that the court authorities brought the matter to the notice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday. Today, locks were put on the entrances to the second and third floor, thus barring the lawyers and other litigants from entering these floors. The court authorities, requesting anonymity, said as per the directions of the Supreme Court, the entrance to the judicial complex was blocked in order to avoid the mixing of criminals. The matter was brought to the notice of the Senior Superintendent of Police, Bathinda, Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill. The SSP deployed around 20 cops as security cover in and around the judicial complex. The lawyers said at the time of criminal gangs appearing in the courts, special forces should be deployed to avoid clashes as it happened on Saturday. It is pertinent to mention here that the judicial complex has also got a dedicated police picket. Despite the picket, a large number of cases relating to the theft of vehicles are reported from the premises.
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