27062018-LT-01.qxd 6/27/2018 12:19 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 27 JUNE 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Day Against Drug Abuse Ads displayed with élan Shwait Malik in city With smack getting costlier, drug addicts using injections filled with heroin, tramadol. P3 No action taken despite Minister's order to cancel firm's contract for ads on bus queue shelters. P4 Says a large number of BJP workers sacrificed their lives during the Emergency. P4 FORECAST CLOUDY SKY | MAX 32°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:33 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:25 AM In Ludhiana district, 5 courts just to handle cheque bounce cases Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 26 Financial frauds in the financial capital of Punjab seem to be the order of the day. Literally. According to banking officials, on an average, at least three cheques get dishonoured every day in each of the banks in the city. No wonder, five courts in Ludhiana have been exclusively designated to deal with such cases only. As of now, 25,365 cases of ‘bounced’ cheque are pending in the district courts. The Sessions Judge here, Gurbir Singh, confirmed there was huge pendency of cheque bounce cases in Ludhiana district. “Five courts are exclusively working on the settlement of such cases. On an average, each court settles approximately 200 cases every month. Still, the pendency is over 25,000 cases,” said the Sessions Judge. “Insufficient funds” remains the major reason 25,365 cases pending, Sessions Judge says problem mounting 2-3 cases in each bank daily for the bouncing of cheques. Starting from families with meagre income, who get two-wheelers on loan, to middle class businessmen, traders and leading industrialists, the defaulters belong to every strata of society. The situation is so bad that from January 1, bank branch gets three ❝Onofan average, eachdaily. Middle class,two orand cases cheque bounce rich people with low economic status, etc, who take loans from individuals/finance companies, etc, become defaulters because of financial problems. ❞ NARESH GAUR, National Convener, United Forum of Bank Unions Fuelling unrest Woman found dead, in-laws booked The police prevent Akali workers and leaders from moving ahead outside the DC office on Tuesday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN. P3 Hosiery trader’s body found in canal Ludhiana June 26 The body of a 35-year-old man was recovered from the Sidhwan Canal on the Barewal road on Tuesday. He reportedly committed suicide as he had called up his kin before taking the extreme step. The deceased has been identified as Madhur Malhotra, a resident of Varindaban road. He was a hosiery trader. Vipan Malhotra, kin of the deceased, told the police that Madhur had plans to visit Jammu and Kashmir to pay obeisance at the Amarnath shrine. “On Sunday, he told his 2018, to May 31, 2018, about 7,928 more cases of ‘cheque bounce’ have been filed in the district courts. National Convener of the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) here Naresh Gaur said: “On an average, each bank branch gets two or three cases of cheque bounce daily. Middle class, rich and people with low economic status, etc, who take loans from individuals/ finance companies, etc, become defaulters because of financial problems.” In approximately 85 per cent of the cases, defaulters face punishment, said the family that he was going to market for shopping before leaving for Amarnath Yatra. On the same day, he called up one of his family members and informed him that he was going to commit suicide. He then switched his mobile off. He had left home on his scooter,” he told the police. The family lodged a missing complaint. On Tuesday, the deceased’s scooter was found near the bridge. The police found his body in the canal. It was taken out with the help of divers. — TNS Samrala, June 26 A married woman of Khahira village, near here, allegedly committed suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan at her house on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Dalwinderjit Kaur. Parmatma Singh, her father, said his daughter was married to Raminder Singh but she often complained of harassment by her in-laws over dowry. On Tuesday afternoon, his son, along with one more relative, reached his daughter’s house and found her hanging. Her in-laws were absent from the house. The woman leaves behind her infant daughter. A case under Section 306, IPC, has been registered against Raminder, husband; Harchand, father-in-law; motherin-law and three girls of the family. — OC City swimmer adds another medal to his kitty P4 Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 26 After Ludhiana Smart City Limited suffered a setback due to failure of previous tendering process for muchawaited projects, including retrofitting of Sarabha Nagar Market, development of Malhar Road as a smart road, fresh tenders for the projects worth more than Rs 140 crore were floated again on Tuesday. Bids have been sought from interested firms for these projects. It was learnt that a single tender was received for several projects in the previous tendering. The bids have been invited for the projects, including retrofitting and improvement work at the Sarabha Nagar market at an estimated cost of Rs 14.89 crore and development of Malhar Road as a smart street under area-based development (ABD) at an estimated cost of Rs 22.75 crore. Besides, tenders have also been floated for water distribution network and 24x7 Naina Mishra Tribune News Service The Sarabha Nagar main market will be developed under the Smart City mission. A FILE PHOTO domestic water supply (estimated cost Rs 46.50 crore), sewerage disposal system (Rs 39.29 crore) and storm water drainage network (Rs 22.59 crore) in the ABD category under the Smart City mission. Apart from this, bids have been invited for the construction and commissioning of masonry toilet blocks at different locations in Ludhiana city under the mission. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 3.55 crore. The availability of tenders online for bidding is from June 26 to July 11. The tech- nical bids would be opened on July 13. Municipal Commissioner Jaskiran Singh said the tenders had been floated once again as only a single tender was received last time. Sources said the firms were showing less interest in the projects to be carried out under the Smart City mission. Superintending Engineer (SE) Navjot Singh said: “If a single tender is received twice or more times, we refer the case to the PMIDC for approval. It can’t be opened without approval.” PPCB asked to act against dyeing units Notices to units for releasing waste into sewers Ludhiana, June 26 The rising number of gastro cases in Ludhiana is a forewarning for other areas in the miserable state. Residents of Dhandari Khurd, who have long been living near a landfill, may have their health on the line if the situation is not controlled at the earliest. During a visit to Dhandari Khurd, a twelve-year-old girl, Tanu, was found completing her holiday homework near a landfill. “I want to be a doctor, so that I can cure my people,” she said. At a short distance, some children were playing alongside the road. A few kilometres away was a woman who was washing clothes near a putrid plot. Children here play, study and sleep near the garbage, which often makes them sick, complain women who also perform daily chores in the middle of mosquitoes emanating from stagnant water in the area. provide 12.5 to 14.5 per cent interest to lenders. We had given them huge amount but their three cheques got bounced and matter still remains unresolved. In the case of industrialists, when the sales become slow, liquid money is hit. At the same time, payments are to be made to many persons for raw material and other stuff. Cheques are issued but funds are not arranged and these get dishonoured,” said Ralhan. Smart City tenders floated once again Dhandari Khurd residents at health risk Experts say people living near landfills are exposed to major health problems Sessions Judge, adding that there is small percentage, where people reach to a compromise too. Speaking on the trend, President of the Hand Tool Association here SC Ralhan said people issue post-dated cheques, without realising that they would be able to arrange funds or not. He said there were different reasons of cheque bounce. “One of the real estate companies had started fund raising and had promised to Tribune News Service A boy pedals his bicycle through dirty water at Dhandari Khurd in Ludhiana; and (right) a girl studies near a landfill. PHOTOS: ASHWANI DHIMAN “The children fall sick regularly because of flies and mosquitoes here. Last night only, my son had vomiting. When they fall sick, we take medicines from the nearby shops. During rain, water enters our rooms,” said a woman. Opposite a landfill is a meat shop. Its owner Aashiq Ali said: “The flies don’t go. What can we do? The plot has been rotting with garbage, water for a year and a half.” Mortality can shoot near landfills Dr Ramesh Kumar, District Epidemiologist, said: are quite in ❝Water-borne diseasesbreed, fliescommonandsuch areas where mosquitoes throng water gets accumulated. Malaria, dengue and skin diseases can occur at such places. Mortality is likely to rise if there are repeated cases of water-borne diseases. ❞ DR RAMESH KUMAR, District Epidemiologist regularly because of ❝The children fall sickmy son had vomiting. flies and mosquitoes. Last night, When they fall sick, we take medicines from the nearby shops. During rain, water enters our rooms. A RESIDENT “Water-borne diseases are quite common in such areas where mosquitoes breed, flies throng and water is accumulated. Malaria, ❞ dengue and skin diseases can occur at such places. Mortality is likely to rise if there are repeated cases of water-borne diseases.” c m y b He said: “The conditions of ‘vehras’ on the periphery of urban areas is deplorable. Our health teams frequently visit the ‘vehras’ and teach people how to live in sound conditions. But they have habituated themselves to living in such conditions as they feel their conditions prior to this were more miserable. Many patients with diseases are coming from these areas.” Dr Gurmeet Singh, former Medical Specialist, Civil Hospital, said: “The accumulation of garbage can lead to infections, such as diarrhoea, dysentery, gastroenteritis, typhoid, cholera and hepatitis. Worms are also present in garbage and can worsen health. If the toxic elements in the garbage are in direct contact, then the chances of poisoning also increase.” “Various types of allergies can also occur to people living near garbage dumps. Respiratory problems can trigger if garbage is burned. The situation can also be aggravated if the biomedical waste is mixed with garbage and set on fire. Repeated infections can cause dehydration and malnourishment among children and their brain will be directly affected,” he added. Ludhiana, June 26 After finding some dyeing units release untreated waste in the sewers of the MC on Rahon Road, the corporation has written to the Punjab Pollution Control Board to take necessary action in this regard. The MC has also served notices on the defaulter units for closure of their sewer connections. On June 22, MLA of Ludhiana East Sanjay Talwar had inspected the areas on Rahon Road where sewage was overflowing. He had asked the MC officials to prepare a report as to why the sewers remained choked there. Joint Commissioner of MC Anita Darshi said several dyeing units illegally released untreated waste into sewers of the MC. “We have written to the PPCB in this regard. Besides, officials of the operations and maintenance wing have been asked to plug sewer connections of those dyeing units which are violating norms.” An official said a slab of manhole had broken due to which the sewers had choked. Now, work is on to repair the damaged portion government ❝Theconstitute a special should team to check the methods of waste disposal at factories. If the norms are not being followed, the govt should strictly deal with such violations. ❞ GAGANPREET SINGH, A resident of the manhole, he added. Executive Engineer Pradeep Saluja said the sewer connections of the dyeing units had been plugged temporarily as maintenance work at the site was under way. The closure notices were already sent to the dyeing units and further necessary action would be taken, he added. Meanwhile, Talwar said: “I have asked the MC officials to address the problem of choked sewers at the earliest, so the residents do not have to suffer.” According to sources, untreated industrial waste is being released into sewers at various other areas, including Tajpur Road, Bahadur Ke Road and Focal Point, as the authorities concerned have failed to check such violations.
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