Roads built in November turn to rubble in Bathinda; commuters suffer
Less than two months after roads were built in the Civil Lines and along the Ajit Road in Bathinda, the poor quality of the work has been exposed. Most of these roads have turned into rubble at several places, increasing manifold the risk of accidents.
This has also raised serious questions over the functioning of Bathinda municipal corporation officials, who got the work executed through a private construction company. The Shiromani Akal Dal (SAD)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has the majority in the House, but local Congress leaders were seen taking credit for the road work. Now, the scraping away of the carpeting has come as a huge embarrassment for them.
MC commissioner Bikramjit Singh Shergill said the work had been rejected and payment to the private firm had been stopped. “The firm has been asked to re-carpet all the roads it built,” Shergill added.
The commissioner’s claims, however, are no solace for citizens, as the weather is not conducive for road carpeting and the process is likely to happen only in March. Till then, locals will continue to suffer. SAD leader and former Bathinda (Urban) MLA Sarup Chand Singla said an inquiry must be marked into the poor quality of road construction. “MC officials are working on directions of Congress leaders and are not listening to the mayor. The officers responsible for this should be held accountable and action must be taken against them,” he claimed.
Karnataka BJP strongman B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday indicated the possibility of a bigger role for his son and the state Vice President B Y Vijayendra in the party, a day after Vijayendra was denied a ticket to contest the MLC polls. "I'm confident that the BJP will get a clear majority under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the next elections, and come back to power," he added.
A postal department official in Madhya Pradesh has been arrested on charges that sub-postmaster Vishal Ahirwar spent money handed over by customers for fixed deposit accounts on gambling, police said on Wednesday. Far, police have received 20 complaints about missing deposits worth ₹1 crore. Ahirwar was arrested on May 20 and remanded in police custody till May 26. He is accused of cheating and criminal breach of trust. He kept losing money.
A special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Ranchi sent suspended IAS officer Pooja Singhal to judicial custody till June 8 in the mining case. Singhal was in the custody of Enforcement Directorate since her arrest on May 11. The probe agency carried out raids at the premises of Ranchi-based builder Anil Jha and another person named Vishal Chaudhary, news agency ANI had reported.
The toll from the suspected hooch tragedy went up to 13 as four more people died in Bihar's Aurangabad late on Tuesday. Aurangabad district magistrate Saurabh Jorwal said the hooch is suspected to have been brought from Jharkhand and supplied to sellers in bordering villages of Gaya and Aurangabad. Gaya's senior police superintendent Harpreet Kaur said Santosh Chaudhary, the alleged main supplier, and his four associates have been arrested.
Karnataka Congress general secretary Kavitha Reddy lashed out at her party for not giving 'fair representation to women' while picking candidates for the June 3 Legislative Council elections, news agency ANI reported Wednesday. In a self-made video, Reddy said that it is 'disturbing' to see that women have not been given representation in the state legislative council. The Congress has announced M Nagaraju Yadav and K Abdul Jabbar as its candidates.