02012019-JTR-01.qxd 1/2/2019 1:27 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 2 JANUARY 2019 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE ‘Govt fails to fulfil promises’ Do you fit in? Honeymoon in Maldives BSP (Ambedkar) leaders protest against failure of state government in fulfilling its poll promises. P2 Almost every third New Year resolution is about getting fit and following a strict fitness regimen. P3 Parul Chauhan got hitched to beau Chirag Thakkar at a private ceremony. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 18°C MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17°C MIN 6°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.36 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7.26 AM No end in sight to traffic mess MC, admn not bothered to come up with solutions the city. To solve the problem, it was decided in a meeting that the timings of schools will be changed, with a gap of 10-15 minutes, but it could not get implemented. Even traffic experts feel that change in the timing of schools would help in checking the traffic problem. Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 1 Every passing year, the problem of vehicular traffic is getting grave. There are a number of issues such as number of vehicles are increasing, lack of parking zones, several encroachments, absence of public transportation, thousands of non-registered autos and lack of new infrastructure. But despite such issues, neither the Municipal Corporation, nor the administration is bothered to come up with any solution. Going from Maqsudan Chowk to BMC Chowk seems like a difficult task for commuters. Years have been passed, but the traffic issue has not got resolved yet. On the New Year, The Tribune looked at various factors contributing to woes of the commuters. No parking zone developed in five years As per information, besides a small parking zone near President hotel, not even a single parking zone has got developed in the city in past five years. Only plans and proposals are made but those never get implemented. The one near the hotel, which was developed into a parking zone, has hardly 150 m area. One can well imagine the number of vehicles it accommodates. According to traffic experts, the total number of What officials say Commuters stuck in a traffic jam on Old GT Road in Jalandhar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH parking zones in the city does not even cater to 25 per cent of the population. In the absence of proper parking place, vehicles can be seen on roads parked haphazardly, which often leads to traffic jams. Non-registered auto-rickshaws As per a rough estimate, a senior traffic police official said around 70,000 vehicles ply on roads every day. As per officials, around 15,000 autorickshaws ply on roads but only a few have been given permits. As per figures available till August 2018, permits have been given to only 549 vehicles. The officials said the auto-rickshaws were the most troublemaking vehicles which create traffic jams in the city. its first phase but it seems to be a far-sighted hope. School timings Bus project still a dream The Municipal Corporation has a lot of projects which have not started yet. One of them is a transportation project under the ‘Smart City’ mission in which 132 city buses were to be started for city residents. The project was supposed to help people commute in the city. But even after years of the announcement of the project, not even a single bus is visible. The project, if implemented, would have solved the problem of auto-rickshaws. As per information, 20 battery buses would come in Various meetings of the Deputy Commissioner, the Police Commissioner and the road safety committee have hardly provided any solution to these problems. Every morning, plans get passed but hardly get implemented. One such plan is the change of school timings. Schoolchildren get free from their respective schools almost at the same time, which causes chaos. All students disburse in the afternoon at the same time which creates traffic jams in various parts of Fun ‘n’ frolic ACP Traffic, Jang Bahadur , Sharma, said since Jalandhar has the largest number of hospitals in Asia, it caters to people across the country too. This also results in traffic chaos. “We are going to make the area starting from Kapurthala Chowk towards Nakodar Chowk and BMC Chowk and then inside bazaars, as a noentry zone and we will not allow heavy commercial vehicles to enter these areas from 8 am to 8 pm,” the ACP said, adding that strict action would be taken against auto-rickshaws and those found without papers would be impounded. He also added that the strength of traffic police personnel would also be increased. Loss of man-hours Valuable time of commuters is gets wasted as they spend hours getting stuck in traffic jams and it also causes stress among them. Traffic expert and a core member of the district traffic committee, Surinder Saini, said he raised several issues in meetings with the Deputy Commissioner. “Plans get passed in the meetings, but hardly get implemented,” he added. Over 371 traffic offenders penalised, ~90K collected Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 1 Over 371 traffic violators were penalised by the district traffic police on the New Year’s Eve with a majority of them being drunk driving offenders and those who were riding twowheelers without helmets, officials said today. ASI (traffic police) Narinder Singh said around 64 drunken revellers were issued challans by the traffic police only and 12 challans were issued in the Model Town area, which was considered as the hub of partygoers and a hangout spot. Area SHO Onkar Singh Brar said to keep a strict vigil over the law and order situation in the area, as many as 350 cops were deployed in the Model Town area only. No arrest made in 53-year-old’s murder case Jalandhar, January 1 Even after four unidentified armed men killed a 53-year-old man at Dhirpur village here a week ago, the rural police have not arrested any of them yet. The suspect barged into the victim’s house. The deceased, Daljeet Singh, was sleeping in the lobby when the suspects locked up his wife and son in a room and killed the former. Kartarpur Station House Officer (SHO) Rajiv Kumar said: “No loot was attempted. We are investigating the case.” — TNS Taking a strict note of drunk driving, around three offenders were penalised by every police division of the city with a majority of them being youngsters. On the Jalandhar-Amritsar highway, two persons were caught driving their vehicles after consuming liquor, said Rupinder Singh, SHO, Police Division 8. Officials said the drunk driving challans during the New Year eve surpassed the daily limit of around 10-15 challans. With over 850 motorists being challaned this year, drunkdriving cases were reportedly on the rise in the district. Besides drunk driving cases, 89 riders were penalised for not wearing helmets and 38 without seatbelts, 71 for jumping red lights, 68 for wrong parking, two overloading and 28 for overspeeding. Many truck drivers also illegally tried to enter no entry zones. As many as 16 truck drivers were held in non-compoundable cases and 10 for violating traffic rules. After punishing the wrongdoers on the New Year’s Eve, the traffic police wing collected a whopping Rs 90,400. ADCP (traffic) Kulwant Singh Heer said extra traffic police team was deployed at various locations of the city and special traffic arrangements were made to regulate movement of revellers. Besides, to ensure the celebrations were held smoothly, hundreds of police personnel were stationed across the city with the Commissioner of Police himself reviewing the security arrangements in the sensitive areas and security was beefed up at the Model Town. Special arrangements for PM Modi’s visit Jalandhar, January 1 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating the five-day 106th Indian Science Congress 2019 on January 3 on the Lovely Professional University (LPU) campus. For this, over 30,000 people from top educational institutions, industry, diverse sectors of science, technology and allied sectors across the country and abroad will come. The arrangements for the same have got completed. A special mobile app has been created through which on a single click, details about events, activities of the science congress, venues and even direction to venues can be accessed. Over 100 lecture halls, auditoriums, theatres and rooms on the campus are engaged for presentations and scientific deliveries. At the main entrance, nearly 30-tonne Human Robot, made from scrap by LPU engineering students, has been installed to welcome visitors. Besides, special ‘selfie chairs’ are also installed on the campus, where visitors can have selfies with statues of scientists such as Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. — TNS Farmers hopeful of another good year Jalandhar, January 1 Farmers on the first day of the year hoped that this year they would not have to face a similar situation where they have to leave their homes for protests. Last year brought a lot of trouble for them who were forced to protest and block roads and highways against the government. The reason: The farmers were not getting their dues for sugarcane production. After the protest, the government had assured them of giving their due amount by January 15, which the farmers are still waiting for. Farmers under Doaba Kisan Sangharsh Committee said that year 2019 they must prove lucky for them. “We just want our hard earned money and nothing else,” they said. They said they had earlier organised dharnas, and had been approaching the government and the mills, but to no avail. The farmers had said if the government could not pay their dues which they had failed to get for their sugarcane crops even after a lapse of over an year, it should not keep bragging about the crop diversification scheme in speeches and also it (govern- ment) must stop showing ‘fake sympathy’ towards them In the absence of the pending amount, the farmers said they were left with no option but to take loans from arhtiyas and banks to make both ends meet. They have taken loans amounting to lakhs and now, they are waiting for their payments by mills so that they could repay their loans. — TNS Packed house of tabla lovers brings Harivallabh Sammelan to a close Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Girls take part in the New Year celebrations in Jalandhar on Monday night. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH MORE PICS ON P2 Teachers start New Year with protest Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 1 Upset over the state government’s “negligence” towards demands of government schoolteachers, the teachers under the banner of the SSA/RMSA Union today held a protest against Education Minister and the government. They wore black ribbons to mark their struggle against the Education Department and the government on the first day of the year. District president of SSA/RMSA Gurpreet Singh Parmar said the SSA/ RMSA Sans salaries for seven months District president of SSA/RMSA Gurpreet Singh Parmar said the SSA/ RMSA teachers had been recruited on the basis of entrance tests and merit. However, they were still forced to suffer at the hands of government. For the past seven months, the teachers have not received their salaries but are continuing with their duties. teachers had been recruited on the basis of entrance tests and merit. However, they were still forced to suffer at the hands of government. For the past seven months, the teachers have not received their salaries but are continuing with their duties. Also, for the past several months they were either being suspended or being victimised by the government. Hence, he declared that if their demands were not taken seriously, they would also protest against the government during the state-level convention to be organised by the Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha in the days to come. District general secretary Tilak Raj said: “The proposals have been passed in the state legisla- ture to double salaries of cabinet ministers, however, 75 per cent cut have been imposed in the salaries of government schoolteachers, which is completely unfair. Moreover, every government department is also pressuring the teachers to accept the “unjust” proposals of the government”. He also added that, the Education Minister failed to fulfill his promises made to teachers on December 1. They also made the announcement that if the government failed to take any concrete steps to address the issue till January 6, they would also join the morcha and hit roads in large numbers. c m y b Jalandhar, January 1 A packed house of avid listeners clinging on to every beat of Pt Talwalkar’s tabla and a customary flower shower (pushpa varsha) accompanied by a rousing Raga Bahaar brought the 143rd Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan to a close in the wee hours of Monday. The three-day sammelan, which started on December 28, was marked by at least four recitals by father-son duos - one of them being held on Sunday. Music aficionados from across the region flocked to a packed house at the event on Sunday evening watching Pt Suresh Talwalkar bring out intricately ornamented rhythmic “tihai(s)”, “gat(s)” and “chand(s)” in “jhap taal”, “teen taal” and “aara chautal”. He was accompanied by daughter Savani Talwalkar on the tabla and Omkar Dalvi on the pakhawaj, Abhishek Shinkar on harmonium and Nagnath Adgaonkar on vocals. With Jalandhar giving various tabla Pt Suresh Talwalkar (C) performs during the 143rd Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan in Jalandhar. MALKIAT SINGH patriarchs like Punjab Gharana exponent Ustad Laxman Singh Seen and Kale Ram, Pandit Ramakant and Kulwinder Singh, including enthusiastic patronage from the Namdharis, tabla has been among the most doted instruments for the Harivallabh audience. Jayteerath Mevundi’s disciplined vocals accompanied by Harpreet Singh Namdhari (tabla) and Paromita Mukherjee (harmonium) ushered in the midnight chill at the Devi Talab Mandir with the som- bre notes of Abhogi Kanhada.The concluding day of the sammelan ended with the Indrani Mukherjee’s rustic, booming and assertive crooning in “raga lalit”. A rousing “raga bahaar” accompanied by the “pushp varsha” (a customary final ritual observed for ages at Harivallabh) brought the sammelan to a close around 5.30 am on Monday. The concluding day’s fatherson duo being Pt Narasimhalu Vadavati and Venkateshwarya Vadavati (accompanied by Pavan Kumar on the tabla) who brought in the clarinet strains after 50 years. A disciplined, loyal audience sat until the morning to hear favourites sing. Before this, the other fatherson duos performing at the Harivallabh included Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Salil Bhatt (“mohan veena” and “satvik veena”), Dr V Balaji and V Ananth Raman (violin), S Shaminder Pal Singh and S Satwinder Pal Singh (sarangi). Earlier in the day, Partho Bose’s melodious sitar strains rendered “raga maru bihag” and a “thumri” in Mishra Kafi and Balwant Singh Namdhari charmed with his vocals. The event also saw two awards being given out this year- the Lifetime Achievement Award to Sulochana Brihaspati and the Harivallabh Sangeet Sewa Award to member of the Harivallabh Committee, Arun Kapoor, who passed away last year. music lovers don’t mind sitting whole night p2
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