30122021-LT-01.qxd 12/30/2021 12:02 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE BUMPY RIDE ON NOORWALA ROAD INCONVENIENCES COMMUTERS PAGE 2 Residents are facing inconvenience due to broken Noorwala Road, which provides access to national highway. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY MOUNI BRINGS A YOUNG STAR FROM KOLKATA TO HUNARBAAZ PAGE 3 2021 WAS THE YEAR I HAD BEEN WAITING FOR: PARINEETI Colors is all set to launch talent show Hunarbaaz- Desh Ki Shaan. Mouni went to Kolkata to invite flutist Anirban. MAX 20°C | MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C | MIN 7°C SUNSET THURSDAY 5:34 PM PAGE 4 For Parineeti , in 2021 she reminded people that when it came to taking risk, she would do it head on. SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:24 AM THURSDAY | 30 DECEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA Massive fire breaks out in textile unit Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 29 A massive fire broke out in a textile firm, Jawandsons Private Limited, situated on Chandigarh Road this afternoon. The cause of fire is not known. Workers raised alarm after seeing smoke at the fourth floor. Some workers were also present there but they came out to save their lives. A godown was on the fourth floor where a huge stock was stored. A fire call was received at the fire station at around 3 pm. Since the factory also had own firefighting arrangements, employees had started Dairy waste still being dumped into Buddha Nullah: Task force Tribune News Service Fire breaks out in a textile unit on Chandigarh Road in Ludhiana on Wednesday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN dousing the flame. In a few minutes, fire tenders also reached the spot and started the operation. Firemen faced tough time as they had no hydraulic ladder to directly spray water over the fourth floor where the fire took place. Firemen had to climb over trucks to douse the flames. POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 3 pm: Isher Nagar (back of GNE College), Dhillon Nagar, Lohara village and area adjoining Star Road. 10 am to 4 pm: Hargobind Nagar, New Hargobind Nagar, New Shivaji Nagar, Sunder Nagar, Jain Colony, New Madhopuri, Rahon Road, Kailash Nagar Road, Swatantar Nagar, Subhash Nagar, MRP Nagar and adjoining areas. 10 am to 5 pm: Jaswal Complex, Jindal Dyeing, Vohra Dyeing, Sehyog Dyeing, Lotus Clothing, KW Road, Bhurji Industry Street, Thana Road and surrounding area. Two gamblers in police net in Ludhiana on Wednesday. TRBUNE PHOTO Smugglers’ house raided, Trial run of RUB from Pakhowal Road 17 cases of liquor seized towards Sarabha Nagar on January 1 Minister Ashu, Mayor and MC Commissioner inspect project work Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 29 In a meeting of the Project Monitoring Committee for the Buddha Nullah Rejuvenation Project at the STP Jamalpur site, the members of the Special Task Force for Buddha Nullah shared concern as the civic body is yet to stop dairies from dumping waste into the Buddha Nullah. The meeting, however, was not attended by senior MC officials and a few elected representatives, who are members of the Special Task Force. Col JS Gill (retd), member of the STF for Buddha Nullah, said they raised the issue of dairies located on Hambran Road and Tajpur Road as waste from them was still being dumped into the Buddha Nullah. He said the MC had earlier planned to shift dairies outside its jurisdiction, but these were not shifted. “Even, no steps have been taken to set up effluent treatment plants at existing dairy complexes,” he said. “Almost one year is going to be completed since launch of the Rejuvenation of Buddha Nullah project, but issues related to dairies have not been resolved. Without stopping waste from dairies, the project can’t be made successful,” he said. Superintending Engineer, MC, Rajinder Singh said the STF members inspected the ongoing project work. “The STF members have demanded that the issues related to dairies be resolved at the earliest. Besides, the members also recommended setting up new sewerage treatment plant at Balloke.” Fire tenders were deployed on the six sides of the factory to prevent fire from spreading to the other floors. Sub Fire Officer Aatish Rai said the fire was controlled at around 8.45 pm but firemen would remain there for an hour for precautionary purposes. Factory workers revealed that the loss could of several lakhs of rupees as a huge stock of garments was lying there. Had the fire spread to the other floors, the loss would have been in crores, said factory workers. Owners of nearby factories took precautionary measures by shutting down their operations. Ludhiana, December 29 The Municipal Corporation and Ludhiana Smart City Limited are likely to start a trial run on one side of the railway underbridge (RUB) from near Pakhowal Road Canal Bridge towards Sarabha Nagar from January 1, 2022. This RUB is part of the ROBs and RUBs project on Pakhowal Road. Cabinet Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu and MC Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal inspected the ongoing project work on Wednesday. After inspec- Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu inspects the RUB from Pakhowal Road towards Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO tion, Ashu shared information on social media that the trial run of the RUB would be done on January 1. After the trial run and necessary approvals from the authori- ties concerned, the RUB will soon be opened for the public, he said. The project had missed the previous deadline of August 31. The residents and com- muters have been facing inconveniences and traffic jams due to ongoing project work. Even a number of shopkeepers have closed their businesses due to the closure of a stretch from near Canal Bridge to Hero Bakery Chowk on Pakhowal Road as the project work is underway. It would be a big relief for the public once the project is completed. Meanwhile, Ashu also conducted a meeting with MC officials regarding other development projects, including the integrated command and control centre (ICCC) being set up on the premises of MC’s Zone D office. Three gamblers nabbed, ~16,985 recovered Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 29 The CIA-III wing of the Ludhiana police raided the house of liquor smugglers and recovered 17 cases of liquor boxes. Smugglers, who were brothers, managed to give the police party the slip. The smugglers were identified as Arun Kumar and Sahil Kumar, residents of Garib Nagri here. A case under the NDPS Act was registered against them today. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime, Varinder Singh Brar, ACP, Crime, Mandeep Singh and CIA in-charge Beant Juneja addressed a press conference regarding the matter. Brar said secret informa- tion was received that the brothers were into the illegal trade of liquor smuggling and they had stored a huge quantity of illegal liquor in their house. When the police party conducted raid, the smugglers fled from the spot, but the police managed to recover illegal liquor from their house, DCP Brar said, adding that raids are being conducted to nab the smugglers. The DCP said once the accused are arrested, the police could bust the entire supply line of liquor smuggling. The CIA also conducted separate raids and nabbed three persons on gambling charges. CIA Inspector Beant Juneja said acting on secret information, the police nabbed Daljit Singh of Tibba road and Rohit Sharma of PUDA colony on the charges of gambling. They were nabbed from the Meharban area and Rs 11,045 were recovered from the spot. The CIA nabbed Gurmeet Singh, alias Titu, resident of Chiri Chowk, on gambling charges and recovered Rs 5,940. Cases under the Gambling Act were registered against the three gamblers. Farmers gherao DC office Tribune News Service A woman being vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA Seven test positive Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 29 Seven fresh cases of Covid were reported in the district on Wednesday. The active cases have risen to 50 now. Civil Surgeon Dr SP Singh said, “87,773 cases have been reported from Ludhiana, while 11,766 cases are from other districts or states.” “Besides, 2,117 patients from Ludhiana and 1,061 from other districts or states have died due to the virus,” Dr SP Singh added. At present, 48 patients Ludhiana, December 29 Protesting against the state government’s condition regard crop damage compensation, farmers associated with the BKU Ekta Ugrahan gheraoed the Deputy Commissioner (DC) office on Wednesday. The visitors and employees faced inconveniences amid protest by the farmers. The protesters also gheraoed the parking area where the vehicle of the DC is parked. Saudagar Singh Ghudani of the BKU Etka Ugrahan said they gheraoed the office from 1 pm to 5:30 pm today and will gherao the DC office on Thursday too. He said they are opposing the state government decision of limiting crop damage compensation up to five acres. The farmers have argued that the crop of any farmer can exceed five acres, due to which they are protesting against the government’s move of fixing a limit of up to five acres for crop damage compensation. Despite the protests, the government is yet to roll back its decision, they said. During the protest, the farmers raised slogans against the Punjab Government, demanding full compensation for crops destroyed by natural calamities and abolition of the condition regarding a limit of up to five acres. The protesting farmers said the government should release full crop damage compensation to the farmers at the earliest and ensure implementation of the demands that have already been accepted. They said the agitation will be intensified if the government fails to accept their demands. The farmers have also been demanding from the government to provide compensation and jobs to kin of ‘shaheed’ farmers, who lost lives during the kisan andolan. They are also demanding from the government to waive debts of the farmers and labourers, provide jobs to the unemployed youth and weed out the drug menace from Punjab. The farmers have been staging protests outside the DC office since December 20. The demolished illegal building at Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana. Civic body demolishes illegalconstruction in Sarabha Nagar’s B Block Tribune News Service COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE 30,01,888 87,773 50 4 DEATHS 2,117 For any information related to Covid Contact: 0161-2444193 & 4622276 are undergoing home isolation and two admitted to private hospitals. The residents have been asked to adhere to all safety protocols, like wearing masks, maintaining social distance and washing hands frequently, to prevent the transmission of virus. Farmers hold a protest outside the DC office in Ludhiana on Wednesday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN c m y b Ludhiana, December 29 The Municipal Corporation demolished an illegal construction in a residential area of Sarabha Nagar’s B Block on Wednesday. Sources said the illegal construction was being raised by a relative of the ruling party’s MLA from a constituency in Ludhiana district. According to officials, a hall was being constructed in the residential area for commercial purposes. The area residents have complained to the civic body to take action against the violation. Assistant Town Planner, MC, MS Bedi said the property owner had got the building plan approved for residential purposes. “The building was being constructed against the approved plan for commercial purposes. The area residents had complained against the under-construction building,” he added. Senior Town Planner SS Bindra said they got the building demolished today as it was being constructed against the rules. A large number of illegal constructions for commercial purposes have come up in residential areas of Sarabha Nagar, BRS Nagar, Model Town and others.
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