Last-Minute Arrangements
MC tells a patchy road story as city gears up for Sodal Sunday
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 11
With the famous Sodal mela all set to begin on Sunday, the Kishanpura-Doaba Chowk road on Thursday was marked with utter chaos as the municipal corporation (MC) carried out repairs on the dilapidated road.

Thousands of citizens, especially car owners and bus commuters, suffered a lot as two ropes were tied with four electric poles near Kamal Hospital and the Doaba College playground between Kishanpura and Doaba Chowk to stop traffic on the busy road due to ongoing work.

Mohit of Shiv Nagar, who was stuck in the traffic jam while he was going from Doaba Chowk towards Domoria Bridge with his family in his car, told The Tribune that instead of tying the ropes midway, some traffic policemen should have been deputed at the Doaba and Kishanpura chowks to regulate the traffic.

When asked why the MC had not taken the help of traffic police in regulating the traffic, MC commissioner Vinay Bublani said the inconvenience caused to the public was unavoidable as, with just a few days left for the Sodal mela, the repair work was being done in a haste.

Interestingly, while either repair work is being done or some stretches of roads around the Sodal Mandir are being reconstructed, a .5-km stretch of the Gujja Peer Road from the JMP factory to the Sarb Mulitiplex lies utterly neglected as no repair work is being done on this dilapidated road.

A property dealer, Kanhaiya Sharma, who runs his shop on Gujja Peer Road, said no repair work had been done on this road around Sodal mela earlier too.

Thousands of devotees from several colonies like Kailash Nagar, Shashi Nagar, Aman Nagar, Bhagat Singh Colony, Kalia Colony and several villages, including Bulandpur, pass through Gujja Peer Road to pay obeisance at the Sodal Mandir.

Bublani said he would get this road repaired after taking up the matter on Friday morning.

The MC commissioner further said several water tankers would be made available for potable water to devotees and for the societies organising langars. Garbage is being lifted from all the areas around the Sodal Mandir and sewage is being cleaned, he added.

When contacted, SDM-I Bhupinder Singh said four medical teams would be available round the clock for the devotees during the mela. Besides, temporary urinals would also be set up at different places for the convenience of the devotees, he added.

Similarly, SP (city-I) S.K. Kalia said despite deploying security personnel in uniform and in civil clothes, hidden cameras would be installed at different places in and around the temple to keep an eye on anti-social elements, especially pick-pockets and eve-teasers.

Police personnel would also be called from neighbouring districts in view of the mela, he added.

The police personnel, including lady cops and mounted police personnel, would be deployed in three shifts of eight hours each. An SP and three DSPs would remain present during each shift.



Preet Nagar Project
Rainwater drainage plant ‘fails’ to do its job
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 11
An amount of Rs 5,45,869 spent by the municipal corporation for the installation of a disposal plant in Preet Nagar on Sodal Road seems to have virtually gone down the drain.

Bogged down by the problem of frequent clogging of the roads due to rainwater, a resident had filed an application seeking reasons for MC’s failure to show up desired results but to no avail. The corporation engineer (O&M) in his reply has said, “The plant is working satisfactorily and it has given relief to the public by draining out water in five to six hours.”

But the applicant, Dr Rakesh Madaan, who has his clinic in Preet Nagar, and other residents, showing some photographs they have clicked in the season, question, “Where is the relief? The water remains standing for over 24 hours even still. It goes on even longer at times if it continues to rain. Water enters our houses and shops. We get stuck up wherever we are. Even if the water remains standing for six hours despite the installation of a pump (as per the MC official’s version), can we call it any relief?”

The MC engineer has added a clause to his statement, “The disposal plant is operational only when the water level of the main sewer in front of Sodal Mandir falls down.” The residents claim that this indicates some technical fault with the system.

But the officials in their RTI reply contradict saying, “Preet Nagar is a low-lying area into which rainwater from Doaba Chowk, Sodal Road, Gujan Peer and Ramco Road gets collected.” Suggesting a long-term solution by putting up storm-water sewer system, they said, “Depending on the availability of the funds, the work will be got done by the Punjab Water Supply and Sewage Board, which is preparing a master plan for the same”.



Cancellation, diversion of trains
Passengers suffer as rly makes no alternative arrangements
Dharmendra Joshi/TNS

Jalandhar, September 11
Passengers are suffering a lot as the railway authorities have made no alternative arrangements for them against temporary cancellation, diversion and change in originating and destination stations of several trains from September 5 to 16.

Actually as many as 114 trains, some of them passing through Jalandhar, including the Shatabdi, Swarna Shatabdi, Amritsar-New Delhi Superfast, Shalimar Express, Jalandhar-New Delhi Superfast and Shan-e-Punjab trains are bearing the effect of remodelling work at New Delhi railway station for enhancing its train operations facilities.

Instead of terminating at New Delhi railway station, some of these trains are terminating at Sarai Rohilla station. The Northern Railway had made no arrangement of buses for taking them to New Delhi railway station.When contacted, senior divisional commercial manager of Ferozepore division Dharmendra Kumar said Sarai Rohilla station fell under the jurisdiction of the Delhi division. Justifying the decision of the Delhi division of not making alternative arrangement of buses, he said Sarai Rohilla station was itself in Delhi, probably that was why no arrangement of buses was made. Further the fare was the same for New Delhi or Sarai Rohilla stations, he added.

When this correspondent visited Jalandhar railway station, he found no board displaying information about the cancelled or diverted trains. However, the passengers were provided information at inquiry counters.

An employee of the cooperative bank near Namdev Chowk here, Parshotam Singh, who commutes from Amritsar to Jalandhar daily by train, said that the authorities should display information about cancelled and diverted trains for their convenience.



PSEB back to power cut business
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 11
The joy of the people on receiving uninterrupted power supply proved to be shortlived as the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) resorted to unscheduled power cuts again.

Both rural and urban PSEB consumers in Punjab had to face as much as five-hour-long power cut on Thursday due to huge gap of 250 lakh units (LU) in availability and demand of power in the state.

The gap between the availability and demand of power widened on Thursday as power was cut for three and a half hour on Wednesday.

Adviser to PSEB chief engineer (system operations) K.S. Jolly attributed the gap between the availability and demand of power to increase in demand due to scorching heat and reduction in generation of “run of water” hydroelectric power plants in Himachal Pradesh.

The discharge of water has been reduced in Nathpa Jhakri, Shannan and Shalal hydro plants as water has frozen due to snowfall in high reaches of Himachal Pradesh, he added.

Elaborating his point, Jolly said power generation at Nathpa Jhakri hyrdo plant alone was reduced to just 1200 MW from 1550 daily.

Punjab got as much as 65 LU less power from these hydro plants from September 6 to 11. To a query, Jolly said normal power supply would be resumed as soon as the gap between the availability and demand narrowed.

At the same time, he said the availability of power was likely to be increased as the fourth unit of Lehra Mohabbat Thermal Power Plant was likely to start on September 20.



PSEB SDO caught taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, September 11
The Vigilance Bureau nabbed PSEB SDO Manohar Lal on the charge of taking a bribe of Rs 4,000 from Sukhwinder Pal Singh of Shekupur Nasirbad.

Stating this, Hoshiarpur VB DSP Daljit Singh told mediapersons that the SDO threatened to fine Sukhwinder Pal as the power load was reportedly found to be more than the sanctioned one at his welding shop at Narur village during a raid.

On request, the SDO called Sukhwinder to his office and asked him to given him Rs 5,000 and the deal was struck at Rs 4,000.

Meanwhile, Sukhwinder approached Jalandhar VB SSP S.S. Mand who deputed Hoshiarpur DSP to conduct a raid to nab the SDO red-handed while taking bribe. An FIR under relevant sections has been registered against him at VB thana in Jalandhar.



Young World
Talent hunt at Govt Arts and Sports College 
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 11
The Government Arts and Sports College, Jalandhar, organised a talent hunt contest on September 4 and 5. On the first day, the students participated in paper reading, poem recitation and fancy dress competitions. The second day saw the students presenting cultural programme, including solo dance, group dance, giddha and bhangra.

Creativity competition

Students of State Public School, Jalandhar Cantonment, participated in an inter-house creativity competition on September 10.

Apeejay topper

Hansika of bachelor of fine arts (BFA-I) of the Apeejay College of Fine Arts stood first in Guru Nanak Dev University by scoring 664 marks out of 800.

Academic excellence

Shruti and Kannika, both students of BCom (professional-III) of KMV College, brought laurels to their institutions by clearing the foundation course for company secretary.

Chart presentation

The Economics Association of Prem Chand Markanda SD College for Women organised a “chart presentation in economics” on September 9 in which current topics on the Indian economy were discussed. Similarly, the S. Ramanujan Society of Mathematics also organised a “chart presentation in mathematics”.


Kendriya Vidyalaya-2, RCF, Hussainpur (Kapurthala), celebrated Teachers’ Day on the school premises. Chairman (VMC) and CPO, RCF, Dr N.C. Meshram, was the chief guest. Swami Bharatiji and his Gayatri Mantra team from Shanti Kunj (Hardwar) taught moral values and basic yoga exercises to students. The message from the President of India was read out to the students. Meshram honoured all the teachers on the occasion. He stressed on value-based education to make children responsible citizens. Students presented a cultural programme.

Seminar held

The IT forum of the Apeejay College of Fine Arts organised a seminar on “Java innovations and oppurtunities” on September 9. The seminar was delivered by Abhishek Mohanty, global speaker with Sun Microsystem. Later, a quiz contest was also held.

Drawing contest

JCI Jalandhar city held an on-the-spot colouring contest on September 9 at Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall. As many as 2,500 students from various schools participated in the competition.

Declamation contest

JCI Jalandhar city organised an inter-college declamation contest at KMV College here on Thursday. As many as 12 city-based colleges participated in the event. Students presented their views on different current topics. Similarly, hair styling, saree and mehndi competitions were also organised at the Cleopatra beauty salon by JCI Jalandhar (Girls).

Student honoured

The Lyallpur Khalsa College authorities on Wednesday honoured Deepika, a student of MSc (maths-II), who bagged the first position by scoring 773 marks out of 1,000 in the annual examination of Guru Nanak Dev University.

Essay writing

The Kamla Nehru Junior College for Women, Phagwara, organised an inter-house essay writing competition on September 10 in which the students wrote on topics like dowry, importance of computer in elementary education and much more.



Crime File
65-yr-old man crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 11
A 65-year-old lunatic man was crushed to death under a multi-axle vehicle on the Kapurthala bypass in Nakodar this morning.

According to the police, a resident of Indira Colony in Nakodar, Palli, was crossing the road when the vehicle crushed him to death. Being lunatic, Palli had been roaming in and around Nakodar township for the past couple of years.

The police has arrested the driver of the vehicle besides impounding the vehicle. The body has been sent to the civil hospital for post-mortem examination. A case has been registered.

5 hurt in clashes

Five persons, including two women, were injured in separate clashes in the city in the past 24 hours.

In a clash between two tenants in Preet Nagar on the Ladowali road, three persons - Kalpna Devi, her husband Rajesh Kumar and Amandeep - had a scuffle over use of common bathroom. In another incident, Ranjit and his mother were thrashed by their neighbours in the Bhoor Mandi area here today. The neighbourers entered into the brawl over a petty issue.

All injured have been admitted to the local civil hospital.

2 POs arrested

The district police claims to have arrested two proclaimed offenders (POs) from their house in Mangu Basti and Dharampur Colony.

According to the police, Vinod Kumar, a resident of Mangu Basti, was declared PO by the court. He was booked by the police in a case of theft in 2005. Hans Raj of Dharampur colony was wanted in a criminal case registered against him in 2005.



Biz Buzz
PKF announces 10 pc dividend

Jalandhar, September 11
Punjab and Kashmir Finance Limited has declared 10 per cent dividend to its shareholders, as the group’s turnover has crossed Rs 178 crore in the previous fiscal year, with a profit of more than Rs 4 crore. “The group’s turnover has crossed Rs 178 crore and its net-owned funds have grown to Rs 22.8 crore as on March, 2008,” PKF managing director Alok Sondhi said while announcing the dividend at the annual general meeting of the company here. Sondhi revealed that Rs 94 lakh was being paid as dividend for the year 2007-08. “The company’s operations are spread in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi,” joint managing director Vivek Sondhi said. — PTI

HDFC Bank branch

Jalandhar: HDFC Bank inaugurated its branch in Begowal, an NRI-dominated area and it was inaugurated by former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur. “This is the first branch in the city and 128th in Punjab. It will offer its customers banking services ranging from basic services such as savings account, fixed deposits, current account, mutual funds, lockers, NRI services, etc., country head of branch banking Demat Navin Puri said, adding that it would also offer services like ATM, phone banking, net banking and international credit and debit cards. — PTI

Internet portal

Internet portal, www.click2insure <http://www.click2insure>, which announced a free terrorism cover in the aftermath of serial blasts in Jaipur, Bangalore and Ahmedabad, has already covered 16,000 applicants under the policy.

The policy, which is being provided in association with general public sector insurer, New India Assurance Company, is open for anyone above 25 years. One just needs to log on to the site and fill in the basic information required and the policy is delivered to the applicant’s mail box. The policy is on first-come-first-serve basis and for the first one lakh Indian applicants only.

The venture is an internet retail venture of Optima Insurance Brokers Pvt Ltd, a Delhi-based insurance broking company. The site offers insurance in five segments - travel, home, health, auto and term life, Optima Insurance Brokers CEO Rahul Aggarwal said. — TNS



District-level sports tourney concludes 
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 11
The district-level rural tournament for boys and girls (u-16) and panchayat tournament of Jalandhar concluded at Government Arts and Sports College here on Wednesday.

As many as 2,500 players from rural areas participated in the tournament which was held from September 8 to 10. Chief guest, deputy commissioner A.S. Pannu gave away prizes to the winners.

He directed the district sports officer to earmark those schools of the district which had the facility of playgrounds and PTI teachers. He assured the players that compulsory sports activity would be carried out in all such schools.

Results (girls): Athletics - Jalandhar-West (1), Khyala (2), Bhogpur (3); kho-kho - Adampur (1), Kartarpur (2), Noormahal (3); kabaddi - Shahkot (1), Bhogpur (2), Nakodar (3); archery - DAV Phillaur (1), Mansoor (2), Athaula (3); and volleyball - Khehra Majha (1), Kukar Pind (2), Mulewal Khehra (3).

Results (boys): Hockey - Jalandhar-East (1), Nakodar (2), Phillaur (3); athletics - Khehra Majha (1), Khyala (2), Lohian (3); football - Dhadda (1), Rurka Kalan (2), Hazara (3); kho-kho - Jalandhar-East (1), Adampur (2), Phillaur (3); wrestling - Jalandhar-East (1), Adampur (2), Phillaur (3); kabaddi - Nakodar (1), Lohian (2), Rurka Kalan (3); archery - Athaula (1), Mansurpur (2), Kadole Kalan (3); volleyball - Khehra Majha (1), Bhandal Noormahal (2), Kukar Pind (3); tug-of-war - Shahkot (1), Noormahal (2), Lohian Khas (3); and weightlifting - Khojewal (1), Nakodar (2), Shahkot (3).

Results: Panchayat tournament (men): hockey - Nakodar (1), Rurka Kalan (2), Jalandhar-East (3); athletics - Jalandhar-East (1), Bhogpur (2), Lohian (3); football - Rurka Kalan (1), Nangal Salala (2), Dhadda (3); kabaddi - Nakodar (1), Noormahal (2), Jalandhar-East (3); and volleyball - Saidowal (1), Khehra Majha (2), Kapoor Pind (3).



CACP report: Kisan union criticises govt

Jalandhar, September 11
The Kirti Kisan Union, Punjab, has criticised the UPA government and the Punjab government for not considering the recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) report regarding paddy prices.

Union members flayed the government at a meeting chaired by All-India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha president Hardev Singh Sandhu here today. The union members said the governments had an adopted anti-farmers attitude by not considering the recommendations of its own commission. The union said the waving off farmers’ loans by the UPA government was just an eyewash, claimed union’s state president Nirbhai Singh Dhudi Ke.

The union has been demanding new agriculture policy for the benefits of farmers of small-land holdings. Loans of small-time farmers be waved off completely besides providing them fresh loans at 4 per cent interest rate, submersible pumps, centres for providing agricultural tools at village level at no-profit and no-loss basis and government job to one members of a family.

The union has also demanded that no government land or agriculture land of farmers be used for the construction of Adarsh schools as certain multinational companies were the main beneficiaries of the scheme. The union has demanded immediate repair of village link roads instead of imposing toll tax on the highways.

The union members also threatened to launch a statewide protest by demonstrating at subdivision level from October 7 if their demands were not fulfilled.



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