25072018-LT-01.qxd 7/24/2018 11:38 PM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 25 JULY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE PTR mocked at this school BSNL services disrupted Violation of human rights With 180 students in one room, PTR mocked at primary school in Dhandari Khurd. P2 BSNL officials accuse MC of disrupting services due to garbage dumped on company’s duct. P3 UHRO to file contempt plea against women jail staff for failing to comply with SC orders in 8-yr-old case. P3 FORECAST SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS | MAX 31°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7: 26 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5: 39 AM Heavy duty begins Gill Chowk flyover reopens for heavy traffic Ludhiana: The Gill Chowk flyover was reopened for heavy vehicles on Tuesday evening. Earlier, the flyover was supposed to be reopened for heavy traffic on Wednesday, but the announcement was made a day before the schedule. Deputy Mayor Sarabjit Kaur announced the reopening of heavy vehicular traffic at the flyover. After a part of the flyover road had been damaged, MC officials had carried out repair work at the road on Monday. However, the officials had claimed that it was a minor problem with the road layer. MC’s Superintending Engineer Dharam NHAI ignores choked storm water drains Singh said there was no problem with the flyover road. “We have allowed heavy vehicular traffic at the Gill Chowk flyover,” he said. The flyover was closed for all kinds of traffic on May 13 night, when a reinforced wall had collapsed. In June, the flyover side (from Dholewal towards bus stand) was reopened. After repairing the damaged wall, the other side (from bus stand towards Dholewal) was reopened for light vehicles, including bikes and cars on July 19. Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu said: “The flyover is safe and it has been opened for heavy traffic.” — TNS << Gill Chowk flyover opened for heavy traffic in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Gas agency staff looted at gunpoint Miscreants injure an employee after snatching bag containing ~44,700; fire gun shots in air Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 24 Five bike-borne armed assailants looted ~44,700 cash from the Indira Gas Agency employees in Preet Vihar, Street No. 21, Shimlapuri, on Tuesday. ADCP Sandeep Sharma along with SHO Shimlapuri Davinder Singh rushed to the spot and started the probe. ADCP Sharma said the employees of the gas agency had stationed their tractor trolley laden with gas cylinders at the gas distribution point, when five persons on two motorcycles, including Royal Enfield and Bajaj Platina, suddenly came and took the employees at gunpoint. One of the armed men snatched the bag containing cash. Before leaving the spot, robbers fired gun shots in the air. Cops conduct probe in Shimlapuri on Tuesday; and (right) the CCTV grabs of bike-borne suspects. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN The accused also injured one salesman by hitting him with some sharp weapon and the salesman was rushed to a hospital for treatment. Gas agency owner Ranjit said four employees of the agency namely Pritpal Singh, Chotey Lal, Hira Lal and Manoj had gone to deliver cylinders, when they met with the tragedy. Hira Lal who was carrying the bag, sustained sharp cut on his arm. “We scanned several CCTV cameras and in one of the cameras, near the spot, two bikeborne have been captured SNIPPETS Powercomemployeeelectrocuted Khamano: A Powercom employee, who was repairing the power supply line at Khamano, was electrocuted near Khamano police station on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Satwinder Singh (50), a resident of Harnoli village, near Ropar. As per the information, Satwinder had come with other employee and he climbed an iron staircase. During the repair work, the staircase suddenly came in contact with the power supply line and he was electrocuted and died on the spot. The deceased was a lineman in the Powercom office in Khamano and was repairing a supply line going to a school at the time of incident, as per SDO Khamano Darshan Singh. The SDO said the family of the deceased would be given all facilities as per the Powercom guidelines. OC Agent Nitish faces 3 more FIRs Ludhiana: Already facing over 40 FIRs of travel frauds, travel and immigration agent Nitish Ghai faced three fresh FIRs of fraud. Kamal Kishore, a complainant from Jalandhar, told the police that the accused took ~1.95 lakh from him to arrange work permit for him and his kin, but failed to do so. When they asked him to return the amount, he refused. In the second case, complainant Dalip Kumar of Jalandhar said the accused took ~30,000 from him on the pretext of sending him abroad, but failed. In another case against Nitish and others including Madam Preet, Kulbhushan Sood, Sonu Sood and Tajinder Singh, complainant Raj Kumar of Garha, Jalandhar, said the accused took ~35,500 from him on the pretext of arranging work visa, but failed. After inquiry, the ACP (East) recommended the registration of immigration fraud case against the accused and his staff. Nitish was recently arrested and was being interrogated in various FIRs registered against him. Defaulters beware! The MC Commissioner conducted a meeting with officials of different branches to discuss the plan for recovery from defaulters. MC Commissioner Kanwalpreet Kaur has given instructions to the officials concerned to ensure recovery from defaulters, adding that notices would be served on those, who have not paid their property tax, house tax, water supply and sewerage charges. She has given directions to the officials to intensify the recovery drive. She said the notices would be served on defaulters and a target for recovery would be fixed. Earlier, the Local Bodies Department had given instructions to the MC to fix time-bound targets for recovery branches and take disciplinary action against the staff concerned for failing to recover expected income. The target of property tax has been increased from ~95 crore to ~100 crore for current fiscal. Besides, the MC is yet to recover around ~300 crore from defaulters. Earlier, several recovery drives have been conducted, but MC failed to recover pending dues. TNS c m y b with clear images. Our teams are on the job to trace the culprits,” said Shimlapuri SHO Inspector Davinder Singh. Singh said an empty cartridge of .32 was also recovered from the spot, which was fired in the air by the robbers. A case of loot against the unidentified bike borne was registered at the Shimlapuri police station. Choked storm water drain on the NH-1 near Dhandari railway station, Ludhiana, cries for attention. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 24 The choked storm water drainage along the LudhianaDelhi Road (National Highway-1) is crying for attention as waterlogging is being witnessed at various locations. Due to the collection of trash, the water has accumulated in these choked drains along the NH1 near Dhandari Railway Station, Basti Jodhewal, Jalandhar Bypass and other places. Residents have sought from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to get the trash cleared and make the storm water drainage system functional. The drain covers have damaged at different points in the absence of any check by the authorities concerned. “Some heaps of waste, especially polythene bags, have been created at the covered portion of the drains. The water gets accumulated in the service lane, but nothing has been done. The purpose of this storm water drainage system is defeated. The broken covers also give an invitation to mishaps. Now, accumulated water in these drains has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes,” said Varinder Kumar of Dhandari. Kamaljit Soi, a member of the National Road Safety Council, said: “These drains are lying non-functional for a long time. These ill-maintained storm water drains are vulnerable to mishaps, as their covers have broken at different locations. Toll is collected from commuters, but the NHAI and the construction company concerned have failed to pay any attention. If any fatal accident is caused due to broken covers of these storm water drains, even a case under Section 304-A can be filed against the authorities and company concerned.” Besides, the situation of such drains on Ferozepur Road is similar, as waterlogging is being witnessed at different locations. NHAI Project Director could not be contacted for comment.
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