19052017-LT-01.qxd 5/18/2017 11:37 PM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 19 MAY 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Research call 4 held for posing as cops Aftab hogs limelight A Prof of History of Science at Harvard University, Gabriela Soto Laveaga, visited the PAU. P2 Four men, posing as policemen from the CIA, raided a shop in Dashmesh Nagar. Nine-year-old Aftab Singh Hajra has been making waves in the roller skating arena. P4 FORECAST P4 PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 41°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 7.17 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.28 AM Allottees at receiving end Residential plot owners at SBS Nagar await basic amenities Kuldip Bhatia Building branch staff seal a shop on the Pakhowal road in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Bylaw violations: 5 shops sealed Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 18 Adhering to the High Court’s directions on a contempt of court petition (2317 of 2016), the building branch of the Municipal Corporation today continued with its sealing drive. The building branch staff sealed five shops being run in basements in different areas of the city. The sealed shops are Hug and Hitachi, both on Pakhowal Road; and Guru Nanak Complex, Spring Travel and Shine Health Club in the Model Town area. Vijay Kumar, ATP under , whose supervision the sealing drive was carried out, said a total of five showrooms and shops were sealed as these were being run in the basements meant for parking. With the sealing of five shops today, over a dozen buildings have been sealed by the MC to date in the contempt petition case. The orders dated April 26 issued by Justice Rajan Gupta state that the state counsel had submitted that certain measures had been taken and all buildings, which have violated the bylaws, have been sealed. In certain cases, status quo had been granted by the local courts despite there being no mention of contempt petitions in such notices. Rohit Sabharwal, the RTI continued on page 3 Ludhiana, May 18 Even though the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has removed encroachments from a chunk of land in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Colony on Pakhowal Road here, and the bona fide applicants have been allotted residential plots of 125 square yards each in this pocket, the ordeal for the allottees continues in one form or the other. The 124 allottees of residential plots were handed over possession of their residential plots in March/April 2017 after the LIT authorities had removed some structures and encroachment by one Gajjan Singh and his family on the land. Some of the allottees have already raised structures/rooms and boundary walls on their respective plots. But the delay in providing basic civic amenities by LIT is proving to a be big stumbling block in the way of allottees to construct their buildings. As if to add to their woes, the old litigant (Gajjan Singh) has once again obtained the status quo order from the Punjab and Haryana High Court even though it pertains only to the A chunk of prime land was cleared of encroachments at SBS Nagar in February. A FILE PHOTO Their demands ■ Adjustment of earnest money (10 per cent of the total cost of land deposited 35 years ago) ■ Charge reserve price of plots prevalent in 1999 from them ■ Waiver of surcharge of 6 per cent of total cost of land ■ Early action for providing basic amenities (roads, sewerage, water supply) ■ Provide security to their structures and construction work ‘constructed area’ (Gajjan Singh’s residence) on the acquired land. “We apprehend that the litigant might damage our properties/structures in the Prem Nagar demolition put off again Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 18 The demolition drive in the Prem Nagar area, which was scheduled for today, did not take place. Though the Police Department was ready to send force to accompany the civic body team, the authorities “postponed” the demolition drive. Sources in the department said since the area residents had come to know about the demolition drive, they were all prepared with stones, lathis, etc, to resist demolition. “But since these are the directions of the High Court and the green belt has to be cleared of encroachments, the drive will take place the next week. The encroachers had come to know about the drive of the MC, so they were well prepared. This we came to know after carrying out a reconnaissance of the area. It had to be postponed at the eleventh hour,” said one of continued on page 3 Readers’ Response Ludhiana Tribune carries response from its readers on issues of public concern relating to Ludhiana, Jagraon, Khanna, Mandi Ahmedgarh and the nearby areas every Monday. The topic for this week is: Active participation in sports helps to inculcate the values of discipline and team spirit. What steps should be taken to promote the sports culture among the youth in the city? Readers can email their comments by Thursday in not more than 100 words at email@example.com They can also send their views to: Feedback, Ludhiana Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh 160029. Letters sent by post must mention 'Feedback for Ludhiana Tribune' on the envelope. It must contain sender’s address and contact number. INSIDE Sahnewal health centre ailing One can very well imagine the condition of a Community Health Centre (CHC) without a physician, gynaecologist, paediatrician or for that matter even a surgeon. P4 c m y b process of settling a score with the LIT authorities,” said some of the allottees, including Karam Singh, Hamir Singh, Rajinder Jakhu and Devinder Kumar. The allottees said they had got possession of their plots after a long wait of more than 30 years. Not only this, they were discriminated against in terms of price of land because the LIT had charged prevalent collector rate from them instead of reserve price at which the residential plots were promised to them way back in 1992 and then again in 1999. In a representation to the Punjab Chief Minister and continued on page 3 SNIPPETS 20 challaned for smoking Ludhiana: A team of health officials, led by Dr Mohinder Singh, Assistant Civil Surgeon, went round several city areas, including Ghumar Mandi, Haibowal and Humbran Road, for enforcement of the Anti-Tobacco Act. Around 20 challans were issued for smoking in public places and Rs 3,450 was recovered as penalty from the offenders on the spot. Several shops selling tobacco products were checked and challans issued for violation of the provision under which sale of tobacco products has been banned in the 100-yard radius of educational institutions. The health officials asked the heads of educational institutions to report the violators to the Health Department, so action could be taken against such persons. TNS
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