09012023-LT-01.qxd 1/9/2023 12:25 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana tribune NON-COMPLIANCE: COURT SUMMONS MC OFFICIALS ANKIT RELEASES HIS SONG BANDA TERA AASHIQ HO GAYA ARYAN PIC WITH PAK ACTOR SPARKS DATING RUMOURS The hearing was on non-compliance of NGT orders regarding removal of concrete around trees. P2 The song depicts a cute love story shot in serene locations of Thailand. It is Ankit’s first song of 2023. P3 While one cannot confirm rumours, he sure is gearing up for his directorial debut with Red Chillies. P4 » » » FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY MAX 17°C | MIN 7°C YESTERDAY MAX 16°C | MIN 5°C SUNSET MONDAY 5.41 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 7:25 AM MONDAY | 9 JANUARY 2023 | LUDHIANA Jagraon girl falls from 22nd floor in Hong Kong, dies Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 8 A 22-year-old girl, a native of Bhamipura village in Jagraon, died after falling from the 22nd floor of a multistorey building in Hong Kong. She was cleaning glasses of the multi-storey mall without wearing the safety belt when her foot skidded off and she fall off the building. The girl was rushed to a hospital but she was declared brought dead by doctors. The deceased has been identified as Kiranjot Kaur. A pall of gloom descended over the village after the news of her death reached the family. Sources said the girl had gone to Hong Kong on a work permit about five months ago only. Kiranjot’s mother Jasvir Kaur was a panchayat member in the village while her father Jaswant Singh was a farmer. Before going to work on January 5, she had a conversation with her family. Ravi, kin of the deceased, said they were in touch with the authorities concerned to bring back her body to India. District sees no fresh Covid case Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 8 According to the office of the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, none tested positive for Covid while no loss of life was reported due to the virus in the district on Sunday. Civil Surgeon Hitinder Kaur said a total of 1,13,633 persons have tested positive and 3,018 patients have lost their lives to the deadly virus since March 2020 in the district. On Sunday, 989 samples were sent for testing which include 803 RTPCR and 186 antigen samples. POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 3 pm: Gobind Nagar, New Prem Nagar, Hathi Complex, Saggoo Chowk and its adjoining areas. 3 pm to 5.30 pm: Gold Star, Prince Fabric, Kaur Sain and Rishi Fabric feeders. MC fails to resolve issue of uncovered dumps in city Structures built at few locations but waste compactors not installed Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 8 Residents and shopkeepers are forced to suffer as the Municipal Corporation (MC) has failed to resolve the issue of uncovered garbage dumps (secondary collection points) in various parts of the city to date. The stink emanating from such garbage dumps has made the life of residents miserable. Under the civil works, the civic body had earlier constructed structures for waste compactors at Cheema Chowk, Bhai Chattar Singh Park near Scooter Market, Field Ganj Road, and some other locations in the city but the compactors have not been installed at any of these sites so far. Ludhiana Smart City Limited had proposed a project procurement of 63 portable compactors and 26 hook loaders for 22 locations at an estimated cost of Rs 30.07 crore. As per information, the tendering process for the same project remained unsuccessful last time. Now, tenders for the procurement of compactors and hook loaders have been floated again. Satinderpal Singh, president of the Scooter A site near the scooter market where a waste compactor has not been installed so far. ASHWANI DHIMAN ‘TENDERS FLOATED AGAIN, BIDS TO OPEN ON JAN 16’ Executive Engineer of the Municipal Corporation, Balwinder Singh, who also looks after Ludhiana Smart City Limited works, said no bid was received when tenders for procurement of compactors and hook loaders were floated last time. The tenders had been floated again and bids would be opened on January 16. Seller’s Market Association, said they had been complaining about a garbage dump located next to shops at the scooter market. MC officials had assured that the dump would be shifted to another location soon but to no avail. Many shopkeepers have suffered health problems due to the unhygienic conditions being cre- ated by the uncovered dump at the market, he said. Singh said: “A structure was also set up at Bhai Chattar Singh park over a year ago for installation of a waste compactor. Neither the dump was removed from the scooter market nor any waste compactor was installed in the shed constructed at the park.” The shopkeepers have also been demanding the removal of the garbage dump near MC’s night shelter on Clock Tower-Society Cinema Road. The officials had earlier claimed that the dump would be removed once the compactors under the Smart City Mission are installed. The residents have also been demanding the removal of a garbage dump near the cremation ground in the Shivpuri area. PAC members also raised voice against the MC for not removing a garbage dump that was located near the bank of the Sidhwan Canal on Gill Road here. Paramjit murder case: Gangster threatens police in fresh FB post Also warned to kill people supporting victim’s family Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 8 After the Ludhiana rural police conducted raids and nabbed family members of Dilpreet Singh of Menia village for executing the murder conspiracy of Paramjit Singh at Bardeke village in Jagraon, Canada-based gangster Arsh Dalla, who was already booked in the case, has issued a threat to the Ludhiana rural police in a new Facebook post. He warned the police that if any injustice was meted out to the family of Dilpreet, he would also not care about justice or injustice. He also warned the people who are supporting the family of Paramjit by holding agitation to seek strict action against the family of Dilpreet in the murder case. He mentioned in the FB post that he would also get all supporters killed the way Paramjit was murdered, by barging into the house, if they failed to stop supporting Paramjit’s family. Notably, in the first FB post, the gangster had taken the responsibility for Paramjit’s murder. He had admitted that by getting Paramjit killed he avenged the suicide of Dilpreet because Paramjit had forced him to end his life. Dilpreet had reportedly died by suicide after his marriage A CCTV grab of suspects who killed Paramjit at Bardeke village. FILE proposal with the kin of Paramjit was broken due to the intervention of the latter. The police have already booked nine persons in the murder case, including Dilpreet’s father Sukhdev Singh, his brother Lovepreet Singh, sister Kiranpreet Kaur, his mother Lovejinder Kaur, all residents of Menia village in Moga. The other booked suspects are Navjot Singh of Chakar village, Lovepreet Singh of Ramgarh Bhullar, Mandeep Singh, alias Dhru, of Daudhar village, Arshdeep Singh, alias Arsh Dalla, of Dalla village, and Charanjit Singh, also from Dalla village. So far, the police have arrested Kiranpreet Kaur, Lovejinder Kaur, Sukhdev Singh, Lovepreet Singh and Navjot Singh in the case. Besides, gangster Mandeep Singh has also been arrested in the case by bringing him on a production warrant from the Kapurthala jail. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 8 The ongoing work on the southern Ludhiana bypass, which was hanging fire for over a decade, will be completed by December, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has assured. An assurance to this effect was given by NHAI Chairman Santosh Kumar Yadav to Rajya Sabha MP from Ludhiana Sanjeev Arora, who had called on him in New Delhi recently. Sharing details of the meeting, Arora told The Tribune here that the NHAI Chairman has assured him that the ongoing work on the southern bypass will be expedited and the construction of four bridges across Sidhwan Canal towards South City in What FB post of gangster Arsh Dalla says “I have got Paramjit killed. The police are registering cases against the family of Dilpreet due to protest. If the police register an FIR against Dilpreet’s family, families will be killed. People supporting Paramjit’s family should also leave the protest else they will also be killed in their houses. I hope, the police will not do injustice, else I will also not care about justice or injustice.” Missing youth’s body found Close shave for 6 as car catches fire from canal near Moga village Tribune News Service Tribune News Service MISHAP OCCURRED ON JANUARY 5 Ludhiana, January 8 Two days after a car carrying four youths had fallen into the canal near Jagraon, the body of one of the missing youths, Satnam Singh, was found in a canal near Daudhar village in Moga on Saturday. The body was found about 11 km away from the accident spot. Police sources said divers along with the police had been searching for the youth since the incident occurred. Yesterday night, when divers were searching for the youth in a canal near Daudhar village, they spotted the floating body of Satnam. Later, his family On January 5, four friends from Lakha village, who were returning home after attending a birthday party, met with an accident when their Maruti Zen car fell into the canal, a branch of Sirhind feeder on Dalla bridge near Jagraon. Satnam Singh and Dilpreet Singh were feared drowned and two others were saved by residents. members identified the body. ASI Surjit Singh said after conducting the post-mortem examination, the body was handed over to his family. Notably on January 5, four friends from Lakha village, who were returning home after attending a birthday party, met with an accident when their Maruti Zen car fell into the canal, a branch of Sirhind feeder on Dalla bridge near Jagraon. Satnam Singh (24) and Dilpreet Singh (23) were feared drowned and two others, Iqbal Singh and Manjinder Singh, were saved by villagers. The next day, the body of Dilpreet was recovered about 10 km away from the accident site. Yesterday, the body of Satnam was also traced. They were returning home after celebrating the birthday of Dilpreet. Ludhiana, January 8 Six occupants of a Maruti 800 car had a narrow escape after the car they were travelling in caught fire on the LudhianaChandigarh road on Sunday afternoon. The car was heading towards Samrala Chowk from the Kohara side as the occupants were on the way to take part in a function in the city. Raj Kumar, alias Raju, said the incident occurred around 1.30 pm. He said when the vehicle reached near Mohini Resort, he sensed something burning under the vehicle’s dashboard. He asked car driver Santosh Kumar to stop the car and check the issue. When the car was stopped, all occupants left it to save A car that caught fire on the Chandigarh road on Sunday in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN their lives. Afterward, smoke started emanating from the engine and fire engulfed the car, Raju said. There was panic on the road. Nearby shopkeepers also tried to douse the flames by pouring buckets full of water but to no avail. The fire was con- Hanging fire for over decade, southern bypass to be completed by Dec Nitin Jain Ludhiana SSP Harjeet Singh said Arsh’s father Sukhdev was brought on a production warrant yesterday for questioning and he was also booked for hatching the murder conspiracy. The SSP said no protest or agitation was held by the Paramjit’s family as mentioned in the reported FB post by gangster Arsh Dalla, though they were reluctant to proceed for cremation. Ludhiana will also be completed by the end of this year. The MP told Yadav that the construction of the bridges across the Sidhwan Canal was yet to begin. He requested him to personally look into the matter. Arora also told the NHAI Chairman that Ludhiana being one of biggest industrial cities in the country with over 5 million population, the traffic situation was getting chaotic due to pending highway projects. He sought directions to the officials concerned to expedite the ongoing work in and around Ludhiana. Having missed several deadlines in the past, the 26-km-long project was allotted on January 25, 2010, on the hybrid annu- What caused delay NHAI Chairman assures RS MP to expedite work on ~550-cr greenfield project ■ PROJECT REPORT Work in progress on the southern bypass in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN ity model (HAM) mode. The last deadline of the project was December 31, 2020, which was also not met, and in the process the cost of the project has escalated by Rs 221.9 crore, which accounts for almost 68 per cent jump from the actual work cost of Rs 328 crore fixed in 2010 to present Rs 549.9 crore. Already, 473.773 hectares of land across 15 villages have c m y b Date of allotment: January 25, 2010 Missed deadline: December 31, 2020 Fresh deadline: December 31, 2023 Initial cost of work: ~328 cr Revised cost: ~549.9 cr Administrative approval: ~449.5 cr Technical sanction: January 18, 2012 Technical sanction amount: ~411.1 cr Tender amount: ~328.16 cr Total expenditure done: ~393.98 cr been acquired for the project. A single railway overbridge under the project has been approved by the Northern Railways and the land acquisition cost has been sanctioned as well. The southern bypass project entails four-laning of road along the Sidhwan Canal with flyovers, underpasses, ROBs and canal lining from Doraha to Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway. The acquisition of 180 hectares of land required for a part of the project. ■ The award for acquisition of 129.793 hectares of land spread across 15 villages had been declared but physical possession had been delayed. Acquisition push The then Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan had ordered to expedite the process to acquire and take physical possession of land required for the greenfield project in August 2021. She had reviewed the progress of the project and instructed the officials concerned to immediately expedite the acquisition proceedings for the remaining land required for the project and removing the bottlenecks, if any, coming in its way. trolled only when fire tenders arrived at the spot and doused the flames. The car was completely burnt in the fire. Man nabbed for killing wife Ludhiana, January 8 A man killed his wife by hitting a brick on her head at Baba Nand Singh Nagar in Ayali Kalan here yesterday night. The Sarabha Nagar police after registering a murder case arrested the suspect, Babu Lal, a migrant labourer, on Sunday. The deceased was identified as Rani (21). The police said the woman got married to him about 18 months ago but due to some reasons, the couple was having a dispute. For the past three months, the victim had been staying with her parents at Baba Nand Singh Nagar. On Saturday night, the suspect went to his in-laws’ house where after exchanging heated arguments with his wife, he hit her head with a brick. She died on the spot due to severe head injuries. — TNS
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