20052017-LT-01.qxd 5/20/2017 12:27 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 20 MAY 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Film shoot in Field Ganj Action-packed weekend School timings changed Residents were excited to see foreigners shoot a film in Field Ganj. With celebrity visits and exhibitions lined up, the weekend is apparently promising enough. P3 After Education Minister’s order to change school timings, school students heave a sigh of relief. P2 FORECAST P4 PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 42°C MIN 28°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7:18 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5: 28 AM ‘Regular, reliable’ connectivity in the air Sahnewal airport to start flights under UDAN scheme from next month, says MP Ravneet Singh Bittu Regular flights from June Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 19 Good news for Ludhiana residents, as flights will start operating from the Sahnewal airport under UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme from the next month. Ludhiana Member of Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu said this after meeting Union Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha and Punjab officials. Bittu said the state government would help the airlines company for better connectivity. Earlier, flights were suspended due to loss to the airlines company, but now ■ With 50 per cent of seats on every flight capped at Rs 2,500 per seat under the UDAN scheme and applicable for flights where the distance is less than 500 km or one hour, UDAN scheme will be a boon for the people of Ludhiana ■ The city will see regular flights beginning with Alliance Air and later in August joined by Deccan Charters ■ Ludhiana airport will first handle flights till Delhi and thereafter to Mumbai and other important cities A file photo of the Sahnewal airport in Ludhiana. the state and the Centre governments will provide financial aid to the airlines company if they suffer loss. Stating on the importance of air connectivity, Bittu said: “The industrial potential and SNIPPETS the entrepreneurial spirit of Ludhiana suffers a major setback due to the lack of regular and reliable air connectivity. Despite the structural bottleneck of short length of the air strip, UDAN scheme will ensure regular and reliable connectivity.” The Punjab government apprised Bittu that it was actively cooperating with the Union government with respect to issues such as via- bility gap funding, relief on taxes on aviation fuel at refuelling facilities, exemption from landing charges and hanger facility. The matter of adding additional length to the air strip was also under active consideration of the state to help make the optimal use of Ludhiana airport. According to Bittu, Ludhiana should see regular flights from the month of June 2017, beginning with Alliance Air and later in the month of August joined by Deccan Charters. With 50 per cent of seats on every flight capped at Rs 2,500 per seat under the UDAN scheme and applicable for flights where the distance is less than 500 km or one hour, UDAN scheme will be a boon for the people of Ludhiana. Firstly, Ludhiana airport will handle flights till Delhi and continued on page 3 Anti-encroachment drives fine, but what about debris left after that, ask residents Transporter, 20 others booked for man’s abduction Say the drives carried out by the Improvement Trust lead to more problems than solutions Tribune News Service Kuldip Bhatia Kin of deceased Mohd Arif (inset) outside a hospital in Ludhiana on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Hit by school bus, cyclist dies Ludhiana: A 45-year-old cyclist died after being hit by a speedy and rashly driven school bus in BRS Nagar on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Mohammad Arif, a resident of BRS Nagar. Investigating Officer, ASI Nishan Singh, Sarabha Nagar police station, said the incident occurred around 3.30 pm when the school bus of Sat Paul Mittal School hit a cyclist. Due to severe head injuries, the cyclist died on the spot. However, the bus driver fled with the bus. "We have registered a case of negligent driving under Section 304 A of the IPC against unidentified driver and raids are being conducted to arrest him," the ASI said. After conducting the postmortem examination, the body was handed over to the family. Ex-Cong leader denied bail Judicial Magistrate Jasbir Singh has dismissed the bail application filed by former Vice-President of District Congress Committee (Rural) Mohan Singh of Chandigarh Road, Ludhiana. He was facing the accusations of circulating morphed video of Punjabi singer Satwinder Kaur Bitti, who contested the Vidhan Sabha elections on a Congress ticket from Sahnewal constituency. He was arrested on May 5. Bitti had complained to the police that the accused posted her indecent video on social media and WhatsApp groups. She said it was done to tarnish her image in the public. The video was circulated during the run-up to the Vidhan Sabha elections. The police had booked Mohan Singh under Sections 66E, 67, 67 A of the IT Act and Sections 354 C, 500 and 501 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 6 of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act. TNS Ludhiana, May 19 The Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has been carrying out anti-encroachment drives to get its vacant land and properties vacated from illegal occupants which is laudable. But at times, such drives create more problems for those residing in the vicinity than it solves due to lack of proper follow-up action. LIT authorities had launched an anti-encroachment drive in Shahhed Bhagat Singh Nagar here to get a pocket of 5.5 acre land vacated and several jhuggis and other structures were pulled down in the process. However, the Trust staff did not care to remove the debris from the colony after the anti-encroachment drive, which had now become a big nuisance for residents. Residents of the E block of the colony said the act of LIT authorities in removing illegal structures and unlawful occupants from the Trust land was laudable, but at the same time the officials and the staff ought to have taken care of the bona fide residents of the Debris left in the open after an anti-encroachment drive in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar in Ludhiana. A TRIBUNE PHOTO colony. In a complaint lodged with LIT authorities, Arvind Sharma and other residents of the colony said during the antiencroachment drive, the jhuggis and structures were razed by bulldozers and heaps of debris were left here and there, at some places on the pavements and along the roadside. “Now that mild dust storms are blowing, the dust and garbage left at several places in the colony flies right into the houses in the E block of the colony and the Housing Board flats, causing air pollution and respiratory problems for residents in the colony,” Patch work repaired, damaged in a jiffy! ❝ Nikhil Bhardwaj We were quite happy that finally the damaged stretch, which could cause road mishaps, was constructed, but exactly half an hour later, the stretch got damaged again. Now, it has become more prone to accidents, as two-wheelers can fall in it. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 19 A stretch laid by the Municipal Corporation was damaged within half an hour on the road outside SCD College here today. Several shopkeepers alleged that it was due to the irresponsible approach of the MC officials, as no heed was being paid to check the substandard material being used in laying the road. Area shopkeepers said if senior corporation officials would not pay heed, people would continue to suffer. “We were quite happy that finally the damaged stretch, which could invite road mishaps, was constructed, but exactly half-an-hour later, the stretch got damaged again. Now, it has become more prone to accidents, as two-wheelers SURINDER, A shopkeeper in the area ❞ A small strech laid on the College Road in Ludhiana that got damaged within half an hour on Friday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA can fall in it,” Surinder a shopkeeper in the area said. Another shopkeeper Varun said: “The corporation is a den of corruption and it is not the first time that such a bad precedent has been set. Such things keep happening in several parts of the city, where new constructed road develop cracks.” Superintendent Engineer Pawan Sharma said he had directed the officials concerned to fill the damaged patch as the same was lying in a bad state for long. “If it got damaged again, it could be possible that it was not laid properly. I will look into it and make sure it is repaired with due care,” the SE said. c m y b CRAMAT app only using space on your mobile? The MC had launched CRAMAT app, which captures both picture and precise location using GPS in just one click and allows a user to choose category of the problem and to write an optional description. This information is then sent immediately to the official concerned in the relevant department of the MC. But according to residents, no immediate solution is provided with its help. Area resident Deepak said: “The MC launched the CRAMAT app to know about the problems of people. I downloaded the app and clicked the photograph of a bad road near Damoria Bridge in March, but no solution has been provided so far. I was also called by the JE to enquire about the matter, but the road is still in a bad shape.” said the complaint. Residents want that an operation clean up be launched by LIT authorities to remove the debris and malba from the colony, adding that it should be a regular practice after every demolition drive and the place should be cleaned up so that it does not become a source of nuisance for those living nearby. LIT officials said they had received the complaint from residents and steps were being taken to remove the debris or shift the same to the site where roads are proposed to be constructed in the area vacated from encroachment. Ludhiana, May 19 A person running a transport business was allegedly abducted by another transporter along with his men on late Tuesday night from Transport Nagar. After bundling him in a car, he was taken to a godown, where the victim was allegedly beaten up. It was only after the police reached the spot that the victim was rescued. The police have registered an FIR against Kailash, the owner of JSK Transport, manager Mahinder and 20 others. Victim Sanjay Kumar said on the intervening night of May 16-17, he was roaming in his car with his friend, when around 20 armed persons in three vehicles cornered them. “Fearing threat to life, my friend managed to flee from the spot and I was then bundled in a car by the accused and taken to the godown where I was beaten up badly. My ear sustained internal injuries. I was forced by the transporter to call my friend to the godown as he had some enmity with him. Fortunately, the police came and I was rescued,” he said. continued on page 3 Police take U-turn, say accused were never arrested FAKE CIA COPS' CASE Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 19 Taking a U-turn in the yesterday’s case involving a ‘CIA raid’ at a wine contractor’s shop in Dashmesh Nagar, in which the police claimed arrest of four men, the police today claimed that the accused were never arrested. Rather, they were served notice asking them to join the investigation. “We have not arrested the accused and we have issued them a notice under sections of CrPc and they were asked to join the investigation to present their side. In cases in which maximum imprisonment is seven years, the police can hold the arrest till the time they feel satisfied that the accused booked are guilty,” Investigating Officer ASI Jagtar Singh, Shimlapuri police station, said. However, complainant Gurjit Singh said all four accused were handed over to the police yesterday and they remained at the police station till late night and now, the police have released them. “We were yesterday told by SHO Mohammad Jamil that all four accused have been arrested and today, I was stunned to know that the police did not put their arrest on record. Now, the police have served them notices. This is unjust,” he said. Gurjit said he was a youth Congress leader and the action taken by the police on his complaints made him feel as if the SAD-BJP was still in power, as the complaints of Congress leaders were not being addressed. ACP Atam Nagar Rupinder Kaur Bhatti said: “The accused were taken to the police station, but the police stayed arrest because we want to verify the matter before sending anyone behind bars. We have served two-week notice to them within which the police would gather evidence and the accused can also prove their innocence. If during probe they are found guilty, they will be arrested. Else, they can also be relieved from the charges,” ACP Bhatti said. SHO Shimlapuri Mohammad Jamil did not respond to repeated phone calls.
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