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SUNRISE TUESDAY 7:24 AM MONDAY | 18 JANUARY 2021 | LUDHIANA City police show way to Mumbai cops One death; 33 +ve in dist Mega city to also integrate private CCTV cameras with PCR to tackle crime Two duped by cyber criminials Additional DCP 1 Deepak Pareek watching the live CCTV feed of privately owned cameras at the Kotwali police station in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO pilot project, the Kotwali and the Police Division 2 had become the first two police stations in the city to keep a watch over live feed provided by shops and other private offices. The ADCP had worked for two months to make the project a success. Pareek said: “I feel elated that my idea is being implemented by the Mumbai police and this way my initiative will get motivation from Selling like hot cakes Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 17 Cyber criminals duped two residents in Ludhiana and Khanna in separate incidents. The police registered cases in both incidents and started a probe to nab the accused. In the first case, Anjali Wadhwa of Sartaj Nagar, Noorwala road, in a complaint submitted to the police said she had recently posted an advertisement on OLX to sell an old sofa. A few days later, she got a call from a person who expressed interest to buy the sofa. He then asked her to click on some link on PhonePe, a mobile phone app, and the moment she clicked, her account got Ludhiana, January 17 One person lost his life, while 33 tested positive for Covid in the district today. The total positive cases from Ludhiana have now reached 25,298. The death toll of the district has gone up to 981. In Ludhiana district, there are 284 active cases, while 38 people were home quarantined today. The person who lost his life was a 60-year-old male from Basant Vihar. He was admitted to Deep Hospital and was also a patient of diabetes and TB. Those who tested positive included 14 persons referred from OPDs, 14 referred from flu corners, one person contact of a positive person and one an international traveller. The tracing of three people is in progress. The total samples collected from Ludhiana district so far are 5,73,068. The reports of 1,889 persons are awaited and will be received shortly. Dr Sukhjeevan Kakkar, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, said it was the duty of the people to follow the Covid safety measures . Road safety month from today Tribune News Service With decrease in the temperature, the demand for hearth (angithi) is on the rise in the city. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Ludhiana, January 17 The Municipal Corporation (MC) is going to start a drive to issue challans against the use of banned disposable plastic and thermocol items in the city. Civic body’s nodal officer Ashwani Sahota said the drive would start from next week. The challan amount would begin with ~2000, he said. The MC has appealed to people not to use single-use plastic and thermocol disposable items. A youth gives his sample for Covid test in Ludhiana on Sunday. COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For Home Isolation: 78147-64759 COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 5,73,068 25,298 284 981 ■ 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 SEMINAR FOR STUDENTS Ludhiana, January 17 The Ludhiana police are set to observe the National Road Safety month in which awareness regarding road safety will be spread by through various drives. As per the police, the month-long drive will start from January 18 and conclude on February 17. Additional DCP Traffic Pragya Jain will lead the drive along with ACP (Traffic) Varunjit Singh and ACP Gurdev Singh. Under the drive, seminars will be held for the Under the drive, seminars will be held for school and college students, truck drivers and for common residents. People will be told to follow traffic rules like wearing helmet while driving, no use of mobile phone while driving, driving at normal speed, complete no to underage driving, avoiding wrong parking and no jumping of red light etc. school and college students, truck drivers and for common residents. People will be told to follow traffic rules like wearing helmet while driving, no use of mobile phone while driving, driving at normal speed, complete no to underage driving, avoiding wrong parking and no jumping of red light etc. On the first day of the traffic awareness month, Police Commissioner Rakesh Agrawal will take part in the inaugural event at the Dholewal chowk. Later, women police personnel will hold a traffic rules awareness rally on scooters. Sources said the police will do minimal challaning this month and create awareness among residents to resort to safe driving. PUDA to sell 8.21-acre Shortage of space, staff cripples prime commercial land Field Gunj dispensary working e-auction for 5th time at price tag of ~333.79 crore Without medical officer or pharmacist, 3 ANMs are running the show Kuldip Bhatia debited Rs 46,405. Investigating officer ASI Surinder Pal said during the probe, the accused, who duped the woman, were identified as Vishnu Kumar of Bharatpur, Anwar Hussain of Assam, Ashoni Sangma of Assam, T Krishna of Jharkhand. He said the accused were yet to be arrested. In another incident, cyber criminals duped a Khanna resident, Shobit Verma, of Rs 26, 948 on the pretext of selling him a bicycle. The complainant said the accused had sent him a link and when he clicked it, money was deducted from his account. Investigating officer Inspector Hemant Kumar said during a probe, the accused were identified as Sourab Kumar and Sunil Dhurve but their whereabouts were yet to be probed. The police said the details of bank account of the accused were being obtained from banks and documents attached to the bank accounts would also be verified. every quarter. Even Ludhiana Police Commissioner Rakesh Agrawal is also happy that the city police initiative is being borrowed by their Mumbai counterpart.” Pareek said they were looking for a cost-effective and scalable model to use technology as a force multiplier. He said at present, there was a lot of awareness about the utility of CCTV cameras and many houses, shops, malls, schools, hospitals, factories and other organisations have installed good quality IP-based CCTV cameras for their own security and surveillance purposes, adding that now, the Ludhiana police integrated over 24 such cameras and their footage was available at the click of a button to the police station. Pareek said the two police stations, Kotwali and Police Division 2, had already started getting love feed of CCTV cameras of shops, big private establishments and houses and this week, the Jodhewal police station was also set to get live feed as the process for the same would complete soon. Drive against banned plastic from next week Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 17 After the city police took an initiative to take live feed of private CCTV cameras to tackle crime, now, the Mumbai police are toeing the line of the Ludhiana Commissionerate. As per Additional DCP-1 Deepak Pareek, who was the brainchild behind the initiative in Ludhiana, the Mumbai police will also integrate privately owned CCTV cameras with the police control room which can also be accessed at the CCTV control room at every police station. Notably on December 15 last year, taking a lead in making the optimum use of technology to tackle crime and to keep a hawk eye over criminals, Pareek had taken an initiative to take live feed of CCTV cameras installed by private establishments directly on mobile phones of SHOs and LED screens at police stations. It was a first-of-itskind initiative in the state in which live feed of private cameras can be monitored by the police stations. As a Tribune News Service PROCESS TO COMMENCE ON FEB 4 Ludhiana, January 17 The move by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to put under e-auction for sale 8.21-acre chunk of prime commercial land right in front of the Mini-Secretariat on Ferozepur Road (a national highway) for the fifth time (after four unsuccessful attempts) is being taken as a brazen step, given the slump in the real estate sector and the Covid effect on the overall economy of the state. The process of the e-auction for the sale of this chunk of land would land with a reserve price tag of ~333.79 crore and commence on February 4 at 9 am and conclude on February 15 at 1pm. The land belonging to the Canal/Irrigation Department was got vacated some eight years ago and handed over to PUDA for commercial exploitation under optimum use of vacant government land (OUVGL). Between 2014-17, the chunk of the land was offered for The process of the e-auction for the sale of 8.21-acre chunk of prime commercial land right in front of the Mini-Secretariat on Ferozepur Road would land with a reserve price tag of ~333.79 crore and commence on February 4 at 9 am and conclude on February 15 at 1pm. sale thrice at a reserve price of ~415.21 crore. However, with no buyer coming forward even once, the floor price of the land was slashed by 20 per cent as per the prevailing government policy and was again put up for sale through e-auction at a reserve price of ~333.79 crore in December 2018 without success. It would have been a history of sorts if the 8.21acre chunk of land offered for sale by PUDA for commercial or group housing purpose was taken – even though at a slashed price, both in terms of area and the reserve price for a single property sold under the OUVGL at least in the business hub if not in the entire state. As per the offer document, the chunk of land (measuring 33334.69 sq m) is being offered at the rate of ~ 1,00,463 per sq m and the eligibility fee has been fixed at ~6.68 crore. The maximum permitted ground coverage would be 45 per cent and unlimited floor area ratio (FAR), unrestricted height – subject to clearance from the Airports Authority of India and the fulfillment of norms such as setbacks around building, ground coverage, FAR, structural safety and fire safety. Further, it would be mandatory for the builder to provide two equivalent car space (ECS) as parking area per 100 sq m of the total covered area. The successful bidder would be given the possession of the land on 20 per cent payment and on lump sum payment of the balance amount at a discount of 7.5 per cent, says the offer document. c m y b AILING HEALTHCARE FACILITIES PART-II Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 17 Nestled inside a gurdwara, this government dispensary is located inside busy lanes of Field Gunj. While entering the gurdwara premises, one can see ‘dispensary’, written by hand and almost faded, on a wall to guide visitors towards the dispensary. With no medical officer or pharmacist, only three ANMs are running the dispensary. A single room is dedicated to the dispensary which has been given by the gurdwara authorities. Of the three Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs), two will be transferred by the month-end. The staff is not aware about any new appointments in their place. The dispensary has a designated strength of five Of the three ANMs who are running the government dispensary at Field Gunj, two will be transferred by the month-end. TRIBUNE PHOTO ANMs, one public health nurse, one lady health visitor, a Class IV employee and one sweeper. Recently, two ANMs and a public health were transferred and nobody was appointed in their place. “We do not have a Class IV employee and a sweeper at the dispensary and staff share the expenses of the job done by a private sweeper. We pool in money and get the premises cleaned,” said an ANM. The medical officer from the dispensary of Kidwai Nagar is called by the staff when any patient asks for consultation. Besides, the staff are being shifted to other places for Covid duty. As a result, the number of patients visiting the dispensary has decreased. “All staff members were given duties at flu corner due to which the OPD at the dispensary has been affected and the number of patients visiting it every day has also gone down,” said an ANM on duty. Other major problem that is being faced by the dispensary is space crunch. There is only one room dedicated to the dispensary and no store room is available. The staff are forced to store articles in the room. The bed supposed to be used for patients is being used for storing discarded stuff.
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