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P2 FORECAST Rapper Kanye West sued by a photographer for assault, battery & negligence following confrontation.P4 » » SUNSET SATURDAY 7.26 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:23 AM » SATURDAY | 3 JUNE 2023 | LUDHIANA ~756-cr elevated road project set to miss another deadline MP Arora pulls up NHAI officials for delay, calls for early completion Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 2 The much-awaited partiallyaccess controlled four to sixlane elevated highway corridor in Ludhiana is not going to complete by this month end, officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) have maintained. With almost 92 per cent of the work already done, this Rs 756.27-crore Central project was scheduled to be ready by June end but it would not be possible in view of the present pace of work. It was conveyed by the NHAI officials during a review of the ongoing infrastructure development projects at a high-level meeting, chaired by Rajya Sabha MP from Ludhiana, Sanjeev Arora, here on Friday. Arora showed displeasure when the NHAI officials apprised him that the completion of the elevated road may be delayed by another four to six weeks. The development assumes significance as the work on one of the busiest arteries of the Maximum City had already missed a deadline of completion in April 2020. Started in October 2017, the construction of a 12.95-kmlong stretch between the busy Samrala Chowk and Ludhiana municipal limits on the National Highway-95, would now miss another deadline of June as well. The NHAI officials assured the Rajya Sabha MP that by the end of June, all ramps would be completed. Howev- Work in progress on the elevated road in Ludhiana. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN FINISH FORMALITIES OF CONSTRUCTION OF BRIDGES: MP RS MP Sanjeev Arora instructed NHAI officials to complete all formalities related to the construction of the four bridges on the Sidhwan Canal. er, there will be a delay in joining the ISBT road and Jagraon bridge. Arora categorically asked the NHAI officials to complete the pending work of the elevated road at the earliest so that the people could not face any kind of inconvenience due to traffic bottlenecks caused by the ongoing construction work. He complimented the administration on getting possession of land acquired for the NHAI projects to ensure their early completion. He urged the officials concerned to further speed up the pace of work on all ongoing projects by taking into confidence all stakeholders involved. The Rajya Sabha MP who , had recently called on NHAI Chairman Santosh Kumar Yadav to press for the early completion of the project, said he had been informed by the officials that there would be four slip roads — one each near Verka Plant, PAU, Bhai Bala Chowk and Hotel Park Plaza — on the elevated highway. There would also be a provision for vehicular traffic to move towards the bus stand and Shri Durga Mata Mandir. The NH-05 section passing through the city was being constructed on the EPC mode under the NHDP Phase IV , . The elevated highway, connecting Samrala Chowk to the Ludhiana municipal limits till the Ferozepur road on the NH-05 in the city, will be six laned from Bharat Nagar to the municipal limits with two loops — one towards the railway station and another towards the ISBT. The project entails six ramps — three each at the exit and entry points and a flyover at Cheema Chowk with 320-m length, which has already been completed and opened for traffic by the then NHAI chairman Sukhbir Singh Sandhu here in February last. The under-construction elevated highway will provide uninterrupted flow of traffic to several government offices, including Mini Secretariat, Commissioner of Police office, head post office and major business establishments. Even as the construction work on this project had commenced on October 10, 2017, it could not be accelerated due to existing trees, electricity supply lines of 11, 66, and 220-KV and presence of sewer and water supply lines at several locations. While the Cheema chowk flyover was completed and opened to traffic in December 2020, the work from 9.5-km to 12.95-km, including two ramps on either side for exit and entry, will be completed shortly. The work on the remaining portion of the project from Bharat Nagar to the canal was also underway. Arora chairs review meeting Rajya Sabha MP Sanjeev Arora chaired a joint meeting of the district administration and other departments to review the ongoing projects in the district. Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik, MC Commissioner Shena Aggarwal, ADC Amarjeet Bains and officials from GLADA, NHAI, PWD, Punjab Police and PSPCL attended the meeting. He directed the officials to complete the ongoing development projects in a timebound manner. He also instructed the NHAI officials to complete all continued on page 2 MC officials indulging in frauds to develop illegal colonies: PAC Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 2 Members of the Public Action Committee (PAC) have made grave accusations against certain MC officials, alleging their involvement in a significant fraud that has resulted in financial losses to the state exchequer. They alleged that an official recently issued receipts for building compounding fees and external development charges (EDC) for buildings that have not yet been constructed. Kuldeep Singh Khaira and Amandeep Singh, members of the committee, alleged that some officials, in collabora- Says building compounding fees, EDC receipts issued but structures not constructed tion with private developers, had been involved in fraudulent activities to create illegal colonies within the city. The PAC filed a complaint to Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, the Vigilance Bureau, and the MC Commissioner against the alleged fraud. During a press conference on Friday, they presented copies of receipts for building compounding fees and external development charges, which were falsely depicted as pertaining to industrial plots located on Jaspal Bangar Road and Lohara Road in Zone-C of the MC. However, upon visiting these locations, they discovered that no buildings had been constructed and areas remained as large sections of open land, they alleged. The members further alleged that a building inspector issued industrial EDC slips for 20 plots measuring 100 sq yards, despite the building bylaws stipulating that the minimum area for industrial plots should be not less than 330 sq yards. They claimed that these plots would be sold as commercial continued on page 2 Man nabbed with heroin, ice drug Ludhiana, June 2 The anti-narcotics cell of the city police today arrested a man and seized 120 gm of heroin and 40 gm of ice from his possession. The suspect has been identified as Navdeep Sharma, alias Navi, a resident of Daresi. ADCP Rupinder Kaur Sran in a statement stated that a tip-off was received that the suspect was into drug smuggling trade and he was on the way to deliver heroin to his clients in Ludhiana. They intercepted a Honda City car (bearing registration no. CH01AY1129) and seized the drugs from the vehicle. A case under the NDPS Act was registered against him and further questioning was on to bust the entire supply line. — TNS Op Bluestar anniv: Police step up vigil Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 2 In the ongoing ‘Ghallughara Week’ (Operation Bluestar anniversary), the Ludhiana police have stepped up vigil and ensuring a check on suspicious persons/vehicles at nakas. To prevent the spread of inciting posts on social media which may cause communal disharmony, the police have also been keeping tabs on the Internet. A CCTV grab shows cops patrolling outside the house of Ashok Thapar, kin of martyr Sukhdev Thapar, at Naughara Mohalla. Police sources said special instructions had been given by the Punjab Police headquarters to the district and city police heads which press for foolproof security and safety plans for ‘Ghallughara Week’. “We have special instruc- tions to ensure that no one spread rumours on social media or upload any post which may incite violence among religious or social groups. Besides, even any activity either from Hindu groups or Sikhs which may create religious animosity among the communities will also be not allowed. a apecial police team is keeping tabs on social media and anyone continued on page 2 PUREST GOLD FOR PUREST MOMENTS EXQUISITE DESIGNS WITH FINEST SWISS CRAFTSMANSHIP EVEN GOLD HAS A GOLD STANDARD 4 of snatchers’ gang nabbed Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 2 The city police today claimed to have busted a gang of mobile snatchers and arrested four of its members. The suspects have been identified as Jashanpreet Singh of Karamsar Colony, Aniket of the Daba road area, Jaspal Singh, a resident of the Tibba Road area, and Sandeep Kumar of Grewal Colony. Investigating officer ASI Gurdyal Singh said on May 26, Kamaljit Singh was going home on his motorcycle, when he reached Indira Colony, three motorcycle borne-persons cornered him. The suspects pointed a sharp weapons at him and asked to deliver cash and other valuables. As he protested their move, they snatched Rs 1,300 and a mobile phone from him and fled the spot. They also took away his motorcycle. The ASI said after receiving a complaint, when the police started a probe, the suspects were identified and acting on the information, raids were conducted on Thursday at their whereabouts and they were nabbed. The police also recovered 10 mobile phones, Rs 1,350 in cash and the looted motorcycle from the gang members. 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