04072018-LT-01.qxd 7/4/2018 12:07 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 4 JULY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Villagers nab peddlers Haven for drug addicts Degree holder constables Residents of Otalan village thrash two drug peddlers and hand over them to the Samrala police. P3 A park at Salem Tabri has turned into a haven for drug addicts and a nuisance for area residents. P4 There has been substantial shift in educational qualification of aspirants for posts of constables. P2 FORECAST THUNDERSTORM | MAX 31°C MIN 24°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:34 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:28 AM Ludhiana stands up to save its green Residents say either stop elevated road project or change its design to save 2,000 trees Speaking out Gurvinder Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 3 A large number of residents gathered outside the PAU to protest the proposed felling of trees for the elevated road project on Ferozepur Road. On the stretch from Octroi Post on Ferozepur Road to Samrala Chowk, around 2,000 trees would be axed. The gathering, comprising members of several organisations and NGOs, college and school students, teachers and principals, raised slogans against the authorities concerned and the NHAI. The felling of trees was banned by the National Green Tribunal after a petition filed by Sangrur-based activist, Dr Amandeep Aggarwal, in 2016. The NHAI has sought permission from the NGT to axe the trees for the elevated road project. Next date of hearing of the case is July 12. Residents said they would continue the protest until either the project was shelved altogether or its design was changed, so all trees remained safe. The protesters said the project would cause an irreparable loss of green cover. “If 2,000 trees are cut, it will be an irreversible damage to the environment of Ludhiana, which is already one of the most polluted cities in the world. It takes 20 years to grow trees,” said Dr Amandeep Singh Brains from RBS Roots. Ravneet Singh from EcoSikh pointed out that tree cover in the city was already less and further axing of trees would make the environment worse. Residents questioned why such a step was being taken should ❝No roadsthe costberight expanded at of to breathe clean air. ❞ ❝Trees are lungs oforgan environment. As one JASKIRAT SINGH, a resident in body cannot be removed just because space for another is needed, trees must not be cut. ❞ JASTINDER GILL, a resident ❝Ludhiana is ranked third or fourth most polluted cities in the world. Instead of taking steps to improve the environment, action in wrong direction is taken by proposing felling of trees. Residents protest proposed axing of trees for the elevated project on Ferozepur Road on Tuesday evening. PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Need to understand preference to environment development has to take the ❝Sustainablefactor which is being given into accountin environmental precedence developed countries. In the US, a building was to be constructed by an aircraft company, but they realised that its shadow would fall in an area inhabited by a species of frogs, which would kill them. So they went on to change the design of the building and lowered the number of storeys. Such preference to ecology and environment has to be understood in India also HARIOM JINDAL, an advocate especially in this already polluted city. “Ludhiana has been counted among the most polluted cities, being ranked as even the third or fourth most polluted cities in the world. But instead of taking steps to improve the environment, action in the wrong direction is being taken by proposing felling of trees,” Colonel DS Grewal said. Jastinder Gill, a resident, said: “Trees are the lungs of the environment. As one organ from the body cannot be removed just because space for another is needed, trees must not be cut,” she said. Some residents said suffi- Will it ever end? cient representation from people of the city was not taken into account before this project was given the goahead, so it should be disallowed because of the objections by several residents. “Sustainable development has to take into account the environmental factor which ❞ is being given precedence in developed countries. In the US, a building was to be constructed by an aircraft company, but they realised that its shadow would fall in an area inhabited by a species of frogs, which would kill them. So they went on to change the design of the building Cop killed as bikes collide head-on other persons, including a woman, who were riding the Ludhiana, July 3 other motorcycle, suffered A policeman posted at the severe injuries. Jagraon Police Lines was Soon, Jagraon SHO Inderjit killed after the motorcycle he Singh Boparai, along with a was riding collided head-on police team, reached the spot with another bike on and rushed the injured Jagraon-Raikot Road to the local Civil Hospion Tuesday morning. tal. The doctors Two other persons, declared Nirbhai dead including a woman, on arrival and referred were injured in the the two injured to a accident. Ludhiana hospital. The deceased has The injured man and been identified as Nirbhai Singh woman belong to Head Constable Bhamipura village. Nirbhai Singh, a resident of The police registered no Cheema village, near case in this regard till the Jagraon. He is survived by reports last came in. The his wife, son and daughter. SHO said the police were yet Nirbhai was coming to to record the statement of the Jagraon from his village. injured and action would be When he reached near taken after that only. Dholan village, he collided Jagraon SSP Surjit Singh with another motorcycle and Jagraon AAP MLA coming from the opposite Sarabjit Kaur Manuke direction while overtaking a expressed grief over vehicle. Nirbhai and two Nirbhai’s death. Tribune News Service A biker passes through the waterlogged Panjpeer Road on Tuesday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN P4 Cong to name dist chiefs soon Sunil Kapoor, Karanjit Singh Galib front runners Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 3 Procedure to appoint new district Congress chiefs (urban and rural) has begun and according to the sources, the names have already been sent to the high command. The sources said the names would be announced this week. Presidents for both urban and rural district Congress committees are appointed for a two-year term. The term of the incumbent chiefs ends in a week. Gurpreet Singh Gogi is the president of District Congress Committee (Urban) and Gurdev Singh Lapran is the chief of District Congress Committee (Rural). The names of Sunil Kapoor (for urban) and Karanjit Singh Galib (for rural) are doing the rounds. Meanwhile, Ashok Prashar and Ashwani Sharma are also trying their level best to get the post of urban committee chief. But if sources are to be believed, the names of Kapoor and Galib have more importance than others in the list sent to Delhi. Sunil Kapoor belongs to a family of staunch Congress supporters. His grandfather, Sardari Lal Kapoor, was Health Minister in the Punjab Cabinet. Kapoor is secretary, Punjab Congress Committee. His wife, Seema Kapoor, is a councillor. Karanjit is the son of former MP Gurcharan Singh Galib. Galib was in the Congress but later joined the SAD. Now Capt Amarinder Singh has brought Karanjit back into the party fold. The police inspect the accident spot on Jagraon-Raikot Road on Tuesday morning. TRIBUNE PHOTO c m y b Bogus GST refund scam kingpin held COLONEL DS GREWAL Tribune News Service and lowered the number of storeys. Such preference to ecology and environment has to be understood in India also,” Hariom Jindal, an advocate said. The controversial project has already been questioned by several residents, as they say that there was no need for the project on Ferozepur Road, which already is one of the wider roads not witnessing any traffic congestion or jams. Mohinder Singh Grewal, general secretary, International Human Rights Organisation, said this elevated road would not serve any purpose, and it is just a way to take funds from the Centre by bureaucrats and politicians. Gauravdeep Singh from Initiators of Change said little Continued on page 3 Ludhiana, July 3 It has been just a year since GST was implemented but people have started finding ways to claim bogus GST refunds. In one such case, Sammy Dhiman was arrested from Mandi Gobindgarh on Tuesday evening by a GST investigation team from Ludhiana. The entire operation was held under the supervision of Additional DirectorGeneral Guru Sharan Singh while Additional Director Nitin Saini and Deputy Director Rachna Singh arrested the accused. According to information, Dhiman was the “kingpin” of the scam who used to supply bogus bills to industrialists in Ludhiana and Gobindgarh. He was on the radar ❞ Sammy Dhiman, arrested from Mandi Gobindgarh, used to claim fraudulent credits on false invoices of the GST investigation team of Ludhiana. Rachna Singh told The Tribune that the department was looking for him but he had absconded. “We got to know about his whereabouts and arrested him from Mandi Gobindgarh. Preliminary investigations are under way. Dhiman used to claim fraudulent credits on false invoices,” she said. The Goods and Service Tax system was implemented in the country on July 1, 2017.
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