15072022-JTR-01.qxd 14-07-2022 23:59 Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE INCREASE PATROL AROUND FOCAL POINTS: INDUSTRIALISTS PAGE 2 In their meeting with the Commissioner of Police, industrialists provided him suggestions to improve law and order. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF NURMAHAL NC OFFICE RAIDED Phagwara: A three-member internal vigilance team of the Local Government Department on Thursday raided office of the Nurmahal Nagar Council (NC) in connection with alleged financial irregularities in development works undertaken during the last many years. Team members seized all records of the NC and visited places where irregularities were committed. Residents have lodged many complaints against NC officials in connection with irregularities in development works and demanded inquiries. NC Executive Officer Rajiv Oberoi said the raiding team would submit its report to the Principal Secretary of the Local Bodies Department. OC 27-YEAR-OLD ENDS LIFE BY SUICIDE Phagwara: Manish Virdi (27) reportedly ended life by hanging himself from the ceiling of his house in Pipa Rangi locality on Thursday. In another incident, a 26-yearold youth, identified as Deepak, reportedly attempted to commit suicide by consuming some poisonous substance in Baba Gadhia locality here on Thursday. He was admitted to the local civil hospital, but doctor referred him to Jalandhar due to his serious condition. OC ONE HELD FOR ILLEGAL MINING Hoshiarpur: The Chabbewal police have taken the possession of a sand-laden tractor-trailer and arrested its driver on the charge of illegal mining. Chabbewal police station ASI Rajwinder Singh said after stopping the tractortrailer near Bham, the driver was asked to show the permit for carrying sand. The accused, Khanjan of Saidpur could not produce any document in this regard, following which the police arrested the accused and registered a case of illegal mining against him. OC MAN HELD WITH NARCOTIC POWDER Hoshiarpur: The Thana city police arrested a man and seized 25 gm of narcotic powder from his possession. He was arrested at a naka erected by the area police. The accused has been identified as Shivam Chopra, a resident of Bahadurpur. OC CYCLE STOLEN, ONE BOOKED FOR THEFT Hoshiarpur: Chanchal Singh of Hariana in his complaint to the police alleged that Samanpreet, a resident of Hariana, stole a cycle and an electric motor from his farm house in Tajpur village on Wednesday. The police have registered a case and started investigation. OC PAGE 3 Janhvi Kapoor will next be seen in Good Luck Jerry, which will directly release on OTT on July 29. MAX 34°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 28°C SUNSET FRIDAY 7:33 PM BILLIE McKAY CREATES HISTORY AS SHE WINS MASTERCHEF TWICE PAGE 4 In a historic turn, Season 7 winner Billie McKay became the first chef to win the MasterChef title twice. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:34 AM FRIDAY | 15 JULY 2022 | JALANDHAR PWD rejects road made in ‘rain’ Contractor reprimanded after video of work on stretch goes viral, reaches CM Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 14 Contractors in the region have time and again courted controversy (and invited punitive action) for carrying out construction of roads amidst a steady downpour, even for work which requires to be done in the dry season. While such cases previously emerged in Jalandhar and recently Hoshiarpur, this time a Kapurthala-based contractor has come under fire for carrying out a road construction work amidst rain. After the video of the reported construction on the Jalandhar-Kapurthala Road was sent to Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann by a complainant, the Public Works Department has ‘rejected’ the constructed stretch in question. In a letter to the contractor, Aggarwal Construction Company, Kapurthala, the department has reprimanded him for “non-compliance with the instructions and disobeying the orders of the department by continuing the work”. The department has also said no more construction of the road would be carried out during the rains. The work in question was regarding the four-laning with paved shoulders of The work in progress on a stretch on the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road. TRIBUNE PHOTO WARNING ISSUED The PWD, in its letter to the contractor concerned, has stated that the instructions of the department should be strictly followed and no bituminous work should be carried out during rainy season Jalandhar-Kapurthala Lodhi-Makhu road section of the National Highway-703 in Punjab. A 7-km stretch of the road is under construction and is to be completed CONSTRUCTION DONE TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS The construction on the road was already done until the rain came. It’s a 9-metre-wide road and the said construction was done on a 4-metre wide stretch. The work had to be done to prevent accidents. Mandeep Singh, SUB-DIVISIONAL ENGINEER ❝ ❞ nous work during the rainy season. However, your agency has not complied with the instructions and disobeyed the orders of the department by continuing the work today. The work was continued during the rain without getting the approval of RFI from the department. Hence the work done is rejected. It is further ordered that the instructions of the department should be strictly followed and no bituminous work should be carried out during rainy season.” Speaking to Jalandhar Tribune, Mandeep Singh, SubDivisional Engineer, National Highway, Jalandhar, said: “The construction on the road was already done until the rain came. It’s a 9-metrewide road and the said construction on a 4-metre wide balance span. The construction at this stretch was imperative to avoid accidents. The work had to be closed properly to prevent accidents. The rain came after the work was completed. The said 30-metre stretch will be inspected. The contractor has a five-year maintenance commitment of the road. He is legally bound to replace any defective stretches too. Currently, the road work has been suspended during the monsoons on that stretch.” by September 30. After the complaint, the department has stated that the disputed 30-metre stretch will be reinspected. In the letter, the Executive Engineer, National Highway Division, PWD (B&R), Jalandhar, states, “Instructions of the Chief Engineer, PWD B&R was conveyed to you for discontinuing bitumi- Probe alleged corruption in MC, BJYM asks Mann 18 new Covid cases Tribune News Service The school bus that met with an accident in Hoshiarpur. School bus with 32 kids overturns, 2 hurt Hoshiarpur, July 14 A school bus of a private school which was on its way from a village to Hoshiarpur Chandigarh Ring Road veered into the fields and overturned on Thursday morning. Of the total 32 children who were aboard the bus, two sustained injuries. Their condi- tion is said to be stable. According to the bus driver, the accident happened while trying to save a scooter rider. The injured children were taken to a local private hospital with the help of some passersby. The police reached the spot and took the bus driver in custody for further action. — OC Jalandhar, July 14 The BJP Yuva Morcha has written to CM Bhagwant Mann on the issue of alleged corruption in the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation. BJYM vice-president Ashok Sareen Hickey has sought a formal inquiry by the Vigilance Bureau into the charges of corruption of crores of rupees raised by various councillors in the meeting yesterday. He also attaching news paper reports of the same with his complaint. In his letter to the CM Sareen alleged Rs 1,950 crore had been allocated by the Centre for the Smart City project and other related works, but MC offcials, in connivance with contractors, had allegedly not utlisied the money properly. 4 yrs on, 105-ft-high pole flagless Ashok Kaura HUSBAND BOOKED FOR HARASSMENT Hoshiarpur: The police have registered a case against a man for allegedly harassing his wife and demanding dowry from her. According to information, Pooja Sehdev of Fatehgarh told the police that she was married to Mukesh Sehdev, a resident of Pathankot Road. After marriage, her husband allegedly harassed her demanding more dowry and threw her out of the house. The police have started further investigations. OC JANHVI UNDERGOES DIALECT TRAINING FOR GOOD LUCK JERRY The pole was installed by former minister Anil Joshi to make Phagwara a tourist attraction. Phagwara, July 14 It was installed by former Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi with much fanfare on August 5, 2015, to infuse a sense of patriotism and nationalism in Phagwara residents. Standing 105 feet high, the pole carried the Tricolour with dignity and pride for some years. A sum of Rs 13 lakh was spent on the project to make Phagwara an attraction for tourists. However, since 2018, to everyone’s surprise, the pole before the Rest House along the National Highway has been flagless. As many as 36 national flags, hoisted at a height of 105 feet, have been either damaged or blown away in the past few years. The last flag was hoisted on August 14 last year on the eve of Independence Day, but it lasted only for a few days. It seems not only the officials, but also the politicians aren’t interested in keeping the flag flying high on the pole, though residents have been constantly suggesting to unfurl the Tricolour made of tough windresistant material to prevent it from getting damaged from extreme weather conditions at such a great height. Phagwara Municipal Corporation Secretary Anish Bansal said he would ensure a national flag made of good quality cloth is hoisted on the pole again so that it could again be made an attraction for the tourists. c m y b Jalandhar, July 14 As many as 18 cases of Covid-19 were reported from Jalandhar district today, taking the total caseload to 78,783. As many as 77,102 people have recovered from Covid in the district, while the number of active cases in Jalandhar stands at 100. With no fresh deaths, the total fatalities have remained at 1,581. Meanwhile, three fresh cases were reported in Kapurthala today. The total number of cases reached at 24,002. No new death was reported in Kapurthala today, either. The total deceased tally at Kapurthala until now, remains at 583. — TNS SSP Sandeep Kumar Sharma in Nawanshahr. TRIBUNE PHOTO 2 women among 3 held with 1-kg heroin Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, July 14 The CIA staff of Nawanshahr police arrested three persons, including two women, with 1kg heroin and 3-kg poppy husk on Thursday. The accused have been identified as Harjinder Singh, a resident of Ibrahimpur village in Hoshiarpur, Kuljinder Kaur and Sarabjit Kaur, both residents of Sailkiana village in Phillaur, Jalandhar. Nawanshahr Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sandeep Kumar Sharma said a police party of the CIA staff led by Sub-Inspector Jarnail Singh set up a naka near Bahad village and stopped a Swift Dzire car. Upon checking, he said, 3 kg of poppy husk was found under the driver’s seat, while 600 gm of heroin was found from the handbag of Kuljinder Kaur and 400 gm from Sarabjit’s handbag. The SSP further said during interrogation, the arrested accused, Kuljinder Kaur and Sarabjit Kaur, revealed that they had brought the heroin from Srinagar at Rs 1,800 per gram and were on their way to sell it to their customers at Rs 3,200 per gram. Harjinder Singh confessed WERE BRINGING IT FROM SRINAGAR HABITUAL OFFENDERS ■ Nawanshahr SSP Sandeep Kumar Sharma said the two women accused — Kuljinder Kaur and Sarabjit Kaur — were habitual offenders and they had already been booked under NDPS Act in Phillaur, Rajpura and Nawanshahr ■ “Seven cases of drugs smuggling were found registered against Kuljinder, while six against Sarabjit. In a few cases, they were convicted too,” the SSP said, adding a fresh case under the NDPS Act had been registered against them that he works as a taxi driver, and he, too, used to procure drugs from Srinagar. He revealed that through his taxi job, he had come in contact with the women peddlers, and they have together brought drugs from Srinagar four or five times in the past, the SSP added. He said the accused would be produced before a local court and their remand would be sought to find out from whom they were bringing these drugs from Srinagar and who were their customers. Residents of Ward numbers 6, 58 and 59 hold a sit-in on the Lamma Pind-Kishanpura road on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO No water supply for 5 days, angry Lamma Pind residents block road JALANDHAR, JULY14 Peeved over no water supply in Lamma Pind for the past five days, area residents on Thursday jammed Lamma Pind-Kishanpura road in protest. Area councillor Rajwinder Singh Raja also joined the residents to express his solidarity with the agitating residents from Ward No. 6, 58 and 59. Residents said they were getting limited water to drink at home via tankers and there was no provision for the supply END DHARNA AFTER OFFICIALS RESTORE SUPPLY for sanitation purposes, kitchen chores and washing. “We have been desperately waiting for the water supply to get restored so that we can lead a normal life again,” said Parminder Singh, a resident. Raja said he met the Commissioner earlier in the day and gave him a written representation. “There are eight motors connected with tubewells and pumps for water sup- ply in the area and all of them are non-functional due to some faults. While three of them were working till yesterday, today all of them stopped working and the entire area went waterless. Till yesterday, we had arranged water supply through submersible pumps and tankers but residents said that was not sufficient enough. So we sat on a dharna for four hours after which the authori- ties got into action,” he said. As the residents announced indefinite dharna at 12 noon, the officials from MC, including the JE and the SDO, visited the spot with their teams and got all motors repaired in two hours. It was only after the entire water supply got resumed that they lifted the dharna. The work of operating and maintaining of motors had been given to a contractor, whose tenure got over recently and the MC officials did not extend his contract. — TNS
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