26082021-LT-01.qxd 8/25/2021 11:59 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE AAI TO TAKE FINAL CALL ON INT’L AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING The terminal building has to be built over 2,000 sq m at an estimated cost of ~4,290.42 lakh, for which nod is awaited. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY 300 intoxicating tablets seized from Central Jail Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 25 A surprise checking led to the recovery of 300 intoxicating tablets from Central Jail here. After the recovery, the Jail Department launched a probe. Harbans Singh, Assistant Jail Superintendent, in a statement to the police said routine checking was conducted in the jail on the intervening night of August 23-24. Harbans Singh said during checking, cops saw a polythene bag lying near the tower number 3 from which intoxicating tablets were recovered. Jail officials suspected that some unknown persons could have thrown the packet from the outer wall of the jail. Earlier also the Jail Department had recovered intoxicating tablets from the jail premises. CCTV cameras installed near the wall are also being checked by jail officials to get clue about the person who threw the packet in the jail. Jail officials also suspected that the packet could have been thrown for some jail inmate and probe would look into this angle also. A case under the Prisons Act has been registered against unknown persons. PAGE 2 MUNMUN BACK WITH TAARAK MEHTA KA OOLTAH CHASHMAH PAGE 3 Munmun Dutta, who has been missing from show for over two months, will now appear in forthcoming episodes. MAX 36°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 28°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:57 PM Ludhiana, August 25 In a brazen show of ‘highhandedness’ and ‘arrogance’, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has gone ahead with the formal announcement over setting up of an industrial park on 955 acres in Koom Kalan here. In the wake of fierce opposition by groups of environmentalists and conservationists, the proposed industrial park has been named as Koom Kalan Industrial Park in place of Mattewara, as some parts of the land acquired for the purpose were reportedly part of the reserved forest area. The project has been mired in controversy from the very beginning with residents of several villages, including Sekhowal, Salenpur, Sailkiana, Gari Fazal, Garcha and Haider Nagar, in the district expressing opposition to setting up industrial units in floodplains of the Sutlej and conversion of the forest land for commercial purposes. In fact, residents whose land were acquired for the The Mattewara forest land where the proposed industrial park is being set up by the state government in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO NATIONAL GREEN TRIBUNAL DIRECTIONS IGNORED In this regard, the National Green Tribunal had recently issued directions to the state government through its Chief Secretary on a petition filed by the Council of Engineers to first get the floodplains of the Sutlej around the site at Mattewara demarcated and only then take any further action for setting up the industrial park. However, these directions have also been ignored. project had opposed the forcible acquisition of land but the government machinery went into overdrive and land in six villages was taken over with the help of panchayats under political pressure. Several NGOs, social, religious and environmental groups had been staging protests and dharnas at the site of the proposed industrial park and offices of the Deputy Commissioner, PUDA and GLADA here to build pressure for shelving the project. But ultimately, the government had its way. In this regard, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had recently issued directions to the state government through its Chief Secretary on a petition SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:59 AM filed by the Council of Engineers (CoE) to first get the floodplains of the Sutlej around the site at Mattewara demarcated and only then, take any further action for setting up the industrial park. However, apparently these directions have also been ignored. In a public notice, PUDA has invited ‘expression of interest’ (EOI) for the ‘Modern Industrial Park’ at Koom Kalan for plots in varying sizes from one acre to 50 acres. Eligibility of applicants for seeking the plots would be based on their average annual turnover during the past three years, ranging from Rs 5 crore to Rs 250 crore. The applicants would have to pay a refundable demand survey fee of Rs 1 lakh for a plot measuring up to 5 acres, Rs 2 lakh for 10 acres and Rs 5 lakh for plots measuring 25 to 50 acres. According to the PUDA public notice, the tentative price of the land has been fixed between Rs 1.15 crore and Rs 1.90 crore per acre, depending on the size of the plot. The last date for submission of the EOI would be September 15, 2021. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 25 Cabinet Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu on Wednesday said the Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) and Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) had decreased in the Buddha Nullah after fresh water was released into it. The minister took stock of the ongoing Rs 650-crore Buddha Nullah Rejuvenation Project at MC’s Zone D office and directed officials of the civic body, sewage board, Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) and Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to expedite all construction works. Ashu said the BOD and Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu interacts with officials during a meeting in Ludhiana on Wednesday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN COD had decreased by nearly 70-80 per cent in the nullah since water from the Sirhind Canal was released through the Neelon drain on Sunday. He stated that on the day of water discharge (August 22), the BOD and COD levels were 1,124 and 2,157, respectively, and today, the same levels were recorded 61 and 256. The Cabinet Minister said under the Buddha Dariya Rejuvenation Project, work on two new sewage treatment plants (STPs), with a total capacity of 285 MLD (Jamalpur 225 MLD and Balloke 60 MLD), rehabilitation of existing STPs with a treatment capacity of 418 MLD, two Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) for treatment of 6 MLD wastewater from two dairy complexes in Tajpur and Haibowal, six intermediate pumping stations, laying of 10-km pipeline and 10 years of operation and maintenance of entire infrastructure had been started on war footing and would be completed by December 2022. Bizmen, political leaders join AAP Ludhiana, August 25 Ten persons, including businessmen and leaders of various political parties joined AAP in the presence of party’s state kisan wing president and MLA Kultar Singh Sandhwa and other leaders. Bhagwan Das Garg, Baljinder Singh, Parshotam Lal, Gurjit Singh Phullawal, Rajan Kumar, Manjit Singh Lottey, Kulwinder Singh, Shamsher Singh Grewal, Jarnail Singh and Maninder Singh joined the party today. The MLA welcomed all into the party fold and said businessmen were also joining the party as they were impressed by facilities being provided by the Delhi Government. He said the businessmen would be given guaranteed facilities for the growth of the industry. — TNS THURSDAY | 26 AUGUST 2021 | LUDHIANA One tests positive in district Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 25 The Health Department on Wednesday confirmed one case of Covid-19 in the district. Now, there are 34 active cases in the district. Of them, one patient is on ventilator support. Besides, three cases of other districts or states were also confirmed here today. A total of 87,458 positive cases from Ludhiana district and 11,655 from other districts have been confirmed. The department has confirmed death of 2,096 patients of Ludhiana district and 1,048 of other districts due to Covid-19. In the wake of the upcoming festive season, which is just around the corner and witnesses a large gathering of people, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma on Wednesday urged the people to strictly observe physical distancing, hand hygiene, wear mask besides getting the lifesaving jab without fail to prevent the third wave of the pandemic. A woman gives a sample for Covid test in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For home isolation: 78147-64759 ■ For ambulance problem: 78143-63850 ■ For hospital problem: 62849-12553 ■ For problem in cremation of bodies: 77197-12797, 95015-00101, 95015-00102 Ludhiana, August 25 A 65-year-old man suspected to have died of dengue here today. The deceased, Dinesh Khanna, a resident of Balloke village, was unwell for the past six days. Kin of the deceased said Khanna was suffering from dengue and his platelet level had gone down. He was admitted to the DMCH. On the other hand, the Health Department has not confirmed any dengue death. District Epidemiologist Ramesh said: “We have not received information about the death of any dengue Will not bow down to blackmailing, says Mayor Contractors had accused MC officials of corruption and called for boycotting road works Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 25 A day after the association of hotmix plant contractors levelled allegations of graft and collection of commission against MC officials, Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu said the accusations were false, unsubstantiated and frivolous. Sandhu said he would not bow down to “blackmailing tactics” of certain contractors. He asked them to show evidence of corruption committed by any MC official. Accompanied by Senior Deputy Mayor Sham Sunder Malhotra and MC Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal during a press conference at MC’s Zone D office, the Mayor said the contractors Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu (right) addresses the media at Zone D office in Ludhiana. ASHWANI DHIMAN were led by a person who had “close ties with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)” and had already been blacklisted by the civic body. He wanted to malign the MC’s image for his vested interests. On the call of the contractors to boycott road construction works (bitumen based), Sandhu said in case they did not participate in the tendering process, the MC would recall the tenders of devel- opment works again but with RMC technique. On the accusation that they were asked to float tenders at 6 per cent lesser amount than the estimate prepared by the MC, he said the contractors had also c m y b 62845-31852 ■ For bed/oxygen/medicine availability: 62849-12553 ■ For Remdesivir injection: 98720-08040 ■ For reporting overcharging by hospitals & other issues: 62849-12553 patient from any hospital. If any information is obtained, a panel will review the case and take a decision whether the person died of dengue or not. At present, no dengue death has been confirmed.” Meanwhile, two fresh cases of dengue have been reported in the district today. Tribune News Service Mock drill held to check response time of cops worked on 5 per cent lesser amount when the civic body was headed by the Akali government in 2017. The Mayor also asked Sabharwal to conduct a probe as to how a blacklisted contractor received the tenders and ordered an inquiry into how a site of dispensary turned into a commercial building. The MC Commissioner said quality of development projects was being ensured and there would be no compromise on the same. While announcing to boycott road construction works, the Ludhiana Hotmix Plant Welfare Association president Vindod Jain had on Tuesday alleged corruption in the MC. The contractors were forced to pay commission to the MC continued on page 2 ■ For general problem: Couple booked for abetting man’s suicide Cops during a mock drill in Ludhiana on Tuesday night. ASHWANI DHIMAN Tribune News Service 22,21,285 87,458 34 1 2,096 Suspected dengue death reported Tribune News Service Releasing fresh water reduced impurities in Buddha Nullah, says minister Ashu PAGE 4 Manoj Bajpayee filed a defamation complaint against KRK regarding a derogatory tweet posted on July 26. PUDA launches industrial park project amid opposition Kuldip Bhatia MANOJ FILES DEFAMATION COMPLAINT AGAINST KRK Ludhiana, August 25 With an aim to inculcating a sense of security among residents of the city, a mock drill was carried out by the Ludhiana police late on Tuesday night. The mock drill was led by Commissioner of Police Naunihal Singh and monitored by Joint Commissioner of Police (City) Deepak Pareek and Joint Commissioner of Police (Rural) Dr Sachin Gupta. Around 400 police personnel started the drill from Phase I, Dugri market, covering Daresi Ground and culminating at the local railway station. Pareek said purpose of the mock drill was to check the response time of the police force after getting a surprise call from the control room. The drill also ensures that the force should remain ready with their weapons, walkie-talkie sets, their uniform and all other equipment to respond to the emergency call. He said another purpose of the mock drill was to build confidence among residents that the police were always ready to serve them and during any urgent call, the police would reach the spot within 15 minutes. The CP said nine gazetted officers, including ADCPs Dr Pragya Jain and Ashwini Gotyal, 24 SHOs, 14 unit incharges and PCR and traffic police personnel participated in the mock drill. Around 60 vehicles were used in the activity. The CP said the Ludhiana police were committed to ensure the safety and security of the city residents. Ludhiana, August 25 A man was found dead on a road near Sunet village last night. On the basis of a suicide note, the police have registered a case against a couple The accused have been identified as Bharat and his wife Aarti, residents of Koom Kalan village. Complainant Paramjit Singh told the police that his father Gurcharan Singh was working in Tara feed factory. On August 22 midnight, when he woke up, he found his father missing. “We kept on searching for our father but couldn’t find him. On August 24, someone called us and informed that my father’s body was lying on a road near Sunet. I immediately reached their and found him dead,” he added. The deceased’s son said a suicide note was also recovered from his father’s pocket in which he stated that Bharat and his wife Aarti had taken money from him and when he asked them to return the money, they behaved rudely with him. In the suicide note he also mentioned that the accused had also beaten his son. Investigation officer ASI Baldev Singh said after registering a case, raids are being conducted to arrest the accused.
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