GENCO loses out on deal
deport us: Pak Hindus
Rohtak plans biogas plant
Robber gang raids village,
Kargil martyr cremated
Bansi govt can fall any time:
PM may visit Kurukshetra
2 killed as jeep, tanker collide
loses out on deal
CHANDIGARH, June 10 The Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (GENCO), a company specially carved out by the erstwhile Haryana State Electricity Board to generate power, recently lost a project to the private sector despite topping the list in the technical evaluation by the appraisal committee.
Official sources say GENCO had to bow out of the race because of a policy decision taken by the state government in 1997 that it would not make any new investment in power generation. The policy statement issued by the state government in November, 1997, also said that "new power projects in Haryana will be developed either by independent power producers (IPP) or by joint venture companies with private parties".
Quoting from the policy statement a high-powered committee which scrutinised the bids for the 4-MW micro-hydel project to be set up on the Western Yamuna Canal at Dadupur decided to exclude GENCO from the race.
The Commissioner and Secretary, Power, Mr S.Y. Quraishi, who is also the Chairman of GENCO, said government-owned corporation was eliminated from the race for the Dadupur project because the state government had made a commitment to the World Bank that it would not get into power generation. Moreover, GENCO did not have Rs 35 crore required to put up the project which would have generated only 4 MW of power.
He said while GENCO had the experience in putting up big thermal plants and large hydel projects, its experience with the micro-hydel projects was not happy. Already three small units of 100 KW each put up by GENCO in Sonepat district were not running.
Mr Quraishi, who is also
the Secretary, Non-Conventional Resources of Energy, said
a proposal for transferring the Sonepat project to the
Department of Non-Conventional Resources of Energy was
under active consideration of the government.
deport us: Pak Hindus
SIRSA, June 10 Although the district administration here is trying hard to convince Pakistani Hindus to return to their country, they do not appear in any mood to go back. Police sources said, they had asked the 12 families from Ellenabad to leave the country as their visas had expired.
However, these people told TNS that they were prepared to face the worse. "We have seen the worse in Pakistan. Even if we have to live by the roadside in India, we will, than return to Pakistan", Bhuria Lal, the group leader said. Some police officials admitted that it was difficult to push them forcibly back to Pakistan.
They were silent on the whereabouts of the families which were pushed off from their huts in Ellenabad, 30 km from here. Some other persons, who had also come from Pakistan carrying valid visas, said those pushed out by the police were likely to go to Jodhpur in Rajasthan.
The process of migration of Hindus from Pakistan began in the aftermath of Babri Masjid demolition. One of these migrants, Tarachand, is running a sweet shop in Ellenabad. He came here in 1993 and since then has settled here. He has married off his younger brother here.
According to the police verification report, till April 30 about 478 persons from Pakistan had overstayed here. The police took a lenient view till May, when two more groups from Pakistan arrived here. All of them had given the address of Tarachand on their visa applications.
In the month of May about 500 persons came here in two groups. Most of them were carrying valid travel documents and belonged to Bahawalpur district in Punjab Pakistan.
While resisting the moves of administration to evict them, they said, they were not seeking any relief or aid from the government. "We only beg permission to stay and live here so that our children can breathe free air", they stated in one voice. They added that they were prepared to do any job in India but could not return to Pakistan, where they had suffered a lot.
The local MLA, Mr Bhaghi Ram, expressed his full sympathies with these people. He suggested that these people be allowed to stay here after due verification.
plans biogas plant
ROHTAK, June 10 Rohtak town is perhaps the first in the region which has planned to set up a fixed dome biogas plant for the production of electricity and manure from the city waste and carcasses.
With the installation of the proposed plant having a capacity of 2000 cubic metres availability of 51 metric tonnes of wastage and an average 20 carcasses a day, bio gas available will about 1,481 cubic metres and electricity generated will be about 1851 KW per day.
The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anand Mohan Sharan told TNS that the total project cost would be Rs 343.64 lakh and the cost would be recovered in about eight years.
The entire plant will be constructed underground over an area of nearly 8000 square metres. The project will consist of a grit tank, settling tanks, bio-gas plant, sundry slurry pits, liquor slurry tanks, fish pond, tubewell, shed for carcasses generating machine and dung-mixing tank.
Mr Sharan said garbage would be unloaded in grit tanks where it would be processed and non-carbonic material separated. The slurry would then be prepared and passed on to the settling tank for removal of heavy waste material from it.
Then the liquid slurry with garbage of carcasses would be fermented in the plant. The decomposed liquid slurry would be dried in slurry pits and then marketed in packets, he added.
The bio-gas plant, he says, can be connected to a gas accumulator for electricity generation and this will be supplying electricity for three to four hours a day to the city. One fish pond will be created for collecting 90 to 95 per cent of treated water, where fish-farming will be done.
The project will help in checking air and water pollution, besides saving land now being used for the disposal of city garbage. After the installation of the project, a screen separator with not be required.
Mr Sharan said the fixed dome type of biogas plants were running successfully in Delhi (Cantonment Board), Lucknow, Dehra Dun and Patna.
The expected life of the plant is 50 years and its manufacturers have also offered to undertake its maintenance for a period of 30 years through a separate agreement.
gang raids village injuring 5
SONEPAT, June 10 A gang of six armed robbers struck in the village of Gumar last night looting several houses and fleeing with cash and goods valued at several thousands of rupees. Five persons including three women, were injured when they put up resistance to the robbers.
According to preliminary reports, the armed intruders entered the house of Mr Rattan Singh while he and his family members were sleeping. When they awoke and resisted they attacked the family with iron rods and sharp-edged weapons. Mr Rattan Singh grappled with the robbers and, sustained serious injuries. He was later rushed to the Medical College Hospital at Rohtak for treatment and is stated to be out of danger.
The armed robbers also attacked woman in another house that of Ramesh Kumar. They injured her before escaping with her gold ornaments worth several thousand rupees.
On hearing the hue and cry, a number of residents assembled but were kept at bay with threats.
However, one of the residents informed the police on the telephone. By the time the police arrived the robbers had fled.
According to eye-witnesses, three of the six robbers were wearing 'kutchhas' and all of them fled towards the nearby fields.
KANSEPUR (Ambala), June 10 The mortal remains of Manjit Singh, a 19-year-old jawan of the 8-Sikh Regiment, who was killed in the Dras-Kargil sector on June 7 were consigned to the flames with full state and military honours here today.
Thousands of residents of nearby villages in the Brara block paid their homage to the martyr.
Manjit, along with his two colleagues, came under heavy fire while attempting to climb from Tiger Hill to a height of 17,400 ft. While Manjit achieved martyrdom, his two colleagues were injured.
Manjit's 82-year-old grandfather, Mr Sardar Singh, along with his brother, Mr Waryam Singh, spent four years in German jails during World War-II. Mr Sardar Singh's second brother, Mr Atam Singh, retired as a Major. Manjit's uncle and brother are also in the Army.
Mr Sardar Singh said he was proud of Manjit and his family could sacrifice anything for the country.
While the Deputy Speaker of the Haryana Assembly, Mr Faqir Chand Aggarwal, laid a wreath on the body on behalf of the Governor, the Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, Mrs Navraj Sandhu, represented the state government. Several senior Army officers, including Brig Satnam Singh and Lt-Col Surjit Singh, were among those who paid tributes to the brave soldier.
Mrs Sandhu, who presented a cheque of Rs 10,000 to the family of Manjit Singh, said the road leading from the Jagadhri-Ambala road to Kansepur village would be named after the martyr. A bus shelter would also be constructed outside the village.
can fall any time: Chautala
GURGAON, June 10 Indian National Lok Dal chief, Om Prakash Chautala today continued his attacks on Chief Minister Bansi Lal but was enigmatically silent on his alliance partner, the BJP.
Addressing a public meeting at Sohna, about 25 km from Gurgaon, Mr Chautala levelled serious charges of wrong doing against the Bansi Lal government adding that the Chief Minister had not delivered on promises made by him before the last assembly elections in Haryana either.
He asserted that the Bansi Lal government could fall at any time and the Chief Minister was making desperate efforts to save his government by winning over dissident MLAs through ministerial sops.
In the past Mr Chautala had often charged BJP legislators too of corruption practices and criticised its Haryana for its continuance of support to the Bansi Lal government.
According to observers, Mr Chautala's apparent reticence in criticising the BJP was related to the ongoing debate within the BJP on continuance of support to the HVP government. Although the INLD has not gone on the record on the subject its leadership is angling for a tie up with the BJP and the issue was also reportedly discussed in the BJP's Parliamentary Board at its meeting in Delhi on June 8, but no decision was taken.
Mr Chautala also launched a frontal attack on the Congress and its President, Mrs Sonia Gandhi saying that in its more than four decade of rule it had divided the people on "non issues" like caste and regionalism.
He also raised the foreign origin issue.
KURUKSHETRA, June 10 The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, is likely to participate in the former Prime Minister, late Gulzari Lal Nanda's birth anniversary celebrations being organised by the Haryana Government here on July 4.
Stating this at a press conference held at Pipli, 5 km from here yesterday the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.N. Roy, said an invitation had been extended to him.
Mr Roy said keeping in view the proposed Prime Minister's visit here Mr Nanda's samadhi was being constructed on four acre of land granted by the Kurukshetra Development Board (KDB). The State Government has sanctioned a scheme of Rs 28 lakh for this project in which a boundary wall was being constructed around the samadhi where the ashes of Mr Nanda had been laid. The Haryana Government had also proposed to construct a memorial costing more than Rs 1 crore, Mr Roy added.
Besides, the road in front of Mr Nanda's samadhi was also being four-laned and the PWD had already taken up this work.
SONEPAT, June 10 The body of a soldier who had laid down his life fighting the Pakistan-backed infiltrators in the Kargil sector of Jammu and Kashmir was received here yesterday with full military honours.
According to official sources, the body of the sepoy, Ravinder Singh, of Rohna village of the district was taken to the village by Army officers from his regiment. The cremation took place in the evening in the presence of a large number of villagers.
Mr Jagbir Singh Malik, a
Minister of State for Horticulture and Marketing, Mr P.K.
Mahapatra, Deputy Commissioner, Mr K. Selvraj,
Superintendent of Police, Mr Sandeep Garg, Additional
Deputy Commissioner, and other district officers were
present on the occasion.
as jeep, tanker collide
BHIWANI, June 10 Mr S.S. Deswal, SSP, told newsmen here today that in an accident involving a Mahindra jeep and an oil tanker at the Budhsheli village crossing on the Rajgarh-Hisar road this morning, two persons were killed on the spot and seven were injured.
The oil tanker was coming from Rajgarh and going to Hisar while the jeep was going to Tara Nagar. The police said driver of the oil tanker Sukh Dev of Lakshi Ringus village in Rajasthan has been arrested.
The deceased have been identified as Anil, son of Kanwar Lal, and Santro, wife of Jagdish of Basant Vihar New Delhi. The injured are Bimla, Shanti, Malti, Gulabo, Randhir, Mehtab, Dharam Singh. The condition of Bimla is stated to be serious.
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