12092021-LT-01.qxd 11-09-2021 23:39 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT WORTH ~3.28 CR PURCHASED PAGE 2 Under Smart City Mission, equipment worth ~3.28 crore have been purchased for strengthening the fire services. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY Transfer order of MC Secy revoked Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 11 Transfer order of MC Secretary Jasdev Singh Sekhon has been revoked by the Department of Local Government. Sekhon, who was earlier transferred to the Abohar MC, has been transferred back to the Ludhiana MC. Questions were raised over the transfer of Sekhon amid drive against plastic carry bags in the city last month. During the drive, a team, led by Sekhon, had seized over 1,200-kg plastic carry bags from different locations in the city. A number of city residents, including social activists, members of various NGOs and MC employees, had gathered outside Nehru Rose Garden on August 9, demanding cancellation of the transfer order. Nepalese youth ends life WOMEN ARE THE REAL HEROES, SAYS BINAIFERR KOHLI PAGE 3 MAX 33°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6:36 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 6:09 AM Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 11 Amid row over the Ludhiana Improvement Trust’s prime land’s auction at “throwaway prices”, the department of Local Government has cancelled the auction of the site measuring 16,344 sq yards located at Model Town Extension. As per the orders issued by the Local Government on Saturday, the auction of the land site at Model Town Extension land has been cancelled and the amount submitted by the successful bidder would be returned. The Department of Local Government has also directed the Ludhiana Improvement Trust to make a decision whether it will have to sell the site at Model Town Extension as a chunk of land or SCOs. After taking the decision, the LIT will have to get the rate fixed again from the district level price and rate fixation committee, TAKE A DECISION ON SELLING SITE, TRUST TOLD The Department of Local Government has also directed the Ludhiana Improvement Trust to take a decision whether it will have to sell the site at Model Town Extension as a chunk of land or SCOs. After taking the decision, the LIT will have to get the rate fixed again from the district-level price and rate fixation committee, according to the orders. according to the orders. The BJP and some SAD leaders had earlier raised questions over the role of LIT Chairman Raman Balasubramaniam, Cabinet Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu and some others for allegedly auctioning the prime land in Model Town Extension at throwaway prices to benefit their close associate. Demanding CBI probe and registration of FIR against those involved in the auction of the land, Advocate Bikram Singh Sidhu, a BJP leader, had alleged that the land auction was a scam of Rs 250 crore. Sidhu had claimed that “the prime land was earlier earmarked for SCOs under the proposal of mak- ing a food street with an estimated Rs 400 crore revenue generation, but the land was auctioned merely for Rs 98.38 crore.” After the cancellation of the auction, Bikram Singh Sidhu said, “It is a big win of the public of Ludhiana that the land auction has been cancelled. The land auction was a big scam.” The LIT Chairman, Raman Balasubramaniam, had earlier claimed that the reserve price for the auction of the land was fixed by the committee, headed by the Ludhiana DC. Refuting the claims of the LIT Chairman, Ludhiana DC Varinder Kumar Sharma had then made it clear that no reserve price was fixed by the committee for auction of the land measuring 16,344 sq yards at Model Town Extension. On Friday, Cabinet Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu commented on his Twitter account, “In a bid to come clean on the baseless, frivolous and motivated allegations of opposition regarding the e-auction of a piece of land by Improvement Trust Ludhiana. I request the @PunjabGovtIndia to cancel the e-auction of the said land and issue fresh dates for the new e-auction, so that any person who is willing to offer more money is able to participate.” Meanwhile, the Department of Local Government has also asked the LIT to follow the rules for fixing the residential and commercial rates of the Gian Singh Rarewala market. Sources said that the LIT is also planning to sell the built-up commercial complex on Rani Jhansi Road by reducing the reserve price. 13,482 traffic challans settled at Lok Adalat, ~22.3L recovered 3 arrested for throwing man into canal Legal Correspondent Ludhiana, September 11 The Jagraon police arrested three persons on the charge of throwing a man into a canal yesterday. They have been identified as Inderjit Singh, Akashdeep Singh and Mandeep Singh, all residents of Sohia village. An attempt to murder case was registered against them at the Sadar Jagraon police station on Friday. Complainant Tajinder Singh, a resident of Patti Gill, told the police that on September 8 Inderjit called him and invited for a party. “When I came out of house Inderjit, along with Akashdeep, was standing on the road. They took me to the house of Mandeep where the accused offered me drink laced with some sedatives,” alleged the complainant. They took him to the canal and pushed him into the water. He somehow managed to swim and came out of the water. “When Inderjit saw me, he again came close to me and tried to strangulate. The accused then fled from the spot,” he alleged. — TNS Ludhiana, September 11 In the National Lok Adalat held here at the District Courts Complex, youngsters were given the concessions on fine amount of traffic challans with counselling & commitment for not indulging in violation of the traffic norms in future. As many as 13,482 traffic challans were settled with recovery of Rs 22,32,150. As per information, the general trend to settle traffic challan was half of the fixed fine amount and in several cases where the litigants were unable to pay, they were charged even less than half of the prescribed fine amount. But the authorities suggested that if anyone indulges in violating traffic norms in future, he/she would not be entitled for any concession. Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, Munish Singal along with DLSA Secretary- Sessions Judge Munish Singal during the National Lok Adalat at the District Courts Complex in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO cum-CJM PS Kaleka also interacted with the parents of underage drivers, who came to the Lok Adalat to settle their traffic challans. They asked them to encourage their wards to obey the law in letter and spirit. Showing concern over the rising trend of vehicles driven by teenagers, he said the school authorities should also sensitise students to desist from violating traffic rules. The Lok Adalat succeeded in settling 16,939 cases out of 24,123 involving passing of awards to the tune of Rs 1,02,03,69,867 crore in cases including civil, compoundable criminal cases, cheque bounce cases, revenue cases, traffic challans, motor accident claim cases, bank recovery matters, rent cases and service matter. The Lok Adalat Benches were headed by different judges, including Additional continued on page 2 Association chief demands inspection of 10 roads Ludhiana, September 11 Amid row between the Municipal Corporation and contractors of the Ludhiana Hot Mix Plant Contractors Welfare Association, Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu said a total of 11 hot mix plant contractors had given their nod to start road works in the city. The Mayor said he conducted a meeting with nine contractors yesterday and also talked to two more contractors over the phone. Sandhu said: “The contractors had assured us that they will participate in the tendering process for road works in the city.” SUNDAY | 12 SEPTEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA Auction of LIT’s prime site at Govts not taking pollution of Buddha Nullah seriously: PAC Model Town Ext cancelled 11 hot mix plant contractors ready to start road projects Tribune News Service PAGE 4 Richa Chadha is doing her bit to create awareness about Covid-19 through an initiative on social media. Binaiferr feels audience always looks up to a female character when it comes to saving the day in a TV show. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 11 A Nepalese youth committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan at his house in Vishwakarma colony, Moti Nagar, yesterday late evening. The deceased has been identified as Anup. He was living with his parents and sister. As per information, Anup was unemployed for a long period of time. The police said at the time of incident he was alone at the home. When Anup’s family members returned at around 9 pm on Friday, they found his room locked. Family members repeatedly knocked the door but to no avail. When they broke open the door they found Anup’s body hanging from the ceiling fan. Family members then raised the alarm and called the police. Investigating officer ASI Rakesh Kumar said Anup was reportedly in depression due to unemployment and this could be the reason for taking the extreme step. The ASI said no suicide note was recovered from the spot. The police have initiated the inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. ACTRESS RICHA CHADHA REACHES OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA ‘SOME CONTRACTORS BEING FAVOURED BY MC’ ❝There are some contractors beinginfavoured by the MC. They claimed there is no corruption the civic body. Vinod Jain, PRESIDENT, LUDHIANA HOT MIX PLANT WELFARE ASSOCIATION Accusing some of the MC’s B&R officials of charging commission and being involved in corrupt practices, Ludhiana Hot Mix Plant Welfare Association president Vinod Jain had earlier announced to boycott road construction works (bitumen based) in the city. Jain on Saturday conducted a press conference and raised the issue of alleged corruption in the MC again. Jain said: “We will keep fight- ing against corruption. We have to make a corruption-free environment. There are some contractors being favoured by the MC. They claimed that there is no corruption in the civic body. But we demand from the Mayor and the Commissioner to get an inspection of any 10 roads constructed/ carpeted by such contractors in the presence of the public and the media. The testing of road samples would bring the truth in front of all.” c m y b PAC members protest on the Buddha Nullah bridge, near Dairy Complex, in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 11 Members of the Public Action Committee (PAC) for Sutlej and Mattewara Forest staged a protest at the Buddha Nullah bridge near Dairy Complex on Tajpur Road here, blaming the governments for not taking the issue of pollution seriously. The protesters alleged that the governments are nonserious on the issue of pollution and degrading quality of river waters as the Sutlej and Buddha Darya are a proof of that. They raised questions as to why the waste from dairies is still being dumped into the Buddha Nullah. A member of the PAC, Col (retd) CM Lakhanpal, said it was the third protest under the “Freedom from Pollution” series. “Dairies con- tribute a lot to the pollution load of the Buddha Nullah. The NGT had ordered the CPCB to frame guidelines for dairies which the CPCB had published in July 2020. As per those, no dairy is allowed within any city limits. Secondly dairy farms cannot be located in flood-prone areas. Thirdly they cannot be within 500 metres of a river. Ludhiana dairy complexes of Tajpur and Haibowal violate all of these guidelines and therefore it is no longer legally tenable to keep them within the city limits. Therefore the government has no choice but to shift them out of the city,” he said. Jaskirat Singh of the Naroa Punjab Manch said, “Senior officers, who have worked on the Buddha Darya problem for years, have clearly said in the meetings of the Buddha Darya Task Force that the problem of the Buddha Darya cannot be solved without shifting dairies out of the city and Effluent Treatment Plants are not going to be enough to solve it.” Dr Amandeep Bains of the RBS Roots said, “On the one hand the Rs 650-crore Buddha Darya rejuvenation project that concerns health of millions is not having a single eminent environment scientist or a health scientist on the team despite the fact that the project concerns drinking water pollution of millions, on the other hand, the govt is not even answering questions that citizens and civil society have been asking. This shows that the government neither has sincerity to solve the problem nor any answers to such questions that are being asked.” Two test positive in district Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 11 Two persons tested positive for Covid, while no person lost his/her life to the disease today. The recovery rate of Covid-19 patients has reached 97.57 per cent. There are 27 active patients in the district and two patients are admitted to hospitals for Covid treatment at present. Till date, a total of 23,70,902 samples have been taken, of which 22,71,737 samples were found negative. A total of four patients — two from Ludhiana and two from other states/districts — have tested positive in the last 24 hours. The total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 87,497, while 11,668 patients belong to A woman gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 23,70,902 87,497 27 2 2,098 other districts/states. The total number of persons who lost their lives to the disease is 2,098 from Ludhiana and 1,049 from other districts. Samples of 8,436 suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma appealed to the residents to adhere to all Covid safety protocols of the stateg government.
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