03082017-CT-01.qxd 8/3/2017 1:35 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 3 AUGUST 2017 | CHANDIGARH RERA regulator Dadu Majra stinks Calvin in semis Delhi Lt Governor okays proposal to appoint a single regulator for Delhi and Chandigarh under RERA. P3 Residents of Dadu Majra colony want dumping ground shifted, cite health reasons. P4 Calvin survives scare, enters CLTA-AITA Ranking Championship semis. P6 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUD SKY | MAX 30°C MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C MIN 25.4°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.15 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.43 AM SNIPPETS We care for you Chargesheet filed against hotel employee Wheels of car stolen in Sec 41 Tribune News Service Chandigarh: The wheels of a car parked in Sector 41 were stolen by unidentified miscreants. This is the third such incident in less than two days. According to the police, the complainant, Nitin Kapoor, a resident of Sector 41, reported that he had parked his car outside his house. In the morning, he found the wheels of the car missing. A case of theft has been registered at the Sector 39 police station. Earlier, the wheels of two cars were stolen in Sectors 34 and 46. TNS Chandigarh, August 2 The UT police today filed a chargesheet in a local court against a young employee of Hotel Taj for the rape of an IT professional, who was arrest- Man hangs himself to death Extortion accused’s rape Chandigarh: A 42-year-old man reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in Khuda Lahora. No suicide note was found from the spot. The victim has been identified as Naresh, a native of Sonepat district in Haryana. The police received information regarding the incident around 2 pm after which a team reached the spot. The victim was rushed to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, where doctors declared him brought dead. Inquest proceedings have been initiated by the police. TNS ed by the Amritsar police on a charge of extortion after she made a similar complaint against the manager of a hotel there. The challan was filed against Sunny Kumar (29), a contractual employee of Hotel Taj working in the food and beverages department, under Section 376 of the IPC. Continued on page 2 Former truck union chief held Kharar: The police have arrested Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of the nearby Ballomajra village, on a charge of committing a fraud with Ravinder Singh of Madanheri by preparing a forged bill of a tractor. Sukhwinder Singh is a former president of the Mohali Truck Union. A case under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered against Sukhwinder Singh and Gurdip Singh. Ravinder Singh had approached the SSP, Mohali, with his complaint. OC No rain panic: Weatherman CITYZEN PEOPLE, PLACES, PASSIONS A traffic policeman helps an elderly woman cross the road separating Sectors 9 and 10 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Bike taxi drivers feel let down, observe strike Tribune News Service Girls on the way to school during rain in Chandigarh on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 2 While officials remained on their toes following the Met Department’s warning of heavy rain for two days, Director of Chandigarh Met Centre Surinder Paul said there was no need for city residents to panic. The city received a moderate 8 mm of rainfall. The maximum temperature recorded today was 29°C, four degrees below normal. The relative humidity remained high at 98 per cent. Following the forecast of heavy rain, the departments concerned were asked to make adequate arrangements. The city had witnessed 121 mm of rainfall in a matter of four hours on July 27. Mohali, August 2 A week after the launch of UberMOTO bike taxis in Mohali under the Apni Gaddi Apna Rozgar scheme by Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal with much fanfare, driver-partners of the company today took to the streets alleging that they have been cheated. The driver-partners observed a strike and accused the company and the state government of not keeping the promises made to them at the time of the launch of the scheme. Staging a protest at Phase IX here, the driver-partners, including Gurdip Singh and Malkeet Singh among others, alleged that the company was changing plans for them due to which they were finding it difficult to continue with the business. “Earlier, we were promised that we will get our earnings on an hourly basis. Then the company made three trips mandatory to earn Rs 105. Then the number of trips was increased to six and now they have introduced a booster system which is not in the interests of driver-partners,” said the protesters. The protesters were also up in arms over not being allowed to enter Chandi- UberMOTO bike taxi drivers hold a protest in Mohali on Wednesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH ‘Difficult to carry on’ Staging a protest at Phase IX in Mohali, UberMOTO driverpartners alleged that the company was changing plans for them due to which they were finding it difficult to continue with the business. garh. “Our business is being badly affected because of this. Earlier, we were told that the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, was in the process of getting permission for running our bike taxis in the tricity. A week has passed, but nothing of the sort has happened,” said one of them. “In Mohali, there isn’t much business for bike taxis. If we enter Chandigarh, the police issue challans to us and even impound our vehicles,” said Gurdip Singh. He claimed that at least 10 driver partners had been challaned in Chandigarh. The driver-partners also staged a protest in front of the Mohali District Administrative Complex in Sector 76 and PAGE 5 TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN later went to local MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu’s office to apprise him of their plight. Despite repeated attempts, the spokesperson for Uber could not be contacted. Bike taxis were launched with much fanfare On July 25, the Punjab Finance Minister had flagged off 100 bike taxis at a function held at the Indian School of Business, Mohali. The Chief Minister had to skip the function due to the demise of his mother. Five top bosses of realty firms get jail Tribune News Service Fine imposed Chandigarh, August 2 Five bosses of real estate firms — the chairman and two managing directors (MDs) of Unitech Ltd and two directors of Alice Developers — were today sentenced to two and a half years in jail by the UT State Consumer Commission in two cases. The commission, headed by Justice Jasbir Singh (retd), also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each on the five bosses and the two firms in both cases. The three Unitech bosses — chairman Romesh Chandra and MDs Ajay Chandra and Sanjay Chandra — have already been declared proclaimed offenders by the commission as they failed to appear before the authority despite being issued bailable and non-bailable warrants on 13 execution applications. They were earlier arrested in Gurugram, but were granted bail. The police here have failed to arrest them. The two directors of Alice Developers are Sanjeev Hingorani and Satbir Singh Yadav. In the present case, Harbhajan Singh Ramdasia (77) and his wife Vidyavati (74), residents of Sector 37, paid Rs 29,24,347 to buy a residential apartment in Mohali. In the same project, Darshan Singh (74) and his wife Mohinder Kaur (68) invested their hard-earned The UT State Consumer Commission also imposed a fine of ~10,000 each on the five bosses -- Unitech chairman and two MDs and two directos of Alice Developers -- and the two firms in two cases. Rs 29,43,614. However, they were not given the possession even after 36 months of the promised time. A complaint was filed with the commission, which directed the firms to refund the amount along with interest. The opposite parties did not comply with the order passed by the commission after which execution petitions were filed. Under the agreement, Alice was the construction firm while Unitech was the developer. 3 sentenced earlier too In March this year, Unitech Limited chairman and its two MDs were awarded three-year jail term by the commission for failing to comply with its order to give compensation to Sector 42 residents Amit Kohli and Bharti Khanna, who had purchased a flat in Uniworld City, Sector 97, Mohali. On a plaint of Brig Ajay Raina (retd) and his wife Rajesh Raina, residents of Sector 35, the commission had ordered three-year jail term for them. In Mohali, wannabe drivers need to clear this slush test first! Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Mohali, August 2 Two-wheeler riders need to think twice before entering the premises of the Mohali Driving Licensing Authority at Sector 82, particularly during the rains. The 100-metre kutcha approach road to reach the premises, having an advanced automated driving test track equipped with sensors and other hi-tech gadgets, is full of slush. On a rainy day, the road become slippery and visitors have a tough time moving on it. Even owners of four-wheelers can be seen struggling to reach the office due to the slush after parking their vehicles on the premises. The automated track also turns a virtual pool. “Reaching the office on the premises is more challenging than clearing the driving test on the automated track,” said Deepak Kumar, who visited the office to get a learner’s licence for his teenaged daughter. “When it rains, two-wheeler riders visiting the office often slip and fall in the slush,” said a dhaba owner, who runs his small-time business alongside the path. Tajiner Kumar, a local resident, said it was shocking to see the pathetic approach road to the office, which is visited by a large number of people every day. “Are the authorities sleeping? Why can’t they see the plight of the visitors?” said Tajinder Kumar. The woes do not end even after reaching at the office, where chaos and mismanagement are routine. “There is no proper system. One has to stand in two or three queues to get a single work done here. There is no separate queue for women and senior citizens,” said San- jeet Kawatra, a local resident. He said a part of the fee has to be paid at one counter and the remaining in another. “The token counter is separate. One has to stand in all these queues to get the work done,” said Kawatra. The server installed at the office is often found slow or out of order. “If you want to upload a document, it usually takes over 20 minutes,” said Ravi Kumar, a local resident. Another resident, Lakhbir Singh, said the office was without the required infrastructure, including a photostat machine. “If one needs to c m y b get a photostat copy of a document, he/she has to go to the market,” he said. A fortnight ago, Mohali SDM-cum-DTO RP Singh had stated that the approach road would be constructed within 10 days. “We have started putting soil on the kutcha path to construct a road, but the rain today played spoilsport. We are on the job; the road will be ready soon,” said RP Singh. On inconvenience faced by visitors at the office, he blamed it on shortage of staff. “Now, I have allocated work to get it done efficiently,” said RP Singh. NEED WE SAY MORE: The approach road to the automated driving test track at Sector 82 in Mohali on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY GHARU
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