Nerve-testing bumpy ride
Road gives way to potholes in seven months
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

In what could be termed as a neglectful attitude of the Public Works Department (PWD), a stretch of seven-km road built a few months ago from Fazilpur village on the Kartarpur road to the bus stand in Kapurthala has been damaged at several places.

So much so, potholes have also been developed at several places. Interestingly, one of such pits has been developed right in front of the residence of the Kapurthala Deputy Commissioner.

Apart from this, this correspondent found some potholes near Capital Bank and in front of the bus stand, located in the central part of the city. The potholes were from five to eight feet wide and nearly from six inches to one foot deep.

A shopkeeper, Mr Malkiat Singh, said a huge amount of commission had been taken from contractors while preparing and repairing road. A proper inquiry should be done why potholes had been developed on the road within a few months of its construction, he demanded.

A passerby, Mr Ravi Khanna, said the potholes created inconvenience to drivers as it became difficult for them to balance the speedy vehicle in the pits. Some of the two-wheeler owners had fallen in these pits, he added.

Mr Malkiat Singh and Mr Khanna said the situation became bad to worse during rain as water accumulated in these pits making it more difficult for the people to cross the road. Water sprayed on the clothes of passersby, they added.

When contacted, Mr Tehal Singh, SDO, PWD, admitted that potholes had been developed at some places of the road. At the same time, he attributed such pits to heavy rainfall in the recent past.

The SDO said the patchwork on the potholes had already been started and all pits would be repaired accordingly.



Hoardings threat to motorists
Anil Jerath

Tribune News Service

As many as six huge hoardings erected by some religious bodies on Gol Chowk on the Jalandhar-Ludhiana national highway in Phagwara has people up in arms as these pose an accident threat.

The hoardings with photographs of some politicians and religious bodies for announcing the holding of an all-religion congregation were erected some 15 days ago. Residents of surrounding areas told Jalandhar Plus that the hoardings had been erected on the only roundabout in Phagwara itself with blocking the view for the traffic coming from different directions.

According to a traffic police official, the erecting of hoardings on the roundabout or roads should be banned. In most of the cases, such hoardings were erected a day or two ahead of the programme, but the supporters of these religious bodies, he said, had done it a fortnight in advance in this case.

He said the hoardings had been put up in clear violation of high court orders. The possibility of accident increases during the night when drivers tend to drive along the roundabout, he added.

As the pillars of the hoardings do not have any reflectors, these are not clearly visible from distance during the night, thus a potential cause for accidents.

The official said the hoardings had been erected on one of the busiest roads. If the religious bodies wanted to do something good, its supporters should not do anything that would inconvenience others, he argued.

He regretted that the highway patrol officials had not taken any note of the hoardings. Similar was the case with officials of the Phagwara Nagar Council, which has a separate anti-encroachment wing.



DC goes nostalgic
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Students of Sainik School, Kapurthala, were honoured during its 45th annual day function held on Tuesday. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Raminder Singh, gave away prizes to cadets who stood first, second and third in various activities. He also gave away various scholarships and prizes, including the prize for the prestigious Cock House, which happened to be Tilak House.

While PWD and Education Minister Partap Singh Bajwa was supposed to attend the function as chief guest but could not come because of his other engagements. In his absence, Mr Raminder Singh attended the function as chief guest, whereas the guest of honour was Col K.J. Singh, a former student of the school.

A large number of parents and former students of the school witnessed the celebrations.

The Principal, Col A.K. Tyagi, welcomed the chief guest and gave the school brief. He apprised the chief guest and the parents of the various activities of the school and informed about the various activities and achievements of the school.

The celebrations began with the shabads — “Deh Shiva var moh ihe”. Other items included English Play “Uncle Hira Singh hangs a picture”, Punjabi play “Paraya Hak”, English song “I have a dream”, Hindi skit “Sorry, no corruption”, group song “Mat baanto insaan ko”, ghazal and folk songs. The function ended with bhangra.

The chief guest inspired the cadets to excel in life, let it be any field. He shared with the audience his childhood desire to study in this school but that dream could not be fulfilled due to certain reasons. He was happy to be in the school where he once wanted to study. He also apprised the audience of the Sharad Utsav, a classical music festival, to be held on the school premises.

The function concluded with National Anthem.

Also present on the occasion were many distinguished “Saikapians”, including Maj Jagmohan Nagpal and Col K.J. Singh.



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