16032017-LT-01.qxd 3/15/2017 11:34 PM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 16 MARCH 2017| ludhiana LUDHIANA TRIBUNE EDUCATION: PHYSICS PAPER OF CBSE CLASS XII Þ PAGE 2 LEAVES STUDENTS FLUMMOXED DIST SCAN: TB PATIENTS TO NOTIFY HEALTH DEPT AFTER TAKING FDC Þ PAGE 3 GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY SPORTS: KAMALJEET SPRINTS TO GLORY AT ANNUAL ATHLETICS MEET Þ PAGE 4 Ammonia leak scare at Deep Nagar 26.0°MAXIMUM 11.0°MINIMUM Gas leak at defunct ice-making unit controlled after timely action by fire staff, administration Boy caught up in Holi brawl struggles for life at hospital Gurvinder Singh Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 15 Tragedy was averted with timely action after ammonia gas leaked in the Gill Road area today. The incident happened at a defunct ice-making unit in the area when junk dealers came to collect old material from the factory. The factory had been lying closed in the Deep Nagar area on Gill Road for the past 20 years . The incident was a frightening reminder of the ammonia-leak incident at the Doraha flyover when five persons were killed two years ago. The owners of the factory had called junk dealers to get rid of the old material lying in the factory. When the workers were removing and cutting some material, a pungent smell started emanating from the factory. While a few residents complained of uneasiness in breathing and irritation in eyes, those, who knew it was the smell of ammonia, immediately phoned the police. Panic gripped the residents as the word spread that the pungent smell and irritation in eyes was caused by ammonia. Pungent smell forced the residents to cover their noses. A few residents rushed to the Shimlapuri police station to report the matter to the police. A police team and administrative officials rushed to the spot. Two fire engines and an ambulance were also called. Two workers, who tried to plug the leakage, suffered from nausea and had to be taken away to help Questions raised over unsafe disposal of hazardous material The incident has raised questions over unsafe disposal of hazardous material in factories. Deputy Director of Factories Jatinder Singh Bhatti said the owners were supposed to inform the Labour Department in case of temporary closure of factories. They are also required to give information about residual material and its disposal in case they use chemicals and other such materials in manufacturing. In case of permanent closure of units, checks are conducted for everything, including disposal of materials. Such checks are conducted until two years after the closure of any factory unit, he said. Residents of the Deep Nagar area, Gill Road, gather near a defunct ice factory on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN them recover. The firefighters started pouring water on the leaking pipe to lessen the effect of gas. Tehsildar Karun Gupta, who visited the spot, said they got information in time which averted the tragedy. The situation has been brought under control with two fire engines pouring water on the leaking pipe for more than three hours. Shimlapuri SHO Parveen Kumar said there had been no casualty. The matter is being inquired into and the owners of the factory would be questioned, he added. The police ask residents about the incident; and (left) a firefighter pours water over leaking pipes at the defunct ice factory. Ludhiana, March 15 A seven-year-old child, who was caught up in a fight among neighbours, is struggling for his life now. He suffered a serious injury after a brick, hurled during the fight among neighbours in the Anand Nagar area, Haibowal, on Holi, landed on his head. A trivial matter snowballed into a quarrel among the neighbours, and one of the parties started pelting the other with bricks. Many neighbours got hit and Jatin, 7-year-old, who had come to the spot to call his father back home, was also hit in the head. Jatin fell unconscious. His father, Sanjiv Kumar, rushed him to the local hospital where the doctors referred him to the DMCH. He is fighting for his life as blood clots have been formed in his head, Sanjiv said. On Holi, one of the neighbours reportedly argued with a boy why the latter was going with the other group to celebrate the festival. Soon, the argument turned ugly as they started fighting and lalter their kin join in. Investigating officer, Gurmeet Singh said one of the groups started pelting their opponents with bricks. Other neighbours, including Sanjiv, went there to help resolve the matter. Jatin, who had come to call his father back home, was hit in the head. Hearing his cries, Sanjiv rushed him to the local hospital. The police have booked Vikas Sood, his wife Rakhi, her brother and 12 unidentified persons on charges of voluntarily causing hurt, attempt to culpable homicide, rioting and unlawful assembly. Residents protest civic body apathy Gates in colonies a bone of contention Tribune News Service Two groups virtually came to blows at Rajguru Nagar on Sunday Ludhiana, March 15 Residents of Ward Number 50 protested near the Zone D office of the Municipal Corporation today. They alleged the apathetic attitude of the authorities towards redressing their grievances. The residents alleged that they had been getting contaminated water in the Jawahar Nagar Camp area for the past several days. The residents, along with the area councillor, Kapil Kumar Sonu, said the roads in the area were in a miserable condition and most sewers were leaking. Leaking sewage enters their houses during even mild rain, they alleged. The councillor said he had complained to the MC in writing but still no attention was paid to our grievances. Kuldip Bhatia POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA PAU campus (residential area): 10 am to 5 pm Students subject social media to scrutiny P4 Residents of Ward No. 50 protest at the Zone D office on Wednesday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Because of the callous approach of the MC staff, they had to resort to agitation today, the residents said. Sunil, a local resident, said outbreak of waterborne diseases was com- mon in summers. “We are living in hell-like conditions. If the problem is not redressed in time, then we may also become the victims of water-borne diseases,” said the resident. Women residents said sewage accumulated in pits could prove fatal to children. “The authorities should get leakage plugged and choked sewers cleaned,” said a resident. MC staff press for accused’s arrest Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 15 Staff of the building branch from all four zones, along with members of the Municipal Corporation Workers’ Union, today met Kotwali SHO Deepak Sharma, seeking the arrest of an RTI activist against whom an FIR had been lodged. Municipal Town Planner SS Bindra said the staff had gone to meet the SHO and requested him to arrest the RTI activist, Amarjit Singh Dhamotia, and another person Ladi, who had allegedly attacked one of the employees of MC at the Zone A office with a sharp weapon on February 28. Bindra said if the police failed to arrest the accused, then the entire MC staff would stage a dharna on March 18. “We will decide the place of agitation later but we will surely stage a dharna on March 18 if the police fail to arrest Dhamotia and the other person named in the FIR,” said Bindra. The Division Number 1 police had registered an FIR against Dhamotia and Ladi, a resident of Daba, under Sections 324, 353, 186, 506 and 34 of the IPC on the basis of a statement made by Sunil Kumar, a resident of Indira Colony here, who was allegedly attacked by them in the Zone-A office of the Municipal Corporation. Sunil had suffered a deep cut in the stomach. c m y b Ludhiana, March 15 Dispute between two groups of residents in the posh Rajguru Nagar colony of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) over installation of gates at the entry points on security grounds is not an isolated instance, but manifestation of a deep-rooted malaise which, at least for the time being, defies a permanent solution. Though such gates on public streets in most of the colonies under administrative control of the LIT or the Municipal Corporation have been installed in clear violation of law, the authorities, more often than not, fail to take any effective action in such cases. In Rajguru Nagar (CBlock), two groups of residents had virtually come to blows when construction work was taken up on Sunday for installation of gates at five entry/exit points in the colony, citing safety reasons. The matter could have taken an ugly turn but for the timely intervention of the police and the LIT officials, who directed suspension of work and called both groups to the Trust office to present their points of view. While those favouring the installation of gates maintained that gates at entry/exit points would restrict entry of unscrupu- An illegal gate put up in a colony in Ludhiana. A TRIBUNE PHOTO Why are gates opposed Officialspeak ❝ In most cases, no security guards are deployed at the gates locked during night and a majority of the gates are not kept open from 6 am to 10 pm as mandated by the Municipal Corporation in accordance with provisions laid down in the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act.❞ RK Garg, Superintending Engineer of the Trust, said the installation of gates on public roads/streets was against the law and no permission could be granted for this unlawful activity. On gates already put up in most of the colonies, he said this was a larger issue which could be solved only with consensus and the cooperation of public-spirited citizens. Replying to the issue of dispute over gates in Rajguru Nagar, he RAJINDER VERMA, RESIDENT OF said the LIT would ask the police not to allow RAJGURU NAGAR construction of gates and take action against those behind this illegal act. lous and anti-social persons into the colony and also provide better security to the residents, the other group alleged that the gates would benefit only those residents located close to the entry/exit points since they could use the area behind the closed gates for their personal use. There have been scores of complaints both from the colonies of the LIT and those under the MC control that many such gates remained locked even during daytime and the part of the road behind such gates was used for those residing in the vicinity for parking of their vehicles, putting generator sets or for other personal use. Arvind Sharma, a resident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, another colony of the LIT, said just a few residents living next to such gates derived benefit by keeping the gates closed even during daytime as they considered the part of road/street behind the locked gates as their personal property.
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