06102017-CT-01.qxd 10/6/2017 12:46 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 6 OCTOBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH No end in sight Poor state of affairs Deserted look Stray cattle menace continues to cause inconvenience to Mohali residents. P2 The community centre in Phase 3B1 in Mohali is in a dilapidated condition and needs repairs. P4 Usual rush missing in markets in the City Beautiful as festive shopping goes online. P5 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 34°C MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34.4°C MIN 23°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.03 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6.18 AM Two cases of suicide reported Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 5 Two cases of suicide have been reported from the city. A 25-year-old woman reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her house in Mauli Jagran. Sources said the victim had been identified as Neha, a resident of Chaman Colony in Mauli Jagran. The victim was rushed to the hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. No suicide note was found from the spot. The victim is survived by her husband and a son. Inquest proceedings have been initiated by the police. In the other incident, a 30year-old man reportedly committed suicide by taking poison here on Thursday. Sources said the victim, identified as Saurabh Gupta, a resident of Panchkula, took poison in his car in Chandigarh. The victim had come to drop his relative. He informed his cousin before taking the extreme step. The victim was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where he later died. The police have initiated an investigation into the matter. Roadcess: Residents feel fleeced Allege embezzlement, plan to move court to seek refund Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Mohali, October 5 Alleged corruption and embezzlement of several crores during the construction of two 200-foot-wide roads — Airport Road and New Chandigarh Road at Mullanpur — have upset residents, who paid a “unique cess” for the construction of these two highways. According to owners of properties in multi-housing projects along Airport Road (from the NH-21 to Sector 74) and New Chandigarh Road at Mullanpur, they were made to pay thousands of rupees as cess for the construction of these two roads when they purchased their properties. The decision of levying the cess was taken at the 15th meeting of GMADA on May 28, 2013. The meeting decided that as GMADA was not having sufficient funds to construct the roads in ques- tion, it should start charging a special road cess from promoters of multi-housing projects falling within 1 km area of either side of the roads. In case of Airport Road, the area where cess was levied was from the NH-21 (the MohaliKharar T-point) to Sector 74. The promoters have to pay Rs 5 lakh per acre as cess. The promoters started charging the cess from the buyers. Harman Singh Sidhu, who claimed to have paid Rs 70,000 as Airport Road cess while purchasing a 10 marla residential plot in a mega housing project at Sector 117 recently, said, “It is an open secret that large-scale corruption and embezzlement of several crores took place during the construction of these two roads. All of us, who have paid the cess from our hard-earned money, are feeling cheated.” Sidhu said residents’ welfare associations in the continued on page 4 GMADA JUSTIFIES CESS This is the first time that such a cess is being levied. According to GMADA, the roads in question have substantially increased the prices of properties of projects in the area and hence the promoters should not mind paying the cess. POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 9 am to 1 pm: Parts of Ram Darbar, Phase I & II, Plot No.184, 185, Block 136 to 140, press area of Plot No. 1 to 138, slaughterhouse, government school, Colony No. 4, Plot No. 600 to 692, Housing Board Colony (700 to 850) and Plot No.131, 132 and 133 10 am to 12 noon: Parts of Sector 15 and 25, Panjab University, residential area of the PGI, Dhanas village, Aman & Chaman Colony, Colony No.1 & 2, Lahora village and Khudda Jassu 1 pm to 3 pm: Parts of Sector 15, 23 and 24, Rehabilitation Colony, Sarangpur, waterworks, parts of the PGI, Panjab University and flats at Dhanas Motorists use the closed stretch of Airport Road in Mohali on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Risking their life on closed Airport Road Tribune News Service PANEL TO TAKE CALL ON ROAD Mohali, October 5 A 6-km stretch of Airport Road, which was shut for traffic by GMADA over a fortnight ago in view of its pathetic condition, is still being used by people unmindful of the risk involved. Some adventurous commuters have not only removed the boards and drums put up on the road by GMADA after closing it for traffic, but have also carved a A decision on whether to reconstruct or repair the 6-km stretch of Airport Road would be taken by the four-member high-powered committee, said GMADA Chief Engineer Sunil Kansal, a member of the committee. c m y b way through a heap of soil kept on it to stop people from using it. While visiting the spot near Airport Chowk this afternoon, a team of The Tribune saw several vehicles using the road after passing through the heap of soil. The road is unfit for use as it is in bad shape. The GMADA authorities had closed the stretch on September 18 after several accidents took place on it. The Punjab Government has constituted a highpowered committee to sug- gest remedial measures for the road. Besides, GMADA has also roped in the Delhibased Central Road Research Institute for the purpose. A senior official of GMADA said if commuters had started using the closed stretch of the road, they were putting their lives at risk. “We have shut the road for traffic as it is unfit for use,” said the official. He said they would again put up barricades on the road to stop commuters from using it. continued on page 4 10 am to 2 pm: Parts of Sector 10, 11, 22, 32, 34, 36, 44, 45, 46, 51, 52, 61 and 63, Kajheri and Burail villages, Fun Republic, commercial area near Housing Board Chowk and Motor Market GOLF C’SHIP: SIFAT IN LEAD PAGE6
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