16112022-LT-01.qxd 11/16/2022 12:57 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE CONTRACTUAL STAFF OF VERKA MILK PLANT HOLD PROTEST Protesting employees say their jobs were not regularised to date and they were forced to face discrimination. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY Fair, transparent policing my motto, says new CP Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 15 IPS Mandeep Singh Sidhu joined as Ludhiana Commissioner of Police (CP) today. He was welcomed by senior police officials on the occasion. After receiving guard of honour, the CP joined the office and held a meeting with his team members. “Fair and transparent policing will be my motto. I will try to facilitate justice for every deserving resident. People will get justice at every police station of Ludhiana,” Sidhu said. On his first day of joining, the CP led the special operation against drugs and carried out raids at various localities. Talking about his strategy against the drug menace, Sidhu said the police could not wipe out the menace alone. The support of the public was important. “If residents come to know about any activity related to selling of drugs in an area, they are welcome to inform about the same to the police. We will immediately take action and conduct raids at such areas,” he said. PAGE 2 AMAZON MINITV ANNOUNCES SHORT FILM CAPITAL A SMALL A PAGE 3 TELUGU SUPERSTAR KRISHNA DIES OF CARDIAC ARREST AT 79 Amazon miniTV is set to spread love with a unique romance drama short film, Capital A small a. MAX 25°C | MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C | MIN 14°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:28 PM Actor Ghattamaneni Krishna, known as Krishna Garu, has passed away due to a cardiac arrest. He was 79. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:54 AM WEDNESDAY | 16 NOVEMBER 2022 | LUDHIANA Nikhil Bhardwaj ~11.6 cr to be spent on Kartar Singh Sarabha road reconstruction Tribune News Service Nitin Jain Ludhiana, November 15 A major fire broke out in three hosiery waste godowns at street number 2, Mayapuri, here on Tuesday morning. The godowns are situated in a residential area due to which residents got panicked after the incident. Hosiery waste worth several lakhs was said to be destroyed in the fire. A car of one of the godown owners also gutted in the flames. The fire had spread to an adjoining factory but was controlled timely by firemen. Aatish Rai, sub-fire officer, said a call was received around 10.30 am and in no time, fire tenders reached the spot. “The fire was completely doused around 5 pm and over 70 fire tenders were used for the same. Shortcircuit could be the cause of the fire but exact reason could be known only after investigation,” Aatish said. The sub-fire officer said no Tribune News service Major fire at 3 hosiery waste godowns Goods worth lakhs, car of godown owner destroyed in Mayapuri incident Fire personnel try to douse the flames at waste godowns in Mayapuri, Ludhiana, on Tuesday. PHOTOS: ASHWANI DHIMAN 70 FIRE TENDERS USED Aatish Rai, sub-fire officer, said a call was received around 10.30 am and in no time, fire tenders reached the spot. “The fire was completely doused around 5 pm and over 70 fire tenders were used for the same. Short-circuit could be the cause of the fire but exact reason could be known only after investigation.” fire arrangements were made by the godown owners. Initially, staff of the godown tried to douse the flames by pouring water but they failed to control it. Most of the people staying in the area are from Saharanpur and they are into the business of hosiery waste. Majority of the households have even converted their residences into small godowns and the majority of the roads of Mayapuri had been covered by the hosiery waste. After the incident, adjoining godowns and the affected building were vacated by the owners and they also shifted goods to a safe place. Firemen faced a tough time in dousing the flames as a large number of people gathered at the spot after getting information about the incident. Later, the police managed the crowd. People have stored huge stock of hosiery waste in Mayapuri and they have also converted their houses into godowns. If the fire spread to nearby buildings, there would have been huge losses. Most of the godowns have not even made any fire safety arrangements to prevent such incidents. Ludhiana, November 15 A sum of Rs 11.6 crore will be spent to reconstruct the Ludhiana-Pakhowal road, named after the Indian revolutionary Kartar Singh Sarabha, here, the government has confirmed. The development assumed significance as the outlay was approved a day before the death anniversary of Kartar Singh Sarabha, who had become a member of the Ghadar Party at the young age of 15. Executive Engineer of the Public Works Department (Buildings & Roads), Pardeep Kumar, told The Tribune, here on Tuesday that the project was approved to reconstruct 22.55-km-long Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Marg, which connects Ludhiana with Pakhowal. The PWD (B&R) will be the implementing agency and the project will be completed by March 31 next. 4 minor children involved in New company holds first meeting begging rescued, rehabilitated for 24x7 canal water supply project Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 15 Taking cognisance of the news report, ‘Children’s Day is just another day for these deprived kids’, which appeared in these columns on Tuesday, the district administration today rescued four minor children, who were involved in begging, here. The action was taken by the District Child Protection Committee (DCPC) on the directions of Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik. District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) Rashmi Saini told The Tribune that a team of the DCPC visited various parts of the city during the day and traced four minor children, who were covered in the news report, while begging near the Pavillion Mall traffic light point. “The children were rescued from the spot and PAGE 4 THE TRIBUNE IMPACT shifted to a child care centre for their future rehabilitation,” she said, while stating that the parents of the rescued children, who belong to the BPL category, were also counselled not to push their minor children for drudgery and begging. Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner has asked the DCPC to act tough against the child labour and child begging menace. She has called for strict action against those pushing minors to labour and begging. The news report had highlighted that even the amended Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, which was enforced across the country from October 10, 2006, has also failed to serve the purpose. A majority of the underprivileged children to whom The Tribune spoke on the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had no idea of Children’s Day and were least concerned about it. For those who are only acquainted with strong hunger pangs, which cannot be pacified for want of food, cakes and balloons are alien terms. Probably Pandit Nehru did not envisage it this way when he talked of his vision of Indian future. Just to procure two meals a day – burdened with full day’s drudgery – these unfortunate children looking for saleable material from littered garbage, cleaning utensils at dhabas and tea-sellers, begging at public places, breaking bricks and doing anything, their tiny hands and feet cannot even manage, has become a common sight in this part of region. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 15 The first meeting of the Board of Directors of Ludhiana Urban Water and Wastewater Management Limited for the upcoming 24x7 canal water supply project was held here on Tuesday. The newly formed company would handle the upcoming water supply project under which treated water from Sidhwan Canal would be supplied to all 95 wards of the city. The project is funded by the World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The meeting was headed by MC Commissioner-cum-Managing Director of the company Shena Aggarwal today. The meeting was attended by Joint Commissioner Ankur Mahindroo, councillors Rakesh Parashar and Baljinder Singh, MC Superintend- MC Commissioner Shena Aggarwal and officials during a meeting in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO ing Engineer Ravinder Garg and other officials. Dr Aggarwal said now, there would be 10 directors in the company. An executive committee of three members had been formed. The MC Commissioner, a Joint Commissioner and Superintending Engineer (O&M) were members of the committee. It was discussed that a bank account of the company would get opened soon and the civic body would deposit an amount of Rs 10 lakh in the account of the company. In the meeting, a discussion was held regarding the work that would be done under the project’s first phase. A 580 MLD water treatment plant would be set up at Bilga village. Notably, a request for proposal (RFP)/tender for the first phase of the project at an estimated cost of Rs 1693.37 crore has already been floated. It is expected that bids will be opened next month. A 165-km long main pipeline would be laid for the project. As many as 139 sites were identified for overhead service reservoirs (OHSRs) in the city. New OHSRs would be constructed at over 50 sites while the existing reservoirs can be rehabilitated, if required. Govt okays project on eve of freedom fighter’s death anniversary The project was among 67 capital projects with a cumulative capital outlay amounting to Rs 2,137.97 crore and with a request of special assistance (loan) amounting to Rs 1,446 crore approved by the Union Government under part-I of the scheme for special assistance to states for capital investment for 2022-23. The Assistant Director of Union Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, Public Finance – States Division, Anjali Maurya, has conveyed the decision to the state government. “The capital expenditure on the projects (special assistance loan) amounting to Rs 1,096.16 crore under the scheme for 202223, as per the details, has been approved by the competent authority,” she has continued on page 2 Cop, driver held for accepting ~80,000 bribe Ludhiana, November 15 The Vigilance Bureau (VB) on Tuesday nabbed an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of the Indian Reserve Battalion and a driver red-handed for accepting a bribe of Rs 80,000. A spokesperson for the VB said ASI Gurjinder Singh, posted at Mohali, and driver Piyush Anand had been nabbed on the complaint of Kailash Kumar of Janakpuri. He said the complainant had approached the VB and alleged that the duo was demanding Rs 80,000 bribe for allowing his vehicles laden with iron scrap without paying entry tax at the inter-state check post, Shambu, in Patiala. The complainant has alleged that the ASI had told him that he would share the monthly bribe with the driver and department officials. He said a VB team laid a trap and the duo was caught redhanded while taking bribe of Rs 80,000 in the presence of two official witnesses.— TNS Let’s work together to end drug menace: DGP Residents vent ire against cops Four suspects rounded up, 12 gm of heroin seized during cordon-and-search operation Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 15 Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Gaurav Yadav participated in the cordonand-search operation (CASO) in Ludhiana as part of the ongoing drive against the drug menace. He said the issue of drug abuse was a huge problem for the state and the active support of citizens was necessary to wipe it out completely. The police and the citizens needed to join hands to tackle it and eradicate it from the ground level, DGP Yadav added. “I call upon the residents of Punjab to inform the police about any kind of drug activity in their areas. The police will definitely act upon such information and conduct raids to catch drug dealers,” Yadav said. Addressing the media, the DGP said the rationale behind Cops check an auto-rickshaw during a drive against drug menace in Ludhiana. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN conducting CASO at a mass level was to boost confidence in public and infuse fear among anti-social elements. Yadav was joined by ADGP (Community Affairs Division and Women Affairs) Gurpreet Kaur and Ludhiana Commissioner of Police (CP) Mandeep Singh Sidhu. He said the operation was being conducted after the identification of drug and crime hotspots through data analysis by the district police forces. He said suspected persons were properly frisked and their houses were searched by the police forces under the supervision of sen- ior officials. Sniffer dogs and drones were also deputed in these hotspots to ensure strict vigil, he added. On being asked about the new directions about the issuance of arms licences, the DGP said no new licence would be issued in the next three months, during which c m y b the process of physical verification of older licences would be completed. Public display of weapons, even on social media, would be dealt with an iron hand, he added. The DGP also pointed out that the cyber wing of the Punjab Police would also monitor social networking sites to check any violation. “FIR will be registered immediately in case anyone is found indulging in hate speech against any community,” he said. In Ludhiana, CASO was carried out in many areas, including Ghora Colony, Ambedkar Colony, Moti Nagar and Peeru Banda. During the operation, four suspects — identified as Mohit Kumar of Durgapuri Mohalla, Sonu of Peeru Banda, Gaurav of Chander Nagar and Mohan of New Kundanpuri — were rounded up and 12 gm of heroin was recovered from Ghora Colony. for ‘defaming’ Ghora Colony Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 15 After DGP Gaurav Yadav left Ghora Colony during the cordon-and-search operation (CASO), some residents, led by women, accused the police of deliberately defaming the colony. Police Commissioner Mandeep Singh Sidhu was also present when these residents vented their ire. Joint CP Ravcharan Brar — who was then inside the colony — sent a few police officials and area residents to mediate but in vain. Arun Kumar Vaid, a resident of the colony, said, “Whenever the police conduct any search operation, they barge into our houses and start ransacking them, without making any recovery. This way the entire colony residents are made to bear the tag of being part of the drug smuggling activity.” Ghora Colony residents say suspecting every household is wrong. ‘NO ACTION AGAINST BIG FISH’ Residents alleged that while the police were acting against smaller players in the drug smuggling trade, no action was being taken against the big fish, who were selling drugs in huge quantities. Vaid added that some policemen know about the people involved in selling drugs in the colony but they were not being caught. Rather, innocent persons were being harassed, he rued. The operation was a futile exercise because every resident of the colony was already aware about it and people who were into the smuggling business could have easily left the colony and transferred drugs to safe places, Vaid alleged. continued on page 2
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