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Still uncovered: Manholes at Civil Hospital
Ludhiana, February 1
Having been proven death traps, over half a dozen manholes are lying uncovered on the premises of Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital for months. The open manholes are a threat to patients, attendants and hospital employees. The lids of some manholes are missing and others are left uncovered.

Four of the six uncovered manholes at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital in Ludhiana
Four of the six uncovered manholes at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma


MC gets back on its feet, ensures all manholes are covered
Ludhiana, February 1
Shaken up from their slumber after The Tribune highlighted the dangers posed to residents by open manholes, municipal corporation officials finally launched a drive to cover open manholes and repair broken ones in the city today. Besides, they asked executive engineers to deploy more staff to ensure regular monitoring of all the 40,000 manholes.

The manhole near Mehmi Hotel in Bhadaur House ; and (below) the manhole in front of the Crime and Women Cell that was covered by the Municipal Corporation in Ludhiana

Trees, poles in middle of road deathtraps
Ludhiana, February 1
Uncovered manholes are not the only killer traps on city streets which pose a threat to commutersí lives. The electric and telephones poles as well as trees standing in the middle of roads are also a grave danger to motorists, but civic officials have yet to take any action to remove these risks.

An electricity pole fitted with a transformer poses a threat to commuters near the MCís workshop on the Humbran Road in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

An electricity pole fitted with a transformer poses a threat to commuters near the MCís workshop on the Humbran Road in Ludhiana

Checking menace of naked wires
Authorities slow to swing into action
Ludhiana, February 1
The apathy of the administration towards ensuring the safety of the city residents could well be judged from the fact that though the web of loose high-tension wires in the city poses a threat to the life and property of the residents, the authorities are not bothered to take action on it.

A dangerous network of electricity wires in the congested Sarafa Bazar poses a threat to the residents of the area
A dangerous network of electricity wires in the congested Sarafa Bazar poses a threat to the residents of the area. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

high-voltage danger stands tall
high-voltage danger stands tall
Electricity Wires: (1) Mesh of electricity wires in congested residential areas near Purana Bazaar and (2) Bijli Market, poses a threat to residents. Electric Poles: (3) An electric pole in the middle of a road near Sabji Mandi in Haibowal; (4) a sewerage exhaust pipe on the road leading to Rishi Nagar; (5) a transformer on the Rajpura Road; (6) an electric pole near the Haibowal Dairy Complex; (7) poles on the road in Haibowal Khurd, (8) near Kali Mata Mandir and (9) in front of Ram Sharnam on Humbran Road. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Girl abducted by fiancť after wedding called off
Ludhiana, February 1
Attempts to cancel the wedding of their 25-year-old daughter with her fiancť, who they found had ďbad antecedentsĒ, proved dear for her family members when the boy allegedly kidnapped her from her home in the cityís Simlapuri locality today afternoon.

Man stabbed to death
Ludhiana, February 1
The body of Gurmeet Singh, aka Minta, 34, was recovered from a vacant plot on the rear side of Mariland Hotel near Digri here this morning. His throat and back seemed to have been stabbed with a sharp-edged weapon. A case has been registered.


Replacement of naked cables
Rs 600-cr plan awaits state govtís nod
Ludhiana, February 1
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited is not only gearing up to shift electric poles that stand in the middle of roads in the mega city, but it is also awaiting state governmentís formal approval for comprehensive Rs 600 crore plan for replacing loose and naked high tension (HT) and low tension (LT) cables, especially in the old city and congested localities with heavily-insulated aerial bunch cables (ABC).

Power corpn to shift 1,000 poles
Ludhiana, February 1
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has decided to shift electric poles and transformers obstructing the flow of traffic on major roads of the city on priority basis. To begin with, it will prepare estimates within a week for shifting those poles, which stand in the middle of highways or other busy roads due to widening. Thereafter it will allot work to contractors.

Motherís lone battle to find son!
Ludhiana, February 1
Sunita Rani (46) could have never imagined that a fight between two of her sons would take an ugly turn! Her younger son, Prabhat (19), left them in a fit of rage on December 20, 2010, and has not returned till date. The helpless mother is running from pillar to post to locate her son.

Torn between teaching and census duty
Schoolteachers say double duty will affect their performance
Ludhiana, February 1
The forthcoming national census has upset schoolteachers, as they will have to spare extra hours for collecting data. This is the time when teachers' devote extra time to their students as annual examinations are round the corner. However, with the census duty, this would not be possible.

Mystery shrouds docís death in Haridwar
Ludhiana, February 1
Dr Ashok Sabhawal (58), practising near Old Sabzi Mandi, Krishna Sweets here, died under "mysterious" circumstances in Haridwar yesterday. The daughter of the deceased, however, alleged that her step-mother had killed her father. The couple had gone to Haridwar a few days ago for a function. But his body came back here today.

Cycle prices up by Rs 65
Ludhiana, February 1
Cycle will now cost more from today onwards. Most of the companies have increased the price of bicycle by Rs 60 to Rs 65 from today. While another increase of Rs 35 to Rs 40 is expected from February 15 onwards. With the rise in the input cost, manufacturers are left with no option other than raising the cost of the finished product.

Slow recovery of arrears & taxes
MC staff complains against meddling by politicians
Ludhiana, February 1
In a testimony to how the flexing of muscles by local politicians has paralysed the working of the Municipal Corporation (MC), the civic body staff at a meeting with the MC Commissioner complained that the interference by politicians was the basic reason behind the slow recovery of pending arrears and taxes.




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