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City Centre Case: Hearing adjourned again

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Yet again, the hearing of City Centre case has been adjourned. In the case, the chief minister of Punjab Capt. Amarinder Singh is also one of the accused. As per the information, the local court has adjourned the case hearing to November 23. Hoping for a response next hearing, Ludhiana awaits the decision.

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E-Auction second round begins; Ludhiana’s 66 properties available

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Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has started its second round of e-auction from today. Starting from November 18, 2019, the registration for online bidders will go until December 2, 2019.

In the bidding process, there are 19 residential properties and 47 commercial properties for which bids will be accepted on December 5, 2019, from 10 am to 3 pm. As per the information given by Raman Balasubramaniam(Chairman of LIT), properties put on the block in the second e-auction include some at Kitchlu Nagar out of which 17 are with the area of 83.61 sqm starting from Rs 32,315 per sqm and then there are two properties of 112.87 sqm beginning with Rs 40,395 per sqm.

Intending bidders would have to deposit two percent of the total cost of the plot as an eligibility fee.

The LIT chairman said: “other commercials (built-up) properties put on sale were four booths (area 19.60 sqm each) and 19 booths (area 18.75 sqm each) at Maharishi Valmiki Nagar, three booths (area 18.75 sqm each) at Kitchlu Nagar and two booths (area 18.75 sqm each) at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Colony. The reserve price of the built-up booths ranges between Rs 11.53 lakh and Rs 14.50 lakh.”

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Ugly Side of Ludhiana – Checkout Sidhwan Canal

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Malls, Clubs, Pubs, Restaurants, Bridges and what not! Often people get mesmerized by the glamourous side of Ludhiana and fall deep into its sham. But, as soon as you get a reality check of Ludhiana, only one question comes to mind – Is Ludhiana progressing or simply regressing with a thought of improvement?

On one side, you see multiplexes and malls making the city beautiful and then the other side represents – Buddha Nullah, Dumping yards, Broken Roads and the infamous Sidhwan Canal. Are you aware of the current condition of the Sidhwan Canal?

Being the only canal in Ludhiana, the dream was to make the city beautiful with a canal and green belt alongside. However, the reality was alarming and disheartening. The canal is not only dry but is also full of plastic waste, bottles, and garbage. As soon as the irrigation department stopped the water flow, the city residents saw the filthier side of the canal which was horrible.

Not only this, the rag pickers were seen picking up items from the garbage. There was a foul smell and at some places, the stagnant water has turned black. Almost 13-14-km stretch of the canal falls under MC limits and as per the irrigation department, the problem is severe in the city limits. When asked the MC Officials about the disastrous condition, the body blamed the residents saying “Sidhwan is dirty as people through garbage and religious items in the canal.” They also claimed that the civic body has already cleaned a 7-km area and has taken out a truckload of garbage from the canal.

However, the city residents question MC’s responsibilities and accuse them of their negligence. One of the residents said: “It is very unfortunate that the green belt is being turned into a dumping ground once again. Such kind of nuisance should be stopped. Our city is known as one of the most polluted cities. When it is a green belt, why it is in a shambles? The civic body should develop this green belt at the earliest.”

Is blaming each other really the solution? Will we ever see Sidhwan clean?

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Ashu Bhushan gives a brief on Smart City Projects

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Punjab Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Ashu Bhushan while reviewing the on-going projects said that the work on indoor all-weather swimming pool and synthetic athletics track shall start soon. These come under Ludhiana’s Smart City project.

Bhushan said that the athletics track was worn out and needed repair. In addition to this, repair of the indoor swimming pool in Rakh Bagh has been a persistent demand by the residents. Work shall be started on these soon.  Moreover, the minister said that he plans to improve the sports facilities in the city. Shastri Badminton Hall and Basketball Stadium would be upgraded for the residents.

Further, he added that the government also plans to develop a sports park at the dumpsite in Jainpur village of district Ludhiana. The cost of the project is Rs 40 crore. In the second phase, Sidhwan’s waterfront shall be beautified. The area starting from Jawaddi Bridge till Dugri Bridge.

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