25082022-JTR-01.qxd 8/24/2022 11:53 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE SCIENCE CITY CONDUCTS TALK, CONTESTS ON NUCLEAR ENERGY PAGE 2 NAWAZUDDIN SIDDIQUI LOOKS UNRECOGNISABLE AS A WOMAN Pushpa Gujral Science City organised a talk and poster-making contests on nuclear energy on Wednesday . FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY PAGE 3 Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be seen in the garb of a woman in Haddi. The first motion poster of the film is out. MAX 35°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:00 PM MR MERCEDES PROMISES TO KEEP AUDIENCE ON EDGE OF THEIR SEATS PAGE 4 Zee Café will run Season 1- Season 3 of Mr Mercedes starting August 25 at 10 pm. It will replace Grey’s Anatomy. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:59 AM THURSDAY | 25 AUGUST 2022 | JALANDHAR No headway in ~560-cr project Cane growers postpone mega meet at Phagwara to augment water supply in city Tribune News Service Work moving at snail’s pace, officials say next year deadline likely to be missed PROJECT DETAILS SMART CITY IN LIMBO-V Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 24 There are only talks about the much-touted surface water project worth Rs 530 crore (the project cost is Rs 465 crore and Operation and Maintenance Rs 65 crore), but nothing much on the ground. The deadline of the project is September 2023, but officials of the Municipal Corporation and Smart City say it won’t get completed on time because hardly any work has been initiated. As per the information, under the Smart City Mission, Rs 127 crore has already been released to the company that is looking after the surface water project, but there is no headway. It was promised by the Municipal Corporation that the river water from the Sutlej would be channelised to augment the water supply in the city. However, years have passed and residents’ wait for something to happen in this regard continues. The project involves treatment of the river water at a village near Adampur before its supplied to city residents. Besides, five underwater reservoirs will also get established in the city at Surya Enclave, Baba Beant Singh ~465 ~65 ~127 16km 5 crore is the estimated cost of the surface water project croreto be spent on the porejct’s operation and maintenance cr already released to the company carrying out the project in city of the 100-km underground pipeline laid to channelise Sutlej water to the city reservoirs to be made at Surya Enclave, Baba Beant Singh Park, Model Town, Dhilwan and Burlton Park 100-km underground pipelines are to be laid. The work on 16 km has been done until now. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH ROADBLOCKS ON THE WAY ■ Adampur residents are opposing the work as the pipelines are being laid on a road leading to the village. They want an alternative route to the village to be built properly before any work is carried out ■ Water Supply and Sewerage Board officials say the construction of an alternative route is not in their domain. The administration has been apprised of the matter to take the decision ■ Besides, a dump at Burlton Park where underground reservoir will be made is hampering the work Park, Model Town, Dhilwan and Burlton Park. So far, of the 100-km underground pipeline that has to be laid, only 16 km has been covered. This work has been given to the Water Supply and Sewerage Board. Roads have been dug-up in the city, but the work is going on at a snail’s pace. In a meeting held between officials of the MC officials and Water Supply and Sewerage Board, it was informed that residents of Adampur village were opposing the work and demanding a permanent and proper route towards their village. “The lines are being laid on a road which leads to Adampur. Residents are using an alter- ONE HELD WITH ILLICIT LIQUOR TWO BOOKED FOR ASSAULT Phagwara: The Nakodar Sadar police have booked two villagers on the charge of assaulting an old man. The accused have been identified as Ramesh Kumar and Vipin Kumar, both residents of Chuharr village. Priya Gautam, another resident of the same village, had complained to the police that the accused had assaulted her father-in-law on August 22, leaving him injured. A case under Sections 323, 341 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered. oc MAN ARRESTED UNDER NDPS ACT Phagwara: The Shahkot police have arrested a drug peddler on the charge of selling intoxicating tablets. Investigating officer (IO) and Talwandi Sanghera police post incharge Aatmjeet Singh said 110 tablets were recovered from the possession of Amarjit Singh, a resident of ahmannia. The IO said a case had been registered against the accused under the NDPS Act. OC reservoir would be made and it is creating a problem. Superintendent Engineer (Building and Roads Divisions) Rajnish Dogra said officials of the Water Supply and Sewerage Board had been asked to lay pipelines for 1 km first, and the permission to lay the rest would be given afterwards. Dera Ballan chief on Europe trip; security up after ‘threat’ INBRIEF Shahkot: The Shahkot police have arrested a resident of Baupur village on the charge of selling illicit liquor. Investigating officer Harbhajan Lal said nine bottles of country-made liquor were recovered from the possession of the accused, Darshan Singh. The IO said a case had been registered against the accused under the Excise Act. OC native route to enter and leave the village. They are now demanding that this alternative route should be built properly, but it is not in our hands. We have taken up the matter with the administration,” an official from water supply board informed. Also, there is a dump at Burlton Park where Jalandhar, August 24 Sugarcane growers and the 31 farm unions of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) have postponed their ‘mega meet’ over the pending dues on the Phagwara highway on August 25. Farmers, who have been holding a sit-in under the aegis of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Doaba), said the decision had been taken in view of the government’s assurance to them that Rs 24 crore received through the auction of the defaulting sugar mill’s properties elsewhere will be deposited in their bank accounts by August 30. Notably, hundreds of sugarcane farmers have been on an indefinite agitation outside Golden Sandhar Sugar Mill on the Jalandhar-Phagwara highway since August 8, demanding the payment of Rs 72-crore dues that have been pending for the past three years. Earlier on August 12, farmers blocked both sides of the Phagwara highway by bringing in tractors. They later however partially lifted the blockade from one side of the highway with a warning that a Delhi-like assembly would be held on August 25 if the government did not respond to their demands by then. In a video statement released by Manjit Singh Rai, president, BKU (Doaba), today, he stated: “The state government has told us that our money (cane dues) will come by August 30 after selling off the land of the defaulting mill. So the The Jalandhar rural police address mediapersons. TRIBUNE PHOTO 2 held with 120-gm ‘ice’ 500-gm heroin , Jalandhar, August 24 The Jalandhar rural police today nabbed two drug peddlers with 120 gm of ‘ice’ (Methamphetamine) and 500 gm of heroin. Jalandhar Rural SP (Investigation) Sarabjit Bahia said the police team led by Crime Branch ASI Nirmal Singh and the Kartarpur police nabbed two men on suspicion at a naka near the Kartapur bus stand. The duo was identified as Ajit Kumar, a resident of Kambala village in SAS Nagar, and Mukesh Kumar, a resident of Runia village in Patna (Bihar). The team recovered 500 gm of heroin from a bag held by Ajit Kaumr and 120 gm of ‘ice’ from Rupesh Kumar. The police said a case under Sections 21C, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act had been registered against the duo at the Kartarpur police station on August 24. SP Sarbjit Singh Bahia said WHAT’S ICE? Popularly known as ‘ice’ among consumers of narcotics, methamphetamine is a potent central nervous system stimulant that is mainly used as a recreational drug. IT’S WORRYING ❝ Jalandhar, August24 After the Dera Sachkhand Ballan team flagged a threat perception to Sant Niranjan Dass during his ongoing Europe trip, his security abroad has been heightened. The sant is on a trip to various European countries and has been holding religious congregations at Austria, Spain, Italy and Germany. Dera authorities said he had taken private security there for the trip, especially since the previous dera chief Sant Ramanand had been killed in Austria in 2009. Sant Niranjan Dass As the last leg of his trip is set to get over, the dera team accompanying him noted that he was being tracked by someone. “On being questioned, he gave us an Indian number from where he had directions to track the sant and do some recce. When we tried to trace that number, it was of someone lodged in the Punjab jail. This really worried us and we got apprehensive that it could be some gangster’s handiwork. Hence, we got cautious, alerted the Punjab Police and contacted the Indian embassy there. We have been provided with police personnel. The man, who had been rounded up, has been left after thorough investigation,” said a dera functionary. — TNS Sugarcane farmers hold a sit-in on the Jalandhar-Ludhiana National Highway at Phagwara on Wednesday. PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH WILL WAIT TILL AUG 30; ONGOING STIR TO CONTINUE government has ❝The(dues) will come bytold us that our money August 30 after selling off the land of the defaulting sugar mill. We will wait till then…. the ongoing dharna will continue. A meeting of 31 unions of the SKM will be held on Thursday to decide the future course. Manjit Singh Rai, PRESIDENT, BKU (DOABA) ❞ big gathering of farmers to be held tomorrow (August 25) at Phagwara is being postponed. The ongoing dharna will continue as usual, as long as our demand is not met. A meeting of 31 farmer unions of the SKM will also be held tomorrow at Phagwara. The future course of the struggle will be declared after that. Farmers from circles and blocks will continue dharna as per their fixed duty. We will hold another meeting if the state government doesn’t pay our pending dues by August Food Safety Dept team collects milk samples tribune news service Jalandhar, August 24 Five milk samples were collected from various establishments amid the ongoing drive to check adulterated food substances, in Jalandhar on Wednesday. Members of the Food Safety Department, Jalandhar, led by District Food Safety Officer, Jalandhar, Dr Reema Jammu, and Food Safety Officer Neha Sharma, carried out the drive in various parts of the city. As many as five milk samples were collected from the Model House, Basti Sheikh and other places. ❞ Sarbjit Singh Bahia, SP a case was previously also registered against Ajit Kumar. The SP said the duo would be remanded in the police custody and further investigation had been launched into their links with peddlers. — TNS LEGAL ACTION IF ADULTERATION FOUND Dr Jammu said milk samples collected during the drive would be sent to the Food Safety Laboratory. She said legal action would follow in case any of the samples failed. She also stressed that the food business operators (FBO) should look out for fraud, noting that food safety team members do not ask for any kind of fees. The FBOs have been instructed to maintain the standard of sanitation at sites where cooking is underway. At 47, Gurjit is enjoying college life she had to skip Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service The recovery of ‘ice’ is concerning. We are investigating as to where else in the state had they supplied ‘ice’, and the areas where it was being consumed. 30 as promised.” Davinder Singh, vicepresident, BKU (Doaba) said, “The blockade on the auction of the Fatehabad land of the mill has been lifted by the state government. We had been assured during a meeting with the Agriculture Minister in a meeting held a few days ago that we will get Rs 24 crore into our bank accounts by August 30. The future course of the protest will be declared after the meeting of the SKM to be held at Phagwara tomorrow.” Jalandhar, August 24 At 47, Gurjit Kaur believes that her youthful days have returned. She is enjoying being in the company of girls, who are in their early 20s, and is feeling energetic. A native of Khajurla village near here, Gurjit Kaur could never enjoy a college life in her prime years. She had always felt that something was amiss in her life and had a little regret. She had got wedded soon after completion of Class XII and moved to the Philippines, where her husband has been running a finance firm. c m y b Gurjit Kaur from the Philippines at Lyallpur Khalsa College for Women in Jalandhar. SARABJIT SINGH “But life has given me an opportunity once again. My husband wanted our daugh- ters to stay for some years in Punjab, understand the language and imbibe culture and traditions of our native place. My daughters were born in Manila. He told me to take my daughters to the village and get their higher education from here. I came here in December 2021 and got them admitted in a school and a college here,” said Gurjit. She shared that her elder daughter Kirandeep (18) is pursuing BA (honours) in psychology while younger one Kirandeep (16) is in Class XI at a private school. “Since my daughters had got busy in their studies and are much on their own now, I felt that this is also the right time to take up my long lost desire to attend a college. 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