05012021-LT-01.qxd 1/5/2021 12:27 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE PAGE 2 TRADERS SUFFER AS POLICE BARRICADES ROADS ROHIT SHETTY TO MAKE COP SERIES FOR OTT PLATFORM Businessmen near Clock Tower and GT Road faced inconvenience due to a dharna staged by the BJP. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF CAR STOLEN FROM OUTSIDE HOUSE Ludhiana: A Hyundai Verna car was reportedly stolen while thieves broke open a window of a Honda City car and decamped with a purse containing cash and other documents. Arun Kumar Malhotra, a resident of Harcharan Nagar, lodged a report with the police about the theft of his Hyundai Verna car (bearing registration no. PB 10CH 1850) from outside his house on Saturday night. He said he parked the vehicle outside his house but the next morning the vehicle was found missing. The police have registered a case under Sections 379 and 34 of the IPC and were investigating the matter. Dr Pardeep Galhotra, a resident of Rajguru Nagar, reported to the police that thieves had broken open the window of his Honda City car (bearing registration no. HP 20G 5559) parked outside MBD Mall on Ferozepur Road on Sunday and took away purse of his wife which contained around Rs 15,000 in cash and two credit cards. A case has been registered under Section 379, IPC, in this regard. OC Man loses ~1.89L to cyber criminals PAGE 3 Latest buzz suggests that Rohit Shetty will make his digital debut as showrunner of a cop series, inspired by true incidents. MAX 18°C | MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20°C | MIN 13°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:38 PM FILM DIRECTOR ALI ABBAS ZAFAR GETS HITCHED The director shared a picture on Instagram in which he can be seen holding his wife’s hand during their wedding ceremony. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:25 AM JAGRAON BRIDGE RETAINING WALL PROJECT Audit by firm finds irregularities Report points out excess payment of ~ 44.70 lakh made to contractor Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 4 Following an inquiry into the project regarding the construction of the retaining wall and approaches of Jaragon Bridge, Ludhiana, a third party financial audit report has pointed out that excess payment of ~ 44.70 lakh was made to the contractor concerned by the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana. After these “irregularities” came to light, the role of the B&R branch officials concerned is under scanner. Earlier, a proposal was made by these officials to increase the Jagraon bridge retaining wall project cost on the pretext of the change of the design as per information. When the matter had come to his notice, MC Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal had written to the government in this regard and recommended conducting financial and technical audit of this project. The government then got third party techno-financial audit conducted from WAPCOS Ltd. A view of the newly constructed Jagraon Bridge. FILE PHOTO HOW EXCESS PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE BY MC (AS PER WAPCOS REPORT)? ■ Extension of indirect benefit for ■ Excess payment on account of non-compliance of performance security clause: ~2,200 ■ Extension of indirect benefit for non-compliance of insurance clause: ~50,000 ■ Excess payment on account of rate allowed beyond awarded rates: ~4,59,633 ■ Excess payment on account of non-applicable rates for earth work in excavation: ~5,63,458 carriage of Malba with lead up to 10 km: ~5,71,269 ■ No credit for steel against dismantled RCC: ~20,43,000 ■ Avoidable expenditure for excessive thickness of parapet wall: ~ 7,77,081 ■ Another excess payment: ~3889 ■ Total excess payment made: ~44,70,530 In its report, WAPCOS Ltd has brought to the notice of the government, while carrying out the audit of the retaining wall and approaches of Jagraon Bridge at Ludhiana, that excess payment of ~44.70 lakh had been made to the PAGE 4 contractor by the MC Ludhiana. On the basis of the WAPCOS report, Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company has written to the MC that the government had given directions to make the necessary recovery of ~44.70 lakh (excess payment). The MC has also been directed to submit a report in this regard. Meanwhile, the government has also directed the MC to submit some clarifications regarding the project work. The MC has been asked to submit clarifications required for revision in design of the retaining wall which do not appear to be justified and also for the noncompliance of awarded conditions for use of RMC from plant of cement manufacturing companies. Besides, clarifications regarding the noncompliance of the condition for mix design and for the non-approval of the NS rates by the competent authority have also been sought. Now, MC Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal wrote to Additional Commissioner (R) to take action as per the directions of the government for the recovery of the excess payment that was made to the contractor. Sabharwal has asked the additional commissioner to submit the action taken report in this regard within 15 days. It is also required to mention that Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu had earlier also marked an inquiry into the matter. The two outsourced SDOs had prepared an inspection report in which they had raised questions over the design of the retaining wall. Following the inquiry report, show-cause notices to two superintending engineers, an SDO and JE were issued. These officials were asked as to how they had made the cost estimates for the construction of the retaining wall of Jagraon Bridge. Notably, the reconstructed Jagraon Bridge was thrown open to public on September 30, 2020. The MC had got the retaining wall and bridge road approaches works conducted in its jurisdiction. The main bridge construction work was done by the Railways. TUESDAY | 5 JANUARY 2021 | LUDHIANA Rape charge against head constable Our Correspondent Ludhiana, January 4 A 25-year-old woman, a resident of Moga Colony in the city, has charged a head constable, Rakesh Kumar, posted at the Mundian Kalan police post, of having raped her in the police post where she was taken after being assaulted by four persons on December 6, 2020. The victim told the police that the four accused persons, identified as Pammi, Pooja, Binda, all residents of Tibba Colony, Mundian Khurd and Mamta, a resident of Paramjit Colony, had beaten her up due to an old enmity. She said the accused head constable, in connivance with the accused, had taken her to the Mundian Khurd police post where he raped her. The police have booked the accused under Sections 323/354B/376-C of the IPC. Twelve booked in two cases of assault The police have booked at least 10 persons under Sections 323/341/427/506/148/149 of the IPC for alleged assault on one Rajesh Kumar, a resi- dent of Harkrishan Vihar. The complainant told the police that Jaswinder Singh, Gagandeep, Kuldeep Singh, Sukhveer Singh, all residents of Harkrishan Vihar, along with their five-six unidentified accomplices, had attacked him with sharpedged weapons on Sunday while he was going towards Rahon Road on his Activa scooter with his friend Irshaid. The attack was the outcome of some old enmity. In another case of assault on Pradeep Kumar, a resident of Mehmoodpura, on Sunday, the police registered cases under Sections 323/341/506 of the IPC against Naresh Kumar and his brother Ramesh Kumar, residents of Harbanspura. Pradeep reported to the police that the accused had objected to the parking of his Activa scooter in front of his house which was located opposite the factory of the accused persons. Our Correspondent Ludhiana, January 4 Rahul Sharma, a resident of Vishal Vihar on Tibba Road here, fell prey to cyber fraudsters and lost ~1.89 lakh in the process. In a complaint lodged with the police, the victim said he had recharged his phone for ~219 online through PayApp, but the amount was deducted twice from his account. He said he traced the number of customer care from Google and called up the service provider for the refund of the excess amount debited from his account. He said the person to whom he spoke - taking him as a member of customer support team - talked him into providing some details of his bank account upon which an amount of ~ 1,89,232 was debited from his account by the accused. The police said the case was taken up and the follow-up action led to the identification of six persons who had cheated Rahul. The accused were identified as Antar Singh, Continued on page 2 Covid vaccine likely to arrive in mid-Jan No death; 23 test positive Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 4 Covid vaccine is expected to arrive in the district by midJanuary and healthcare workers will be vaccinated in the first phase. In the district, 30,000 healthcare workers have been registered for the same which include 7,000 from the government sector and 23,000 from the private sector. Civil Surgeon Sukhjeevan Kakkar said they were expecting the vaccine to reach them by January 15 after which the vaccination drive would start and healthcare workers would be vaccinated in the first phase followed by frontline workers. “People above 50 years of age will be vaccinated in the third phase and the remaining population in the fourth phase. The vaccination is voluntary and those who want to get themselves vaccinated will have to self-reg- HOW TO GET IT ■ Get yourself registered on CoWIN app (to be released soon). ■ Upload govt photo identity card. ■ Once registered, date and time will be allocated. FAQS: Q: Is it mandatory to get Covid vaccine? A: It is voluntary. Q: Can a person having Covid-19, confirmed or suspected, be vaccinated? A: They should postpone vaccination for 14 days as they may increase the risk of spreading the virus at vaccination site. Q: Is it necessary for a recovered person to get vaccination? A: It is advisable to get the vaccination as it will help in developing strong immune response. Q: How many doses of the vaccine would be given and at what interval? A: Two doses will be given and 28 days apart are needed to complete the vaccination schedule. Q: When will antibodies develop? A: Antibodies generally develop after two weeks of receiving the second dose. ister on the CoWIN app (which will be released soon) and bring the identity proof Cops seize big haul of smuggled liquor during raid, man arrested that has been uploaded on the app,” Dr Kakkar said. He said there would be no on-the-spot registrations and only pre-registered beneficiaries would be allowed for vaccination. “We have 67 cold chain points in the district where the vaccine will be stored at the specified temperature,” Dr Kakkar said. There will be three rooms at the vaccination site — a waiting room, a vaccination room and an observation room. Dr Kakkar said to tackle rumours about the vaccine, they would initiate an awareness drive and people would be made aware by the mass media wing of the department. Pamphlets and other printed material will also be distributed and pasted. Besides, the department will also use social media platforms for the purpose. “We also plan to start a Facebook live session so that important information can be disseminated and doubts of people can also be taken up during the session,” he said. Tribune News Service COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM Ludhiana, January 4 Twentythreee persons tested positive for Covid, while no death was reported due to the virus in the district today. The total number of samples collected so far now are 5,44,812, while 24,893 people have tested positive so far and 968 have lost their lives. At present, there are 296 active cases in the district and today 36 persons were home quarantined. Those who tested positive today included six people who were contacts of positive people, five were referred from OPDs, 10 from flu corner, while the tracing of two was going on. The reports of 1,220 samples are awaited. Civil Surgeon Dr Sukhjeevan Kakkar said it was everybody’s duty to follow the guidelines regarding ■ For Home Isolation: 78147-64759 COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 5,44,812 24,893 296 968 ■ For Ambulance Problem: 78143-63850 ■ For Hospital Problem: 62849-12553 ■ For General Problem: A man gives his sample for the Covid test in Ludhiana. coronavirus like to wear mask, wash hands frequently and maintain social Ludhiana, January 4 A police team of the antismuggling cell, led by Inspector Yash Pal Sharma, struck a big haul of smuggled liquor with the recovery of 64 boxes (containing 12 bottles each) of smuggled liquor in a raid conducted at Rajiv Gandhi Colony under the Focal Point police station here today. A Tata Canter vehicle was impounded and a person, Nand Lal, a resident of Bela Tajowal, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, was nabbed with the contraband during the raid. Commissioner of Police (CP) Rakesh Agrawal said it was under the drive to curb illegal distillation, sale and inter-state smuggling of liquor that the anti-smug- gling cell had received a tipoff regarding the gang of liquor smugglers. He said the police seized 22 boxes of 111 Ace Whisky, 28 boxes of 777 Oak Whisky and 14 boxes of Sikkim Special Whisky from the spot. Two other suspects — Deepak Kumar, alias Tona, a resident of Rajiv Gandhi Colony, and Sandeep Kumar of Sudewal Kathgarh, SBS Nagar district had given the police a slip and escaped in a Hyundai Creta vehicle. All three accused have been booked under Sec- tions 61, 78(2), 1 and 14 of the Excise Act and Sections 307, 353, 186 and 332 of the IPC in an FIR registered at the Focal Point police station. The police had launched a massive manhunt for the absconding liquor smugglers, the CP added. Meanwhile, Vikramjit Singh, a resident of Ramgarh, was held by a police naka party at Jandiali Chowk on Budhewal Road on Sunday on a tip-off that the accused was involved in the sale of smuggled liquor and was waiting for customers on 100 Feet road. During a raid conducted at the given place on the road, the police seized 51 bottles of country liquor and booked the accused under Sections 61/1/14 of the Excise Act. distancing. “People are becoming more careless and lenient about it. So, I request everybody to kindly follow the guidelines. Awareness regarding precautionary measures is the only key we have till today to battle against this disease. We can certainly overcome the spread of the pandemic if the general public follows all necessary precautions,” he added. Potholes appear again after few days of rain Civic body yet to take steps to resolve issue in many areas; commuters bear the brunt Tribune News Service Our Correspondent 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 Ludhiana, January 4 After a recent rainfall, more potholes have appeared on various roads in the city. Patchwork was not done on broken roads in many areas before the arrival of the winter season, leaving commuters to suffer a lot. When the city received rain a few days ago, commuters suffered due to slippery conditions on a stretch near the Pakhowal Road Canal Bridge and Ishmeet Singh Road (also known Model Town Extension Cremation Ground Road). The vehicular movement on the stretch from near the bridge and Hero Bakery Chowk has already been closed for the ongoing project of a ROB and two RUBs. Thus, traffic has been divert- c m y b The potholed Ishmeet Singh Road needs the attention of the MC authorities. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN ed through Ishmeet Singh Road where many potholes are crying for attention. Besides, potholes on other roads in Model Town, near Shastri Nagar railway crossing, and a number of other areas have not been repaired. Residents have demanded from the MC to ensure repair of the potholed roads soon. A resident of Model Town, Jaskirat Singh, said the commuters faced incon- venience due to potholes on Model Town Extension (Cremation Ground) Road and other roads. He said the Municipal Corporation should repair the potholes at the earliest to avoid any inconvenience to road users. Leader of the Opposition in the MC House Harbhajan Singh Dang said he had raised the issue of potholes on Ishmeet Singh Road and other parts of Model Town with the MC authorities but no action was taken in this regard. “It is the responsibility of the civic body to take steps to provide relief to people from such issues. The broken roads in all areas must be repaired at the earliest,” he said. Notably, the MC’s hotmix plant is lying closed these days due to the ongoing winter season. However, no alternative steps have been taken for the repair of roads. Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu said they would take steps to ensure the repair of the roads as soon as possible.
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