Harshraj Singh

Harshraj Singh

Harshraj Singh is a staff reporter in Ludhiana. He covers civic issues and politics.

Articles by Harshraj Singh
File photo of fire in Dal Bazaar.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
File photo of fire in Dal Bazaar.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)

Violations galore in fire-prone Ludhiana, MC fails to rise from deep slumber

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2016 02:22 PM IST
Even as five hosiery units have been destroyed in fire incidents in the past one month owing to lack of safety equipment, the municipal corporation (MC) continues to remain in deep slumber over the violations of building bylaws and safety norms at such units.
A political hoarding on Pakhowal Road.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT)
A political hoarding on Pakhowal Road.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT)

Illegal hoardings dot Ludhiana, but not a penny paid to civic body

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2016 03:35 PM IST
Even as 100s of illegal political religious hoardings continue to flood the city’s landscape, information obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that there are only 21 spots where hoardings and that too of religious nature can be installed legally. It has also been revealed under the information that the MC has not granted any permission to allow political hoardings.
Syringes and lighters used to consume drugs in a field at Kul Gehna village in Ludhiana.(JS Grewal/HT)
Syringes and lighters used to consume drugs in a field at Kul Gehna village in Ludhiana.(JS Grewal/HT)

After three drug deaths, cops lay siege to Ludhiana village

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh and Avtar Singh, Kul Gehna(ludhiana)
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2016 06:39 PM IST
A strange calm prevails in Kul Gehna, a tiny village in the Bet area on the banks of the Sutlej. Its streets are filled with gun-toting policemen, some of them wielding lathis, signalling every visitor to a halt.
Bhatt has ordered that the demonstration patch for all works should be laid by the contractor in the presence of a third-party consultant and the officer nominated by the office of technical adviser.(HT File)
Bhatt has ordered that the demonstration patch for all works should be laid by the contractor in the presence of a third-party consultant and the officer nominated by the office of technical adviser.(HT File)

Quality control tests mandatory for development projects in Ludhiana

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2016 12:14 PM IST
To rein in on private contractors and keep a check on the quality of material used by them for projects under the Punjab Urban Development Mission, technical adviser to the chief minister has issued an order to conduct quality control tests of the material to be used in the development projects in city.
Loosely hanging wires at Raghunath Hospital on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana on Friday.(JS Grewal/HT)
Loosely hanging wires at Raghunath Hospital on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana on Friday.(JS Grewal/HT)

Naked, hanging wires a threat to commuters on Ludhiana streets

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2016 10:52 PM IST
Wire joints remain uncovered, posing threat of electrocution
Sewer installation on Pakhowal Road in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(JS GREWAL/HT)
Sewer installation on Pakhowal Road in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(JS GREWAL/HT)

Locals soon to get relief with laying of sewer from Phullanwal to Lalton

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2016 10:08 PM IST
With the installation of the sewer lane from Phullanwal Chowk to Lalton on Pakhowal Road, residents of the areas that fall under Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) will get a big relief.
Locals filling buckets of water from a private water tank outside Satsang Bhawan at Preet Nagar in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(JS Grewal/HT)
Locals filling buckets of water from a private water tank outside Satsang Bhawan at Preet Nagar in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(JS Grewal/HT)

Ludhiana: Potable water a distant dream for Preet Nagar residents

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2016 01:56 PM IST
Learning no lessons from the diarrhoea outbreak in Preet Nagar on Tajpur Road last year, the municipal corporation (MC) has failed to ensure safe drinking water to the area.
A visit to the EWS Colony and adjoining areas showcased the filthy conditions.(JS Grewal/HT)
A visit to the EWS Colony and adjoining areas showcased the filthy conditions.(JS Grewal/HT)

Cleanliness still a distant dream for EWS Colony

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2016 03:37 PM IST
Despite the city securing a 34th rank out of 75 cities in a survey on cleanliness under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan earlier this year, the municipal corporation (MC) has failed to ensure cleanliness in Economically Weaker Section (EWS) Colony and adjoining areas on Tajpur Road, where the risk of water borne and vector borne diseases is high. 
MC additional commissioner-cum- health branch chief Rishipal Singh said, “I have given directions to the staff to issue a challan of Rs 5,000 to the violators. We have placed the awareness hoardings to create awareness on banned polythene bags and thermocol items which are harmful for health.”(HT Photo)
MC additional commissioner-cum- health branch chief Rishipal Singh said, “I have given directions to the staff to issue a challan of Rs 5,000 to the violators. We have placed the awareness hoardings to create awareness on banned polythene bags and thermocol items which are harmful for health.”(HT Photo)

Ludhiana plastic ban: Enforcement teams formed for implementation

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2016 12:53 PM IST
To ensure the implementation of ban on polythene carry bags and thermocol items (excluding packing material) from April 1, the municipal corporation (MC) has constituted enforcement teams to conduct special drives in all four zones of the city.
As firemen lack advanced lights and other equipment, they face difficulty in dousing fire.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
As firemen lack advanced lights and other equipment, they face difficulty in dousing fire.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)

Firefighters continue to face risk without proper equipment

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2016 01:51 PM IST
The recent fire incidents at various places in the city have exposed the ill-equipped fire wing of municipal corporation (MC), as the government has failed to provide equipment required to douse fire.
People urinate in open outside the railway station spreading stink in the area.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)
People urinate in open outside the railway station spreading stink in the area.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)

Notice to NGO for delaying construction of public toilets in Ludhiana

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2016 11:22 AM IST
The municipal corporation (MC) has slapped a notice on non-government organisation (NGO) Karuna Foundation for delaying the project of construction of 40 public toilets in the city. The NGO had started construction of first public toilet near city bus stand a few months ago, but it is has not been completed till now.
Those paying tax after deadline will be slapped a penalty of 20% on the tax applicable in addition to 18% interest from April 1.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)
Those paying tax after deadline will be slapped a penalty of 20% on the tax applicable in addition to 18% interest from April 1.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)

As deadline nears, 50,000 Ludhiana residents yet to pay property tax

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2016 11:14 AM IST
With less than a week left for the deadline to pay property tax for 2015-16 without penalty, more than 50,000 city residents are yet to pay their taxes.
Patients outside the building of Mohandai Oswal Hospital which went up in flames, in Ludhiana on Monday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
Patients outside the building of Mohandai Oswal Hospital which went up in flames, in Ludhiana on Monday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)

Major fire at hospital, 600 evacuated

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2016 12:53 PM IST
A major fire broke out at Mohandai Oswal Cancer Hospital around midnight on Sunday, resulting in panic for scores of patients, their attendants and hospital staff, who were timely evacuated and a major tragedy was averted.
A sewage treatment plant in poor condition in Basant City, Ludhiana, on Sunday.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)
A sewage treatment plant in poor condition in Basant City, Ludhiana, on Sunday.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)

PUDA-approved colonies cry for development, admn apathetic

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2016 01:35 PM IST
With several colonisers of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) approved colonies failing to ensure maintenance, and thus, not getting completion certificates from GLADA, thousands of the families living here are feeling cheated owing to the lack of access to basic amenities in these areas, which are outside the MC limit.
Traffic jams were witnessed on Pakhowal Road and BRS Nagar due to closure of railway overbridge for repairs.(HT Photo)
Traffic jams were witnessed on Pakhowal Road and BRS Nagar due to closure of railway overbridge for repairs.(HT Photo)

Ludhiana: PWD under lens as bridge develops cracks

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2016 03:13 PM IST
Cracks have started appearing on the newly constructed railway overbridge under Southern Bypass, which has raised a question mark on the quality of material used by the public works department (PWD) to build the bridge.
AAP leaders MP Bhagwant Mann and others welcoming former SGPC member Sarbans Singh Manki into the party in Ludhiana.(HT Photo)
AAP leaders MP Bhagwant Mann and others welcoming former SGPC member Sarbans Singh Manki into the party in Ludhiana.(HT Photo)

Ex-SGPC member Sarbans Singh Manki joins AAP

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2016 08:20 PM IST
Giving a setback to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member Sarbans Singh Manki, who had resigned from the membership of the SGPC and SAD in context with desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in 2015, joined the Aam Aadmi

Ludhiana to get cycling, jogging tracks and static compactor system

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2016 09:38 PM IST
Irrigation minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon laid the foundation stone of the cycling and jogging projects and static compactor system project for solid waste management on Monday.
MC headquarters near Mata Rani Chowk in Ludhiana.(HT Photo)
MC headquarters near Mata Rani Chowk in Ludhiana.(HT Photo)

Ludhiana residents have high hopes from MC Budget this time

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2016 10:54 AM IST
As the municipal corporation (MC) officials are busy in preparing the Budget to be presented before the MC House next month, residents want from the civic body to ensure well-constructed roads, safe drinking water supply, storm sewer system, solid waste management, sanitation, developed parks and public transportation.
A view of haphazard growth buildings of unplanned city in Ludhiana.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)
A view of haphazard growth buildings of unplanned city in Ludhiana.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)

Ludhiana lone city from region on first smart list

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh and Arjun Sharma, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2016 09:27 AM IST
Ludhiana is the only city from the region that has made it to the first list of 20 cities to be developed in 2016 under the smart city project.
A bus queue shelter on Pakhowal Road in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(Jagtinder Singh Grewal/HT Photo)
A bus queue shelter on Pakhowal Road in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(Jagtinder Singh Grewal/HT Photo)

Bus shelters flayed for ‘improper’ design, location

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2016 06:41 PM IST
Punjab legislative assembly’s deputy leader of opposition Bharat Bhushan Ashu raised questions over the construction of new bus queue shelters during the meeting of the vigilance and monitoring committee headed by Member of Parliament (MP) Ravneet Singh Bittu at the Circuit House on Wednesday.

Ludhiana residents forced to move courts amid LIT apathy

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2016 11:41 PM IST
Amid apathetic attitude of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) staffers, the residents in large numbers are forced to move courts or consumer commissions to get their issues resolved.
A view of bus queue shelter on Pakhowal road on Thursday.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)
A view of bus queue shelter on Pakhowal road on Thursday.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)

New bus shelters violate MC advt bylaws, says traffic adviser

Hindustan Times | By Gagandeep Singh Gill and Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2016 11:21 PM IST
Punjab traffic adviser Navdeep Asija, during his recent visit to the city, has found the construction of the bus queue shelters faulty. Talking to HT on Thursday, Asija said, “In accordance with the Ludhiana municipal corporation’s outdoor advertisement bylaws 2014, the bus shelters, due to their inappropriate size and locations, violate majority of the road safety criteria given in the Clause 4.”
(SIKANDER CHOPRA)
(SIKANDER CHOPRA)

Illegal hoardings with mayor’s photos surface, MC unaware

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2016 01:13 PM IST
The city has been grappling with the problem of illegal hoardings for years and the residents often accuse the municipal corporation (MC) of turning a blind eye towards this. But the civic body this time faces a bizarre situation as several hoardings carrying the photos of mayor Harcharan Singh
Rehri Phari vendors stops vehicles during protest at Chaura Bazar in Ludhiana on Sunday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
Rehri Phari vendors stops vehicles during protest at Chaura Bazar in Ludhiana on Sunday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)

Protesting against MC’s drive, vendors block traffic for 1 hour at Chaura Bazaar

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2015 09:45 PM IST
Opposing municipal corporation’s (MC) anti-encroachment drives, the rehri-pharis vendors
Rehri-Pharis vendors are depending allotment of space for setting up their rehri-pharis for which they are even ready to pay rent .(HT photo)
Rehri-Pharis vendors are depending allotment of space for setting up their rehri-pharis for which they are even ready to pay rent .(HT photo)

Protesting against MC’s drive, vendors block traffic for one hour at Chaura Bazaar

HindustanTimes | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2015 07:53 PM IST
Opposing municipal corporation’s (MC) anti-encroachment drives, the rehri-pharis vendors
MC team removed the encroachments on the roads or beyond the shutters of the shops in Chaura Bazaar in Ludhiana on Monday.(HT Photo)
MC team removed the encroachments on the roads or beyond the shutters of the shops in Chaura Bazaar in Ludhiana on Monday.(HT Photo)

Following HC orders, MC team removes encroachments from Chaura Bazaar

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2015 07:57 PM IST
Following the directions of Punjab and Haryana high court, the municipal corporation (MC) on Monday finally came into action to remove the encroachments on the roads or beyond the shutters of the shops in Chaura Bazaar. The MC has also deployed different teams to keep a check on the encroachments at the old and prominent markets in the city.
MC would remove the railings which are creating obstruction on zebra crossings.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
MC would remove the railings which are creating obstruction on zebra crossings.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)

Following HC orders, MC removes grills obstructing zebra crossings

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2015 11:12 PM IST
On the directions of Punjab and Haryana high court, the municipal corporation (MC) would correct faulty
Multi-storey parking at MC's Zone A , Ludhiana.(HT Photo)
Multi-storey parking at MC's Zone A , Ludhiana.(HT Photo)

Overcharging continues at 100m from MC headquarters

HindustanTimes | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2015 10:03 PM IST
Though the state government had issued a notification to reduce the fee at parking lots to provide relief to the visitors, the municipal corporation (MC) has failed to keep a check on the ongoing overcharging at the multi-storey parking lot, which is just 100m away from the offices of mayor, commissioner and additional commissioners.
These stray cattle become cause of dreadful accidents.(HT Photo)
These stray cattle become cause of dreadful accidents.(HT Photo)

Gynaecological problems a reason for abandoning cows

HindustanTimes | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2015 08:16 PM IST
Out of the large number of stray cows seen wandering on the roads, many are suffering from gynaecological problems, as per the claims of veterinary experts. Majority of the cows are abandoned when they stop producing milk.
The high court had given directions to the MC to act against the illegal hoardings on the highways.(HT Photo)
The high court had given directions to the MC to act against the illegal hoardings on the highways.(HT Photo)

Violating norms, councillor installs hoardings welcoming SAD leaders

HindustanTimes | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2015 12:29 AM IST
In a blatant violation of the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court, hoardings displaying pictures of ward number 57 councillor Veeran Bedi’s husband and son and other SAD leaders were illegally installed on the Ferozepur Road on Friday.
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