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Posted at: Jan 12, 2018, 1:46 AM; last updated: Jan 12, 2018, 1:46 AM (IST)PATHANKOT DIARY

Memorial soon: MLA

Memorial soon: MLA
Martyr Lieutenant Trivani Singh, Ashok Chakra awardee.

Anation that does not honour its heroes will not long endure. This saying is true in the case of Lieutenant Trivani Singh, Ashok Chakra, who was martyred while fighting a group of militants at Jammu railway station on January 2, 2004. There were many moist eyes in the city last week when officials and residents of Abrol Nagar held a meeting and discussed problems affecting the city.  Suddenly, the name of Lt Triveni Singh surfaced. Local MLA Amit Vij, who has been a classmate of the Army officer, turned towards Triveni's mother Pushp Lata and informed her that a memorial will soon be built in his memory.

The MLA also made a promise that the bridge on a rivulet near Triveni's house will be named after the officer. "He made the ultimate sacrifice giving up his life for the nation. I have taken up the issue of constructing a memorial with MC officials. Triveni is not only my hero, but also a hero of the country," said Amit Vij.

Earlier, last year when his family members complained that the road leading to their residence was full of potholes, Mayor Anil Vasudeva recarpeted the stretch.

Increasing slums a headache for MC

A substantial increase in the number of slum dwellers in and around the Pathankot city has turned into a big challenge for the Municipal Corporation (MC) and the administration when it comes to implementing the Prime Minister's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

The city had once earned the tag of the 'most scenic city of Punjab' but this sobriquet is now being threatened. 

A large number of slum dwellers have already settled near the Chakki Bank Railway Station, Air Force Station, Pathankot railway station and beneath the elevated stretch of the Pathankot-Jalandhar National Highway.

"We have constructed a few toilets but slum dwellers prefer to defecate in the open. We cannot just displace them by wielding the stick. Encroachments and slum dwellers are two of the biggest problems the MC is facing. These people set up their shanties anywhere they can. We have identified a piece of land on the outskirts of the city where we can adjust the slum dwellers. In that way, the inner parts of the city can become clean. Some funds have also been allocated to solve the problem," said Mayor Anil Vasudeva.


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