28022019-LT-01.qxd 2/28/2019 12:13 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE BE ROLE MODELS, VETERAN JOURNALIST TELLS STUDENTS PAGE 2 Veteran journalist Prabhu Chawla attends ‘Shaping Young Minds’ held at Guru Nanak Bhawan FORECAST MOSTLY SUNNY INBRIEF MAN BOOKED FOR KIDNAPPING 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL MARKET BODY DEMANDS END TO PARKING PROBLEMS PAGE 4 AAP SEEKS ACTION AGAINST ASHU OVER ‘CLU SCAM’ Members of the Feroze Gandhi Market Association have written to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh MAX 19°C | MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17°C | MIN 6°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:24 PM PAGE 4 AAP stages protest against Ashu at Deputy Commissioner’s office for his alleged involvement in the CLU scam SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:54 AM THURSDAY | 28 FEBRUARY 2019 | LUDHIANA Another life snuffed No pact, contractor still runs parking lot out on city roads Overcharges visitors with impunity at Sarabha Nagar market parking Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana: The Daba police have booked a man on the charge of kidnapping a16-yearold girl. The complainant, Mani Kumar of Harkrishan Nagar said his daughter, who studies in Class IX, went missing from their home on the night of February 24. Later, he came to know that she was kidnapped by a person named Mahesh Kumar, a resident of Azad Nagar, he added. The police said after registering a case, they had started searching for the girl. TNS TWO HELD FOR ILLEGAL MINING Ludhiana: The Salem Tabri police have arrested two persons on the charge of illegal mining. The suspects have been identified as Gurdeep Singh, a resident of Talwandi Kalan, and Madan Lal. The investigating officer, ASI Tarsem Chand, said information was received that two persons had illegally mined sand from a river bed and they were on their way to sell it. A naka was laid at Talwandi Kalan where two tractor-trailers loaded with sand were intercepted. Their drivers failed to produce any mining slip. After arresting the duo, a case under Section 21 of the Mining Act was registered against the accused. TNS Youth dies as car rams biker near Krishna Mandir Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 27 A rashly driven car rammed a bike near Krishna Mandir Chowk, Model Town Extension, this morning killing the motorcyclist on the spot. The entire incident has been captured on a CCTV camera. After the accident, passersby thrashed the car driver and later handed him over to the police. The deceased has been identified as Abhimanyu (26), a resident of Vishal Nagar. The car driver has been identified as Amanpreet Singh, a resident of Sargodha Colony. According to information, the incident occurred around 7.50 am. Gagan Kumar, father of the deceased, said his son worked at the office of a property dealer. Today, he left home saying that he was going to collect payment from some party. About an hour later, he was informed by the police that his son had died in a road mishap. According to the police, Abhimanyu was coming from the Jawaddi bridge side while the car was coming from the The police inspect the car and the bike after the accident at Model Town Extension on Wednesday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Baba Deep Singh Nagar. The car was at such a high speed that the bike was flung metres away from the accident spot. Passersby rushed the biker to the nearby private hospital where the doctors declared him brought in dead. Eyewitnesses said the collision was so intense that the biker’s helmet was broken. A case under Section 304 A, IPC, has been registered against the car driver. Ludhiana, February 27 The role of the Municipal Corporation (MC) authorities is under the scanner as the parking contractor is still fleecing visitors at Sarabha Nagar. It has come to light that the MC has not even signed any agreement with the parking contractor. After the last meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee, Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu had stated that the MC had not signed any agreement with the parking contractors. He had also stated that they couldn’t blacklist any contractors found violating the norms, just because the MC had not signed any agreement with them. Though the MC got vacated several parking sites, no action has been taken against the Sarabha Nagar main market contractor. Questions are being raised as to why the MC allowed the Sarabha Nagar market contractor to still collect fee from visitors when there existed no agreement. Sources said a few Congress leaders had lent support to the contractor that’s why the civic body turned a blind eye to the violations. Today, the parking employees were collecting Rs 10 as fee from two-wheeler owners against the actual fee of Rs 5 (as mentioned in the tender). There is no check on fleecing of visitors at the parking lot of Sarabha Nagar. PHOTOS: ASHWANI DHIMAN ‘MC HAND IN GLOVE WITH CONTRACTOR’ The MC had not blacklisted the erring contractors as they had not signed any agreement with any contractor. How can any contractor be allowed to keep collecting fee at Sarabha Nagar when no agreement has been signed? Moreover, the contractor is overcharging the visitors. It seems the MC authorities are hand in glove with the contractor. Kapil Arora, Council of Engineers ❝ Half-torn slip issued to a visitor. ❞ OCCICIALS CONCERNED TO BLAME: MAYOR It was negligence on the part of the officials concerned who had not signed an agreement with the contractor. However, the contractor pays instalments to the civic body for operating the parking lot. We will look into the entire matter. Balkar Singh Sandhu, Mayor ❝ Besides, half-torn manual tickets were given to the visitors to hide the actual parking fee printed on the slips. At the time of allotment, the Sarabha Nagar parking contractor had been directed to ensure the e-ticketing sys- ❞ tem. The elected representatives are keeping mum on the issue. A visitor said: Continued on page 4 MAN ARRESTED WITH LIQUOR Ludhiana: The Jamalpur police have nabbed a person and recovered 20 cases of illicit liquor. The accused has been identified as Sourav Kumar alias Letti of Master Colony. The police said acting on secret information, a naka was laid at Master Colony where a Ford Icon car was intercepted. During the search of the car, illicit liquor was recovered. The police said the accused was on the way to deliver the consignment to his clients. TNS CP lays stone for Eyes on OTS, building mafia rules the roost sports complex LIT COLONIES Kuldip Bhatia FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.12 DIESEL ~66.33 WHAT’S ON LUDHIANA POSTER LAUNCH FOR FASHION ICONS-2019: Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management & Technology, Civil Lines; 11:30 am. ANNUAL ATHLETICS MEET: Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women; 10 am. Police Commissioner Sukhchain Singh Gill lays stone for Vardhman Sports Complex at the Police Lines. TRIBUNE PHOTO Ludhiana, February 27 Police Commissioner Sukhchain Singh Gill today laid the foundation stone of Vardhman Sports Complex at the Police Lines here. Vardhman Group, under a CSR initiative, has taken up the Sports Complex project which will have two indoor badminton courts, separate toilets for men and women, an administrative office and change rooms with lockers. The project, with an estimated cost of Rs 1.2 crore, is expected to be completed in next six or seven months. After completion of the project, 600 families living in the Police Lines and 4,000 students of Police DAV School will get access to the modern sports facilities. Senior management members of Vardhman Group, Sagrika Jain and DK Sindwan, were also present. TNS Ludhiana, February 27 Proposal to bring a ‘one-time settlement’ (OTS) scheme for compounding of noncompoundable violations and illegal change of land use, coupled with slack enforcement on the part of field staff of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), has led to the building mafia having a free run in most of the colonies developed and maintained by the Trust. Even though the OTS scheme still remains on paper, and as per the draft policy buildings constructed till March 31, 2018, are to be covered under the same, yet the illegal building activity has assumed a feverish pitch, especially in the Trust colonies. Residential buildings without approval of building plan, excessive coverage, conversion of residential buildings or residential Illegal buildings are coming up in most colonies developed by LIT. TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH ACTION ONLY ON PAPER Not a single property has been resumed or eviction process initiated in more than 30 allotments of flats, shops, SCOs and SCFs which were cancelled for violations during the past two-three years. sources ❝ flats into commercial complexes (illegal change of land use) and clubbing of properties/plots in violation of terms and conditions of allotment are rampant in ❞ most LIT colonies such as Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Maharishi Valmiki Nagar, Rajguru Nagar and Sant Isher Singh Nagar with the violators eyeing the proposed OTS for compounding of violations. Authorities pass buck Situation in colonies developed by LIT and handed over to the Municipal Corporation for maintenance is still worse because both LIT and MC officials keep passing the buck when it comes to enforcement of building bylaws and acting against illegal change of land use. Colonies such as Sarabha Nagar, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Model Town Extension and Kitchlu Nagar are living examples of illegal buildings (specially commercial complexes) coming up in every nook and corner of these colonies. Arvind Sharma, a resident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and secretary of Council of RTI Activists, said he had filed more than 12 complaints during the past few months about clutters of illegal commercial buildings under construction in almost all LIT colonies and also in Trust colonies handed over to the MC. “No worthwhile action has been taken on even a single complaint. Not only this, report of a vigilance probe which had indicted owners of shop-cum-flats (SCFs) and the LIT officials for major violations of building norms and illegal change of land use in SCFs in the main market of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar is gathering dust for nearly three years now without any follow-up action,” he said. What is the secret of Mumbai dabbawalas’ success Girl student hangs Minna Zutshi Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 27 Speed, precision and unfailing commitment to the job at hand – these are the defining features of the successful business model of ‘dabbawalas of Mumbai’. Catering to over 2 lakh customers, the dabbawalas deliver the lunchboxes to their destinations with clockwork regularity. Sharing the dabbawalas’ business philosophy, Raghunath Medge, president Mumbai Dabbawalas, says that they have built a zerodefect delivery system, linking the individual with the organisation and the busi- ness with the social need and welfare. Around 3,000 dabbawalas are under-matriculates and as many as 2,000 are not even literate. “Yet they deliver the lunchboxes without any error. Colour coding helps them accomplish their task without any mix-ups. They do their job sans any technological assistance. Their only aids are humble bicycle, sharp memory and close cooperation and coordination with one another,” he says. White “topi” (cap) that all dabbawalas wear is not only a part of their identity but also a distinctive mark that helps them get additional cus- Dabbawalas do their ❝sans any technological job assistance. Their only aids are humble bicycle, sharp memory, close cooperation and coordination with one another. ❞ Raghunath Medge, Mumbai Dabbawalas president tomers without having to even introduce themselves! Addressing a gathering at Guru Nanak Bhawan here today during a programme organised by the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA), Medge says that many in the dabbawala business are the third generation dabbawalas. “Customer is the king. As long as we are focused on this, things are fine.” Though, as Medge says, he can barely spell the word motivation, yet he has been invited to deliver motivational lectures in different countries of the world. The bottomline: “For running a successful business, you don’t need a degree in business management. You don’t even need to be literate. Sound common sense, good stamina and good memory are enough, if these are backed by clarity of focus and a generous dose of self drive. c m y b self at LIG flats Raghunath Medge, president of Mumbai Dabbawalas, addresses the audience at ‘Shaping Your Mind Programme’ in Ludhiana on Wednesday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN In any business, customer satisfaction, quality control and the overall success are not the exclusive domain of the educated managers or the privileged lot! Ludhiana, February 27 A girl student studying in the 11th standard allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her residence in LIG flats on Chandigarh Road today. The deceased has been identified as Estela. The incident came to light when neighbours entered the house and found the girl hanging. They raised the alarm and informed the police about the incident. Daniel, father of the deceased girl, told the police that he had a son and a daughter, Estela being his elder child. Daniel, who works at some private factory, said his daughter had recently appeared for the Class XI exams and she was to take admission to the 12th standard. In the morning when he went to work, Estela was alone at home. He alleged that it was yet unclear why his daughter committed suicide. The police said no suicide note was recovered from the spot. The girl’s family did not suspect foul play in her suicide. — TNS
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