08032021-LT-01.qxd 3/8/2021 12:29 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE WOMEN’S DAY: FARM WOMEN & THEIR NEW-FOUND FREEDOM PAGE 2 This year’s Women’s Day will be special for women from rural background with their changing role in society. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY Get tenant verification done: Police GONI SHARES FIRST LOOK OF HIS MUSIC VIDEO WITH GIRLFRIEND PAGE 3 Lovebirds Aly Goni and Jasmin Bhasin, who are back from a vacation, have now collaborated for a music video. MAX 28°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27°C | MIN 18°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:29 PM Ludhiana, March 7 The city police nabbed four smugglers and recovered drugs from their possession in separate incidents. In the first case, the Meharban police nabbed two notorious smugglers and recovered 5 kg of poppy husk from their possession. The accused have been identified as Sanjiv Kumar of Subash Nagar and Vinod Kumar of Una, Himachal Pradesh. Investigating officer ASI Gursewak Singh said a police party was conducting routine patrolling on the Rahon road where a tip-off was received that the accused were on the way to deliver a huge consignment of drugs. Accordingly, a naka was laid at the T-point near Hawaas village where the duo were stopped for checking and during the search, poppy husk was recovered from them. The ASI said the police remand of the accused would be sought to interrogate the smugglers. In another incident, the anti-narcotics cell nabbed Kulwinder Singh of Karamsar Colony and recovered 16 gm of heroin from him. Cops said a police party was present on the gaushala road where on suspicion, a bikeborne person was stopped for checking and the drugs was seized from him. The Police Division 3 also nabbed a drug peddler, Bobby Singh, of Manohar Nagar and seized 5 gm of heroin from him. At the Khawaja Kothi chowk, a pedestrian was stopped for checking on suspicion. During the search of his belongings, heroin was recovered. The ASI said the accused was on the way to deliver drugs to his client. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered and further probe is on. MONDAY | 8 MARCH 2021 | LUDHIANA 108 +ve, four teachers among infected in dist Shivratri festivities Ludhiana, March 7 The Ludhiana police have warned the residents to get the police verification of their tenants and servants done by Monday, else the police will start registering cases against the owners. Though the police had been telling the people for verification for the past several months, the latter were not paying heed to their advice. The police now took a strict stand due to the recent incident at the Focal Point where a migrant had killed two children. The accused was living in the migrants’ vehra for the past two years, but the owner had not got done the police verification of the accused. Now, the police have also started making announcements in city areas to make the people aware about the directions. In announcement, cops have been clearly telling the residents to get verification by Monday else immediate FIRs will be registered. The city has thousands of vehras (common place where migrants live together) and most of the vehra owners have not got done the police verification of the migrants living there. Tribune News Service PAGE 4 While the pictures of the newly wed are not out yet, we got our hands on Nidhi’s pre-wedding ceremonies. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:44 AM Tribune news Service Four arrested with heroin, poppy husk GOT HITCHED! NIDHI DUTTA MARRIES FILMMAKER BINOY Our Correspondent Artistes perform at a shobha yatra taken out ahead of Mahashivratri in Ludhiana on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN SEE ALSO P2 Ludhiana, March 7 A total of 108 persons from this district and 31 from other districts tested positive for Covid today, taking the total number of active cases in the district to 27,940. Meanwhile, the number of active cases has gone up to 839 (+108). Among those testing positive were four teachers of government schools (two from Koom Kalan and one each from Mullanpur and Sahnewal). One patient from Moga succumbed to the virus, but the number of deaths in the district remained at 1,036. Among those testing positive today 13 were in contact with infected persons, 30 from OPDs, 38 from flu corner (ILI), 16 (tracing in process), two health workers and one AMC. The total number of samples taken during the last 24 hours were 4,195 and the reports of 2,034 were awaited. A city resident gets vaccinated against Covid. INDERJEET VERMA COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For Home Isolation: 78147-64759 ■ For Ambulance Problem: 78143-63850 ■ For Hospital Problem: COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 6,92,827 27,832 915 108 1,036 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 Mishap-prone Sahnewal GLADA colonies: Poor enforcement of Chowk cries for attention rules leads to encroachments, violations 22 hit by speeding vehicles lost their lives at point in 3 yrs BLACK SPOTS PART-VI Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 7 Sahnewal Chowk, which was declared a black spot in the past, on the National Highway-44 needs urgent attention of the authorities. The spot is prone to road mishaps and no steps were taken to curb accidents at the point. Twentytwo persons lost their lives at the point in three years (2016, 2017 and 2018) by getting hit by speeding vehicles. Most of the victims were pedestrians, cyclists or twowheeler riders riders. During the visit to the spot, it was observed that the main market of Sahnewal is located near the chowk and there is no traffic light junction at the point. The chowk gets traffic from all directions due to which the point is more prone to road mishaps.There are no speed breakers on the road. Even blinkers are also missing on link roads. The service lane alongside the road is not built in a proper way as there are several unauthorised cuts. Fences alongside the road are also damaged at several spots near the chowk. There are no zebra crossing markings and luminous signboards at the spot. Signboards displaying speed limits are also not available. The authorities are not able to keep a check on overspeeding at the point as only one speed radar is available with the Traffic Police, Ludhiana. Residents of the area alleged that shopkeepers and workshop owners had encroached upon the service lane as they park their vehicles and keep their items on the service lane outside their shops. The width of the historical gate, built in the name of Guru Gobind Singh, at the chowk is less for easy movement of traffic, leading to traffic jams. Heavy vehicles such as tractor-trailers get stuck while crossing the gate due to which a portion of the gate has also got damaged. Even there is no bus stop at the chowk due to which people stand at various points to board buses and sometimes get hit by speeding vehicles. Many times, buses halt on the road, creating hurdles for commuters. Dr Kamal Soi, member, National Road Safety Council, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India said: “This black spot is located on the service road which joins crossroads under the underpass on the Sahnewal gate. Heavy vehicular traffic comes from the Dehlon side and move towards the Chandigarh road and national highway towards Delhi and Ludhiana. Hence, the point is a dangerous one. There is a dire need to check overspeeding by installing rumble strips or speed breakers.” There is a need to check overspeeding at Sahnewal Chowk in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN c m y b Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, March 7 With poor track record of enforcement and removal of encroachments in the colonies under its control, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), it seems, has given a long rope to violating and defaulting allottees. As a result, encroachments on roads, streets and parks as well as violation of standard design and building bylaws in many GLADA colonies have assumed alarming proportions and the officials have adopted a “devil may care” approach. Three recent incidents of encroachments and violation of building bylaws in Dugri Urban Estate, CRPF Colony and Dugri Bypass Road are proof of the sorry state of affairs with regard to enforcement and regulatory action on part of GLADA officials. Area residents say nearly five shops were being constructed without any building plan on 200 feet wide Dugri Bypass Road. Rather than taking any action for illegal construction against the violator, the GLADA officials said a show-cause notice had been issued to the owner of the property as per the rules and further action would be taken on the receipt of the reply to the notice. In another incident, a resident living adjacent to a park in CRPF Colony had encroached upon part of the park where a nurse/midwife was treating the patients on the cots put up in the park. Going a step further, another resident had taken possession of a 600 square yards park near LIG/MIG flats, while a portion of the road providing passage to the flats had also been encroached upon where a boundary Illegal constructions, violations and encroachments have become a matter of routine in most of GLADA colonies in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTOS ‘CONSTRUCTION OF SHOPS SANS BUILDING PLAN’ Local residents say nearly five shops were being constructed without any building plan on 200 feet wide Dugri Bypass Road. Rather than taking any action for illegal construction against the violator, the GLADA officials said a show-cause notice had been issued to the owner of the property as per the rules and further action would be taken on the receipt of the reply to the notice. SORRY STATE OF AFFAIRS ■ Three recent incidents of encroachments and violation of building bylaws in Dugri wall had already been constructed and building material lied dumped for further construction of a room. Due to little or no enforcement, violation of building bylaws and alteration in standard design (not permissible under terms and conditions of allotment) in most areas of Dugri as well as in Sectors 32 and 39 was rampant. A Urban Estate, CRPF Colony and Dugri Bypass Road are proof of the sorry state of affairs with resident of a flat in CRPF Colony in Dugri Rajpal Kaur alleged that the allottee of a flat located below her flat had demolished walls for addition/alteration in his flat. “As a result, walls in my flat have developed cracks, water pipe has started leaking and the whole structure of the flat is under risk of collapse at any time due to supports regard to enforcement and regulatory action on part of GLADA officials. from under the walls having been removed,” said the aggrieved resident. When contacted, GLADA officials said the encroachment within the park had been cleared, notices had been issued to the owner of the property where shops were being constructed and field staff had been directed to inspect and submit a report on addition/alteration being made in a flat.
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