06022019-btd-01.qxd 2/5/2019 10:43 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE MORE UNIONS CHIP IN TO SUPPORT HEALTH EMPLOYEES PAGE 2 Members of various health employee unions staged a protest in front of the civil surgeon’s office FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF VALUABLES WORTH ~3.75 LAKH STOLEN Malout: Thieves struck at a house in Chand Nagar here when the family was away between January 31 and February 4. The house owner, Taro Devi, told the police that she had gone with her husband Ramesh Kumar to Hisar for his treatment. They returned on Tuesday to find the house ransacked and valuables worth about Rs 3.75 lakh missing. A case has been registered. TNS BKU MEMBERS HOLD PROTEST Bathinda: A husband-wife dispute at Behman Diwana village took an ugly turn on Tuesday as members of the BKU (Ekta Ugrahan), headed by Jagsir Singh Jhumba, staged a protest in front of the Bathinda Sadar police station to get justice for their worker. PG 2 FUEL PRICES PETROL ~75.43 DIESEL ~65.42 WHAT’S ON BATHINDA PRESS CONFERENCE: Bhanot family to address the media on the launch of the Neerja Bhanot Scholarships at Bathinda Press Club; 2 pm PAGE 3 INCREASING PRESENCE OF SPORTS PERSONS ON RAMP NEW TV SHOW ON RICH INDIAN HISTORY Designers are looking for real icons, who represent popularity, appeal and above all, fitness MAX 19°C | MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C | MIN 8°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:11 PM PAGE 4 EPIC Channel has announced the launch of a new weekly mini-series titled Saamagri Aur Sampatti SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:17 AM WEDNESDAY | 6 FEBRUARY 2019 | BATHINDA 21 proposals to be tabled in Tender to install 23,254 LED streetlights in city floated MCB General House meet Sukhmeet Bhasin LIGHT ON POCKET TOO Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 5 The Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) has called its General House meeting on February 8, in which many major projects would be taken up for approval ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. As many as 21 items have been included in the agenda of the meeting. These include multi-storey commercial complex, tower type parking on Mall Road, underground wiring in major market areas, beatification of three ponds of the city and various development works. The MCB has also included in the list the construction of water works at a cost of Rs 1.82 crore at Puja wala mohalla in the city. The project would provide relief to residents of various areas which were facing water supply problems. The sewerage work at Maheshwari colony, at a cost of Rs 1.46 crore, has also been listed in the agenda. Both the project estimates have been given by the Water Supply and Sewerage Board. To resolve the parking problem of the city, the The building of the Municipal Corporation Bathinda. MCB has planned a tower parking at a cost of Rs 19.25 crore. The project will have a capacity of 350 cars. Similarly, a proposal of constructing a commercial complex at the site of fire brigade complex has been included in the agenda. This project was included in the last meeting as well but it did not get through. A project report for the same would be prepared again. On the pattern of smart cities, the civic body has FILE PHOTO also planned to start laying of underground wires on three main roads in the city. In the first phase, Hanuman Chowk to railway station road, Mall road-Dhobi Bazaar to Qila road, 100-feet road from ICICI Chowk to Bhagu road, along with Power House road, have been selected for laying of underground wires. This project has also been listed in the agenda. Apart from these, the MCB has included a project to beautify three ponds located at Sanjay Nagar, Sanguana Basti and DAV pond, at the cost of Rs 6 crore. The MCB is working on this project from the past one year. Also, Rs 1.50 crore have been kept for the patch work and various other jobs, such as constructions of roads, footpaths, laying of interlocking tiles, toilet blocks and laying pipeline of water supply and sewerage in the city. Bathinda, February 5 The city roads are set to be illuminated with energyefficient LED lights. The Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) has floated a tender for installation of 23,254 LED streetlights, at an estimated cost of Rs 12.15 crore, which also includes the cost of maintenance work for eight years. Under this project, the MCB has planned to install SIM cards in the LED lights that will provide real-time information about the functioning of lights, for which a dedicated monitoring room would also be made. A faulty streetlight will be shown in the monitoring room and problems will be resolved at the earliest. At present, the MCB waits for a complaint regarding the non-working of a streetlight, after which the work on its repair starts. The tender will be opened on February 25 and then the work of installing the LED lights would start. The civic body had installed LED lights on a trial basis on the Mall Road and it is now gearing to upgrade the lighting system across the city. A separate electricity ■ The civic body had installed LED lights on a trial basis on the Mall Road and it is now gearing to upgrade the lighting system across the city ■ A separate electricity meter has been installed on the Mall Road to compare electricity consumption of streetlights and LED lights ■ The electricity bill of street lights in the city comes to around ~40 lakh per month. In order to reduce the bill, the MCB had planned to replace streetlights with LED lights, which will cost ~25 lakh per month ■ The MCB has also planned to install SIM cards in the LED lights that will provide real-time information about the functioning of lights, for which a dedicated monitoring room would also be made. A faulty streetlight will be shown in the monitoring room and problems will be resolved at the earliest meter has been installed on the Mall Road to compare electricity consumption of streetlights and LED lights. The electricity bill of street lights in the city comes to around Rs 40 lakh per month. In order to reduce the bill, the MCB had planned to replace streetlights with LED lights, which will cost Rs 25 lakh per month. Sandeep Gupta, MCB SE, said “The tender for 23,254 LED streetlights has been released and it will open on February 25”. It is pertinent to mention that last year too, the MCB had floated a tender for installing LED streetlights but had failed to get any bidder, due to which the project got delayed. Members of the MCB sub-committee had visited Mohali to study the LED lights installed there and after coming back, they had given their consent for the project. Initially, a survey was conducted by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL). The company had said it would replace the streetlights with LEDs at a cost of Rs 5.18 crore. But now the MCB has planned to install the new streetlights on its own. Police use social media to raise awareness against Chinese string Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 5 The city police have started tightening the noose around the shopkeepers selling Chinese string. The Bathinda police and SSP Nanak Singh, on their respective Facebook pages, have spread awareness regarding the same through posters stating “Let’s bid to save birds this kite festival. Opt for un-coated cotton manjha which is significantly less harmful to birds”. They also asked the residents to choose an open space for kite flying and avoid flying kites from 6 to 9 am and after 4 pm, the times when birds are active. In another poster, the Bathinda police stated that the SSP was the nodal officer to check use and sale of Chinese strings. The posts also state that residents should immediately inform the police control room if they see anyone selling, buying or using the said string. The name of the complainant would be kept hidden, it states. SSP Nanak Singh said “There is a complete ban on selling, storing, buying, using and producing Chinese string and whoever violates these norms will be booked under nonbailable sections of the law. We also exhort the city residents to inform us whenever they see any- body selling/ using Chinese string. As and when we receive a complaint, we take action. A few cases have already been registered against the Chinese string sellers”. Sonu Maheshwari, president of NGO Naujawa Welfare Society, said “The deadly Chinese string is really harmful, both for humans as well as animals and birds. With students and NGOs spreading proper awareness and the police assisting them, the problem can be resolved completely.” Posters put up on social media by the Bathinda police to make residents aware against Chinese strings. Dhakka start Unspent CSR funds: Education Dept frames policy Companies, NGOs can provide equipment, funds for construction of govt schools Balwant Garg Tribune News Service Residents push a PCR vehicle which broke down on Dana Mandi road in Bathinda on Tuesday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Faridkot, February 5 To utilise the rising quantum of unspent money, set aside by the National Stock Exchange (NSE)-listed companies towards mandatory social spends, the state School Education Department has framed a policy for the investment of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and charity funds in government schools. The policy was sent to all District Education Officers (DEOs) on Tuesday. The policy has been framed with the objective of using this unspent CSR money and involve the corporate and industrial houses, NGOs and NRls in the field of education. The policy would also enable them to participate in and c m y b improve the quality and infrastructure of government schools in Punjab to provide top-quality free education to students of these schools, department sources said. Corporate houses/ NGOs/ NRls may invest in single or multiple schools. They may either provide the material or may fund the projects. For this purpose, School Development Committees will be constituted in each school, which will comprise all members of the school management council and two members of the Corporate Houses/ NGOs or NRls (donors). The received grants will be used for construction in the school, including toilets and library, buying books for library, IT equipment, such as computers, tablets, or other infrastructure. CSR SPENDING MANDATORY ■ Under the 2% mandatory CSR spend category, NSE-listed companies spent ~10,030 crore in fiscal 2018 in the country. The unspent component of CSR funds rose to ~1,717 crore in 2018, as against ~1,574 crore in 2017 ■ The Companies Act of 2013 mandates publicly traded companies with ~100 crore in annual profit or 500 crore in annual turnover to set aside 2% of their profits for affirmative/inclusive social action . Used and substandard equipment will not be installed in the schools. The hardware should be preloaded with latest standards and updated software, reads the policy. Besides, the donors can provide sports equipment, furniture, uniforms, books, stationery items, science laboratory equipment, water purifier, RO, water coolers etc. Any other facility or item enabling the school to achieve higher educational standards is the investment area in the government schools, as per the policy guidelines. The procurement cost of the material to be supplied in the schools will be borne by the donor but the construction activity, if any, would be monitored by the civil works cell of the School Education Department, so that the donors do not use the schools for business promotion or commercial activity. The deployment of teachers will be the sole responsibility of School Education Department and supervision and control of teachers will be under the department.
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