09032019-LT-01.qxd 3/9/2019 12:26 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE PROTESTERS ALLEGE POLICE INACTION, BLOCK TRAFFIC PAGE 2 MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 3 CENTURY-OLD BRIDGE CRIES FOR ATTENTION Punjab Istri Sabha and Working Women Forum call for reducing tension between India and Pakistan. Sale of drugs come to the fore, people block traffic to protest death of a youth due to overdose in Samrala. FORECAST CITY CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH GUSTO MAX 24°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22°C | MIN 10°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6:30 PM PAGE 4 The civic body is yet to finalise reconstruction of the bridge which is more than 10 decades old. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:43 AM SATURDAY | 9 MARCH 2019 | LUDHIANA Suspecting illicit relations, man strangles wife MP Bittu forcibly closes Ladhowal toll plaza Tribune News Service Manav Mander Grewal said, “What Bittu has done today is a political gimmick. He is just trying to cover up his failures. If he is sincere towards the cause then he should tell the state government to construct a police post outside the toll plaza so that no toll fee is collected.” “Even the Municipal Corporation has failed to provide basic amenities to the city people. Bittu should tell Mayor not to collect taxes from residents of the city,” Grewal added. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 8 A man suspecting illicit relationship of his wife strangulated her at Basant Avenue. The woman was reportedly murdered on Thursday night, but incident came to fore today morning when residents of the area found her dead. Continued on Page 4 FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.68 DIESEL ~66.85 WHAT’S ON LUDHIANA ANNUAL ATHLETIC MEET: Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town; 11:15 am. PRIZE DISTRIBUTION FUNCTION: Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines; 11:30 am. FICCI FLO PANEL DISCUSSION: Hotel Park Plaza; 2:30 pm Ludhiana, March 8 Broken window panes, closed cabins, locked office and vehicles passing without paying toll fee was the scene at the Ladhowal toll plaza after Member of Parliament (MP) Ravneet Bittu got the barrier operations shut in the morning today. Some are calling it as an election stunt while others are terming it as a cover up to his shortcomings. Amidst the development, it was commuters, who felt relieved as they were passing the toll barrier without paying fee. The office of the toll plaza was locked forcibly by MP Bittu and his supporters today. “Every day, district president, councillor, Mayor or an MLA will be sitting on a vigil to make sure that no fee is charged from the passer byes at the toll plaza,” said MP Bittu. A few window panes of cabins from where toll fee was collected were broken by supporters of the MP while they were getting the office of the barrier closed. “The toll plaza was set up in 2009. It collects nearly Rs 50 MP Ravneet Bittu, along with Congress workers, locks the office of the toll plaza; and (right) vehicles pass through barricades without paying the fee at the Ladhowal toll plaza. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN lakh every day. Till now, the company manning the plaza has earned Rs 1,800 crore. Even the National Highway Authority of India has asked for closure of the toll barrier as the firm concerned has failed to complete the national highway project on time,” Bittu added. “The firm is not taking completion of flyovers in Ludhiana seriously. As projects have not been completed so, the company does not have any right to collect toll fee. Till the time the work is incomplete and flyovers are not opened for the public, we will not let the Ladhowal toll plaza function. We will keep a watch on the barrier so that the firm does not start its operations today,” said Bittu. “Every pilgrim going to Golden Temple, Durgiana Mandir, Amarnath Yatra, Chintpurni Mata, Kartarpur Sahib or Beas passes through this road. People not only from Punjab, but from the entire country and in fact the whole world come to pay obeisance at Golden Temple. They are charged toll fee on this road, which is uncalled for,” the MP added. Civic body to present Budget today Harshraj Singh OPPN AGAINST ‘PICK AND CHOOSE ’ Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 8 The annual Budget of the Municipal Corporation (MC) for the coming 2019-20 fiscal will be presented in the House meeting tomorrow. As per sources it is expected that the civic body may present annual budget of nearly Rs 950 crore. “As Lok Sabha elections are to be held soon, the MC has not planned to introduce any new tax. However, the MC is planning to purchase machines for cleaning choked sewers, a major problem in various parts of the city,” said sources. A pre-Budget meeting was held here on Thursday. “More funds are to be allocated to purchase new machinery to deal with problem of choked sewers in the city. We are not levying any new tax,” said Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu. The MC is likely to spend 57 per cent of the annual Budget on development works in the coming financial year. “The civic body has planned to spend Rs 100 crore on road works and Rs 7 crore on parks. EXPECTED FINANCIAL BLUEPRINT ■ More funds are to be allocated for purchasing new machinery to deal with the problem of choked sewers. ■ Around 57 per cent of the annual Budget to be spent on development works in the coming financial year. ■ The civic body has planned to spend ~100 crore on road works However, final decision will be taken in the House meeting tomorrow,” the sources added. “The MC is expecting to generate Rs 90 crore from property tax till March 31 against target of Rs 100 crore for the current fiscal. The civic body hopes to generate Rs 100 crore from and ~7 crore on parks. ■ The civic body is hoping to generate ~100 crore from property tax during 2019-20. ■ The target for earnings from advertisements in the 2019-20 financial year is ~25 crore. ■ The MC expects to earn ~40 crore revenue from excise duty in the upcoming financial year. property tax during 2019-20,” the sources said. “Besides, the MC will generate Rs 25 crore from advertisements in the 2019-20 against Rs 68 lakh during 2018-19,” the sources added. The MC had set a target of Rs 75 crore income from oper- A meeting of SAD-BJP councillors was held here on Friday. They discussed their strategy for MC’s proposed annual budget, which would be presented in the House meeting on Saturday. Leader of the Opposition in the MC House, Harbhajan Singh Dang, said the issues in wards of SADBJP councillors were not being resolved. “The MC has followed pick and choose policy as proposals for development in respective wards of SAD-BJP councillors were not approved by the F&CC. Before starting the Budget proceedings, we will raise our issues in the House meeting on Saturday. If our demands are not met, we will start an agitation,” he said. ations and mainteance (O&M) wing during 2018-19, but, cell earned around Rs 29.40 crore so far, the sources said. “The MC is expecting to generate Rs 40 crore revenue from excise duty in the upcoming financial year,” the sources added. c m y b Will stand guard till solution is found: MP Legal action after consulting seniors Meanwhile, MP Ravneet Bittu has put a tent at the Ladhowal Toll Plaza. “I will be spending the night here. The SOMA company should not think that we will go away after closing down its office. We want a proper solution. The toll plaza will re-open only when they will start work on projects,” said Bittu. “SOMA company and the NHAI should come up with solution. Only then we will lift dharna. I appeal to other political parties to come forward and sit on dharna with me as it is for public cause,” Bittu added. “I met Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari several time during the past one and a half years, but to no avail,” he said. Showing proofs of closure of the Ladhowal Toll Plaza, Bittu said on December 24, 2018, a letter was written by the NHAI for its shutting down. Showing another letter Bittu said in February 2019, a Vidhan Sabha committee in its report had also recommended closure of the toll barrier as the company was not able to complete flyovers at Sherpur byepass, Basti Jodhewal and Cancer Hospital. “What we are doing is legal and already recommended. We will have no problem with the charging of toll from commuters once the company starts work on the said projects in the city. But taking money from the people and not giving them facilities is unacceptable,” said Bittu. Bittu was accompanied by three MLAs Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Kuldeep Vaid, Sanjay Talwar, Mayor Balkar Singh and numerous Congress workers, who raised slogans in favour of the MP . FIR lodged for spreading EVM hacking rumour on social media Youth held for killing farmer Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 8 The District Election Officercum-Deputy Commissioner has lodged a complaint against an unknown person for spreading rumour that electronic voting machines (EVMs) may be hacked in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. A case under sections of forgery, spreading false information and personating a public servant has been registered at the Division No. 5 police station against an unknown person on the basis of the fake letter. As per the letter uploaded on the social media on behalf of the Election Commission of India, it was stated that hackers were active and they may hack the EVM due to which staff on election duty should not be allowed to carry mobile phones or any other electronic devices. Action would be taken against the polling staff if anyone violated the election commission’s order, the letter stated. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 8 The Meharban police arrested a youth, who shot dead a 70year-old farmer at Noorwala village yesterday morning. The police also recovered two weapons from the suspect, including .315 rifle with 17 live cartridges and .32 bore revolver with 24 cartridges. Even a telescope, which can be fitted on the .315 bore rifle, was also A SOMA company representative said, “Toll plaza was forcibly locked today. We cannot refer to the CCTV footage as doors are locked, but broken window panes can be seen. We have sent a representation to the duty magistrate. The toll plaza must start operating soon as it is causing loss to the state exchequer,” he added. A political gimmick, say Akali Dal leaders Senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader Maheshinder Singh recovered from the suspect. In a press conference here today, ACP (East), Davinder Chaudhary along with the SHO Meharban police station, Jagdev Singh, said the suspect, Jagdev Singh DC (34), was arrested from Hawas village. Suspect’s wife Kamaljit Kaur was arrested by the police yesterday immediately after the murder as she was the one, who instigated her husband to kill Balvir, said the ACP . The suspect had an arms licence for .315 bore rifle and .32 bore revolver, which expired in 2017. His application for renewal of licence was still pending. “We will inquire how the suspect got an arms licence with two weapons added on the same,” the ACP said. The police suspect Jagdev’s involvement in selling illegal liquor with his friend.
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