02122020-LT-01.qxd 12/2/2020 12:21 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE PAGE 2 AWARENESS KEY TO TACKLE SECOND WAVE, SAY EXPERTS Since second wave of Covid is expected in mid-December, Health Dept is making all efforts to control any situation. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY Man fires shots at car in Jagraon Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 1 An armed man fired gunshots at a car driver on the JagraonLudhiana highway yesterday. The man in the car, however, had a narrow escape. The complainant Pargat Singh of Jawanda Kalan told the Sadar Jagraon police that yesterday he started from his village and was heading towards Ludhiana in his Swift Dzire car. After reaching Jagraon and paying obeisance at Nanaksar Gurdwara, he started heading towards Ludhiana. “The moment I reached near Sidhwan Kalan village, a turbaned man suddenly came in front of my car. To prevent accident, I applied brakes. Before I could understand anything, the masked man started firing at my car. Fortunately, the bullets broke the windowpanes of the car, but I did not suffer any injury. I then fled in the car and informed the police,” Pargat Singh alleged. Sub-inspector Kamaldeep Kaur, investigation officer in the case, said the motive of the assailant was not clear. Even the complainant admitted that he didn’t know the assailant. “It could be a loot attempt or some old enmity. We are checking the CCTV footage of the area to get clues about the assailant,” added Kaur. NORMALISING IVF WITH MY CHARACTER: SUKRITI KANDPAL 1 succumbs, 118 test +ve in district COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For Home Isolation: 78147-64759 SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 4,60,570 22,942 898 906 ■ For Ambulance Problem: 78143-63850 ■ For Hospital Problem: 62849-12553 ■ For General Problem: 62845-31852 WEBLINK WHERE RESIDENTS CAN CHECK REAL TIME STATUS OF VACANT AND FILLED BEDS IN ALL HOSPITALS: https://ludhiana.nic.in/notice/covid-19-bed-status-in-ludhiana-district Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 1 The number of people who tested tested positive for Covid today in the district was 118, while one person lost his life to the virus. The total positive patients in the district reached 22,942 and 906 persons have lost their lives so far. Today, a 62-year-old man from Palam Vihar, who was also a patient of hypertension, lost his life. He was admitted in the Civil Hospital. At present, there are 898 active patients in the district. A total of 118 new patients from the district tested positive in the last 24 hours. Till date, a total of 4,60,570 samples have been taken, out of which reports of 4,58,050 samples have been received. Of these, 4,31,845 samples were found negative, while the reports of 2,520 samples were pending. Now, the total number of patients related to Ludhiana is 22,942, while 3,263 patients are related to other districts/states. The number of persons who have been kept under home quarantine in the district till date is 50,917 and at present, the number of such persons is 2,061. Today, 187 persons were sent for home quarantine. A total of 2,349 samples of suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly. DC Varinder Sharma has appealed to residents to follow all directions of the state government and stay indoors. SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:24 PM Strict order on night curfew implementation Kuldip Bhatia POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 9:30 am to 4:30 pm: Mangat, Dheri, Chuharwal, Kaneja and Sattowal villages, Jaswal Colony, Anand Vihar, Indra Vikas Colony and Bawa Colony, Seera and its adjoining industrial areas. 10 am to 4 pm: Mohindra Colony, Baba Gajja Jain Colony (street no. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), Transport Nagar, Industrial Area A and its adjoining areas. 10 am to 3 pm: Gurbachan Nagar, Sunder Nagar, Gurmail Nagar, Bapu Market, MJK Nagar, Prem Nagar, Kunti Nagar, Suman Nagar, Satsang Ghar Lohara, 33-ft Road, Keshav Nagar, Satgur Nagar and Karamjit Nagar. GOVT INTERVENTION SOUGHT Former chairman of LIT Ashok Juneja (see pic) has urged the state government to intervene in the matter and facilitate an amicable solution between the LIT and Today Homes for the revival of the city centre project on the basis of the final arbitration award pronounced by former Chief Justice of India RC Lahotia. LIT SHOULD MAINTAIN SITE: RESIDENTS Residents of the colony have maintained that even though the matter was under litigation, being the promoter of the project, it was the duty of the LIT authorities to ensure the bare minimum maintenance of the site – at least to the extent that it should not pose a threat to the safety and health of the residents and other visitors to the colony In a complaint to the Principal Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, with a copy to the LIT chairman, resident of the colony Arvind Sharma, former councillor Pran Nath Bhatia and others have said that corrugated sheets fixed around the site as a safety measure had ~650-cr work order issued Ludhiana, December 1 Days after some industrialists raised questions over the proposed “Rejuvenation of Buddha Nullah” project at a cost of Rs 650 crore, a public interaction regarding the project was held at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan here today. Cabinet Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu said the work order related to the Rs 650crore Budha Nullah rejuvenation project had been issued and it would start soon in a transparent manner. During the interactive session, several industrialists, NGOs and residents gave their suggestions and some also raised questions over the project. Tarun Jain Bawa, an industrialist, said they could carry out the project at estimated cost of just Rs 325 crore. Questions were also raised over a report about the discharge of water into Buddha Nullah. It is learnt that the report regarding the discharge of water into Buddha Nullah was prepared during the lockdown. Some industrialists have demanded that water discharge should be checked at present and then required steps be taken accordingly. Leader of the Opposition in the MC House Harbhajan The accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Tuesday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN busted when the police were conducting a probe on the complaint of a woman as some person was teasing her on phone. When the phone number was being verified, the SIM was found to be fake and the racket came to light. Pareek said whenever some- WEDNESDAY | 2 DECEMBER 2020 | LUDHIANA REJUVENATION OF BUDDHA NULLAH PROJECT Ludhiana, December 1 To implement night curfew in the city, all station house officers (SHOs) have been told to erect nakas in their respective jurisdictions and enforce the curfew strictly. Joint Commissioner of Police, City, Bhagirath Meena, told The Tribune that the SHOs had been ordered to ensure that no violation of curfew took place between 10 pm and 5 am in the city. “We have formed separate patrolling and naka teams. The patrolling teams will patrol the city areas and catch the violators in night curfew. Apart from issuing challans for not wearing masks, the night curfew violation may also invite FIR,” added JCP Meena. Meena said the SHOs were told to stay in the field so that no violation took place during the night curfew. The Joint Commissioner of Police said cops had begun an awareness campaign about the night curfew among the residents and shopkeepers. Meena advised residents not to go out of their houses after 10 pm unless there was an emergency. see pic on page 2 Gang running fake SIM racket busted Ludhiana, December 1 The Basti Jodhewal police claimed to have busted a fake SIM card racket and arrested five persons in this regard. The accused were identified as Prince of Santokh Nagar, Daresi, Rahul Machanda of Peeru Banda, Sarabjeet Singh Sabi of Bhola Colony, Jatinder Kumar of Guru Teg Bahadur Colony and Sourav Kumar of New Shivpuri. The arrested persons included retailers and distributors of Vodafone company. ADCP Deepak Pareek held a press conference regarding the matter. He said the racket got SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:08 AM Tribune News Service either gone missing or had broken down, with the result that many passenger vehicles had fallen in the deep dug-up ditch in rain or fog. Further, most of the street-lights around the site were non-functional and the abandoned project site had been converted into a garbage dump and rainwater from sewer pipes and road gullies was getting drained in the project site, which posed a big health hazard to residents with the potential outbreak of diseases. Residents of the colony, Jaspal Singh Takkar, Amarjeet Singh, Jaspreet Singh, SS Kalsi, Ishu and Lynia Sharda Sharma, have maintained that even though the matter was under litigation, being the promoter of the project, it was the duty of the LIT authorities to ensure the bare minimum maintenance of the site – at least to the extent that it should not pose a threat to the safety and health of the residents and other visitors to the colony. one came to buy a new SIM card, the accused used to misuse the procured photograph and other ID proof of the customer and then used those documents to issue other SIM cards. “After making SIM cards on continued on page 2 c m y b PAGE 4 Central Board of Film Certification member Vani Tripathi Tikoo says knowing norms of entertainment industry is a must. Tribune News Service Abandoned ‘city centre’ project pain for residents of SBS Nagar Ludhiana, December 1 What was supposed to have been a world-class business and trade centre not only for the residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar – a colony developed and maintained by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) on the Pakhowal road here – but for the financial capital of the state, has turned into a pain for residents. The reason for this is that the project has been abandoned and the LIT authorities have neglected the bare minimum upkeep and maintenance of the jinxed project. Evan a cursory look at the project site shows the level of utter neglect of the LIT authorities with regard to the danger that the site poses to the vehicular traffic and other residents, the abject insanitary conditions, besides the wild growth of weeds and plants, rain and drainage water accumulation and the lack of adequate lighting around the site. CREATIVE FREEDOM IS A MUST, FEELS VANI TRIPATHI TIKOO Sony Entertainment TV’s show Story 9 Months Ki has Sukriti as the female lead. She talks about show and more. MAX 25°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C | MIN 9°C COVID-19 FIGURES PAGE 3 ABOUT THE PROJECT Under the project, two new STPs are to be constructed. One new STP for 225 MLD waste water at Jamalpur and another STP for 60 MLD waste water at Balloke are to be constructed under the project. Besides, the pumping outlets are to be closed and new pumping stations will be constructed to divert the flow from these to the nearby STPs (Jamalpur and Balloke) for treatment. The project also includes the refurbishment of the existing STPs. As per information, Rs 375 crore is to be spent on the new STPs (285 MLD), including pumping station, tertiary treatment and bifurcation of flows. Besides, the construction of effluent treatment plants for dairy complexes on Tajpur Road and Haibowal are also part of the project. Around 14-km stretch of Budha Nullah falls under the MC’s limit. Singh Dang said the authorities concerned should look into the suggestions given by industrialist Tarun Jain Bawa and compare his estimates with the estimates prepared by the company concerned for the project. “If any money can be saved, it would be beneficial. A technical committee must be formed to look into the suggestions given by industrialists and others. The committee should also keep a check on the project,” he added. Col JS Gill, member, Buddha Nullah Task Force, raised the matter that the Municipal Corporation was mixing pure rainwater with sewerage water due to the lack of a separate storm water system and then taking it to the STPs to clean it again. He suggested to implement rooftop harvesting in whole of the municipal area and to reduce the overloading of the sewer system. This interaction was also attended by Namdhari sect head Satguru Uday Singh, Principal Secretary, Local Government, AK Sinha, CEO PMIDC Ajoy Sharma, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma, MC Commis- sioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal, MLAs Rakesh Pandey and Sanjay Talwar. PMIDC CEO Ajoy Sharma said if any person had suggestions regarding the project, he/she could submit these in writing to the department and these would be incorporated. He said the project had been designed keeping in mind the requirements of next 10 years. Bharat Bhushan Ashu said the work related to the Rs 650-crore Budha Nullah rejuvenation project would be carried out in a transparent manner and not even a single penny of the public funds to be used for this project would be misused. He said all valuable suggestions given by the stakeholders would be incorporated in the project. Satguru Uday Singh appreciated the Punjab Government for starting the project. He said it was for the first time that such a public interaction regarding a development project had been organised. Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu urged the residents living along the Budha Nullah not to pollute it in the interest of the humanity. He said an iron mesh, along the nullah, was being installed to ensure that no one disposed solid waste into it.
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