08042021-LT-01.qxd 4/7/2021 11:47 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE PARENTS CONTINUE TO PROTEST AGAINST PRIVATE SCHOOL MGMTS PAGE 2 Members of parents’ association say a school has asked them to deposit the annual fee for two sessions. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY MAX 33°C | MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:50 PM ROOF COLLAPSE Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Labourers remove debris at the roof-collapse site at Baba Mukand Singh Nagar on Daba Road in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN ADJOINING BUILDINGS’ OWNERS SEEK DAMAGES ■ The roof of the top floor of auto parts manufacturing unit Jasmail Singh and Sons was being lifted by using jacks without any permission from the MC on Monday when the mishap took place. The debris had fallen on adjoining two buildings, which also suffered damages. Now, the owners of the two buildings demand compensation for damage to their buildings. ■ Tejinder Singh of GK Plating said, “After the roof of neighbouring unit collapsed, the debris had fallen on our factory causing big damage to our building structure and machines. We have suffered damages of around Rs 20 lakh. We want compensation.” ly, debris fell on them. Santosh had received a serious head injury. He was taken to a government hospital in Ludhiana, but later referred to SPS Hospital as his condition was stated to be critical. Tejinder Singh, an owner of the GK Plating unit, said Dist reports 2nd highest daily Covid cases in state 236 average daily infections; lowest average positivity rate in March Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 7 Ludhiana, which was among the worst-hit districts and was re-emerging as the Covid capital of Punjab, has reported second highest daily fresh cases in the state during March. The district recorded an average of 236 daily new infections last month, which was less than 260 reported by Jalandhar. The data of 11 worst-hit districts in the state compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department, a copy of which is with The Tribune, Mohali ranked third with 206 average daily fresh cases, followed by Hoshiarpur 188, Patiala 173, Amritsar 170, Kapurthala 109, Nawanshahr 101, Bathinda 51, Ropar 46, Santosh had been working with them for more than one year. “Santosh had undergone head surgery at SPS Hospital and had been unconscious for the past two days. He succumbed to injuries today. His family lives in Bihar and has been informed about the tragedy. They are coming here to claim the body. Besides, the health of three other injured workers of our factory is improving,” he added. Ludhiana, April 7 To improve the infrastructure and facilitate movement of vehicles, a new bridge would be built at the cost of ~7 crore near Jhamat village besides carpeting of approach roads leading to Jalandhar via Ladhowal National Highway bypass and from the bridge to the underpass. The project would be executed by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) and its construc- “Behind all glamour that people see lies a lot of passion, which an actor has to put in every single day,” she says. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:06 AM THURSDAY | 8 APRIL 2021 | LUDHIANA MLA Talwar raises questions over ‘illegal’ constructions Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 7 Raising questions over ‘illegal’ commercial and industrial constructions in the areas of Ludhiana East Constituency, MLA Sanjay Talwar said if any mishap takes place involving any building constructed against the bylaws, then officials of the district administration, the MC and police officials concerned will also be held responsible along with building owners. Talwar has written to the Deputy Commissioner, the Police Commissioner, the MC Commissioner and the Mayor regarding the commercial buildings, factories and godown that are being constructed or newly-constructed by violating the norms. He also claimed that a number of old commercial buildings, factories and godowns were constructed against the norms in the past. “Fire mishaps are common in the area. The major PAGE 4 ❝If any mishap takes place involving buildings constructed against norms, the district administration, MC and police officials concerned will be held responsible along with building owners. ❞ Sanjay Talwar, MLA, LUDHIANA EAST CONSTITUENCY incidents like a plastic manufacturing unit fire and collapse incident of 2017 wherein 16 persons, including nine fire fighters, had lost their lives and now factory roof collapse incident killing five persons and leaving several injured have taken place in the city. Whenever any such tragedy happened, the administration, the MC and the Police Department had made tall claims to take strict measures against the violations but they do nothing in reality.” He demanded action against those who have stored sacks full of hosiery waste material in open in the streets, plots and residential buildings. If such sacks of hosiery waste catches fire, a major tragedy can take place, he added. Talwar asked the district administration, the MC and the police to make sure that all new commercial buildings, factories and godowns be constructed as per the norms. He said the authorities should ensure safety of the employees working in these units and people living near such units. “If any mishap takes place due to any negligence at the commercial buildings, factories and godowns, which are either being constructed or newly constructed against the rules fixed by the government, the officials concerned of the district administration, the MC and the Police Department would be held responsible along with the building owners,” Talwar said. Man found dead in truck Ludhiana, April 7 A man was found dead in a truck at Eldeco Colony on GT Road near Jalandhar bypass yesterday evening. The deceased has been identified as Harpreet Singh (30), a resident of SBS Nagar. Deceased’s brother Harneet Singh told the police that his brother had bought a new truck about two weeks ago. On March 27, he had loaded iron rods from Mandi Gobindgarh and took the same to Faridabad. One Keepa had also accompanied him to Faridabad. “My brother was supposed to return home in a few days but he didn’t turn up. After April 3, his phone also got switched off. We started searching for him but all in vain,” he said. Yesterday evening his brother’s truck was found on GT Road and his body was also lying in the truck. The body was covered in the blanket. He was brutally murdered by some unknown persons. The Salem Tabri police registered a murder case against unknown persons and launched a probe. — TNS Storm hits city, uproots 24 trees Traffic movement affected; wheat crop flattened at several places Virus claims 4 lives; 415 +ve Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 7 The virus claimed four more lives in the district during the past 24 hours, while 415 fresh cases were confirmed here. COVID-19 FIGURES Wheat crop flattened by strong winds and rain; and (right) an uprooted tree at Upkar Nagar in Ludhiana. PHOTOS: INDERJEET VERMA SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE Tribune News Service DEATHS A woman gets Covid jab in Ludhiana on Wednesday. INDERJEET VERMA and Fatehgarh Sahib 28. However, the district recorded lowest average positivity rate among 11 high-burden districts in March. It shared the top slot with Bathinda at 5.6 per cent monthly positivity rate. Mohali remained the worsthit district with 16.1 per cent average positivity, followed by Kapurthala 8.5, Patiala 7.9, Nawanshahr and Jalandhar 7.1 each, Amritsar 6.4, Fatehgarh Sahib 6.3, Hoshiarpur 6.2, and Ropar 5.8 per cent. When it comes to districtwise contact tracing in March, Ludhiana traced 9.3 per cent contacts of total positive cases, which was much continued on page 2 8,21,465 37,189 2,987 111 1,186 There are 2,987 active cases in the district at present. Civil Surgeon Dr Sukhjeevan Kakkar confirmed 474 cases — 415 from Ludhiana and 59 from other districts or states — on Wednesday. In Ludhiana district, 41 persons came in contact of positive patients, 129 visited OPD and 160 visited Flu Corner. Three healthcare workers, one undertrial and one teacher continued on page 2 Bridge near Jhamat village to end commuters’ woes Our Correspondent RANI’S ADVICE TO YOUNG GIRLS WANTING TO BECOME AN ACTOR “When I was in college in Chandigarh I got an offer for a Punjabi music video, which led to more such offers.” One more succumbs to injuries, toll rises to five Ludhiana, April 7 Two days after an auto parts factory roof collapse incident at Baba Mukand Singh Nagar on Daba Road here, one more person succumbed to injuries on Wednesday. Now, a total of five persons have lost their lives in the mishap that took place on Monday. The district administration confirmed the fifth death today and the deceased has been identified as Santosh Kumar, who hailed from Bihar. He had come to Ludhiana in search of a job. Santosh, 31-year-old, was working as a foreman in an adjoining GK Plating factory. When the roof of the auto parts factory — Jasmail Singh and Sons — collapsed on Monday morning, its debris also fell on the GK Plating factory leaving five injured. Out of these five injured, Sagar (27) had died on Monday and Santosh succumbed to his injuries today. Unaware of the ongoing construction work in the neighbouring unit, Santosh along with others was doing his job at GK Plating that morning. Sudden- PAGE 3 ANUPAMA SOLANKI REMINISCES HER INITIAL DAYS IN INDUSTRY TO HELP REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION ■ Councillor Mamta Ashu said the proposed bridge would be 12-metres wide against its existing width of just 3.7 metres. ■ She said the areas surrounding Jhamat village had witnessed development of a large number of residential colonies besides some educational institutions and the existing bridge was causing frequent traffic jams due to its narrow width. tion would be completed in the next two months. Inspecting the proposed bridge site near Jhammat here today with officials of the GLADA and the Municipal Corporation on behalf of Punjab Minister for Food, Supplies and Con- sumer Affairs Bharat Bhushan Ashu, his wife and Councillor Mamta Ashu said the proposed bridge would be 12-metres wide against its existing width of just 3.7 metres. She said the areas surrounding Jhamat village had witnessed development of a large number of residential colonies besides some educational institutions and the existing bridge was causing frequent traffic jams due to its narrow width. “After the minister took up the matter with the state government, officials of the GLADA, the Irrigation Department and others had surveyed the site to solve the traffic woes and a detailed project report was prepared for construction of new bridge and improve road infrastructure,” Mamta added. c m y b Ludhiana, April 7 As high-velocity winds lashed the city on Tuesday night, 24 trees got uprooted at different locations in the city. Wheat crop also reportedly got flattened at some locations due to the storm. After trees fell down on some roads in the city due to the storm, traffic movement also got affected there. A tree fell near the birth place of Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar at Naughara Mohalla, Ludhiana. Trees also fell near the ADC office, near DAV School at BRS Nagar and near Dasehra ground. The Municipal Corporation’s horticulture wing officer Kirpal Singh said they got information that around 24 trees fell down on roads as the storm hit the city last night. He said the traffic movement got affected at some locations due to the falling of trees. He said trees fell on roads near Pahwa Dharamshala, Upkar Nagar, near Baba Deep Singh Gurdwara and some other locations. A tree fell on wires near the Mayor’s office at Rishi Nagar. “We have deployed staff to clear the blocked roads due to falling of the trees. The work will be completed at the earliest,” he said. 25 encroachments removed in New Model Town Cong leader claims civic body demolished quarters constructed on ‘his’ land Ludhiana, April 7 The Municipal Corporation on Wednesday removed around 25 encroachments in shape of permanent constructions near railway lines in the New Model Town area in Zone D. It also demolished a number of quarters that were given on rent. MC officials said these quarters were constructed on a piece of encroached land. But, a Congress leader Kulwant Singh Sidhu has raised questions over the MC’s action as he claimed that the MC demolished quarters constructed on ‘his’ land. Kulwant Singh Sidhu claimed that he had purchased the land, where quarters were constructed, at a cost of Rs 80 lakh around eight years ago. Sidhu said, “Without giv- The New Model Town area after the removal of encroachments in Ludhiana. ASHWANI DHIMAN ing any prior notice, the MC took this action. The MC authorities should show the documents that this land belongs to the corporation. I had purchased the land. If the MC failed to produce land documents, I will move the court against it.” People living in quarters claimed that they were not giv- en any prior intimation about the demolition drive. They said they used to pay rent for staying in the quarters. Meanwhile, questions were also raised over the MC officials as action was not taken against a few other ‘illegal’ constructions. The drive was jointly carried out by the MC’s building branch teams of all the four zones. Assistant Town Planner, MS Bedi said the drive remained peaceful. He said the encroachments were raised upon a greenbelt area and they removed them today. “We had served notice on the encroachers a month ago but they had not vacated the land. Thus, we removed encroachments today,” he said. — TNS
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