24092018-LT-01.qxd 9/23/2018 11:34 PM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 24 SEPTEMBER 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Students in a quandary Poona Horse Regiment Goodbye Bappa Students of classes XI and XII of the PSEB are yet to receive textbooks of history. P2 Veterans get together for the 53rd anniversary of the famous Battle of Phillora, fought on Pak soil. P4 Activities in full swing as devotees carry idols of Lord Ganesha for immersion. P4 FORECAST RAIN LIKELY | MAX 23°C MIN 21°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6:21 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:16 AM Rain a misery, courtesy Bloodbath on city roads apathetic MC, NHAI Two youngsters killed in early morning accident at Basti Jodhewal Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Choked road gullies, NH drainage leave roads flooded after rain Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 23 Incessant rain left major roads flooded once again as the authorities have failed to ensure cleaning of the storm water drainage along the highways as also road gullies. Despite repeated demands of residents, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has failed to remove trash from the choked storm water drainage on Ferozepur Road, NH-95 and the Ludhiana-Delhi road that is part of NH-1. Commuters had a tough time on the highway on Sunday. The storm water drainage system has been lying choked for a long time. Drainage covers have broken at a number of places. Road safety activists have raised the matter multiple times that the ill-maintained storm water drainage can be a cause mishaps but the department concerned seems to be in a deep slumber. Major flooding was witnessed on the national highway from Kara Bara Chowk to A flooded Ferozepur Road (NH 95) near Aggar Nagar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN got ❝Rainwateron the NH accumulated near Jodhewal Basti and Karabara Chowk, it was difficult for two-wheeler riders to move ahead. The storm water drainage has been lying non-functional for a long time. ❞ JAGDISH SINGH, A RESIDENT Jodhewal Basti. The accumulated water under the bridges on NH1 and Ferozepur Road near Aggar Nagar also caused troubles for commuters. Many vehicles broke down while wading through the flooded roads. As work to widen the road is under way along Sidhwan Canal near South City, rainwater accumulated in the dug-up area. Rainwater also entered labourers’ quarters who struggled to remove water from their residences. The Municipal Corporation has failed to pay any attention towards the cleaning of road gullies. Rainwater accumulated near the level crossing on Pakhowal Road, Hambran Road, near Dholewal, Tajpur Road and several other areas. Dhandari Khurd and Giaspura were the worst hit due to overflowing sewage in Continued on page 3 Ghumar Mandi Road caves in again Tribune News Service Flooded fields on the outskirts of Bassian near Raikot on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Farmers fear rain Mahesh Sharma and Gurminder Grewal Mandi Ahmedgarh/Raikot Payal, September 23 Incessant rain and a similar forecast for Monday has sent shock waves among farmers of the region as both quantity and quality of the paddy is apprehended to be affected by more rain. Rescue operations made during the recent flood-like situation emerged as a soothing factor as waterlogging was reduced to a considerable level. The farmers have urged the state government to announce compensation on the basis of natural calamity. Farmers, led by All-India Kissan Sabha of Punjab vicepresident Baldev Singh Latala, said the incessant rain and high velocity winds if continued for another couple of days would cause massive loss to farmers in general and paddy cultivators in particular. “While the suthee variety (short-term paddy maturing in 60 days) is worst affected, both early sown paddy and Continued on page 3 Ludhiana, September 23 A portion of Ghumar Mandi Market Road again caved in near Aarti Chowk. The same portion also caved in around three weeks ago. There was another cave-in near the Gurdwara Mai Nand Kaur on the road. Superintending Engineer of MC Dharam Singh said they had already deployed the staff to get the damaged portion repaired. “Such cave-ins generally happen due to incessant rain. There is nothing to worry about.” A member of the State Road Safety Council, Rahul Verma, said unsafe roads were inviting mishaps and no concrete measures were being taken to prevent them. “It has been observed that such incidents generally take place near Ishmeet Chowk, Dhami Eye Hospital Road, Ghumar Mandi and some other areas. The old or damaged pipes should be replaced,” he said. Branches erected on Ghumar Mandi Market Road near Aarti Chowk after a cave-in. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN has been observed ❝Itsuch incidents that generally take place near Ishmeet Chowk, Dhami Eye Hospital Road, Ghumar Mandi and some other areas. RAHUL VERMA ❞ Choked sewers bane of Jagraon Jaswant Shetra Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 23 Medium to heavy rain which lashed the region on Saturday and during the night played havoc in Jagraon city. All major roads and most residential areas of the town were flooded with rainwater following the rain. The worst hit areas were Old Grain Market, Sabzi Mandi Road, Kamal Chowk, Sadan Market and Rani Jhansi Chowk. The rain once again exposed the tall claims of the Jagraon Municipal Council about making proper arrangements to prevent the problem of waterlogging in those areas. According to the local residents, the major reason A flooded street at Old Grain Market, Jagraon, after rain on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH behind accumulation of rainwater was chocked pipes which carry rainwater and sewerage of the whole town. Traders at Old Grain Market claimed that they suf- fered heavy losses as the goods stored in their shops and warehouses were damaged by rainwater. “Even the bores made by the civic body to prevent flooding in Old Grain Market proved an exercise in futility. A lot of rainwater got accumulated in the area. Rainwater also entered our shops,” said Harish Gupta, a shopkeeper. “The whole town was flooded with rainwater after the rain, thus exposing the tall claims made by the local municipal council authorities,” said Mohit Jain, a local shopkeeper. Jagraon Municipal Council President Charanjit Kaur Kalyan claimed that the civic body had made proper drainage arrangements to prevent flooding. “Most drains were cleaned and it was only due to excessive rain that rainwater got accumulated in some parts of the town.” she claimed. c m y b Ludhiana, September 23 Two days after two bikers were crushed to death under a rashly driven truck, another major accident reported on early Sunday morning claimed the lives of two persons and left Eklavya one severely injured. The mishap occurred after the driver of a car, in which three youths were travelling, lost control over it on the national highway at Basti Jodhewal near the police station. The car rammed into the Ashwani road divider with great force. Passersby had to struggle hard to take the occu- The mangled remains of the car which rammed the road divider in Basti Jodhewal on Sunday; and pants out of the mangled (inset) the youngsters who were killed in the accident. TRIBUNE PHOTO remains of the car. The deceased have been identified as Eklayva Sharma September 21: Two persons were killed in an accident at Instead of cracking down on speeding and Ashwani Vij. Their Transport Nagar. The deceased were Sukhbir Singh (41) of of vehicles to prevent accidents, the friend, Shubham is undergo- Satguru Nagar and Tirath Singh (36) of Rasila Nagar. traffic police are focussing on issuing ing treatment as the CMCH. challans for other offences. Since the September 13: Two minor boys, Parshotam (15) and Jagdish His condition is stated to be police have inadequate number of (16), were killed and one of their friends Ankit was severely serious. All youths are resispeed radars, a minimal number of injured after their bike was hit by a rashly driven vehicle of dents of Mundian Kalan. challans for speeding has been issued a bread company on the national highway near Basti by them in the past. Sources said Eklavya (21), Jodhewal Chowk. Ashwani (22) and Shubham (22) were good friends. In the wee hours of Sunday, they with the tragedy. separated from the body. was still unconscious. Once had gone to Jalandhar in a The car rammed into the Eklayva and Ashwani died on he comes to his senses, they Tata Nexon car. While return- road divider with such the spot. would get to know the exact ing from Jalandhar, they met impact that its engine got The police said the injured cause of the accident. Six killed in accidents in past 10 days No check on speeding
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