21032023-LT-01.qxd 3/21/2023 12:20 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana tribune 160 COPS AGAINST REQUIRED 500 MANAGING CITY’S TRAFFIC SONY’S BBC EARTH LAUNCHES SECOND SEASON OF DYNASTIES CO-PRODUCER DUPED ME OF ~2.6 CRORE: DEEPAK TIJORI Police officials on field duty to man city traffic forced to work in a fixed shift of 12 hours from 9 am to 9 pm. P2 Sony BBC Earth announced the second season of wildlife series Dynasties on March 20. P3 Actor Deepak Tijori has registered a case against co-producer Mohan Gooal Nadar for ~2.6 cr fraud. P4 » » FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY MAX 27°C | MIN 15°C YESTERDAY MAX 25°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6.38 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.28 AM » TUESDAY | 21 MARCH 2023 | LUDHIANA 3 Bihar natives held with ganja Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 20 The police have arrested three persons and seized 23 kg of ganja from their possession near Samrala. Khanna SSP Amneet Kondal stated this during a press conference here on Monday. The suspects have been identified as Amna Khatun and her two minor children (a boy and a girl), residents of Shakla village in Gopal Ganj, Bihar. The police claimed that the suspects were arrested from a bus stand in Hedon near Samrala. The police said when a plastic bag carried by them was checked, ‘ganja’ was found in it. A case under Sections 20, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act was registered against them at the Samrala police station. The police said the suspects had brought ‘ganja’ from Shakla village in Bihar for supplying the same in Ludhiana. 2.7 kg of opium seized, 2 nabbed Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 20 The police arrested two persons and seized 2.7 kg of opium from them. The suspects have been identified as Anil Kumar and Roshan Kumar, both natives of Jharkhand. Inspector Gurpreet Singh said the suspects had a bag containing opium and they were arrested near GLADA Estate on Threeke Road here. A case under Sections 21, 61, and 85 of the NDPS Act was registered against the duo at the Sadar police station. 223 full-grown trees to face Wasteaccumulationreducedat hydel plant post drive: Officials axe for rly station upgrade Tribune News Service Major challenges coming in way to revamp British-era junction Nitin jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 20 In what appears to be a big blow to the environment that will further reduce the already depleting green cover and supplement the rising pollution levels in the industrial hub, as many as 223 fullgrown trees will be axed to pave way for the major upgrade of the Ludhiana railway station, the Northern Railway has confirmed. An ambitious project with an outlay of Rs 528.95 crore and completion deadline of August 2, 2025, has been put to work for giving a new and modern look to the British era’s biggest junction in the Ferozepur Railway Division, officials have stated. A senior functionary of the Northern Railway told The Tribune here on Monday that permission for cutting the 223 trees, which were coming in way of the railway station upgrade plan, had been obtained from the competent authorities and the work to axe the trees was in progress. Since it will be the first major revamp of the railway station established way back in 1860, several challenges were also being faced to accomplish the task. Among the major challenges under the project were relocation of existing buildings and facilities, keeping old utilities functional during the ongoing construction work and imposing of traffic blockades. The relocation involved Full-grown trees being cut at the railway station in Ludhiana on Monday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA EXECUTION CHALLENGES ■ Relocation of existing railway station building, 130 staff quarters, officers’ rest house and railway hospital ■ Keeping old utilities functional during construction and traffic blockades Project cost Contract value PMC cost Project awarded Completion date ~528.95 crore ~472.94 crore ~4.56 crore December 19, 2022 August 2, 2025 the existing railway station building, 130 staff quarters, officers’ rest house and a railway hospital. The old utilities that had to be kept functional during construction activities included corroded water pipelines, sup- Cops conduct a flag march to maintain law and order in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Four supporters of Waris Punjab De chief arrested Ludhiana, March 20 Four supporters of pro-Khalistan activist and chief of ‘Waris Punjab De’ Amritpal Singh were arrested by the Khanna police on Monday. They were arrested for allegedly instigating the people to hold a protest against police action against the activist. which ❝The project,firm onwas awarded on EPC mode to a local December 19 last, entails a host of new facilities and upgrade of existing services to give a modern look to the railway station. — Ashutosh Gangal, GM, NORTHERN RAILWAY ❞ ply and transmission cables and sewage lines. The traffic blocks will include platform blocks for the foundation work and line blocks for launching of girders. Following the award of the work on December 19 last, the relocation work of staff quarters and hospital was underway and will be finished by the end of this month while the temporary relocation of the main station building will continued on page 2 Amarjit Singh Bains and other officials held a peace committee meeting with leaders of different sections of society in Khanna today. A discussion was held to maintain peace in the city. Meanwhile, the Ludhiana police carried out a flag march in some areas of the city to maintain the law and order situation on Monday. Ludhiana, March 20 The police claimed to have arrested a drug peddler and seized 32 gm of heroin from him. The suspect has been identified as Manjinder Singh, alias Vicky, of Jandiali village. Focal Point police station SHO Amandeep Singh Brar said the police were checking vehicles near a government school at Jan- diali when the suspect was nabbed. A case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act had been registered against him. The SHO claimed that during the interrogation, the suspect told the police that he used to buy heroin at a cost of Rs 1,500 per gm from an unidentified person and further sell it at Rs 2,500 per gram. The suspect in police custody in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO Khanna police nab another member of Kang gang Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 20 The Khanna police claim to have arrested one more member of gangster Lovejeet Kang’s module. The police said three weapons of .32 bore and three magazines have been seized from the suspect, Manpreet Singh of Miani Basti, Fazilka. The police had earlier arrested six members of the gang involved in demanding ransom from residents on the directions of gangster Lovejeet Kang, who is currently in the US. The police had then recovered 13 weapons, 11 magazines, three cartridges and two “The goal to keep the canal clean could not be achieved without the support of residents. Besides enforcement, awareness drives are also being held to stop the residents from dumping waste into the canal,” she said. MC Zonal Commissioner Jasdev Singh Sekhon said since January over 1,232 residents had been caught dumping waste into the canal. Challans of up to Rs 5,000 have been issued against over 337 violators, he added. PROJECT ENTAILS HOST OF FACILITIES: NR GM PROJECT REPORT Tribune News Service The suspects have been identified as Ishwar Singh of Manupur village, Gurpreet Singh of Otalan village, Sukhwinder Singh of Bhagwanpura village and Jagtar Singh of Ranwan village. They have been booked under Sections 107 and 151 of the CrPC. Meanwhile, Khanna SSP Amneet Kondal, ADC the plant had reduced by around 85-90 per cent. Plant operator Jagroop Singh said a trash rack was installed at the intake of hydel plant to prevent waste, which was dumped into the canal, from getting into the plant. The quantity of waste removed from the trash rack now was far less than what was earlier removed by staffers, he said. MC Commissioner Shena Aggarwal said the MC had recently cleaned a major portion of the canal. Rajya Sabha MP from Ludhiana Sanjeev Arora, who had been raising the demand inside and outside Parliament for long, had recently met Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw to press for the redevelopment and upgrade of the city railway station. It was only after this meeting that the work on the ambitious project took off. Arora had demanded major infrastructure uplift and revamp of the junction while highlighting its poor state. Man held with heroin Tribune News Service MC Zonal Commissioner Jasdev Singh Sekhon said since January over 1,232 residents had been caught dumping waste into the Sidhwan Canal. Challans of up to ~5,000 have been issued against over 337 violators, he added. MP’S PUSH Work to cut 223 full-grown trees in progress OVER 1,232 CAUGHT DUMPING REFUSE SINCE JANUARY Ludhiana, March 20 After the Municipal Corporation (MC) carried out a drive to clean the Sidhwan Canal and spread awareness, accumulation of solid waste at the mini hydel plant, installed near the Jawaddi canal bridge, has reduced by 85-90 per cent, officials claimed here on Monday. Gurpreet Singh, manager of the plant, said dumping of waste into the canal had been affecting the functioning of the plant and they had to remove the waste on a regular basis. He said after the drive had been initiated to stop residents from dumping waste into the canal, the arrival of solid waste at vehicles from the gang members. A case was registered against the suspect at the Sadar Khanna police station under Sections 25, 54, and 59 of the Arms Act and Sections 384, 385, and 386 of the IPC on February 26. During a press conference on Monday, SSP Amneet Kondal and SP Pragya Jain said the CIA staff had arrested the suspect, Manpreet, with weapons and magazines. Kondal said seven gang members had been arrested and 16 weapons recovered so far. She said another suspect in the case, Kamaljeet Singh of Kapurthala district, had stated during the interrogation c m y b that Manpreet had direct contact with Kang. He allegedly used to supply illegal weapons. Following this, Manpreet had also been booked in the case. The police said Manpreet had a criminal past, with one FIR registered in Jaipur (Rajasthan), and another in Delhi. As per officials, after the Municipal Corporation initiated a campaign to clean the Sidhwan Canal, accumulation of solid waste at the mini hydel plant has reduced by 85 to 90 per cent. TRIBUNE PHOTO
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