09JT01A.qxd 9/9/2012 12:40 AM Page 1 JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Bold, beautiful & Bollywood sunday | september 9 | 2012 | jalandhar PROTEST: VAT HIKE ON PETROL IN STATE FLAYED Þ PAGE 2 CONFERENCE: GLOBAL BUSINESS ISSUES DISCUSSED Þ PAGE 2 WEATHER CLOUDY 32° MAXIMUM 25° MINIMUM PROJECT PUT OFF TO NOV 15 Nature’s bounty SOLID WASTE MGMT Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Dark clouds cover the skies as it drizzled throughout the day in Jalandhar on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Jalandhar, September 8 After the Municipal Corporation (MC) contractor Jindal Group failed to start the door-to-door collection of garbage as part of the first phase of the solid waste management project from July 15, the MC has put off the deadline of the initiation of the work to November 15. The MC, which was earlier mulling to take action against the company for not honouring the deadline and not turning up at meetings despite notices, has reverted its decision after receiving an e-mail from the company on August 29. The company officials, it is learnt, have demanded the fulfilling of certain pre-requisites from the MC side. These include getting clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, selection of secondary points for the collection of garbage, creating of tipping fund, shifting of dairies falling in waste disposal site at Jamsher village, widening of approach road to dumping site, erecting streetlights along the road and the finalisation of policy from the local bodies department. Commissioner Vinay Bublani said most requirements, including environment clearance, secondary garbage collection points and finalisation of policy, had already been done. He said the tipping fund was about to be created. “The B&R wing was preparing a plan for the widening of the approach road. Funds to the tune of Rs 33.63 lakh have been ❙ The MC, which was earlier mulling to take action against the company for not honouring the deadline and not turning up at meetings despite notices, has reverted its decision after receiving an e-mail from the company on August 29. The company officials, it is learnt, have demanded the fulfilling of certain pre-requisites from the MC side. x earmarked for streetlights,” he said. The most difficult task for the MC, however, would be to shift the dairies, as the residents, supported by Congress Labourer hit by train, loses foot Cong leaders gherao minister Bhagat’s car ■ Was trying to save himself from looters ■ Blame poor development in the Jalandhar West constituency Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Mahavir, who lost his foot after being crushed by a train on Friday night, undergoes treatment at Civil Hospital in Jalandhar on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Nikhil Bhardwaj Jalandhar, September 8 In a strange incident, a migrant labourer lost his right foot after it was crushed by a train near the Domoria railway over bridge (ROB) late last night. The victim met with the accident while he was being chased by certain unidentified looters. In a bid to save himself, he was hit by the train. Hailing from Jharkhand, he was living near railway godowns near the city railway station. The victim was identified as Mahavir. He is undergoing treatment at the trauma ward in Civil Hospital and was still in a serious state. The Government Railway Police (GRP) said the police had not been able to record the victim’s statement, as doctors had declared him unfit. Asked whether the police was aware of the fact that victim lost his foot while he was being chased by looters, a GRP official replied he was not aware of any such fact and the police would initiate legal proceedings only after recording the victim’s statement. About the incident, Mahavir, the victim labourer, alleged that he worked as a daily wage labourer. Last night, when he was return- Þ PAGE 4 ing to his room, three unidentified miscreants, in a bid to loot him, stopped him near Domoria ROB, but he managed to escape from the scene. “The moment I reached near the railway tracks, I was still being chased by miscreants. Apprehending risk of being looted, I started moving fast on the tracks. Unfortunately, I was hit by a train from the rear side and my foot got crushed,” Mahavir said. The victim was rushed to the hospital by 108 emergency ambulance. Sources said attempts were on to contact the victim’s family members in Jharkhand, but in vain. Jalandhar, September 8 Attending the foundation stone-laying function of a skew bridge near Leather Complex here falling in his own constituency turned out to be much of a problem for the Local Bodies Minister. Minutes after minister Bhagat Chunni Lal, his son Mahinder Bhagat and Mayor Rakesh Rathour had laid the stone, members of the Punjab Youth Congress tried to gherao them over the issue of lack of development in the Jalandhar West constituency. The youths, led by Rajesh Agnihotri, started raising slogans against the minister for not being able to provide sewage disposal system in Basti Peer Daad, Rajan Nagar and Pannu Vihar colonies, which had been recently even badly affected due to diarrhoea breakout. The youth activists were supported by newly elected Congress councillor Baldev Singh. In a bid to save themselves from being gheraoed, the minister, his son and the Mayor had to take shelter in a leather factory near the site. The attempt of the Congress leaders to corner the minister was somehow thwarted by the police deployed at the site. Till the time they remained inside the factory premises, the agitating leaders kept on waiting for the minister to come out. The minister sent MLA, had been opposing the move tooth and nail. Officials said after the representatives of the Jindal group failed to comply with the deadline, they had been contacted telephonically as well as on e-mail for attending a meeting on July 20, but no one turned up. Another meeting was fixed for July 25, but still no one appeared. The officials felt that the company was not interested in the project. Since the project is being regularly monitored by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the SE (O&M) had again fixed a meeting for August 6, but to no avail. It was at this stage as the officials had started contemplating on action when they received a mail from the company seeking fulfillment of pre-conditions. At this, the deadline of the project got extended. 3 agents nabbed for fraud Our Correspondent Policemen prevent a Congress activist from gheraoing Local Bodies Minister Bhagat Chunni Lal during the foundation stone-laying function of a bridge near Leather Complex in Jalandhar on Saturday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Cornered ❙ In a bid to save themselves from being gheraoed, the minister, his son and the Mayor had to take shelter in a leather factory near the site. The attempt of the Congress leaders to catch hold of the minister was somehow thwarted by the police deployed at the site Mayor’s last function turns ugly ❙ Like his last meeting, the foundation stone-laying ceremony, which was the incumbent Mayor Rakesh Rathour’s last function, turned out to be ugly. The protest shattered the charm of inauguration function. x a message across that five representatives from their side could go in and put up their demand. But the leaders disagreed and demanded that the minister must come out to listen to their demands. After no consensus could be reached, the minister finally asked his driver to bring in the car inside the factory premises, from where he could get directly seated and move out swiftly with the help of his pilot vehicle. It was this plan of the minister which further created an ugly scene. As the minister sat down for moving out, his pilot vehicle managed to move out easily, but his own Camry got trapped. The Congress activists lay in front of his car and the policemen had to forcibly pull them all away to clear the passage for the minister. The Mayor followed the minister in his car, but the minister’s son Mahinder Bhagat stopped for a while to vent out his ire against the policemen for not being able to handle the situation well. Later in the evening, the Congress leaders, led by Sanjay Sehgal and Rajesh Agnihotri, held a protest outside the Basti Bawa Khel police station, claiming that the party workers were being rounded up for holding a peaceful protest. Jalandhar, September 8 The Bhargav Camp police nabbed three persons for duping a woman of Rs 8 lakh on the pretext of sending her abroad. The accused were identified as Gurpal, his wife Giano and Hansraj, all residents of Bhanoki village near here. The complainant, Usha Rani, a resident of the Jalowal area, had told the police that the persons had assured her to send her abroad after ❙ Usha Rani, a resident of the Jalowal area, had told the police that the persons had assured her to send her abroad after solemnising her marriage with some Bahadur Singh, a resident of the USA x solemnising her marriage with some Bahadur Singh, a resident of the USA. Interestingly, the agents had also performed her engagement ceremony with the photograph of Bahadur, sources said. When the victim asked the agents to arrange her visa to the USA, the agents asked her to pay Rs 8 lakh if she wanted to go to the USA, police sources said. Despite paying the amount, the victim was not provided with the visa. She then complained to Addiction menace: 2 to 3 cases of young deaths in area per month BASTI DANISHMANDAN Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 8 Situated on the premises (almost) of a temple, the Urban Family Welfare Centre at Basti Danishmandan is probably one of the most well kept government dispensaries in the city. At first look, the two prime problems that face almost every dispensary of the city are bad infrastructure and cramped space. But this one is free of both these problems. Situated on the edge of the Guru Ravidass mandir at Basti Danishmandan, the centre is housed in three rooms. An entire room is reserved for the ANMs (five) and their supplies, one for the medical officer and another for the pharmacist. A little passage is reserved to park cycles. The only infrastructural problems are a crack in the wall of the room for the ANMs and water coming into the centre during rains because the level of the threshold and the centre floor are the same. The centre is also one of the only dispensaries in the district to have a dedicated TB lab. The TB lab is run by two staff members. Established about 22 years ago, the centre caters to a population of about 50,000 people. While the centre gets an OPD of about 40 people per day, 10 per cent of the OPD comprises TB patients. Since its just one of the two TB labs in the district, it covers a huge area which comprises Basti Danish- of them are addicts. None of the patients coming to them have been seen to carry smart cards by the staff. JSSY The Urban Family Centre at Basti Danishmandan in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH mandan, Basti Bawa Khel, Mithu Basti, Basti Nau and villages Gilla Gakhlan and Kadian. Rampant addiction The prime problem of the area is addiction. Addiction is one of the key causes for a number of deaths of young people in the area every month. The centre staff discloses that at least two to three young men die in the area every month and as has been seen, addiction is the prime cause of these deaths. The staff says at last two to three young widows come to them to claim widow pen- sion every month. While the centre also houses an ARSH clinic, staff say they do not get too many specific cases for the clinic although they make sure they spread sexual awareness and on matters regarding AIDS and/or addiction during awareness drives. TB common The sputum tests of at least 40 new patients are conducted every month at the center’s laboratory. While 55 currently take treatment at the centre, the sputum of at least two to three new patients tests positive per month, which indicates that there is a very high incidence of TB in the area. BPL With an OPD of 40 per day (1000 to 1200 per month), 70 to 80 per cent of the patients belong to BPL families. Conservative estimates state that about 20 per cent While about 14 to 15 deliveries take place at the dispensary per month, the patients are given an amount of Rs 600 for an institutional delivery and Rs 500 for a delivery conducted at home. The doctor says the amount for the deliveries has presently been cleared. The temple boon Dr Parminder Kaur, MO, says the temple authorities have been very kind in providing funds for repairs and maintenance. She also says the temple authorities played a pivotal role in the setting up of the TB lab for the centre.
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