17JK01A.qxd 11/16/2013 10:23 PM Page 1 LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO BANK sunday | november 17 | 2013 | Jammu JAMMU TRIBUNE RAJOURI: 10 PERSONS INJURED IN ROAD ACCIDENT ÞPAGE 2 24°C MAXIMUM ■ Pollution check centres issue PUC certificates without examination THE INITIATIVE Amit Khajuria Tribune News Service ■ There are 31 pollution check centres in Jammu. They ought to check the vehicle and see whether the emission levels are under the permissible limits. For this, they charge a nominal amount from the customer. ■ Despite regular checking by the traffic department, many of the vehicles, especially the commercial ones, can be seen emitting extra gases. A private bus plying on the Jammu-Katra national highway emits a cloud of fumes. ❝ I visited a pollution check centre at Gandhi Nagar and left the engine of my car on so that the operator there could check the emission level and provide me the certificate. The person there, however, did not even get up from his chair. He clicked the picture of my car, filled the details and provided me the PUC certificate❞ — ABHISHEK MAHAJAN, A CAR OWNER TRIBUNE PHOTO: ANAND SHARMA by the traffic department, many of the vehicles, especially the commercial ones, can be seen emitting extra amount of gases. “Whenever we check the documents of the vehicles emitting high levels of pollutants, we are amazed to see that most of them pos- sess the PUC certificate,” a traffic police official said on the condition of anonymity. He, however, added that the department fines operators if their vehicles are physically seen violating the permissible limits, even if they are in possession of the PUC certificate. Meanwhile, Chairman, Pollution Control Board, Arun Tikku said it was for the first time that he had received such a complaint. “I am getting this kind of complaint for the first time, but it might have happened. Our team randomly checks the equipments of Þ PAGE 4 WEATHER SUNNY CRICKET: ASSAM REELS AT 149/5 AGAINST J&K ÞPAGE 2 Norms violated with impunity Jammu, November 16 Caring little about the hazardous effects of the auto emissions, the pollution check centres here are providing the pollution under control (PUC) certificates without even examining the vehicles. “I visited a pollution check centre at Gandhi Nagar and left the engine of my car on so that the operator there could check the emission level and provide me the certificate. The person there, however, did not even get up from his chair. He clicked the picture of my car, filled the details and provided me the PUC certificate,” Abhishek Mahajan said. “I was amazed. I told him why he didn’t check my car. He, however, replied that he has issued the certificate, what else I required,” he added. ? There are 31 pollution check centres in Jammu province. They ought to check the vehicle and see whether the emission levels are under the permissible limits. For this, they charge a nominal amount from the customer. Despite regular checking Banker-author Ravi Subramanian whose books invariably rule the best sellers list is pragmatic about writing as an art. He believes in being read… the pollution check centres,” Tikku said. He added that I will send my team to check all the centres again. “I also appeal to the public to kindly inform us if anyone is issuing the PUC certificate without proper examination,” Tikku said. 8°C MINIMUM Power restored after 10 days ■ Trainees lose practice session at MA Stadium ahead of nationals Vikas Sharma Tribune News Service Jammu, November 16 Trainees at the Indoor Sports Complex at MA Stadium had lost precious practice session to prepare for various upcoming national events due to the alleged power failure for ten consecutive days. Players alleged that the power supply remained affected on November 5 and it was finally restored on November 15 and that too after they threatened to take up the matter with the authorities. “The nationals in various disciplines are round the corner and we are preparing rigorously but such unexpected interruptions play spoilsport. If the authorities have to do some major technical changes, it was imperative for them to inform us in advance so that we could make alternate arrangements. Unfortunately, it did not happen and they remained ignorant about the whole issue,” one of the trainees told The Tribune on the condition of anonymity. The poor set-up at the higher level has started leaving its impact on the normal functioning of the ❝ The nationals in various disciplines are round the corner and we are preparing rigorously, but such unexpected interruptions play spoilsport. If the authorities have to do some major technical changes, it was imperative for them to inform us in advance so that we could make alternate arrangements. Unfortunately, it did not happen and they remained ignorant about the whole issue. The power failure in the indoor sports complex is one such glaring example of the poor functioning of the managerial staff which is not interested in listening to the grievances of the players❞ — A TRAINEE autonomous sports body. Although the authorities claimed to have made alternate arrangements but the ground reality is altogether different. “The power failure in the indoor sports complex is one such glaring example of the poor functioning of the managerial staff which is not interested in listening to the grievances of the players,” he claimed. Sources said the worst sufferers were the regular registered trainees of the twin disciplines of badminton and gymnastics, adding that during these days, trainees were unable to continue their practice in the evening sessions. “There was no light in the entire complex. However, an attempt was made to restore it, but of no avail. After waiting for some time, we decided to apprise the stadium staff. It proved futile because they too explained their helplessness to sort out the matter,” said another trainee. When contacted, Dilip Thusu, Secretary, J&K State Sports Council, told The Tribune that due to some technical problem, the power supply was affected. “Earlier, the stadium was receiving power supply from the transmission installed in the PHE wing outside the office of the Sports Council. We wanted to make all arrangements to ensure uninterrupted power supply. Infact, the department has done the work on war footing but it takes time to finalise arrangements.” When asked him whether the trainees were informed in advance about the repair work, Thusu said he was not sure. Sports minister grilled over abandoned Campaign launched against suppliers work on sports stadium in Udhampur of packaged drinking water Deepanker Gupta Tribune News Service Udhampur, November 16 Minister for Youth Services and Sports Taj-Mohi-Din had a tough time today while responding to the queries of sportspersons who confronted him for his department's failure to restart the abandoned work on the sports stadium in the district. The minister was on a daylong tour of the district to lay the foundation stone of the Indoor Sports Multipurpose hall to be completed at a cost of Rs 134 lakh here. Eminent sportspersons repeatedly surrounded the minister on the prestigious Rs 16 crore project of the sports stadium work which proposed to ❝ The state government had work startedconstruct an international level sports stadium here in 2009 and the thereafter. A total of Rs 54 lakh was released to the executing agency at that time. After a few months, the work was stopped as the stairs of the pavilion suddenly collapsed. The authorities stopped the work and since then, the work has not been restarted❞ — ROSHAN LAL, A SPORTSPERSON was suspended a few months back. “The state government had proposed to construct an international level sports stadium here in 2009 and the work started thereafter. A total of Rs 54 lakh was released to the executing agency at that time. After a few months, the work was stopped as the stairs of the pavilion suddenly collapsed. The authorities stopped the work and since then, the work has not been restarted,” said Roshan Lal, an eminent sportsperson of the district. "We do not know as to what is the result of the inquiry being conducted but our primary concern is that if a prestigious project was completed just five per cent in four years when it will be completed and how many times the total cost would escalate as the authorities concerned are planning to solicit tenders for the entire project now," said Rajan Slathia, a national player. Vikram Slathia, a social activist, who confronted with the minister repeatedly said: "The authorities concerned are not even bothered to cover and protect the land of the stadium as it is being taken away by land encroachers." Balwant Singh Mankotia, MLA, Udhampur, said he was trying his level best to restart the work and he had also raised the issue in the Legislative Assembly, but the state government has deliberately delayed the project. Pacifying the agitated sports person, the minister assured of taking up the project on priority. Urban health centre sans doctors Our Correspondent Rajouri, November 16 The urban health centre situated in the heart of the old city and right under the nose of the district administration needs treatment as it is running without doctors from the past three months. Functioning in two rooms inside the Town Hall building, the centre is in a dilapidated condition and it can provide only first aid to more than 6,000 inhabitants of the old city. With a sanctioned staff of two medical officers (MOs), one pharmacist, one female multipurpose health worker (FMPHW), one-nurshing orderly (NO) and one peon, the centre is presently being run by a pharmacist and FMPHW. The centre is situated in the heart of the old city but is being look after by Manjakot block medical officer (BMO) about 25 km from the Rajouri district headquarters. "The District Hospital was at some distance from the city and for any medical emergency, the urban The urban health centre is in a shambles. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH health centre was established in the heart of the old town about six years ago. But due to the negligence and carelessness on the part of the Health Department, the centre itself needs medical help,” said Yogesh Sharma, former BJP district head, and a social worker. As per the information provided by the health authorities, one post of a medical officer is lying vacant since the inception of the centre and another doctor, Nageena Kousher, is undergoing training in advance techniques at the ultrasound centre in Srinagar for the past three months. “The centre is situated in an unhygienic locality near the public toilets and the staff is finding it difficult to perform their duties,” said an employee wishing anonymity. When contacted Dr Yash Karsyal, BMO, Manjakot said the building hired for the centre was not suitable for running an urban health centre and it should be shifted to some other nearby place. “As for the appointment of the second doctor is concerned, the matter was taken up with the higher authorities several times, but to no avail,” said the BMO. Dr Rajiv Sharma, CMO, who recently joined at Rajouri today, visited the centre after several complaints by the social workers and inhabitants. He also found the centre in a dilapidated condition, not suitable to provided any more facilities like ultra sound, ECG, as was promised before its inception by the health authorities, and being run by a pharmacist. “After consultation with the people, the BMO and other senior officers, it has been decided to shift the centre to a nearby private building. The proposal will be sent to the Health Minister soon and it is hoped that before the beginning of next year, the centre would be running at new place with other modern facilities,” said Dr Rajiv. Tribune News Service Jammu, November 16 The Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) has launched a campaign against private units supplying packaged drinking water to offices and shops in the city following complaints about the quality of water. “We have received several complaints about the quality of the packaged drinking water and instructions have been given to the field staff to conduct an open market survey and collect random samples of water from the units operating in the city,” Municipal Commissioner Kiran Wattal said. Several local companies have set up units supplying packaged water to showrooms, private offices and educational institutions in Jammu in recent years and consumers pay Rs 400 to Rs 800 per month for it. Wattal, meanwhile, said people can complain to JMC officials if they find any issues with the quality of the packaged water, so that culprits are exposed and booked under the relevant law. While the tap water goes through number of quality checks, no such measures A man distributes mineral water in Jammu on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: INDERJEET SINGH are being adopted to check the quality of water being provided by private units. “A bottle of drinking water that looks crystal clear could contain bacteria. Several tests conducted in different parts of the country have revealed that packaged water sometimes is contaminated,” Bushan Parimoo, an environmentalist, said. Despite several Centresponsored schemes, water shortage remains a major challenge for administration. Though the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department has spent Rs. 3.70 crore on private tankers, during 2008-2012, to supply drinking water to the residential colonies of the city facing water scarcity it has not been able to cater to the needs of the expanding Jammu city. Officials said nearly 87.4 per cent of households have got water connections. However, most of them don’t get adequate supply of water and as a result they are forced to purchase water from the private units. “56 per cent households get water supply for less than an hour per day,” an official said, adding that about 96 per cent of the household spend extra money on purchase of water. DIVINE WALK: Followers of Baba Jitmal “Jitto” carries an elderly person to pay obeisance at the shrine near Jhiri village in Jammu on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: INDERJEET SINGH
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