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Bio-remediation project by weekend
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
Having stayed only on paper for over a year, the Bio-remediation project to clean Budha Nullah is all set to start by the weekend.
Senior officials of the company which bagged this contract have arrived in the city and claimed that the project would start by this week and would end within three months. They also claimed that the pollution levels in Budha Nullah would come down from 50-80 per cent even in the present circumstances.

The much-awaited ‘in-situ sewage treatment with bio-remediation’ project to restore the ecological balance in the Budha Nullah was inaugurated with much fanfare by Jairam Ramesh, the central environment and forests minister at the time, on April 23 last year. The nullah ecological economical restoration project was inaugurated by Jairam Ramesh by releasing four pots of microbial culture into the waters.

Ever since it was inaugurated, it remained stuck in technical glitches and that is why, the work could not start. The company, which was allocated the Rs 16-crore project, was not able to start the work as it has failed to submit a bank guarantee to the Central government.

The work carried out by a company named Green Infrastructure, which bagged this contract, would be closely monitored by the environment ministry and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

While speaking to The Tribune, Probir Sinha, owner of Green Technologies, said once the project starts functioning, the pollution levels in Budha Nullah would certainly come down from 50-80 per cent.

“The bio-remediation project is like kidneys, which are used to purify blood in human body. Once installed, they keep working automatically. We would install filters at the five green bridges in this three-month time and after three months, the filters will reduce biochemical and chemical oxygen demand by aerobic degradation and formation of the ecological chain. Later on, the project will be regularly monitored,” claimed Probir Sinha.

The bio-remediation process

Bio-remediation is a cost-effective and cheaper method compared to the conventional treatment. It is easy to handle and does not need highly skilled manpower and electricity. It has eco-technological horizontal filtration with different physical and biological filters, which remove suspended and dissolved impurities.

Ministry’s biggest project

The central pollution control board had identified seven firms for carrying out bio-remediation projects in open drains, especially those adjoining the Ganga. Budha Nullah was one of the drains selected for the demonstration of the technology. This is the first and the largest project of the environment ministry, where bacteria is being used for cleaning water bodies.


Cong, BJP join hands!
Oppose SAD councillor on ward delimitation issue
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
As the Municipal Corporation elections are nearing, leaders are finding “friends” in rival political parties as well. When an issue related to attaching votes of Sekhewal village to ward number 22 reached the MC authorities, they had to face an interesting situation.

The BJP and Congress leaders got together to oppose this development and formed a “group” and interestingly, that also against an Akali Dal councillor. The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are coalition partners in the state legislative assembly and the Congress is in opposition.

Sekhewal village, located near Basti Jodhewal, is in the eye of storm, with two Councillors opposing each other and making sure that a part of this village is not made part of their ward.

The two councillors, Ajit Singh Dhillon of SAD (B) from ward number 23 and BJP leader Harbans Lal Fanta, husband of ward number 22 councillor, are trying hard that a portion of Sekhewal village, located on left side of the main road which bifurcates the village, should not be added to their wards.

The reason behind this is that this time, a large number of Sekhewal residents living on the left side of the road have decided to back a Congress leader named Manpreet Singh Grewal.

Now Ajit Singh Dhillon feels that if this part of the village is made part of ward number 23, it would harm him and Fanta thinks if it’s added to ward number 22, it would harm him. Because both the leaders suspect that a majority of the population, which is around 600 votes, would back Congress candidate, they don’t want this area to be part of their respective wards.

While speaking to The Tribune, Dhillon said that as per the 2007 notification, this portion was made part of ward number 22. “As I was new to the ward, I didn’t realise it at that time. All I want now is that the same notification must be implemented now.”

On the other hand, Fanta says that last time, people of this area had voted for candidates from ward number 23. “Then why suddenly Dhillon wants this area to be removed from his ward when he has carried out development here. The main reason is that Grewal wants to contest from here and Dhillon knows people will not vote for him,” claimed Fanta.

Manpreet Singh Grewal, said that in the 2007 MC elections, this area was part of ward number 23. “We have all the maps and notification which says this area is part of ward number 23. The Akali Dal wants to use all kind of unfair means to win the elections,” he claimed.

MC Joint Commissioner A S Sekhon, who visited the spot today, said that after some area residents had some objections regarding the delimitation, he had visited the spot. “We are looking into the matter and will find out some solution to it,” claimed Sekhon.



20-yr-old woman ends life
'Husband had failed to provide her lipstick'
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
Kusum, a 20-year-old woman, a resident of 42-E, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar here, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling last night "as her husband had failed to provide her a new lipstick".

According to Rajwant Singh, investigating officer, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Police Chowki, Kusum and Dinesh Kumar, a painter, were married for two years. The couple hailed from Uttar Pradesh. "The woman committed suicide last night around 10 pm when her husband Dinesh and mother-in-law had gone to market to buy vegetables from the market. As per preliminary investigations, we have come to know that Kusum worked as a domestic help in the area. Yesterday, she reportedly demanded a lipstick from her husband and the latter made an excuse that he would get it later. Still, we are waiting for the postmortem report before reaching at any conclusion," said the IO.

He also added that the girl's parents had also arrived and they had maintained that Kusum was aggressive and short-tempered woman. The couple has no child.



Motorcyclist killed
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 7
A youth in his twenties was killed when an Enfield motorcycle he was riding on smashed into a building near Halwara village at the Ludhiana-Raikot road late last night. The deceased has been identified as Hardeep Singh, a resident of Umarpura village near Raikot.

As per information, the accident took place at around 11 pm last night when Hardeep Singh was returning to his village on his motorcycle (PB 56-B 8602) from Ludhiana side. As soon as the youth reached near a sharp curve on the Ludhiana-Raikot road near Halwara village, the motorcycle he was riding on smashed into a building situated alongside the road where he later succumbed to the injuries.

The incident came to light this morning when some villagers saw a body lying on the roadside. Following this, they informed the village panchayat, which further informed the police about the incident. After some time, a police team from the Gurusar Sudhar police station reached the spot and took the body into its custody.

The Sudhar police has registered a case under Section 174 of the CrPC and investigation is on.

According to sources, there is no highway-patrolling vehicle deployed on the Mullanpur-Raikot road despite presence of heavy vehicular traffic on this road. “If there would have been a highway-patrolling vehicle, the life of the youth might have been saved,” said a villager, Malkiat Singh.

SSP Ludhiana (rural) police Gurpreet Singh Toor when contacted stated that he had come to know that there is no highway-patrolling vehicle deployed on this road. He assured that he would take up the matter with the higher authorities and try to deploy a highway-patrolling vehicle on this road as soon as possible.



Civil Surgeon office to be shifted
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
Finally, the Civil Surgeon office will be shifted to a safe building. Punjab Health Minister Madan Mohan Mittal announced this today during his visit to the city.
sHe said the office wiould be shifted to the Civil Hospital premises.

The building that houses the Civil Surgeon office presently is in a bad shape. It is old, dilapidated and falling to pieces. In the monsoons, rainwater seeps into the building.

Last August, medical documents kept in cupboards were damaged, as rainwater had seeped into the rooms. In one of the rooms, the ceiling had developed cracks. Even the boundary wall of the office had given way.

“With its dark and dingy corridors and equally dingy rooms that leak during the monsoons, the building poses a danger to its inhabitants,” said one of the employees of the Civil Surgeon office.

The minister said the building of the Civil Surgeon office would be put on sale and the funds raised from the deal would be utilised in setting up the new office and also upgrading the hospital.

Meanwhile, the minister also announced that the Civil Hospital would be upgraded to a 400-bed hospital. Earlier also, similar announcements were made. 



Drug-addiction on the rise among youth
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
Breezer, Vodka, Gin, Takila shots - youngsters (school and college-going students) in Ludhiana, be it boys or girls, do not mind having these drinks in parties to make the celebrations "memorable".

If youngsters in the city are to be believed, liquor and hookah bars have become the "status symbol" for elite youngsters. Those who try to avoid consuming alcohol are labelled as "old-fashioned" or having a "middle-class thinking".

Suhani (name changed), a class XI student of a reputed school here, said in most of the birthday parties, held at farmhouses and restaurants, youngsters enjoy drinks. "It is certainly not allowed by a majority of parents or restaurant owners, but boys carry the miniatures in their pockets. They offer drinks to party-lovers during celebrations. A majority of the girls and boys do not mind having alcohol-based drinks. It is a very casual practice. The time demands a change and we are moving ahead with the times," said Suhani.

It is not that students consume alcohol-based drinks only. Many of them go to hookah-bars (laced with tobacco) to enjoy the evenings with friends, while some are hooked on to the "deadly" drugs, including cough syrups, capsules etc that can prove fatal.

Udita Jain (name changed), a parent at Aggar Nagar, said despite several attempts, she had not been able to "convince" her young daughter ( a student of class XII), who was addicted to alcohol. "I have left everything to God. She will understand once she gets married. I took her to a child psychologist. I tried to keep her away from such parties through meditation and yoga, but to no avail. She argues and retaliates," complained the mother in a helpless manner, adding that she never paid attention when her daughter started moving into such parties about six months back. 

Bad sign

There was a total change in culture, which was certainly not for good, but society was accepting it slowly. The companies have introduced their alcoholic products in such a manner that people do not consider these alcohol. Earlier, people used to say that in western countries, children revolted against parents if they were stopped from doing something. But the same culture is here too. Parenting has become too difficult as so many liberties have been given to the children these days. It is shocking that girls are more into alcohol these days.~

— Dr Rajiv Gupta,a city-based psychiatrist

New initiatives needed

Drug menace had become a serious problem. We will convene a meeting soon to discuss this serious matter. Though we have been checking the chemist shops, we will intensify the drive and try to involve school and college authorities to create awareness among students, start some initiatives like gully cricket to take youth towards sports so that they leave drugs. But to start the campaign, we need cooperation of parents, schools and college authorities, NGOs and society at large.~

— Rahul Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner 



PWD minister writes to NHAI head
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
Taking a serious note of five people losing their lives in an accident which took place due to potholes near Jagraon yesterday, state PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon has shot a letter to Chairman, National Highways Authority of India. The PWD minister said the Ludhiana-Talwandi Road, where this accident took place, was handed over to the NHAI for upgradation to four-lane last year and the contract was handed over in January 2011, but the work had started yesterday and that also after this accident.

Dhillon said that it's height of carelessness on part of the NHAI officials.

“Despite several requests and repeated reminders, they are not starting the repair and upgradation of this road. They have not been able to get even the permission to fell trees from the Ministry of Forests. This work has not yet been started at the site by the contractor and he is also not maintaining the existing road since then due to which the condition of the road has deteriorated,” said the minister, who is a city resident.

A demi official (DO) letter addressed to AK Upadhyay,Chairman, National Highways Authority of India, New Delhi, reads, “I would like to bring to your notice that the condition of the Ludhiana-Talwandi section of the NH-95 is very bad. There are number of pot holes on the road causing inconvenience to the traffic. I had spoken to Dev Raj, Chief General Manager and RP Bangar, Project Director, NHAI, about a month ago and had requested them to repair this road immediately. Although they had promised me to repair this road within two weeks, it is regretted to point out that nothing has been done by them. Due to the bad condition of this road, this stretch has become highly accident-prone and fatal accidents are occurring daily on this stretch. Last night, a major accident occurred near Jagraon in which five lives were lost and many were injured,” the DO letter read.

Dhillon has urged AK Upadhyay to issue necessary instructions to the NHAI officials to repair this road immediately for the convenience of the public. “I also request the Government of India to announce a compensation for the lives lost in these accidents as these accidents have happened due to the negligence of the NHAI officials,” stated Dhillon.



Ludhianvis all set for Olympics
Booking for tour packages to London begins
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
When it comes to holidays, Ludhianvis spend them in style and this time sports enthusiasts from the city are heading towards London to be a part of the Olympics scheduled to be held from July 27.

Bookings for the Olympics tour packages have already started, as the sports enthusiasts do not want to miss the mega sports event. Tour operators feel that although people are attracted towards events like Formula One races and soccer matches, the Olympics has also managed to draw considerable takers.

A local tour operator said they were receiving queries for the Olympics package while some are inquiring about the packages to London. “Since Indian travellers prefer to finalise their plans closer to the event, we hope that the demand for the Olympics package will rise further in the coming days,” added Rajeev, a tour operator from the city.

“Most of the prime hotels in London have been booked and we are making inquiries regarding apartment stay in London, as people will be staying for a longer duration. I am all excited to be a part of the Olympics this year,” said Divya, a businesswoman.



Arms dealers face government’s apathy
Renewal of licences
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
In the recently issued directions, though the state government has asked all District Magistrates and Police Commissioners to renew licences of arms dealers within 15 days, ironically major lapse lies with the department of home, law and justice II where documents gather dust for months together. And the arms dealers suffer unnecessary harassment due to the “callous” attitude of the government.

An arms dealer on the condition of anonymity said due to the dilly-dallying attitude of the government departments, they were facing harassment. He said there were about 26 arms dealers in the city and renewal of licences of more than a dozen dealers were lying pending with the department at Chandigarh.

Further elaborating, he said before September 15, the dealers had submitted the documents either to the District Magistrates or Police Commissioners for the renewal of licences, which were to be sent to the department of home, law and justice II by both authorities. The same should have been sent back to the dealers after renewal before January 2012.

“It is May 7 and we have yet to get our renewed licences. As our licences have not been renewed at Chandigarh, the Police Commissioner’s office here refuses to issue us the NOCs for making further purchases. Though there are clear instructions by the government to not refuse the NOCs to the arms dealers whose renewals were pending on the condition that the dealers had applied in time and there were no adverse findings on the same. Still we suffer unnecessarily,” said the arms dealer, who is into the business for the past two decades.

Another dealer, a local councillor, said either the local authorities sent the documents late after verifications or the department concerned at Chandigarh failed to deliver the document on time, it were the dealers who suffered the most. “Though it is the duty of the departments to get NOCs by the fire brigade, medical certificate, etc, for the renewal of the licence, still dealers arrange the documents, so that the licences are renewed early, but to no avail. We cannot purchase the weapons as manufacturers ask us for the arms licence/NOCs. If this practice continues for long, many dealers will have no other option but to shut the business,” rued the dealer.



MC in cleanliness overdrive
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation went into a cleanliness overdrive ahead of the BJP national president Nitin Gadkari’s visit to the city today. Work to clean all the roads, which Gadkari was to pass, started last evening. At some roads, the MC staff was seen engaged in cleaning in the morning as well.

The Ferozepur road, which Gadkari’s cavalcade was to taake on the way to the party rally near Baddowal, was cleaned and the BJP flags were put up on the road dividers. Since early in the morning, a large number of MC employees were seen cleaning the Ferozepur road and other routes which Gadkari was to take.

An MC official said there were clear instructions that there should be no litter or garbage on the roads. “That is why we have been working since last evening,” said the official.

At present, all the BJP candidates from the city had lost the Vidhan Sabha elections. When Gadkari had visited the city in November last year, Health Minister Satpal Gosain and MLA Harish Bedi were from the BJP. In the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, the BJP has Senior Deputy Mayor, Parveen Bansal and Deputy Mayor Sunita Aggarwal, besides a total of 12 party councillors.

A resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar said he had never seen MC officials performing their duties with such “devotion” on routine days. “But it’s surprising that they have been cleaning the Ferozepur road alone since morning. And there are not a few safai sewaks, but it’s an entire battery of them,” said the resident.

Some senior MC officials also pointed fingers at the civic body “road cleanliness drive” which started on April 26 and said it was planned just to please the BJP leaders.

But, MC Zonal Commissioner AS Sekhon said the road cleanliness drive had nothing to do with the BJP function. “Our drive started at a time when the dates for the BJP function were not even planned. All we wanted was that the city roads give a cleaner look,” claimed Sekhon. 



‘Constitute awareness clubs in schools’
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
To make students aware about ill effects of drugs on health, the education department of the state has directed the schools to constitute an awareness club in the schools. The department asked the government schools to constitute these clubs by May 31. The awareness club would be constituted in government senior secondary and primary schools of the state.

According to department officials, it has become necessary to provide the information to the students about drug addiction, health, importance of nutritious food, first-aid and safety. Theses clubs would help give information to the students and make them aware about these important issues.

As per the instructions issued by the department, school principals would be deployed as chairman, while senior teacher of the school will be the secretary of these awareness clubs. Additionally, two panchayat members, including a woman, physical training instructor (PTI), member from Red Cross Society, a representative from Civil Surgeon office and a district guidance councillor, would be included in the awareness club. Head teacher would be a part of the club in primary schools. All club members would conduct a meeting once in a week and deliver lectures to the students on various topics.

Harpreet Singh, a teacher from a government school said, “This step is required in the schools because drugs are common in our society. Most of the times, the students start consuming drugs in senior secondary classes because they are not aware about the ill effects of the drugs. So, these clubs would help to prevent them from using drugs.”



3.57% migrated to cities in last 10 yrs
Mohali attracts maximum residents of villages
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
Due to the fast growth and development in the cities and many other opportunities available, 3.57 per cent of the rural population (about 10 lakh people) has been migrated to the cities in the last 10 years in Punjab. The data available with the rural development department show Mohali city had attracted maximum villagers, followed by Bathinda, Jalandhar and Ludhiana cities. The rural population has been attracted towards these cities due to the vast development, better employment opportunities and avenues.

A higher official with the rural development department on the condition of anonymity disclosed that 3.57 per cent means that about 10 lakh persons had migrated to the cities. He said the total population of Punjab was 2.70 crore and 10 lakh rural population of the total number had migrated to the cities in the past 10 years.

“Mohali remains the most attractive city for rural population. The population of Mohali city was 38 per cent but now 55 per cent population lived in the city. There was an increase of about 17 per cent. The land prices near Mohali have increased tremendously, up to Rs 7-8 crore per acre. And it is certainly no longer viable to indulge in farming. On one acre, farmers get Rs 35,000 return (without cultivation) and with cultivation, the return is increased to about Rs 70,000. To keep the land, the price of which is about Rs 7 crore, farming makes no business sense. Farmers are moving out from villages by selling their prime lands and they are reinvesting into other projects. Mohali comes under the tricity project with all modern facilities and amenities. Rural population is certainly shifting to the city due to better facilities and opportunities available,” said a higher official with the planning department, Chandigarh.

Besides, the “development model” cities of Bathinda and Jalandhar have lured 6 per cent each rural population. The urban population of Bathinda was 29 per cent but the latest survey shows that 35 per cent population lived in the city. Similarly, in Jalandhar district, from previous 47 per cent, the percentage of urban population had increased to 53 per cent. While in Ludhiana district, the urban population had increased to 59 per cent from 55 per cent about 10 years back due to its industrial growth and better employment opportunities.

But due to the increase in population in the cities, the infrastructure was under continuous “stress”, as every year more stress was added, while the infrastructure and facilities were limited in the cities.



Batalvi’s death anniversary observed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
Indian poets have contributed tremendously in giving vent to the emotions of people. This was stated by former general secretary of Punjabi Sahit Akademy, Ludhiana, Prof Ravinder Bhathal, while addressing participants at a function organised to observe the World Poetry Day.

The function was organised on the death anniversary of Punjabi poet Shiv Kumar Batalvi. Bhathal described Batalvi as a poet who enriched Punjabi poetry with grassroot-level vocabulary and imagery.

There is an unparallel death sensibility in Shiv’s poetry, he said. Dr Sukhchain described Shiv as the one who highlighted the intrinsic pain of womanhood. The general secretary of PAU, Sahit Sabha, Dr Gulzar Pandher, said Shiv Batalvi made new experiments with poetry and understood public psyche. President, Punjabi Sahit Akademy, Prof Gurbhajan Gill, presented a paper on Batalvi.

He covered varied aspects of life in his poetry, said Gill. The content and style of Shiv’s famous poem “Loona and Main Te Main” were discussed. Dr Sukhpal Singh and Dr Mann Singh Toor described Shiv as a revolutionary poet. Janmeja Johl said Shiv’s poetry being multi-dimensional could not be captured in any frame. Dr Anil Kumar Sharma said he had a plan to enact Loona in a stage play involving PAU students. Eminent writer, Dr Manu Sharma Sohal, said she had studied Shiv from various angles and had written books on the death sensibility of Shiv and on the content and style of Shiv's poetry.

Research workshop

A one-day research and extension specialist workshop for soil and water conservation, organised by the directorate of extension education of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), was inaugurated here on Monday by PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon. The associate/deputy directors (training) and assistant engineers from krishi vigyan kendras (KVKs), district extension specialists, state soil conservator officers, directors of PAU regional research stations (RRS) and university deans, directors, additional directors, heads and faculty of various departments participated in the workshop. Dr Dhillon stated that a remarkable progress has been made by Punjab in general and PAU in particular in agriculture sector and its allied fields. But, presently, the cropping up issues of national food security, productivity enhancement, crop residue management, micronutrient deficiencies in various crops, soil health and depleting underground water table need special emphasis and attention of the agricultural experts.

Dr Anil Kumar Sondhi, Chief Conservator of Soil, Punjab, expressed concern over the declining soil health and depleting water resources in the contemporary agriculture. Revealing that out of 142 blocks in the state, 110 blocks are over exploited, three are critical, two are semi-critical and 23 blocks are safe, he said the central and southwest districts of Punjab call for the expertise of the scientists.



Jewellers heave a sigh of relief
Rollback of excise duty
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
Jewellers in the city were in a jubilant mood after the Finance Minister announced a rollback of the budgetary proposal of levying excise duty on unbranded jewellery and consumer tax. Buckled under severe pressure, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee announced a rollback of the excise duty not only on unbranded but on branded jewellery as well. Before the budget, jewellers dealing in branded jewellery were paying excise duty.

“The jewellers were given time till May 11 and going by his word, the Finance Minister has announced a rollback of the excise duty. In case the excise duty would have been levied, it would have ruined our business but we are really thankful to the Finance Minister for rolling back the provision,” said Anand Sikri, president of Ludhiana Jewellers’ Association.

“Now branded or unbranded gold jewellery will not attract the excise duty. The Finance Ministry has rolled back the budgetary proposal of levying such a duty and the withdrawal will be in effect from March 17,” he added.

The budget proposal had not gone well with the gold merchants and they went on a strike for 21 days. They were demanding a complete rollback as they were apprehending such a provision would bring “inspector raj”.

In addition to this, the threshold limit for tax collection at source was also hiked on cash purchase of jewellery from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.

The same threshold will be applicable for bullion items such as coins below 10 grams. However, for all other bullion items, tax deducted at source will be levied at the cash purchase of Rs 2 lakh or more.



Lopsided development in ward number 5
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

l The uncarpeted street no. 2 at Indira Colony.
l An open manhole at New Swaran Park.

Ludhiana May 7
Despite all the efforts made by sitting councillor Tarsem Singh Bhinder to develop ward no. 5, the residents of four colonies of the area have complained that these lack the basic facilities.

According to the residents of the well-maintained areas of the ward, the former councillor did a lot of development in their area so Bhinder did not need to do much.

During his first tenure, Bhinder has failed to develop the entire ward as the people residing at New Sarwan Park, Golden Colony, Jai Singh Nagar and Gujjar Colony are yet to taste development.

All of the streets of New Sarwan Park are still uncarpeted which turn into dirty slush during the rainy season. Though the MC has laid sewerage in the area, it is still nonfunctional. Some of the manholes are uncovered.

Meanwhile, Golden Colony and Gujjar Colony are totally untouched from development. The residents of street no. 10, Chander Lok Nagar, are facing different problems. Their houses have almost become basements with the MC raising the level of street no. 7 and 8 in order to level these with the other areas. As a result, their homes get swamped during rain. And they are dreading the impending monsoon.

Moreover, the pitiable condition of the Rahon Road has made life difficult for commuters visiting ward no. 5. According to the councilor, only a single manhole is left to be constructed and after that carpeting work would be started on the road.

The major colonies of the ward are Atal Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Shiv Viahar, New Subash Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Indra Colony, Chandar Lok Nagar, Gian Colony, Sarwan Park, New Sarwan Park, Golden Colony, Jai Singh Nagar and Gujjar colony. 

Councillor Speaks

I was elected councilor for the first time in the last MC elections. Initially, I faced several problems while carrying out development of the ward. But I focused on clean potable water supply to the residents. Now, all the colonies have tubewells. Work on setting up sewerage is going on in the rest of the colonies. The major problem which we face while carrying out development works is the attitude of the MC officers. They do not cooperate with us. Their attitude leads to a delay in most works. My first priority is to complete the pending development works. To make the Rahon Road double lane is my dream project for the next tenure

 Tarsem Singh Bhinder




Ward number 6 seems alien to development
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

An open manhole in the colony.
An open manhole in the colony.

Ludhiana, May 7
Ward no. 6 seems alien to development. The only place that seems to be a veneer of cleanliness is the road near the councillor's residence in the ward. Move around, and you come across shoddiness in many areas of the ward.

Areas like Mayapuri present a picture of neglect. With garbage, dirt strewn across the street, the area is almost like a slum, except the houses of bricks. The New Subhash Nagar Road that got damaged during the installation of sewer pipes eight months ago waits for repairs. Garbage is dumped in the vacant plots in most colonies of the ward.

In the "tower lanes", a few feet wide "parks" have been created. These only serve as dividers, consuming the extra space on the roads. The condition of such parks in another tower lanes is pitiable.

Manholes lie open even near the councillor's residence. Like other wards in the area, the ward has a large population of migrants, and comprises unrecognised colonies.

Councillor Gurbaksh Singh contested the last elections as an independent and later joined the BJP. This time, the ward has been reserved for a woman candidate.

Areas such as Karamsar Colony not only lack carpeted roads in the streets, these have not even been cobbled with bricks. Erratic water supply and nonexistent streetlights are still major complaints of the residents. Because of the growth of poppy in some vacant plots of the area, the place has become a hang-out for goons, complain the residents.

The ward has about nine colonies of New Subhash Nagar, Karamsar, Nandpura, Swatantar Nagar, Nalwa, Mayapuri, New Shakti Nagar, New Bhagwan Nagar, apart from the unrecognised colonies.




Industrialists meet Gadkari
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
The representatives of the local industry today met Nitin Gatkari, national president of the BJP, who was on a visit to the city. Discussing the problems with Gadkari, the representatives said be it the Centre or the state government, both are forming anti-industry policies.

"Industry is forced to move out of the state due to the anti-industry policies of the government. Punjab is paying the highest price for power. Industry friendly policies should be formed so that industry can flourish in the state," said the representative of the cycle industry.

Mayank Malhotra said Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) is due to increase the tariff from April 1 but it is still to announce the hike. "We will bear losses as the input cost fixed by us is according to the present power tariff," he added.

Addressing the industrialists, Gadkari said if the BJP comes into power, they promise that they would solve the problems of the industry within 24 hours. He appealed to the representatives to vote for the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha elections so that all their problems were solved at the earliest.



from schools
Students shine in story telling competition at Everest school
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
A story telling competition was held at Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, on the school premises here on Monday. Stories related to various aspects of life, society and nature were narrated by the students in a creative manner. Principal Asha Sharma while distributing prizes praised the children for depicting the artistic skills and encourages them to enhance their talents further.

The Asian Club honours students at the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore; and (right) winners of story telling competition strike a pose with their prizes at Everest Public Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana on Monday.
The Asian Club honours students at the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore; and (right) winners of story telling competition strike a pose with their prizes at Everest Public Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana on Monday. photos: Inderjeet Verma

Mother’s Day

The student of Ram Lal Bhasin Public School celebrated Mother’s Day by showing their love, care and affection towards their mother. They celebrated it by making greeting cards and expressed their feelings through creative writing on the Mother’s Day. They used colourful handmade sheets, mirrors, sparkles and glitters, which gave beautiful look to the greeting cards. Through such celebrations, the students realise the worth of mothers and their care.

Spring Dale school

Winners of solo song competition all smiles at Sri Harkrishan Sahib Public Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana on Monday.
Winners of solo song competition all smiles at Sri Harkrishan Sahib Public Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana on Monday.

Mother’s Day is a celebration that honours mothers and celebrates motherhood, maternal bonds and influence of mothers in society. Dedicated to this spirit, Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School organised a programme for the students wherein they participated in fun-filled activities like card making, broach making, clay modelling, decorative message writing, making photo frames, etc.

Quiz contest

Various activities were held at Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha, on Monday. A quiz competition was conducted for the students of classes IX to XII. On-the-spot essay writing competition was also held. The students also revealed their talent through a drawing competition.

Recitation contest

An English rhyme recitation competition was organised on the premises of kindergarten block in GMT Public School here on Monday. The students of nursery and UKG participated with zeal and enthusiasm and recited the rhymes with gestures and expressions.

Drawing contest

The sketchbook of any artist can be known as the reflective visual journal, a place used to express feelings, emotions and desires. But most importantly, it is a place to be free and make mistakes that become inspiration in the long run. To judge the creativity and imagination of students, an art competition was held at GNPS, Model Town extension. For the students of classes I to V, it was an effort to explore the magnificent world of dreams of budding artists.

Remembrance Day

Drishti Dr RC Jain Innovative Public School, Ludhiana, celebrated Remembrance Day to pay tributes to visionaries of the school, Dr RC Jain and Gian Devi, who promoted one religion i.e. universal brotherhood through their words, deeds and actions.

The student sang prayers of various religions. Senior students in their presentation depicted the conflict existing among followers of different faiths.

Solo song contest

Shri Harkrishan Sahib Public Senior Secondary School, New Janta Nagar, Ludhiana, organised a solo song competition here on Monday. Gurminder Singh stood first, Shivani second, while Kirtijot Kaur bagged third position in the completion.



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Ban imposed

District Magistrate Rahul Tewari has banned the show and use of all kinds of weapons, including licenced weapons, in marriage palaces. This ban would remain in place till July 2 this year.

General body meeting

A general body meeting of the DMCH Employees’ Union was held in a park near the DMCH. It was presided over by Charan Das. The employees appealed to the management of the hospital that suspended leader of the union, Charan Das, and its press secretary should be reinstated to the job. They also demanded their due arrears, implementation of seniority list and fixing of duty hours of nursing department as per the Nursing Council of India. Col JV Singh, DGM administration and HR at the hospital, alleged that the dismissed employees have been creating indiscipline and have been spoiling the atmosphere of the hospital. About the demand for arrears, he said being a charitable organisation, the arrears could not be given by the hospital. About the demand for nursing hours, he said they had a norm of 48 hours a week, which was in accordance with most of the hospitals in the country.

Books given

The Lok Hitt Educational Sewa Society distributed books to needy children. Society chairman BK Taank said there was a need for such educational endevours.

Central govt blamed

PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon blamed the Centre for the poor condition of national highways. He said valuable lives are getting lost because of accidents that happen because of poor conditions of the highways.

Health clinics

Nutrition expert Namita Jain was in the city on Monday regarding the launch of her chain of health and wellness clinics. The clinics are scheduled to be launched on May 14.

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TT tourney from May 11
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 7
To promote the game of table tennis in this part of the state, the Varinder Cultural Society, in association with a sports promoter unit, Maverick, will be organising an Open Table Tennis Tournament in the memory of Punjabi film star, Varinder, on the Punjab Agricultural University campus from May 11 to 13.

According to the secretary of the society, Lalit Beri, competitions in the categories of under 12 years, under 14 years, under 17 years besides the men's as well as women's section will be held during this three-day event. In addition to this, matches for the veterans (above 40 years) in the men's section and lucky doubles will also be organised.



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