01102018-JTR-01.qxd 10/1/2018 12:53 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 1 OCTOBER 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Lack of facilities at mela Check it out Life balancing act No arrangements made to accommodate migrants and devotees during Sodal Mela. P2 Come fall and can checks and plaids be far behind? P2 Teejay Sidhu shares her experience of balancing professional and personal life. FORECAST P2 PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 32°C MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C MIN 20°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.15 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.21 AM Close shave for 25 as bus overturns Phagwara Civil Hospital Driver takes sharp turn to save bull, resulting in mishap; four receive injuries ❝ Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 30 A total of 25 passengers had a narrow escape as the bus they were traveling in overturned sideways near Suranussi on Sunday morning. The bus driver took a sharp turn in order to save a bull that resulted in the mishap. The incident left the bull dead. Four passengers received minor injures in the mishap. According to information, the private bus ferrying devotees, who had come to pay obeisance at the Khambra Church, was coming from Wadali, Amritsar. At 8 am, when the bus reached Suranussi, it collided with a bull. After the collision, the commuters were taken out the bus. The bus driver, Satvinder Singh, said “The accident took place in order to save Despite an alarming rise in the number of road accidents due to the presence of stray cattle in the city, the authorities have failed to check the issue and have been mum on it. With no solution in sight to manage the rising number of stray cattle, residents fear meeting fatal accidents on the roads. ❞ KULVINDER SINGH, a local resident, who was present on the spot. The bus that met with an accident near Jalandhar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO the animal that was crossing the road.” ASI Kulwinder Singh said four passengers were injured and they were taken to the Civil Hospital. Stray cattle are posing a threat to commuters in the city. Residents said the Municipal Corporation had miserably failed to curb the problem. He said stray animals could be seen roaming on roads, leading to traffic snarls. Kulvinder Singh, a local resident, who was present on the spot, said, “Despite an alarming rise in the number of road accidents due to the presence of stray cattle in the city, the authorities have failed to check the issue and have been mum on the issue. With no solution in sight to manage the rising number of stray cattle on the roads, residents fear meeting fatal accidents on roads.” battles shortage of docs Ashok Kaura Phagwara, September 30 The 110-bedded local Civil Hospital has been grappling with a shortage of doctors for the past six months. At present, the hospital does not have a radiologist, pediatrician, ENT, ortho surgeon and microbiologist. The Senior Medical Officer (SMO), Dr Davinder Singh, said three private radiologists had been hired to attend the patients. According to the SMO, the patients visiting the Civil Hospital are being referred to these private radiologists, who charged as per government hospital rates from them. On a random visit to the Civil Hospital on Sunday, it came to light that notices have been pasted on the windows of OPD registration informing the patients about a scarcity of specialist doctors. Fire breaks out at NRI’s house PSPCL fined ~15,000 for issuing wrong bill Tribune News Service Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, September 30 A fire broke out at the house of an NRI, Hrminder Singh, in Urban Estate, phase-1, here on Sunday evening. Jalandhar, September 30 The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed the electricity bill of ~28,233 of a consumer. It has also asked the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to pay ~15,000, including litigation expenses, to the complainant for causing “mental and physical harassment”. Varinder Kumar, a resident of Jalandhar district, had filed an application against the Assistant Executive Engineer, East Commercial, Sub Division No.III, Birring, PSPCL, saying that he had purchased a property from Kultar Kaur, who had an electricity connection — J63ET201294P . In his application to the forum, Varinder said he had purchased the property along with the electricity connec- Short-circuit in the air-conditioner said to be the cause of the fire. Items, including an airconditioner, LED and mattresses were gutted. A short-circuit in the air-conditioner was said to be the cause of the fire. Station House Officer (SHO) Omkar Singh said, “The owners do not reside in the house. The caretaker and his family immediately moved out of the house.” The SHO added, “A fire brigade team arrived at the spot within few minutes. It took around 60 minutes to douse the flames.” ❝ For the second time on June 29, 2016, I received a bill of ~4,040, which showed consumption of 598 units for a period of approximately 60 days. When I went to the electricity board office to deposit the bill, I was asked to meet the RA of the PSPCL. The officer informed me that due to some error in the SAP system, the payments and earlier bills were not entered in the system. He asked me to meet the SDO concerned in this regard. The SDO told me to pay ~28,233 along with the present bill of ~4,040. VARINDER KUMAR, complainant tion. The complainant said he was consuming the electricity for a domestic purpose and has been paying the bills on a regular basis. Varinder said, “On a few occasions, I was fooled by the PSPCL. I was issued a wrong bill due to an error in the SAP system. Every time, I was threatened that I had to pay the bill or else the connection would be terminated. Once, I sent a representation against the bill sent to the officials ❞ concerned. The respondents, however, did not take any action and rather issued a bill dated May 5, 2016, of ~34,150 and disconnected electricity.” “To restored electricity, I had to pay some amount. After filing complaints, I was told that due to some error in the SAP system, the bill amounting to ~34,150 was generated and the connection had been temporary disconnected,” the complainant added. The complainant said for Powerful performance the second time on June 29, 2016, he received a bill of ~4,040, which showed consumption of 598 units for a period of approximately 60 days. Varinder said when he went to electricity board office to deposit the bill, I was asked to meet the RA of the PSPCL. “RA Chander Shekhar informed me that due to some error in the SAP system, the payments and earlier bills were not entered in the system. He asked me to meet the SDO concerned in this regard. The SDO told me to pay ~28,233 along with the present bill of ~4,040,” he added. Thereafter, the complainant approached the forum and presented the required facts. He challenged that the bill of ~28,233 was bogus and he was not liable to pay any amount except for the amount of the present bill — ~4,040. The PSPCL, in its reply to the forum, said “as the elec- tricity connection still stands in the name of Kultar Kaur, it has not been transferred by the complainant in his own name. The electricity connection was disconnected for some time as the electricity charges were due”. The PSPCL denied other allegations. After verifying all facts, the forum, in its judgment, said “the bill issued to the complainant is not as per the consumption of the electricity consumed. Therefore, there is a deficiency in service on the part of the PSPCL and thus, the bill dated May 13, 2016, for an amount of ~28,233 is hereby set aside and the PSPCL is directed not to recover the amount and is directed to compensate the complainant by paying damages for mental and physical harassment caused to the tune of ~10,000 and litigation expenses of ~5,000”. Notices about a shortage of doctors pasted at the reception of the Civil Hospital in Phagwara. TRIBUNE PHOTO Dengue spreads its tentacles Dengue has spread its tentacles in the town. The SMO said 57 persons had tested positive for dengue and it was the Municipal Corporation’s failure. He said the Health Department was taking all possible preventive measures. Vector-borne diseases are normally reported between July and November, but it may stretch to mid-December, said a senior health official. It is being observed that several dengue patients either are being treated by doctors in private hospitals or being referred to Jalandhar and Ludhiana. As per sources, around 500 dengue cases in Phagwara subdivision have not been unreported. After receiving reports of dengue epidemic in Phagwara, Union Minister of State Vijay Sampla on Sunday visited the Civil Hospital. The issue of shortage of doctors and nursing staff in the hospital was brought to his notice. Thereafter, he asked Principal Secretary, Health, Satish Chandra to fulfill the posts lying vacant in the hospital. Bholath powerlifter wins bronze medal in Dubai championship Our Correspondent Jalandhar, September 30 Ajay Gogna of Bholath has brought laurels to the state by winning a bronze medal at the Asian Benchpress Championship held in Dubai from September 19 to 24. He bagged the medal in the under 120+ weight category and the championship was organised by the UAE Powerlifting Federation. As many as 22 countries, including Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Mongolia, Kuwait, Singapore and Uzbekistan, participated in the championship. Ajay is a five-time national champion in powerlifting. He has won many district and state-level competitions. Ajay Gogna Talking to The Tribune, Ajay said, “I was selected in the under 120+ category by the Indian Powerlifting Federation to represent the country in Dubai. Although, we were very close to silver, I am happy that we have brought something back home and gave a tough fight to other nations.” Continued on page 2 EncroachmentsgaloreonPUDAmarketroads Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Students of the Lyallpur Khalsa College of Engineering perform bhangra during a cultural programme in Jalandhar. MALKIAT SINGH 2 Bullet bikes challaned for noise pollution Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 30 Under Tandarust Punjab Mission, a joint team of the Punjab Pollution Control Board and traffic policemen challaned two bullet motorcy- cles for using multi-tone horns and a cracker soundemitting silencer. The team comprising Punjab Pollution Control Board’s Junior Environmental Engineer (JEE) Varun Kumar and Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI), Traffic, Harpreet Singh checked 15 heavy motor vehicles and six Royal Enfield motorcycles at Ravidass Chowk. During the checking, two bullet bikes were issued challans for the violation of noise pollution rules. An official said the violators would also be issued showcause notices under Section 31-A of the Air Act, 1981. He said the vehicle owners were made aware of the harmful effects of noise pollution. c m y b Jalandhar, September 30 Encroachments on roads in the PUDA market lead to frequent traffic jams in the area, causing inconvenience to commuters and residents. The Ladowali road that connects to the railway station, district administration’s office, BSF chowk and other several major locations has become congested, making it tough for people commute easily. Dumped vehicles parked alongside the road have made it narrow by almost 5 to 10 inches. Encroachments and vehicles parked in a haphazard manner on the road are a big concern for the authorities in the area. At several places, shop owners have created their own unauthorised parking zones, which are leading to traffic congestion. Despite a boundary line marked by the authorities, mechanics can be seen repairing vehicles on the roads. On being asked to shift the dumped vehicles, they misbehave with people. Amandeep Singh, a commuter, said, “The problem of traffic is now emerging as Vehicles parked along a road in the PUDA market in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO the biggest problem in the city. In the absence of check on encroachments, traffic police personnel are also finding it hard to deal with the situation.” “Encroachments on roads and paucity of space have become a headache for the authorities. Commuters, pedestrians and residents of various localities, including Master Tara Singh Nagar and Preet Nagar, are annoyed with frequent traffic jams,” said Devinder Singh, a local resident. He said, “It becomes difficult for vehicles to pass as shopkeepers have encroached upon roads, leaving little space for vehicles.” Jai Inder Singh, State Officer, Jalandhar Development Authority, said, “The department is aware of the issue. A few steps have been taken in the past, but without the support of the Municipal Corporation, the department has failed to find a permanent solution to the problem.” The officer assured that the matter would be brought to the notice of Tehbzari Department officials. He said in collaboration with the MC, action would be taken soon against encroachments.
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