Tall Neglect
65 city buildings not safe
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 23
The municipal corporation seems to have adopted a very laidback attitude on carrying out demolitions of the old, unsafe buildings in the city which can collapse any time, causing loss of lives and property.

In a reply to an RTI application, recently filed by Om Parkash Bhatia, a resident, the corporation engineer-II has admitted in his report that even as there are 65 unsafe buildings in the city, only one of them has been demolished so far. Of these, 23 are so dangerous that they have either tilted or some portion of them has already fallen. The rest are said to be relatively safe, with a few cracks and are repairable, the report states.

For seven of these 23 buildings, a notice has been issued and a court case is already on as a result of which the MC officials cannot raze them down. The remaining 16 buildings which have to be demolished stand as it is, posing serious risk to the buildings in the vicinity. The owners of three of these 16 buildings are not known to the MC officials, the reply states.

The only demolished building is in the Mohalla Purian area. The unsafe buildings are mostly located in old city areas, including Thapran Mohalla, Mitha Bazaar, Malkan Bazaar, Mai Hiran Gate, Mohalla Kahlowali, Saidan Chowk, Rasta Mohalla, Panj Peer Bazaar, Bohr Wala Chowk and Dhan Mohalla.

Interestingly, the MC officials have admitted that there are no confirmatory technical tests which can decide the safety of the building. The corporation engineer-II in his reply said, “It is by visual inspection and experience that a building can be declared safe or unsafe. However, there are some tests, called non-destructive tests, which are not locally available and are very costly.

These tests simply give an idea regarding the safety of the building and also do not hold any legal value either.”

On the status of a 100-year-old dilapidated double-storey building owned by Bhatia at Adda Hoshiarpur, the officials said there are minor cracks in the building and that are repairable. They have further stated, “The tenants have given it in writing that in case of any loss caused to any person or damage to any adjoining building on account of their building, they will personally 
be responsible.”



Designer ‘diyas’ for dazzling Divali
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 23
With the festival of lights approaching, the local artists have started thronging city markets with their designer candles and “diyas” prepared at their homes.

A display of such work was seen at the annual Apex exhibition organised at Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall that concluded here on Monday. The exhibition consisted of stalls put up by city-based girls and women presenting their creations. Ranging from colourful wax candles, the exhibition included gel candles in glasses, floating candles, plastic candles and wrapped “diyas” available in various shapes and sizes. The items were able to catch the fancy of city residents wishing to light their houses differently on this Divali.

The aromatic candles with colourful chip designs and impregnations with flowers, embellished with “sippis” and ribbons, found many buyers. Small flower-shaped candles and huge colourful blocks with wishes inscribed on them also won the attraction. Similarly, earthen “diyas” were available in different colours decorated with glitters.

Keeping festive season in mind, some stalls presented candles and “diyas” in packed forms to be used as gifts on the festival. Available in sets of one, four, six, 10 or 12 pieces, most of these items had decorated transparent packing.

Three friends - Shilpi, Aman and Sunaina - started with the occupation at their homes in Maqsudan after completing their graduation. “We just completed our graduation when we sat together and started making candles, photoframes, hand-painted tiles, towels, pots, T-shirts, kurtis and suits. We found buyers among our own friends and neighbourhood. This encouraged us and we went on,” they explained.

“This is our first exhibition and we have received a good response. We were able to make new contacts. Besides, we had an idea of items demanded, which is going to help us in the long run,” Shilpi pointed out.

Neeraj Gupta and Suman Gupta from Sham Creations too had come up with their creative candles and “diyas”. They had “torans” for decoration of entrances to houses, designer gift boxes, jewellery boxes, designer bags for keeping bridal dresses and formal men wear.



Tomb of Kapurthala gharana’s founder in a shambles
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, October 23
While the Kapurthala Heritage Trust, in association with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), last week organised the three-day heritage festival here, the tomb of Mir Nasir Ahmed, a descendent of legendary Mian Tansen, is lying in a dilapidated state.

The tomb of the great musician has dense wild growth all around with stray animals grazing in its compound. Situated on Pir Choudhary Marg, near the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road, the tomb has no sign of floor in its building.

Mir Nasir Ahmed had a great contribution to the classical music by way of founding Kapurthala gharana. He and his son Mir Rehmat Ali too contributed to the rababi-beenkar tradition of Kapurthala.

Mir Nasir’s was sent to exile by the Mughal court but was rescued by Kapurthala’s Kanwar Bikram Singh. He brought Nasir to Kapurthala where Nasir spent rest of his life.

Kapurthala DC J.M. Balamurugan said, “Mir Nasir’s tomb is an important historic building of the princely state of Kapurthala. The building is being technically assessed now and after assessment, restoration works would be started,” he added. Interestingly, The Tribune did a similar news-story last year, then DC Raminder Singh admitted that the building could not be repaired and renovated due to lack of funds. The DC said, “The money for its renovation would be released by the government.”

However, INTACH was looking after the tomb’s restoration work separately. It had already sent a team to make an assessment for its renovation. The process was already on and hopefully it would be completed soon, he had added.



Nuke deal: Black protest by comrades
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 23
On a call of the Punjab unit of the Communist Party Marxist (CPM) against scrapping of the Indo-US nuclear deal, hundreds of comrades held a massive demonstration at Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall here today.

Members of the party wore black gowns with slogans against the alliance printed on them. The demonstrators included a good percentage of women wearing black dupattas to express their protest.

Starting from the hall, the workers marched to the statues of freedom fighters Pandit Kishori Lal and Bhagat Singh. They even went past the main bazaars and the march culminated at the railway station.

The members were earlier addressed at the hall by Mangat Ram Pasla, secretary, who criticised the government for its “day-by-day surrender before the imperialist marauders.” He gave a call to the Left forces to unite for the cause.



Young World
Social evils worry students

Jalandhar, October 23
A talent hunt was organised at the MGN College of Education. Social issues, including drug addiction, dowry system and degrading social values, were reflected through various literary and cultural activities. In poetical recitation, Jaspreet won the first prize, while Priyanka was declared first in declamation. Sonali was selected as the best singer while Aminder was adjudged the best actor. Gunveen won the prize in dance contest.

On cloud nine

Students from the Lovely Institute of Pharmacy have bagged the top four ranks in the BSc MLT (fourth semester) examination, the results of which have been declared by Punjab Technical University. Deepika Arora has stood first in the university securing 87.7 per cent. She is followed by Arun Singh and Kamna Sharma at second and third positions, who have scored 87 per cent and 82.5 per cent, respectively. Kavita Verma, also of Lovely Institutes, has scored 80.3 per cent and came fourth.

PCS training cell

Lovely Professional University (LPU) has started a dedicated training cell for PCS (judicial services) aspirants on its campus. The training cell at LPU is being headed by Dr G.S Bajwa, who has served as the director at Punjabi University, Patiala. Explaining the course, Dr Bajwa said it would be divided into two sessions - one for course enrichment and the other for question hour. The resource person, Dr Gurpal Singh, former dean and HoD, law department, Punjabi University, briefed the students about the CrPC and IPC. — TNS



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