16072017-CT-01.qxd 7/16/2017 12:56 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 16 JULY 2017 | CHANDIGARH Toiling hard at tender age Stuck in lift with grandson Abhay move ahead With soiled hands, 10-year-old Mehtab hacks away pieces of bricks in Dera Bassi. P2 A woman, along with her grandson, had a harrowing time when they were stuck in a lift in Mohali. P4 Abhay Dogra beats Harmanjot Singh 8-3 in the CLTA-AITA Championship Series (CS-7) qualifiers. P6 GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 33°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.5°C MIN 28.2°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7.26 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.32 AM FORECAST Fresh hope for leasehold property owners Search your soul... MoUD writes to MHA to issue directions to UT Administration to fix rates for conversion Rajinder Nagarkoti RAVI KUMAR Tribune News Service Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans performs on the 37th founder’s day celebrations of the Chandigarh Press Club on Saturday night. CITY FUEL PRICES FOR TODAY PETROL HPCL BPCL DIESEL IOC HPCL ~64.32 ~64.36 ~64.28 ~55.77 BPCL IOC ~55.78 ~55.72 SNIPPETS 30 cellphones, ~1.5 lakh stolen Chandigarh, July 15 In a move expected to benefit the owners of nearly 50,000 leasehold properties — both residential and commercial in Chandigarh — the Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) has written to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), to issue directions to the UT Administration to fix rates for the conversion of properties from leasehold to freehold. Since 2013, there was an embargo on the transfer of leasehold residential properties to freehold, following the ❝ It will give a boost to property sector in the city. The move will bring more buyers in the city and will be beneficial for the economy as well. RAJ KUMAR PAL, Chairman, Converted Plot Owners Association Chairman, Chandigarh Beopar Mandal Chairman, Property Consultants Association ❞ directions of the then UT Administrator Shivraj Patil. Prior to the embargo, the Administration was charging Rs 1,710 per square yard as conversion fee. In the case of commercial alongside the road after a cow appeared on the road all of a sudden. The car was completely damaged in the mishap. An air balloon of the car opened and it saved the occupants. They were rushed to the PGI in a PCR vehicle continued on page 5 The mangled remains of the Mercedes that met with an accident near the Housing Board light point at Mani Majra. Hit by vehicle, biker falls off flyover, dies Chandigarh: Thirty mobile phones, Rs 1.50 lakh in cash and some clothes were stolen from an SCO in Sector 22 on Friday night. Businessman Simranjeet Singh told the police that his shop, Vaaho textiles and Chandigarh mobile store, was in the basement and was targeted. The police said the owner had switched off the CCTV cameras before closing the shop. On Friday, the owner found the locks of the shop broken and the mobile store in the basement ransacked. The miscreants took away 30 mobile phones and Rs 1.50 lakh from the cash box. The police have registered a case under Section 380 (theft) and 457 (house trespass) of the IPC at the Sector 17 police station. TNS 2 caught snatching purse Chandigarh: Two accused were arrested while snatching a purse of a Dhanas resident containing Rs 250 in cash and documents. Complainant Sohan, a resident of Dhanas, said the accused, Ravi and Ravi, alias Akash, both residents of Sector 49, were caught. They snatched the complainant’s purse which contained Rs 250 in cash and Aadhaar card from the rear side of the Transport Society in Sector 50. They were overpowered by the people and were arrested by the police. The investigation is in progress. A case under Sections 379, 356, 411 and 34 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 49 police station. TNS Zirakpur, July 15 A 24-year-old youth was killed on Saturday morning after his motorbike was allegedly hit from the rear by an unidentified vehicle on the Zirakpur flyover. The deceased has been identified as Neeraj Kumar, a resident of Punjabi Bagh, Dera Bassi. Police sources said the victim was working as an engineer at a housing project in Dhakoli. Eyewitnesses said the impact of the collision was such that the deceased fell off the flyover and landed on the other side of the road. Neeraj suffered serious head injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead, said sources. The police said the incident occurred at 5 am when the victim was on his way back home after finishing his night shift. The sources further added that the accident took place right after the victim BIKE HIT FROM REAR Neeraj’s motorbike was allegedly hit from the rear by an unidentified vehicle on the flyover. The impact of the collision was such that the motorcycle was flung to one side and the victim fell off the flyover. coming from Panchkula side entered the flyover. Neeraj’s motorbike was allegedly hit from the rear by an unidentified vehicle on the flyover. The impact of the collision was such that the motorcycle was flung to one side and the victim fell off the flyover. The body of the deceased has been kept at the mortuary in Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, for the postmortem. The police on the basis of the complaint lodged by the victim’s father have registered an FIR against an unidentified accused and started investigations. — OC 6 students fall ill after drinking water at KV in Chandigarh Video showing live insects in water cooler surfaces Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 15 As many as six students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, 3BRD Air Force area, have fallen ill allegedly after drinking contaminated water in the school. A video showing live insects in a water cooler of the school has also surfaced. However, the school authorities have denied any such development. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a parent whose son has fallen ill, said four students of a section of Class X reported suffering from ❝ It was a longpending demand of traders of the city. Till the time the UT fixes the new rates, they should allow conversion at older rates. CHARANJIV SINGH, ❞ properties, the UT Administration had last converted leasehold plots into freehold in 1983. Sources revealed that recently, the MoUD had written to the MHA to issue directions to the Chandigarh Administration, ❞ as the UT comes under the MHA to fix the rates. Recently, the matter was also taken up by MP Kirron Kher with the MHA and MoUD. In January this year, the UT Administration had approved rates for conversion of leasehold residential properties into freehold. But so far, nothing has happened on the issue. According to the rates of the residential properties pro- posed by the UT Administration in January 2015, for properties measuring between 0 and 50 square yards, nothing will be charged. For properties ranging between 51 and 150 square yards, the owners will have to pay 7.5 per cent of the collector rate, while for properties ranging between 151 and 250 square yards, the rate has been fixed at 10 per cent of the collector rate. For 250 to 350 square yards, the owners will have to shell out 15 per cent of the collector rate. A rate of 20 per cent has been fixed for properties measuring between 351 and 500 square yards. Mercedes rams into tree, occupants safe Both victims on Chandigarh, July 15 Four boys and two girls had a miraculous escape after the Mercedes car they were travelling in met with an accident near the Housing Board light point in the wee hours today. They were rushed to the PGI and were discharged after treatment, said the police. As per the police, the incident took place at 4:15 am when the luxury car (PIJ0170) rammed into a tree The owner of the shop shows the broken lock of the shutter after the theft in Sector 22-C, Chandigarh, on Saturday. MANOJ MAHAJAN ❝ It is a welcome move and will not only help property owners but will also increase the revenue of the UT Administration. CHANDER VERMA, A video grab shows live insects in a drinking water tank at the Kendriya Vidyalaya, 3BRD, Air Force Station, Chandigarh. diarrhoea and nausea. When a correspondent visited the school today, the cleaning of the water coolers was on. The children were still seen continued on page 5 c m y b artificial respiration HYDRAULIC LIFT MISHAP Kulwinder Sangha Mohali, July 15 The two employees of a private company, who fell from a hydraulic lift used for work on street lights here yesterday, are in a critical condition at the PGI, Chandigarh. The employees, Lakhan Pal, who worked as an electrician and Jaspal Singh who worked as a driver, had got seriously injured after they fell from the hydraulic lift in Sector 67 here. They were taken to Fortis Hospital from where they were referred to the PGI. Amarpreet Singh, SHO of the Phase XI police station, said Jaspal Singh and continued on page 5
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