05012018-LT-01.qxd 1/5/2018 12:22 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 5 JANUARY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Achiever A nomad’s quest Sukhmani XI win Mukesh has won Gold in 63rd National School Kickboxing Championship in Nov 2017. P2 Ramesh Kuntal Megh has won the Akademi award for his work, Vishwa Mithak Sarit Sagar. P3 Sukhmani XI and Jesus Cricket Club record easy wins at Kundanites Premier League. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 19°C MIN 5°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 5:39 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:25 AM Strictness by traffic police bears fruit Celebrating Guru’s day Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Nihangs perform gatka during a nagar kirtan on the eve of birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN 500 pools of Chinese string seized, one held The police with the seized Chinese string stock and the suspect in Ludhiana on Thursday. A TRIBUNE PHOTO Ludhiana, January 4 The police have arrested a 45year-old man and recovered 500 spools of banned Chinese string, also known as plastic string, from him yesterday. The suspect has been identified as Suresh Kumar of Bawa Colony, Haibowal Kalan, here. Commissioner of Police RN Dhoke had banned the use of synthetic and plastic strings in kite flying, as such kind of strings can easily slash the skin of animals and human beings. Following a tip-off, Constable Baljeet Singh, along with a police team, arrested Suresh Bids of LED light tenders opened Ludhiana, January 4 Municipal Corporation (MC) has opened bids of 24 tenders of LED street light projects with estimated cost of Rs 2.1 crore. These lights will be installed in some parts of the city. Executive Engineer (Light Wing) Balwinder Singh said the tenders of street lights were opened today. Installation of LED street lights would be started after issuing work orders to the contractors concerned. The residents of some areas have been demanding installation of street lights. He said these lights would be installed at nearly 2,000 points in the constituencies of Ludhiana North, Ludhiana East and Ludhiana West, represented by the Congress MLAs. Notably, the much awaited project of the MC for replacing the present street lights with energy-efficient LED lights as well as the Centralised Control Monitoring System (CCMS) project have been hanging fire for a long time. The tenders for the same projects under the Smart City mission were floated but the process had failed to make progress. Residents of various areas have complained about nonfunctional street lights in their areas. — TNS He told customers that it was thread-based string for allegedly selling the banned string. He had allegedly kept a large stock of banned string in a room at the back of his shop (Number 39) near Trunk Wala Chowk on Gokul Road, the police claimed. Baljeet said Suresh had bought these spools of Chinese string at lower rates from Delhi. He used to sell them by telling his customers that it is thread-based string, the police claimed. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Rajan Sharma said: “We have recovered 500 spools of Chinese string. A case under Section 188, 336 and 420 of the IPC and Section 15 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986, has been registered against Suresh Kumar at the Division Number 1 police station. Further investigation into the case is under way.” In December, Dhoke had imposed a ban on selling, using and storing such strings under Section 144 of the CrPC. Many lives have been lost in Chinese string-related incidents in the city. — TNS Ludhiana, January 4 Of 26 cases registered in the past 24 hours, eight pertain to offence of parking vehicles in a way that causes traffic congestion. These cases have been registered in various areas, including Model Town, Shimlapuri, Focal Point and Dugri. Senior police officials say “strictness” has certainly borne fruit and eased traffic congestion in the city to some extent. The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Dhruman Nimbale, told The Tribune that FIRs had been registered for wrongly parked vehicles under Section 283 of the IPC (Danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation.— Whoever, by doing any act, or by omitting to take order with any property in his possession or under his charge, causes danger, obstruction or injury to any person in any public way or public line of navigation, shall be punished. It is a bailable offence. Punishment is both imprisonment and fine depending on Judges). “Residents parked their vehicles at their own will, without giving a second thought about inconvenience caused to the general public/commuters. Ever since we have started acting tough, there is a lot of improvement. Residents now think twice before parking beyond the white line, and try to find a suitable space for parking. Even on the national highway, truck drivers now park their vehicles sensibly,” said Nimbale. Strictness adopted by the traffic police against wrong parking has evoked a mixed response. While a few say the Ludhiana, January 4 A 35-year-old man was found dead at a vacant plot in the Haibowal area here today. After preliminary investigation, the police suspected the person died of drug overdose. The deceased has been identified as Saurav Aggarwal of Anand Nagar, Haibowal. He was a salesman at a leading Ayurveda product store. He had been missing for the Police suspect death due to drug overdose past two days. The members of his family, who were looking for him, found his motorcycle in the Haibowal area. Later, the body was spotted in a vacant plot. On being informed, the Jagatpuri police reached the spot. They sent the body to Civil Hospital for post-mortem. Goldy, wife of the deceased, said her husband had been missing for the past two days. They had lodged a complaint with the police. The investigation officer in the case, ASI Gurmeet Singh, form the Jagatpuri police post, said the syringes and sedative pills were recovered near the body. It was suspected that the victim died of drug overdose. — TNS Chhapar road park becomes white elephant Mahesh Sharma Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 4 Recreational park established on the Chhapar road at the western end of the town by turning a garbage dump into the visitor’s spot has become a white elephant for the Municipal Council. While the park, designed by Apneet Kaur, then Ludhiana ADC, and the brain child of then legislator Iqbal Singh Jhoondan, is yet to become popular among masses, certain equipment installed there require massive repairs or replacement. Frequent repair and maintenance of alleged poor quality illumination system, fancy lights, musical system and the casket fountain installed Councillor Issa Mohammad discusses a point regarding upkeep of the municipal park at Ahmedgarh. A TRIBUNE PHOTO at the park is a recurrent burden on the civic body. Demanding a probe into the procurement of various ele- Wrongly parked vehicles cause traffic congestion in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES 15 136 17 From January 1 to June 30, 2017 From July 1, to December 31, 2017 From January 1, 2018, to date ❝Residents parked their vehicles at their own will, without giving a second thought about inconvenience caused to the general public/commuters. Ever since we have started acting tough, there is a lot of improvement. Residents now think twice before parking beyond the white line and try to find a suitable space for parking. Even on the national highway, truck drivers now park their vehicles sensibly. DHRUMAN NIMBALE, DCP ❞ authorities should provide enough parking space in each and every market before acting tough, the others feel strictness has led to sensible parking in congested areas. Sukhpreet, a salesman at a grocery store in Ghumar Mandi, said visitors parked their cars within the white line, which gave a clean look to the road and the movement of traffic was not hampered. Missing youth found dead MC cuts water supply Thieves break into house at Raghbir Park area Residents say civic body should ensure repair of ‘poor quality’ equipment under guarantee Ludhiana, January 4 Thieves targeted a locked house in the Raghbir Park area and decamped with gold jewellery and cash. The owner of the house had gone to meet his son in Gurugram. The Jagatpuri police have recorded the statement of the owner and initiated investigation into the case. The owner of the house, Vishnu Arora said he, along with his wife, had gone to Gurugram to meet his son on December 30. He was scheduled to return on Wednesday. He called up his maid and asked her to clean the house. When the maid reached the house, she found the locks broken. She informed the neighbours about it. When Arora returned, he found the thieves had decamped with gold jewellery and cash. — TNS Most areas witness less traffic congestion; 17 cases filed for wrong parking in four days ments of infrastructure and fixtures, residents, led by social activists Naresh Sharma, said replacement of expensive c m y b items, including illumination system and fancy lights, should be got done from suppliers as part of guarantee. “Even if the office-bearers and officials of the civic body had no ulterior motive behind purchase of poor quality items, they should have taken sufficient care while spending public money and ensured that the supplier gives guarantee of their proper functioning,” argued the residents. Justifying the demand raised by the residents, president of the Municipal Council Shiraj Mohammad said he had already asked councillor Issa Mohammad to get the needful done. Replacement of defective items and proper illumination of the entire park will be ensured, he claimed. Issa Mohammad said prima facie it seemed a large number of expensive items installed at the park were of poor quality. “However, we have decided to replace sufficient number of lamps and get the old pieces replaced,” said Issa Mohammad. The park was constructed on a piece of land that had been used as a garbage dump two years ago. Though the ownership lies with the Municipal Council, the plot was situated in the area that falls under the jurisdiction of Chhapar village. Though certain leaders opposed the move, councillors, led by then MC present Paramjit Kaur and former president Ravinder Puri, approved the project. duration by 3 hours Ludhiana, January 4 Without ‘giving’ any prior notice, the Municipal Corporation (MC) has reduced water supply duration in several parts of the city. The MC has imposed up to three-hour cut in water supply a day in several areas. It was learnt that no official announcement has been made in this regard. A resident of the Kailash Chowk area said: “Duration of water supply in our area has been reduced by three hours a day. We were not given any prior information in this regard. If the MC had to reduce duration of water supply, it should have given prior information to us.” Sources in the MC said the duration of water supply had also been reduced in various other areas that fall in different zones of the MC. Sub-divisional Officer (SDO) Anshul Garcha admitted the duration of water supply had been reduced. “We are supplying water as per demand of public. If we supply water more than the requirement, water goes waste and also pipes burst. Now, water supply has been reduced by one hour each during morning, afternoon and evening in the areas under my charge.” Superintending Engineer Ravinder Garg said there was ‘SUPPLYING WATER AS PER DEMAND’ are supplying water ❝Wedemand of public. If as per we supply water more than the requirement, water goes waste and also pipes burst. Now, water supply has been reduced by one hour each during morning, afternoon and evening in the areas under my charge. ❞ ANSHUL GARCHA, SDO no such official announcement to reduce the duration of water supply. Superintending Engineer Rajinder Singh said: “In some areas, where a large number of ‘vehras’ are located, water is being supplied for 10 hours a day while it is supplied for 7-8 hours in other areas as per demand.” — TNS
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