28092018-JTR-01.qxd 9/28/2018 1:37 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 28 SEPTEMBER 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE BSF volleyball meet Sui Dhaaga: No propaganda Champion dancer BSF Inter-Frontier and InterCommand Volleyball Cluster-2018 will culminate today. P2 Actors opine the movie celebrates entrepreneurship, dignity of labour as also looks at serious issues. P3 Hema Malini to choreograph a sequence in Radha Krishn. P4 FORECAST CLOUDY | MAX 30.6°C MIN 22.2°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 22°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.17 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6.20 AM In hero’s memory Rain leaves city roads in bad shape New potholes, pits emerge hinting at the use of substandard material Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service The renovated memorial of Shaheed Bhagat Singh decked up on the eve of his birth anniversary at Khatkar Kalan in Nawanshahr. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH SEE ALSO P2 Jalandhar, September 27 Owing to heavy rains that lashed the city for four consecutive days till Monday, the real picture of roads have been exposed. Potholes and pits already existed on a number of roads, now these have also emerged on several roads after the recent downpour. It clearly indicates that poor quality concrete was used to fill them up. The sand mixed with gravels has also swept away, making it difficult for commuters to drive on the damaged roads. Previously during the mending works, residents had asked contractors not to fill the depressions with sand but ignoring their call, poor quality concrete and sand were used which is now completely scattered on the roads. Hence, the condition of most of the city roads has gone from bad to worse, causing a A road in a pathetic state in the Model Town area of Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH great inconvenience to commuters. A number of potholes on roads at Maqsudan Chowk and Workshop Chowk near HMV College; Jyoti Chowk, Mai Hiran Gate, Garha Road area, near the Kapurthala chowk and the Transport Nagar flyover have been noticed during a visit to the city. Potholes and pits on the Pathankot bypass road, Workshop Chowk road, Nakodar road, etc. have been widened after the rains. While the authorities in the Municipal Corporation said they would reconstruct or repair roads and the patchwork had been initiated. But the question is what type of concrete material will be used for filing the damaged parts. The sand used in the concrete makes the roads dusty and the scattered stones and pebbles make them no lesser than accident zones. Mayor Jagdish Raja, however, assured good quality material would be used this time. Meanwhile, commuters said the contractors should be held responsible for the dilapidated state of the roads and strict punishment should be awarded to them. Rohit Sharma of Anand Nagar said: “Though It has become difficult to drive on such dilapidated roads, especially during rains, now the scattered concrete has made things worse. It gets difficult to judge the potholes due to inundation of rain water.” Breach in advance bundh along Beas Don’t abandon kids, opt for cradle scheme: DC Tribune News Service Timely action by Sant Seechewal, residents saves acres of paddy fields from flooding Jalandhar, September 27 Following two recent incidents of baby girls left abandoned on roads by their parents in a bad condition, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma today expressed concern over the matter and said the cradle scheme was a safe haven for the abandoned infants. The Deputy Commissioner said the scheme was currently operational at two places — Nari Niketan and Unique Home, run by Bhai Ghanaiya Ji Charitable Trust. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 27 Barely a day after Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh visited flood-affected villages in Sultanpur Lodhi, the advance bundh along the swollen Beas developed a breach late last night. About 15-ft breach was set to flood nearly 15,000-20,000 acres of paddy fields in 30-35 villages when the timely action by environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal, his team and villagers saved them. The residents said the breach kept on expanding initially but was plugged by creating a wall with sand- Environmentalist Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal and residents repair an advance bundh along the Beas in Sultanpur Lodhi on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH filled sacks tied up together. The strengthening work of the bundh continued for nine hours at the site till 4 pm today as the teams kept facing leakage from various points owing to heavy MC House meet postponed Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 27 The General House meeting, which was scheduled to be held tomorrow, has been postponed. The decision was reportedly taken after Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu made a surprise visit and checked all records of the Jalandhar Improvement Trust on Thursday. He was accompanied by Mayor Jagdish Raja and MC Commissioner Diprava Lakra. After visiting the Trust, Sidhu had organised a press meet and said the audit conducted by the department has detected discrepancies worth Rs 500 crore in civic bodies at Amritsar and Jalandhar during the past 10 years. It is being said he wants to discuss issues regarding the MC that is why the meeting, in which several proposals were to be tabled, had been postponed. PIC ON PAGE 2 flow of water. The villagers were provided langar from Ber Sahib gurdwara during the work. The 45-km advance bundh was erected with the efforts of residents of Aliwal to Kar- muwal villages about 10 years ago. It has been helping to save nearly 60,000 acres of paddy fields every year that falls ahead of the Dhussi bundh along the Beas. Man’s body found Jalandhar, September 27 The body of an unidentified man was recovered from the ruins of the Old Court Complex near Jyoti Chowk. As per information, a resident saw the body at an isolated place in the dismantled building of the old courts. He immediately called the police and on receiving the information, Sukhdev Singh, in-charge of the local police station, reached the spot and after examining the body, it was sent to the Civil Hospital. As some liquor bottles and intoxicants were found near the body, there are speculations that the man died due to drug overdose. However, SHO Paramjit Singh of the police division no. 4 said nothing could be concluded now. The body had been kept for identification. The autopsy would be performed only after the body was identified. — TNS Four held with 2 kg of opium Nawanshahr, September 27 The Nawanshahr police arrested four persons with 2 kg of opium and also recovered Rs 1 lakh from their possession today. The accused have been identified as Onkar Singh, alias Bobby, Hardyal Singh, Kallu Ram, and Harish Kumar. The police said the accused were coming in a car from the Behram side. On suspicion, when they tried to stop the car at a naka, the accused increased the speed of the vehicle. But the police nabbed them after a chase. The police seized Rs 60,000 from Kallu Ram, Rs 36,000 from Harish, Rs 3,000 from Onkar and Rs 1,000 from Hardyal. A case has been registered. — TNS Ensure hassle-free paddy procurement, officials told Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 27 Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma today directed heads of procurement agencies in the district to ensure the paddy procurement process in a smooth and hassle-free manner. Presiding over a meeting to review the arrangements of the paddy procurement for the kharif season in the district at his camp office here, the DC directed all heads of the state procurement agencies and representatives of the Food Corporation of India ❝ SDMs will be accountable for the smooth paddy procurement operations in grain markets falling under their jurisdictions so that farmers do not face any inconvenience in selling their harvest. VARINDER KUMAR SHARMA, DC (FCI) in the district to personally supervise the procurement operations beginning from October 1, so as to ensure prompt lifting of paddy as per their allotted share of procurement. He categorically said all-out efforts should be made to ensure quick procurement of paddy on ❞ the one hand and facilitate farmers in getting timely payment of their produce on the other. The DC said farmers in the district should not be put to any inconvenience for the sale of their produce at mandis. He asked officials of the Punjab Mandi Board to make sure of arrangements in “mandis” to save the produce and to provide proper sanitation facilities to the farmers. The DC issued instructions to make requisite arrangements of power and sheds for the farmers, portable water supply and equipment to monitor the quality of paddy at each procurement centre. During interaction with officials on issues pertaining to procurement, moisture content and others, he was told that elaborate arrangements had been made for the procurement of about 11.35 lakh metric tonnes of paddy expected in the district this year. c m y b The state government has already allotted the procurement operations to PUNGRAIN, MARKFED, PUNSUP Punjab , State Warehousing Corporation, Punjab Agro Industries and FCI. As many as 78 mandis and purchase centres have been notified for the procurement of paddy in the district. The supply of adequate gunny bags has already been ensured. Additional Deputy Commissioner Jitendra Jorwal, District Food and Supply Controller TS Chopra, District Revenue Officer Jashanjeet Singh were among those others present. He said in the past one year, four children had been given a fresh lease of life after they were abandoned in the cradle in the district. While two children were left in Nari Niketan, two others were found at Unique Home. Sharma said unwanted babies were placed in the cradle outside these places anonymously. This unique scheme was started with an aim to checking the dumping of newborns either in trash cans or by roadsides. He said it was unfortunate that the incidents of abandoning children in the city were being reported con- tinuously, adding that even if the abandoned babies survive diseases, stray dogs would maul and eat them. The Deputy Commissioner said the parents of these children either did not want them or were too poor to raise them. The cradle scheme had been able to curb such incidents to quite an extent. The children nurtured under the scheme could have a better life as a number of prosperous families adopted them after the completion of legal formalities. Sharma said the scheme had come as a support for those parents who were unable to bring up children on their own. The Deputy Commissioner said for further information in this regard Child Welfare Committee in Gandhi Vaneeta Ashram (0181-2205200), Bhai Ghanaiya Ji Charitable Trust Model House (01812792961), Nari Niketan on Nakodar Road (01814617009), District Programme Officer, Gandhi Vaneeta Ashram (01812253285), District Child Protection Unit, Gandhi Vaneeta Ashram (0181-2258199) and Civil Hospital (0181-2230181) could be contacted.
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