05122017-LT-01.qxd 12/4/2017 11:37 PM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 5 DECEMBER 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Inter-District Games Villagers block road From a photographer’s eye Hosts Ludhiana, besides Patiala, begin their campaign with victories in handball. P2 Fed up with bad condition of the Khanna-Machhiwara road, villagers block traffic for 2 hrs. P3 Lensman compiles book on how stringed instruments can add soul to Gurbani recital. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 23°C MIN 9°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5: 24 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7: 10 AM Plan to make Phullanwal Chowk a safe zone or a risky spot? One year on, traffic lights yet to be reinstalled at the chowk after completion of road alignment work; traffic left to fend for itself Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Traffic fends for itself at Phullanwal Chowk in the absence of lights. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Ludhiana, December 4 A plan to make Phullanwal Chowk on Pakhowal Road a safe zone is still incomplete as risk of road mishaps remains high here in the absence of traffic lights. The lights have not been reinstalled despite alignment of road having been completed in December last year. The traffic lights at the chowk were removed for correction of alignment of Lodhi Club Road (connecting Ferozepur Road and Pakhowal Road) and Link Road (a road that leads to Dhandra Road from Pakhowal Road) as drivers were getting confused due to ‘improper design’. After three persons, including two girls, were killed in road mishaps here in 2015, a joint SNIPPET Non-holding of Ludhiana Complete ban on plastic, synthetic strings Ludhiana: The police on Monday banned the use of synthetic and plastic string (also known as Chinese string) in kite flying. These kind of strings are very dangerous as they can easily cut the skin of animals and humans. Police Commissioner RN Dhoke has banned selling, using and storing of such harmful strings under Section 144 of the CrPC. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had earlier banned the use of nylon and synthetic “manjha”, the string used in kite flying. The use of such strings has claimed several lives and left many injured. TNS MC poll challenged in HC Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 4 Just over two months after Ludhiana Municipal Corporation’s term came to an end, a petition has been filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court blaming the state government for “playing mischief” by not declaring its election along with other civic bodies. It has also blamed the State Election Commission for toeing the line of the State government. The petition, filed by Manjit Kaur Ghatourey and another petitioner, against the State of Punjab and other respondents, is scheduled to come up for hearing before the Division Bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice Sudhir Mittal on Tuesday. Seeking directions to the State Election Commission to hold Ludhiana MC elections, along with the other municipal corporations of Punjab, the petitioners stated that Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala MC polls were declared. But Ludhiana municipal corporation was left aside. Claiming that Ludhiana MC’s five-year term came to an end on September 19, the petitioners added the basic essence of elections — fairness — had been given the go-by as a result of the state interference and planning. Elaborating, the petitioners added not only were the elections to the other civic bodies were to be held on different dates, even the results were to be declared separately. “The result of one would have bearing on the other corporation, which was the sole motive of the State of Punjab in interfering with the affairs of elections,” the petitioners contended. It was added that declaring elections of municipal corporations of Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala, while leaving aside Ludhiana municipal corporation, was clearly “in derogation of the mandate given by the Constitution of India”. The petitioners alleged that the state election commission was not acting as an independent body, but was acting in pursuance to the will of the state government, thereby compromising the very essence of independent elections. Describing themselves as elected members of the Ludhiana MC, the petitioners also asked for further directions to the respondents to hold the elections to all municipal corporations simultaneously and also declaring the results on one day as term of all bodies came to an end on the same day on September 19, starting from September 20, 2012. LIT, GLADA to lend a helping hand Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, December 4 Given the precarious financial position of the Municipal Corporation and its virtual inability to take up fresh development/maintenance work, the Punjab Government has asked the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) and the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) to chip in towards execution of a major project for solid waste handling in the city. If the proposal to set up 25 garbage compactors in the city jointly by LIT and GLADA is implemented as per schedule, most of the city localities would don a relatively cleaner look. With the 25 compactors in place, handling of solid waste at more than 50 secondary garbage collection points in different parts of the city that fall in all four zones would become much easier as the garbage collection vehicles would have to pick up compacted waste from fewer places as well as at a much faster rate. Giving details, the LIT DISPOSAL OF GARBAGE IN CITY No coordination in planning team have completed ❝Welast year. work on alignment of roads by the end of BOOTA RAM, Engineer at LIT We have demanded from LIT demarcation of central verge under its jurisdiction. Once we get the required demarcation report, we will start process for installation of traffic lights. VASDEV SINGH, Executive Engineer (Electrical) GLADA The LIT has completed its work. GLADA will take requisite steps for installation of traffic lights. PARMINDER SINGH GILL, Chief Administrator of GLADA-cum-LIT Chairman I will look into the matter. However, I have no information about any plan for construction of a divider under the MC jurisdiction. PAWAN SHARMA, MC Superintending Engineer team of the traffic police, Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), Ludhiana Avijot’s killer nabbed Had choked boy to death by inserting hand into child’s mouth Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 4 The police today claimed to have solved the murder of seven-year-old Avijot Singh with the arrest of a 26-yearold man. The suspect, Manjit Singh, was in a live-in relationship with the deceased’s mother and wanted to marry her, the police said. Addressing mediapersons, ADCP Rajveer Singh and ACP-Sahnewal Harkanwal Kaur said Manjit had admitted that he disliked Avijot, so he killed him. Manjit strangled the boy and threw his body from the stairs, the police claimed. According to information, the deceased’s mother was married to Bodhraj of Sekhwan village in Gurdaspur. Bodhraj, in his statement to the police, said his wife, along with Avijot, had started living with Manjit. He also alleged that Manjit had fractured Avijot’s legs two years ago. Manjit, who also belongs tor would be provided, so compactors could operate even during power failure. According to Gill, the Trust had approved a resolution for execution of this project under Section 69-A of the Punjab Town Improvement Act as the area where compactors are to be set up did not fall in the colonies developed by the LIT. “Once the resolution is vetted by the Local Government Department, the engineering wing Ludhiana, December 4 The building branch of the Municipal Corporation has written to the Commissioner of Police to take appropriate action against the MBD Mall authorities as they are not allowing public to park their vehicles in the area shown as a parking lot in the approved building map. The Assistant Town Planner, would commence the process for inviting tenders and allotment of work,” he added. The LIT Superintendent Engineer, SB Sachdeva, said the Municipal Corporation had identified tentative sites where compactors were to be set up and once the execution of work was taken in hand, the Trust would work in coordination with the MC officials, so as to achieve the desired results of easier handling of solid waste in the city. c m y b to Sekhwan village, resided at a “vehra” near Gurdwara Sahib at Ahluwalia Colony, Mundian Khurd village. He was arrested from Jamalpur Chowk when he was about to board a bus today, said the police. The ADCP said: “Manjit had hatched a plan to kill Avi- jot. He left the deceased’s mother at Beas on December 2 as per his plan. At night, he inserted his hand into Avijot’s throat and the boy choked to death.” After throwing the child’s body from the stairs, Manjit pretended before the neighbours that he fell off the stairs Civic body writes to Dhoke against MBD mall Tribune News Service Chairman, Parminder Singh Gill, who is also the Chief Administrator of GLADA, said the proposal envisages setting up 24 compactors by LIT while GLADA had identified a site for this purpose in Sector 32 behind the Vardhman mill on LudhianaChandigarh Road. The total project cost would be around Rs 40 crore and at each of the 25 sites, a compactor (set of three machines), a covered building and a power genera- ADCP Rajveer Singh and ACP Harkanwal Kaur address a press conference after the arrest of a man who killed the son of his paramour at Ahluwalia Colony. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA PARKING NORM VIOLATION Shivani Bhakoo A heap of garbage on the Malhar road in Ludhiana. A FILE PHOTO Improvement Trust (LIT), Municipal Corporation, PWD and road safety activists visited the place and prepared a plan to make the chowk a safe zone. Officials of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) claimed to have completed alignment work under their jurisdiction by December 2016. After installation of sewerage system, a stretch of Pakhowal Road outside the MC jurisdiction was also constructed earlier this year. Now, GLADA has to reinstall the traffic lights. Besides, a divider on a stretch under the MC jurisdiction has not been constructed. A member of the state road safety council, Rahul Verma, said: “Traffic lights should be installed at the earliest to prevent mishaps. Besides, the MC is yet to construct a divider on a stretch under its jurisdiction on Pakhowal Continued on page 2 on behalf of the Municipal Commissioner, has written to the CP requesting him to , instruct traffic officials to ask the mall authorities to let public park vehicles on the open space meant for parking. The letter was written on December 1, following a complaint filed by an RTI activist, Rohit Sabharwal, in this regard. He has stated that the mall authorities have barricaded the space meant for parking with planters to prevent public from parking vehicles there. According to the building branch officials, a notice was issued to the mall earlier. As the authorities do not allow public to park vehicles in the open space, visitors park their vehicles on the road. In 2012, the MC authorities had warned the mall of “strict” action in case it did not rectify the parking violation. Planters kept in the open space at MBD mall which has been shown as a parking lot in the building plan. Visitors are not allowed to park their vehicles there. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH and took the body to the Fortis hospital, the police said. Bodhraj told the police that his wife came to Sekhwan on December 3. “I had received a call from Manjit, who informed me that Avijot had fallen off the stairs and had been admitted to Fortis Hospital,” he stated. Acquaintance arrested for molesting girl Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 4 A 20-year-old girl was allegedly molested by an acquaintance at Mehlo village near Sahnewal yesterday. The suspect has been identified as Jagdev Singh of the same village. The police have arrested Jagdev under Section 354-B, 341 and 506 of the IPC. The victim told the police that she was alone at home when Jagdev visited there yesterday. Jagdev started teasing her and tried to pull her into a room. He also torn her suit. When she raised the alarm, he threatened her with dire consequences and fled the spot, the girl alleged. The Ramgarh Chowki incharge, ASI Jasvir Singh, said Jagdev was arrested last night. The victim’s parents were not present at home when Jagdev, who was known to them, visited there. Investigation is under way, he added.
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