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P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 17°C MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 16°C MIN 9°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.53 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7.24 AM fighter consigned Downpour throws life out of gear Freedomwith honours to flames Waterlogging in various areas exposes MC claims of preparedness; business hit Chanan Singh was associated with INA and imprisoned by British during WW-II Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 22 The downpour that lashed the city today washed away tall claims of the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation (MC) authorities about its preparedness to control such a situation. Owing to heavy rains in the city for the two consecutive days, it is almost a flood-like situation. Also, the fact that almost every village in the district lacks basic sewerage connection was proven right. Residents and shopkeepers had to face difficulty due to waterlogging in various areas. The major reason behind the rainwater flooding the city was improper cleaning of the sewerage, said a councillor. An MC official, Peter, said around 130 complaints regarding damaged or dysfunctional street lights and 25 complaints related to sewerage and waterlogging were reported only within 24 hours of the rain. The real picture of roads has been exposed. Potholes and pits already existed on a number of roads and now, these have also emerged on several roads after the downpour. It clearly indicates that poor quality material was used to fill them up. Sand mixed with gravels has also swept away, making it difficult for commuters to drive on such roads Rainwater has been accumulated on most of the roads and streets in residential areas. The worst hit areas include Grain Market, Old Sabzi Mandi Road, Transport Nagar, Preet nagar Tribune News Service Vehicles move through a flooded street in front of the DC office; and (below) a manhole that was damaged due to heavy rain at the PUDA Complex in Jalandhar on Tuesday. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH & MALKIAT SINGH SEE ALSO PAGE 2 and Industrial Area. “The MC have placed huge banners of Swachhata Sarvekshan in the city, however, they could not managed to improve roads. Besides, garbage has spread all over the roads, which again puts a huge blot on the tall claims of the MC authorities,” said Nitin Arora, a resident. Sahil, a resident of Mahiran Gate said: “The administration is well aware of the problem. Hence, it should take immediate and necessary steps. But till date it seems officials are oblivious of the entire issue.” Though people complained about the waterlogging issue at several places, Satinder Kumar, O&M branch engineer, said only one or two areas has stagnant water. Hence, no arrangements were made to drain out the stagnant water from various areas. Transport, postal services hit Local small and medium scale businesses remained affected throughout the day. Shopkeepers also struggled to get customers. Work at factories in the Industrial Area were also hit due to waterlogging and . In addition, farmers, arthiyas and vendors at Sabzi Mandi also faced a a tough time as they had to sell vegetables at cheaper rates. Vendors had faced a loss of 30-40 per cent, said, Kulwinder Singh, a vegetable wholesaler. People visiting the local bus stand also faced inconvenience due to accumulated rainwater after downpour lashed the city last night. Passengers blamed improper drainage system for the menace. Schools, colleges see low attendance Many enjoyed day by staying indoors Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, January 22 Proving reports released by the Meteorological Department true, the city and its adjoining areas received moderate to heavy rain on Monday since morning which continued till late this evening. Several vehicles broke down on flooded roads. School, college students and office-goers faced difficulties while catching autorickshaws and buses for their destinations. Jams were also witnessed at various places. Meanwhile, as per information received a majority of the schools and colleges, including Sanskriti KMV School, CT Public School and Doaba College witnessed As the cold outside forced many to stay indoors, several students and employees had took a break from their daily routine and enjoyed the weather while sitting in their rooms with heaters on and having hot coffee and pakoras. A huge traffic jam at BMC Chowk due to heavy rain in Jalandhar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH less strength. Around 20 to 30 per cent students were absent in almost all schools and colleges.. There was also confusion among parents over holiday in schools. However, none of the school declared a holiday today as board exams are close approaching. Rachna Monga, Principal of Sanskriti KMV School, said: “The strength of students was short today while many who managed to reach were late due to traffic issues as it was raining badly in the morning hours.” Arshdeep Singh, another par- ent, said: “We were expecting that it would be a holiday but unfortunately it was not. We even did not wake up our son for the school in the morning as it was raining since last night.” Gagandeep Singh, a student, said: “Only a few hours of rain put commuters to inconvenience. I hope the authorities improve the drainage system.” Woman, paramour held for stealing cash, gold from husband’s house Phillaur, January 22 The police have arrested a local resident, Rimple, and her paramour Lakhbir Singh, a resident of Ludhiana, on the charges of stealing Rs 15 lakh in cash and gold ornaments, weighing 25 tolas, worth Rs 8 lakh from the house of her in-laws here yesterday. The theft came to light when Rakesh Kumar, husband of Rimple, lodged a complaint in this regard with the police, which scanned CCTV camera footage of the area. Though Rakesh got married with Rimple, a resident of Mao Sahib village, on September 11, 2018, she was having an affair with Lakhbir through Facebook before the marriage. She continued the illicit relationship after The suspects in police custody in Phillaur on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO the marriage also. Phillaur Deputy Superintendent of Police Amrik Singh Chahal said here today that Rimple committed the theft and handed over two bags containing the cash and the gold to Lakhbir, a resident of Sadhawala village in Ludhiana. The latter works at a photo studio there. The DSP said the crime was captured in CCTV cameras. He said both suspects were planning to run away by a train but were nabbed on the way to the local railway station last night. The police have recovered Rs 4,27,000 in cash and gold ornaments weighing 20 tolas from them. — OC c m y b Most areas flooded in Phagwara Phagwara: Most of the areas of the town were flooded with kneedeep water due to the heavy rain. Rain water entered the lowlying Gaushala Road, Hargobind Nagar, Kherra Road, Palahai Road, Shiv Puri, Onkar Nagar, Gobindpura Mohalla, and Baba Gadhia localities. Inder Duggal, president, former BCC, said the market had been located in the low-lying areas and MC officials had failed to initiate any action. Open grounds have turned into ponds. Many roads remained waterlogged on the second day today. — OC Rain adds to train passengers’ woes Jalandhar, January 22 Though passengers are already facing a tough time in the cold weather as trains are running late, the continuous rainfall since Monday has doubled the misery for them. Besides, the passengers also complained that the overhead shed at Platform No. 1, meant for trains leaving for the Ludhiana side, does not cover the entire stretch, and they were forced to bear the chilling cold and rain in the open today at the station. Most of the trains leaving towrads Amritsar halt at the same platform where shed is not available. Continued on page 2 Jalandhar, January 22 Mortal remains of freedom fighter Chanan Singh were consigned to flames with full honours at Ladhewali amid thousands of mourners and sympathisers who reached here to pay homage to the departed soul. Chanan Singh, who had passed away on Monday, was a veteran freedom fighter associated with the Indian National Army (INA) and was imprisoned by the British during the World War-II. As the pyre of the departed freedom fighter was lit, a contingent of the Punjab Police gave salute to the departed soul. People pay homage to freedom fighter Chanan Singh at Ladhewali village in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Sub Divisional Magistrate Sanjiv Sharma, who attended the funeral of the freedom fighter, mourned the death of the legendary son of India. In the presence of a large number of people who were here to attend the cremation, the officer laid down wreath on the mortal remains of Chanan Singh and consoled the bereaved family members. Sharma said it was unfortunate that the nation had lost an illustrious son who had rendered valuable service to the motherland during the freedom struggle. He said the entire nation was indebted to the great soul for the remarkable service of the country. 86-year-old ex-serviceman prepares youngsters for R-Day function Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 22 An 86-year-old ex-serviceman Lt Col Manmohan Singh (retd) can be spotted standing for four to five hours at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium daily as he handles about 2,600 youth rehearsing for the forthcoming Republic Day function. Even when it was raining heavily this morning, the tough taskmaster ensured that at least some part of rehearsal could be conducted. “I cannot just spare even a single day of practice at this stage. So, I ensured that all 1,500 students who are a part of the parade came and practised in the sheds,” he said. His job just did not end there. Lt Col Manmohan Singh kept calling all school and college heads asking them to send children for the practice of cultural events under sheds at stadium. As most tried to avoid sending children giving excuse that it was raining and attendance was less than 50 per cent, he still managed to persuade some and get some cultural performances practised in covered area even today. The level of commitment of the officer can be seen from Lt Col Manmohan Singh (retd) supervises a rehearsal for the R-Day parade at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium in Jalandhar. MALKIAT SINGH the fact that it is for the past consecutive 26 years that he has been supervising rehearsals for R-Day and the Independence Day at the stadium. Owing to his leadership, training skills and insistence of maintaining perfection in all programmes, the administration also entrusts him with organising Armed Forces Flag Day function. He ensures that all children coming for the parade get two bananas and a kinoo as refreshment daily before they leave. “After I make them practice their items again and again. But with me there for 10 days, I am sure that they also learn lessons on ethics of life and discipline. The rehearsal sessions with youth rejuvenates me too for the rest of the year,” he added. Having opted for voluntary retirement in 1986-87, he was picked by the then local administration for the post of Deputy Director Local Bodies. Here too, he worked for 26 years till 2012 wherein he had imparted training to 55,000 youth at various camps, organised for free for entry into police, defence and paramilitary forces. “While several hundred youth, who took training under me got jobs, 31 boys got entry into NDA and 11 girls got admission at Officers’ Training Academy. I can proudly recall that the Sainik Welfare teams from 17 states came to my office in those days to see the work I was engaged in,” he said.
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