22112017-LT-01.qxd 11/22/2017 12:37 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 22 NOVEMBER 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Award for GADVASU Don Mission Swachhta Guru’s Pyaras Dr Saxena, Prof of Immunology, has been conferred Lifetime Achievement Award. P2 Two Jagraon-based NGOs have done what the administration has failed to do in years. P3 A nagar kirtan was taken out on the eve of martyrdom day of Guru Tegh Bahadur. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 23°C MIN 8°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:26 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7 AM No record of approval to factory building map Papers show plot carved out by the Industry Dept, building exists Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 21 There has been no record of approval to the maps of all five storeys of the plastic-manufacturing factory which collapsed at Mustak Ganj yesterday. Though the MC records of 1974 show that the building does exist, there has been no record of map approval. The Assistant Town Planner, Headquarters, SS Bindra, said the department had checked the office record from 2000 to 2017 but they couldn’t find any record of building approval to the factory. “We have come to know that the plot was carved out by the Industry Department, which means it is an industrial plot. As per the rules, the owners can construct the building up to 60-foot height,” said Bindra. The factory got a certificate from the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) in March, 2017. The staff concerned must have visited the place then and found everything satisfactory. How come highly inflammable chemical was lying in the factory which exploded bringing down the entire five-storey building? According to the estimates with the building branch of the Municipal Corporation, around 500 buildings in the city are illegal. Besides, 24 buildings have been declared unsafe. The building branch officials claim that all unsafe buildings have been vacated. HOW FACTORY OWNERS GOT NOC In 2016, the owners applied for an NOC for the five-storey factory from the PPCB. The site plan, which is approved by the Factory Department, needs to be submitted along with other documents for getting an NOC. The owners submitted to the PPCB the site plan of just two floors which were duly approved by the official concerned of the Factory Department. SIDHU TO RAISE INSURANCE ISSUE The Minister for Local Bodies, Navjot Singh Sidhu, said he would take up the issue of insurance cover to firefighters at the next Cabinet meeting. “The human loss is irreparable. But we have to do something for their families for the rest of their lives. I will take up the issue in the Cabinet,” he said. QUESTION MARK OVER MC WORKING ■ There are no records of many buildings in the city. Who should be held responsible? ■ How many illegal constructions have been demolished by the MC to date? ■ Why enough time is given to violators to move court and get stay orders? Rescue operation under way at the site where a plastic-manufacturing factory collapsed at Mustak Ganj on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Grieving relatives of fireman Sandeep, who died in the building collapse; shops remained shut at Bhadaur House in the wake of accident; and the police prevent relatives from going close to the debris of the collapsed building. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN/INDERJEET VERMA Most victims suffered multiple fractures Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 21 The postmortem report has revealed that most deceased suffered multiple fractures. Autopsy was conducted by Dr Bindu, Dr Gurcharan, Dr Savita and Dr Harish. Inderpal Singh (55) of Pakhowal Road, a friend of the factory owner, had severe fractures on the head, both arms and left leg. Baldev Raj (55) of Jaswant Nagar, manager of the factory, died as he lost both legs and suffered severe head injuries. Sub-fire officer Shamoun Gill (53), from Amritsar, had multiple fractures on ribs. Sandeep (32), a computer designer at the factory, had multiple fractures on both legs and his right arm. Laxman Dravid (53), a Dalit leader, died of suffocation and chemical burns on the chest. KHAIRA BLAMES MC OFFICIALS Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Khaira also visited the spot. He blamed the MC officials for allowing the illegal building to come up in a “residential area”. He demanded action against the erring officials and demanded strict action against the factory owner whose negligence led to the loss of precious lives. According to the doctors, he would have died after struggling for six or seven hours. Firemen Rajan (45), of New Kundanpuri, and Vishal Kumar (35), of Saroop Nagar, were charred to death. A factory worker. Ghanaiya, also died from severe burns. Fireman Pooran Singh (50) was suffocated to death under the rubble. Computer design- er Amarjot (25) suffered a severe head injury and bled to death. Senior fire officer Rajinder Sharma and subofficer Raj Kumar died due to multiple fractures. Government will stand by bereaved families: MLA Surinder Dawar, MLA from the Central Constituency where the ill-fated factory was located, said the government would leave no stone unturned to support the families who had lost their dear ones in the accident. “After the mishap, I requested Capt Amarinder Singh to pay a visit to the city and share the sorrows of the families. I had also urged the CM to extend all possible help to the kin of the deceased firefighters. Apart from ex gratia for the families of firemen, government jobs were also announced,” Dawar Continued on page 3 Bittu for stern action against erring people Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 21 Expressing profound grief and sorrow over the lives lost in the collapse of a building near Suffian Chowk, Industrial Area-A, the Lok Sabha MP from Ludhiana, Ravneet Singh Bittu, said today that stern action would be taken against the people responsible for this mishap. In a statement issued here, the Lok Sabha MP said that Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, had ordered a probe into the matter by the Divisional Commissioner, Patiala. The MP , who, along with the Punjab Chief Minister, visited the site of mishap, said preliminary enquiry pointed towards the fact that the factory owner had blatantly violated the norms during the construction of the factory. He said due to this violation, Continued on page 3 c m y b Units in un-organised area sitting on a powder keg 80% factories located in unorganised, mixed land areas Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 21 About 80 per cent industrial units are located in un-organised sector, which is the reason behind unfortunate incidents, one of which occurred at a plastic factory here yesterday. Stricter norms for units of different nature is the need of the hour. At present, the norms are the same for all units, be it a dyeing unit, a yarn unit, a plastic unit or a garment unit. As dyeing and plastic units store inflammable chemicals, there should be stricter norms for them and they should be dealt with sternly if found violating the rules. In the present scenario, getting consent or an NOC is a difficult procedure. But after getting consent, there follows no problem as checking with SUBSIDISE EQUIPMENT, HEFTY FEES The government should subsidise the firefighting system and pollution-check devices. People should not be scared of following the norms due to hefty fees but the government should help them in following the rules by subsidising the fees. BADISH JINDAL, President FOPSIA regard to installation of proper equipment is barely done. The authorities seldom pay heed to check if all norms are being followed by the units. Meanwhile, the local industry’s plea to set up another focal point has fallen on deaf ears. Nothing was done by the previous government and even the present government has taken no step in this direction. Though the present government has promised to set up one more focal point. The existing focal point, which was set up in 1998, comprises eight phases. Besides there are Industrial Area A, B and C. Industrial Area C has not been planned properly. In the master plan, there is no proper planning for industrial zones. Badish Jindal, president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association (FOPSIA), said the main reason behind such incidents was that the units were located in the un-organised sector. “Industry’s long-pending Continued on page 3 3 run over by train at Daba Ludhiana, November 21 Three persons, including a woman, were run over and killed by a train in the Daba area this afternoon. Among the three victims, only the woman has been identified as Sangeeta. She was a native of Uttar Pradesh and was living in the Dhandari Kalan area. The two unidentified victims were aged between 25 and 30. Investigating officer Kailash Chand, Government Railway Police, Ludhiana, said the incident occurred in the afternoon when the three persons were crossing the railway track. “According to the eyewitnesses, the victims failed to notice the coming train while crossing the track. The bodies have been kept in the mortuary of Civil Hospital,” he added.
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