Articles by Harsimran Singh Batra
With the state government notifying a ban on single-use plastic from July 1 (Friday), the municipal corporation (MC) and the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) are all set to tighten the noose around violators.
Slamming the state government over its failure to resolve long-pending issues and announcing no major benefits, the industry gave a thumbs down to the first budget announced by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in the state on Monday
7th anniversary of Smart City Mission in Ludhiana: Multiple major projects marred by delays, controversies
Even as the Ludhiana municipal corporation (MC) celebrated the seventh anniversary of the Smart City Mission on Saturday (June 25), multiple major projects which have been taken up under it have been marred by delays and controversies
Plastic manufacturers and traders in Ludhiana have objected to the government’s decision to impose a complete ban on single-use plastic items from July 1
Ludhiana: Sports park coming up at Haibowal Dairy Complex hangs in balance as PEDA demands reallocation of land
The fate of the sports park/playground which is currently being constructed on the Haibowal dairy complex is hanging in balance as the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has sought that the entire 2.30 acres of land be reallocated for extension of the bio-gas plant which has been established to process cow dung generated in the dairy units which would otherwise be dumped in the Buddha Nullah
The illegal constructions coming up at posh residential areas in Ludhiana are leading to traffic snarls and parking woes for residents; MC continues to turn a blind eye
A major fire had broken out at a hosiery unit in the building in Ludhiana, reportedly constructed in 1935, on Monday morning. The building had developed several cracks after the mishap, and the roof, which was made of wood, had also collapsed.
Ludhiana mayor Balkar Sandhu has blamed the Punjab government for delay in payment of salaries to employees of the municipal corporation (MC) as the state has failed to release over ₹100 crore as GST share to the civic body
Former councillor Parminder Mehta also submitted a complaint with the arthritis in the recent past stating that cleaning the road gullies or sewer lines won’t be of any use if the Talab Bazar drain is not cleaned properly as no proper flow of water into the drain will certainly result in water logging during the monsoon season in Ludhiana
The hospitals, which had been evading property tax since 2013-14, cumulatively owe the civic body ₹81 lakh, which includes the unpaid tax and a 100% penalty on the amount.
A network of waterpipes had to be laid to reach the burning fifth floor of the building, which is a cumbersome and time-consuming process. Despite fire incidents being reported at high rise buildings, the proposal to purchase hydraulic ladders has been hanging fire since 2008.
With a fire audit long overdue, stakeholders are often negligent when it comes to implementing safety protocols, which puts lives and material possessions at risk.
Amid soaring pollution levels in the industrial hub of the state, the Ludhiana municipal corporation (MC) is working on a proposal to install an air purification tower in the city
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In the letter received by Ludhiana MC dated June 1, director of local bodies department has directed officials to complete the survey and other necessary formalities for delimitation of wards within a week; AAP MLA (Ludhiana east) Daljit Singh Bhola Grewal refuted the allegations levelled by opposition
Even as the administration encouraged residents to adopt it as an activity on the occasion of World Bicycle Day on Friday, most Ludhiana residents are afraid to cycle on the city’s congested internal roads amid safety concerns
Even amid rising pollution levels in the industrial hub of Punjab, various proposals prepared by the municipal corporation (MC) and Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) for setting up of electric vehicle charging stations in the city are yet to bear fruit
Facing flak over failure to ensure adherence to fire safety norms, the fire brigade has finally started serving inspection notices to coaching institutes in Ludhiana operating without no-objection certificates (NOC)
AAP MLA Bagga along with mayor Balkar Sandhu and municipal corporation (MC) commissioner Shena Aggarwal went for inauguration of a project to install ‘rising main line’ (interceptor sewer line) from Haibowal bridge over the nullah to Kundanpuri area at the cost of around ₹5-crore
In a 2019 survey, Ludhiana MC had found 113 unsafe buildings in the city, but has taken no action other than issuing notices
The SKM leaders said that those funds were meant for providing compensation to the kin of the farmers who died during the agitation and provide financial assistance to the farmers’ unions
Compounding the issue, the drain passing through Transport Nagar is blocked due to ongoing construction work to cover the Shivaji Nagar Nullah.
Demolition drive at Sidhwan Canal Waterfront: Ludhiana MC, forest dept caught in blame game over damage to public property
As per the Ludhiana MC officials, the action taken by forest department on April 6 damaged public property worth around ₹25 lakh at Sidhwan Canal Waterfront
SKM lambasted the Punjab government for failing to fulfil the promises made with farmer unions, including bonus on wheat, uninterrupted power supply and MSP on basmati among others
With power randomly disrupted for three to four hours everyday, industrialists’ production cycle has been disturbed, causing them loses in crores everyday.
Chhina alleged that the son and other relatives of the deputy mayor had charged ₹250- ₹500 from women to open the bank account in a camp organised near Jeeto Market in Main Satguru Nagar area
The British-era railway station on Ludhiana has not undergone any significant renovation since it was established in the 1860s.
Punjab Halwai Association members stated that the inputs costs for sweets have already increased due to the skyrocketing rates of refined ghee, dry fruits etc, and the hike in milk prices will further deepen the crisis for this sector.
While there are approximately 4.3 lakh properties in the city, of which around 1 lakh are industrial and commercial properties, only 4,081 property owners have received an NOC from the Ludhiana fire department between January 2019 and April 7, 2022
The NGT has directed the monitoring committee to furnish a factual report within 15 days about the shanty fire accident in Ludhiana