08092022-LT-01.qxd 9/8/2022 12:55 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE CHAPPAR MELA: ORGANISERS YET TO TAKE PERMISSION FOR JOYRIDES PAGE 2 A day before the commencement of the fair, the administration has failed to take stock of arrangements. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY Three held for running illegal lottery biz Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 7 The police yesterday arrested three persons on the charges of running illegal lottery business and seized cash from their possession. Cases under the Gambling Act and the Lottery Act were registered against the suspects. The Police Division 2 nabbed Harvinder Singh of Amarpura on the charges of running illegal lottery and seized Rs 43,360 in cash from his possession. Investigating officer Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Jagtar Singh said the suspect was nabbed from the Civil Hospital Road. The police also tried to catch some lottery buyers but they managed to give the slip to the police party. The Kotwali police arrested Sahib Siddiqui of the Jalandhar bypass area and recovered Rs 2,790 in cash from his possession. Investigating officer ASI Lakhwinder Singh said acting on a tip-off, a raid was conducted at Meena Bazaar from where the suspect was arrested. A mobile phone, which the suspect used for running illegal lottery business, was also seized. In another incident, the Moti Nagar police nabbed Dalip Kumar of Chandigarh Road and recovered Rs 850 from him. The police said the suspect was selling illegal lottery to people in Transport Nagar and had been caught red-handed. JUHI CHAWLA’S DEBUT OTT SERIES TO RELEASE ON SEPTEMBER 22 PAGE 3 Chawla’s digital debut series Hush Hush is produced by Abundantia Entertainment and co-created by Tanuja Chandra. MAX 36°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:41 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:06 AM Canal water supply among major projects get F&CC nod THURSDAY | 8 SEPTEMBER 2022 | LUDHIANA Implement mining policy to control price rise, CM urged Builders take up issue of skyrocketing prices of raw material Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 7 The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation’s Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) on Wednesday gave its nod to various development project works. A total of 277 resolutions were presented before the panel and of them, around 200 have been approved, said Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu, who heads the committee. The major projects for which funds have to be provided under Central Government schemes such as Smart City Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission and National Clean Air Programme were approved. However, several ward-level development works have also been approved. Sources said such works, supposed to be funded by the corporation, were likely to get delayed as the civic body was facing a big shortage of funds. The F&CC has given its nod for floating of request for proposal (RFP) for the project, namely design, build and operation (DBO) of 580 MLD Water Treatment Plant, an associated transmission network and over head Service Reservoirs (OHSRs) in the city for canal water supply. The panel has also approved a resolution regarding bioremediation of 25 lakh metric tonnes of legacy waste at the MC’s dumpsite at an estimated cost of around Rs 166 crore. The Central Government would provide 25 per cent share of funds under the Swachh MC officials during the Finance and Contract Committee meeting in Ludhiana. ASHWINI DHIMAN 200 PROPOSALS APPROVED A total of 277 resolutions were presented before the F&CC and of them, around 200 have been approved, said Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu, who heads the committee. Major projects for which funds have to be provided under Central Government schemes such as Smart City Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission and National Clean Air Programme were approved. Bharat Mission for the project. Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu said resolutions related to Smart City Mission works were also approved. With funding from Ludhiana Smart City Limited, the MC would purchase a hydraulic aerial ladder platform for firefighting operations in high-rise buildings. He said a resolution regarding the purchase of machinery worth Rs 16.20 crore for solid waste management under the Swachh Bharat Mission was also approved. As many as 200 compartmentalised dry and wet waste tippers at a cost of Rs 15 crore and four backhoe loaders at an estimated cost of Rs 1.20 crore would be purchased by the civic body. MC Commissioner Shena Aggarwal, Senior Deputy Mayor Sham Sundar Malhotra, Deputy Mayor Sarvjit Kaur and other officials of the MC were present in the meeting held at the Mayor’s camp office near Rose Garden here today. The F&CC also approved a resolution regarding the estimated cost of catching a stray dog and then leaving it at the same spot after vaccination for the prevention of rabies. The Mayor said all resolutions regarding the installation of new tube-wells in place of failed ones had been approved too. Howev- Two of the suspects in police custody in Ludhiana on Wednesday. pects were going to deliver opium to their clients. A naka was laid on the railway road where they were stopped for checking. Later during their frisking, opium was seized. “We will take police remand of the accused so that big suppliers can be nabbed,” the DCP said. The Kotwali police arrested Jawar Singh of Harkiratpura and seized 257 gm of heroin from his possession. Investigating officer ASI Des Raj said after getting a tip-off, a naka was laid near Clock Tower where the suspect was nabbed and heroin was seized from him. In another incident, the Anti-Narcotics Cell-2 arrested two men, identified as Arjun of Gandhi Colony and Raman Bagga of Bhamian and seized 100 gm of heroin. Investigating officer ASI Jagtar Singh said the police were conducting a routine patrolling near the Metro tyre factory in Moti Nagar where on suspicion the two bikeborne men were stopped for checking. During their frisking, 100 gm of heroin was PAGE 4 In a rare interview, the actress opens up about two traumatic setbacks she suffered while filming her movies. er, several resolutions related to different works were kept pending. As the MC elections are near, discussions were also held regarding development works to be carried out in the wards of the corporation. Resolution regarding parking lots rejected To curb fleecing being done by private contractors at parking lots, a resolution regarding deployment of manpower under the MC’s supervision on a trial basis at some of the lots was kept before the panel. But it has been rejected by the F&CC. Mayor Sandhu said the civic body would float tenders for the e-auction of the parking lots. Notably, an NGO had earlier written to the Chief Minister that the MC should recruit its own staff and deploy them to handle parking lots to curb fleecing. Two women among seven nabbed with drugs Ludhiana, September 7 The police yesterday arrested seven persons and seized drugs from them in separate incidents. The suspects included two women. Cases under the NDPS Act were registered against them. The Anti-Narcotics Cell-1 arrested two persons and seized 2.7 kg of opium from them. They have been identified as Amandeep Singh and Surinder Kaur, residents of Moga. DCP (Crime) Varinder Singh Brar and ADCP 1 Rupinder Kaur Sran in a statement issued said a tipoff was received that the sus- JENNIFER LAWRENCE REVEALS SHE SUFFERED 2 MISCARRIAGES recovered. The ASI said now, the police remand of the suspects would be sought for further interrogation. The Focal Point police nabbed Lakhan of Bhamian Kalan and seized 500 gm of ganja from his possession. ASI Mangal Das said a tip-off was received that the suspect was on the way to deliver ganja to his clients. A naka was laid where the suspect was arrested and drugs were seized from him. The Police Division 8 also nabbed a woman, Chanda Devi, of Kakkar Bridge and seized 510 gm of ganja from her possession. —TNS Ludhiana, September 7 The Ludhiana Builders’ Association has urged Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to save the construction industry, which it claimed was on the verge of collapse, and help the common man to build his dream home, which had become a Herculean task due to skyrocketing prices of construction material in the state. In a representation to the Chief Minister, a copy of which was also sent to Mines and Geology Minister Harjot Singh Bains, association president Ajit Singh said the non-implementation of mining policy for the past five months had led to a massive hike in prices of crushed stone, coarse sand, fine sand, bricks and steel prices, causing a hard blow to the construction industry. “It has serious repercussions for not only the construction industry but also on the whole economy of the state along with a big blow to 8 fresh Covid cases in dist Ludhiana, September 7 Eight fresh cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Ludhiana district on Wednesday. Five patients who belong to other districts or states have also tested positive for the virus. DC Surabhi Malik is among those who tested positive for Covid on Wednesday. She is in home isolation. Civil Surgeon Hitinder Kaur said 1,13,427 positive cases were reported from the district till date while 15,266 were reported from other districts or states. Besides, the virus has claimed the lives of 3,016 patients of the district and 1,141 of other districts or states. At present, the recovery rate of Covid patients is 97.30 per cent. Of 48 active cases in Ludhiana district on Wednesday, two patients were hospitalised. — TNS COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 39,25,403 1,13,427 48 — 3,016 the common man, who was already badly hit from the rising inflation since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he wrote. He stated that the cost of crushed stone had risen from Rs 27-28 to Rs 38-40 per cubic foot, coarse sand from Rs 3536 to Rs 52-55 per cubic foot, white river sand from Rs 1315 to Rs 40 per cubic foot within a few months of the present government. Moreover, bricks have become dearer from Rs 5,200 to Rs 7,000 per 1,000 units. “In the coming WTO regime, this price rise will seriously affect our cost competitiveness in the global market. Further, it will seriously affect infrastructure projects in the state. It is expected to further increase manifold in coming days,” the association felt, while stating that the infrastructure work in the state was already going on at an average level and such price hike will leave the building construction profession into a massive disaster. He mentioned that the steel prices had risen from Rs 48,000 to Rs 72,000 per metric tonne while the cement had become costlier from Rs 275 to Rs 350 per bag during the past less than a month. “At the time, when the construction industry was in dire need of government help to control input costs, it has done the just opposite by not implementing the mining policy,” Ajit lamented, while alleging that mining mafia was procuring construction raw materials from sources with the involvement of the officials concerned and were selling the same at exorbitant prices, causing heavy losses to the construction industry. Assn: Govt has failed to act against black marketeers The association further wrote that even as the builders and contractors along with the common man were being burdened with huge financial constraints, the government has still not taken any action against black marketeers, which was promised by the Aam Aadmi Party before coming to power in the state. Notice to state on bail plea of Bains Legal Correspondent Ludhiana, September 7 Additional Sessions Judge Shiv Mohan Garg today issued a notice to the state for producing record in the bail plea moved by former MLA and Lok Insaaf Party chief Simarjit Singh Bains in a rape case. The arguments on the bail plea would be heard on September 9. On July 11, 2020, Bains had surrendered before a local court following Supreme Court orders. He remained in police custody for more than a week. Thereafter, he was remanded in judicial custody and is now lodged at the Barnala Jail. In his bail plea, Bains claimed to be innocent. He asserted that he had become victim of a conspiracy hatched by his opponents. During the police remand, no incriminating article was recovered from him, he claimed. It has been asserted that the woman had made differ- ent versions at different times, which falsified her story. Earlier, she moved an application to the CM, levelling allegations against property dealer Sukhchain Singh (one accused in the case) for forcing her to have sexual relations with him. Later, she reached a compromise on the matter and retracted from her previous statement with a plea that some words had been mentioned erroneously and her property matter had been settled. Regarding the same property matter, she moved another application before the Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, on November 16, 2020, mentioning she was raped between August 4 to October 1, 2020. The FIR was registered against him on the orders of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Harsimranjit Singh in July 2021. The chargesheet was filed against him before the court in December 2021. Shops constructed by violating norms sealed No solution to traffic congestion outside schools in sight Ludhiana, September 7 The Municipal Corporation on Wednesday sealed a few shops in two buildings on College Road, here. Earlier, a complaint was filed against the recently constructed shops. The complainant had alleged that the shops were constructed by violating the rules. Assistant Town Planner MS Bedi said the shops which were constructed by violating the norms had been sealed by the civic body today. Tribune News Service Encroachment removed The Municipal Corporation on Wednesday removed an encroachment from a road portion in the Mall Enclave area on Major Gurdial Singh Road, Ludhiana. ATP MS Bedi said a person had raised encroachment on the road portion by constructing a wall. Residents of the area had complained to the civic body after which, the encroachment was removed today, he said. Meanwhile, the person opposed the MC’s action but the police controlled the situation and the encroachment was removed, he said. — TNS TRAFFIC MESS-II Nikhil Bhardwaj Ludhiana, September 7 Traffic chaos outside schools in the industrial hub has been increasing with each passing year. The traffic police and managements of schools have held several meetings in the past to sort out the issue but there is no concrete solution at sight to the menace so far. During a survey conducted outside some schools, BCM Arya Senior Secondary School, KVM Senior Secondary School on Civil Lines Road, DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, in morning and afternoon hours on Wednesday, a chaotic situation was witnessed. Though the traffic con- gestion prevails outside schools in morning and afternoon hours, vehicles stuck in the mess take a huge time to crawl through the jam and to reach the other end of the road. When senior police officials got complaints about poor traffic regulation outside the schools, traffic police personnel were deployed to man the traffic. However, the situation did not improve. The reason could be the influx of a large number of vehicles outside the schools during morning and after-school hours. JCP (Traffic) Gurdial Singh while interacting with The Tribune on the matter said: “As per rule, all vehicles, whether school buses or private vehicles brought to school by parents have to be allowed to enter the school premises to pick-up and drop c m y b A traffic jam outside a school in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN students. I have come to know that schools are not allowing vehicles to enter their premises, which is a negligent attitude. If they will allow entry of vehicles, traffic mess outside the schools can be sorted out. I will soon call a meeting of schools to discuss the issue and hope, school managements will co- operate,” the JCP said. He said when parents were not allowed to enter schools while picking-up or dropping-off their wards, they would resort to haphazard parking on roads, which leads to traffic chaos. Residents staying in the vicinity face problems Residents staying around schools are facing a huge inconvenience as parents of students park their vehicles outside their houses. On many occasions, residents were seen exchanging heated arguments with the parents. “Parents often park their vehicles outside our houses. In the morning, there is not much issue as parents usually drop their wards at the gate of the school but in the afternoon, most of the parents come little early and park their vehicles outside the school. Many of them park vehicles outside our houses. Sometimes our vehicles get stuck between their vehicles,” said Vanita Mahindru, a resident of Shastri Nagar, opposite BCM School. Another resident Rekha Manchanda, who lives near a school in Sarabha Nagar, said residents have no issues if students’ parents park their vehicles on roads but when they park their vehicles haphazardly near or outside our houses that amounts to inconvenience. Not only residents but also shopkeepers near schools face trouble as parents park their vehicles outside shops leaving no space for customers’ vehicles which affects their business. Parents urged to come on two-wheelers City residents have urged parents of students, who daily go to schools to drop and pickup their wards in cars, to avoid use of four-wheelers. If possible, they should come on two-wheelers as a large number of four-wheelers outside schools at one go is the obvious reason of traffic jams.
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