06112022-LT-01.qxd 11/6/2022 12:42 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE The dump is located about 100 metre from the city’s iconic Clock Tower, also known as Ghanta Ghar. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY Traffic jams: MLA, officials visit NH-44 stretch Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 5 As traffic jams are a common problem, MLA Rajinderpal Kaur Chinna along with officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, inspected the National Highway-44 stretch from Kanganwal to Sherpur Chowk, Ludhiana. MC Commissioner Shena Aggarwal was among those present. Chhina said she brought to the attention of the officials concerned that there were three main reasons for the long traffic jams. These are the slow pace of ongoing road construction works, NHAI’s construction waste lying on the sides of roads and no drainage of rainwater. She instructed the officials that these issues should be resolved soon, work must be done to repair potholes and all debris should be removed within three months. She said number of traffic police personnel would also be increased in the area. Meanwhile, staff of a hospital near Sherpur Chowk said it had become difficult for patients commuting in ambulance. PAGE 2 YUVRAJ ANNOUNCES UPCOMING SPORTS DRAMA SERIES SIXER PAGE 3 Ex-Indian cricket icon and king of sixers, Yuvraj Singh announced the series launch, set to premiere on November 11. MAX 30°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET SUNDAY 5:34 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 6:46 AM GLADA to get drawings revised to construct ROB approaches Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service The work to construct the ROB portion in the Railways' jurisdiction is underway in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN 12 YRS ON, PROJECT YET TO BE COMPLETED After a long wait, the railway authorities started construction of the railway portion of the ROB earlier this year but GLADA’s work to construct approaches is getting delayed. The ROB is a part of GLADA’s Missing Link2 project which is still incomplete even after passing of about 12 years, since the land acquisition process was started around 2010. around Rs 21 crore with the Railways for an estimated cost of the project in 2018. In 2019, GLADA allotted the construction of approaches for the ROB to a private firm. The work was later stopped as bridge joint drawings were not Displaying valour finalised, it was learnt. As some state government departments had not released pending dues to the Railways, the latter failed to float tenders for the construction of the railway portion of the ROB. Finally, the Railways started the construction of the portion earlier this year but GLADA is now delaying the construction of the approaches.” A resident, Sukhraj Singh, said: “We demand from the government to get the construction work of ROB approaches started at the earliest so that the project should not be delayed further.” According to information, an amendment has been made in the design to join the railway portion of the ROB with approaches. Hence, the drawings are required to be revised to construct the approaches. GLADA Executive Engineer Sandeep Kumar said the railways had made a change in the project design due to which GLADA needs to consult RITES, Gurugram, so that the drawings could be revised for the construction of the approaches. Once the drawings were revised and required procedure was followed, tenders would be floated for the construction of the ROB approaches. SUNDAY | 6 NOVEMBER 2022 | LUDHIANA Air quality index ‘hazardous’ in city, worst this season At 10 pm, AQI was 318 with PM2.5 concentration of 233μg/m³ YEARLY FIGURES Nitin Jain Tribune News Service YEAR 2022 2021 2020 Ludhiana, November 5 With no let up to the rising pollution levels, the air quality in Ludhiana on Saturday late evening turned “hazardous” by crossing the 300-mark, which was worst this season. With this, the state’s industrial and business hub was once again ranked second most polluted city in Punjab. The Deputy Commissioner, Surabhi Malik, herself stepped out in the fields to check the farm fires and felicitate farmers, who were showing the way by not burning the paddy stubble. The data collected by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), a copy of which is with The Tribune, revealed that Ludhiana’s air quality index (AQI) touched 318, which was considered “hazardous”, with PM2.5 concentration of 233μg/m³, which was a whopping 46.6 times the World Health Organization (WHO) annual air quality guideline value, on Saturday at 10 pm. This has led to major rise in respiratory problems and FARM FIRES 1,357 2,062 2,524 Farm fires rage in fields despite strict enforcement and sustained awareness drive in Ludhiana on Saturday. 5-DAY FIGURES DATE Nov 5 Nov 4 Nov 3 Nov 2 Nov 1 FARM FIRES 143 70 119 198 73 MOST POLLUTED CITIES AQI 318 257 217 193 186 other allied complications to the residents, especially children, aged, and those suffering from respiratory and cardiac problems, who were gasping for clean air. Ludhiana district’s another city Khanna also figured Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 5 Sanjay Goel, the Director of Ludhiana Smart City Limited (LSCL), on Saturday urged the Union Government to expedite the pending work at the upcoming international airport at Halwara in Ludhiana and make it operational at the earliest. Responding to the news report in these columns on Saturday — which mentioned the Airports Authority of India (AAI) decision to order foreclosure of the awarded works before taking up the balance works at the site — Goel, who is also the chairman of the Punjab chapter of the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), said the people of Ludhiana and surrounding areas had been looking forward to an airport in their own area for more than 20 years. In a letter to Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, the Union Civil Aviation Minister, Goel wrote that Ludhiana, which is also known as the Manchester of India, ~47 CR TO BE SPENT The work for the construction of interim terminal building and allied works at the cost of Rs 47 crore is likely to be delayed further with the foreclosure of awarded works by the AAI, which came three months after the AAI had in July resolved to take over the construction of balance work. was a huge industrial city located at the centre of Punjab and was known for its hosiery products, bicycles, and other industrial parts worldwide. “Decades ago, an airport was expected to be built only in Ludhiana in Punjab. Now, airports have come up at Bathinda and Mohali, while Ludhiana residents still wait for one,” he said. He recalled that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had started a flight from Ludhiana to Delhi a few years ago, but that too had been stopped now. “On the one hand, Ludhiana is an upcoming smart city with positive changes happening every day, but on the other, its residents are still waiting for their airport, which is a huge necessity at this point,” he highlighted. He has requested the Centre to complete the upcoming international airport at Halwara and make it operational at the earliest, as not only people were suffering because of a lack of air connectivity, but businesses were also taking a hit. The work for the construction of interim terminal building and allied works, at the cost of Rs 47 crore, is likely to be delayed further with the foreclosure of awarded works by the AAI, which came three months after the AAI had in July resolved to take over the construction of balance work. Notably, the same work lay suspended since March, until the AAI resolved to take over in July. — TNS c m y b PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Tribune News Service AAI’s foreclosure of awarded works likely to further delay project among the top ten most polluted cities in the state on Saturday with AQI of 185. The analysis of the past 12day air pollution level indicated that the AQI in the state’s biggest and largest district, continued on page 2 Police on alert, Hindu leaders under house arrest TIBBA FIRING INCIDENT Smart City director urges Centre to complete international airport AQI 345 318 254 211 204 Punjab Bandh call fails to make impact .32-bore pistol, 28 cartridges seized from suspects Nihangs perform gatka during a nagar kirtan ahead of the Parkash Purb of Guru Nanak Dev in Ludhiana on Saturday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA CITY Faridkot Ludhiana Mohali Jalandhar Mandi Gobindgarh (SOURCE: CPCB & PRSC, ANNUAL FARM FIRE FIGURES BETWEEN SEPT 15 AND NOV 5) Father-son duo arrested Ludhiana, November 5 The Ludhiana police claimed to have solved the firing case reported at Grewal Colony, Tibba, on Thursday night by arresting the father-son duo behind the incident, in which Shiv Sena leader Ashwani Chopra had been fired at. The police also seized a .32 bore pistol and 28 live cartridges from the suspects, who have been identified as Ramanand and his son Sanjiv Kumar, both residents of Kishore Nagar. Commissioner of Police (CP) Kaustubh Sharma addressed a press meet regarding the matter. He stated that the suspects had gone to Grewal Colony on the night of Novem- PAGE 4 Amid renewed interest in true crime, OTT platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime have a lot to offer for fans. MISSING LINK-2 PROJECT Ludhiana, November 5 Though the construction of the Railway’s portion of the railway overbridge (ROB) over the Ludhiana-Dhuri rail tracks near Gill village is already under process, the work to construct its approaches is hanging fire. The ROB is a part of GLADA’s Missing Link-2 project which is still incomplete even after passing of about 12 years, since the land acquisition process was started around 2010. After a long wait, the Railways started construction of the railway portion of the ROB earlier this year. Now, GLADA has to consult experts to revise drawings and later, fresh tenders would be floated to construct approaches, according to information. Darshan Singh Shankar, a property consultant, said his office was located near the project site and it was hanging fire for a long time. He said: “In the matter of the ROB, GLADA had deposited TRUE CRIME SERIES CATCH VIEWERS’ FANCY ON OTT TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN GARBAGE DUMP NEXT TO MC NIGHT SHELTER IRKS RESIDENTS The suspects in police custody in Ludhiana on Saturday. ber 3 to commit a theft. When Shiv Sena leader Ashwani Chopra noticed some unusual movement in the area, he came out to enquire. As he tried to chase the duo upon suspicion, Ramanand resorted to firing and both suspects fled the spot. Sharma said a preliminary probe revealed that Ramanand has a criminal history as he faces 12 criminal cases registered against him. In 1999, he had also committed a murder in Machhiwara for which he had spent seven years in jail. The suspects admitted that they had not gone to kill anyone, but rather had plans to only commit a theft in the area. When residents tried to chase them, they resorted to firing. The CP was accompanied by JCP Ravcharan Singh Brar and ADCP Tushar Gupta during the press meet. Ludhiana, November 5 A day after the murder of Shiv Sena leader Sudhir Suri in Amritsar, though the situation in the industrial hub remained tense, no major protest took place in the city. Even there was no impact of the Punjab Bandh call in the city as well. Some sena leaders had gathered at Clock Tower and held a peaceful protest. It is learnt that on Friday night, Police Commissioner Kaustubh Sharma had also held a meeting with senior officials of the Police Commissionerate and briefed them about security measures needed to prevent any untoward situation. The officials had been told to prevent prominent Hindu leaders from holding any protest or resorting to any blockade as it may affect the law and order situation in the city. They were also told to put maximum Hindu leaders under house arrest and do not allow them to visit Amritsar considering the prevalent situation in the state. Early this morning, senior police officials reached the house of leader Amit Arora, who had plans to go to Amritsar with a group of people. Other sena leaders Thaper, Bhanu Partap, and Chandarkant Chadha were also put under house arrest and they were not allowed to go to Amritsar. Another prominent sena leader Rajiv Tandon, who had gone to Bathinda, was also not allowed to go to Amritsar. However, another Hindu leader Rohit Sahni, who runs an NGO, ‘Insaniyat Ek Dharam’ had left for Amritsar with members of the continued on page 2
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