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SUNRISE TUESDAY 7:04 AM MONDAY | 21 NOVEMBER 2022 | AMRITSAR Civic body not collecting MC lags in revenue recovery targets charges from builders: AAPsewer leader Tribune News Service Of various depts, only MTP wing hopeful of meeting targets with recovery of ~32 crore FILE PHOTO Amritsar, November 20 Though various departments of the Municipal Corporation (MC) are lagging in collecting bills, taxes, charges and fee against the recovery targets set by the Department of Local Governments, officials of the Municipal Town Planning (MTP) wing are hopeful of meeting the targets. The fiscal target of the MTP Department is Rs 45 crore and the department has so far collected about Rs 32 crore. The department has four more months in this financial year to reach the target. The MTP wing officials claimed that they would achieve the targets. The sewerage and water supply wing of the MC is far away from the recovery targets. The annual target of the sewerage and water supply wing is Rs 35 crore. But so far only Rs 5.98 crore has been collected by the wing. The wing has a great potential to increase the revenue of the MC. It has to collect sewerage sharing charges of colonies and outstanding bills of commercial and res- idential establishments. The wing can collect crores of rupees as a large number of sewerage and water supply bills are pending. The Property Tax Department of the MC is also lag- ging in target recovery. The department has a target of Rs 45 crore for this financial year. Till September 30, the department had collected tax worth Rs 24.90 crore. But in the last 50 days, the department had collected only Rs 80 lakh tax. The property tax wing had announced to seal the properties of defaulters but did not take any action. Similarly, the Licence Branch of the MC targeted to collect Rs 7.50 crore in current fiscal. But the department has so far collected only Rs 76 lakh. The department has a potential to collect a good amount from big commercial establishments. The Estate Wing of the MC is also far behind the set targets. No recovery of funds witnessed from Tehbazari of the land department and sale of properties. The advertising department is lagging far behind the set target. MC Joint Commissioner Hardeep Singh stated that the income of the MC would be increased. He claimed that hearings of property tax scrutiny cases would be conducted in the coming days. Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 20 Former district president of the Aam Aadmi Party and RTI activist Suresh Sharma has accused officials of the Amritsar Municipal Corporation of duping the MC treasury to serve their personal interests. Sharma alleged that he reminded the MC officials to collect the charges but they didn’t pay heed. Suresh Sharma said the Amritsar Development Authority (ADA) issued licence to one of the major colonies on Ram Tirath Road in 2013. The Sewerage Board laid sewer line on the Ram Tirath Road and it was handed over to the Municipal Corporation (MC). The colonisers have connected the sewer lines of their colony with the main sewer line on Ram Tirath Road without paying any charges. “The coloniser didn’t pay Board laid line on the Ram ❝The Seweragewas handedsewer to the MC. The Tirath Road and it over colonisers have connected the sewer lines of their colony with the main sewer line on Ram Tirath Road without paying sharing charge of ~1.5 to ~2 crore to the MC, causing it a huge financial loss MC. Suresh Sharma, AAM AADMI PARTY FORMER DIST PREZ AND RTI ACTIVIST the sharing charge of Rs 1.5 to Rs 2 crore to the Municipal Corporation, which has caused a huge financial loss to the Municipal Corporation,” said Sharma. He said that he gave four reminders to the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, and also filed complaints with the Principal Secretary, Local Government Department, Chandigarh, and the department’s Chief Vigilance Officer in November, but no action has been taken. “Now, it is clear that the MC officials and colonisers Amritsar, November 20 Taking exception to the Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Gian Chand Gupta’s demand of land for a separate Haryana State Legislative Assembly in Chandigarh during a meeting with Punjab Governor Banwari Lal Purohit yesterday, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Harjinder Singh Dhami said that only Punjab has right over Chandigarh and that no one will be allowed to take away this right. Appealing to the Governor not to support any anti-Punjab decision, he said the rights of Punjab were being neglected by adopting mischievous tactics, time and again! The SGPC president said it was sad that Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann is also taking an anti- Punjab stand instead of representing the state to enable it get its due. “The Punjab CM’s tweet (on July 9) is proof of his anti-state stand, in which he has tried to weaken Punjab’s right over Chandigarh by demanding land for a separate Punjab Vidhan Sabha like Haryana from the Union Government. Due to the conspiratorial role being played by Punjab CM, the Central Government is constantly diminishing the rights of Punjab over Chandigarh,” said Dhami. He said Punjab will continue to press its claim over Chandigarh. “The Union Government has already committed many excesses on Punjab and no more of the same will be tolerated. Haryana should use its own land for separate state assembly and vacate the existing assembly in Chandigarh and hand over its area to Punjab,” he added. Our Correspondent The two arrested robbers in the custody of Tarn Taran Sadar police. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI Gang involved in looting petrol pumps busted in Tarn Taran dist Our Correspondent One arrested for ~45K fraud Tarn Taran, November 20 The police arrested Harwinder Kaur of Dial Rajputan on Sunday for defrauding a woman of Rs 45,000. The other accused in the case, Rajbir Singh of Dial Rajputan, is still at large. Investigation officer Kulbir Singh said Harwinder Kaur, had been arrested. The accused have been booked under the IPC. — OC DTF: Govt must fulfil promises made to teachers on Diwali Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 20 Office bearers of the Democratic Teachers’ Front (DTF) accused Education Minister Harjot Singh Bains for not fulfilling public announcement with regard to the demands of computer teachers made on Diwali. Edu Minister Bains made announcement regarding demands of computer teachers In a release issued here on Sunday, DTF state president Vikram Dev Singh, state general secretary Mukesh Kumar and finance secretary Ashwani Awasthi said the Education Minister had promised that the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission Report and rules of the civil services would be implemented for computer teachers. They said not honouring the promises made was a serious continued on page 2 caused a loss of Rs 1.5 to Rs 2 crore to the MC treasury. I am preparing a report on all such scams in Amritsar and will submit this report to Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann so that the money can be recovered,” he said. Meanwhile, Executive Engineer of the MC Manjit Singh stated that he has received a complaint in this regard and visited the colony thrice, but the colonisers were not available. He said the MC has issued a notice. “Action will be taken on Monday,” he assured. One dead in road mishap SGPC chief Dhami objects to Hry Speaker’s demand, presses Pb’s claim over Chandigarh Tribune News Service ❞ Tarn Taran, November 20 The Tarn Taran Sadar police busted a four-member gang of robbers responsible for looting as many as nine petrol pumps during the last two months in the area besides committing other incidents of robbery and snatching. Two of the gang members had been arrested by the police on Saturday. A double barrel gun and a motorcycle used for committing the crime had been recovered from the arrested robbers. Inspector Gurcharan Targetted 9 fuel stations during last two months Singh, SHO, said here on Sunday that the arrested robbers had been identified as Gurbhej Singh Bheja of Dharar (Amritsar) and Angrej Singh of Dinewal. The absconding robbers have been identified as Arshdeep Singh of Jhamka and Harjit Singh of Ekal Gadda. The petrol pumps of Jeobala, Alawalpur, Khabbe Dogran, Naurangabad, Jodhpur, Reshiana, Sheron, Mananwala villages and Jandiala Guru town were looted by the robbers. The SHO said the police team that arrested the robbers was headed by ASI Kanwaljit Singh. The police were conducting raids at the possible hideouts of the absconding robbers to nab them. Cases under Sections 379-B and 34 of the IPC and Sections 25,54 and 59 of the Arms Act had been registered at Tarn Taran, Sarhali, Sadar and other police stations. Tarn Taran, November 20 One person died on the spot on the Tarn Taran-Khadoor Sahib road on Sunday when a rashly driven tractor-trailer collided head-on with a motorcycle coming from the opposite side in the wee hours today. The deceased has been identified as Lakhwinder Singh (28) of Pakhoke. Lakhwinder was going back to his village from Khadoor Sahib on his motorcycle. He had covered just a kilometre when a speeding tractor-trailer hit his motorcycle. He fell down and his relative Jagir Singh, also a resident of Khadoor Sahib who was following him on his motorcycle, immediately came to his rescue. The driver of the tractor-trailer absconded after the accident. Lakhwinder succumbed to his injuries. A police team from Verowal immediately reached the spot and collected the relevant evidence. ASI Major Singh said a case had been registered. The postmortem was done at the local Civil Hospital and the body was handed over to the deceased’s family. Traffic obstructed; commuters, tourists have another tough day Tribune News Service Members of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee hold a meeting in Amritsar on Sunday. Farmers to stage protest outside offices of DCs from Nov 26 Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 20 Members of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) today held a meeting to take stock of the preparations being made by its cadres in view of its plan to initiate protests outside the offices of the Deputy Commissioners from November 26. KMSC general secretary Sar- Members of KMSC hold meeting wan Singh Pandher said the protest would force the government to fulfil the promises which were pending. He said the government had failed to fulfil the promises made to the farming community. Pandher also criticised the Chief Minister for his statements regarding the protesting unions stating that it was a manifestation of ruling class’ apathy towards the poor and downtrodden. He said when a government head fails to fulfil the promises he had made after accepting the demands he has no right to be in power. AMRITSAR, NOVEMBER 20 Commuters and tourists had to endure snarl-ups in various parts of the city as the traffic movement was hampered by the family members of a person who died in the Chattiwind area today. Police officials stated that the resident of Hussainpura died a natural death. He was working as a driver with an automobile workshop. The family members were demanding compensation for his death as someone had misguided them about it following the death. They put the body on the road and blocked the traffic. However, after much persuasion they accepted to lift the blockade. Meanwhile, the blockade once again disrupted the movement of vehicles on all major roads of the city during weekend. Sarbjit Singh, a resident of Mahan Singh Gate, said the traffic flow from c m y b A huge traffic jam was witnessed on various roads due to a blockade by a protesting family in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Ram Talai Chowk to Bhandari Railway Over Bridge and on internal roads got affected. Long queues of passenger buses were seen on the GT road leading to the ISBT. Harjit Singh, a resident of New Golden Avenue, said most of the people thought that farmers had once again blocked the traffic. He urged the government to find a solution so that disgruntled groups should not obstruct the traffic flow. People going to their works find themselves at the mercy of agitators and police. Rampant snarl-ups also deteriorate air quality in the city.
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