20042021-JTR-01.qxd 19-04-2021 23:29 Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE ‘CLEANING KALA SANGHIAN DRAIN NEED OF THE HOUR’ PAGE 2 After rain, a large number of sites turn into mosquito-breeding grounds leading to many diseases in the city. FORECAST CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF SECURITY GUARD FOUND DEAD Jalandhar: The security guard of a private school was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his residence on Monday. The incident took place around 11 am. The body was found lying under his bed. His face was covered with blood. The deceased was identified as Kanta Prashad, a native of Uttar Pradesh. The school is located near Wadala Chowk. The police immediately reached the spot after receiving the information. There is no clarity yet whether it was a suicide or a murder. ACP Model Town Harinder Singh Gill also reached the school to investigate the matter. Kanta Prasad was residing in the school. The principal of the school also told the police that he was also working as gardner in the school. The police also found ~58,000 from his room. TNS TEN HONOURED UNDER ‘RED ROSE’ Jalandhar: In a step to recognise the exemplary work in Mission Red Rose started to eliminate illicit liquor from state, the Excise Department on Monday felicitated 10 of its officials with ‘Inspector of the Month’ awards falling in Jalandhar Zone. Those honoured are Gulzar Masih and Harwinder from Gurdaspur, Tarlochan Singh, and Manohar Lal from Hoshiarpur, Ran Bahadur from Kapurthala, Jatinder Singh from Tarn Taran, Navtej Singh and Avtar Singh from Amritsar and Gautam Gobind and Resham Lal from Jalandhar. The mission has been launched to wipe out illicit liquor from the state by keeping a close vigil. TNS I STAYED FOCUSED IN TESTING TIMES, SAYS RANVEER SINGH PAGE 3 RAKHI THANKS SALMAN KHAN FOR FUNDING HER MOM’S OPERATION Ranveer’s success as a celebrity lies in his ability to balance two different aspects of being a new-age star. MAX 33°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:59 PM PAGE 4 The operation took place on Sunday and in a recent social media video, Rakhi revealed that it was successful. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:52 AM TUESDAY | 20 APRIL 2021 | JALANDHAR Prices of oxygen cylinders spiral amid high demand Sold at ~180 to ~200 in Feb this year, is now priced at ~450 Unable to meet demand due to shortage of liquid gas Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 19 Hospitals in the district are facing the shortage of medical oxygen to treat Covid patients. As demand for oxygen cylinders has increased manifold due to the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases, a jump in the prices of oxygen cylinders has been witnessed of late. “One oxygen cylinder that was sold at around Rs 180-Rs 200 in the month of February this year is now being sold at Rs 450,” confirmed Dr Navjot Dahiya, president of the India Medical Association, Punjab. While talking to The Tribune, he stated that the situation had become critical. “The consumption rate of oxygen cylinders has shot up by 3-5 times and hospital authorities are running from pillar to post to meet the rising demand. Owing to High Nasal Flow Oxygen (HNFO), a Covid patient these days needs 40 litres of oxygen per minute, which is around four cylinders per day. “In the pre-pandemic phase, a 7 cubic meter oxygen cylinder used to cost around Rs 135. Owing to the pandemic, the cost went up to Rs 350, especially during the peak of the first wave of Covid-19 in September last year. However, a fall in the number of cases lowered the ‘WILL INSTALL PLANTS IN GADAIPUR, PATHANKOT’ ■ Rajan Guptan and Vikas Huriya of Shakti Cryogenics said they were soon going to install one more machined oxygen plant in Gadaipur (Jalandhar) and one in Pathankot to meet the rising demand in other districts also ■ At present, there are only three manufacturing units of oxygen cylinder in the district ■ Liquid gas is readymade gas provided to private companies by government agencies. Machined gas is produced in manufacturing units using air, water and electricity price of oxygen cylinders to Rs 185-200. Till the first week of last month, the prices remained low, but the sudden spike in cases not only increased demand for the cylinders but also their prices,” added Dr Dahiya. Surprisingly, the district Civil Hospital is also finding it difficult to meet the demand with its own oxygen manufacturing unit. Despite producing nearly 135 cylinders daily, the hospital has to rely on pri- vate manufactures for meeting the rising demand. Though Dr Seema, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, claimed that there was no shortage of medical oxygen, the consumption rate was 400-450 cylinders per day. Against the demand of over 5,000 oxygen cylinders, the companies engaged in oxygen production are unable to meet the rising demand and supplying nearly 2,000 cylinders per day. Vikas Huriya, one of the proprietors of Shakti Cryogenics (a firm which deals in manufacturing and supply of oxygen in Jalandhar and neighbouring districts), said amid the shortage of liquid gas they were dependent on machined gas only. “In spite of approaching the government several times, we could not get liquid gas to increase the production of oxygen cylinder. Against the consumption of 20 ton gas, we got only 8 ton gas on Sunday. Our machined gas plant has the capacity to produce 1,200 oxygen cylinders per day but we are managing to produce over 1,200. If liquid gas is provided, we can produce nearly 800 more cylinders. Before the outbreak of the pandemic, demand for oxygen cylinders was only around 600-700 cylinders per day — both in government and private hospitals. About 2,500-3,000 cylinders were in demand at the peak of the pandemic in August and September,” said Huriya. Owing to the hike in fuel rates, the cost of raw material for the production of oxygen cylinders has gone up, over double the previous rates, says Huriya. Citing the recent emergency of oxygen cylinders at Military Hospital in Jalandhar Cantt, he said if we did not have enough liquid gas then things could turn differently. 6 deaths, 381 new cases reported in dist (five active cases); Dyal Nagar (five active cases); Grover Colony, Basti Danishmandan (six active cases); Master Tara Singh Nagar (five active cases) and the one urban-containment zone with 16 active cases is at Mota Singh Nagar. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 19 With 381 new cases of Covid reported in Jalandhar today, the district tally reached 37,106. Of these 381 cases, as many as 67 belong to other districts. Six persons also died of Covid in Jalandhar today taking the death toll to 1,020. While 32,879 persons have so far been discharged, there are 3,207 active cases in the district. Meanwhile, in view of the rising cases eight containment zones have been declared in rural and urban areas of the district. Notably, it is for the first time during this year that containment zones in the district have been declared. These include one micro- containment zone in a rural area (with six active Covid cases), six micro-containment zones in 3 die, 137 new cases in Kapurthala Covid testing facility at the Jalandhar railway station witnesses long queues of migrants. urban areas (with total 31 active Covid cases) and one urban-containment zone with 16 active cases. The rural micro-containment zone is at Fazalpur village in Shahkot, the six micro-containment zones in rural areas include – New Kartar Nagar, Shahkot (five active cases); Gali Gyani Kharorre Vali, Milap Chowk (five active cases); Khaira Enclave As many as 137 persons tested positive for Covid on Monday taking the district tally to 11,025 cases. Three deaths were reported in the district. The deceased were a 75-year-old woman, a resident of Kala Sanghian, a 55-year-old woman, a resident of Nadala, and a 35-year-old man from Sultanpur Lodhi. Meanwhile, the vaccination drive for the senior citizen category has received an overwhelming response as more than 50,000 persons above continued on page 2 This time, migrants do not want to take chances and have started returning to their native places. Same story a year later: Migrants start returning to their hometowns Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 19 Those bad old days are back again when industrialists suffered due to the shortage of labour, were unable to meet the demand of production, urged their workers to stay back and what not. A year ago, when migrants got to know about the sudden lockdown, they were so frightened that they left for their hometowns on their bicycle or on foot because there was no availability of cars and trains for a long time. This time, they do not want to take the chances and have started going back to their native places. Every day double-decker buses can be seen packed with migrant labourers. It’s like a déjà vu situation for industrialists. With news of another lockdown doing the round on TV channels, social media and newspapers, a large number of migrants have started returning to their original homes as they do not want to face the hardships they faced last year. Gursharan Singh, president, Jalandhar Industrial and Traders’ Association, said, “There is again labour crunch in factories. Migrant labourers feel that if another lockdown is imposed, what they will do here. There is a shortage of labourers to load and unload goods too,” he said. He said small-scale industrial units were already on ventilator and exodus of migrant workers would prove to be a double whammy for them. Notably, last year several industrialists had offered increased wages to labourers to make them stay here. Since workers are the primary need of every establishment, those who stayed back were given more respect due to the shortage of labourers. This time Migrants on way to the railway station. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH DÉJÀ VU FOR INDUSTRIALISTS ■ Last year several industrialists had offered increased wages to labourers to make them stay here. Since workers are the primary need of every establishment, those who stayed back were given more respect due to the shortage of labourers. This time again, the situation is the same ■ Gursharan Singh, president, Jalandhar Industrial and Traders' Association, said: “There is again labour crunch in factories. Migrant labourers feel that if another lockdown is imposed, what they will do here. There is a shortage of labourers to load and unload goods too,” he said ■ However, some industrialists say these days, workers normally go back to their villages because there are weddings in their native places and they have to look after their crops too again, the situation is the same. As Jalandhar district is witnessing a large number of Covid cases, industrialists — who run pipe fitting, valves and cocks, sports, nut and bolts and rubber chappal manufacturing units — are a harried lot. These industries have a huge concentration here and they supply products across the length and breadth of the country. But the lockdown in Delhi, Maharashtra and some parts of Ludhiana has greatly affected their business. Ravinder Dhir, president, Veopar Sena, said, “We have been struggling to bring our units back on track, but another lockdown would dash industrial unit owners’ hopes of recovery. Aane waale din pareshaani waale hi hain ab toh,” he said. Rakesh Chawla, a unit owner, said migrant labourers were giving several excuses to return to their villages. “While some tell us, some do not that they are returning to their villages. Even we do not force them to stay back. I do not know what will happen next,” Chawla shared. Some industrialists say these days, workers normally go back to their villages because there are weddings in their native places and they have to look after their crops too. “For now, it cannot be said that workers are in panic, but the coming days will tell the exact picture,” said city industrialist Balram Kapur. Teenager crushed to death Encroachments removed, plot owners to get possession soon under truck on DAV flyover Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 19 A 15-year-old boy on Monday was crushed to death under the wheels of a speeding truck. The accident occurred around 2 pm on the DAV College flyover, when the boy was returning home with his father on their Activa scooter. The victim was identified as Dikshant Sabharwal, a resident of Ali Mohalla. The teenager was killed on the spot and his father received grievous injuries. SHO police division one Rajesh Kumar said they were intimated about the incident Police probe at the accident site in Jalandhar on Monday. around 2.30 pm. “We immediately rushed to the spot and took the injured to the hospital. The boy died even before reaching the hospital. His father, Jitender Singh Sabharwal, is in critical state and is admitted at a private hospital. He has suf- fered multiple injuries and is in ICU”, added the SHO. Dikshant, the only son of his parents, was aspiring to become a cricketer and even before the accident, he was going to his home after his practice. He was a Class X student of a private school. The police, with the help of commuters, caught the accused truck driver, who hit their scooter from the rear. The truck driver was identified as Nata Ram, a native of Kathua in Jammu. He was reportedly in an inebriated state while driving.The police have registered a cased against the accused. Jalandhar, April 19 Encroachments along the road starting from Surya Enclave to Qazi Mandi were removed by the Jalandhar Improvement Trust here on Monday. ML Sehgal, chief, Surya Enclave Extension Welfare Society, had been holding a dharna against the JIT saying that in 2011, the JIT had launched a freehold residential plot scheme for which final payments were given in 2014. “The JIT did not do any development and the scheme almost failed. Despite having spent lakhs of rupees on buying a plot in Surya Enclave Extension, a scheme launched by the Jalandhar Improvement Trust (JIT) in c m y b A team of Jalandhar Improvement Tust demolishes encroachments in Qazi Mandi area in Jalandhar. 2011, owners were yet to get possession of the land,” he had said earlier. JIT officials said possession of the plots would be handed over to the owners by tomorrow. Daljit Singh Ahluwalia, Chairman, JIT, said that work would continue. “Also, the construction of a 120-ft road will also be started which will connect Domoria bridge and the Jalandhar-Amritsar highway and work will be completed in a month,” he said. Around 40 families were given two-marla plots and were shifted there. Ahluwalia said, “This was one of the major projects on my priority when I had taken the charge and it has been completed today.” JIT officials who carried out continued on page 2
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