26122018-LT-01.qxd 12/25/2018 11:42 PM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 26 DECEMBER 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Young cricket achiever Overflowing sewers Christmas celebrations Aradhya Shukla from city is ready to make waves with his fine all-round performance. P4 Commuters are a harried lot due to overflowing sewers near AC Market for the past one month. P4 Residents wake up to ‘perfect Christmas morning’ with region engulfed in dense fog. P2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 18°C MIN 4°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:28 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:22 AM Cong caught unawares Fog haunts drivers Most leaders don’t know about presence of Rajiv’s statue PROTEST BY YAD Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Vehicles move with their headlights on as fog engulfs Ludhiana on Tuesday morning. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 09:15 am to 05:00 pm: Gurcharn Park, South Model Gram, Gandhi Colony, New Model Town and Jawahar Nagar Camp. SNIPPETS Man crushed to death under truck Ludhiana: A man was crushed under the wheels of a truck at Phase V, Focal Point, on Monday night. The deceased has been identified as Kamdev Kumar of Focal Point. His brother, Avdesh Maji, said he and his brother were returning home. When they reached Phase V, a truck hit his brother from behind and he died on the spot. The truck driver sped off after the accident. He was later identified as Sukhmanpreet Singh, a resident of Gurdaspur. A case under Section 304 A, IPC, has been registered against the driver. TNS House burgled at Gagan Nagar Ludhiana: Thieves broke into a house at Gagan Nagar and decamped with valuables worth lakhs. The owner of the house, Ram Jatin, said on December 11, he, along with his family, had gone to Gujarat to meet their relatives. When they returned home on December 21, they found the main locks broken and the entire house ransacked. The thieves decamped with cash, gold and silver ornaments, an LED set, an LPG cylinder, a mobile phone and other valuables. The police said they were checking the footage of CCTV cameras installed in the area. TNS PANCHAYAT POLLS No luring would do! P4 MLA inaugurates transformer, kicks up storm P4 Social media abuzz with appeals. P4 Ludhiana, December 25 The incident of blackening a statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by Youth Akali Dal leaders Gurdeep Singh Gosha and Meetpal Dugri has brought forth the fact that most Congress leaders were reportedly unaware of the presence of the statue in Salem Tabri. After the incident, senior Congress leaders MP Ravneet Singh Bittu, District Congress president Gurpreet Gogi, Ludhiana Youth Congress president Rajiv Raja and others reached the spot. Sources in the Congress say the leadership is planning to take care of the statue in the future or to shift it to the district Congress office. MP Ravneet Bittu garlands the statue of Rajiv Gandhi at Salem Tabri after the Youth Akali Dal leaders blackened it on Tuesday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Vijay Das, an old man who looks after the statue, claims it was built by his guru, Dalu Das, in 2006. He said his guru built the statue on his own and no Congress leader was involved in its erection. Rakesh Pandey, Congress MLA under whose con- stituency the place falls, too expressed ignorance about the presence of a statue of Rajiv Gandhi at Salem Tabri. He said the statue was not built by the Congress leaders, rather some people erected it at their own level. “Had the Congress built it, it would have been of a superior quality. But the statue is of inferior quality and it has no resemblance to former PM Rajiv Gandhi. The administration should either adopt it or shift it to the Congress office to prevent further incidents of vandalism,” he told The Tribune. Had there not been any name written on the statue, nobody would have recognised it as that of former PM Rajiv Gandhi, the Congress leaders murmured at the spot. The statue is built near the Buddha Nullah, which stinks all the time. An attempt to vitiate peace before elections: Bittu Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu told The Tribune that it was an attempt by the Akali Dal leaders to vitiate the Continued on page 3 Eight trains cancelled, fog to blame LPG banned, passengers get cold food at platforms Our Correspondent Ludhiana, December 25 With the weather condition taking a turn for the worse and the mercury dipping further, the hardships being suffered by rail travelers in the region have been further compounded. The Railways had to cancel eight trains and reschedule as many for late departure. More than 24 longroute trains were running behind schedule. Travellers to and from the national capital also bore the brunt of disturbed rail traffic as 14682 Jalandhar-New Delhi Intercity Express commenced its journey from Ludhiana some 1.20 hrs behind schedule (remained cancelled between Jalandhar City and Ludhiana) and three other trains – 12014 AmritsarNew Delhi Shatabdi Express, 12029 New Delhi-Amritsar Swarn Shatabdi and 12497 New Delhi-Amritsar Shan-ePunjab Express were delayed by 30 minutes to 1.40 hrs. It was officially stated that 12241/42 Chandigarh-Ferozepur-Chandigarh Intercity Express, 15209/10 Saharsa- Jaswant Shetra Tribune News Service Passengers wait for trains running behind schedule in Ludhiana on Tuesday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Amritsar-Saharsa Jansewa Express, 12331 Howrah-Jammu Tawi Himgiri Express, 13049 Howrah-Amritsar Express, 14674 Amritsar-Jaynagar Shaheed Express and 15707 Katihar-Amritsar Amrapali Express trains were cancelled for the day. Further, 12237 VaranasiJammu Tawi Begumpura Express (1.30 hrs), 12238 Jammu Tawi-Varanasi Begumpura Express (1.30 hrs), 12318 Amritsar-Kolkata Akal Takht Express (4.35 hrs), 12355 Rajendra Nagar (Patna)-Jammu Tawi Archana Express, 12477 Jamnagar-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Express (1.45 hrs), 12716 AmritsarNanded Sachkhand Express (1 hr), 19612 Amritsar-Ajmer Express (1.05 hrs) and 22446 Amritsar-Kanpur Superfast Express (1.55 hrs) were rescheduled for late departure. Trains running late ■ (10-13 hrs): 12203 SaharsaAmritsar Garib Rath, 12332 Jammu Tawi-Howrah Himgiri Express. ■ (7-10 hrs): 15655 KamakhyaVaishno Devi Katra Express, 18101 Tatanagar-Jammu Tawi Muri Express. ■ (3-6 hrs): 22445 KanpurAmritsar Weekly Superfast Express, 12587 GorakhpurJammu Tawi Amarnath Continued on page 2 Ludhiana, December 25 As the railway authorities have banned the use of LPG cylinders at food stalls on platforms, people visiting railway station and passengers are forced to eat cold food. The Railways has banned the use of gas cylinders at the stalls as a fire safety measure. The passengers travelling with babies face a lot of problem as they fail to get hot milk to feed their babies. “I was coming from New Delhi along with my wife and child the other day. When we reached Ludhiana, my wife asked me to fetch hot milk for our baby who was crying. But I failed to find hot milk on the platform,” said Ishaan Taneja, a resident of Moga. Ludhiana is one of the busiest stations in the northern region and thousands of rail passengers visit here on a daily basis. The stall owners say the passengers often complain of serving them with cold food, but they are OTS scheme a windfall for builders Construction of illegal commercial buildings going on at a feverish pitch in industrial city The complaint Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, December 25 Even before its introduction through an ordinance, the proposed one-time settlement (OTS) scheme for noncompoundable violations of building bylaws is wreaking havoc on the building activity in the city. Under the garb of OTS, expected to be notified soon, construction of illegal commercial buildings is going on at a feverish pitch and some of the officials of building branch of the Municipal Corporation are also reaping a rich harvest. In complaints sent to the Principal Secretary, Local Government, and the Director of Local Bodies, president of Council of RTI Activists Rohit Sabharwal has alleged that the building bylaws and provisions laid down in Section 269 of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act 1976 An illegal building under construction in Ludhiana. ASHWANI DHIMAN were being flouted with impunity by the unscrupulous builders and officials of the MC building branch. He alleged that employees and officials of the MC building branch were not taking action on non-compoundable violations of the bylaws on the plea that the OTS scheme was being introduced shortly by the state government and all non-compoundable violations would be regularised under this policy. Sabharwal pointed out that even after the introduction of the OTS scheme, violations committed before the cut-off date (March 31, 2018) mentioned in the draft policy, would be regularised. However, more and more buildings, especially commercial com- c m y b President of Council of RTI Activists Rohit Sabharwal pointed out that even after the introduction of the OTS scheme, violations committed before the cut-off date (March 31, 2018) mentioned in the draft policy, would be regularised. However, more and more buildings, especially commercial complexes, were coming up in the city with the MC officials looking like mute spectators, or else filling up their coffers in connivance with the builders, he said. plexes, were coming up across the city with the MC officials looking like mute spectators, or else filling up their coffers in connivance with the builders’ lobby, he said. Asserting that the MC officials (building branch) were neglecting their duty by allowing construction of illegal commercial buildings in the city even after March 31, 2018, he said the field staff of the MC was duty-bound to make sure that no building was allowed to be constructed in violation of the building bylaws, which unfortunately, they have failed to do. Charging the area building inspectors and the assistant town planners (ATPs) with total inaction in cases where challans were issued under Section 269 of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, the complainant said this gross negligence had led to the proliferation of ‘noncompoundable constructions’ and completion of hundreds of illegal buildings after the cut-off date for regularisation of such violations. Sabharwal has made a plea that the officers concerned be directed to make sure that no building with non-compoundable violation and in violation to the building bylaws was allowed. A food stall at Ludhiana railway station. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA ❝When we reached Ludhiana, my wife asked me to fetch hot milk for our baby who was crying. But I failed to find hot milk on the platform. ❞ ISHAAN TANEJA FROM MOGA unaware of the reason behind the problem. “The passengers are not aware that the authorities have banned the use of LPG cylinders for cooking purpos- es at railway station. We have no option but to serve cold food to passengers. The passengers often fight with us over this issue. The authorities should allow the stall owners to use LPG cylinders,” said a stall owner at the station. Ludhiana Railway Station Director Abhinav Singla said the railway authorities had been considering the passengers’ demand and a decision on giving permission for the use of LPG cylinders at food stalls might be taken soon. CP issues ban orders Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 25 The Commissioner of Police, while exercising his powers under Section 144 of the CrPC, has banned the sale of acid for a period of two months. Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill has ordered that no person can sell acid without a proper licence, which he would require to renew from time to time. The person selling acid would make sure that a complete record, including the details of a customer’s identity card, voter card and address, is maintained. Acid cannot be sold to any person below 18 years of age. The seller would also maintain a proper record of the stock and in case of any sale, he would submit the details with the local Police Station and the SDM. In case of sale of acid to any hospital, industry, government departments or other departments, the shopkeeper selling the acid would be responsible for collecting complete details of the head of the organisation to which the acid is being sold. Registration number plates The CP has also banned the manufacturing of registration number plates of vehicles that are not as per the rules. He has ordered that if any shopkeeper or painter manufactures any illegal number plate, then strict action would be taken against him. No firearms at marriage palaces Dr Gill has also banned carrying arms and ammunition at all marriage palaces that fall under the jurisdiction of Police Commissionerate for a period of next two months. In case any person enters a marriage palace with arms and ammunition, then the marriage palace owner would be responsible for informing the local police station immediately.
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