06072017-CT-01.qxd 7/6/2017 12:48 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 6 JULY 2017 | CHANDIGARH Dirty picture Tribune flyover Saaniya tied 4th The fountain near the Student Centre at Panjab University turns a dumping ground P2 UT Administration selects consultant for the Tribune Chowk flyover project. P4 City golfer Saaniya cards a 3-over 75 to finish tied-fourth. P6 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUD SKY | MAX 35°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36.8°C MIN 27.2°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.28 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.28 AM Kharar flyover: 607 structures in 9 villages to be bulldozed Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Mohali, July 5 A total of 607 structures, including houses and shops, in nine villages located along the Balongi-Kharar highway will be bulldozed as the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is all set to acquire seven hectares of land to construct service lanes on both sides of the under-construction flyover there. An official related to the Rs 448-crore project said the NHAI had already acquired 11 hectares of land before the start of the project. “The project now requires seven more hectares, being termed “missing land”, to construct the service lanes on both sides of the flyover. After acquisition of the “missing land”, the work will be expedited,”the official told Chandigarh Tribune on condition of anonymity. “The structures to be bulldozed fall on these seven hectares,”the official said. He said the land in question should have been acquired before the start of the project, for which the deadline is December 2018. L&T, whose services have been hired by the NHAI to complete the project, has sought more time (around 11 months) for the completion of the six-lane flyover, to be constructed on single pillars. “The completion of the project also depends on the SNIPPETS time being taken to complete the process of acquisition of the “missing land”by the NHAI. Earlier, the site and design of the flyover saw changes even after the start of the work on June 9, 2016. The construction work actually started in December last year after the finalisation of the site and design of the project,”said the official. So far, 30 pillars and 60 foundations of the 4.5 km-long flyover, including its approach, have been completed. The official said 90 per cent of the land acquisition should take place before the start of any such project and the remaining land should be acquired within five months of the start of the construction work. In this project, the process of acquiring the “missing land”was yet to start even after over one year of the start of the project. So, the project was expected to be delayed, said the official. Under the project, the elevated road will start from Balongi, where an underpass will be constructed, and culminate near KFC (also having an underpass). Then again there will be an elevated road from Sunny Enclave to the Khanpur Tpoint. Except being widened to a six-lane road, there will be no change in the road from the grain market, Sector 39, to Balongi. Work under way on the Mohali-Kharar flyover on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY GHARU STA challans 40 school buses Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 5 The State Transport Authority (STA) today swung into action after Monday’s accident involving a bus of Mount Carmel School. Inspectors challaned around 40 school buses today for various violations, including “no permit, incomplete documents and overloading”. Three inspectors held the drive at different locations in the morning as well as the afternoon. An inspector of the STA, Ravinder Singh, who was also issuing challans, said, “Schools add new buses every year and sometimes fail to get permits; the maximum number of challans issued today were for this violation”. He said none of the STA officials check documents of a school bus in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH buses was without CCTV cameras or attendants. Ravinder Singh said while challaning buses was a routine, the special drive today was in the wake of Monday’s accident. Auto-rickshaws and other vehicles carrying schoolchildren were also checked and the violators challaned. In the case of these vehicles, overloading was the most common violation, said Ravinder Singh. The accident on Monday took place near the Hallo Majra roundabout when the bus of Mount Carmel School hit a stationary truck. Two of the 30 children were injured in the accident. Today, the child commission had summoned the school principal, bus driver, attendant and the contractor. A CCTV grab shows the snatchers fleeing on a motorcycle. GMADA, PUDA neck deep in debt Purse snatched from girl Both development authorities owe a whopping ~4,847 crore to banks Chandigarh: A purse containing Rs 600 and documents was allegedly snatched from a girl in Sector 37 by unknown bike riders. The victim, a resident of New Delhi, alleged that two boys on a bike sped away after snatching the purse containing an ID card, Aadhaar card and cash from her in a residential area in Sector 37. A case under Sections 379 and 356 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 39 police station. TNS Nitin Jain 2 killed in truck-auto collision Kalka: Two persons were killed in an accident on the NH 21-A at Pinjore on Tuesday night. According to police sources, the accident took place around 11 pm near Lohgarh village in Pinjore block when a recklessly driven truck, on way from Pinjore to Baddi, collided with an auto-rickshaw coming from the Baddi side. Two persons, including the auto driver, died on the spot. The driver of the truck fled from the spot. The police impounded the truck. The victims have been identified as Bunty Sharma, auto driver, who hails from UP and was living in Pinjore, and Hari Om, who also hails from UP and had come to meet his sister two days ago at Madhnala village. He was going to board the Kalka-Hawrah train when the accident took place. OC Cool comfort Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 5 Once considered revenuegenerating self-sustained bodies, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) are now neck deep in debt. Call it “ill-planning”or “unmindful expenditure”during the past decade-long Parkash Singh Badal-led SAD-BJP regime, both these development authorities are now cashstrapped and owe a whopping Rs 4,847.14-crore loans to different banks. PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR While GMADA alone is under a Rs 3,099.54-crore debt, PUDA owes Rs 1,747.6 crore to banks. Official records in the possession of The Tribune reveal that what to talk of repayment of the outstanding huge loan amounts, the development authorities are even finding it difficult to pay the monthly bank instalments as both GMADA and PUDA are now bereft of any funds of their own. Both the debt-ridden authorities had been paying an annual interest ranging between 8.4 per cent and 9.35 per cent on their outstanding bank loans and overdrafts. GMADA LOANS ~1,794.9 crore OVERDRAFT ~1,304.64 crore PUDA Loans ~1,747.6 crore . While GMADA had cited “infrastructure development”as the main reason for availing of a majority of the loans and bank overdrafts, PUDA had taken loans amounting to Rs 2,000 crore for paying the Punjab Government against OUVGL (Optimum Utilisation of Vacant Government Lands) sites transferred to it and the rest of the loans were procured for “infrastructure development”. Both GMADA and PUDA had even mortgaged several of their properties with the banks to avail of heavy amounts of loans and overdrafts. With their own coffers empty, these development authorities had even procured further loans to repay the previous loans on the completion of their term periods. In one such instance, GMADA procured a loan from the State Bank of India to repay a Rs 500-crore short term loan of Indian Bank. Similarly, PUDA had been taking new loans from other banks to repay previous loans. So much so, the records show that these authorities had been even finding it difficult to pay hefty monthly instalments, running into several lakhs of rupees, following which they had been procuring further finances and bank overdrafts. Officials privy to the “wrongdoings”revealed that GMADA lost huge revenue in the ill-planned Purab Premium Apartments project, continued on page 2 10-year jail, ~2.5 lakh fine for youth Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 5 A local court today awarded 10-year jail along with a fine of Rs 2.5 lakh to a 21-year-old Hallo Majra youth, Satish, for raping a student of Class III last year. The court also directed that of this amount, Rs 2 lakh be given to the victim in the form of a fixed deposit when she turns 18. The victim’s father, a clerk with a private transport company, told the police in his complaint that his daughter had gone to the terrace on the night of May 24, 2016. Fixed deposit The court directed that of the fine, Rs 2 lakh be given to the victim in the form of a fixed deposit when she turns 18. The victim’s father, a clerk with a private transport company, had lodged the rape complaint with the police. When she returned, she was scared and was found bleeding. When he asked his eight-year-old daughter what had happened, she narrated the incident. Following this, a police complaint was lodged and a medical examination of the victim conducted, which confirmed rape. A case under Sections 376 (2) of the IPC and under various Sections of the POCSO Act was registered against Satish. CITYZEN PEOPLE, PLACES, PASSIONS Illegal road to Punjab minister’s house closed Tribune News Service A woman rests under the shade of a tree as visitors throng Rock Garden on a hot Wednesday. Debt burden CLASS III GIRL’S RAPE Chandigarh, July 5 In a drive carried out today by the engineering wing of the Administration, an illegal road built by Punjab Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi outside his official residence in Sector 2 has been closed. The staff of the department took over an hour and a half to level the road. Channi has been occupying the house close to the official residence of the Chief Minister of Punjab. A JCB machine and staff of the road wing was deputed for the drive. An officer of the c m y b Direct entry Sources said Punjab Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi had constructed the road to ensure direct entry into the house. engineering department said Channi had constructed the road without taking permission from the Administration or the Municipal Corporation. The staff removed the tiles. The road was built from the green belt using interlocking tiles. Sources said Channi had constructed the road to ensure direct entry into the house. Last week, teams of the MC also objected to the construction into the green belt, but employees continued the construction. Channi seeks permission Sources said Channi had now sought permission from the MC to restore the road for a direct approach to his house. In a letter written on behalf of Channi to the Municipal Corporation and the Administration, it has been stated that the existing road to his house is congested because of traffic. In view of the problem, permission for a new direct approach road should be given to the house of the minister. Railings installed on the illegal approach road. A TRIBUNE PHOTO PAGE 5
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