Dug-up road, problems galore
Residents suffer as MC fails to wake up 
Parwinder Blaggan
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 3
More than three months have passed since officials of the municipal corporation dug up a large stretch of road in Mota Singh Nagar here for construction of a drain, but the road has not been relaid, much to the inconvenience of the residents and shopkeepers.

Owing to the lackadaisical attitude of the MC officials, who appeared to have turned a blind eye to the problem, area residents and shopkeepers see no end to their miseries. Instead of relaying the road following construction of the drain, the corporation merely threw some stones and mud to construct a makeshift road.

The corporation has not even levelled the makeshift road with the result that vehicles, especially two-wheelers, often lose balance and trip down.

Now with the onset of rains, the problem has become worse. Even the slightest of shower makes the road unapproachable and impossible to walk on.

Talking to The Tribune, Vipin, a shopkeeper, said ever since the makeshift road came up his business had suffered loss. “A customer would not like to come to a shop the approach of which is filled with mud and slush,”  he says.

“Not only have we lost a number of customers but even the new ones prefer to go to some other market which has a better approach and proper roads,” said Satnam, another shopkeeper.

Neelam Chabra, an area resident, said: “We bought a new car and the very next day we had a flat tyre due to the sharpedged stones laid on the road.

When contacted, municipal commissioner C.S. Talwar said he was aware of the problem. Stating the reason for the delay in re-carpeting the road as shortage of funds, Talwar said the previous government had created a liability of Rs 22 crore due which many contractors had stopped their work.

“We are persuading the contractors to finish their pending works,” said Talwar, adding that the road would be relaid within two weeks. 



Killer stretch: Here cattle are the biggest threat
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 3
It’s surely a killer stretch. According to estimates, the half-a-km road between Transport Nagar and Bhagat Singh Colony Chowk on Delhi-Amritsar national highway 1, claims nearly 5 lives every month. And in most of the cases, it’s the stray cattle which cause fatal collisions.

Despite the area being mishap-prone, the authorities have failed to take any concrete measures. A visit to the place revealed 50-odd stray cattle near the road. While a few were seen crossing over to the other side, an odd one was sitting right in the middle of the road. “It’s an open invitation to death. The cattle gather here because of temporary stalls put up by vegetable and fruit vendors on both sides of the NH near the focal point,” says Bhagat Singh Colony resident Hiten Sharda.

“The administration is well aware of the menace, but has falied to initiate steps to curb it, says Sushil Gupta, resident of Transport Nagar. Sharda says there is need to widen the dividers on the two sides. “It will give ample space to drivers who have to wait for a green light to cross the road.” Besides, removing rehriwalas and stray cattle from the highway, there’s need to build foot overbridges (FOBs) at Transport Nagar and focal point chowks, suggest the duo. It will especially benefit the cyclists and pedestrians, who are most vulnerable to mishaps, they add. SP traffic Rakesh Kaushal says it’s the duty of municipal corporation to remove rehriwalas and stray cattle from the roads. District police has already brought the matter to the notice of MC officials in a special meeting held at Police Lines on Friday.

The meeting, among others attended by IG Jalandhar Zone Sanjiv Kalra, SSP Arpit Shukla, himself and MC Commissioner CS Talwar. A CD, highlighting the problem and what can be done to overcome it, was also shown in the meeting.

MC commissioner CS Talwar said a special campaign has been launched to catch stray cattle from different parts of the city and dispatch them to a `gaushala’. 



Overtake heavy vehicles carefully

When placed behind a large vehicle/lorry, drop back so that you can see and plan ahead. Large vehicles blocking your view can be potentially dangerous. If you plan to overtake a large vehicle, make sure you have sufficient space to complete the manoeuvre considering its length. Don’t take risk. When in doubt, chicken out!!

If a vehicle in front starts to overtake a large vehicle, don’t assume that you can follow it. If the vehicle ahead faces a problem while overtaking, he may need to drop back. A large vehicle also needs a lot of space to turn, so be prepared to stop and give it room if the situation so requires.

Safe driving buses

Be particularly careful when passing a parked school-bus or an ice-cream van, as children may run out from behind it. Look out for people getting on/off buses and coaches.


Think before you park. Remember that poor parking can create traffic jams, endanger or inconvenience pedestrians and other road users.

Do not park

* At or near a bus stop or in a taxi stand

* Immediately before or after a turning

* Blocking the entrance to a property

* Opposite or near a school entrance

* On approach to a level crossing

* Within 50 ft of a road junction

*Over a pedestrian crossing marked by white lines

* On a road marked by double yellow or white lines

* When disembarking always get off from the side away from the traffic. Before opening the door, look around and ensure that it will not hit anyone passing on the road or cause a vehicle to slow down or swerve. Before leaving the vehicle ensure that the handbrake is on firmly and always lock your vehicle.

‘Think before you park’

Courtesy: Safe Driving, compiled by Cdr Swarup J. Sarma



Aye Ganpat, chal chai leke aa
Parwinder Blaggan
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 3
They are present everywhere, so terming them as an indispensable part of any workplace would not be wrong. They are our very own “chaiwalas”.

Not only the “chaiwala” is the most sought-after person at any workplace but also the very thought of his absence, even for a day, disturbs those who are hooked to tea to the extent that they think their performance depends on it.

Perfectionist is the term which can be associated with these people as they know the right blend of tea leaves, milk and sugar to match the taste buds of one and all.

Hriday Ram, who has been serving tea at the All India Radio station for the past 16 years, is one such person. Known as “Hriday Bhaiya”, the guy serves around 175 to 200 cups of tea a day. Even though the radio station is closed on weekends, Hriday makes a point to come and make tea for the persons working there.

“I learnt tea-making from my wife. In fact, she used to teach me the point till which the tea leaves are boiled and the right mix of sugar and milk,” said Hriday, who sells tea at Rs 2.50 a cup.

However, at times the tea-maker has to face loss because of those who don’t give him money on the spot.

Talking to The Tribune, Lachu, a tea-maker outside the district courts, said though being a “chaiwala” makes one important, yet it demands a lot of hard work.

“Keeping a track of the number of tea cups being consumed by every single person, the type of tea he prefers, making sure the amount of received, taking orders and delivering the tea at the doorstep require a lot of energy,” said Lachu who also sells his tea at Rs 2.50 per cup.

“However, to rickshaw-pullers and labourers I sell tea at Rs 1.50 per cup,” said Lachu who sells around 300 cups a day.

Not only these “chaiwalas” have their territories marked, they have also gone a little techno-savvy. Now instead of going to them for the tea or sending the office peons, one can call them on their mobile phones and place the order.

One such techno-savvy mobile “chaiwala” is Ram Jas, who serves tea outside the PUDA office.

“I cater to nearly six offices apart from the walk-in customers. I make around 1,000 cups of tea everyday. People often call me on my mobile to place their order. This has made me more popular as it saves time of the customers,” said Ram Jas.



Phagwara residents can breathe easy
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, July 3
Pumping in of funds by the government to revamp sanitation system of the township has come as a welcome respite for the residents. Recent announcement of sanction of Rs 2 crore by the social security and technical education minister Ch Swarana Ram will be spent on improving sewage system of Phagwara. The grant is first instalment of Rs 8.25 crore package announced by the CM Prakash Singh Badal for the project.

Relaunching this sewerage scheme in the Dana Mandi area on Saturday the minister claimed that residents of Baba Gadhia, Prof Colony, Banga Road, Patel Nagar, Prempura, Friends Colony, Shivpuri, Kirpa Nagar and Dosanjh road areas would benefit from the project after work on laying of new sewerage lines is completed in one year.

The minister said the much-awaited sewerage treatment plant on Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road near Palahai village will begin functioning by the end of August. 



From flying high to delving deep inside, he has done all
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 3
Though India attained political independence during its first freedom struggle, yet it requires another struggle to attain economic, social and moral freedom, feels Swami Sachidananda Bharathi, who is in the city under the programme Desh Vandana-2007.

Born in a Syrian Catholic family his original name was N.V. John. He started his career as a pilot in the Indian Air Force (IAF) and got married to an Indian revenue services officer. Life was good for him till he had a near brush with death in 1982. The air crash was a turning point in his life. It led to a series of spiritual and mystical changes, which triggered a quest for truth. John, who was then a squadron leader resigned from his job and adopted “sanyasa”. It was then he realised that spirituality holds answers to many of his questions.

Starting his mission during the golden jubilee of Indian independence from Hyderabad, he named it National Regeneration Movement (NRM). Calling NRM as second freedom struggle for India, he said: “My aim is to establish ‘Bharatiya dharma rajya’, a combination of fundamental rights and duties. People are alert about their rights but they easily skip their duties. The reluctant behaviour adopted by them hampers development of India.”

Bharathi, who is also behind the vision of citizens’ campaign for a corruption-free India, said: “Corruption is the only thing where India can be seen united, otherwise people are divided either on the basis of caste or state.”

As an effort to strengthen his ideas, he started a programme “skip a meal a week and feed a hungry child”. The theme behind it is to emotionally unite Indians so that feeling of unity is inculcated among common people.

Elaborating about his mission, he told his mission was not a religious one.

Its aim was to inculcate the feeling of patriotism and brotherhood among Indians so that people shed their ego-centric attitude and become committed to their motherland.

Asking for a helping hand from the public, he said: “I represent courageous people who want to bring change and this change cannot be brought by me alone. So let every one of us play our part.”



Army motorcycle expedition flagged off
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 3
The Indian Military Academy (IMA) has carried out a motorcycle expedition from Dehra Dun to the Siachen base camp to commemorate its platinum jubilee.

The rally reached Jalandhar cantonement as part of its route before reaching Siachen.

General Officer Commanding (GOC) Vajra Corps Lieut-Gen Noble Thamburaj flagged off the motorcycle expedition of the IMA from Jalandhar cantonment on Monday.

The flag-off ceremony was attended by a large number of officers, JCOs and jawans of Vajra Corps.

The expedition team consists of four officers and 20 gentlemen cadets of the IMA.

The expedition was initially flagged off from Dehra Dun on June 12.

The aim of the expedition is to inculcate the spirit of adventure and team spirit among the cadets. An approximate distance of 2000 kilometer will be covered by the expedition team to reach the Siachen base camp.

On its way, the team will pass through the mountainous route of Bilaspur, Manali, Karu and Partapur before reaching Siachen The team is likely to cover the entire route in three weeks.



Young World 
DAV starts session with ‘yajna’
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 3
The new academic session of DAV College commenced on Monday with performance of ‘havan’ and ‘yajna’ on the college campus. Principals of the local educational institutions, members of the local DAV management committee and teaching and non-teaching staff took part in the function. Principal Satish Kumar Sharma hoped that the college would progress with the blessings of God and with hard work put in by the staff and students.

New HoD takes over

Rajni Verma has taken over as head of the department of laws at Guru Nanak Dev University College based at Basti Nau here.

Students and teaching and non-teaching staff of the department welcomed her on assuming the new position.

Verma has served the university for over 20 years. She has done her doctorate on the comparative study of law maintenance, apart from participating in a number of national and international conferences and seminars. She has also presented and published a number of research papers. Addressing students, Verma said her endeavour would be to make her students better citizens through the medium of practical training in law.

Counselling cell

Lovely Professinal University (LPU) has made elaborate arrangements for the convenience of the students in making right choices about their career by setting up a special counselling cell. Counselling cell officials would work all week and attend to queries of the students in respect to the career they aspired to follow. “A team of 50 counsellors has been deployed. A telephone helpline (9876198762) has been set up for outstationed students.”



NASA visit leaves city students enriched
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 3
A five-member junior team from Apeejay School, which had been declared winners of the Space Settlement Design Competition organised by NASA last month, has just returned after its visit to the space centre.

The winners of the project, titled “Babel”, class IX students of the school Aaina Dhingra, Abhisaar Sharma, Bhavya Gupta, Karan Jain and Sanyam Mehra, were invited to the NASA space centre. The students, accompanied by their principal Ranjana Sud, reached California on June 16.

The team members said they were awestruck by the gigantic structure of its premises. Inside the centre, they said, they were given knowledge on experiments conducted in the space, including hydroponic modules, study of aerodynamics and structure of space shuttles. They also got an opportunity to interact with scientists there.



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