Articles by Harsimran Singh Batra
Even though the schedule for municipal elections in the state is yet to be announced, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders in Ludhiana aiming to secure tickets from various wards are already going all out to attract voters
In the video posted on Tuesday, Bagga said AAP supremo Kejriwal was raising concern over ‘garbage mountains’ and health issues in Delhi, but is he and Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann not concerned about the health of Ludhiana residents?
Putting lives at risk and blatantly flouting safety norms, the temporary fire cracker markets established at six locations across Ludhiana are running with little or inadequate fire safety arrangements
Fund crunch: Devp works can wait, Ludhiana MC should focus on meeting fixed expenses first: Minister
Local bodies minister Inderbir Singh Nijjar urged the Ludhiana municipal corporation (MC) to prioritise meeting fixed expenses such as payment of salaries, electricity bills. Earlier also the finance and contracts committee (F and CC) of MC had cut short the number of projects to be taken up in the city at present. Citing fund crunch, the committee had asked councillors to prioritise the development works
Ludhiana MC’s move is expected to restrict the competition and deter new firms from participating in the e-auction as only two groups of parking contractors, allegedly backed by politicians, have been largely availing contracts in the city for last around a decade
Ludhiana fire department is reeling under acute staff crunch with 121 of the total 147 sanctioned posts in the department lying vacant
Vehicular movement was already affected on Ferozepur Road and Pakhowal Road due to the construction of an elevated road, railway overbridge (ROB) and underbridges (RUBs), but a road cave in near Ishmeet Singh Chowk has exacerbated matters, bringing traffic to a crawl.
As the railway crossing has been closed, the traffic moving towards Model Town extension or Shastri Nagar from Malhar road and Bhai Bala chowk has to now take a detour from Green Field, Model Gram and Harnam Nagar area to reach Model Town extension in Ludhiana. The other route is to move through Sarabha Nagar and Pakhowal road RUB for reaching Model Town extension and vice versa
After MC allotted the contract to dispose of 5 lakh MT of waste in first phase at a cost of ₹28 crore, machinery for bioremediation of waste has reached the dump site and the work is expected to commence in a week
Looking to catch hold of the defaulters, the Ludhiana’s fund-starved municipal corporation (MC) has decided to serve notices to 55,000 property owners
The councillor during the Ludhiana MC General House meeting also demanded to repair the damaged portion of Sidhwan canal waterfront after the forest department conducted a demolition drive in the green belt in April this year. The forest department razed the concrete structure established around trees citing the orders of National Green Tribunal.
Ludhiana MC’s General House meet: 3,500 sanitation workers to be regularised, ward delimitation in doldrums
During the six-and-a-half-hour General House meeting of the Ludhiana MC, city councillors and legislators from found themselves at loggerheads on varying issues — including regularisation of contractual staff
This year, the city’s rank dropped to 40, and it figured among the six least clean cities with a population over 10 lakh in the country.
A Ludhiana MC official, requesting anonymity, said the committee has submitted a report, which suggested that it is not feasible to run buses now, as the civic body will have to spend crores to repair them as many parts have been stolen while others are rusty
Spreading environmental awareness on “World Car Free Day”, two PAU, Ludhiana, professors travelled on cycles within the campus to mark the day
After the National Green Tribunal (NGT) recently imposed ₹100 crore interim compensation (penalty) on Ludhiana municipal corporation (MC) over its failure to manage solid waste in the city, the civic body is now tightening the noose on violators, starting with bulk generators
At a time when major cave-ins have made Ludhiana roads a nightmare for commuters the MC has approved a project to strengthen the sewer lines — leakages in which have been cited as the main reason behind the incidents
Atal Apartments scheme: 3 months after draw of lots, allottees still awaiting Punjab govt’s final nod
While the authorities have appealed to the allottees to remain patient, the latter group have been frequent trips to the trust office looking for an update on the Atal Apartments scheme
Former Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) councillor from ward number 70, Tanvir Dhaliwal, said Ashu was the leader of councillors, especially from the Ludhiana west constituency. Ward 70 is currently represented by Congress councillor Dilraj Singh
Ludhiana | Shop owners pour scorn on MC for failing to act against encroachments despite court orders
Citing the orders issued by the court of SDM (East) Gursimran Singh Dhillon on September 5, the Pink Plaza Market Association rued that installation of vends outside the market was resulting in losses to their business and despite repeated complaints, Ludhiana MC and the police had failed to act against encroachments
Ludhiana: Management of main vegetable market slapped with ₹37L fine for failure to deal with garbage
A Ludhiana MC official stated that a penalty of ₹5,000 per day has been imposed retrospectively on the market committee from the day the solid waste management cleanliness and sanitation bylaws were notified by the Punjab government (August 11, 2020) to September 1, 2022 (total of 751 days), which comes to ₹37.55 lakh
The Ludhiana MC’s finance panel, in its latest meeting held on Wednesday, approved the work order for setting up the first smart street vending zone in the city on Hambran road.
Ludhiana MC approved around 250 resolutions of the total 277 tabled in the finance panel’s meet despite acute shortages of funds
At a time when development works have already taken a hit due to paucity of funds available with municipal corporation (MC), restrictions imposed on mining activities in the state and hiked prices of raw material has further aggravated the problem
The councillors were asked to shortlist and prioritise the development work for which they have sought approval from the Ludhiana MC ahead of the finance and contracts committee meeting
The Vigilance Bureau asked the civic body to check and provide details of alleged encroachments done by former Punjab minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu and his associates in Ludhiana
Around 50 police personnel were deputed at the ETP site after the Ludhiana MC commenced civil work on August 25. Residents of adjoining Kapil park area had also staged a protest in the area a few days back, but protesters were pacified by the police force.
Fee hiked by up to 13% at three toll plazas in Punjab, Haryana from September 1; second increase in eight months
Amrinder Singh Raja Warring was in Ludhiana on Wednesday and met Congress leaders and workers who have been sitting outside the vigilance bureau’s office to show support for Bharat Bhushan Ashu
While Bharat Bhushan Ashu’s arrest is being seen as a major blow for Congress’ chances in the Ludhiana MC polls, party leaders vow to come back stronger