25102023-LT-01.qxd 10/25/2023 12:49 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana tribune DISTRICT SEES 52 CASES OF STUBBLE BURNING RASIKA HINTS AT RELEASE OF MIRZAPUR SEASON 3 Rasika Dugal, known for her portrayal of Beena Tripathi in Mirzapur, has hinted at release of Season 3. P3 MAINLY CLEAR SKY MAX 30°C | MIN 17°C YESTERDAY MAX 30°C | MIN 17°C SINGER MEGAN STALLION TO COME UP WITH A NEW TRACK PPCB XEN Kuldeep Singh said 52 cases of stubble burning came to light this season till Monday. P2 FORECAST She posted a video on Instagram, teasing a new track alongside what looks to be its potential new music video. P4 » » SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.44 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:36 AM » WEDNESDAY | 25 OCTOBER 2023 | LUDHIANA Man kills friend for not returning mobile, nabbed Ludhiana, October 24 After a man was killed by his neighbour and friend by hitting him with a wooden stick on the head on Sunday night at Rajiv Gandhi Colony, the Focal Point police today arrested the suspect, Gulam Hussain, a resident of shanties in the colony. The deceased has been identified as Bharat Lal (35). ACP Jatinder Singh and Focal Point SHO Inspector Amandeep Singh Brar issued a joint statement in this regard. On October 22, Banwari Lal came to the police station and said Bharat Lal was beaten up by Gulam in the shanty of the deceased. The suspect was repeatedly hitting him with a wooden stick on the head. When he asked him about the reason of beating the victim, the suspect said he thrashed the victim as the latter had snatched his mobile phone and was not returning the same. When the assailant fled, the complainant informed the police. He told the police that the victim was taken to Civil Hospital from where he was shifted to a hospital in Sector 32 where he succumbed to his injuries. The suspect admitted that he was having liquor with Bharat, his friend, when the victim snatched his mobile and was not returning the same. He beaten him to death due to the same. A case of murder has been registered. As per the police, he had no criminal history. — TNS 120-ft Ravana effigy goes up in flames at Daresi ground Events mark Dasehra celebrations, AQI level rises to 105 in evening Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 24 Dasehra, symbolising victory of good over evil, was celebrated with enthusiasm in the city. Members of the Bengali community bid adieu to Goddess Durga, putting an end to the 10-day festivities. The effigy of demon king Ravana was burnt to ashes at various places in the city while the major attraction remained at the Dasehra fair on Daresi ground. The effigy of Ravana was 120 feet and the tallest in the city. While residents were enjoying Dasehra celebrations, the smoke emitted from these and crackers that were burnt along gave a difficult time to those who are allergic, asthmatic and having respiratory issues. The air quality index (AQI) in Ludhiana at 2 pm was 98 while at 6 pm it rose to 105, which can cause breathing discomfort to the people with lungs, asthma and heart diseases. The AQI of Ludhiana generally starts deteriorating in October and winter is the worst-hit season in terms of air pollution. Stubble burning coupled with cracker bursting during festivals make resi- An effigy of Ravana being burnt during the Dasehra celebrations at the Daresi ground. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN dents gasp for fresh air. “Crackers contain many toxic gases and chemical compounds that activate when they come in contact with exposed air and begin to harm us. Bursting crackers increases the amount of heat, carbon dioxode and toxic gases in the atmosphere, causing the temperature and polluted air to rise,” said an official from the Punjab Pollution Control Board. Dr Amanpreet Kaur, medicine expert at the Civil Hospital, said they had witnessed an increase of 30-35 per cent in cases of respiratory issues which were bound to increase in coming days. “Seasonal changes accompanied by stubble burning and festival season are contributing to problems. Those who are prone to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are having a difficult time,” she said. Indiscriminate buying of firecrackers Shambu, a eight-year-old boy was seen bursting firecrackers outside his house at Shivpuri said he buys crackers in small quantities and keep bursting them till Diwali. “My parents never forbid me from doing the same.” An artist, who prepared one of the effigies of Ravana that were burnt today, said there was no fun in burning the effigy unless you hear the sound of crackers. “It is a part of the celebrations, hence, the same is unavoidable.” Diksha, who was unaware of the fact that sky lanterns or hot air balloons are also harmful and are generally banned during Diwali, said she was not contributing to pollution. “I am celebrating the festival by just blowing hot air balloons,” she said. continued on page 2 Cracks in houses after excavation for basement construction Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 24 A significant tragedy looms large in Krishna Nagar near Aarti Chowk here and it is becoming increasingly concerning as Municipal Corporation (MC) officials faced criticism for their delayed response. Residents concerned have voiced their apprehensions regarding massive cracks that have emerged in multiple houses allegedly due to the deep excavation on a plot for basement construction in Krishna Nagar. The residents said the extensive excavation carried out by the plot owner for the construction of the basement of a hospital has resulted in severe cracks in some houses, raising the danger of imminent collapses. In one instance, a portion of a building has tilted and a gap has been formed between the walls of the two buildings. The precarious situation has rendered the building unsafe for occupancy. In response to the mess, residents are now urgently calling upon the government to take immediate action. The role of the officials concerned of the MC is also under scanner. The residents questioned how such excavation was permitted without due consideration for the safety of their houses. A gap has been formed between the walls of the two buildings due to the excavation for basement construction in Krishna Nagar. As a few structures in Krishna Nagar are on the verge of collapse, residents question how MC approved such work by ignoring their safety Gurjant Singh, a resident of Krishna Nagar, shared his experience of how the land’s excavation for the basement construction had resulted in cracks appearing in his own house. Round-the-clock construction activities for the basement had caused vibrations that impacted nearby houses. Subsequently, they had reported the matter to Ludhiana West MLA Gurpreet Gogi, leading to a temporary halting of the work. But recent resumption of excavation has caused cracks to manifest in at least six houses, with three now perilously close to collapsing, he added. The residents expressed frustration at the apparent neglect of the civic body, as no action has been taken to halt the work despite the emergence of the cracks. A resident questioned how the corporation approved the building plan and deep excavation on the plot. A probe must be initiated, he said. The residents are now demanding justice and relief for the reconstruction of their houses. Meanwhile, Mohan Singh, ATP MC, said the res, idents had been told to vacate three houses with developed cracks. Moreover, they had filed a police complaint against the plot owner. He said the building plan for the construction of a hospital with a double basement on that plot was earlier approved by the civic body. He, however, claimed that the excavation was being conducted in accordance with the approved plan. 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