11AT01A.qxd 9/11/2012 12:28 AM Page 1 All that she wants AMRITSAR TRIBUNE tuesDay | september 11 | 2012 | AMRITSAR CAMPUS PLACEMENTS: 225 STUDENTS BAG JOBS Þ PAGE 2 SUICIDE PREVENTION: MENTAL WELL-BEING OF POPULATION VITAL, SAY EXPERTS Þ PAGE 2 MC IN PROACTIVE MODE ❙ Tries to streamline dilapidated garbage-collection system Þ PAGE 3 WEATHER SUNNY 32° MAXIMUM 26° MINIMUM Heritage Walk: Tourist guides sensitise residents on cleanliness Neeraj Bagga GS Paul Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 10 Tourist guides, under the tutelage of the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board (PHTPB), have embarked upon a door-todoor campaign to sensitise and educate the residents and shopkeepers enroute the heritage walk, which is going to finish after a year on World Heritage Day on September 27. Tourist guides Gurinder Singh Johal, Davinder Singh Chawla, Gurwinder Kaur and Rajwinder Kaur are painstakingly knocking at nearly 2000 residences and shops falling enroute the walk. As part of the campaign, PHTPB project manager AR Mishra met members of the Qila Ahluwalia Market Association and motivated them to wholeheartedly take part in the clean drive. Tourist guide Johal said they found piles of garbage, people urinating in the open, hanging waste like polythenes containing refuse, shreds of clothes over various cables offering nasty look to the tourists. He added that not only these concealed the façade of beautiful buildings to be shown, but also present the locals in a bad light in front of the tourists especially foreigners. Besides, some residents, may be children, throwing waste from the upper storeys is another nuisance. In charge Heritage Walk Harpreet Kaur Bhullar said these practices and habits were brought to the notice of the officials and they came with the idea of sensitising people. She said the cooperation of the residents and Amritsar, September 10 In their endeavour to streamline the dilapidated garbage-collection system in the holy city, MC officials are in a proactive mode to clean the garbage in the city with their limited resources. The drive, which started a couple of days ago, continued today with officials from the horticulture department, the MC Commissioner, health officer, Superintending Engineers (both from the civil and sewerage wings) supervising garbage collection on Lawrence Road and other areas of the holy city. After the Antony Waste Handling firm pulling out its hands from the garbagelifting job, the MC had engaged extra force and hired men and machines like tractor-trolleys from private players as well as from other government departments. The Health Officer, Dr Yogesh Arora, claimed that around 40 trolleys had been pressed into service for lifting the city garbage, which included 15 trolleys from rural contractors at the rate of Workers of the Municipal Corporation clean a road during a special cleanliness drive in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTOS: SAMEER SEHGAL Rs 1,000 per day per trolley. In addition, the MC had engaged the services of the PWD and the Water Supply wings for sparing their tractor-trolleys as a stop-gap arrangement, but these vehicles were not meant for lifting the garbage and, hence, the purpose was OFFICIAL SPEAK best to ❝ We are trying ouror could do the job with whatever of resources we have arrange, as it is the liability the corporation to make the city neat and clean. On our part, we have chalked out this special drive to make the residents aware about maintaining hygienic conditions around them. Tomorrow, we would be incorporating schools in our cleanliness campaign. Around 65 schools have confirmed their participation. Children of these schools would contribute their bit in making the area around their schools clean and spread message among the residents in their vicinity. ❞ — DHARAMPAL GUPTA, COMMISSIONER, MC defeated. Questions are being raised whether just 40-trolleys would be enough to lift the city waste, which amounts to over 500 tonnes daily. Yet the moot point is that these tractor-trolleys are not meant for lifting the garbage. Unlike the automated mechanised machinery of the Antony Company, the manual job of pouring the garbage to these trolleys would end up in “picking some and dropping back more”. Moreover, heaps of garbage could be witnessed in any pocket of the city. An insider said that a majority of the man force engaged to fill the trolleys, too, had also threatened to back out as they were being paid only on the basis of DC rates (around Rs 134 per day), by all means considered to be too low by them for such a tedious job. Similarly, the trolley owners too have shown reluctance to continue with the job due to lesser payments in comparison to the wear and tear cost of their vehicles. District transport office earns ~70 lakh from auction of fancy numbers ❙ Number 0001 under the “BQ” series bought for ~5 lakh 2 mobile phones, intoxicant powder seized from three jail inmates Tourist guides and officials of the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board start a door-todoor cleanliness drive en route the heritage walk in Amritsar on Monday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH shopkeepers would herald a big change, which would offer a welcome look to the tourists visiting the holy city from around the World. Besides, the residents would enjoy living in clean surroundings, she opined. A resident and cloth merchant on the route Kamal Seth promised his full cooperation to the government agency, but said that in the face of limited infrastructure, the residents had little space to manoeuvre. For instance, no attempt to place dustbins was placed on the narrow roads of the walled city and in this scenario, they could do nothing except throw refuse on roadsides. He added that wagons come only once during the daytime to pick up the refuse. He said the garbage must be removed in the night and small and big dustbins, as per the avail- ability of space, must be installed on the route. Bhullar said the Board had received ample funds and soon advance from the Asian Development Bank would also arrive and plenty number of dustbins would be placed along the route. She said the guides would be educating the traders and shopkeepers to use toilets situated at Dharam Singh market, Bazar Main Sewa Wala and Kathiyan Wala Bazaar. Meanwhile, only 40 tourists took part in the walk in June, while the number was 66 in July. She said extreme hot conditions held back tourists from taking part in the walk. Now, with moderation in temperature, a number of tourists had also increased as 129 tourists visited in August. She added that the number of tourists would pick up in the coming months. She said efforts were on to rope in Baba Kulwant Singh from Ajnala to clean the route as he has been cleaning roads on way to Panj Sarovar (five holy ponds) Walk on each Saturday night. Baba Ji, as Baba Kulwant Singh is addressed, said the route of the heritage walk, which included heritage buildings, gurdwaras and temples would be taken up for cleaning up. He said the PHTPB had offered assistance in the shape of providing trolleys, tipper, bicycledrawn rickshaws and other equipment for cleaning after registering his group of volunteers as an NGO. He said soon he would register it as an NGO to start the clean drive. It is learnt that the PHTPB had engaged an engineer to collect data to ascertain the number of required dustbins. Fun in rain Tribune News Service Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 10 The district transport office today earned a revenue of Rs 70 lakh by auctioning 200 fancy registeration number of vehicles. Fancy numbers under the “BQ” and “BR” series were auctioned. The auction of 0001 number under the “BQ” series earned the maximum of Rs 5 lakh. The number was brought by Gurbhej Singh, a rich landlord of the city, for his Skoda Octavia car. Jaskaran Singh got 0002 by shelling out Rs 1.25 lakh and Surinder Pal got 0003 by paying Rs 80,000. Fancy number 0004 went to Pratap Singh for Rs 1.15 lakh, 0005 to Nishan for Rs Vimal Setia, District Transport Officer, auctions fancy vehicle registration numbers at the district transport office in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR 95000, 0006 to Prince Nagi for Rs 1.55 lakh and 0007 to Balwinder Singh for Rs 1.55 lakh. However, the BR series could not receive the simi- lar response from the people as its 0001 was brought by Santokh Singh for Rs 1.75 lakh. Similarly, 0002 number was grabbed by Loveleen Mahajan at Rs 1.20 lakh, 0004 at Rs 30,000 by Manpreet Singh, 0005 by Resham Singh at Rs 1.53 lakh and 0006 by Manpreet Singh at Rs 1.70 lakh. Amritsar, September 10 The jail authorities today seized two mobile phones and some intoxicant powder from inmates lodged in Amritsar Central Jail. The inmates have been identified as Pardeep Kumar, alias Sanjiv Kumar, a resident of Gali No 17, Damganj Mohkampura, Skattar Singh, a resident of Harike, Tarn Taran and Amit Kumar, resident of New Delhi. According to Superintendent BS Gill, separate cases under Sections 420 of the IPC and the Prisoner Act had been registered against the trio at the Cantonment police station, besides 22/61/85 against Continued on page 2 70 bottles of illicit liquor, ‘lahan’ seized Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 10 In continuation of their mission against illicit liquor trade in the district, the Amritsar Rural and Urban police teams nabbed seven persons and recovered 70 bottles of illicit liquor, substantial quantity of “lahan” (raw material for preparing illicit liquor) and narcotics from their possession. One of the accused managed to flee during the raid. Two of them were later released on bail. Acting on a tip-off, the rural police raided a place at Bhagtupura and arrested Sukhwinder Singh and recovered 525 litres of illicit liquor from his possession. Another team raided a hideout at Ghonewal village and recovered 30 litres of illicit liquor and 20 kg of lahan from Niyamat Masih, a resident of Dera Baba Nanak. Investigating officer Kuldeep Singh of Ramdass said the accused had to dilute water in it before selling it off. In yet another raid at Sathiala village, the police arrested two persons and recovered 75 litres of illicit liquor each from them. Those arrested have been identified as Gurpal Singh, a resident of Jodhe village, and Ajit Singh, a resident of Thathian village. Both were later released on bail. Separate cases under Sections 61/1/14 under the Excise Act have been registered against the accused. In other cases, the urban police booked four persons and recovered 70 bottles of illicit liquor and narcotics from their possession. One among them, dealing in illicit liquor, dodged the police. In the first instance, the C-Division police raided a place located on Circular Road Gate Hakiman and arrested Gopy and Sarbjit Singh. The team recovered 25 bottles each from their possession. The police said an accused who fleed had been identified as Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Noori Mohalla. “Yet we could recover 20 bottles from his hideout,” said Kuldeep Singh. Separate cases under Sections 61/1/14 under the Excise Act had been registered against them with the C-division police station. In yet another case, the Civil Lines police arrested Kanwardeep Singh, alias Deepu, a resident of Partap Nagar with 50 gm of toxic powder. ASI Jatinder Pal of the Shivala Mandir police post said cases under Sections 22/61/85 of the IPC had been registered against the accused. Children enjoy in the sudden rain that lashed Amritsar on Monday PHOTO: SAMEER SEHGAL Delay in GT Road widening upsets businessmen Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 10 Industrialist members of the Focal Point Industries Association (FPIA), Amritsar, are annoyed with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) for delay in widening a 20-kmlong stretch on the Jalandhar-Amritsar highway (GT Road) despite recommendation by the President of India. FPIA president DS Goraya, in a letter to the MoRTH section officer Prem Singh, today stated that it was disheartening to note that almost no work had been initiated to widen the two-lane stretch between Dhilwan village to the Jalandhar bypass. He said numerous representations had been sent to various agencies concerned that the stretch had snuffed out many precious lives in road accidents. Besides, roads connecting the stretch from both ends were of four and six lanes. He said it was learnt that the private concern was reluctant to undertake the widening work on the BOT basis, for it being nonviable. He said the matter had been pending for the past nearly a decade and there is still no real assurance. He said talks with the concern revealed that it was ready to execute the work on cash payment only. He recalled that the association representation to the former President Pratibha Patil had received encouraging support, as her office had directed the ministry concerned to look into the matter on priority this February. Following this, NHAI general manager SS Gaharwar intimated the association that the MoRTH had been requested to upgrade the 20-km stretch from the Dhilwan to Jalandhar bypass on an engineering procurement and construction (EPC) mode through Continued on page 2
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