07012019-btd-01.qxd 1/6/2019 10:54 PM Page 1 MONDAY | 7 JANUARY 2019 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Residents irked Business wise Chit-chat with Himmanshoo Throwing caution to the wind, heavy trucks/canters enter interior roads, leading to traffic snarls. P2 Shashank Shah believes younger generation is passionate to contribute to India. P3 Himmanshoo Malhotra is back with the first episode of the second season of his chat show Share and Grow Spotlight. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 17°C MIN 4°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19°C MIN 7.6°C | SUNSET MONDAY 5.45 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 7.28 AM Cold winds sweep through region 3 months on, Congress yet Agriculture expert claims cold wave beneficial for crops; geyser, heater sales up Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 6 Sun failed to bring relief to city residents as strong winds blew throughout the day. Winds blowing at a speed of 3.2 km per hour made sure that the city residents shivered in cold. As per the Agri-Met Department of the regional station of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Bathinda, maximum temperature was recorded at 19 degree Celsius and the minimum at 7.6 degree Celsius on Sunday in the city. The cold weather may have thrown normal life out of gear but it has so far brought good news for farmers. An agriculture expert claimed that the intense cold wave was beneficial for the wheat crop. The fog prevailing for the past three-four days is also favourable for crops. However, rain would have delayed the process of germination in the wheat belt. It was good that it didn’t rain, he added. Talking about the kinnow The fog prevailing for the past three-four days is also favourable for crops. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR belt, he said the weather had brought good news for the orchardists as well. Chill in the air is beneficial for the kinnow crop and even light rainfall would not cause any harm to the fruit. With the dip in temperature, the sale of woollens has increased by several notches. “While in the first week of December, we were not too happy, but the sale of woollens shot up significantly in the past one week. As the temperature dipped suddenly and the weather has remained cold till now, over- coats and jackets are much in demand,” said Amritpal Singh, owner of an apparel store in Dhobi Bazar. The cold wave has also spelt boosted sales of geysers, heaters, blowers and water heating rods. Outer areas on the National Faridkot declared 2-star garbage-free city Balwant Garg Tribune News Service Faridkot, January 6 For door-to-door garbage collection, source segregation, sweeping, scientific processing of waste, bulk generator compliance and scientific land filling, the Faridkot Urban Local Body has been declared 2-Star Garbage-Free City under the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U). A certificate has been issued upon the verification report, submitted by the reporting officers, deputed for the purpose by the Department of Local Bodies, said Faridkot Deputy Commissioner Rajiv Prashar. Under the ‘Protocol for Star Rating of Garbage-Free Cities’ , SBM-U, 7-star rating of the cities is based on multiple cleanliness indicators for solid waste management. These indicators include door-to-door garbage collection, source segregation, sweeping, scientific processing of waste, bulk generator compliance, scientific land filling, construction and demolition management, plastic waste management, dump remediation and citizen grievance redressal system. Cities are rated as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7-star based on their compliance with protocol conditions specified for each of rating. The city is given rating of 3star or above only after it is declared ODF (open defecation-free). Faridkot has already declared itself ODF . The Deputy Commissioner said of 60 compost pits already made in different parts of the town to dump wet garbage, four garbage dumps have been closed as they are situated on the roadside in the town and causing air pollution. As a new initiative for collecting, processing and recycling the garbage, the Municipal Committee (MC), Faridkot, has purchased 60 rickshaw carts for collection of garbage from each household in the town and transporting these to the nearest compost pits. As many as 30 rickshaw carts have already started making collection of garbage. Every cart puller has been allotted 225 households and every house has to pay Rs 50 per month for collection of garbage. Besides, income from the cart pullers, the MC is also giving Rs 8,000 per month incentive to them. Instead of tossing all recyclable items in the same bin, a household has to collect them separately before handing it over to the cart puller. While the dry garbage is sold by the cart puller to the scrap dealers, the wet garbage will be dumped into 60 compost pits, made in different parts of the town. Dry waste includes wood and related products, metals and glass. Wet waste, typically refers to organic waste, is usually generated by eating establishments and are heavy in weight due to dampness. In the compost pits, the wet waste turn into manure in 45 days and its weight is decreased to about one-fifth. This manure is highly fertile and useable in agriculture, said Harwinder Singh Bhullar, sanitary inspector in the Faridkot MC. Mangaging garbage is crucial as organic waste makes up about 60 per cent of an average household’s waste. “Presently, when garbage is being collected from about 50 per cent of the residential areas in Faridkot and daily collection of it is about 700-800 kg, we are hopeful of producing 5,000 kgs of organic manure every month out of compost pits in the town,” said Bhullar. Highway and GT Road are witnessing fog along the dense vegetation area during morning and at night. Driving experts suggested that while driving in fog, one should use headlights on low beam along with wipers and demisters. It would also be safe to maintain extra distance from the vehicle moving ahead. The moisture in the air may continuously gather on the windshield. Adjust the defroster and windshield wiper speed as necessary. Use emergency signal. It is also advisable to use fog lights or driving lights (if equipped) as many vehicles now come with factory-fitted fog or driving lights. As against the common perception, it is not considered wise to tail someone’s rear lights as it can give a false sense of security and is dangerous. Also make sure that you don’t accelerate to get away from a vehicle that is too close behind you and always see the mirrors before you slow down. Man booked for fake number on car Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 6 Solid waste is making its way into water storage tanks (small lakes) at Joggers’ Park as iron wire mesh has not been installed there. In the absence of mesh to filter hard waste from canal water before entering the water tanks, hard waste including garbage, tree leaves and even animal excreta has been entering the storage tanks. With barely any check by the Municipal Corporation, residents of Balla Ram Nagar, Hazura Kapura colony and nearby areas throw garbage near the water strip (small canal) diverted from Sirhind Canal that finds its way to the water storage tanks situated at the park for a long time now. There are four large water tanks used for storing canal water before being filtered and supplied to households in the city. Similarly, there are four different points at the Joggers Solid waste floats on water in the storage tank at Joggers’ Park in Bathinda. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR. Park from where canal water enters the storage tanks. During a visit by Bathinda Tribune to Joggers’ Park, it was found that solid waste was floating on the surface of water storage tanks. People also release leftover worship material inside the water storage tanks. Overgrown grass and bushes along and inside the water tanks also add to the prevailing unhygienic conditions. As water tanks have not been cleaned for a long time even thick layers of algae were also spotted on the surface of water. Sources said there is absolutely no check by the authorities concerned, as a result solid waste is finding its way to the water storage tanks. Last year, a dead animal carcass was thrown inside the water tanks that remained in the water for days before being removed by the authorities. c m y b Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 6 Three months have passed since the Zila Parishad and Block Samiti elections were held in September last year, but till date the Congress has not announced Zila Parishad chairman. Even Zila Parishad and Block Samiti members have not been administrated oath so far. It is learnt that Zila Parishad candidates, who have won the elections, are lobbying hard to get the post of Zila Parishad chairman. The names of the two leaders — Guriqbal Singh Chahal, who is also the present district bar association president, has won from Jai Singhwala ZP block and Manjit Kaur from Bhucho — are doing the rounds for the post of chairman. The Congress is facing lobbying for the post of Zila Parishad chairman, due to which the party is in no hurry to announce the names and is trying to build consensus so that it does not affect the party in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti election was held on September 19 while the results were announced on September 22. The Zila Parishad office in Bathinda. FILE PHOTO SAD leader and former Bathinda Zila Parishad chairman Gurpreet Singh Maluka said “The Congress is devaluing the democracy as earlier it had already delayed the election and now even after elections are over; it is not announcing names for the chairman’s post.” He said the delay in the working of the new body is blocking various development works in rural areas. Maluka demanded that name for the post of chairman should be announced and the work should be started at the earliest. Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) secretary and city-based leader said, “After the elections, the Chief Minister’s health had not been well. Afterwards the code of conduct for the panchayat came in force. Now, the names would be announced soon.” Bathinda Deputy Commissioner Praneet said so far he had not received any information regarding this from the state government. The Congress had scored a sweeping victory in Bathinda district in the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti elections. It won all 16 Zila Parishad seats and 121 out of 148 zones of Panchayat Samiti. The Shiromani Akali Dal won 15 seats of Panchayat Samiti, AAP won five while seven seats were bagged by independents. Tribune News Service Malout, January 6 The Malout (City) police on Sunday booked Vijay Kumar, a resident of Sadulshahar in Sriganganagar district of Rajasthan, for allegedly displaying a fake registration number on his car. The police said during a routine naka, a car was stopped, which was bearing the registration number ‘PB53AF’. When its occupant was asked about it, he said he was yet to get permanent registration number for his vehicle. In the past too, some people have been booked for the same offence. Car stopped at naka ■ The police said during a routine naka, a car was stopped, which was bearing the registration number ‘PB53AF’. Solid waste enters water tanks at Joggers’ Park Sameer Singh to name Zila Parishad chief Even if purified by filtration process before being supplied to the city households, this water is an invitation to various diseases. Sources added that it was high time that MC officials ensure that iron wire mesh was installed at the water storage tanks in Joggers’ Park for proper segregation of solid waste from canal water. Moreover, the tiles installed along tracks at the park are also broken. The authorities need to repair these tiles to restore the aesthetic appeal of the park. Mayor Balwant Rai Nath said, “I will ask the officials concerned regarding the installation of iron wire mesh at the water storage tanks in Joggers’ Park and if there the problem can be solved by doing so then we will go ahead with the plan. We will also ensure intensive vigil by appointing gaurd/staff at the park so that water tanks are not polluted.” Wallet snatched on GT Road Tribune News Service Bathinda, Janaury 6 An incident of snatching was reported on Sunday on the GT Road near Mann petrol pump in the city. In a complaint lodged by Harjinder Singh with the police, it has been stated that he was going near the Mann petrol pump when two youths came on a red two-wheeler and snatched his wallet containing Rs 1,000 in cash and impor- tant documents. City residents have expressed their concern over the rising cases of theft and snatching. They said police officials should identify and arrest the accused involved in such crimes.
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