07092022-LT-01.qxd 9/7/2022 12:56 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE UNPLANNED DEVELOPMENT EATS UP CITY’S GREEN SPACE Haphazard growth has eaten up green space and areas supposed to be developed as green belts. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY Woman held for setting 3-yr-old son on fire Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 6 The Payal police today arrested a woman on the charges of setting her three-year-old son on fire at Ghudani Kalan in Khanna district. The suspect has been identified as Rupinder Kaur. Investigating officer ASI Sukhwinder Singh said the woman had a dispute with her husband due to which she had been living separately. On September 2, she poured some inflammable substance on her son Harman and set him on fire. The woman’s mother after listening to the shrieks of her grandson brought water and doused the fire. The victim was rushed to a hospital where doctors said he suffered more than 50 per cent burn injuries. The condition of the child was stated to be stable, he said. The Payal police registered a case of attempt to murder and under Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and protection of Children) Act, 2015, against the woman yesterday. Mother, newborn die at hospital; doctor booked Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 6 The Khanna police yesterday registered a case against Dr Sushma of Sushma Hospital, Khanna, after a mother and her newborn child died allegedly due to the negligence of the doctor. Complainant Inderjit Singh of Patiala told the police that on the night of September 3, his pregnant wife was admitted to Sushma Hospital. Early next morning, she delivered a baby boy. The newborn had some health issues. The mother’s health also deteriorated after the delivery. “We rushed her and the child to Rajindra Hospital in Patiala where doctors declared them brought dead. I lost my wife and the newborn son due to the negligence of the doctor. She should be punished,” he said. 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SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:06 AM WEDNESDAY | 7 SEPTEMBER 2022 | LUDHIANA F&CC to take decision on Reliefasonlineportallaunched major city projects today to issue NOCs for properties ILLEGAL COLONIES CONSTRUCTED BEFORE MARCH 2018 Our Correspondent Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 6 The Municipal Corporation’s Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) will take decision on an agenda of 277 resolutions of development and other works in a meeting to be held on Wednesday. The resolutions include major project works such as upcoming major projects, including 24x7 canal water supply, bio-remediation of legacy waste, purchase of machinery for solid waste management and others. According to information, a resolution would be presented before the F&CC for required approval for floating of request for proposal (RFP) for the project namely Design, Build and Operation (DBO) of 580 MLD water treatment plant, associated transmission network and overhead service reservoirs (OHSRs) in the city for 24x7 canal water supply. The project will be financed by the World Bank and AIIB and its estimated cost is Rs 1,693.37 crore, including Rs 1,422.64 for project-related works and Rs 270.73 crore for maintenance costs for 10 years. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) will also be signed between the MC Commissioner, Chief Engineer of the Water Resource Department and GM of PMIDC for the upcoming canal water supply project. The panel would take a decision on a proposal about the Resolutions on 24x7 canal water supply project, bioremediation of 25L MT of legacy waste, purchase of 200 tippers for solid waste mgmt to be presented plan for free anti-rabies vaccination for stray and pet dogs in the city. The F&CC will take a decision on a resolution regarding the estimated cost for catching a stray dog and then leaving it at the same spot after vaccination. Gas pipeline and new telecom policy bioremediation of 25 lakh metric tonnes of legacy waste at the MC’s dumpsite. The estimated cost of the project would be around Rs 166 crore. For the project, the Central Government will provide 25 per cent share of funds under the Swachh Bharat Mission while the remaining share of funds would be arranged by the state government and the civic body. Around 30 lakh metric tonnes of legacy waste have accumulated at the MC’s main dumpsite. Notably, the work order for bioremediation of 5 lakh metric tonnes of legacy waste has already been issued to the firm concerned under the Smart City Mission project. Another resolution would be discussed regarding the purchase of machinery worth Rs 16.20 crore for solid waste management under the Swachh Bharat Mission. The machinery includes 200 compartmentalised dry and wet waste tippers at a cost of Rs 15 crore and four backhoe load- ers at an estimated cost of Rs 1.20 crore. An official said the tippers would be used for door-to-door collection. Hydraulic ladder and Smart City projects With funding from Ludhiana Smart City Limited, the civic body is planning to purchase a hydraulic aerial ladder platform (50-m high boom) at an estimated cost of Rs 8.57 crore. The panel would take a decision on the proposal. Firefighters face a lot of troubles while dousing the flames in high-rise buildings in the absence of such a hydraulic ladder. Besides, resolutions regarding relaying of the athletic track at Guru Nanak Stadium at an estimated cost of Rs 7.75 crore and procurement of compactors and hook loaders for 22 locations at an estimated cost of around Rs 30 crore are also part of the agenda of the F&CC meeting. Vax to prevent rabies The MC has made an action GAIL India Limited has submitted an application to the civic body, seeking the required permission and ‘no objection certificate’ to install gas pipelines in various parts of the city. The F&CC would take a decision in this regard in the meeting. The NOC can be issued as per the policy of the state government. Meanwhile, the panel can also take the decision to adopt the new telecom policy of the state government. MC plans to supervise parking lots To curb fleecing at parking lots, the civic body has planned to run the lots by deploying manpower on a trial basis at some of the lots. If a proposal in this regard is accepted by the F&CC, the MC would get the manpower from a firm to run the lots which would be supervised by the corporation itself. Daily collection from the lots would be deposited in the MC’s account. If the system remains unsuccessful, e-auction of the lots would be done, according to the civic body. Ludhiana, September 6 Providing a huge relief to both developers and plot/ property owners in unlicensed (illegal) colonies carved out before March 2018, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has launched an online portal for submission of applications for composition of plots and properties and issuing no objection certificates (NOCs), which were a statutory requirement for registration of sale deeds as per the latest decision of the Revenue Department. Eligible plot holders would be able to submit their applications online on the portal for composition of their properties and NOCs would be issued to them on the payment of a stipulated composition fee based on collector rates applicable to the area concerned. The facility would be available to property owners under the administrative control of all the regional development authorities in the state, including the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA). The Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers Association (PCPDA) which was on the warpath against the government decision to ban registrations of sale deeds without NOCs from the competent authority, has The facility will be available to property owners under administrative control of all regional development authorities in the state. FILE CONDITIONS FOR ELIGIBILITY ■ Colony must have been carved before March 2018 and application must be supported with Google image of the plot/ property ■ Cross-checking of information provided by applicant will be done on site ■ Sale deed, agreement or power of attorney of property made before the cut-off date (March 2018) ■ Stamp papers will be subject to verification ■ Composition fee based on collector rate to be paid by the applicant hailed the initiative, terming it as a step in the right direction. PCPDA president Gurwinder Singh Lamba said with the process of issuing NOCs through the online portal, at least the property owners who had plots or properties in the colonies carved out before March 2018 would be able to get their sale deeds registered and the real estate business which had come to a complete standstill, would also see hopes of revival. He, however, expressed doubts over the ability of GLADA authorities with its present staff strength to cope with the new Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 6 The city is not only known for its industry but also for traffic jams and chaos on its roads. During a survey of the city by The Tribune team, it noticed that Ludhiana has many wide roads but enroachments by shopkeepers and roadside vendors and haphazard parking by residents are disrupting the flow of vehicular traffic on these stretches. The traffic police, along with the Municipal Corporation (MC), Ludhiana, had also conducted drives to make roads free from any kind of encroachments but due to resistance by shopkeepers or interference of politicians, officials, on many occasions, failed in their attempts. online applications for regularisation of plots/properties in view of the heavy backlog of some 50,000 such applications already pending with GLADA which are yet to be disposed of. “We are again meeting the Chief Minister and the Housing and Urban Development Minister to press for our demand for bringing in a new policy for regularisation of colonies that had come up after March 2018, simplification of regularisation process and reduction in all charges such as license fee, change of land use (CLU) and development charges,” Lamba added. WB officials inspect canal water 17 more contract virus in dist supply project site at Bilga village Robbers barge into store, fire shots at trader Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 6 Four bike-borne robbers barged into a departmental store on the Baloke road in Haibowal, here. The miscreants while attempting to loot cash from the shop, fired shots at the shopkeeper, who escaped unhurt. Following the commotion, people started gathering outside the store due to which the robbers had to flee without looting money. The shop’s owner and complainant in the case, Pankaj Grover, said on Tuesday morning, four persons on two motorcycles had come to his shop. Two of them entered Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 6 A team of the World Bank along with officials of the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, and the Irrigation Department on Tuesday visited the Bilga village site where a water treatment plant under the upcoming 24x7 canal water supply project has to be installed. MC Superintending Engineer Ravinder Garg was also present. Garg said the team checked how the water pipeline would MC and World Bank officials at the water supply project site. be installed for the supply of untreated water to the plant. The treated water from the plant would be then supplied to city residents. The MC had ear- lier identified sites for overhead service reservoirs for the project. The team also conducted a meeting with MC Commissioner Shena Aggarwal today. Ludhiana, September 6 According to the office of the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, 17 persons tested positive for Covid in Ludhiana district while no loss of life due to the virus was reported on Tuesday. The Civil Surgeon, Hitinder Kaur, said a total of 1,13,419 persons have tested positive and 3,016 patients lost their lives to the deadly virus since March 2020 in the district. On Tuesday, there were 48 active cases, of which 44 patients have been COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 39,22,219 1,13,419 48 -3,016 asked to isolate themselves in their homes by the Health Department authorities while four patients are admitted to private hospitals. At present, the recovery rate of Covid-19 patients in Ludhiana district is 97.30 per cent. Till date, a total of 39,22,219 samples have been taken, of which 37,93,542 samples were found negative. On Tuesday, samples of 2,887 suspected patients were sent for testing, the results of which are expected shortly. Encroachments turn roads into narrow lanes in city areas TRAFFIC MESS-I PAGE 4 Joint Commissioner of Police (JCP), Traffic, Gurdial Singh, when asked about the traffic police plan to make city roads free from encroachments, said: “The traffic police had been running drives from time to time to make aware and warn shopkeepers and roadside vendors to avoid encroachments so that the traffic could not get disrupted. However, at some markets, people are not following the directives of the traffic police. We are soon starting anti-encroachment drive along with the Municipal Corporation team and intially, some roads will be completely made encroachment-free through awareness and interactions with shopkeepers and vendors. Afterwards, the administration will start taking action traffic jams due to which they face many problems,” said the JCP (Traffic). Woman died on way to hospital as car stuck in jam Roadside vends and wrong parking on roads are among major reasons for traffic chaos in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN against violators.” The JCP said on Tuesday, traffic police personnel had warned some roadside vendors and shopkeepers near Brown Road who were causing traffic chaos on the stretch. If vendors will not pay heed, action will be taken against them. “The traffic police do not want to harass vendors who set up their vends on roads and shopkeepers who display their goods outside their shops. We want people to cooperate and ensure that commuters should not face any inconvenience on roads due to traffic chaos. Many times, commuters, who are in some sort of emergency, or ambulances get stuck in c m y b On February 2, 2021, a woman, Ashu Chopra (53), who was suffering from a heart ailment, died in a car while going to a hospital as the vehicle got stuck in a traffic jam at Kucha No 5 in Field Ganj, which is one of the most congested roads due to wrong parking and encroachments. The victim’s husband, Sham Chopra, along with two other persons, tried to clear the traffic to create way for their car but they failed to do so and the woman breathed her last on the road. Chaos rules wide roads City has big and wide roads in Chaura Bazaar, Ghumar Mandi and Gurh Mandi. Other wide roads include Haibowal main road, Jassian road, Hambran Road, Mata Rani chowk, Shingar Cinema road, Baba Than Singh Chowk, CMC road, Divison no 3 chowk and Char Khamba road. However, due to encroachments by shopkeepers and unauthorised vendors, the roads literally turn into narrow lanes. Traffic chaos has become a routine thing in these areas. If somebody will visit these places during late or early hours, only then they can see the width of the roads. Interestingly, on some roads shopkeepers themselves allow vendors to set up vends outside their shops as they charge rent from them for the same. Enroachments removed from 100 roads in 2020 It was in 2020, the then Police Commissioner Rakesh Aggrawal had strictly enforced traffic rules. By issuing warnings and registering FIRs against shopkeepers and vendors, over 100 roads were made encroachment-free in the city, following which traffic on these roads had started running smoothly. Later, the drive was conducted in the old city area, including Chaura Bazaar, Gurh Mandi, Book Market, Field Ganj, Jawahar Nagar Camp and Brown Road, where traffic chaos was a routine affair. City residents had then thanked the police chief for his initiative due to which they started commuting in a hassle-free manner on many congested roads. the shop by posing themselves as customers while the others stood outside the shop. “When I asked them what they wanted to purchase, they pounced on me and asked to hand over the money kept in the cash box. They also thrashed me and threatened to kill me. When I protested their move, one of them fired shots at me. Fortunately, I did not suffer any bullet injury,” he said. The complainant said he then informed the Haibowal police. The police recovered the CCTV footage in which the robbers had been captured. The Haibowal police said a case had been registered against the unidentified suspects and efforts were on to nab them. — TNS
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