11082022-JTR-01.qxd 8/11/2022 12:20 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE CHAK KALAN TO BE DEVELOPED AS MODEL VILLAGE: MEET HAYER PAGE 2 GOVT APPOINTS JANNAT ZUBAIR AS CULTURAL AMBASSADOR Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer has declared that Chak Kalan will be developed as model village. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF TWO PROCLAIMED OFFENDERS HELD Phagwara: The Nakodar city police have arrested two proclaimed offenders (POs), identified as Manga of Mohalla Santokh Garh, Nakodar, and Gian Chand, a resident of Khurla Kingara in Jalandhar. The former was wanted in a case of theft while the latter was wanted in a case of selling hooch, Investigating Officer Rajindar Kumar said. OC MAN BOOKED FOR EXTORTION Phagwara: The Shahkot police have booked a man on the charge of extorting money from a Shahkot resident Madan Lal by threatening him. Investigating Officer (IO) Lakhbir Singh said the accused had been identified as Surindar Kumar of Mohalla Bawaian Shahkot. Madan Lal complained to the police that Surinder Kumar duped and threatened him of lodging complaints against him in various departments. The IO said a case under Section 384 of the IPC had been registered against the accused and further investigation was on. OC DRUG PEDDLER GETS 10-YR JAIL Shahkot: Additional District and Sessions Judge Rajnish Garg has sentenced Lovlen Arora of Azad Nagar to 10-year imprisonment for intoxicanting powder smuggling. He has also slapped a fine of Rs`1 lakh. The Shahkot police had arrested the accused in 2017. oc FOUR HELD FOR STEALING MONEY Phagwara: The Lohian Khas police have arrested four Amritsar residents on the charge of stealing money from a house of Nahal village resident Kamaljit Kaur. Investigating Officer Sarabjit Singh said the accused had been identified as Gurwindar Singh of Gill Wali Amritsar,Daler Singh of Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar, Amritsar,Sukhvir Singh, alias Sulakhan, of Gurnam Nagar, Amritsar, and Jasvir Singh of Namdev Colony, Amritsar. The IO said a case under Sections 454, 380 and 34 of the IPC had been registered against the accused. oc MAX 31°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:15 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:50 AM Tax e-collection project fails to take off as survey delayed due to official apathy IN THE LURCH SINCE 2016 3L SMART CITY properties identified in the city in a 2016 survey ~1 CRORE IN LIMBO-III given to company for carrying out the process Aakanksha N Bhardwaj 1L Tribune News Service HAVE NO INFORMATION properties re-verified in fresh survey in 2021 Once all properties are verified, unique ID number plates will be issued to each one with a particular QR code By scanning the QR code, owner will be able to pay property tax online, while the MC, too, will have all computerised details An aerial view of Jalandhar city. PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH WORK TO START SOON number project will ❝The UIDand increase propertyhelp streamline tax project is ❝The UID numberfor the city.aI very important one collection. However, since the project is under the Smart City Mission, I do not know how the things are shaping up and what’s the progress made. am going through the details of the project. We are going to start the work soon. It will be implemented at the earliest. ❞ Bhupinder Singh, SUPERINTENDENT, PROPERTY TAX WING nearly 3 lakh properties were identified. It is reported that over Rs 1 crore was given to a private company for carrying out the survey. Last year, Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company started doing a survey ‘again’ to verify if there is any update on the survey work done in 2016. Under the survey, the verification of more than one lakh properties has been done so far. It is being said once the sur- vey was completed and nearly three lakh properties will be checked again, then unique ID number plates will be given to every household and property and these number plates with a particular QR code will be installed outside every property. The owner will be able to pay property tax by clicking at that QR code. The information will then be saved with the Municipal Corporation, which will help officials recover property PAGE 4 Chetna Pande’s journey came to an end in Khatron Ke Khiladi 12 after a fierce fight and competition between two teams. 6 yrs on, UID numbers for properties a distant dream Jalandhar, August 10 Aiming to increase property tax collection, the government has been pushing for unique identification for all properties in the state. But in the city, the unique identification (UID) number plate project that was started in 2016 has lost its track. Smart City officials are unaware of the project; they do not know what will happen next. At present nine inspectors along with their assistants are visiting various properties in the city, identifying defaulters, and sending notices to them. The property tax department instead needs 20 inspectors and their assistants to do the work properly. MC sources said at present it was just a hit and trial method. “The inspectors go to various places and check everything manually. If the project gets implemented, the need for the manpower will be reduced, too, as everything will be online and on record,” the sources said. As per the information received from the MC, a survey of the entire city was done in 2016 in which over CHETNA PANDE GETS EVICTED FROM KHATRON KE KHILADI Actress Jannat Zubair Rehmani shared on social media that the Centre has chosen her as a cultural ambassador. ❞ Devinder Singh, MC COMMISSIONER tax without any problem or any proper information. A few months ago, then MC Commissioner Deepshikha Sharma had said the vendor had been selected and the work of fixing the number plate would start soon. She had added that the authorities were trying to start the survey again, which had been pending for long. Since then, it seems authorities have totally forgotten about what was to be done on the project. THURSDAY | 11 AUGUST 2022 | JALANDHAR Farmers open NH partially for Raksha Bandhan Phagwara, August 10 The indefinite dharna of sugarcane growers over the pending dues continued for the third day on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar National Highway at Phagwara on Wednesday. Farmers are adamant to continue their stir till the dues are cleared. BKU (Doaba) president Manjit Singh Rai announced that though the indefinite dharna would continue until the arrears of Rs 72 crore were cleared, in view of Raksha Bandhan, they had opened one side of the national highway from Jalandhar side towards Ludhiana. Farmers leaders said the next course of agitation would be decided in a joint meeting of various farmers unions after the festival. Phagwara SP Mukhtiar Rai said the police were making efforts to facilitate those traveling in emergency or for the festival. — OC Bond of love Raksha Bandhan, the unbreakable bond between a brother and a sister, being celebrated in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Miscreants damage vehicles, windows at Gandhi Camp Jalandhar, August 10 Some miscreants allegedly created a ruckus and damaged two-wheelers parked in the street at Gandhi Camp here late on Tuesday night. The miscreants also damaged windowpanes of the houses in the area. Residents of the area alleged they pelted stones on their doors and windows, and even attempted to attack a few people with swords and ATTACK RESIDENTS WITH SWORDS, BASEBALL BATS baseball bats. They alleged one of the attackers belonged to the same locality; he was arrested in a theft case and had come out of jail recently. One of the residents informed the police that when he was returning from work late in the evening, he saw some miscreants fight- ing with each other. He said all the accused were in an inebriated state. Later, they also attacked a person. They complained that despite repeated attempts, the police didn’t reach on time and they all managed to escape. Meanwhile, the police said they had received a complaint and were checking the CCTV cameras installed nearby to identify the miscreants. — TNS GST officials raid Notice to 2 schools over ‘encroachment’ on park three showrooms Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 10 Officials of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Department conducted a raid on a mobile phone showroom situated at Phagwara Gate today. The teams reached the spot at around 12.30 pm and carried the checking on the premises till 6 pm. The raid took place at three showrooms and their owners’ residences. AETC-I Dr Aman Gupta said the teams had accounted the complete stock in detail which would be matched with books of accounts. “We will try to find out things as soon as possible,” he added. Transformer, pole shifted, rly underbridge work to start soon THE TRIBUNE IMPACT Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 10 Just three days after ‘Jalandhar Tribune’ carried a news report regarding delay in railway underbridge work at Urban Estate PhaseI, the authorities concerned swung into action and completed the work of shifting a transformer and an electricity pole from the site. The work to construct a railway underbridge was getting delayed due to damaged sewer pipes on the site and the transformer and an electricity pole not being shifted. “Now that the transformer and the pole have been shifted, the work to repair the sewer pipes will finally start”, said Inderjit, PAGE 3 The electric pole that was removed from Punjab Avenue. a resident of Punjab Avenue. The Power Department officials had earlier claimed that there was no delay ever from their end. They said they completed their work within a few days after receiv- ing the payment from MC. MC officials, meanwhile, assured that the work to repair the sewer pipes will now start soon, and thereafter the work to build the underbridge will begin. A portion of a park at Model Town in Jalandhar being allegedly encroached upon by two private schools; and an illegal gate to enter the park. TRIBUNE PHOTOS Avneet Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 10 Following a complaint about alleged encroachment on Model Town Park, the Municipal Corporation (MC) on Tuesday issued a notice to two private schools asking them to remove their illegal entry gates from the park, besides provide a map of the school building along with documents of property ownership to the MC office within three days. The Building Branch of the Municipal Corporation, in the letter issued to Dayanand Model School, Model Town, and Guru Amardass Public School, Model Town, (the copy of which is in possession of the Jalandhar Tribune), has written that the field staff of Horticulture Branch of MC visited the park on Tuesday and found that illegal permanent gates for entry into the park had been installed by c m y b CHARGE BASELESS ACTION WILL BE TAKEN AS PER LAW school authorities ❝Theportion of the park,had encroached upon a which is being used for parking and other purposes. A notice has been issued to the schools, and accordingly action will be taken. ❞ Rajneesh Dogra, SUPERINTENDING ENGINEER, B&R DEPARTMENT both the schools. Besides, a portion of the public park is being used for school activities and parking purposes, which is illegal as per the Punjab Municipal Act. “Through this letter, you are instructed to submit a copy of the official map of your school building along with documents of property ownership to the Municipal Corporation office within three days. Besides, you are instructed to stop using the park space in an unauthorised manner, the unauthorised gates should Guru Amardass Public School President Ajit Sethi and Dayanand Model School Principal Vinod Kumar denied encroaching on the park and said the charge was baseless. They said the park was open for all and the gates had been set up by the park welfare society. “The park space has never been used for school activities,” they said. also be removed or closed immediately, besides the park space should be brought back to its original condition within three days. In case of not doing so, action will be taken against you according to the provisions of the Punjab Municipal Act 1976”, reads the notice issued to the schools. Superintending Engineer (B&R Department) Rajneesh Dogra said the school authorities had encroached upon a portion of the park, which was being used for parking and other purposes. He said a notice had been issued to the schools, and accordingly an action would be taken. Meanwhile, Guru Amardass Public School President Ajit Sethi and Dayanand Model School Principal Vinod Kumar denied encroaching on the portion of park. They said the park was open for all and the gates had been set up by the park welfare society, which is in the knowledge of the area councillor among other officials. “The park space has never been used for school activities,” they added. “I am taking up this issue with higher authorities of the school and will file our reply within the stipulated time”, said Vinod Kumar. Ajit Sethi said on special occasions like Gurpurab and other religious programmes, the public park was used for the parking purpose but only for the convenience of residents and the school has nothing to do with it. In March this year, Tejasvi Minhas, a resident of the Model Town, filed a complaint with the Commissioner Municipal Corporation alleging encroachment on a portion of park by the two schools. In the complaint, Tejasvi claimed the schools have altogether encroached around 20 per cent of the park. He alleged both the schools had put illegal gates for entry into the park, and were using park for their school activities and parking purposes.
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