07072018-JTR-01.qxd 7/7/2018 1:25 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 7 JULY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Smart learning From fat to fab Ekta’s remake Government primary school students are now learning through animated audio-visual content. P2 Fitness has gone a notch higher. Modern methods ensure body transformation within no time. P3 Ekta Kapoor will come up with a remake of an ‘old saga’ on the small screen. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 36°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 24°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7.36 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5.30 AM 17 illegal buildings razed amid high drama Glaring violations found during drive In the wee hours on Friday, a team of the JDA officials, along with the police, reached the Maheru village with over four JCB machines. Glaring violations were found in the area. Some persons were found to have constructed multiple floors and shops outside their houses. The majority of these buildings were found to have been constructed as PG accommodation and were housing up to 30 students. Jalandhar Development Authority officials demolish illegal constructions at Maheru village, near Jalandhar, on Friday. A TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 6 The Jalandhar Development Authority (JDA) demolished illegal constructions at Maheru village on Friday. The JDA partly demolished over 17 buildings in the area adjoining Lovely Professional University (LPU) amid a high-voltage drama. Building owners who laid in front of earth moving machines refused to get up. The police had to call the Rapid Action Force (RAF) to control the situation. In the wee hours on Friday, a team of the JDA officials, along with the police, reached the spot with over four JCB machines. Glaring violations were found in the area. Some persons were found to have constructed multiple floors and shops outside their houses. The majority of these buildings were found to have been constructed as paying guest (PG) accommodation and were housing up to 30 students. JDA Estate Officer Jai Inder said notices were served in April on residents but no building owner came forward in this regard. “We waited for over six weeks to initiate the action.” He added that another action would be initiated against the violators. Agent booked for duping resident of ~10 lakh Our Correspondent City bus terminus to get a facelift Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 6 The Shaheed Bhagat Singh Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) here will undergo a complete transformation and the initiative had commenced recently with the mechanised cleaning. Besides, a special security team comprising 15 women personnel has also been deputed to eradicate the menace of tobacco/cigarettes from the premises of the bus stand and ensure its hygienic condition. The work with regard to the mechanised cleaning was started at the bus stand in the presence of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Varinder Kumar Sharma. He said the initiative was part of a special campaign under the ‘’Mission Tandarust Punjab’’ to ensure the cleanliness of the bus stand premises. Initially, two machines have been pressed into service for the cleaning work. The special feature of the machines is that these use negligible amount of Newborn found abandoned Our Correspondent Phagwara, July 6 A newborn girl was found abandoned in the fields at Rurrka Khurad village, near Goraya, on Thursday. Goraya Station House Officer (SHO) Parminder Singh said the police had registered a case under Section 317 of the IPC. The infant was sent to the Dy Mayor first official to get dope test conducted Shaheed Bhagat Singh Inter-State Bus Terminus in Jalandhar. FILE PHOTO Special security team deputed A special security team comprising 15 women personnel has also been deputed to eradicate the menace of tobacco/cigarettes from the premises of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Inter-State Bus Terminus and ensuring its hygienic condition. water for cleaning. The Deputy Commissioner said a total of three machines would be operated at the bus stand, of which two had become functional. Each machine costs Rs 2 lakh. He said to put a complete stop to the drug menace as well as open urination, special squads had been formed. Sharma said these teams include 15 women security personnel who would also tackle issues related to women. Coming to the security aspect, the Deputy Commissioner said 80 CCTV cameras were being installed to keep a hawk’s eye on every nook and corner of the bus stand, recording each suspicious activity. It had also been decided to increase the Phillaur Civil Hospital from where she was referred to a hospital in Jalandhar. The SHO said the condition of the child was stable now. He said the sarpanch of the village heard the her cries of the infant and informed the police. He said the police were questioning from midwives and nursing homes in nearby areas. Phagwara, July 6 On the complaint of Rajbir Kaur, a resident of Deol Nagar, Jalandhar, the police have registered a case under Sections 420 and 406 of the IPC against a fake travel agent, Daljit Singh of Majitha, on the charge of duping her of Rs 10 lakh on the pretext of sending her son Amarjit Singh to the USA, who is missing since October 7, 2010. She told the police that the accused demanded Rs 20 lakh for sending her son to the USA in 2010. She alleged that he took Rs 2.5 lakh as advance money at Haweli Heritage here. She said her son was first sent to Guatemala, following which the accused took Rs 7.5 lakh from her. Afterwards, he was sent to Mexico. The victim said she received the last call of her son from Mexico on October 7, 2010. Since then, his whereabouts were not known. The police were investigating the matter. greenery at the bus stand under which saplings of neem would be planted in empty spaces, adding that proper upkeep and maintenance of the saplings would also be ensured. General Manager of Punjab Roadways Praneet Singh Minhas, Chairman of Citizen Cooperative Bank KK Sharma, Pankaj Luthra from RRKK Company, Rakesh Bhaseen, Kamaldeep Rishi, Parag Bhaseen, Hukam Singh Manager, Gurpreet Singh Mann and Balwinder Singh were among those others present on the occasion. 50 tests done in 2 weeks, only two MC officials have got it done so far Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 6 Jalandhar Deputy Mayor Harsimranjit Singh Bunty from the Congress has become the first official in the city to get a dope test conducted ever since Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh announced that the dope test would be mandatory for all officials in the state. Deputy Mayor Harsimranjit Singh Bunty as well as Ward No. 38 councillor Omkar Rajiv on Friday conducted the dope test. While dope tests of as many as 50 persons have been held Deputy Mayor Harsimranjit Singh Bunty receives a certificate after the dope test in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH in two weeks, the majority of these are actually of persons who wanted a license for chemist shops. The testing has also been shifted from the de-addiction centre, where it was formerly conducted, to the Civil Surgeon’s office. KS Bawa, MS, Civil Hospi- tal, Jalandhar, said: “The dope testing was being conducted at the de-addiction centre which falls under the Government Medical College, Amritsar. However, since the CM’s decision is to be implemented within the jurisdiction of the Civil Surgeon’s office, it has been shifted to the lab near the MS office. While barring a few, so far officials have not started coming in for the tests. We expect that they will start coming soon. Moreover, anyone can get the test conducted by paying a marginal fee.” Continued on page 2 F&CC meeting on July 9 Mayor assigns case to Addl Commissioner Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 6 After the first finance and contract committee (F&CC) meeting of the Municipal Corporation was held on June 18, the next meeting has been scheduled for July 9. With works worth Rs 12 crore having been cleared in the first meeting, the second meeting is interestingly been held within days after Mayor Jagdish Raja chaired the first meeting. The five-member F&CC committee of the MC includes Mayor Jagdish Raja, Senior Deputy Mayor Surinder Kaur, Deputy Mayor Harsimranjit Bunty, MC Commssioner Basant Garg, councillors Gian Chand (Ward No. 70) and Gurvinderpal Singh Bunty Neelkanth (Ward No. 68). While the 129-point agenda of the upcoming F&CC meeting has been released, it includes development works, 129-point agenda Ajay Joshi While the 129-point agenda of the upcoming F&CC meeting has been released, it includes development works, procurement of uniforms/suits and vehicles for fire safety, furniture for the revamp of the MC building, tube well equipment. Jalandhar, July 6 The sweeping machine ‘scandal’ in the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation is now expected to be brought under strict surveillance. Mayor Jagdish Raja has assigned the case to Additional Commissioner Vishesh Sarangal and the alleged scam of crores of rupees will be transferred to the State Vigilance team soon for further investigations. As per the Mayor, operators of the project had committed several mistakes since the project was implemented. The machines were made to work on a daily basis but due to the negligence of operators, these were used only twice or four times in a week. The scam could only be understood after the investigations were conducted, the Mayor said. The Mayor has provided procurement of uniforms/suits and vehicles for fire safety, furniture for the revamp of the MC building, tube well equipment. One of the major projects which is to be taken up in the upcoming F&CC meeting, is the finalising of the Animal Birth Control programme of the MC. Under the project, sterilisation of dogs will be carried out at the dog pound in Jalandhar. While at present, as many as 24 to 25 dogs are being operated under the project per day, the agenda proposes the sterilisation of 9,600 dogs per year to meet the target of the existing stray dog population in the city – Tribune News Service which is 14,000 – in oneand-a-half years. Even as bidders for the tender of the project have not submitted documents regarding their enlistment with the MC and they also have failed to fulfill the conditions of attaching the EPF and EFI numbers as mandated according to government norms, the viability of these three bidders, who are all private doctors, will be up for discussion in the upcoming meet. Notably, in the previous F&CC meet, projects worth Rs 12 crore were passed. While works worth Rs 1 crore had been kept pending, those worth Rs 30 lakh have been rejected by the MC in the meeting. c m y b SWEEPING MACHINE SCAM Mayor Jagdish Raja, who was the Leader of Opposition during the SAD-BJP tenure in the state, opposed the scandal of ~25 crore, but the then Mayor Sunil Jyoti had implemented the project in an unobtrusive and arbitrary manner. Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu with the detailed information of the scam. He said in the councillors’ meeting of February 1, 2016, a proposal had come that the company would clean roads on a daily basis. In return, Rs 48.50 lakh would be transferred monthly for cleaning 50 km of roads. Then, the rate of Rs 97,000 per km per month was fixed. The clearance of tender documents taken from the state government and the tender that the corporation had given to appear in newspapers also made it clear that the company should make the daily cleaning up to three years. The scam started when MC inspectors organised a pre-bid meeting before opening the tender, which took place on February 8. It was attended by six companies and two companies qualified the tender. In that meeting, the Lions company got it approved that the duration of the project should be kept for just three to five years and approved its condition of cleaning the roads on alternative days. In case of skipping cleaning, the company also made it agreed by the then Mayor to limit the penalty to Rs 2,000. Meanwhile, the last date for the tender was on February 10, the officials forwarded the date of tenders to benefit the company. On that circular also, there was a mention of daily cleaning. Hence, the duration of the tender was increased to February 23. On March 14, a single tender of the Lions company was accepted, during which the company referred to conduct the cleaning on a daily basis and the Commissioner handed over the tender to the F&CC committee. The proposal passed by the committee also mentioned that the company would have to conduct the cleaning daily and the rates were replaced to Rs 97,000. On April 12, 2016, when the work order of the project was allotted, it was mentioned that the per-km cleaning of multiple lanes, would be conducted every month and in the agreement the month was written as 30 days. Now, the Mayor has alleged that the sweeping machine company was doing 15 days of work in 30 days, hence, half of its payments were illegal. Recently, Mayor Jagdish Raja summoned the entire records and payments of the sweeping machines from the Deputy Controller of Local Audit in which local audit has not only exposed the scam but also confirmed the suspension of payments of the company. The audit report clearly states that the proposal of the MC House could not be changed. There are several points in the audit report which can put the sweeping machine company in trouble. Raja clarified that if the company shuts the cleaning itself, then it would have to pay a fine. On the other hand, the manager of the company, Abhilash Chaudhary, said it was clearly written in the agreement that it could only work on alternative days.
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