14032019-LT-01.qxd 3/13/2019 11:50 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE PAU VICE-CHANCELLOR CONFERRED PADMA SHRI Dr BS Dhillon received the award from President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan on March 11 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF GARMENTS WORTH ~9 LAKH STOLEN Machhiwara: Thieves struck at a garment shop here and decamped with goods worth lakhs on the night of Monday. Kabal Singh, a resident of Powat village, said when he came to open his shop situated near bus stand on Tuesday morning, he found the locks broken. When he entered the shop, he was stunned to see the entire stock worth Rs 9 lakh missing. The thieves had covered CCTV cameras installed nearby with cloth. However, they were caught on one of the cameras. They had come on a Mahindra Pickup around 3 am. Machhiwara SHO Ramaninder Jit Singh said they would act after properly scanning CCTV footage. OC 2 BOOKED FOR ~8.90 LAKH FRAUD Ludhiana: The Haibowal police have booked two travel agents for allegedly duping a resident of Rs 8.90 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. The accused have been identified as Kirandeep Kaur and Harpreet Singh of Star Aims, Ghumar Mandi. The complainant stated that the accused had taken the money to send him abroad and to clear his IELTS exams, but did nothing. Investigating officer ASI Kapil Kumar said a probe was on. TNS 3 BOOKED FOR TRAVEL FRAUD Ludhiana: The Division-5 police have booked three travel agents on the charge of duping a resident of Rs 2.60 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. The accused have been identified as Ruchi Verma, a resident of Solan, Fiza Verma, a resident of Nurmahal, and Pooja Mahajan of Nurpur (Kangra). Complainant Pardeep Singh of New Shimlapuri alleged that he had given the amount to the accused for getting a visa of Canada, but the accused failed to arrange it. The police have registered a case. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.84 DIESEL ~66.63 WHAT’S ON LUDHIANA TREE WALK: from Gurdwara Sahib of PAU; 10 am. PAGE 2 ONE-TIME SETTLEMENT TERMS NOT THAT EASY FOR BUILDERS PAGE 4 GUNEET, ALAMJIT ADJUDGED BEST ATHLETES Regularisation of non-compoundable violations under the scheme is easier said than done MAX 22°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22°C | MIN 12°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:34 PM The 13th Annual Athletics Meet of GADVASU held on the PAU campus here on Wednesday. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:37 AM Public insensitivity to fore Victim’s calls for help to nab imposter on busy road go unheard Nikhil Bhardwaj Manual registration in such cases till March 31 SALE DEED REGISTRATION Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, March 13 A man posing as policeman robbed a cigarette shop owner near Police Division 4 last night of Rs 14,000. Despite the shop being situated on a busy road, nobody came to his help. Ashok Kumar (47), a resident of Old City, said last night, a Swift car stopped in front of his shop and a man alighted from it. “The carborne person accused me of drug peddling and started frisking me. He took out Rs 14,000 from my pocket and asked me to handover drugs or he will register a case against me. I repeatedly asked for his police ID but he didn’t show any,” said the victim. Ashok said: “While the imposter was fleeing in his car, I tried to stop him in the crowded market. I asked people to help me nab the imposter, but nobody showed Ludhiana, March 13 There is good news for those with pending online applications for registration of sale deeds, especially those cases where the date of appointment had lapsed with registration still pending due to strike by the clerical staff in all government departments. Since the software installed at the offices of three sub-registrars in the city was not compatible to deal with the back date online appointments, the district officials have issued instructions for manual registration of sale deeds in all such cases till March 31. A delegation of the Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers Association had met the Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar A cigarette shop owner, who was robbed of ~14,000 by a man posing as cop, calls for help as he runs after the imposter’s car near Division No. 4, Ludhiana, on Tuesday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA The police will register an FIR after conducting a thorough probe,” said the SHO. Man robbed of cash at gunpoint Four armed persons robbed a man of Rs 20,000 and valuables at gunpoint on Dhandra Road, Dugri. The complainant, Ramandeep Singh (19), of Manakwal, told the police that he Continued on page 2 Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, March 13 Residents of E Block of Maharishi Valmiki Nagar, a colony developed and maintained by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), are up in arms against the opening of a play way school in the locality by clubbing two residential buildings (House No. 82 and 83) in violation of terms and conditions of allotment as well as by illegal change of land use (residential to commercial). In a complaint lodged with the Punjab Chief Minister, a resident, Rakesh Bansal, Agrawal here yesterday to apprise him of problems being faced by the public and the property dealers due to high pendency of online applications for registration of sale deeds due to strike by the employees and problem with the software which was not picking up lapsed appointments. It was learnt that with the introduction of online applications for registration of sale deeds coupled with protracted strike by the ministerial staff in the government offices, an estimated 2,000-odd applications were pending in the offices of sub registrars (East, West and South) here. Even though senior officials of the Revenue Department have been claiming that if routine day to day working was disturbed due to the disposal of pending applications, the GLADA lays claim HC stays tender for ROB/RUB project to ‘private’ land Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Our Correspondent Ludhiana, March 13 In a curious case of prime chunk of ‘private’ land with an estimated market value of over Rs 100 crore being shown in records as that having been acquired by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), the Lok Insaaf Party chief and legislator from Atam Nagar Simarjit Singh Bains has lodged a protest with the GLADA officials and termed it as the handiwork of a powerful land mafia which was hand in glove with certain officials. At a meeting with GLADA Chief Administrator PS Gill and other officials, Bains produced relevant record of land, located in the vicinity of the Samrala bypass which was being shown as part of the land acquired by GLADA in the Jamalpur area long back. He alleged that at the behest of land mafia, this chunk of some 2,200 square yards, located in ‘tarf Saidan’ in revenue record, was now being shown as having been acquired in Jamalpur. Estate Officer of GLADA Sonam Chaudhry, who was also present at the meeting, said Gill had marked an inquiry to the Additional Chief Administrator, who would go through the documents produced by the owner of the land as well as revenue record of the area to determine its ownership. “If warranted, the ACA might get the land demarcated again by revenue officials in the presence of the party claiming ownership of the land,” she said. Later talking to The Tribune, Bains said land mafia, obviously enjoying patronage of the ruling party, had been indulging in such rackets where any chunk of prime land was either shown to have been already acquired (by GLADA of other departments) or proposed to be acquired in order to force the owners to dispose of the land at throwaway prices. He said he would expose the scammers and those behind this racket to save the people from falling prey to the land mafia and tainted officials. Ludhiana, March 13 The Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed tender allotment for the Pakhowal railway overbridge (ROB) and railway under bridge (RUB) project. One of the bidders, Ceigall-Gawar (JV), has moved court with its officials alleging that they have been deliberately disqualified in the bidding process. The much awaited ROB/RUB project is part of the Smart City Mission. Two companies had placed their bids for the project. The counsel for the petitioner has stated before the court that the technical bid offered by petitioner has been held to be nonresponsive without assigning any reason whatsoever. The counsel has stated the firm was disqualified allegedly in order to favour the other firm even though the financial bid offered by the petitioner was about Rs 7.11 crore less than the accepted bid of the other firm. Managing Director of Ceigall India Limited-cumpetitioner Ramneek Sehgal has alleged that the authorities of Ludhiana Smart City Foundation stone for a railway overbridge on Pakhowal Road was laid in 2017. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA ❝Our company’s technical bid was rejected at 4:18 pm on March 6. Instead of giving any time to hear us, the financial bid of the other company was accepted at 4:39 pm the same day – March 6. ❞ Petitioner firm Limited did not listen to them. On the e-procurement system (online portal) of the Government of Punjab, the authorities have mentioned that the bidder, Ceigall company, was technically not qualified as per RFB, he says. Sehgal claims: “Our company’s technical bid was rejected at 4:18 pm on March 6. Instead of giving any time to hear us, the financial bid of the other company was accepted at 4:39 pm the same day – March 6.” The court has issued notice of motion to the respondents in the case. The next hearing is scheduled for April 9, 2019. The court orders read: “Considering the facts, till the next date of listing, the respon- Residents up in arms against play way school Allege Illegal change of land use, violation of allotment conditions THURSDAY | 14 MARCH 2019 | LUDHIANA Relief for online applicants Tribune News Service guts to come to my rescue.” Division No. 4 SHO Jaspal Singh said the police had obtained the CCTV footage of the car but its number was not clear. “We are still verifying the claims of the shop owner. and more than 50 other residents of the colony have stated that the owners of the two residential houses have clubbed the premises where a play way school has been opened in blatant violations of terms and conditions of allotment and illegal change of land use. “The said school is not only a gross violation but a commercial entity in purely residential area. It is also disturbing the peaceful atmosphere, thereby encroaching upon the human rights of the residents, which is also liable to be challenged before the State Human Rights Commission,” say the residents while alleging that the LIT authorities, to whom a complaint was lodged about two months ago, were deliberately or otherwise closing their eyes to the violations. Bansal said the affected residents had filed a signed com- Residential houses in Maharishi Valmiki Nagar which were to be converted into a play way school in an illegal manner, in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN plaint to the LIT Chairman on January 10, 2019, with copies to the Minister for Local Bodies, Principal Secretary, Local Government, Punjab and the Director of Local Bodies, Punjab, which had evoked no response from any quarter. The residents called upon the Chief Minister to order a probe into the matter and take the case of poor enforcement of building bylaws and failure to act against violations to its logical conclusion. c m y b PAGE 4 They demanded that not only the school set up in the residential buildings be ordered to be closed down forthwith but the field staff and supervisory officials of the Trust be also proceeded against for negligence on their part. The LIT Superintending Engineer RK Garg, however, maintained that at present no play way school was functional in properties bearing No. 82-E and 83-E at Maharishi Valmiki Nagar Colony. He said these plots had been allotted for residential purpose and no commercial activity would be allowed as per terms and conditions laid down in the sale agreement. He said as per the report of field staff, the building owners did make an attempt to open a play way school and even a sign board had also been put for this purpose. “But the LIT officials intervened and the owners were clearly told that they would have to face action for violation of terms and conditions of allotment and illegal change of land use if the properties were used for any other purpose than residential.” dents are restrained from issuing any letter of intent to carry out the contract.” The MC Additional Commissioner-cum-CEO of Ludhiana Smart City Limited, Sanyam Aggarwal, said they had not received the official orders in this regard. “I can comment only after receiving the orders,” he said. Notably, the foundation stone for the Pakhowal ROB was laid with much fanfare in September 2017. Long traffic snarls are daily witnessed at the level crossing on Pakhowal Road. SOFTWARE UPDATED ■ The software had been updated to provide a two-month window in place of prevailing one-month period for appointments. The step would help in reducing congestion on any particular day and facilitate grant of more appointments to people on their preferred dates well in advance. registration of sale deeds would also be carried out on Saturdays so that all pendency could be cleared by March 31. At the same time, the software had been updated to provide a two-month window in place of prevailing one-month period for appointments. The step would help in reducing congestion on any particular day and facilitate grant of more appointments to people on their preferred dates well in advance, said the officials. Life term for sexual assault on 5-year-old Ludhiana, March 13 The Court of Additional Sessions Judge Sonia Kinra has convicted Dhanu Yadav of Subhash Nagar here on the charge of sexual assault on a five-year-old girl. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 1,10,000. Of the fine amount, Rs 1 lakh would be paid to the victim as compensation. A case against the accused was registered on March 31, 2016, following a statement of the victim’s mother. The complainant had said she had gone out for some job leaving her three children at home. Around 4 pm, she got a call and she returned home. Her son told her that his sister had gone to washroom. The accused, who lived in the same vehra, forcibily took her daughter to a room and did unnatural sex with her. After hearing the girl’s shrieks, she went there but the accused fled the scene. While talking to Ludhiana Tribune, the victim’s mother said justice had been done. She said she fought a long battle to get the justice. — OC 22 ‘illegal’ structures face action in city Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 13 Following a complaint against 22 illegal constructions in Zone C, the Town Planner (Headquarters) of Local Government has written to the Municipal Commissioner to take required action against the violations. The Town Planner has requested the Commissioner to submit action taken report to the Local Government. Besides, the civic body has been asked to inform the complainant about action taken against the violations. Last month, president of Society for Public Welfare Simratpal Singh Kalsi had filed a complaint against the alleged violations of building bylaws in buildings under construction. Accusing the officials con- cerned of turning a blind eye to the violations, Kalsi had alleged that the non-compoundable violations were being ignored. He had sought from the higher authorities of Local Government that immediate directions be issued to stop the construction of buildings being raised in alleged violation of building bylaws and reasons should also be sought from the officers concerned for not taking action after issuing notice to the violators as per law. The civic body authorities concerned should ensure implementation of building bylaws in the right manner, he said. According to sources, many violators don’t obtain completion certificate before occupying commercial buildings.
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