22072022-LT-01.qxd 7/22/2022 12:09 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE BKU LAUNCHES STIR AGAINST POLLUTION IN WATER BODIES Members of BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) launch protest near Balloke Bridge over pollution in water bodies. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY PAGE 2 I LOVE BEING AN INFLUENCER, SAYS ANUSHKA SEN PAGE 3 Fearless and cheerful, 19-year-old Anushka Sen is all set to host her first chat show on Zee Café. MAX 31°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET FRIDAY 7:28 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:37 AM Tribune News Service (From top) Commuters negotiate a flooded underpass leading from Pakhowal Road to Sarabha Nagar; overflowing Buddha Nullah near Peeru Banda; and an uprooted tree on the Kochar Market road following rain in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Underpasses, roads flooded as 148.2 mm rain lashes city Civic body’s monsoon preparation claims washed away idents said sewer lines of some areas were directly linked with Buddha Nullah. As the Buddha Nullah was swollen after rain, sewage flowed back into streets. After learning that banks of Buddha Nullah had weakened at few spots, the MC deployed its staff for carrying out repairs today. Residents also raised questions over the role of the MC as sewage removed from the nullah earlier was dumped along the drain for strengthening its banks. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 21 The Machhiwara police yesterday registered a case against Daljit Singh Gill of Machhiwara who tried to kill a person with his licenced weapon. Mohit Kundra in his complaint to the police stated that on July 19 accused Daljit, with whom he had an old enmity, called him and issued life threat. The complainant further said same evening accused came and blowed vehicle horn outside his house. “When I came out to check I saw accused Daljit sitting in his car. He started arguing with me. The accused fired a shot from his weapon at me, but fortunately I didn’t suffer any injury.” Investigating officer ASI Tarsem Kumar said raids were on to nab the accused. — TNS Ludhiana, July 21 The tall claims of the Municipal Corporation (MC) authorities regarding monsoon preparations washed away after heavy rainfall lashed the city on Thursday. Residents were a harried lot as they had to commute on knee-deep waterlogged underpasses and roads in various parts of the city. Once again, Buddha Nullah overflowed near Peeru Banda. It was a harrowing time for commuters on a stretch along the nullah, which was flooded. Notably, Buddha Nullah has overflowed many times at this point in the past too, but the civic body has failed to learn any lesson. In the low-lying areas like New Kundanpuri, located along Buddha Nullah, dirty and sewage mixed water flowed into houses and damaged several belongings of res- Vehicles develop snag idents. Earlier, residents had complained of waterlogging many times, but to no avail. Meanwhile, some streets near New Kundan Puri Bridge were also flooded with black coloured water seemingly of Buddha Nullah. Res- Almost all underpasses in the city were flooded due to rainfall today. Both sides of the newly constructed railway underbridge under the Smart City Mission were inundated after it rained. Moreover, a portion of the underpass road also got damaged. The situation at a southern bypass underpass near Verka Continued on Page 2 50% projects either incomplete or yet to kick off on the ground level. Notably, the plans to construct multilevel parking lots at three sites, including the Feroze Gandhi market and a sports park at Jainpur, were shelved. SMART CITY MISSION-II Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 21 More than six years have passed since Ludhiana was included in the first list of cities to be developed as smart cities in January 2016. Around 50 per cent projects, mostly big, under the Smart City Mission are either incomplete or yet to be started on the ground level. Ludhiana Smart City Limited (LSCL) and Municipal Corporation (MC) officials are mum on the status of projects. In a meeting headed by Ludhiana MP in May 2022, the LSCL had, however, claimed that 29 projects of ~76.27 crore were completed, 35 projects of ~709.15 crore were under execution while 11 projects of ~144.58 crore were under tender or the DPR stage. Mission moving at a snail’s pace The projects under the mission are going on at a slow pace. A number of projects have already missed deadlines as per agreements. The ROB and RUBs project on Pakhowal Road being built at an estimated cost of ~124 crore was to be completed by August 31, 2021, but it missed deadline, leaving the public to face inconveniences. To avoid dumping of solid waste, the work to install chain link fencing on a 14-km stretch along Buddha Nullah in the city is still incomplete. This project worth ~13.39 crore was to be completed by November FRIDAY | 22 JULY 2022 | LUDHIANA Once again, sewage overflows on Chandigarh Road, nearby areas Harshraj Singh Man booked for attempt to murder PAGE 4 Singer-actress Beyonce reveals track-list for her forthcoming seventh album, Renaissance, which drops on July 29. Khanna woman duped of ~40L Ludhiana, July 21 The Khanna police yesterday registered a case against three persons, who duped a woman of ~40 lakh on the pretext of arranging a job for her daughter in the World Bank. The accused have been identified as Amarjot Singh of Fatehgarh Sahib, Harleen Kaur, alias Harpreet Kaur, of Gajipur, Khanna, and Ajit Singh of Nand Singh Avenue, Khanna. The accused are yet to be arrested by the police. Complainant Seema Jain of the GTB market, Khanna, stated, “I gave the accused ~40 lakh for arranging a job for my daughter in the World Bank. Later, the accused started making excuses whenever I asked them about status of job.” Investigating officer ASI Davinder Singh said, “Further probe has been launched.” — TNS BEYONCE UNVEILS TRACK-LIST FOR HER ALBUM RENAISSANCE Projects completed The railway overbridge/underbridge project on Pakhowal Road has missed many deadlines. TRIBUNE PHOTO OFFICIALS MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE The government must ensure that projects are completed in a time-bound manner. Boards giving information about plan, deadline and cost have not been installed on most project sites. Officials’ accountability must be fixed. Baljeet Singh, BHAI RANDHIR SINGH NAGAR ❝ 2021 and its deadline was later extended to June 2022. Besides, the projects including construction and demolition waste management plant and installation of waste compactors are hanging fire. The electricity poles, which are posing threat to commuters, have not been shifted from Smart Malhar Road. This project has already missed deadlines. The RGBW LED lights project at martyrs’ statues on Jagraon Bridge has also missed its May 2022 deadline. A flag mast has been installed near the martyrs’ statues, but the Tricolour is yet to be hoisted. The Phase II of the waterfront project from Dugri Chowk to Pakhowal Road ❞ (estimated cost ~5.04 crore) has missed another deadline of June 2022. The beautification of and refurbishment of Mini Rose Garden (~3.48 crore) missed deadlines of February 2022 and then June 2022. The retrofitting of Leisure Valley, Sarabha Nagar, is also incomplete after missing the deadline of March 2022. Moreover, a number of sports projects are yet to be completed or even launched. Notably, the Smart City Mission has share of ~285.12 crore in the ongoing Rejuvenation of Buddha Nullah project. Projects yet to be started A project to develop the Ghumar Mandi Road as Smart Road at an estimated cost of ~22.79 crore is yet to be started on the ground level. Under this project, pedestrian walkways, a dedicated hawker zone, bicycle and e-rickshaw lanes were to be introduced. Besides, bioremediation of legacy waste (~28.49 crore), development of a basketball court at Guru Nanak Stadium (~9.72 crore), relaying of synthetic track at Guru Nanak Stadium (~7.75 crore), development of an all-weather indoor swimming pool at Rakh Bagh Sports Complex (~5.22 crore), security and surveillance of District Administrative Complex (~3.89 crore) and installation of UID number plates (~ 9.07 crore) are yet to be started c m y b According to an official report, the projects completed include, water front development, Phase I (~4.74 crore), rooftop solar panels (~6.64 crore), procurement of sewer cleaning machines (~5.94 crore), facade lighting of iconic Clock Tower (~71.98 lakh), way finding and signages (~5.85 crore), development of smart school classroom in government schools (~6.28 crore), LED street lights, RGBW lighting under southern bypass bridge (~2.38 crore), facade lighting on MC’s Zone D office building (~52 lakh) and carcass utilisation plant (~ 8.58 crore). Notably, the LCSL has made the Municipal Control Centre (Integrated Command and Control Centre) operational. Besides, firefighting equipment was purchased. A hydraulic ladder was yet to be purchased. ~542 crore released According to a report of the LSCL, there are a total of 75 projects worth ~930 crore in different stages under the Smart City Mission. As per the information available on the official web portal for the smart cities, the Government of India released funds worth ~294 crore while the state released ~248 crore as its share. Ludhiana, July 21 Residents and commuters are still forced to suffer due to apathy of the Municipal Corporation (MC), which has failed to fix two-decade-old overflowing sewer problem on Chandigarh Road (a national highway) in the city. Today, stinking water accumulated on a stretch near Vardhman Chowk, Police Colony Chowk and other areas on Chandigarh Road. Residents say, “Whenever it rains, sewers often overflow here, resulting in accumulation water.” Premjeet Singh, (68), of Sector 39, Chandigarh Road, said he had written many letters to Punjab Chief Ministers, Local Bodies and Municipal A long traffic jam on a waterlogged Chandigarh Road in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Corporation authorities in the past, but nothing was done to resolve the actual problem till date. “Today morning, stinking Schoolteacher drowns as car slips into pond Mandi Ahmedgarh, July21 A schoolteacher, posted at Government Senior Secondary School in Lasoyee village of Malerkotla district, lost his life when the Zen car he was travelling in slipped into a roadside pond. The deceased was identified as Narinder Singh of Goslan village in Malaud block of Ludhiana district. He was on way to school when the mishap took place. Though the exact sequence of events could not been ascertained, it is suspected that Narinder lost control over his vehicle while manoeuvring a slippery road flooded with rainwater. Investigations revealed that the Zen car (bearing registration No. 55 N 8022), which Narinder was driving, turned turtle in the pond situated along the Payal-Kup road. Had passersby not noticed rear tyres of the vehicle, which surfaced above pond scum, the mishap could have remained unnoticed. The victim was taken out of pond in a joint rescue operation of area residents and the Mandi Ahmedgarh Sadar police. The victim was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police handed over victim’s body to his family after inquest proceedings under Section 174, CrPC. — OC sewage accumulated outside our house on Chandigarh Road. When vehicles passed through flooded road, dirty Continued on Page 2 PSPCL employee found dead Ludhiana, July 21 An employee of the PSPCL was found dead under mysterious circumstances near Dakha high-tech park on Thursday. The deceased has been identified as Pawandeep Singh, a native of Kamalpura, at present resident of College Road, Dakha. As per the information, deceased had joined Powercom Department about a year ago. He was posted at the Mullanpur grid. The police said body was sent for the postmortem examination. A probe was on to find the cause behind death, the police added. Sources said a syringe was also recovered near the body. —TNS
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