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No respite from traffic chaos
Residents bugged as civic body fails to solve congestion problem
Umesh Dewan
Tribune News Service

In the absence of parking lots, traffic jams are a common sight in Patiala.
In the absence of parking lots, traffic jams are a common sight in Patiala. A tribune photograph

Patiala, May 20
Municipal Corporation’s failure to find a solution of the traffic problem in the city is likely to be one of the main issues dominating the forthcoming civic elections. For the past five years, the MC house, represented by the SAD-BJP, couldn’t even manage to chalk out a plan to provide requisite parking space in different areas of the city.

In absence of parking lots, city residents are forced to park their vehicles alongside the roads which lead to traffic congestion and chaos.

The parking problem has acquired an alarming proportion in places like markets, educational institution, hotels and health centres. “Parking lots can be easily set up at land owned by the Municipal Corporation in different areas. But nothing is done,” said Jatin, a student.

Areas that are badly affected include Lower Mall, Mall Road, Bus Stand Road, Adalat Bazaar, Sheranwala Gate, TB Hospital Road and Chhoti Baradari.

“At present, there are a couple of parking lots in the royal city, including that of Leela Bhawan, City Centre and Beant Singh Shopping Complex. In absence of requisite parking lots, the commuters have to bear the brunt of getting stranded in hours-long traffic jams.

The civic body has not done anything to ensure that there are sufficient parking spaces in main areas,” said Rajwinder Grewal, a housewife, while adding that all the MC are responsible for the problem because they never took up the matter properly during the general house meetings.

However, the SAD-BJP house claimed that the Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for Patiala is in its final stages and once the plan is sanctioned, the parking woes of the residents would end.

Vehicles in Patiala have increased manifold in past few years but civic body never bothered to setup some multi-storied parking lots. Meanwhile, inquiries revealed that several hotels, restaurants and marriage palaces, do not have the mandatory parking space. Yet no violator was taken to task by the MC.

A perusal of the civic files have brought to light that during the Capt Amarinder Singh’s regime, the Kabadi Market, Bahera Road, was shifted and it was resolved that a multi-storeyed parking complex would be set up there. Had the proposal not shelved by the SAD-BJP government, the proposed parking complex would have catered to areas like Sadar Bazaar, Dharampura, Adalat Bazaar, Anardana Chowk, Sirhindi Bazaar, Bahera Road, Ragho Majra, Arna Barna and Qila Chowk. After Akali came to power in 2007, the vacant Kabadi Market land was given to Patiala Improvement Trust and the latter utilised it for the commercial purpose.



British Co-ed School celebrates 100 per cent result
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 20
The British Co-ed School today celebrated achieving 100 per cent pass result in all the streams in ISC and ICSE exam results declared last evening. A small function to celebrate the achievement with students, parents, teachers and school principal was held at the school premises.

Speaking on the occasion principal Rosa Kucharskyj said that the dedication and hard work of the school team has paid rich dividends and both teachers and students deserve applaud for the excellent results.

The meritorious ICSE students include Kimiya (96.8 per cent), Simarpreet Kaur (96.2 per cent), Nishtha Gupta (95.6 per cent), Garima Bansal (95.2 per cent), Jasmine Kaur (94.6 per cent), Ria Goyal (94.6 per cent), Anshul Kathuria (94.4 per cent), Japsimran Kaur (94.4 per cent) and Karan Goyal (94.4 per cent).

In the ISC humanities stream Bhanuraj Kashyap topped with (94.2 per cent), followed by Japleen Kaur (90.25 per cent).

In the commerce stream Shivani Sharma (93.5 per cent), Parneet Kaur (91.5 per cent) and Dikshant Jindal (90 per cent) were the toppers.



Women hockey tourney kicks off; players rue poor facilities
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Bassi Pathana, May 20
It was not like a regular day for the people of Bassi Pathana (a small village of Fathegarh district). After all the only hockey ground for children here hosted the first ever hockey match of the area.

In an effort to promote and encourage the game, the sub-junior hockey championship for girls (U-14) was inaugurated here today. The 21st edition of the national championship was inaugurated near the ITI ground.

However, it was disheartening to see that in the era of high-tech Astroturf fields, the national championship was organised on a ground without proper facilities. Yet, the villagers came in lot to justify the value of the sport.

Two matches were organised: The host team of PEPSU defeated Jammu and Kashmir after making it a one-sided affair by 7-0 score, while Vidharbha overcome Tamil Nadu by 6-0, in yet another one-sided match.

A total of 23 teams from all over the nation are participating in the championship, scheduled to conclude on May 28. Earlier, member parliament Harsimrat Kaur inaugurated the tourney with complimenting the PEPSU Women Hockey Association, District Women Hockey Association and the Mehar Baba Charitable Trust for hosting the event.



Over 100 policemen trained during road safety programme
Tribune News Service

A road safety awareness rally in Patiala on Sunday. A tribune photograph

Patiala, May 20
Addressing the importance of road safety, Columbia Asia Hospital, Patiala, organised a week-long awareness programme.

In a bid to spread awareness on road safety, the hospital today organised a rally, where various schools, banks, corporates, NGOs and institutes participated.

The programme started on May 18 and will continue till May 26.

On May 18 and 19 training sessions for highway patrolling policemen was held where more than 100 policemen got training under the programme. On May 22 a separate training programme for ambulance drivers of national and states highways would be conducted and on the concluding day training on basic life support and First Aid will take place in various schools and corporate houses.

The policemen were trained on safety precautions and norms for shifting the patients from the accident site to the hospital. Specific training on basic life support was imparted to manage the patient till expert medical help arrives.



Proclaimed offender arrested

Zirakpur, May 20
Local police arrested a proclaimed offender Rulda Singh from Nabha here. The police said Rulda Singh was facing a trial under the Excise Act and has been on run since 2001. He was announced PO by the court at Dera Bassi.

“We arrested him from Nabha following a tip-off,” said the police. — TNS



Karandeep defeats Sahaj in tennis tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20
Tennis player Karandeep Singh defeated Sahaj Punj in straight set by 8-0 while Sahaj Punj overcame Amitoj Singh by 8-2 in their respective matches of third round during the ongoing CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis tournament here today.

In the girls (U-14) category, Komaleet Singh defeated Priya Guman 8-0 and Sood Mishra defeated Saryu 8-3. Priyanka Basin overcame Kavya Gupta 8-7, in the only match under girls (U-18) category.


Boys (U-14)-Karan Bhalla beats Aman Grewal 8-2; Danish Ahmed beats Sarvesh Maria 8-0; Akshit Chabra beats Vaibhav Kundu 8-4; Manvir Sohi beats Ritvij Shastri 8-3; Deepak Chahal beats Armaan Singh 8-3; Aditya Partap beats Sehaj Sidhu 8-5; Jaideep Singh beats Yuvraj Singh 8-5;Saransh Sharda beats Naman Sehrawat 8-3; Nischay Sharma beats Ratik Malhotra 8-5; Aniket Khosla beats Dhruv Sharma 8-6;Chiraj Dhindona bt. Arjun Brar 8-2;S.M. Nagreta bt Sohrab Singh 8-3; Puneet Jain beats Chinoy Sethi 8-5; Boys(U-18)-Fatehdeep Singh beats Raunaq Marwaha 8-0; Anmol Sandhu beats Yash Verma 8-2; Sohrab Kunur beats Digvijay Partap 8-1; Sultan Atwal beats Santveer Singh 8-3; Trivesh Singh beats Sajendra Singh 8-4; Calvin Golmei beats Ravneet Singh 8-7 (4); Samrat Rana beats Sabrang Sandal 8-1; Pardeep Mann beats Sahishnu Sharma 8-2;Raghav Talwar beats Priyavrat Mehla 8-3; Yuvraj Singh beats Sanjit Punj 8-1; Lakshey Bharti beats Ankush Chauhan 8-4; Rohit Dhiman beats Rahul Kumar 8-7 (3); Jagdeep Bajwa beats Himanshu (CHD) 8-2; Sagar Bains beats Daksh Manglik 8-1; Kamal Madrena beats Karan Thind 8-2; Barun Gill beats Saurabh Prashar 8-2 ; Boys (U-14)- Karandeep Singh beats Amitoj SIngh 8-0; Aditya Vasisht beats Karan Bhalla 8-3; Danish Ahmad beats Akshit Chabra 8-0; Siddharth bt Deepak Chahal 8-3; Aditya Partap bt Jaideep Singh 8-1; Saransh Sharda bt Nishchay Sharma 8-5; Aniket Khosla bt. Chiraj Dhindona 8-4; SM Nagreta bt Puneet Jain 8-0; Boys(U-18)- Fatehdeep Singh bt Anmol Sandhu 8-0; Sultan Atwal bt Sohrab Kunur 8-5; Trevaish Singh bt Calvin Golmej 8-1; Samrat Rana bt Pardeep Mann 8-2;Yuvraj Singh bt Raghav Talwar 8-3; Rohit Dhiman bt Lakshya Bharti 8-3; Sagar Bains bt Jagdeep Bajwa 8-1; Barun Gill bt Kamal Madrena 8-2; Girls(U-14)-Komaleet Singh bt Priya Guman 8-0; Sood Mishra bt Saryu 8-3; Seerat Pannu bt Neeru 8-5; Mehakdeep Kaur bt Anushka 8-1; Kriti bt Jahnvi 8-5; Ashpreet Kaur bt Deepali Sharma 8-2; Gurneek Bhandal bt Shivi Singla 8-0; Anmol Prashar bt Kashvi Jahnja 8-2.



Amritsar, Patiala, Jalandhar cricket teams register win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20
In the ongoing Dhruv Pandove Cricket Trophy Tournament for boys (U-19), the teams of Amritsar, Patiala and Jalandhar recorded win after defeating their respective rivals in the one-day limited over matches today.

In the first match, the Amritasr team defeated Ludhiana by 10 wickets at PAU ground, Ludhiana. The winning side attained 5 points including a bonus. Batting first the Ludhiana team scored a total of 126 in 35.1 overs, before getting all out. Mayank Bagaria (29) and Abhinav Bhatia (27) were the main scorers for the team.

For the bowling side, Abhinav took 3 wickets for 30 runs, while Vinay Chaudhary, Satbir Singh and Rahul Kanojia grabbed two wickets each.

In reply, the winning side scored 128 runs in 18.5 overs. Openers Rohan Marwaha and Karan Sharma guided the team to victory. Rohan Marwaha scored unbeaten 63 runs off 62 balls with 8 boundaries and 1 sixer, whereas Karan Sharma contributed unbeaten 51 off 51, studded with 7 boundaries.

Brief Scores

Ludhiana-126 all out in 35.1 overs (Mayank Bagaria 29, Abhinav Bhatia 27,Abhinav 3 for 30, Vinay Chaudhary 2 for 22, Satbir Singh 2 for 17, Rahul Kanojia 2 for 0)

Amritsar- 128 without loss in 18.5 overs (Rohan Marwaha 63 not out and Karan Sharma 51 not out).

In the second match, Jalandhar defeated Mohali by 52 runs at Burlton Park Jalandhar. Powered by an excellent ton by Bhupinder (154), the team posted a total of 316 for 7 in the allotted 50 overs.

Bhupinder completed his knock after facing 146 balls and scored 23 boundaries and a six. Mandeep (junior) contributed 48 runs. Bowling pair, Manil Jain (2 for 35) and Maninder (1 for 54) were the main wicket takers for Mohali.

Chasing the target, Mohali only managed to score 264 for 8 in 50 overs with Maninder Singh (unbeaten 54) and Pukhraj (46), helping the team to achieve the target. For the bowling side, Karn Bhargav claimed 3 wickets for 55 runs, while Kamaljot Singh took 2 for 52.

Brief Scores

Jalandhar-316 for 7 in 50 overs (Mandeep 48, Bhupinder 154, Jaipreet 33 and Karan Bhargav 17 not out, Manil Jain 2 for 35 and Maninder 1 for 54)

Mohali-264 for 8 in 50 overs (Subeer Hayr 33, Pukhraj 46, Maninder 54 not out, Shine Sharma 31,Karan Bhargav 3 for 55, Kamaljot 2 for 52 and Bhupinder 1 for 59).

In the third match, Patiala defeated Chandigarh by three wickets and garnered 4 points. Batting first, the Chandigarh team gave put a target of 219 runs after losing 9 wickets.

Skipper Jaskaranveer Singh (82 off 110 with 9 boundaries) studded the team’s innings while bowler Karan Kaila claimed 3 for 41 and Vicky Sharma took 3 for 43. In reply, a 122 runs partnership for the 5th wicket between Vicky Sharma (71) and Anmol Malhotra (53) commanded the team to win the match.



Skating meet
Rolling Tigers clinch 77 medals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20
The skaters of Rolling Tigers won a total of 77 medals, including 37 golds, 27 silvers and 13 bronzes, during the tenth Bhavan Skating Competition concluded today at Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27.

Result: Boys (4-6) Quads-1 Chinmaya Kansal 2 Vedant Parashar 3 Pranav; Girls (6-8) Quads- 1 Kavneer Kaur 2 Sonakshi Verma 3 Aarushi Sur; Boys (6-8) Quads- 1 Kartik Jindal 2 Nitansh Singla 3 Sumel Singh; Girls (8-10)-1 Akshita Shourie 2 Kiranjot; Girls (8-10) Inline- 1 Ayushi; Boys (8-10) Quads- 1 Sanyam Bansal 2 Aditya Dabas 3 Saksham Bansal; Quads Boys(10-12)- 1 Adhiraj Kundlas 2 Pranshu; Boys (10-12) Inline- 1 Harsh Gupta 2 Ojas 3 Harsh Sehrawat; Girls (10-12) Inline- 1 Navya Ohri; Boys (12-14) Quads- 1 Siddhrath Jain 2 Balkirat 3 Mohit; Girls (12-14) Quads- 1 Runjhun 2 Tamanna Maan 3 Shivani; Boys (12-14) Inline- 1 Anuj Sood 2 Gaurav Bishnoi 3 Rushat Parihar; Boys (above 14) Quads- 1 Ajay Saini 2 Sudhanshu Jain; Boys (above 14) Inline: 1 Shubham Aggarwal.



Amrit, Manisha win doubles category in rowing championship

Chandigarh, May 20
Rowers Amrit Pal Kaur and Manisha won the doubles’ sculls during the Chandigarh State Sub-junior and Challenger Sprints Rowing Championship at Lake Club here today. The winners completed the winning patch in 2:25.01 minutes.

In the girls (sub-junior) single skull event, Amrit Pal Kaur completed the race in 1:53.13 minutes to win the category. In the boys (challenger sprints) single sculls category, Jagsir Singh won the gold medal with the timing of 1:39.05 minutes, followed by Gurmej Singh (silver medal with the 1:40.36 minutes) and Dishant (bronze medal with 1:51.36 minutes).


Double Sculls (CM2X)-Dishant Sehgal and Gurmej Singh (Gold) 1:34.94;

Ayush and Shail (Silver) 2:01.11; Coxless Pairs-Vikinder Kumar and Jagmeet Singh (Gold) 1:29.05; Desraj and Ravinder Jit Singh (Silver) 1:33.18; Tarsem and Harpreet (Bronze) 1:34.47; Jagraj Singh and Jaswinder Singh (4th Position) 1:35.29; Angrej Singh and Manjeet Singh (5th) 1:52.41. — TNS



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