11JT01A.qxd 10/11/2013 12:49 AM Page 1 friday | october 11 | 2013 | jalandhar JALANDHAR TRIBUNE FATEHGARH VILLAGE: NRI ASSN ALLEGES LAND GRAB ÞPAGE 2 SPORTS: PUNJAB STATE POWER CORP BEAT INDIAN NAVY ÞPAGE 2 TRAGEDY AVERTED A regular day’s shoot turned into a painful one for Chandni Bhagwanani, who plays the lead in the show Amita Ka Amit. Þ PAGE 4 WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY 32° MAXIMUM 23° MINIMUM MC holds talks with safai karamcharis When law-enforcers STRIKE THREAT Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 10 With safai karamcharis adamant to go on strike from Friday, the MC authorities held several meetings with their representatives to persuade them not to observe strike against the solid waste management plant. Earlier in the day, a meeting of representatives of safai karamcharis and the MC authorities, including Mayor Sunil Jyoti, Commissioner MS Chhatwal and Senior Deputy Mayor Kamaljit Singh Bhatia, was held at the Mayor's house for an hour in the morning. Another meeting, which continued for over three hours three hours, was held at the DC office. Punjab Chief Parliamentary Secretary for cooperation KD Bhandari, Akali city chief Gurcharan Singh Channi and BJP district president Subash Sood were also present at the meetings. The safai karamcharis representatives, including Chander, Pawan Bawa, Ashok Bbheel, Pawan Agni- hotri, Vikram Kalyan and Rajinder Sabharwal, were told that their genuine demands which had already been accepted in principle, would soon be implemented. Efforts of the MC authorites were on to pursade safai karamcharis till the filing of this news-item. Besides, they were also told that the solid waste management plant would provide jobs to more persons from the Valmiki community as safai karamchairs, so they should not worry about that. Meanwhile, several organisations, including District Bar Association and Nakodar Road Shopkeepers Association, came forward in support of setting up of the plant in public interest without any further delay. PIMS workers call off strike Tribune News Service DIVINE ACT: Artistes participate in a Ram Leela at Sodal Road Park in Jalandhar on Wednesday night. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Month on, illegal water connections being restored Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 10 A month after the outbreak of cholera in the Garha area that claimed five lives and saw about 600 people falling ill, things in the area are seeing a dramatic and uncomfortable reversal to the former state after an initial bout of administrative action. Despite strong recommendations of punitive action against the (Garha) area plot-owners and a complete review of sewerage pipelines in the city slums and other sensitive areas, as per a report compiled by a committee formed by the former DC, no punitive action has been initiated against any of the plot-owners or erring officials (who failed to check the outbreak in time) so far. While as many as 60 illegal connections had been cut and MC teams had been put on the job to plug various leaks, sources allege that residents have yet again started greasing the palms of officials to restore illegal water connections which were previously cut by the administration and the MC. Talking to The Tribune Arun Jain, husband of ward 33 councillor Neerja Jain, said, "It's all back to what it was previously. It is even worse now. A number of illegal or contaminating water connections, which had previously been cut, have been restored again. Not a single plot-owner has been punished. A single plot has 50 residents using one tap. The entire cycle is repeating. MC workers haven't even bothered to stop the faulty connections being restored." Ward number 32 councillor Satya's husband Kirpal Pali also confirmed that many connections were being restored again, which pose a huge risk to residents. "We thought at least the big outbreak would result in some stern action against plotowners or the ouster of ❙ Residents peeved ❙ Health dept to fix matter, says DC ❙ 10-day deadline for MC ❙ Connections to be set right: MC Commissioner unhygienic tenants from the area, but not an iota of action has been initiated against any of them." Both councillors have also brought the issue to the notice of the MC authorities a number of times, but to no avail. Talking to The Tribune, some residents, especially those with plot-owners as their neighbours, said, "They are giving connections by charging thousands of rupees from people asking for them. One can't survive without water and now that the media glare is off, residents are back to getting illegal water connections." MC sources, however, denied the restoration of old connections or money being accepted for them. Deputy Commissioner Vijay Rujam, while talking to The Tribune, said, "I am aware about the issue and it is on our priority list. I have written to the Civil Surgeon and the MC on Monday and the departments have been given a 10-day deadline to rectify things." Speaking on what is being done to prevent former connections from being restored, the DC said, the departments have been strongly instructed to get their act together and serious note will be taken of any non-compliance. MC Commissioner Manpreet Chatwal said, "I am not thoroughly updated on the issue just as yet, but we will certainly be taking action against any wrongdoers. It shall be ensured that no contaminated water supply makes way to residents and funds will also be ensured wherever required for setting up new pipelines." Jalandhar, October 10 After assurance by the PIMS management, the protesting staff called off their strike here this afternoon. The management today assured the employees that their one-month salary would be released in the next two days, while they would also get the salary of one more month before Diwali. Over 50 employees of PIMS had suspended work for the past four days, putting patients to a great hardship. turn violators ■ Cop breaks 'one-way traffic' rule, staff on duty salute him Dharmendra Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 10 A law-enforcer virtually turned a violator on the railway road near the city station here today. An official of the city police, who is supposed to implement rules, broke the "one-way traffic" norm by entering the railway road in his private car from the prohibited side at 10.06 am today. Interestingly, instead of stopping him from doing so, traffic policemen at the place saluted him. When the police official in uniform crossed the barricades put up by traffic men for stopping the vehicles to enter the prohibited area from the railway station side towards Madan Flour Mill Chowk, this reporter was present there. As soon as this correspondent tried to click his photo, the police official (apparently not below the rank of ASI) disappeared from the scene in no time. At this, the reporter 'Strict action will be taken' ❝ I will take strict action against the police official who has violated the one-way traffic rule after identifying him. Strict action will also be taken against the traffic policemen deployed there for not stopping the cop who violated the rule❞ — RAM SINGH, COMMISSIONER OF POLICE chased him and managed to get photo of his whitecolour Tata Indica Vista car (bearing number PB08-CH-1699) from the rear side near Suwidha Centre Chowk on the Ladowali road. The road was declared to be used as one way for traffic to ensure passengers reaching the city railway station on time. Some traffic policemen deputed near the barricades in front of the city railway station to enforce traffic rules, but they at some times do not pay any heed to implement the same strictly. As a result, the very purpose of declaring the road between the city railway station and Madan Flour Mill for one-way traffic has been defeated. The traffic cops also turn a blind eye towards autorickshaws which violate rules. Actually, the autorickshaw drivers coming towards the railway station ask passengers to alight a few yards before the barricades, put up for implementing the oneway traffic rule. Soon after the travellers alight, they park their autos there and wait for the new passengers. This creates hindrance in uninterrupted flow of traffic. Apart from auto-rickshaw drivers, a number of shopkeepers also create hindrance in the smooth flow of traffic by encroaching upon the road by putting up various items in front of their commercial establishments. Residents stage dharna seeking construction of Chandan Nagar RUB Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 10 A number of city residents, especially from the northern areas, staged a dharna near the Ram Nagar level crossing in support of their demand for the immediate construction of the much-publicised railway under bridge (RUB) at Chandan Nagar. The protesters staged the dharna under the aegis of the Chamber of Northern Welfare Societies. The Chamber representatives Raj Kumar Sharma said, "The protests will continue till the start of the RUB construction, as one-fourth of the city population was facing a lot of inconvenience in the absence of any RUB or ROB on any of the four level crossings located in the northern part of the city. Despite making the promise of constructing the Residents demand construction of RUB at Sodal level crossing in Jalandhar on Thursday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH RUB during the Assembly elections in 2007 and 2012, nothing has been done on the ground so far." Other protesters Harinder Negi and Varinder Mohindru said, "The next dharna will be held at Sodal Chowk on October 25 from 12 noon to 1.30 pm." Sharma said, "If the construction is not started soon, they may also intensify their agitation by observing 'rail roko' and holding demonstration outside the residence of Chief Parliamentary Secretary for Cooperation Krishan Dev Bhandari, also local MLA. Protest held against visa bond scheme of UK Government Tribune News Service VIOLATION: Despite appeals against burning of paddy straw, a farmer does the same on the Jalandhar-Nawanshahr road in Phagwara. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Jalandhar, October 10 Led by leaders of the CPI (ML), relatives and friends of many UK residents protested at the visa centre of the British Embassy here and also sent a request to the British High Commission, demanding that the proposed pilot scheme targeted at visitors from six countries, including India, of making a visa bond of 3000 pounds mandatory for every visitor from India going to the UK should not be implemented. The proposal for the pilot scheme, which became public in June this year, had caused furore across the country, as UK has a huge Indian diaspora. Addressing the gathering, CPI (ML) spokesman Ajmer Singh Samra stated that the proposed imposition of 3000 pounds bond scheme on the visitors from India was discriminatory and smacked of racism. “If implemented, this scheme will create a lot of problem for the people of India, who want to visit the UK to attend functions and other social events. It will put a lot of burden on the middle-class families, who cannot afford to deposit 3000 pounds,” he claimed. Indians are London’s largest non-white ethnic minority group. Notably, presently about 1.5 million people from Punjab are residing in UK, of which 80 per cent are from Jalandhar. Besides, about 30000 people from Jalandhar alone visit UK on a monthly basis. Rough estimates say that over 40,000 Indians are studying in the UK, and with the new era of the UK-India trade, the number of Indian businessmen visiting the UK could grow manifold. Meanwhile, the president of the NRI Sabha, Punjab, Jasvir Singh Gill, said that 80 per cent of the Indians in the UK were primarily from Jalandhar and nearby areas. "When the visa is issued after proper scrutiny and laiddown procedures, why this Visa Bond?" he asked. Many of the family members of Gill also reside in the UK. A regular visitor to the UK Paramjit Singh Raipur said, “If a middle-class family of five persons has to attend a marriage in the UK, from where will it arrange money in excess of Rs 14 lakh to furnish the visa bond. If someone want to meet his/her relatives in the UK and cannot afford to furnish visa bond, he/she would be left with no option but to be in touch with the relatives telephonically." Speaking in a similar vein, PS Narangpuri, a frequent visitor to the UK, said that furnishing visa bond of 3,000 pounds will be unaffordable for many. "This kind of a discriminatory attitude with India is unfortunate. In case, the decision of the British government is implemented, scores of Indian's would be deprived of visiting the UK for the want of funds."
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