02102017-CT-01.qxd 10/2/2017 12:54 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE MONDAY | 2 OCTOBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH Docs up in arms Traffic snarls a norm Yash sails into main draw The Chandigarh unit of the IMA to observe a fast from dawn to dusk on Monday. P2 Encroachments and haphazard parking galore at the main market of Baltana. P4 Yash beats Pratham in second round match of boys’ U-12 category in tennis meet. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 34°C MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34.2°C MIN 23.2°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.07 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.17 AM Festive season spells chaos on roads Tribune News Service 3 of family killed in Kharar mishap Were returning from marriage at Mohali Our Correspondent Kharar, October 1 Three members of a Morinda-based family were killed while its fourth member was severely injured in an accident on the Kharar-Ludhiana highway near Rurki Pukhta village last night. According to the police, Harnek Singh (50), his son Ravinder Singh (21) and granddaughter Mandeep Kaur (one) died on the spot while his daughter-in-law Suman (20) was injured in the accident. She is struggling for life at the PGI, Chandigarh. The family lived in Ward No. 13 of Morinda. The police said the family had come to Mohali to take part in a wedding at Mataur village yesterday. They were heading back to Morinda in their car when a rashly driven truck hit the car near Rurki Pukhta village. The car overturned and fell off the bridge. Ravinder Singh was driving the car. After the accident, the truck driver fled the spot. In the meantime, a large number of Man falls off roof in Sector 17, dies Chandigarh, October 1 A 32-year-old man, who worked as caretaker of a building in Sector 17, died after he reportedly fell off the roof of the building last night. He was reportedly in an inebriated condition at the time of incident. He was reportedly in an inebriated condition According to the police, the victim has been identified as Bunty. Police sources said the victim, along with his friends, consumed liquor at the rooftop last night. After consuming liquor, his friends came down while Bunty went towards the corner of the roof. “The victim might have lost his balance and fell off the roof. There are no railings on the roof,” said a police official. The police were informed about the incident. The victim was taken to the hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. The police have ruled out any foul play. Inquest proceeding has been initiated by the police at the Sector 17 police station. — TNS The deceased and severely injured Suman (extreme right). FILE PHOTO passersby and local villagers gathered there. A few of them pulled the victims out of the mangled remains of the car and rushed them to the local Civil Hospital. The doctors declared Harnek and Ravinder dead on arrival and referred Suman and her daughter to the PGI. The car was badly smashed and it took the villagers a great effort to pull the victims out of it. According to the police, the toddler died during treatment at the PGI while her mother was struggling for life. The Gharuan police have registered a case against unidentified truck driver under Section 279, 304A and 427 of the IPC. The family was running a business in Morinda. A traffic jam at Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Sunday evening. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI UT TRAFFIC POLICE BRACE FOR SNARLS Now, mobile teams to catch tipsy drivers ■ Extra policemen to be Amit Sharma deployed in markets ■ Staff duty hours to be extended ■ Traffic police to write to MC for checking encroachments in parking lots ■ Various school premises to be converted into parking lots during evening hours till festive season ends ■ Drive against wrong parking to be intensified Tribune News Service deal with parking problem. The towing vans will be stationed in markets and the challaning drive for wrong parking intensified. The police official said the residents were advised to walk down to the nearby markets to avoid congestion on roads. “Those who live at a walking distance from markets should avoid coming in cars,” said a police official. Chandigarh, October 1 In yet another initiative to crack down on tipsy drivers in the city, the traffic police have equipped their officers with alcohol sensors who will move across the city on vans and challan drunken drivers at any point. The traffic police have decided to adopt zero tolerance towards drunken driving. They have launched an intensive drive against offenders in the past two months. After introducing the concept of mobile nakas, under which these are shifted every hour, equipping officers with breath analysers to issue challans on the move is another innovative step by the traffic police. The SSP Traffic, Shashank Anand, said all DSPs in the Cyclist dies in hit-and-run case Our Correspondent lalru, October 1 In a hit-and-run case, an unidentified person was killed here last night. The man was hit by an unknown vehicle while he was crossing the road near Gholumajra village in Dera Bassi. The deceased is yet to be identified. Sources said the victim was believed to be in his mid-50s. He was rushed to the GMCH, Sector 32, after being hit by a rashly driven vehicle on the AmbalaChandigarh highway. He succumbed to injuries at the hospital. The police have registered a case against unidentified driver under various Sections of the IPC and started investigations. A FILE PHOTO The mangled remains of the car at Kharar. A TRIBUNE PHOTO Chandigarh, October 1 The city roads have started witnessing traffic snarls, especially in the evening, with residents thronging markets to shop for the coming festivals. The UT traffic police claim to have come up with a special plan to deal with this festive rush, which includes deployment of extra force and extending duty hours of the staff. The Police Department will also ask the MC to check encroachments on parking lots in the markets. Traffic jams on all major city roads have become a routine, especially during the evening hours. The entry and exit routes from Chandigarh towards Zirakpur on Dakhsin Marg and towards Panchkula on Madhya Marg are among the most affected roads where commuters get stuck in snarls for at least 15 minutes during the peak hours. The roads in and around sectors, including Sector 22, 23, 33, 34, 35, 15, 17, 19, 20 and 21, are the worst affected. Traffic chaos was also witnessed in Sector 22 this evening. The SSP-Traffic, Shashank Anand, said a special plan for the festive season had been chalked out under which the deployment of traffic police in the market areas would be enhanced. “We are going to write to the MC for not allowing any encroachments in the parking areas of the markets,” the SSP added. He said the premises of schools would also be turned into parking lots in several sectors during the evening hours to 4,564 CHALLANS SO FAR This year, the traffic police have issued 4,564 challans for drunken driving. The challaning drive in September has broken many past records with 1,158 challans issued in just 30 days. TRICITY OPDs CLOSED TODAY All OPDs in the PGI, GMCH-32, GMSH-16 and other government health institutions in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula will remain closed on Monday on account of Gandhi Jayanti. Emergency services will, however, function as usual. Happy in old-age home, but feel lonely: Inmates INTERNATIONAL DAY OF OLDER PERSONS Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 1 SK Bhalla (102), is the oldest inmate at Senior Citizens Home, Sector 15, here. He has completed more than 15 years at the home. His family, son, daughter-in-law and grand kid, were killed in an accident in 1990s. His wife died of shock on getting the news of the accident. “No one gets satisfied ever. But I feel much better here at the old age home. It is much better than staying in a middle class family,” he says. “I am deaf but can do anything,” he adds. Bhalla interacts with the help of a writing pad as one has to ask in writing. “Due to my deafness, I feel lonely,” he says. Regarding International Day of Older Persons, he says society should be more conscious about it. “Once an inmate died here. His son was a multi-millionaire in the US. He started complaining why his father was not provided with medical help when he came here. I told him that reality was that his father died in an old age SK Bhalla, oldest inmate at Old Age Home, Chandigarh. Inmates of Old Age Home, Sector 15, celebrate International Day of Older Persons along with students on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Vidya Vatti, recent inmate. home despite him being a multi-millionaire,” he says. Bhalla has no relatives but he regularly visits his friends in the tricity. “SK Bhalla has so much experience in life. We take guidance from him. Even the menu is approved by inmates here and then it goes to the doctor for final approval,” says Vandana Bhatia, Resident Manager of Old Age Home, which houses DAY CARE FACILITY A HIT only destitute senior citizens. Vidya Vatti, who is the recent inmate, doesn’t know her age. But old age home manager says she must be in her 70s. She has no children. Her husband, who was a rickshawpuller, died two years ago. She was relying on neighbours for food in Hallo Majra. Then someone brought her here about six months ago. “I feel much better here. If c m y b you are in dire need, people don’t come for help. But if you are well off, a lot would come,” she says. She also complains of loneliness but has made friends and goes with them for a walk. She has no one else in life. “My brothers also died long ago,” she says. She is an illiterate. The Chandigarh Administration set up the old age home in 1970s. Against a capacity of 34, there are 43 inmates, including 15 women. Besides a pocket money of Rs 600 per month, they are paid Rs 1,000 per month as pension to carry out their day to day expenses. “We remain engaged with them as they feel lonely. Someone should be there to listen to them. Students, NCC and NSS volunteers keep visiting the home and carry out activities,” says Bhatia. traffic wing and Traffic Inspectors had been equipped with alcohol sensors. “They will use them anywhere, especially to check school bus drivers and auto-rickshaw drivers,” the SSP added. Sources said suspicious drivers would be stopped at any point and would be asked to blow into alcohol sensors. The motorists found drunk will have to got off their vehicles after which they will be issued challans. Their vehicles will be impounded. This year, the traffic police have issued 4,564 challans for drunken driving. The challaning drive in September has broken many past records with 1,158 challans issued in just 30 days. Seeing the pace of the drive, the number of challans is surely going to be more than last year. Started three years ago, day care facility takes care of about 40 senior citizens every day. They are those people who do not require 24-hour care. “They are provided with the facilities of yoga, meditation, health checkup, library and entertainment. Though they have to bring their own food,” says Vandana Bhatia, Resident Manager, Senior Citizens Home, Sector 15. Boy electrocuted, tent house owner arrested Chandigarh, October 1 A 12-year-old boy, who had gone to attend a birthday party in the neighbourhood at Phase-I, Ram Darbar, died after getting electrocuted from a pole of the tent pitched at the venue. The victim had been identified as Vikas, a resident of Ram Darbar. The police said Suresh had organised his nephew’s birthday party for which all children from the neighbourhood were invited. A tent was pitched near his house on the occasion. “The victim, who had gone to have snacks at the party, came in contact with the pole and was electrocuted,” the sources said. He was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, where the doctors declared him dead on arrival. The victim is survived by his mother Indra Devi and three siblings. The police have registered a case under Section 304-A (causing death due to negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Suresh and Amit Sood, owner of Sood Tent House, at the Sector 31 police station. Sood has been arrested. — TNS
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