17032017-LT-01.qxd 3/17/2017 12:07 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 17 MARCH 2017| ludhiana LUDHIANA TRIBUNE EDUCATION: 245 DONATE BLOOD AT GNN Þ PAGE 2 COLLEGE, DORAHA DISTRICT SCAN: EVMs GONE, SANDBAGS LIE AS IT IS Þ PAGE 3 Ludhiana gets new CP, DC CP Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh and DC Pradeep Aggarwal both have served in dist Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 16 With Captain Amarinder Singh taking oath as Chief Minister of Punjab today, the new government has transferred a number of IAS and IPS officers. Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, an IPS officer of Punjab cadre of 1998 batch, is the new Commissioner of Police, who replaces Jatinder Singh Aulakh. The 2006 batch IAS officer, Pradeep Aggarwal, is the new Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana. He replaces Ravi Bhagat. A man of simple living and high thinking, Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh believes in learning, performing and reforming. He has excelled Simple living, high thinking Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh’s core areas of work are city policing, crime detection, preventive and proactive policing as well as community-oriented policing (COP). in various fields of policing since he joined the IPS. He has handled many sensitive A product of IIT, Kanpur Pradeep Aggarwal is not new to the city as he had served here as ADC-D. He had also been posted as Municipal Commissioner, Ludhiana investigations and law and order issues during his service at various positions. His core areas of work are city policing, crime detection, preventive and proactive policing as well as community-oriented policing (COP). Pradeep Aggarwal did his mechanical engineering degree from the IIT, Kanpur, in 2001. He has worked at Infosys. Aggarwal is not new to the city as he had served here as ADC-D. He had also been posted as Municipal Commissioner, Ludhiana, but was transferred as he refused to be buckled under political pressure. Aggarwal has also served at Ropar, Balachaur, Fazilka and Sangrur. He has been DC, Ropar, and the Election Commission had appointed him as DC, Gurdaspur. Ghumar Mandi traders divided over ‘Rahgiri’ Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh started his career as ASP from the holy city of Amritsar in 1999 (December) and has the distinction of serving in every capacity, such as SP City, SSP and DIG. He is at present Inspector General of Police, STF (Punjab), dealing with hardcore gangsters. Before this, he was posted as DIG, Border Range (Amritsar), Police Commissioner of Jalandhar City, DIG of Ludhiana Range and Jalandhar Range. He has headed Amritsar, Gurdsapur, Batala and Ferozepur districts as Senior Superintendent of Police. Besides, he has served as SP City (Amritsar) and SP City (Mohali). Worth wise: Dawar leads, Sarvjit last P4 MAINLY CLEAR SKY SPORTS: POOJA STAR PERFORMER AT GOVT COLLEGE ATHLETICS MEET Þ PAGE 4 27.0°MAXIMUM 11.0°MINIMUM ‘Will work tirelessly for the development of constituency’ MY MLA MY AGENDA ❝Our endeavour will be to make the district administration accountable and transparent in its working.❞ Minna Zutshi Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 16 The Ludhiana West MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu has his priorities clearly etched out. He said he will work tirelessly and relentlessly for the development of his constituency – the constituency that has elected him second time as the legislature with a whopping margin of more than 35,000 votes. Cleaning of Buddha Nullah The Buddha Nullah, the toxic vein of Ludhiana, needs to be cleared of the garbage, contaminants, pollutants and toxic waste, said Ashu. He said that he, along with Ludhiana Member of Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu, will meet the Centre ministers and officials in this connection. BHARAT BHUSHAN ASHU Ludhiana West MLA various points in the city has become a routine and the city residents have to grapple with this problem daily. Easing traffic congestion across the city in a practical and workable manner is imperative,” said Ashu. resolved, air pollution due to vehicular emission will be reduced, said Ashu. “To check pollution due to industry, we’ll get in touch with the Ludhiana industry and work out a viable solution that is acceptable to the industry.” City Centre Project Other focus areas Other focus area, said Ashu, would be construction of two flyovers in the constituency, upgradation of water treatment plants. The solid waste management project needs a push, he said. Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Addressing traffic problem Ludhiana, March 16 Shopkeepers of Ghumar Mandi seem to be divided over the “Rahgiri” concept, which might be introduced twice a month to make the area a no-vehicle zone. Unaware of the real objective of this exercise, a few shopkeepers feel it would be a good initiative while the others believe that it will dent their business. The general secretary of the Ghumar Mandi Shopkeepers Association, Rajinder Singh Pahwa, said shopkeepers were in the dark and just one official from the MC visited them and they were totally unaware of the objective of ‘Rahgiri’. “It you want to bring about improvement, then construct public toilets, remove naked wires, garbage etc. Stopping traffic is no big deal, as it can be done anytime. The MC should first provide visitors a space to park their vehicles. So, nobody has to park his vehicle on Ferozepur Road or at the Mini-Secretariat before coming here for shopping,” said Pahwa. According to the MC authorities, after having discussions with the traffic police, NGOs and shopkeepers recently, it has been decided that March 19 will be observed as “Rahgiri” day at Ghumar Mandi when no traf- Chaotic traffic is one of the major problems of the city. “There is a need to bridge the gap between the police and the public. The police, instead of acting as a mere challaning authority, should act as facilitators – so that the people follow the road safety rules. Traffic congestion at 12 booked for beating up man, his driver Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 16 The PAU police have booked 12 persons, including a doctor, in an assault case here today. Rajinder Seth, a resident of Country Homes in South City, complained to the police that he and his driver were brutally beaten up by his neighbour Vijay Verma and his goons. Seth alleged that the accused blocked the way of his wife and daughter by parking his car in the middle of the road during daytime yesterday. When his driver insisted, they got aside. Verma repeated the same thing later in the evening and when Continued on page 2 A lane of Ghumar Mandi in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH THE CONCEPT According to the MC authorities, after having discussions with the traffic police, NGOs and shopkeepers recently, it has been decided that March 19 will be observed as “Rahgiri” day at Ghumar Mandi when no traffic movement will be allowed in the entire area for four hours (non-peak hours). Just pedestrians will be allowed to enter the market for shopping. It is a kind of experiment under the Smart City Project. If successful, it will be continued. But before that, the consent of shopkeepers is a must, feel the authorities concerned. fic movement will be allowed in the entire area for four hours. Just pedestrians will be allowed to enter the market for shopping. It is a kind of experiment under the Smart City Project. If successful, it will be continued. But before that, the consent of shopkeepers is a must, feel the authorities concerned. Rahul Verma from the Sambhav Foundation said vehicles would not be allowed to enter the market during the non-peak hours on March 19. “During these four hours, footfall of cus- tomers remains low in Ghumar Mandi. The authorities will observe whether it is accepted or rejected by the public, what impact it leaves, whether there is a respite from traffic chaos, etc. It is a study in the market for the betterment of residents of Ludhiana,” said Verma. The Municipal Commissioner, Kanwalpreet Brar, said several meetings had been held with shopkeepers. “This is a proposal under the Smart City Project to make Ghumar Mandi a no-traffic zone. If it clicks, residents will get respite and at the same time, we have to watch the interests of shopkeepers too,” said Brar. Yet another purse snatched Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 16 In yet another case of snatching, a woman lost her purse to motorcycle-borne youngsters in the Model Town area yesterday. Kiran Bala, a resident of Haibowal, who works at a beauty salon, was walking down the road in Model Town in the evening when two motorcycle-borne youngsters came from behind and the youngster riding pillion snatched her purse. Though she raised the alarm and passersby gathered there, the snatchers escaped. She said the purse contained her mobile phone, Rs 5,000 in cash and important documents. The Model Town police have booked unidentified persons for snatching. Eight cases reported in March The police seem to have failed to rein in bike-borne snatchers who are operating in the the city without fear. There have been several cases of snatching, especially from women, this month alone. At least eight incidents of snatching have been reported this month in posh areas as well as mohallas. A purse was snatched from a woman in broad daylight in the Sarabha Nagar area on March 1. When Jaspal Kaur reached the area to meet her daughter on a rickshaw, motorcyclists snatched her purse that contained jewellery, including diamonds, a gold locket, ear-studs, a ring, a debit card and Rs 32,000 in cash. In another case, Pooja’s purse was snatched while she was returning home in Bank Colony, Haibowal, along with her brother on March 3. The purse contained her mobile phone, cash and important documents. The purse of Savita, a resident of the Jodhewal area, was snatched by motorcycle-borne youngsters when she reached the Gole Market area on March 5. It contained her mobile phone, Rs 7,000 in cash and documents, including her identity cards. On the same day, a bag was snatched from Gurjit Kaur in the Dugri area. It contained Rs 5,000 in cash and important documents. A mobile phone was snatched by a motorcyclist Continued on page 2 c m y b Ashu said the completion of the City Centre Project that has been hanging fire will be expedited. The project is a multi-crore development project that was embroiled in controversy amid allegations of scam. Tackling pollution If the traffic problem is Accountable administration The MC machinery has to get into active mode, said Ashu. Garbage burning that releases toxic gases into environment must stop. “Our endeavour will be to make the administration accountable and transparent,” he added.
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