03102017-CT-01.qxd 10/3/2017 1:10 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 3 OCTOBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH Gandhi remembered Stray dogs in Mohali Ananya wins BB Bharti, HSSC chief, says Gandhi knew victory couldn’t be achieved sans people’s movement. P2 As many as 2,929 cases of dog bite reported from January 2016 to August 2017 in Mohali. P4 Ananya of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, beats Nishika Punia to bag table tennis title. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 34°C MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 22.2°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.05 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.17 AM Drive ends, litter stays No flight after 4 pm from today Runway upgrade Flight operations curtailed; airport to remain closed on Sundays Tribune News Service A heap of garbage is seen near the underground parking in Sector 17, Chandigarh, as the ‘Swachhta Hi Sewa’ campaign ended on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN PAGE 5 Leasehold property owners feel cheated Rue exorbitant conversion charges and cost of form Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 2 Owners of leasehold properties are feeling cheated, courtesy exorbitant processing fee, “over 100 times conversion charges” and the high price of application forms being sold by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB). While the UT Administration is yet to fix the exact conversion charges for flats, the CHB has already started selling forms for the purpose for Rs 1,180 (Rs 1,000 plus GST). Over 200 forms have been sold so far. Residents have questioned the decision of the CHB to charge the high processing fee claiming that the UT Estate Office is not charging any processing fee for conversion. The CHB has fixed processing fee ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000 plus GST for different types of flats. Over 40 applicants have POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 9 am to 1 pm: Parts of Sector 46 to 50 and 63 10 am to 3 pm: Parts of Sector 38 to 41, 42, 43, 45 and 56, and Badheri, Butrela and Burail villages 9 am to 5 pm: Parts of Sector 24 and 25, Milk Colony, Dhanas, Dhanas village and Khuda Lahora Colony No. 1 & 2, Khuda Lahora village, Khuda Jassu, Jayanti Majra Road, Aman and Chaman Colony, Ambedkar Colony, Dhanas, and residential area, PGI, Sector 12 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sector 7, 26, 38 & 48, Raipur Khurd village, Makhan Majra, poultry farm, Phase 1, Old/New Indra Colony & Subhash Nagar, Mani Majra already deposited the forms with the revised processing fee. If anybody wants conversion under the Tatkal scheme, the charges are around Rs 46,000. The application form was available for Rs 25 three years ago. The forms are being sold by striking down the old price on these. Ajay Jagga, an advocate, said striking down the printed price on a form and replacing it with another value was not permissible under the Legal Metrology Act, 2009, and the Consumer Protection Act. Jatinder Bhatia, founder president of the Chandigarh Housing Board Residents Federation, said the board should not burden residents unnecessarily. He said when the conversion charges were all set to be hiked a 100 times, demanding more money by way of processing fee was not justified. He said earlier the conver- sion charges were fixed between Rs 4,000 and Rs 10,700, but now these would be in lakhs. He said he had bought a flat for Rs 80,000 and was not in a position to pay Rs 8 lakh to Rs 10 lakh as conversion charges. The Administration recently allowed the conversion of residential leasehold property into freehold after a gap of three years. Nearly 20,000 to 25,000 households are yet to convert their properties. Earlier, the Administration used to charge Rs 1,710 per sq metre as conversion fee. Now, the charges will be fixed on the basis collector rates. Existing charges to apply for services: Chairman Maninder Singh, Chairman of the CHB, said, “There will be no additional charges for the services. In all cases, the existing charges will apply.” However, official orders are yet to issued by the board. Mohali, October 2 The number of flights operating from the Chandigarh international airport will come down from the existing 37 to 27 on account of runway upgrade, which is due to start from October 3. From October 3, 2017, to March 31, 2018, the runway will remain closed for repairs from 4 pm to 5 am and flights will operate from 5 am to 4 pm, with the first flight departing at 7.35 am. The airport will remain closed on Sundays. The new schedule will remain in force till October 28, following which the winter flight schedule will be released. Chandigarh International Airport Limited CEO Suneel Dutt said, “The runway repair work will include recarpeting and resurfacing of the runway. In order to accommodate wide-bodied aircraft (Boeing 777, 787 and 747), the length of the runway is being extended from the current 9,000 ft to 10,400 ft.” “The runway will have the CAT II instrument landing system that will assist in landing when the visibility is low,” he said. According to sources, the repair is expected to take 20 months with an expected cost of over Rs 460 crore. With the implementation of new watch hours, several airlines have curtailed their oper- Two liquor smugglers open fire at cops, held Ropar, October 2 The district police arrested two liquor smugglers after the accused tried to flee from a naka by opening fire at a police party at Chamkaur Sahib, near here, today. A revolver and 50 boxes of liquor were recovered from the accused, Sunil Kumar, alias Sonu, and Amandeep Singh of Fatehgarh Sahib district. Senior Superintendent of Police Raj Bachan Singh Sandhu said a Tata Safari reached near Pippal Majra village on the Chamkaur SahibMorinda road. The police signalled it to stop when the occupants opened fire at the police and sped away. However, due to high speed, the driver lost control and the vehicle fell in a paddy field. The occupants tried to run away, but were nabbed by the police. New Air India Kullu-Chd flight ations. As per the new schedule, Jet Airways will operate seven flights instead of 10. Three Jet Airways flights from Chandigarh to Delhi with departure timings of 6.05 pm, 7.40 pm and 9.35 pm, respectively, have been cancelled. “In the winter schedule, the number of flights may come down to four due to fog,” said an official from Jet Airways at the airport. SpiceJet, which currently operates seven flights, will operate four flights in the new schedule. SpiceJet flights to Jaipur, Hyderabad and Delhi have been cancelled. There is no change in the morning flights to Jammu and Delhi, which will depart at 8.30 am and 8.40 am, respectively. The SpiceJet flight to Srinagar will depart at 12.15 pm instead of 12.35 pm and the flight to Delhi at 4.10 pm has been advanced to 3.35 pm. IndiGo will operate seven flights with three flights cancelled in the new schedule. The cancelled flights include flights in the evening slots to Srinagar, Mumbai and Bengaluru. There is no change in the timings of IndiGo’s international flight to Dubai, which will depart at 3.45 pm. The sources said more flights were likely to be cancelled or rescheduled in the winter schedule, especially in the morning slots, due to fog and low visibility. The winter schedule is expected to be out by mid-October. Revolver recovered A revolver and 50 boxes of liquor were recovered from the accused, Sunil Kumar, alias Sonu, and Amandeep Singh of Fatehgarh Sahib Sandhu said besides a .32 bore revolver and four empty cartridges, 50 boxes of liquor containing 595 bottles were recovered from them. The accused used to purchase liquor from Chandigarh at low prices and sell these in villages in the area. A case under Sections 307, 427, 188 and 34 of the IPC, Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act and Sectios 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered against both accused. —TNS JET AIRWAYS Delhi-Chandigarh-Delhi Arrival Departure 7:10 7:35 9:05 9:35 10:20 10:55 14:50 15:15 Jaipur-Chandigarh-Jaipur Arrival Departure 10:50 11:15 Mumbai-Chandigarh-Bombay Arrival Departure 11:55 12:25 14:55 15:30 SPICEJET Jaipur-Chandigarh-Jammu Arrival Departure 7:45 8:30 Delhi-Chandigarh-Delhi Arrival Departure 8:05 8:40 Delhi-Chandigarh-Sri Nagar Arrival Departure 11:45 12:15 Srinagar-Chandigarh-Delhi Arrival Departure 15:05 15:35 INDIGO Delhi-Chandigarh-Delhi Arrival Departure 7:25 7:55 Bengaluru-Chandigarh-Bengaluru Arrival Departure 10:00 10:40 7:50 8:20 (Tuesdays) Dubai-Chandigarh-Delhi** Arrival Departure 10:30 12:00 Mumbai-Chandigarh-Bombay Arrival Departure 11:40 12:10 14:00 14:30 Hyderabad-Chandigarh-Hyderabad Arrival Departure 13:45 14:15 Delhi-Chandigarh-Dubai** 14:55 15:45 AIR INDIA Mumbai-Chandigarh-Pune Arrival Departure 8:30 9:10 Leh-Chandigarh-Leh Arrival Departure 8:45 9:25 Delhi-Chandigarh-Delhi Arrival Departure 12:00 12:40 Pune-Chandigarh-Mumbai Arrival Departure 14:50 15:30 Sharjah-Chandigarh-Sharjah ** Arrival Departure 14:20 15:20 VISTARA Delhi-Chandigarh-Delhi Arrival Departure 12:40 13:15 14:40 15:20 GO AIR Mumbai-Chandigarh-Mumbai Arrival Departure 11:00 11:30 AIR ASIA Bengaluru-Chandigarh-Bengaluru Arrival Departure 12:20 12:50 A new Air India flight between Kullu and Chandigarh is all set to be introduced. The inaugural flight will take off from Chandigarh on October 5. “Further details about the flight’s schedule will be announced soon,” said a source at the airport. No Air India Bangkok flight RK Negi, local station manager, Air India, confirmed that the Air India Express international flight to Sharjah had been advanced to depart at 3.20 pm instead of the earlier 5.45 pm. However, there would be no international flight to Bangkok till the winter schedule was released. Negi said, “There will be no international flight to Bangkok in the summer schedule. It may be announced in the winter schedule subject to the availability of aircraft.” Air India had announced a direct flight to Bangkok from Chandigarh last year, slated to take off from October 6. The flight to Bangkok was earlier supposed to start in April 2017 but was later deferred due to delay in procuring a new aircraft. In the new schedule, Air India’s flight to Leh will depart at 9.25 am on Tuesday and Saturday. The Chandigarh to Delhi flight departure time of 12.40 pm remains unchanged. The flight to Mumbai will depart at 3.30 pm instead of 5.45 pm and the flight to Pune will take off at 9.10 pm instead of 10.50 pm. All flights in the graph will operate from Monday to Saturday except the international flight to Sharjah (on Mon, Thurs, Sat), Air India flight to Leh (Tue, Sat) and IndiGo flight to Delhi (Mon, Wed, Fri). Couple dupes Dhanas residents Father-son duo booked on murder charge of crores Woman dies in clash CHANDIGARH: Several residents of Dhanas on Monday reached the Sector 17 police station with their complaint that a couple allegedly duped them of several crores of rupees on the pretext of investing in kitties. The residents claimed that the couple escaped after duping them. Kanwaljeet Kaur said she had been duped of Rs 3 lakh by the couple. Another elderly woman said she had invested Rs 22 lakh in kitties. Mukesh Kumar, who has also been duped, alleged that the couple used to own a house and a shop in Dhanas, which they sold before fleeing. “The couple, which hails from HP disappeared on Sep, tember 29,” he said. The residents also met UT SSP who , asked them to submit a written complaint. —TNS Tribune News Service Mohali, October 2 The police booked a fatherson duo on a charge of murdering an elderly woman during a scuffle with the victim’s son and others over a land dispute here today. The 67-year-old woman, Tej Kaur, died after being allegedly flung on the floor by 25-year-old Pawan Preet Singh, alias Nony, a resident of Phase 2 here. According to the police, Nony and his father Rajinder Singh have a land dispute with Kharar resident Palwinder Singh, son of the deceased. The land is located at Ballomajra village, adjoining North Country Mall here. “Today, a group clash took place between the father-son duo and Palwinder Singh and others at the site over the possession of a part of the land. While Tej Kaur lost her life, Palwinder Singh, Rajinder Singh and Nony claimed that they sustained injuries and were admitted to the hospital,” said Inspector Manjit Singh, SHO of the Balongi police station. Inspector Manjit Singh said Rajinder Singh and Nony alleged that they were attacked by Palwinder Singh and his accomplices with knives and both of them sustained injuries on the chest and arms. According to Palwinder Singh, Nony flung his mother on the floor during the scuffle following which she died. He also alleged that he, too, sustained injuries in the scuffle. According to the SHO, a trial in the land dispute case is on. What a waste! 4 months on, segregation project yet to take off Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 2 Nearly four months have passed since VP Singh Badnore, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, launched the project of segregation of waste at source with much fanfare, but the project has failed to take off. Though the Municipal Corporation has distributed a set of blue and green bins for segregating dry and wet waste, respectively, it has not been able to start the scheme as it seems to have failed to win over residents as well as waste collectors. The corporation was to distribute a total of 4.70 lakh bins and officials claim that almost all of these have been distributed. Each set (two bins) cost the civic body Rs 94.50. Over Rs 2 crore has been spent on these bins, which are gathering dust. Initially, Baldeo Purushartha, MC Commissioner, had declared that the scheme would be launched from Sector 48. However, the plan never took off from there. Later, the MC planned to start it from Ward No. 1 (from Sector 1 to 11) and also refurbished rehris of collectors. Last week, it again declared that the scheme will be started from Sector 48, but in vain. Inquiry sought Last month, former MP Harmohan Dhawan had met the MC Commissioner seeking an inquiry into the selection and purchase of dustbins. Waste segregation on: MC MC officials claimed that the segregation of waste at source had been started from Ward No. 1 and they were holding meetings with residents’ welfare associations for spreading awareness. People using bins for other purposes With the scheme yet to be implemented even after three months, people have started using the bins for other household purposes such as keeping clothes to be washed or for planting saplings. Dustbins stored at the Community Centre of Sector 45, Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Though officials claim segregation has started in Ward No. 1, on ground it hasn’t. “The segregation hasn’t started in c m y b our sector. Some residents even failed to get bins from the local dispensary from where they were supposed to collect these. I fail to understand what they are up to,” said Sohan Lal Bansal, general secretary, House Holders Welfare Association, Sector 8. “We haven’t been informed when the waste segregation will start. We had earlier got a schedule; later we were told it is incorrect,” said Col Kulwinder Singh (retd), general secretary, Residents Welfare Association, Sector 10. Baljinder Singh Bittu, president of the Federation of Sectors Welfare Association Chandigarh, said, “Only paperwork is being done. There is no awareness among residents and no meeting has been held with us.” No compost plant While the MC is encouraging residents to have a compost plant to process their waste, ironically it has failed to build its own. Jaypee had sought three months to build one at its processing plant in Dadu Majra. No takers for 10% rebate The MC had approved 10 per cent tax rebate for those who compost waste in their house or society premises, but residents do not seem excited about the move. “The segregation project has failed as people are not using the bins. There should have been a 50 per cent rebate on in-house composting,” said senior Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla.
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