29122017-JTR-01.qxd 12/29/2017 12:25 AM Page 1 FRIDAY | 29 DECEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Hits and misses On to the big stage Aditi learns Jiu Jitsu As the year ends, let us have a glance at what all kept the Education Dept abuzz with. Theatre in Chandigarh remains a favourite pastime with many and most shows saw a houseful in 2017! P3 Aditi Rathore has taken up martial arts classes for her current track. P4 FORECAST P2 PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 20°C MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20°C MIN 7°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 5.34 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7.26 AM CNG autos set to Double Trouble hit city roads soon Tribune News Service Posing a big threat to other vehicles on a foggy morning, an overloaded tractor-trolley near Jalandhar; and (below) trains stranded due to the fog early on Thursday morning Jalandhar, December 28 City residents may soon be able to breathe a cleaner air as the CNG autos are expected to get introduced for public transport under the smart city project. Confirming this, smart city CEO Girish Dayalan said while one of the filling stations, situated on the Jalandhar-Phagwara highway, already had the CNG facility, the Jalandhar Development Authority (JDA) was also in the process to allot two more CNG-filling stations to be situated each in Basti Sheikh and Cool Road. “At present, over 4,000 autos are plying illegally on the city roads a majority of whom are running without registration. We are trying to get these on board by providing subsidised CNG kits with grants released from the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD),” said Dayalan. When asked about the scope of the CNG buses in the city, Dayalan said it did not seem to be a viable idea in the beginning, as the scarcity of the CNG in the initial stages and huge rush of private vehicles might make it difficult for these to survive. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH CNG AUTOS TO BE CONNECTED WITH APP According to Dayalan, the autos, when fitted with the CNG, would be connected through an app to be developed under the smart city solution project and allow city residents to avail pick and drop facilities from their SNIPPETS Two jail inmates injured in attack Hoshiarpur: Two under-trials were injured in Central Jail, Hoshiarpur, when some prisoners attacked them this morning. The two were brought to the local Civil Hospital for treatment. Chandra Shekhar, alias Shekhar, of Bahtiwal village and Sonu of Prabhat Chowk had a case registered against them by Jeet Singh, a resident of Raura village. The police from Hariana had arrested them and sent them to the jail. In the evening, they had told the Deputy Superintendent of the jail that they could be attacked by some inmates, so they should be kept in a safe barrack. They alleged that the jail officials did not take this seriously and as part of a conspiracy, some prisoners attacked them with sharp spoons and seriously injured them in the morning when they were sleeping in the barrack.They alleged that there was a conspiracy behind all this and if the jail administration had wished, they could not have been attacked. The Jail Superintendent said a case had been registered against Jatinder Singh and Manjeet Singh by the city police for allegedly attacking the inmates. He said minor injuries were sustained by under-trials Chandra Shekhar and Sonu. OC Man run over by train Phagwara: Shiv Kumar, a resident of Ludhiana, was run over by Nanded-bound Sachkhand Express near the Mauli railway station on the Phagwara-Goraya section on Thursday morning. He was crossing the railway tracks. The Government Railway Police have registered a case and handed over the body to the family of the deceased after postmortem. OC homes. The move would allow lower the pollution level, as more people would restrain from using personal conveyance for daily commuting. SMART CITY OFFICE OPENED AT PPR MALL The smart city office has been set up at PPR Mall, confirmed Dayalan. Though a team of consultants had already arrived in the city and an office had also been provided to them, the Jalandhar Smart city project was yet to get its first share of funds released from the state government. Although the Union Government though had released Rs 25 crore each to the Jalandhar and Amritsar smart city project, the state government had not released even a single penny till date. RAILWAY STATION TOO WILL GET A MAKEOVER The city railway station will also get a makeover under the smart city project as the MoUD has allowed to include the makeover of the railway station as well. According to Dayalan, earli- er the smart city project was restricted outside the premises of the railway stations only but with the new guidelines, the area inside the railway stations were also included in the smart city project. “We will conduct a survey of the requirements needed inside the railway station and will develop smart solutions accordingly,” said Dayalan. SMART BAZAARS TO BE DEVELOPED The traditional bazaar areas in the city will too get a makeover as the new hydrants will foolproof security will soon be installed in congested market areas in the city. Though the fire department had installed hydrants in the market areas, majority of them were lying defunct as their brass connectors were stolen by the miscreants. However, this time, the hydrants will be installed and fitted with plastic nozzles to prevent these from getting stolen. Plans are also being made to place the overhead hanging electricity wires underground. 2 of family killed Only 4,000 download ‘Swachhta app’ in road mishap Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Were going to watch movie in Mall Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 28 Celebrations turned into mourning for a family here after two of its family members died in an accident late last night. The mishap took place when six of the family members were on their way home from a multiplex after watching a movie on two Activa scooters and a speeding truck hit one of the vehicles from the rear on National Highway-1A near Chuggitti. Sanjay Mehra, a resident of the Ladowaali road, said his daughter Nishtha, had got a study visa for Australia and was to board a flight on January 18 from New Delhi. To bid farewell to her, family members and relatives had organised a movie and dinner near Sarb Multiplex. The truck was at such a high speed that Nishita’s cousin Chahat (9) and her maternal aunt, Anju Bala, got dragged for 30 feet and their body parts got scattered all over the road. The other family member Aarzoo who, too, was riding the same scooter also got injured , but her condition was stated to be out of danger. She, however, was in a state of shock after the tragic end of her cousin sister and aunt. Nishtha said she, along with her mother and another cousin, went ahead and reached the PAP chowk. The victims in the accident. After waiting for long, she tried to call Anju Bala but no one picked up the phone. She called again on Anju Bala’s number. This time, a stranger picked up the phone and said her aunt had met with an accident and her body was lying on the Chuggiti flyover. Nishtha called her brother who was also having dinner in a nearby restaurant and they all reached the spot. ASI Kuldeep Singh said though six persons were riding two scooters, none of them was wearing helmet. The police have registered a case of negligent driving against the truck driver, who escaped from the spot. Jalandhar, December 28 Despite the fact that Jalandhar, with a population of around 10 lakh, should at least register 20,000 downloads of the Swachhata App, the Municipal Corporation (MC), Jalandhar, claims that only 4,000 people in the city have downloaded the “Swachhta (cleanliness) app”. Jalandhar Tribune also found out that only a few were aware about the app. After Bathinda and Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar is on the third spot in the state for registering of total number of downloads in a population slot of 1 lakh to 10 lakh. Meanwhile, the nation is going to have its next Swachhata survey in the beginning days of the New Year. Therefore, the MC, Jalandhar, is trying hard to raise the number of downloads. Joint Commissioner Shikha Bhagat said, “MC officials are visiting schools, industrials areas, residential areas and various public and private locations to tell people to download the app. Several awareness rallies and programmes have also been conducted to inform public about the Swachhata App.” A collaboration programme with city-based NGO “Alfa foundation” was also done to promote the app, she further added. Rajan Sharma, an electrical marketing employee, howev- er, said that we were not aware of such campaigns and added that the local authorities should conduct such campaigns frequently. Many people do not know about the “Swacchata app” yet, so large-scale advertisings should be done. Supervision should be done from the MC on a regular basis. Cleanliness models from the cities, which are high in rankings, should be adopted. Though residential areas are clean, city areas aren’t cleaned. Posters for the installation of “Swacchata app” should be fixed in every public and residential area, added another resident Pawan Mahajan of Adarsh Nagar. Union Urban Development (UD) ministry officials said they had fixed a timeframe to redress complaints received through the app. For instance, overflowing dustbins, garbage dumps and sweeping had to be done within 12 hours of lodging a complaint. “The MC workers take time to dispose of garbage,” said Rahul Singh, a worker in a private mall. Cleanliness workers do not come according to the time fixed for them and sweeping is done chaotically in streets, said Sandeep, a private worker. Therefore, more awareness is needed for the promotion of the Swachhata App download. Fun time Representatives of Baba Bhag Singh University inaugurate the 13th Sant Baba Bhag Singh Memorial Sports Mela near Jalandhar. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH c m y b Injured photographer Vishal in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Man’s ears, fingers chopped off Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 28 Unidentified persons kidnapped Vishal, a photographer, outside his shop last night and threw him near an abandoned factory after chopping both his ears and fingers. The victim was admitted to a private hospital and his condition was stated to be critical. The victim runs a photo studio in the Maqsudan market. Sewa Ram, his father, said at around 9.30 pm, Vishal closed his shop and was about to return home when some unidentified people attacked him with sharp-edged weapons and took him away in a car. They later chopped off both his ears and also fingers and fled after throwing him near an abandoned factory near Raipur Ballan village on the Jalandhar-Pathankot highway. The injured youth somehow managed to contact his family on phone and called them for help. Police sources said it seemed to be a case of love affair and the girl’s family seemed to be behind the attack. The police have registered a case and have begun investigation in the matter.
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