23022021-LT-01.qxd 2/23/2021 12:43 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE TRAFFIC POLICE CHALLAN 90 FOR UNDERAGE DRIVING PAGE 2 A total of 37 vehicles were impounded during the drive conducted under the guidance of JCP (Traffic) Deepak Pareek. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY Rickshaw-puller hit by car, dies Ludhiana, February 22 A rickshaw-puller died after a car rammed into his vehicle on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as 40year-old Sanjay Yadav. A woman, Mala, who was travelling in the rickshaw, was admitted to a private hospital for getting treatment. In her complaint the woman said: “On February 20, I was travelling in a rickshaw from my home to Aggar Nagar. When the rickshawpuller was reversing the rickshaw near Sunet Bridge, a speeding car hit us. The rickshaw puller died on spot.” The car driver escaped from the spot. A case under Sections 279, 337, 338, 487 and 304-A of the IPC has been registered on Sunday in this regard. 27-year-old man killed in accident A 27-year-old man lost his life after a speedy vehicle hit him on Oswal Road here on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Sunil Kumar. Soni Devi, wife of the victim, said: “I along with my husband were going towards Dholewal Bridge on Sunday when the incident took place. After reaching near a factory on Oswal Road, we stopped to buy something. My husband was standing there after parking his motorcycle on the roadside when a speedy vehicle hit him. He died on the spot.” A case under Sections 279 and 304 (A) of the IPC has been registered at the Division No. 2 police station against the accused identified as Ganesh of Uttar Pradesh. —TNS SWANAND KIRKIRE PENS ANTHEM FOR NEW CHANNEL ISHARA PAGE 3 The new channel’s anthem has been released and national award-winning lyricist Swanand has written this song. MAX 28°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27°C | MIN 10°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:21 PM Tribune News Service Cabinet Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu presides over the virtual launch of development projects by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in Ludhiana on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO sites, critical and vantage points in the city, STPs and along the Buddha nullah, besides 30 vehicle-mounted camera systems and 600 external IR illuminators with 200-m range for better monitoring during zero visibility would be installed for municipal monitoring of encroachments and garbage dumps in the city. The project would be completed within the next six months. The minister said under the beautification and refurbishment of the Mini Rose Garden project, the work of softscaping, plantation, grass, amphitheatre, fountains, badminton court, pergolas, canopy, kids play, open gym and other areas would be carried out in the next 12 months at the cost of Rs 3.48 crore. However, the work on 29 MLD capacity STP had been completed under the AMRUT project in Khanna. Ashu said the Punjab Government was making concerted efforts for the allround development of Ludhiana and these key projects would pave the way for the transformation of urban living here.He directed the officials to give priority to the timely completion of these projects so that the people could take their benefit. The launch ceremony was held simultaneously in several locations of the district in which a large number of municipal councillors and prominent residents of the several areas took part. MLA Surinder Dawar, Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma and MC Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal were present on the occasion. TUESDAY | 23 FEBRUARY 2021 | LUDHIANA 3 deaths; 37 cases in dist Tribune News Servic Ludhiana, February 22 Thirtyseven persons tested positive for Covid today which include five students and two teachers while three patients lost their lives to the virus. Those who tested positive from educational institutes today include two students and a teacher from a private school, two students from Government School, Chatha, a teacher from Multipurpose School and a student from the GSSS, Ludhiana. A staff nurse from the DMCH is also among the positive cases reported today. So far, there are 26,701 confirmed cases and 418 active cases in the district. Those who lost their lives today include a 68-year-old woman and a 52-year-old woman, who belonged to Jawaddi and Deep Nagar, respectively. Both were suffering from diabetes. A 65-year-old man from Milkowal village also lost his life today. He was admitted to the DMCH and had comorbidities of hypertension, diabetes and hepatitis C. Now, the death toll from the district has reached 1,021. A total of 6,50,525 samples have been taken so far and reports of 1,858 are pending so far. District epidemiologist Rameshsaidthedepartmentwas conducting tests of all teachers. Tests of students of those schools were being done from where teachers have tested positive. “Students are tested after taking the consent of parents and we request the latter to get their wards tested as it is for their safety,” he said. A woman gives her sample for the Covid test in Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA POLICE TO ISSUE CHALLANS In view of the surge in Covid cases, the police will register FIRs and issue challans against the violators for not wearing masks, maintaining social distance and following other norms related to coronavirus. On the Facebook page of the Commissioner of Police Ludhiana, a message has been placed for Ludhiana residents: “You are aware there has been a surge in the number of Covid cases over the past few days at various places, including Ludhiana. It is assessed that the next 15 days are very critical for curbing this spread. Therefore, people are requested to follow the Covid protocol strictly.” COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For Home Isolation: 78147-64759 ■ For Ambulance Problem: 78143-63850 ■ For Hospital Problem: COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 6,50,525 26,701 418 7 1,021 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-19bed-status-in-ludhiana-district Heaps of garbage bane of city residents, MC unmoved MC recovers ~28L from two properties Waste burning threat to humans, animals; garbage processing plant not functional Ludhiana, February 22 The Municipal Corporation recovered Rs 28 lakh from two properties as part of the balance payment of property tax. MC Superintendent Rajeev Bhardwaj said: “A private school at Sarabha Nagar had earlier deposited property tax with wrong assessment. After finding violations, the school was directed to deposit the balance amount of Rs 1.15 crore. Our team had gone to seal the school building today but the school authorities paid Rs 18 lakh and assured to pay the remaining amount at the earliest.” He said: “We had also gone to seal a bank branch at Kochar Market, here. However, the bank deposited Rs 10 lakh property tax and promised to pay the remaining amount within the next few days.” — TNS dump site is lying closed completely. Thus, big amount of unprocessed fresh waste is also getting collected there. Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 22 With the passage of years, huge waste heaps that look like hills, are seemingly increasing at the MC’s main garbage dump near Kakka village, Tajpur Road, Ludhiana, as the civic body has failed to take concrete steps to deal with this waste so far. In the absence of proper waste processing, the strong stench emanating from these big heaps has made nearby residents’ life miserable. The harmful smoke that emanates due to the burning of waste has increased their woes. A senior official of the MC claimed that the old waste catches fire itself due to Residents a harried lot Heaps of garbage being set on fire at the MC’s main garbage dump in Ludhiana. PIC: INDERJEET VERMA chemical reactions. Questions are being raised as to why the civic body authorities ignored the massive collection of waste for years. The city produces waste of more than 1,100 MT every day. After door-to-door collection, the garbage collectors unload the waste at secondary garbage collection points at different locations in the city from where the waste is shifted to the main garbage dump. After A2Z group, which had signed agreement with the MC in 2011 for 25 years, left the services on February 4, 2021, the waste processing plant at the main garbage PAGE 4 The Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Awards 2021 were announced at a glittering ceremony in Mumbai. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:59 AM 3 development projects worth ~64-crore launched Ludhiana, February 22 Three development projects, worth Rs 64.6 crore, under the Smart City and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) programmes, launched here today. The mega projects, which were aimed at ushering in a new era of world-class infrastructure in the industrial hub of the state, are part of the Rs 1,078-crore municipal projects for the state launched by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh through video-conferencing. In Ludhiana, the virtual launch ceremony was presided over by Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu. The projects included the establishment of Municipal Corporation control centre and the augmentation of Ludhiana Safe City project worth Rs 35.96 crore, beautification and refurbishment of Mini Rose Garden at the cost of Rs 3.48 crore in Ludhiana and 29 MLD sewage treatment plant (STP), worth Rs 25.16 crore, which has already come up in Khanna. Ashu said 1,442 CCTV cameras had already been functioning in the city under the Ludhiana Safe City project, while 300 more such surveillance cameras would be installed at garbage dumping DADASAHEB PHALKE INT’L FILM AWARDS FOR BOBBY, AKSHAY The new and old trash at this dump (also known as landfill site on Tajpur Road) have been creating a big nuisance for the residents in a number of areas inside as well as outside the MC’s jurisdiction for a long time. The residents of Kakka village, Baba Naam Dev Colony, Mahatama Enclave, Tibba Road and other areas located near the dump want the government to provide them relief from this mess. Ex-sarpanch of Kakka, Sukhdeep Singh, said, “Villagers had opposed the set- ting up of the dump there in the past, but their voice was ignored. When waste catches fire, it causes air pollution due to which people face respiratory problems. The government should take necessary steps to provide relief by resolving the issue.” Instructions ignored by MC In February last year, a monitoring committee of the NGT had given instructions to the MC to ensure the implementation of the solid waste management rules and start process for remediation of legacy waste (old waste) site on Tajpur Road, Ludhiana. However, the MC is yet to take steps to deal with the legacy waste. Continued on page 2 Panel members discuss recovery of sharing charges Ludhiana, February 22 Days after the Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers’ Association raised questions over the MC’s drive for recovery of sharing charges and snapping “irregular” sewer connections of some colonies, a committee of the MC conducted a meeting to discuss the matter today. The committee members have recommended that sharing/connectivity charges should be collected from the GLADA for the colonies that are located outside MC’s jurisdiction. The committee is headed by councillor Jai Prakash and councillors including Mamta Ashu, Sarabjit Sigh Laddi, Om Prakash Ratra, Sunny Bhalla among others are members of the committee. — TNS 3 booked for fraud Corrective steps can ease traffic flow at Jalandhar Bypass Chowk Tribune News Service No. 3 police station. Ludhiana, February 22 Three persons have been booked for allegedly committing a travel fraud of Rs 14 lakh. The accused have been identified as Watan Arora, his wife Priya Arora and his son, Sagar Arora. In his complaint to police, Jaspreet Singh of New Punjab, Mata Nagar, Ludhiana, stated that the accused had taken Rs 14 lakh for sending him to the USA, but failed to do so. A case under Sections 420, 120-B of the IPC and 24 under the Immigration Act had been registered against the accused at the Division Need to redesign the chowk to prevent road accidents, end traffic woes; 13 lost lives at point in 3 years Illegal mining: Case registered against three The police have booked three persons in a case of illegal mining. The accused have been identified as Sarabjit Singh of Bhukhri Kalan, Sandeep Singh of Dhanansu and Sukkhwinder Singh. Inspector Gursewak Singh said the accused were arrested with a JCB machine and tractor from panchayti land at Dhanansu for conducting the illegal activity. A case under Section 379 of the IPC and 21 of the Mining Act has been registered against them at the Meharban police station. BLACK SPOTS PART-II Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 20 The Jalandhar Bypass Chowk is the busiest intersection which witnesses heavy traffic due to the flow of inter-district and interstate traffic. The design of the chowk needs to be changed to manage traffic and prevent road accidents. Jalandhar Bypass Chowk, which has been declared a black spot, in Ludhiana. PHOTO ASHWANI DHIMAN As many as 13 persons lost their lives at the intersection in three years c m y b (2016, 2017 and 2018) by getting hit by speeding vehicles. Most of these vic- tims include pedestrians and two-wheeler riders. This black spot on the National Highway-44 has many shortcomings. As per a survey, there are several crossing points at Jalandhar Bypass Chowk and the chowk was not designed in a proper way due to which movement of traffic is affected. At some sections along the chowk, service lanes are not properly constructed and a service lane alongside Sanjeevni Shop has been illegally closed for traffic by residents. During the rainy season, rainwater gets accumulated at the chowk. The bus lane fails to accommodate buses at the chowk. There are no blinkers and rumble strips at the point where the old road connects Jalandhar Bypass Chowk. An auto stand to accommodate three-wheelers is also lacking. Earlier, there were no signboards or other boards at the chowk but these were put up in 2020. Residents staying near the spot were of the opinion that there was a need to redesign Jalandhar Bypass Chowk with technical guidance from experts and there should be an appropriate service lane. Continued on page 2
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