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Swachh city dream remains distantGarbage dumped at the 40-ft road in Bathinda on Sunday. Photo: Vijay Kumar

Swachh city dream remains distant

Garbage piles up near house of MLA from Bathinda (Urban) Sarup Chand Singla20 Feb 2017 | 12:38 AM

BATHINDA: City residents need to be highly courageous and optimistic if they expect their locality to be clean and beautiful, especially when the ground reality points to sites that are disappointing and upsetting.

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Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 19

City residents need to be highly courageous and optimistic if they expect their locality to be clean and beautiful, especially when the ground reality points to sites that are disappointing and upsetting.

How clean would be the other areas in the city when piles of garbage were seen near MLA Sarup Chand Singla’s house?

People complained of reek emanating from the site.

The city was the first in the state to rope in a private company to collect and transport garbage.

But the scheme seems to have failed in maintaining hygiene and living up to the expectations of residents.

JITF Urban Infrastructure Limited was assigned the job of garbage collection in the city.

Many complaints have poured in that garbage is not collected every day by employees of the company.

The JITF has 355 garbage collectors, of which 242 are those who have a rickshaw and collect garbage door-to-door from 46,000 households in the city.

The major factors that hampered the garbage collection are low wages of the sweepers of the private company, lack of monitoring and no accountability.

Jaspal Singh, a city resident, said he felt that the MCB should get strict with people by penalising the owners of vacant plots where garbage was dumped.

He also urged the MCB to improve the cleanliness work in the city as there are many areas where garbage remained littered and people had to pass by, with their nose covered.

Amisha, another city resident, said, “We can’t keep blaming the authorities for not maintaining cleanliness. We will have to take the initiative to change our habits and keep the city clean like our homes. The door-to-door campaign is going good but street sweepers are to be blamed for not doing their jobs regularly to keep the city clean.”

Mitul Jindal said, “The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was a great drive started by the government for creating awareness among people about cleanliness. But the administration has forgotten it after initiating it with such grand fanfare. This drive should go on and every citizen should follow it.”

PSTSE scholarship

51 schools fail to furnish details of beneficiaries

20 Feb 2017 | 12:38 AM

The seriousness with which the government schools are taking various scholarship schemes is clear from the fact that as many as 51 schools of the district are yet to furnish names of students who cleared the Punjab State Talent Search Examination (PSTSE) and are eligible to get the scholarship under the scheme.

Cold store owners may increase charge

Cold store owners may increase charge

20 Feb 2017 | 12:38 AM

BATHINDA: After facing a tough time owing to demonetisation, potato farmers are all set to face another jolt as cold store owners are likely to increase the charge of their stores by five per cent in Bathinda district.

Declare black money recovered: AAP

20 Feb 2017 | 12:38 AM

BATHINDA: In view of the 100-day time, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked for to bring the economy of the country on track while introducing the demonetisation drive on November 8, ending yesterday, leaders and workers of the Aam Aadmi Party staged a protest at Raman Mandi in Talwandi Sabo today.

Health Dept collects 9 food samples against target of 100

Health Dept collects 9 food samples against target of 100

20 Feb 2017 | 12:38 AM

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NGO launches apps to help underprivileged kids

NGO launches apps to help underprivileged kids

20 Feb 2017 | 12:38 AM

BATHINDA: Engaged in educating slum children and bringing them to schools, NGO SMILE today launched its apps to collect funds.

54 papers presented at two-day conference

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20 Feb 2017 | 12:38 AM

BATHINDA: A two-day national conference on ‘Futuristic Environmental Challenges 2017’ concluded at the Bharat Institute of Engineering and Technology recently.

Water supply hit as pipe damaged

20 Feb 2017 | 12:38 AM

BATHINDA: The main water pipeline got damaged near Barnala by-pass road adjacent to Dr Kishori Ram Hospital in the city due to which water supply in more than 12 colonies got affected.

Last rites of SC Commission vice-chief performed, top SAD leaders give it a miss

20 Feb 2017 | 12:38 AM

BATHINDA: Rajinder Guddu, vice-president, SC Commission, Punjab, was cremated in the city today.

Ambey General Store win CLC cricket tourney

20 Feb 2017 | 12:38 AM

BATHINDA: Ambey General Store won the Civil Line Club (CLC) limited over cricket tournament.

MC removes encroachmentTHE WEEK THAT WAS

MC removes encroachment

20 Feb 2017 | 12:38 AM

MURDER CASE SOLVED: The building branch of the Municipal Corporation, (MC), Bathinda, removed an encroachment in Model Town Phase-I.

20 students get jobs during placement drive

19 Feb 2017 | 12:04 AM

BATHINDA: The Baba Farid Groups of Institution (BFGI) organised a placement drive for its MBA and BSc (Agriculture) students here today.

Sewage overflow a never-ending problem

Sewage overflow a never-ending problem

19 Feb 2017 | 12:04 AM

BATHINDA: Sewage overflow in various residential and commercial areas of the city has become a nuisance for residents.

Farmer leader flays govt’s decision to scrap import duty on wheat

Farmer leader flays govt’s decision to scrap import duty on wheat

19 Feb 2017 | 12:04 AM

BATHINDA: Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, president, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal), today flayed the Union government’s decision to scrap the import duty on wheat.

City doc to deliver lecture on diabetes at int’l conference

19 Feb 2017 | 12:04 AM

BATHINDA: Dr Vitull K Gupta, consultant physician at Kishori Ram Hospital and Diabetes Care Centre, has been invited to deliver a guest lecture at the 7th World Congress of Diabetes – Diabetes India 2017.

Adventure camp organised for schoolchildren

19 Feb 2017 | 12:04 AM

BATHINDA: An adventure camp was organised at The Millennium School here today.

Patients suffer sans ultrasound facility

19 Feb 2017 | 12:04 AM

BATHINDA: Patients are in the lurch owing to the absence of the ultrasound facility at the Primary Health Centre (PHC)-cum-Community Health Centre (CHC) in Goniana.

Kin booked for attacking girl

19 Feb 2017 | 12:04 AM

BATHINDA: The police today booked family members of a woman in Rampura for firing gun shots at her for marrying without family’s consent.

Ban goes up in smoke as use of polythene bags rampant in city

Ban goes up in smoke as use of polythene bags rampant in city

19 Feb 2017 | 12:04 AM

BATHINDA: The use of polythene bags is going on unabated in the city despite the ban imposed on the same.

Miscreants loot Rs 90K from man

19 Feb 2017 | 12:04 AM

BATHINDA: Snatching incidents are again on the rise in the city as a rucksack containing Rs 90,000 was stolen by two motorcycle-borne snatchers from near the Truck Union area this afternoon.

City Mayor’s visit a mere photo op, say residentsHouse damaged in fire

City Mayor’s visit a mere photo op, say residents

19 Feb 2017 | 12:04 AM

BATHINDA: The visit of the Bathinda Mayor to a couple’s house which was reduced to ashes in a fire on Thursday did not went down well with residents of 25-gaz (25-yard) houses adjoining Dhobiana today.

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