17052018-LT-01.qxd 5/16/2018 11:41 PM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 17 MAY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE School stinks Sports policy soon: Sodhi Food conclave A garbage dump near Green Land School has become a nuisance for students, staff and parents. P2 Assistance of former Olympians and sports promoters will be sought to make changes in sports policy. P4 Pepsico India, ITC Ltd to expand operations in agro-food processing. P3 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 41°C MIN 28°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7:16 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:30 AM Contractor starts Gill Chowk flyover repair Asked to carry out work as per the recommendations of the NHAI; normal traffic movement likely by June 1 Shiv Sena (Punjab) smells a rat in flyover collapse Harshraj Singh Residents oppose shifting of flyover garbage dump to park Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 16 With traffic jams haunting commuters after the collapse of retaining wall of Gill Chowk flyover, the contractor started repair work on Wednesday. However, he has been asked to carry out repairs as per the recommendations of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), said an official of the MC. After the collapse of the retaining wall on Sunday night, the MC officials had blamed rats for damaging earth underneath the wall. Superintending Engineer of MC Dharam Singh said the contractor, Deepak Builders, had started preliminary repairs on the bridge. “The flyover, which was earlier under the control of the Municipal Corporation, was later shifted to the NHAI. We asked Deepak Builders, which had constructed the flyover, to carry out repairs. Now, the builder has started work to strengthen the flyover. The main repair work would be started only after getting approval from the NHAI,” he said. The local residents wanted the authorities concerned to get the flyover properly POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 9:30 am to 2:30 pm: Kartar Nagar, Model Town Extension D Block and some parts of C Block, Sant Fateh Singh Nagar. 11:30 am to 5:30 pm: Nitish Vihar, Dhandra Road, Manakwal, Dugri, Basant Avenue, Moti Nagar, Himmat Singh Nagar & adjoining areas. Gang-rape: Two brothers get jail Ludhiana: Two brothers, Shankar Saroj (18) and Lalji (20) of Shivpuri, have been convicted in a gang-rape case. Both were sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment. In January 1, 2013, the victim’s father complained that his daughter was having stomach pain. After medical examination, it was found that she was pregnant. The girl told her parents that she was raped by the two brothers. OC Tribune News Service Workers repair the damaged portion of the Gill Chowk flyover. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Repairs to be completed in 15 days ■ Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Agrawal has said: “I have been told by the officials concerned that repair work will be completed within 15 days and movement of traffic is likely to start by June 1. The traffic police will submit a report on Thursday whether there is a need to shift the bus stand.” ■ Traffic Adviser of Punjab Navdeep Asija said: “There is a single road to reach various areas in the city. There is a need to create more roads in a planned manner to avoid such problems in future. In a city like Chandigarh, there are multiple roads to reach sectors. The Ludhiana Administration should take requisite steps and ensure implementation of the mobility plan in a right way.” . repaired to avoid mishaps in future. The MLA, Simarjit Singh Bains, and a group of private engineers had raised questions over the construction of the flyover. “Nobody is concerned about traffic problems in the city even as commuters are facing jams every day. Where were the MC authorities when the local residents complained about weakening retaining walls of the flyover? The administration woke up only after a retaining wall collapsed,” said Tejinder Singh, a commuter. District BJP vice-president Parminder Mehta said the traffic in the city was already affected with the delay in the reconstruction of the old Jagraon Bridge. “Nothing is being done to provide relief to commuters,” he claimed. Ludhiana, May 16 Soon after the Municipal Corporation staff shifted the garbage dump under the Gill Chowk flyover to a park near Partap Chowk on Wednesday, the local residents, along with a former councillor, opposed the move. The MC shifted the dump to a nearby green belt where a tube-well is supposed to be installed. Former councillor Parminder Singh Soma said they had opposed the dump in the park area. “If a garbage dump is set up in the green belt near Partap Chowk, rats would breed here too. The flyover also passes over Partap Chowk and there are chances that the rats can again cause damage to the flyover. A tube-well is to be sunk at the park but the MC has converted the place into a garbage dump,” he said. Tejpal Singh, a factory owner, said: “The garbage dump should not be shifted to a green belt as it will inconvenience residents. Instead of setting up a garbage dump there, the MC should develop the park.” The Health Officer of MC, Dr Vipul Malhotra, said: “As repair work on the Gill Chowk flyover is under way, the dump has been shifted to the nearby park at Partap Chowk. Nobody opposed shifting of the garbage dump.” Residents oppose shifting of the dump to a park near Partap Chowk. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 16 The Municipal Corporation has served recovery notices on 22 complexes whose owners have failed to pay composition fee against the violations of building bylaws on their properties. It was learnt that the MC was expecting to recover Rs 6 crore from these defaulters. Earlier, RTI activist Rohit Sabharwal had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court against alleged misuse of parking space in 85 complexes located on College Ludhiana, May 16 The Shiv Sena Punjab on Wednesday staged a protest against the contractor who was awarded Gill Chowk flyover project. The party activists said rats were blamed for the retaining wall collapse to hide alleged faults in the construction of the flyover. Chairman of Shiv Sena Punjab Rajiv Tandon alleged that substandard material was used in the construction of the flyover. The MC officials are protecting Deepak Builders (who built the flyover) by putting the entire blame on rats, he added. Alleging discrepancies in the construction of the flyover, Tandon blamed the MC officials for allegedly awarding the flyover contract to an inexperienced builder. He further alleged that the flyover could have been constructed at a cost of Rs 18 crore but the contract was awarded at an estimated cost of Rs 23 crore to the builder. “There is a need to conduct a fare investigation into the matter,” he said. 2 booked for duping car customers Crackdown on illegal Had offered vehicle at much lower price by creating fake IDs on OLX Our Correspondent Their modus operandi Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 16 The police have booked two persons under Section 419, 420 and 120 B of the IPC and Section 66 of the Information and Technology Act 2000 for allegedly duping innocent persons under the guise of offering them vehicles at lower prices. They prepared fake IDs on famous online marketing sites to lure customers. The accused have been identified as Gurmukh Singh of Thulliwal village in Barnala district and an unknown person maintaining Paytm number 8094179251. The case was registered on the instructions of the Sangrur SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu after the Assistant Inspector General of Police (Cyber Crime) advised him to get the complaint probed by The accused, posing as a car dealer, obtained copies of Aadhaar card, bank passbook and RC of the vehicle from a genuine car seller. He later used them for preparing fake IDs on OLX. He and his accomplice inserted an advertisement for selling a car at a low price that prompted potential car customers to deposit a token amount in their Paytm account number 8094179251. the Cyber Investigation and Technical Support Unit of the district police. No arrest has been made in the case. Subhash Verma of the Vishwakarma Mandir area on the Dehliz road had inserted an advertisement on OLX for the sale of his Swift car (PB 13 AV 83820 for a price of Rs 6,90,000 on February 22. After some days, he received a call from Gurmukh Singh of Thulliwal village in Barnala district, who introduced himself as a car dealer. Gurmukh offered to sell the vehicle provided he was given Rs 5,000 as commission. He took from Verma the copies of his Aadhaar card, the first page of his bank account, and the registration card of the vehicle. The copies of Verma’s documents were later used for preparing fake IDs on OLX and prompting potential car customers to deposit a token amount in the Paytm account number 8094179251. Verma was upset when he started receiving calls from customers, who informed him that they had transferred the token amount as an advance for the purchase of the said car, at a price much lower than that offered by him in the original advertisement. Though a complete list of such persons was yet to be prepared, Sukhwinder Singh of Bhoora village, Gulshan Kumar of Sunami Gate, Sangrur, were among those who contacted Verma repeatedly for the sale of his car at a price of about Rs 5 lakh, according to the fake advertisement on OLX. The police had allowed Gurmukh Singh to join investigation before registering a case. Gurmukh expressed ignorance about the identification of persons who misused the documents for preparing fake IDs and duping customers by taking the token money. Harjinder Singh, SHO, said a probe had been initiated to ascertain the identity of the accused as also their exact modus operandi. lottery operators in city 25 FIRs registered, 27 shopkeepers arrested on Tuesday Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 16 In a major crackdown on illegal lottery operators in the city, the police registered 25 FIRs and arrested 27 persons on Tuesday. The crackdown followed increasing complaints of flourishing illegal lottery business in the city. The police are also investigating as to if any policemen connived with the illegal lottery operators. Sources said the lottery operators’ mobile phones would be seized to find policemen’s links with them. Additional DCP Gurpreet Singh Sikand, who carried out the special raids by directing the various police stations falling in his jurisdiction, said secret information was Shops raided by police will not be allowed to open again It was learnt that after such raids, shops are again opened by the lottery operators in a day or two. But this time, Additional DCP Gurpreet Singh Sikand asserted that lottery operators facing FIRs would not be allowed to open their shops again. He has strictly directed the SHOs concerned to ensure implementation of these directions. If any police official is found conniving with the lottery operators, strict action will be taken against them, said Sikand. . received that illegal lottery trade was being run with immunity. Special teams of the respective police stations Recovery notices Cooling heels to 22 complexes BYLAW VIOLATIONS Tribune News Service Road, Ghumar Mandi and other areas of the city. The MC had sealed some complexes with non-compoundable violations. However, action was not taken against the complexes with compoundable violations, according to the complainant. Assistant Town Planner (Headquarters) SS Bindra said notices had been served on 22 property owners who have not paid their dues. The MC has to recover around Rs 6 crore from these defaulters, he said. Meanwhile, Sabharwal said the MC unsealed complexes with non-compoundable violations. He has sought an inquiry in this regard. Men, who carry decorative umbrellas at weddings, cool their heels on the roadside before getting ready for a “baraat”. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN c m y b were formed that carried out simultaneous raids in the city. “We will continue raids on the other illegal lottery operators too. The police will not let such illegal trades flourish in the city. The heads of the police stations that fall in my jurisdiction have been clearly told to carry on with the crackdown,” said Sikand. Illegal lottery shops still running in some areas Illegal lottery shops were still found open in areas, such as Ganesh Nagar and Vijay Nagar, which falls in the the jurisdiction of Police Division No. 3. The SHO concerned, Kamaldeep Singh, said whosoever was found running illegal lottery would face an FIR.
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