10112021-LT-01.qxd 11/10/2021 12:31 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE CROSS-CHECK RECORDS OF B&R, O&M BRANCHES, SAYS MC CHIEF PAGE 2 The MC Commissioner has ordered cross-checking of the B&R and O&M branches’ records to bring transparency. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY Ludhiana: The police arrested three vehicle thieves on Monday and recovered 11 stolen motorcycles and 10 scooters from their possession. Billa, resident of Islam Ganj was nabbed from Cheema Chowk and nine stolen motorcycles and 10 scooters were recovered from him. He has been booked under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC. Another thief, Sanjay, resident of near Railway Crossing, Ferozepur, was held from T-point in Gandhi Nagar while riding a stolen Hero Splendour motorcycle (PB-29K7961). A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered. Ajmer Singh, resident of Gill Colony, was arrested by the police from Bapu Market while he was going to the market to sell a stolen motorcycle bearing fake number plate (PB-10DF-9599). He has been booked under Sections 379, 411 and 473 of the IPC. OC MOBIKE STOLEN Ludhiana: Mukesh Kumar, resident of Puneet Nagar lodged a complaint with the police that his Hero Splendour motorcycle (PB91G-2731) was stolen from outside Sabzi Mandi in Phase II, Dugri, here. The police have registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC. OC MOBILE SNATCHED Ludhiana: Naseeb Kaur, resident of Amarjit Colony on Rahon Road lost her mobile phone to a snatcher while going on foot near Sarwan Park on Rahon Road. She said in her complaint that she was going to the market with her son, who was speaking to someone on her mobile phone. Suddenly, a cycle-borne person came from behind, snatched the phone from her son’s hands and fled. The police have registered a case under Section 379-B of the IPC. OC MAX 30°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C | MIN 11°C RAVEENA TANDON’S DEBUT WEB SERIES TO RELEASE ON DEC 10 SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:31 PM PAGE 4 Raveena plays the role of a tough pahadi cop, Kasturi Dogra, in Netflix’s upcoming crime thriller Aranyak. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:50 AM WEDNESDAY | 10 NOVEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA DISRESPECT TO GURU NANAK DEV Alleging police inaction, protesters block Samrala Chowk for hours Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, November 9 Upset over the failure of the police to arrest Anil Arora, prime accused in the disrespect to Guru Nanak Dev case even after three weeks, hundreds of activists of several Sikh bodies squatted in protest at Samrala Chowk here. As a result, vehicular traffic between Ludhiana and Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Jalandhar and Ludhiana and Delhi remained disrupted for several hours today. Motorists, bus passengers and other commuters had a tough time as thousands of vehicles remained stranded on the Ludhiana-Delhi GT Road and LudhianaChandigarh road. In the traffic snarl-up, some police vehicles and ambulances were also stuck and there were reports of exchange of heated arguments between the protesters and those held up in the traffic jam. Swinging into action after protesters blocked Samrala Chowk, the city traffic police issued an advisory for diversion of traffic. Accordingly, Chandigarhbound traffic from the Jalandhar side was diverted via Tajpur Road, while Delhi-bound vehicles were advised to take route of Jagraon Bridge and Sherpur Chowk. Senior police officials said since the police were aware of the proposed protest by Sikh organisations today, adequate timely measures were taken to avoid traffic congestion at Samrala Chowk and elsewhere in the city. “Vehicular traffic from Jalandhar to Firozepur has been asked to take the route of Ladhowal RECONSTRUCTION OF BUDDHA NULLAH BRIDGE Tenders fail 6th time 60-yr-old man dies, 2 test positive in dist A traffic jam at Samrala Chowk; and (below) commuters argue with protesters in Ludhiana on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Tribune News Service Bypass from the toll plaza, while traffic from the Firozepur side towards Delhi is being diverted through Southern Bypass to Doraha,” said a police official. Clearing the air over alleged delay in the arrest of Anil Arora, prime accused in the case registered against Ludhiana, November 9 Two persons tested positive for Covid and one patient died due to the disease in the district today. The deceased was a 60-year-old man from Kitchlu Nagar and admitted to the DMCH. The recovery rate of Covid19 patients has reached 97.58 and there are 18 active cases in the district at present. Fourteen patients were asked to undergo home isolation today. A total of eight patients — four from Ludhiana and four from other districts —are undergoing treatment for Covid at various city hospitals. Till date, a total of 27,73,036 samples for Covid test have been taken, of which 26,73,699 were found negative. Now, the total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 87,626, Harshraj Singh Ludhiana, November 9 Emerging as the new investment hub in the industrial capital of the state, the upcoming hi-tech cycle valley has evoked massive response from the investors, the government has confirmed. This was evident from the fact that over 178 acres of the total 233 acre land, earmarked for sale, has already been allotted while the process to allot the remaining just 55 acres is in progress, the officials said. While Hero Cycles has already set up its anchor unit over 100 acres worth Rs 400 crore, which promises to offer 1,000 direct employment opportunities and begun production of 4 million bicycles per annum, especially premium and e-bikes, the other two major allottees — Aditya Birla Group and JK Papers — have begun work on their respective sites measuring 61.38 acres and 17 acres, respectively. While the Aditya Birla Group will set up a paint manufacturing unit at an investment of Rs 1,000 crore to offer over 2,000 jobs, including direct employment of 600 persons, JK Papers The dilapidated bridge over the Buddha Nullah near Chand Cinema in Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA process, but a contractor had raised a query about the estimated cost of the project. He said the contractor claimed the estimated cost is low. “We have written to the GNDEC over a query regarding the estimated cost of the reconstruction of the bridge. After getting a reply from the GNDEC, we would take further action,” he added. Currently, the safety walls of the bridge are in a poor state, while bricks commonly fall off from the bridge on the road, with commuters passing underneath it. Keemti Rawal of the Mahatar Sathi Jagriti Manch, Continued on page 2 Bhullar had assured the city residents that the police were leaving no stone unturned to nab the prime accused and in this connection the police had raided the residence of one person here on charges of harbouring a fugitive (Anil Arora). The accused person, identified as Umesh Kumar Gandhi, was arrested and on the basis of information provided by him, a bag containing Rs 10 lakh was recovered from the house of one of Arora’s relatives. He said several police teams are on the hunt for Anil Arora and he would be arrested very soon. SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 27,73,036 87,626 18 1 2,107 while 11,711 patients belong to other districts/states. The total number of patients who lost their lives to Covid is 2,107 from Ludhiana and 1,054 from other districts. Samples of 6,916 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 safety protocols, like wearing masks, maintaining social distance and washing hands frequently, of the Punjab Government to not only save themselves but keep everyone around safe. 178 acres of total 233 acres allotted, Hero Cycles begins production, Aditya Birla, JK Papers launch work Nitin Jain Tribune News Service him and others on October 20 for showing disrespect to Sri Guru Nanak Dev, Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar had issued a video message on Monday evening that till now the police had arrested seven co-accused and conspirators in the case. COVID-19 FIGURES Hi-tech cycle valley evokes massive response from investors MC writes to GNDEC over estimated cost Ludhiana, November 9 The project to reconstruct a century-old unsafe bridge over the Buddha Nullah on Old GT Road is yet to see the light of day as the tendering process has failed for the sixth time. The bridge located near Chand Cinema is in a dilapidated condition. The design for the reconstruction of the bridge was prepared by Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College (GNDEC) and the estimated cost of the project was Rs 5.84 crore. No firm came forward to place a bid for the project, according to officials. The old bridge, which is said to be more than 100 years’ old, was declared unsafe by an engineer of the GNDEC around 10 years ago but the MC has failed to reconstruct the bridge till date. However, the bridge was closed for the movement of heavy vehicles in 2018. Earlier this year, it was closed for all kinds of vehicles, except two-wheelers, by constructing a wall on the road. Superintending Engineer, MC, Teerath Bansal said no bidder came forward to participate in the tendering PAGE 3 Zee TV is all set to bring magnum opus Kashibai Bajirao Ballal. Venkatesh Pande is portraying the role of Bajirao. INBRIEF 3 THIEVES HELD, 21 TWO-WHEELERS RECOVERED DID LI’L MASTER VENKATESH ROPED IN TO PLAY BAJIRAO Tribune News Service Limited has chosen Ludhiana for its maiden entry into new business vertical of corrugated packaging manufacturing with proposed investment of Rs 150 crore. Sharing details, Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) Managing Director Kumar Amit told The Tribune on Tuesday that with 85 per cent of its internal development works already complete, the state-of-the-art industrial park that will provide plug-and-play infrastructure to mobility and advanced manufacturing industrial units, coming over 383 acres of land at a cost of Rs 500 crore, will be fully developed by March 31 next. “Upon completion, the project would create direct employment opportunities for almost 10,000 persons,” he said. Kumar Amit disclosed that 30 acres of land has been allotted to Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) for setting up of 400-KVA power substation to provide uninterrupted power supply. The setting up of a sewage treatment plant (STP) and common effluent treatment plant (CETP) will be synchronised as per the needbased site requirements. Divulging the status of c m y b Work in progress at the Hero Cycles anchor unit at the hi-tech cycle valley in Ludhiana on Tuesday. SALIENT FEATURES ■ Total project area: 378.77 acres ■ Cost: ~500 crore ■ Area for allotment: 9 plots measuring 233 acres ■ Allotted: 5 plots of 178.38 acres ■ Under allotment: 55 acres ■ Projected employment: 10,000 ■ Target for completion: A model of the hi-tech cycle valley project in Ludhiana. ongoing development works, PSIEC Chief Technical Consultant Joginder Singh Bhatia said two plots for a convention centre over 13.58 acres and common amenities across 14.18 acres have also been earmarked. He revealed that all the mandatory approvals and clearances for the project, including change of land March 31, 2022 use (CLU), approval of layout plan, RERA registration and environment clearance, have already been obtained. Bhatia said after the allotment of five plots measur- ing 278.38 acres to three major industry honchos, two plots of 15 acres each, one plot each measuring 4.4 acres and 3.25 acres, besides nine plots measuring between 1.5 and 1.8 acres have been left for sale. The remaining industrial plots are being offered at Rs 6,000 per square yard with CETP facility. However, 10 per cent rebate is being offered for the land chunks over 10 acres. Two approach roads and a high-level bridge on way to the cycle valley at the industrial estate located at Dhanansu village near Ludhiana have already been constructed. These included a new 100-foot-wide four-lane 8.3km-long external approach road to the industrial park from the Chandigarh-Ludhiana NH-5 costing Rs 66.02 crore and another alternate route via Budhewal sugar mills has been widened and strengthened. A high-level bridge over the Buddha Nullah along the approach road to the project site has also been constructed to ensure hassle-free passage. While a water reservoir coming in the way of the approach road has also been Continued on page 2
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