31072017-CT-01.qxd 7/31/2017 12:50 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE MONDAY | 31 JULY 2017 | CHANDIGARH Students display collection Dog sterilisation halted Gerrari Offroaders Three back-to-back fashion shows presented by 38 passing-out INIFD students. P2 The private agency has finally suspended stray dog sterilisation in Panchkula. P4 Chandigarh’s Gurmeet Virdi and co-driver Kirpal Singh Tung won Force Gurkha RFC India. P6 FORECAST MODERATE RAIN | MAX 30°C MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.5°C MIN 28.5°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.17 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.41 AM A boy stands on the base of a pole as he watches his car stuck on the waterlogged road separating Sector 17 and 18 near the ISBT on Sunday; and (right) children enjoy the rain in Sector 22. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: PRADEEP TEWARI/RAVI KUMAR City gets stuckalloveragain Rain spells chaos near Elante and Centra Mall, water enters Palika Bazar and houses at Mani Majra Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 30 Heavy rain, which had continued for an hour this evening, spelled chaos for residents with waterlogged roads witnessing traffic snarls. Rainwater entered Palika Bazar in Sector 19 and the parking lot of the Police Headquarters. Fire engines were pressed into service to drain out water. There were huge traffic jams near Elante and Centra Mall in Industrial Area. Traffic had come to a standstill for half an hour there. There was chaos in most parts of the city, including sectors 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 32, 33 and 29 light points, Sector 34 and the underbridge in Industrial Area. Chaos continued even half an hour after the rain had stopped as water took time to recede. Rainwater also entered houses in the Modern Housing Complex at Mani Majra and Indira Colony. The situation was grim at the the sector 18 and 19 and 17 and 18 roundabouts where vehicles were stuck in long traffic jams. Students helped commuters whose cars broke down on the waterlogged roads. People could be seen wading through knee-deep water while pushing their vehicles. The main roads, including Madhya Marg and Dakshin Marg, also witnessed traffic jams. A team of the Public Health Department used pumps to drain out rainwater from the under bridge in Industrial Area as there was a huge traffic jam on the road leading to railway station. Rainwater also entered lowlying areas of the city such as sector 44, 51, 61 and 63. Sumant, a resident of Sector 19, said he got stuck for half an hour at the light point in Sector 17. He said the road leading to Industrial Area from the bus stand witnessed traffic chaos every time it rained. Executive Engineer BK Dhawan said the storm water pipes were laid many years ago and these were meant for rainfall below 15 mm. Temporary waterlogging has to happen if rainfall is above 15 mm, he said, adding that everything returned to normal after half an hour. Cyclists wade through the waterlogged road dividing Sector 17 and 18 adjoining the ISBT. Rain brings respite from heat, humidity Southern sectors witness only drizzle Chandigarh: Traffic moved bumper to bumper on roads near Elante Mall, Industrial Area-I, as it rained on Sunday evening. Long queues of vehicles were witnessed on the roads leading to the mall. The Sunday rush added to the problem with queues of vehicles stretching up to Centra Mall. The traffic snarls had remained for more than an hour. Many people heading towards the mall preferred to return midway. It took commuters more than 20 minutes to travel the distance that is usually covered in less than five minutes. Many visitors preferred to walk up to the mall despite rain after parking their cars in other parts of Industrial Area. — TNS The police regulate traffic during a jam near the Sector 35-22 roundabout. A family caught in the rain in Sector 21. Traffic moves bumper to bumper near Centra Mall in Chandigarh on Sunday. SUNDAY RUSH ADDS TO CHAOS NEAR ELANTE SNIPPETS UT relaxes parking norms for residential houses Woman’s earrings snatched Relaxation in construction of room in backyard; remove boundary wall to park more vehicles Chandigarh: Earrings of a 66-year-old woman were snatched in Sector 56 on Sunday while she was returning home after purchasing vegetables. She suffered minor injuries in the incident. Police sources said the victim, identified as Mukhtyari Devi, a resident of Sector 56, had gone to purchase vegetables from the market in Phase-VI, Mohali. She was returning home when a pedestrian snatched her earrings near her house. A case has been registered at the Sector 39 police station. TNS Sampark: No cash above ~2K Chandigarh: No Sampark Centre will accept cash payment of more than Rs 2,000 in cash for depositing bills of electricity and water besides fees for various types of work of different departments from August 1. Sources said the order had been issued by the administration. An officer of the Sampark Centre said a sufficient number of the POS machines had been kept at all 42 centres where residents could make payments through debit or credit cards. More than 40 different types of fees are received at the centres. The administration took the decision to promote digital payment. TNS Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 30 In a major relief to residents, the Chandigarh Administration has allowed more relaxation in the norms for construction of rooms in the backyards of houses with an area below 8 marla. Besides, the administration has also relaxed the parking norms, paving the way for early approval of the building plans. The administration has made provisions in the new building rules approved by the Governor of Punjab and Administrator of UT VP Singh Badnore. Now, the owners of below 8- Normal rain in P’kula Chandigarh, July 30 Once again, the city witnessed heavy rain, which gave respite from the hotand-humid weather. However, the rain also brought with it miseries as different parts of the city, especially Madhya Marg, Sector 17, 18, 20, 21, 29 and 35, witnessed severe water accumulation on roads. The Met Department recorded 34 mm rainfall in the old airport area while it was .3 mm at the Met office in Sector 39. Sectors 44, 45, 46, 47 and other southern sectors only witnessed drizzling while the centrally located sectors witnessed heavy rain. Suresh Singh, who works at an electronics store in Sector 35, said there was heavy rain in their sector. Vishal Thakur, Self-certification in plan approval allowed The Chandigarh Administration has decided to accept selfcertification in the plan approval for commercial and industrial properties. The new provision has been made in the new Urban Building Bylaws. The architects will have to certify that the plans adhere to the requirements as laid down under the Building Rules, including the Zoning and Architectural Controls, giving a 15-day notice to the competent authority for granting approval. Construction can be started after the notice period in case the competent authority does not convey any objection to the applicant. marla houses can construct rooms in the backyard up to 1/3 of the width of the plot with11 feet height from the plinth. The administration reversed its earlier order which allowed the room with only 1/4 of the width of the plot, which made it impossi- c m y b ble for residents to construct rooms in the backyard. Likewise, the administration has also relaxed the parking norms for residential houses. Under the new rules, residents will require to make a provision for only one car in houses below 10 marla, two for one-kanal houses and three for up to two-kanal houses. Earlier residents were required to make provisions for more cars, resulting in delayed approval for building plans. Besides, grills are also allowed at the back of the houses close to roads for safety purpose. In another big relief, residents are also allowed to remove the boundary wall in front of their houses to park more vehicles in the same space. The provision for the approval of the plan online has also been made in the new rules, allowing the digital sign on the building plans. Spiral stairs have also been allowed in houses. The new rules have also brought a similarity in the height of residential buildings in the city and allowed construction up to 35 feet. At present, permission for maximum height differs from sector to sector. The plinth area for measurement has also been made similar for construction. The SCF owners will also get relief as they have been allowed to use upper floors for habitable purpose, subject to the payment of rates fixed by the administration. Ventilation and opening of windows will be allowed in the national building code. In neighbouring Panchkula, there was normal rain. There were no major reports of waterlogging there. Mohali almost dry While rain caught several commuters unawares in Chandigarh in the evening, most parts in its satellite town, Mohali, remained dry. “There was a light drizzle in Phase VII but that was just negligible,” said Amarjit Singh, a local resident. However, Phase XI witnessed light showers in the afternoon. . a resident of Sector 44, said there was only drizzling for around half an hour in the evening. But there were sectors like 39 where there was no rain at all. — TNS ~30 lakh seized at Zirakpur naka Zirakpur, July 30 The police on Sunday seized Rs 30 lakh in cash at a naka in Zirakpur. According to police sources, a scooter was signalled to stop at the naka on the Chandigarh-Ambala road near Hotel Ramada. During a search, Rs 30 lakh was recovered from Arvind Kumar, a resident of Chandigarh. The sources said the youth could not produce proper documents and failed to give convincing answers to the queries of a surveillance team. The matter was brought to the notice of Income Tax officials, who would question Arvind for his motive behind carrying huge cash, the police sources said. — OC
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