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P4 FORECAST RAIN LIKELY | MAX 26°C MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C MIN 22°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.25 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.20 AM Traffic chaos ahead of CM visit Breaches reported in Kotla minor, sullage carrier Roads towards Shaheed Nand Singh Chowk remain closed for rehearsal Sukhmeet Bhasin Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Bathinda, September 23 As rain continued for the second consecutive day in the city, two breaches — Kotla minor at Jodhpur Pakhar village and the sullage carrier — were reported in the district on Sunday morning. The city received 38 mm rainfall till Sunday afternoon. The change in the weather has brought a respite to the residents as temperature fell up to 10 degree. A breach was reported in the Kotla minor at Jodhpur Pakhar village, due to which fields in around 500 acres were submerged, damaging the crop. A 40-ft breach was also in the sullage carrier, which carries sewage and rainwater of the city near Kotshamir village. After getting information, the MCB had to stop all motors, including the main disposal, due to which sewage started overflowing and accumulated on Power House Road, Sirki Bazaar and a few other areas in the city. MCB officials initiated the repair work and they claimed of restarting the sullage carrier by 2 pm. Apart from this for the disposal of the rain water, Bathinda, September 23 Residents were at the receiving end as all roads leading towards Shaheed Nand Singh Chowk remained closed for more than an hour due to rehearsal a day before the inauguration of the revamped roundabout in the city. As the movement of traffic from Liberty Chowk towards Shaheed Nand Singh Chowk also known as Fauji Chowk, from Krishna Continental Hotel, Hanuman Chowk and Teachers’ Home was closed in the morning, irked commuters took roads in residential areas, which led to chaos as huge rush of traffic from both sides was witness on these narrow lanes. A few days ago, the SSP had issued a route map diverting the traffic to other roads for the function on September 24, but no prior information for diverting the traffic on Sunday was given by the administration. Arshdeep Singh, a city resident, said, “It is very disappointing that the public is always harassed when any VIP has to visit the city. The system should change or else they should keep the Army and police personnel rehearse for the inauguration function at Shaheed Nand Singh Chowk in Bathinda on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO venue on the outskirts of the city for the convenience of the residents.” Army officials had brought the material required for the function, but rain became the spoilsport and officials had to wait for it to stop to arrange the settings for Monday’s function. Results show public confidence in Congress, says FM Tribune News Service Bathinda, September 23 Finance Minister Manpreet Badal on Sunday said the results of the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti elections reflected the people’s confidence in the Congress government. Talking to mediapersons, Manpreet said the people had also registered their protest over the issue of sacrilege by decimating the Akali Dal in the elections. On the SAD accusing the ruling party of rigging the polls, he said the parties ending up on the losing side often take such premise to explain their loss and there was nothing new in it. He said the State Election Repolling conducted ■ Manpreet Badal said the people had also registered their protest over the issue of sacrilege by decimating the Akali Dal in the elections. ■ He said the State Election Commission got the repolling conducted wherever they received the reports of anomalies. . Commission got the repolling conducted wherever they received the reports of anomalies. He added that the huge triumph in the elections had brought in bigger expectations of the people from the state government and they would make all efforts to fulfil these. The risk of heavy rain on Monday looms large as the Weather Department has predicted it. The function is in the open under tents. Another resident Shikhar Goyal said, “I had to attend some function. As the stretch was closed from Power House Road chowk on GT Road, I took a road passing from a residential area. But it was total chaos as vehicles were also coming from other side and the road was narrow, due to which passing through the road became a herculean task for everyone.” Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and senior Army officials are expected to inaugurate the newly renovated Shaheed Nand Singh Chowk in the city on Monday. The chowk has been beautified and renovated by the Army. Even two anti-aircraft guns have been installed at the chowk near the statue of Shaheed Nand Singh. Deputy Commissioner Praneet during a visit to the site of breach at Jodhpur Pakhar village on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO the water supply in the city was also stopped today, due to which residents did not get water supply on Sunday morning. After getting information of breach at Jodhpur Pakhar village, Deputy Commissioner Praneet, SDM Balwinder Singh and Tehsildar Sukhbir Singh Brar rushed to the spot. While talking to the media, the Deputy Commissioner said around 500 acres were submerged under water due to the breach in Kotla minor. “We will send a team on Monday to the area to assess the loss of crops and compensation would be given to the farmers whose crops have been damaged. There is no loss of life and property,” the Deputy Commissioner added. Breach in the sullage carrier took place around 4 am and after a patrolling team came to know it, they immediately informed MCB officials and got the motors stopped. Municipal Commissioner Dr Rishipal Singh and XEN Davinder Jaura, along with a team, reached the spot and got the repair work started. By 3 pm, the water accumulated at Sirki Bazaar was cleared and by the evening, the water on the Power House Road was also disposed of. Manpreet initiates ~3.5-crore development projects Deadline Tribune News Service Bathinda, September 23 Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal on Sunday performed groundbreaking ceremony for starting development works worth Rs 3.5 crore in Surkhpeer road, Multania road and Lal Singh Basti areas. Talking to mediapersons, Manpreet Badal said all works related to roads in these areas would be completed by Baisakhi 2019. Besides, on Monday, the Finance Minister would visit Sai Nagar, Gurukul road, Lehra Colony and Model Town Phase-1 to perform groundbreaking ceremony of road projects in these areas. He added that on October 15, other tenders to the tune of Rs10 crore would be floated for initiating more development works in the city. Answering a media query, ■ Manpreet Badal said all works related to roads in these areas would be completed by Baisakhi 2019. . Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal addresses a gathering in the Surkhpeer road area in Bathinda on Sunday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR he said the people of Punjab and Congress workers were to be congratulated for the victory of the party in the Zila Parishad and Block Samiti elections. He said the victory of the Congress was a proof of development works and pro-people policies of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. He added that on September 24, the Chief Minister would visit Bathinda to inaugurate the Shaheed Nand Singh Chowk, which is popularly known as Fauji Chowk and has been given a new look, to pay tributes to Shaheed Nand Singh. Besides, the Congress was holding a rally at Killianwali village and the Chief Minister would address people there. The Bathinda Improvement Trust (BIT) has allotted the development works to a contractor. Road projects in areas of Sukhpeer road, Multania road, Bachan Colony and Guru Nanak Nagar would be laid at a cost of Rs 2.38 crore. Apart from this, interlocking tiles would be installed at Awa Basti, Janta Nagar, Paras Ram Nagar and Arjun Nagar at a cost of Rs 87 lakh. Tiles would also be installed at Nai Basti, Chandsar Basti and Malviya Nagar at a cost of Rs 30 lakh. New roads would be laid in Middu Mal street, Singh Sabha Gurdwara street, Bawa Mandir street, Homeland Enclave road, Ajit road and Model Town Phase 1 and 3 at a cost of Rs 1.16 crore. Premix road would also be laid at Lal Singh Basti, Janta Nagar, Arjun Nagar, Harbans Nagar, Sai Nagar, Mati Dass Nagar, Gurukul main road and Lehra colony areas at a cost of Rs 1.21 crore. These works will be started in the city in a phased manner. Ganesh fest ends with idol immersion Heads or tails decides result Bathinda, September 23 Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations culminated in the city on Sunday with the immersion of Lord Ganesha idols in the Sirhind canal. Devotees began reaching the canal from 4 pm and the celebrations continued till 7 pm. In the absence of deployment of enough policemen, devotees nudged each other to make way and catch the last glimpse of the idols before immersing them in the canal. Devotees danced to the beats of drums and holy songs and smeared colours on each other and in some cases, on the hands and faces of passers-by. Notably, the crowded street processions with blar- Devotees take Lord Ganesha idols to the Sirhind canal on Ganesh Chaturthi in Bathinda on Sunday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR ing music players and bandwallahs and then the raising of the ‘Ganpati Bappa Mau- rya’ slogans during the immersion, all vouched for the fact that the festival, which is celebrated with gusto in Maharashtra, seems to have found favour c m y b among the Punjabis and others in Bathinda. This spectacular festival honours the birth of the beloved Lord Ganesha popularly worshiped for his ability to remove obstacles and bring peace and good fortune. A visit to the Sirhind canal showed that the administration had taken little measures to make sure that nothing unfortunate happened at the canal during the festivities. Unlike last years, senior administrative officials did not hold much meetings to direct different departments and the police to make sure that the arrangements were in place at the canal where the devotees were to assemble. — TNS of Malout Samiti seat Archit Watts Tribune News Service Malout, September 23 Probably for the first time in the electoral history of Malout, there was a tie between two candidates of SAD and Congress contesting for Panchayat Samiti and the decision taken with the toss of a coin. Interestingly, Paaro Kaur of the Congress and Sukhwinder Kaur of SAD both got 830 votes each in the Moahlan Panchayat Samiti election on Saturday night, which led to a tie. In this situation, the election authorities asked the wish of both candidates for recounting or toss of coin. Leads to a tie ■ Interestingly, Paaro Kaur of the Congress and Sukhwinder Kaur of SAD both got 830 votes each in the Moahlan Panchayat Samiti election on Saturday night, which led to a tie. . Both of them agreed for the toss and the decision went in favour of the Congress candidate. Gurcharan Singh, personal assistant of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who was supervising the Lambi Assembly segment’s villages falling under the Sarawan zone here, said, “We accepted the decision as we had given consent for the toss. Our candidate is still a winner for us as she got an equal number of votes.” Notably, of the total 23 seats for the Malout Panchayat Samiti, SAD won 13, BJP one, Congress eight and one seat went to an independent candidate. Further, of the total 62,640 votes polled, as many as 3,490 were rejected during counting. These are above 5.5 per cent of the total polled votes. All the election results of Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti of Muktsar district were declared around 2 am on Sunday.
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