01092022-LT-01.qxd 9/1/2022 1:03 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE GANESH CHATURTHI: FESTIVE FERVOUR GRIPS CITY RESIDENTS Devotees flock to various temples in the city to offer special prayers to celebrate the festival. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF THREAT CALLS: MAN ALLEGES INACTION Ludhiana: A Basti Jodhewalbased resident, Sahil Bansal, alleged police inaction over his over-a-month-long pending complaint. The complainant, who is a marketing professional, said he was getting regular threat calls from some unidentified persons who posed themselves as gangsters and he had also submitted a complaint to the Commissioner of Police (CP). However, police officials to whom probe was assigned by the CP were not taking any action, he alleged. Sahil said his family had property disputes with some people of Basti Jodhewal and they were behind the threat calls. “We have been visiting offices of police officials but nobody is taking action. If anything happens to me or my father, police officials should be held responsible,” he said.TNS EIGHT SEWERAGE CONNECTIONS CUT Ludhiana: The Municipal Corporation on Wednesday disconnected eight sewerage connections of properties whose owners failed to pay pending water supply and sewerage charges to the civic body. MC Superintending Engineer Ravinder Garg said the drive was carried out in Ward 39 under the MC’s Zone C today. The drive will continue and action would be taken against defaulters failing to deposit water supply and sewerage charges to the civic body, he said. TNS PAGE 2 NIDHHI TAPADIAA REVEALS THE SECRET BEHIND TONED FIGURE PAGE 3 SAMANTHA SPORTS BRUISES IN THE FIRST LOOK OF YASHODA Nidhhi Tapadiaa, known for Jatta Koka, says, “It doesn’t get easier, you get stronger. The goal is to be healthy, not skinny.” MAX 36°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:50 PM PAGE 4 Samantha Prabhu has shared a new poster of her movie Yashoda and announced the teaser release date. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:03 AM THURSDAY | 1 SEPTEMBER 2022 | LUDHIANA MC to launch firm for 24x7 canal water supply project World Bank team holds meeting with officials, councillors Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 31 For the upcoming World Bank-funded 24x7 canalbased water supply project, a utility company of the Municipal Corporation — ‘Ludhiana Urban Water and Wastewater Management Limited’ — would be launched soon. A team of the World Bank visited the MC office, here, today and discussed the upcoming water supply project. During the meeting, a discussion was also held on the launching and working of the company. It was announced that the Ludhiana Mayor would be the chairman of the Board of Directors of the company and the MC Commissioner would be the Managing Director. The MC’s Joint Commissioner concerned, two councillors (to be nominated by the MC House for a period of 2.5 years), Superintending Engineer (O&M Branch) of the MC, Superintending Engineer of the Department of Water Resources, Punjab, and Superintending Engineer of the PSPCL and two officials (to be nominated by the Department of Local Government) would be the company directors. A meeting between MC officials and WB team regarding the project in progress in Ludhiana on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO CIVIC BODY TO HAVE 100% OWNERSHIP RIGHTS OF CO According to civic body officials, the civic body would have 100 per cent ownership rights of the company. After completion of the water supply project, the company would also be responsible for the billing process, including the distribution of water supply bills. To run the firm, the MC House would approve the funds and rates of water supply and sewerage facilities. A team of officials from the World Bank, including Sriniwas Rao, Rumana Hek, Balaji K Prem, Navika Chaudhary and SR Ramanujam, participated in the meeting. MC Commissioner Dr Shena Aggarwal, Additional Commissioner Aaditya Dachalwal, General Manager of PMIDC VP Singh, MC Superintending Engineers Ravinder Garg and Rajinder Singh were also present. Besides, MC House members, including Senior Deputy Mayor Sham Sundar Malhotra, councillors Jai Parkash, Rakesh Prashar, Jaspal Singh Giaspura, Sunita Rani, Parminder Singh Lapran and Swarandeep Singh Chahal, attended the meeting. According to MC officials, the civic body would have 100 per cent ownership rights of the company. After completion of the water supply proj- ect, the company would also be responsible for the billing process, including the distribution of water supply bills. To run the firm, the MC House would approve the funds and rates of water supply and sewerage facilities. MC Commissioner Shena Aggarwal said a water treatment plant of 580 MLD under the project would be set up at Bilga village. The water of Sidhwan Canal would be treated at the plant and then it would be supplied to residents in the city. For the water supply system, a 165-km-long main pipeline would be laid while the corporation has identified 139 sites for overhead service reservoirs (OHSRs) in the city. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 1,422 crore while Rs 271 crore would be spent on operation and maintenance for 10 years. The MC Commissioner said the House members, who were present in the meeting today, had given their nod for the project. A resolution regarding the same would be presented before the MC’s General House for approval and then the tendering process would be initiated. The five suspects in police custody in Ludhiana on Wednesday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA 5 of vehicle thieves’ gang held Tribune News Service 10 MOBIKES SEIZED Ludhiana, August 31 The Police Division 8 claimed to have busted a gang of vehicle thieves and arrested five of its members. The police also recovered 10 stolen twowheelers from the gang members. The accused have been identified as Simran Singh of Mehatpur, Jalandhar, Manjit Singh of Sidhwan Bet, Jaskaran Singh of Sidhwan Bet, Lakhwinder Singh and Onkar Singh. ADCP Shubham AggarwaL, ACP Harish Behl and SHO inspector Neeraj Chaudhary addressed a press conference regarding the matter. The questioning of the arrested gang members led to the recovery of 10 stolen motorcycles. They used to steal vehicles by using fake keys. Three of the five accused have a notorious past. The police said a tip-off was received that Jaskaran and Lakhwinder were running a gang of vehicle thieves and they had stolen many vehicles in the recent past, adding that acting on the tip-off a raid was conducted at the specific place from where initially both of them were arrested. Later on their disclosures, three of their aides were also nabbed. The ques- tioning of the suspects also led to the recovery of 10 stolen motorcycles. Three of the accused also have a notorious past. Jaskaran is facing two cases of drug and liquor smuggling registered at the Mehatpur and Jagraon police stations. Lakhwinder is facing three cases, including theft and fighting. Manjit is facing a murder case registered at Sidhwan Bet in the past. SHO Neeraj said the accused used to steal vehicles by using fake keys. Further probe was on to identify the real owners of the recovered motorcycles so that the same could be handed over to them as per law. Residents oppose commercial Grandfather, uncle held 18 fresh Covid cases in district activities in Sarabha Nagar areas for raping nine-year-old Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 31 Accusing the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, of making their lives miserable by not stopping commercial activities and construction of commercial buildings in residential areas of Sarabha Nagar, one of the posh localities in the city, residents have raised their voice against such activities. They said commercial activities were rampant in residential areas of Sarabha Nagar, which was developed under a town planning scheme. Now, a residents’ welfare association — Block A Welfare Society, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana — has made a complaint to the Municipal Corporation Commissioner against the commercial activities and buildings on Gurdwara Road, Sarabha Nagar. In the complaint, members of the society alleged that such commercial activities on Gurdwara Road were illegal as it was a residential area of Sarabha Nagar. On the other hand, an MC Building Branch official claimed that Gurdwara Road had already been declared commercial over 15 years ago and commercial activities were allowed there. However, residents said no opinion was taken from them by the civic body before allowing commercial activities on the road. Dr GS Bajwa, president of the welfare society, said: “We complained to the civic body against commercial activities on Gurdwara Road as such activities are illegal in residential areas. However, the civic body took no action on our complaint. Sarabha Nagar was the first planned residential colony in the city developed by the Ludhiana Improvement ‘GURDWARA ROAD DECLARED COMMERCIAL 15 YRS AGO’ An official of the MC Building Branch claimed that Gurdwara Road had already been declared commercial over 15 years ago and commercial activities were allowed there. However, residents said no opinion was taken from them by the civic body before allowing commercial activities on the road. Trust. The colony was later handed over to the corporation. Commercial activities in residential areas of Sarabha Nagar can’t be allowed.” He said no opinion was taken from the residents before making any road commercial by the civic body. “We oppose commercial activities in residential areas, including Gurdwara Road of Sarabha Nagar,” he said. A group of residents said the increased flow of traffic due to commercial activities along with multi-storey commercial establishments had made the lives of Sarabha Nagar residents difficult and uninhabitable. “Commercial activities have put burden on the existing infrastructure which was only sufficient for a residential colony and not for high-rise commercial buildings. Such commercial activities have left the residents to face issues such as waterlogging, sewerage choking, traffic-related problems, including honking, wrong parking of vehicles, insecurity and pollution of all sorts,” they said. A resident of Gurdwara Road, Rahul Verma, said the corporation had dis- turbed their area which was purely residential. “As Sarabha Nagar was developed under a town planning scheme, no road can be declared commercial here. Commercial activities in residential areas are illegal. Our right to live in a peaceful environment has been snatched by the civic body. Moreover, the MC should shut down its town planning wing (Building Branch) which created a mess in our area. Now, we are planning to move court,” he said. Verma said: “The MC has failed to provide me any official document or notification that states that Gurdwara Road has been declared commercial. If the road was declared commercial, it would be a blatant violation of the town planning scheme of Sarabha Nagar.” Another resident said the matter regarding commercial activities in residential areas should be probed seriously. MC Assistant Town Planner MS Bedi said Gurdwara Road of Sarabha Nagar and Malhar Road were already declared commercial in 2006. Thus, commercial buildings are allowed on these roads. Ludhiana, August 31 The Ludhiana police yesterday arrested two persons on the charges of raping a nineyear-old girl at the EWS colony. The suspects are grandfather and uncle, father’s younger brother, of the victim. The suspects have been identified as Naresh Kumar Kalu and Mahinderpal, both residents of EWS colony. The complainant, the girl’s mother, told the police that on August 29 her daughter felt severe pain in her stomach. When she was asked about the cause of pain, she revealed that her grandfather and uncle had been sexually harassing her. The duo had been raping the minor girl for the past several months and they had also threatened her not to reveal about the matter to anyone, the victim’s mother said. Investigating officer ASI Prem Chand said after registering a case and conducting preliminary probe, both suspects were arrested. Ludhiana, August 31 The Civil Surgeon’s office on Wednesday confirmed 18 fresh cases of Covid-19 from the district. Besides, three patients, who belong to other districts or states, also tested positive for the virus here. Ludhiana Civil Surgeon Hitinder Kaur said a total of 1,13,371 positive cases of the virus have been reported from the district and 15,249 cases belong to other districts or states since March 2020. She said the virus claimed the lives of 3,016 patients in the district and 1,140 persons belonging to other districts or states. A man gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA There were 72 active cases on Wednesday, of which 67 patients were in home isolation and five patients were under treatment at different hospitals in the district. COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 39,04,714 1,13,371 72 8 3,016 Now, no illegal colony will come up in state: Minister Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 31 Housing and Urban Development Minister Aman Arora said not a single illegal colony would be allowed in the state. He said planned urban development would be ensured by the government in the state. The minister said this while addressing the media at Bachat Bhawan here on Wednesday. Arora pointed out that thousands of unapproved colonies had mushroomed under the patronage of previous governments in the state. He said a mess had been created by them and unauthorised urban development caused huge loss to the state exchequer. He also pointed out that a large numnber of illegal colonies in Ludhiana came under political patronage. Lashing out at leaders of the previous regime, Arora said the AAP government was working c m y b Housing and Urban Development Minister Aman Arora addresses a meeting in Ludhiana on Wednesday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN to sort out all issues and a new policy would be unveiled in September in this regard to ensure smooth and hassle- free urban development. He said illegal colonies would soon become a thing of the past in the state and assured that colonisers developing approved colonies would be facilitated as well as promoted by the state government. The minister said no matter what had happened in the past, now the AAP government would take action against malpractices and reiterated that not a single illegal colony would come up from now in the state. Earlier, he chaired a meeting with officials at the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) building to review development works, regularisation of illegal colonies and financial position of the urban body. He directed the officials to ensure that residents of all approved colonies get the best of facilities as the Bhagwant Mannled state government is committed for wholesome development of the state. Arora also directed the GLADA officials to carry out a detailed survey of all areas under their jurisdiction and carry out comprehensive development works, with focus on enhancing green cover. He also directed them to chalk out a strategy under which maximum funds would be spent on infrastructure in approved residential colonies and industrial estates. He also directed them to find suitable places where new urban and industrial estates could be developed. He said GLADA had 181 licensed colonies in its jurisdiction and asked the officers to ensure unprecedented development of these areas by bringing more development projects. During his meeting with colonisers and representatives of resident welfare associations (RWAs) at the Bachat Bhawan, here, the minister said the government would soon bring out a single-window system for the real estate sector. To give major impetus to the market alongside streamlining the clearance process, the Housing and Urban Development Minister announced to introduce a single-window system for the real estate sector soon to facilitate planned urban development. He said the system would deliver all mandatory permissions under one roof, thus ensuring speedy urban development. The state government was committed to ensure planned urban development, besides launching new residential and industrial projects in the state.
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