14052023-LT-01.qxd 5/14/2023 12:34 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana tribune » NON-FUNCTIONAL WATER COOLERS IRK PATIENTS P2 » LOK ADALATS REUNITE SEVERAL CITY COUPLES P2 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY MAX 41°C | MIN 23°C YESTERDAY MAX 41°C | MIN 20°C SUNSET SUNDAY 7.14 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.31 AM » FARMERS PROTEST, SEEK WFI CHIEF’S ARREST P2 SUNDAY | 14 MAY 2023 | LUDHIANA Garbage dump fire troubles residents at Adarsh Colony They say MC failed to pay attention to issues caused due to dump Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 13 Residents of Adarsh Colony and nearby areas had a harrowing experience due to the toxic smoke emanating from burning garbage at a dump located near Giaspura flats late on Friday night. Despite the alarming situation, the Municipal Corporation (MC) authorities seemed to be in a deep slumber. Several residents faced breathing problems, irritation in eyes and some of them were frequently coughing due to the burning of refuse. A man had also reportedly become unconscious after inhaling the smoke. However, none from the MC authorities or any elected representative reached the place after the incident, the residents alleged. Those who were sleeping also came out of their houses and started walking away to protect themselves as their houses and streets were covered in smoke. Though the cause of the fire is not clear so far, there are allegations that someone set the garbage on fire. Residents cover their faces to protect themselves from smoke emanating from the burning waste at a dump near Giaspura flats. NO OFFICIAL, ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE VISITED SPOT Several people faced breathing problems, irritation in eyes and some of them were frequently coughing due to the burning of refuse. A man had also reportedly become unconscious after inhaling the smoke. However, none from the MC authorities or any elected representative reached the place after the incident, residents alleged. Sunny Singh, a resident of Adarsh Colony, said the toxic smoke due to the burning of waste was so severe that it was difficult to stay in the area. Several people had fallen ill after inhaling the smoke and one of them fainted. “We faced breathing problems. It seems someone set the garbage on fire. The government should take immediate action to prevent such incidents in future and ensure that people staying in the area did not suffer due to negligence of others,” he said. Another resident said: “Despite the severity of the situation, no senior official from the Municipal Corporation (MC) came to the site to assess the situation and no elected representative visited the scene last night. However, we were grateful that two fire tenders reached the place after receiving information. The firefighters doused the flames.” According to the people, the dump is about 15-20 years old Body of 5-yr-old girl found in fields two days after she went missing Payal, May 13 A five-year-old migrant girl missing since Thursday on the outskirts of Mandiala Kalan village in Ludhiana district was found dead in the nearby maize fields today. Though senior functionaries of the Khanna police district have been camping in the region since they got informa- tion, the outcome of the investigation was not made public till filing of this report. Investigations revealed that the Khanna police had on Friday registered an FIR under Section 346, IPC, against unidentified persons for wrongful confinement of the girl. Other sections would now be added to the case after the arrival of the autopsy report. Bijli Paswan, a farm labourer at present staying in a motor room in fields of a farmer, alleged that some unidentified persons had continued on page 2 and residents have repeatedly appealed to the corporation and elected representatives to get it removed but to no avail. A woman, who was covering the face with a cloth to save herself from smoke, said the civic body and the MLA concerned had failed to pay attention to issues caused due to the garbage dump. The incident also raised questions over the MC’s failure in handling solid waste and the government’s accountability towards ensuring safety and well-being of its citizens. According to an official from the Fire Services Office on Gill Road, they received a call about a fire incident around 12:05 am. The garbage dump had caught fire, causing dense smoke that created problems for residents in the nearby area. Later, the firefighters controlled the fire. On the other hand, Health Officer of the Municipal Corporation Vipal Malhotra claimed that he was unaware of the incident. Meanwhile, MC’s Joint Commissioner Kulpreet Singh could not be contacted for comments. Elderly man dies of Covid Engineering | Pharmacy | Computational Science | Management | Hospitality | Animation | Natural Sciences | Tribune News Service Allied and Healthcare Sciences | Physical edu. | Ludhiana, May 13 One person lost his life due to the virus while two tested positive for Covid in the district on Saturday. A Covid positive person lost his life for the second consecutive day today. 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