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Report, list only after today’s MC meet: Mayor
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Report, list only after today’s MC meet: Mayor

Councillor who raised issue in Saturday meeting says will take it up in House meet25 Jun 2018 | 1:32 AM

JALANDHAR: The issue of illegal colonies raised by Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu seems to rock the MC House meeting on Monday with various councillors having raised the issue in a meeting held with the Mayor on Saturday.

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Aparna Banerji

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 24

The issue of illegal colonies raised by Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu seems to rock the MC House meeting on Monday with various councillors having raised the issue in a meeting held with the Mayor on Saturday.

Sources in the MC said a slew of posh buildings in Model Town, including restaurants, bars and other commercial buildings, which had been constructed in violation of the norms, might face demolition in the coming days.

However, until then, the pressure on the Mayor to make both list of 93 buildings public and to start razing of illegal structures in the city is building up. While Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has given the Mayor 15-days’ time to initiate proceedings against illegal buildings in the city and get the MC House in order, Congress councillor Aruna Arora on Saturday asked the Mayor to make public the list of 93 illegal buildings, which had been released by the minister.

Ward No. 22 councillor Prabhdayal Bhagat also raised the issue of lack of action against an illegal commercial building falling in his ward in Garha regarding which he had raised objections over two months ago with the Mayor. While he objected to the lack of action against the illegal building, he had also sparred verbally with a building inspector inside the office of the Mayor when the issue was first raised.

Meanwhile, councillor Aruna Arora also said she would take up the issue in the MC House meeting if the list was not released by the Mayor by Monday.

Arora is the councillor of Ward No. 27, which itself has a grey area with a booming property and an illegal building stretch, with many of the proposed illegal structures in her ward. She said: “After the initial action following the minister’s visit to the city, there have been no demolitions. It’s now the Mayor’s prerogative to do something about it. We know there is a list of 350 illegal buildings. The minister’s imminent drive was aimed at 93 buildings. At least the list of the 93 illegal buildings should be provided so that the erring builders are out in the open. Whether the issue is an agenda or not, we will also raise it in the House if the councillor fails to provide us the list by Monday.”

When asked whether she had a list of illegal buildings in her own ward, the councillor said: “So far I have not received any such complaint within my ward.”

The Mayor, however said, the future demolitions would not start till a signal was received from Sidhu.

“I can’t stop anyone from raising the issue but the list on illegal buildings as well as my report will only be released after I have made the requisite visits myself. This will only happen after the meeting on Monday. It’s unlikely we will release the list tomorrow. As far as the demolitions are concerned, these will also take place after the report is shared with the minister and based on his further go-ahead.”

Primary agenda included in the meeting will be a proposal for the recruitment of about 200 safai sewaks in the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation Jalandhar, the confirmation of land for a slaughterhouse at Gadaipur village, construction of footbridges across the city among a host of previously proposed development projects.

One of the most controversial agendas included for the meeting is the purchase of an 8 to 10 acre land at Wariana for the setting up of a factory to recycle the city’s garbage, objections to which had been raised by opposition councillor Lakhbir Singh Bajwa. Bajwa had demanded the project be stationed at Jamsher, where a land has already been bought for the purpose. He had skipped the previous MC meet over the issue.

Tandarust Punjab

PWD begins drive to beautify roads

25 Jun 2018 | 1:32 AM

JALANDHAR: To ensure proper cleanliness and beautification around roads, the Public Works Department (PWD) has started a cleanliness fortnight under the ‘Tandarust Punjab’ mission.

12 rehris removed from busy Model Town market

12 rehris removed from busy Model Town market

25 Jun 2018 | 1:32 AM

JALANDHAR: The police have removed around 12 rehris from the Model Town market here.

Stinking pond turns into beautiful park in Alipur village

Stinking pond turns into beautiful park in Alipur village

25 Jun 2018 | 1:32 AM

JALANDHAR: Around two months ago, 5,000-sq ft land in Alipur village, near here, was a major source of stink in its vicinity.

Restaurants, bars raided

25 Jun 2018 | 1:32 AM

JALANDHAR: The city police raided restaurants and bars in the city on Saturday night.

Uncovered garbage-laden vehicles trouble commuters

Uncovered garbage-laden vehicles trouble commuters

25 Jun 2018 | 1:32 AM

JALANDHAR: Municipal Corporation workers transporting garbage to dumping sites care little about instructions regarding covering of tractor-trailers with tarpaulin sheets during the transportation, which results in spilling of rubbish on to roads.

Mission Tandarust Punjab

PPA to be made ‘plastic-free zone’

25 Jun 2018 | 1:32 AM

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Outreach programme for tax payers held

25 Jun 2018 | 1:32 AM

PHAGWARA: An outreach programme was conducted for tax payers by the Income Tax Department at the community centre in Noormahal on Saturday.

Need to call Sidhu’s bluff, says MLA Som Parkash

25 Jun 2018 | 1:32 AM

PHAGWARA: Senior BJP leader and Phagwara MLA Som Parkash has urged Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and the Speaker, Vidhan Sabha, Rana KP Singh to sensitise Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu about the use of decent parliamentary language as minister.

House burgled

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PHAGWARA: The house of Rupinder Kaur was reportedly burgled at Chachoki colony here on Saturday night.

Panchayat union demands parity in remuneration

25 Jun 2018 | 1:32 AM

NAWANSHAHR: Accusing the state government of discriminatory attitude towards the sarpanchs, the panchayat union has raised the demand of parity in remuneration with representatives of Municipal Councils.

Schools urged to pay heed to environment

25 Jun 2018 | 1:32 AM

NAWANSHAHR: MLA Angad Singh, planted saplings and participated in the Volleyball match to promote tree plantations and sports activity in Nawanshahr government schools.

Villagers shun LPG, switch to biogas: Show way to energy conservation

25 Jun 2018 | 1:32 AM

JALANDHAR: A Hoshiarpur-based Lambra Kangri Multipurpose Cooperative Service Society with the help of which people of the villages have shunned the ‘costly’ liquified petroleum gas (LPG) gas cylinders and are using biogas instead, has been awarded with Dr Shirin Gadhia Sustainability award by Eco Center ICNEER (International centre for networking ecology, education Re-Integration) in association with Muni Sewa Ashram.

Campus NOTES

Chhabeel organised

25 Jun 2018 | 1:32 AM

Jalandhar: The staff members of Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya distributed sweet water to public outside the college on the occasion of Nirjala Ekadashi under the guidance of principal Dr Ajay Sareen.

Varsity organises yoga camp

Varsity organises yoga camp

24 Jun 2018 | 2:15 AM

PHAGWARA:NSS wing and sports division of GNA University organised a yoga camp on its campus.

20-50 pc women have fibroids once in lifetime: Expert

24 Jun 2018 | 2:15 AM

JALANDHAR: The occurence of uterine fibroids are quite common.

Employees of Suwidha centre  protest over decision to shut down

Employees of Suwidha centre protest over decision to shut down

24 Jun 2018 | 2:15 AM

JALANDHAR: Accusing the state government of not fulfilling their demands, members of the Punjab State Suwidha Employee’s Union staged a protest in front of the district administrative complex here on Saturday.

Mission helps Manpreet become self-reliant

Mission helps Manpreet become self-reliant

24 Jun 2018 | 2:15 AM

NAWANSHAHR: Manpreet Kaur, a girl belonging to rural area of Nawanshahr, daughter of a labourer is fulfilling the responsibility of nurturing her family comprising six siblings.

Diversification of agriculture is a boon for farmers: DC

24 Jun 2018 | 2:15 AM

JALANDHAR: Jalandhar district has emerged as the harbinger of crop diversification with an increase of around 1,000 hectares of land under diversification.

Woman run over by train

24 Jun 2018 | 2:15 AM

PHAGWARA: Kamla (60), a resident of Dehradun, was run over by train while trying to board it again on Thursday.

3-day philately camp concludes

24 Jun 2018 | 2:15 AM

JALANDHAR: A three day philately summer camp for children organised by the Postal Division, Jalandhar, concluded here on Saturday.

Balwant Singh Ramoowalia  calls on Rajan Singh’s family

Balwant Singh Ramoowalia calls on Rajan Singh’s family

24 Jun 2018 | 2:15 AM

JALANDHAR: Former Cabinet Minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia on Saturday visited the family of the 27-year-old youth Raja Singh who had committed suicide after falling prey to a travel agent.

School education sports policy announced by govt

24 Jun 2018 | 2:15 AM

JALANDHAR: Under the “Padho Punjab Padhao Punjab” project, the Department of Public Instructions (Elementary) has devised a new “School Education Sports Policy 2018” with an aim to boost physical and mental fitness among students in government schools.

Delimitation: 12 villages oppose inclusion in MC

Delimitation: 12 villages oppose inclusion in MC

24 Jun 2018 | 2:15 AM

JALANDHAR: Representatives of as many as 12 villages of Jalandhar, which have been included in the MC limits after delimitation, on Saturday sought the dismissal of their inclusion within the MC jurisdiction from the Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.

MCJ up by 19 points

24 Jun 2018 | 2:15 AM

JALANDHAR: From the 234th position on the Swach Bharat Sarvekshan in 2017, the Jalandhar MC has marginally bettered its position, making it to the 215th spot on the Swach Bharat Sarvekshan 2018 list.

Camp where students think on a different level

Camp where students think on a different level

24 Jun 2018 | 2:15 AM

JALANDHAR: Picture this: A group of students in high school are carefully listening to what the resource person has to say about how the mobile networks were controlling and managing the lives of youngsters by giving out the slogans like “Karlo duniya muthi mein”.

16 hurt in two road mishaps

23 Jun 2018 | 1:36 AM

PHAGWARA: Sixteen persons were injured, some of them seriously, in two road accidents in the district, the police said on Friday.

No end to teachers’ woes

Meeting with Chief Minister postponed for third time

23 Jun 2018 | 1:36 AM

JALANDHAR: The meeting of various teachers unions to be held with the Chief Minister (CM) has been postponed for the third consecutive time.

Clinic’s stock sealed, 6 drug stores found violating Act

23 Jun 2018 | 1:36 AM

HOSHIARPUR: Under the Mission Tandrust Punjab, medical stores are under the gaze of the Health Department, and on Friday, a special team conducted a check at Guru Nanak Clinic in Mehringrowal village.

48L labourers brought under organised sector: Union minister

48L labourers brought under organised sector: Union minister

23 Jun 2018 | 1:36 AM

JALANDHAR: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, has said that 48 lakh labourers working in the unorganised sector have been brought under organised sector and by the next year their number would increase to 1 crore.

Civic body house meet on June 25

Civic body house meet on June 25

23 Jun 2018 | 1:36 AM

JALANDHAR: A 109-point agenda has been released for the upcoming house meeting of the Municipal Corporation (MC) Jalandhar to be held on June 25.

Training programme for goat farmers

23 Jun 2018 | 1:36 AM

TALWARA (HOSHIARPUR): For the promotion of goat farming in Kandi area, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, will organise a training programme for goat farmers from July 2 to July 6 at Regional Research and Training Centre (RRTC), Talwara.

NGO’s drive to enhance greenery

NGO’s drive to enhance greenery

23 Jun 2018 | 1:36 AM

JALANDHAR: In an effort to increase the green cover in the city, people from all walks of life have come together to plant more trees.

100 addicts register with opioid treatment centres

23 Jun 2018 | 1:36 AM

NAWANSHAHR: Outpatient Opioid-Assisted Treatment(OOAT) Centres are playing an important role in the de-addiction drive of the state government.

Ministers exhort youth to make state drug-free

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23 Jun 2018 | 1:36 AM

JALANDHAR: Public Works Department (PWD) Minister, Punjab, Vijay Inder Singla, on Friday gave a clarion call to the youth of the state to come forward and spread the message of anti-drug drive initiated by the state government.

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