05092021-LT-01.qxd 05-09-2021 00:09 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE DIST EXCELS IN IMPLEMENTATION OF CENTRAL, STATE SCHEMES PAGE 2 The district has achieved 106% milestone in expenditure and 107% in man-days under the MGNREGA. FORECAST CLOUDY SKY Cancellation of FIR against MC officials sought Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 4 Members of the Municipal Employees Sangharsh Committee submitted a memorandum to Cabinet Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, seeking cancellation of an FIR registered on the complaint of State Safai Karamchari Commission chairman Geja Ram regarding an alleged case of manual scavenging at Jugiana. The commission chairman had accused MC officials of forcing sewer men to enter manholes, which is against the law. Following a complaint in this regard, the Sahnewal police had booked unidentified persons under sections of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and Rehabilitation Act 2013. The Sangharsh Committee members said the allegations levelled by Geja Ram were false as no official had forced any sewer man to work inside a manhole. Ashwani Sahota of the committee said they demanded that the FIR be cancelled. Meanwhile, the union members also demanded that transfer orders of MC secretary Jasdev Singh Sekhon be revoked. Amid the drive against plastic carry bags, Sekhon was transferred to Abohar. MAX 34°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6:45 PM Ludhiana, September 4 As many as 16 persons attacked a schoolboy in Jagraon. The victim suffered serious head injuries and one of his fingers was also chopped off in the attack. The accused have been identified as Simran Chauhan, Chandan, a resident of Sidhwan Bet, Baljit Singh, alias Bouncer, of Rasulpur Jandi, Chaini of Ramgarh Bhullar and 12 unknown persons. Complainant Kamaljit Singh of Jagraon told the police that on Friday afternoon, when he was coming out ❝ They attacked me in front of other students of the school. It was only when residents of the area started gathering, the assailants fled the spot. They left me almost dead. People rushed me to a hospital where I am still undergoing treatment. Kamaljit Singh, VICTIM of his school, he was attacked with swords and heavy sticks. “They attacked me in front of other students of the school. It was only when residents of the area started gathering, the assailants fled the spot. They left me almost dead. People rushed me to a hospital where I am still undergoing treatment,” the victim alleged. The accused had left their car on the road which was later confiscated by the police. The victim’s kin while revealing the reason behind the attack said sister of one of the assailants was also a student of the school where the victim studies. A few days ago, the girl had levelled allegations of harassment against the boy but later in Ludhiana, September 4 The Ludhiana police nabbed three persons in separate cases and seized illegal weapons and stolen vehicles from them. ADCP (Crime) Rupinder Kaur Bhatti said the police nabbed Gagandeep Singh Gaggu of Shimlapuri, who was wanted in an attempt to murder case as he had fired at Chanpreet Singh Kalu in July this year. Gaggu was also facing over 12 cases of attempt to murder, drug smuggling, kidnapping and other crimes. In the second case, the police nabbed Gaurav Sharma, alias Gora, of Shimlpauri and recovered four stolen motorcycles and one Activa scooter from him. In another case, the police arrested Sagar of Chawni Mohalla and seized an illegal weapon and two live cartridges from him. — TNS the presence of the school management, the former had admitted that the allegations were fake, after which the matter was sorted out. Later, the girl said her allegations against the boy were not fake and he had harassed her in the school. Hence, the girl’s brother decided to teach the boy a lesson and attacked him brutally, alleged the victim’s kin. Investigating officer ASI Gurinderpal Singh said a case under various sections of the IPC was registered against 16 persons and raids were being conducted to nab them. Controversy over auction of LIT’s prime land deepens LED street light project: Improve services in one month, firm told Terming it another ‘Ludhiana City Centre scam’, lawyer seeks FIR against Trust Chairman, aides Ludhiana, September 4 After a meeting with the Local Government Department authorities in Chandigarh today, Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu said Principal Secretary (Local Government) AK Sinha has given a month’s time to the private company that looks after the LED street lights project to improve its services. A delegation of the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, led by the Mayor, Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal, MC Officials and some councillors, attended the meeting with the Local Government Department authorities today. Officials of Tata Projects Limited were also present. The Mayor said they discussed issues related to the LED street lights. The Principal Secretary has given directions to the company to improve the services and fix the LED street lights at missing points within a month. Meanwhile, Inder Aggarwal, a BJP leader who attended the meeting on Saturday, said: “We raised the matter that the MC and the firm should follow agreement conditions. The situation during the tenure of Tata Projects Limited is better than in the past when some private contractors used to maintain old street lights. The firm has been told to install 15 per cent new lights in the city and it should be paid for the same as per the agreement. We want the MC and the firm should obey the conditions of the agreement so that residents would not suffer.” — TNS Ludhiana, September 4 The controversy over the Ludhiana Improvement Trust’s auction of a prime land measuring 16,344 sq yards in Model Town Extension here at “throwaway prices” has deepened. LIT Chairman Raman Balasubramaniam had earlier given a statement that the reserve price for the auction of the land was approved by a committee, headed by Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma. However, the Deputy Commissioner said the reserve price was fixed for auctioning of residential plots and commercial built-up booths but not for vacant land measuring 16,344 sq yards at Model Town Extension. According to the DC, the LIT had sent an agenda (dated December 22, 2020) regarding fixing the reserve price for residential plots and built-up booths (commercial) at Model Town Extension. But, it was not mentioned anywhere in the agenda regarding fixing of the reserve price for any vacant site at Model Town Extension. On February 15, 2021, the meeting of a committee, led by Bikram Singh Sidhu addresses the media in Ludhiana. ASHWANI DHIMAN the DC, was held for fixing the reserve price of LIT properties under various schemes, including the Model Town Extension scheme. Notably, the meeting was also attended by Cabinet Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, MLA Surinder Dawar, Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu and MC Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal. The DC said the reserve price was fixed at Rs 28,103 per sq yard for residential plots and Rs 56,207 per sq yard was fixed for built-up commercial booths in the Model Town Extension 400acre scheme. Now, advocate Bikram Singh Sidhu, a senior BJP leader, today sent a complaint to the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, demanding an inquiry and registration of an FIR against the LIT Chairman and those others involved in the alleged land scam. Terming the land auction as another ‘Ludhiana city centre scam’, Sidhu said the auction of the land was conducted against the standard procedure and the LIT had not got the reserve price fixed for auction from the committee concerned. In the complaint, Sidhu alleged that it was a scam of Rs 250 crore wherein a prime chunk of land situated on Dugri and Model Town Extension Road was auctioned by the LIT Chairman in connivance with a Cabinet minister of the ruling Congress government to benefit their close associate. “This fraud not just amounts to cheating with people and the government but also a huge loss to the state exchequer,” he alleged. He said the prime land was earlier earmarked for SCOs under the proposal of making a food street with an estimated Rs 400 crore revenue generation. “But, the land was auctioned merely for Rs 98.38 crore. Moreover, the market price of the residential land near the auctioned property is Rs 1,25,000 per sq yard while the price for the commercial land is Rs 2,25,000,” he said. continued on page 2 No takers for reconstruction project of unsafe bridge Tendering process fails four times | Century-old bridge declared unsafe nine years ago Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 4 The work to reconstruct an unsafe bridge over the Buddha Nullah on Old GT Road is getting delayed as the tendering process has failed four times. Reportedly, no bidders are showing interest in the project. The bridge, said to be more than a century old, is located on the Old GT Road near Chand Cinema and was declared unsafe around nine years ago. But, the Municipal Corporation ignored the bridge and its Closed bridge over Buddha Nullah near Chand Cinema. ASHWANI DHIMAN design for reconstruction was finalised this year. When the tenders for the reconstruction of the bridge were floated in May at an estimated cost of Rs 5.84 crore, a senior official had stated that the project would be completed within a year. However, the project is yet to see the light of the day as nothing has been done on the ground level. The bridge is in a dilapidated condition from different points and bricks generally fall off it. The safety walls are also in bad condition. A wall was constructed on the road portion of the bridge earlier this year to stop traffic movement. It was closed for heavy vehicles in 2018 and later for all kinds of vehicles, except two-wheelers. After the closure of the c m y b bridge, traffic from Jalandhar Bypass towards Clock Tower was diverted through a nearby bridge. Parminder Mehta, the newly appointed OSD to Mayor, said, “I will take up the matter with MC authorities and Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu so that the reconstruction work can be started at the earliest.” An MC official said tenders had been floated for the project five times but bidders did not participate in the process. Superintending Engineer Teerath Bansal did not respond to phone calls. PAGE 4 It also stars Jacqueline Fernandez, Yami Gautam, Jaaved Jaafri and Jamie Lever in pivotal roles. SUNRISE MONDAY 6:04 AM Minor boy attacked, finger chopped off, 16 booked Tribune News Service SAIF TALKS ABOUT HORROR COMEDY BHOOT POLICE She is among the first Indian stars to venture into the digital assets, along with superstar Amitabh Bachchan. Tribune News Service Criminal wanted in over twelve cases arrested PAGE 4 ACTRESS SUNNY LEONE TO LAUNCH HER OWN NFTS SUNDAY | 5 SEPTEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA 60 get Sputnik vaccine on Day 1 Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 4 Fortis Hospital today started administering Sputnik V vaccine. On the first day, 60 doses were administered. Dr Vishavdeep Goyal, Zonal Director of Fortis Hospital, Ludhiana, said Sputnik V vaccine is now available at Fortis Hospital, Ludhiana. “A single dose is priced at Rs 1,145 and the second dose will be administered after 28 days. Lots of people were enquiring about the vaccine and the wait for it is over today finally,” he said. Meanwhile, there was no session site by the Health Department and many people have to return without their dose of Covid vaccine. “Tomorrow being Sunday I wanted to avoid going for vaccination as there will be a huge rush. But today there was no session site, so I returned and will have to go tomorrow only,” said Surinder, a city resident. A man gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana on Saturday. Mega vaccination camps will be held by the Health Department tomorrow with a target of vaccinating one lakh people. A total of 283 vaccination sites have been set up for tomorrow and vaccination will be done free of cost at these sites. Ludhiana’s urban areas will have 70 vaccination sites, seven sites will be at Khanna, three sites each at Samrala and Jagraon, two sites at Raikot, 22 sites each at Koom Kalan and Hatur, 23 sites at Pakhowal, 10 sites each at Payal and Maloud, 15 sites at Manupur, 11 sites at Maachiwaara Sahib, nine sites at Sahnewal, 36 sites at Sudhar, 20 vaccination sites at Sidhwan Bet and 12 sites at Dehlon. Civil Surgeon, Dr Kiran Gill said people should get themselves vaccinated and should follow all the safety protocols while visiting sites for vaccination. Two test positive in district Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 4 Two persons tested positive for Covid, while no death due to the disease was reported in the district today. There are 24 active patients in the district at present and one patient is undergoing treatment for Covid in hospital. Till date, a total of 23,12,515 samples have been taken, of which 22,13,373 samples were found negative. Now, the total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 87,482, while COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 11,660 patients belong to other districts/states. The total number of persons who lost their lives to Covid is 2,097 from Ludhiana and 1,049 from other districts. Samples of 8,541 suspected patients were sent for testing today and their 23,12,515 87,482 24 1 2,097 results are expected shortly. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma appealed to residents to adhere to all Covid safety protocols of the Punjab Government to not only save themselves but keeping everyone around safe.
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