31102017-CT-01.qxd 10/31/2017 12:56 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 31 OCTOBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH App for monkey menace Airport Road Harnoor moves ahead Now, use mobile application to shoo away monkeys on the Panjab University campus. Make Airport Road motorable by December 15, government panel tells GMADA. P4 Harnoor Kaur Sidhu defeats Vishita 6-3 6-2 in the girls’ U-16 first round of the STA championship. P6 FORECAST P2 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 29°C MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29.2°C MIN 15.2°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5.36 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.36 AM Demolition order for Ram Darbar houses CHB acts tough against illegal construction in 1,700 units Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 30 Acting against illegal construction on government land and violation of building bylaws, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has issued an order for carrying out demolition in nearly 1,700 houses at Ram Darbar. Sources said the enforcement staff of the CHB had been asked to start the drive to remove violations in the first week of November. The CHB took the action after a recent report of a survey revealed that residents had encroached upon government land and constructed rooms and stairs illegally. An official of the board said the land was allotted to people under a rehabilitation scheme 40 years ago. The occupants had constructed additional rooms and structures over a period of time on government land. He said this had put residents under a risk as construction had been made over sewer and water supply lines. The CHB has started sending notices after a gap of almost a year for demolition. For a year, the board kept all notices in abeyance and conducted a field survey of all residential and commercial units constructed by the CHB considering the need-based changes POWER SHUTDOWN MOHALI 9 am to 5 pm: Phase 2 and nearby areas SNIPPETS Dengue claims woman’s life Chandigarh: Yet another dengue patient died in a city hospital on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Shakila Begum (48), a resident of Mohali. Shakila was undergoing treatment at the GMCH, Sector 32. She was suffering from high fever for the past five days. Earlier, she was admitted to the Civil Hospital in Mohali. Her condition deteriorated a couple of days ago after which she was rushed to the GMCH, where she died on Monday. TNS Girl commits suicide Mohali: A 15-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her residence at Mauli Baidwan village here on Monday. The victim has been identified as Gurpreet Kaur, aka Preeti. The matter came to light when the victim’s mother went to her room, which was bolted from inside, in the afternoon. Despite repeated knocks on the door, the victim did not open the door following which the mother called neighbours. The girl was found hanging in her room when the door was broken by the neighbours. No suicide note was found from the spot. The police have initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC at the Sohana police station. TNS HSRP affixation likely to start soon Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 30 After a long wait of one year, affixation of high security registration plates (HSRPs) is likely to start next month as the legal department of the Administration has approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to be signed with the company. Sources said the company would start the work after signing the MoU with the Administration next month. The delay in finding a new vendor has led to a huge backlog. The process of affixation of HSRPs for the series CH 01 BG, CH 01 BH and CH 03 N was stopped in July 2016. Under the revised rates approved by the Administration, a resident will have to pay Rs 160 for two-wheelers and Rs 365 for four-wheelers for the plates. Earlier, residents were paying Rs 79 for two-wheelers and Rs 183 for four-wheelers. The rates will remain the same for the next five years. The Transport Department has finalised a firm, Test Security, for the affixation of HSRPs. The company will clear the backlog of around 60,000 vehicles in a phased manner. Four locations have been selected for the purpose. The locations are the RLA office in Sector 17, the STA office in Sector 18, the office of the SDM (East) at the Industrial Area and the office of the SDM (South) at Sector 42. allowed till date. The physical survey was conducted for external violations and for encroachments as well as misuse of premises. The CHB found large-scale violations in houses. Kamlesh, a former Mayor, said residents would oppose the demolition drive as they should not be punished for the fault of officials, who failed to stop illegal structures from coming up. She has demanded that the residents should be charged a nominal compounding fee instead of demolishing their houses. Prem Kaushik, one of the directors of the CHB, said except in the case of construction on government land, no action would be taken against those who had made changes internally till the final resolution of the issue. GOLDEN MOMENT Men rowing boats during sunset at Sukhna Lake makes for a beautiful view in Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Uncles’ fate to be decided today Pay less for power in UT 10-YEAR-OLD’S RAPE Ishrat S Banwait Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 30 The fate of both accused uncles in the 10-year-old’s rape case will be decided by a local court here tomorrow. The final arguments were completed by the defence today and the case is reserved for orders now. The trial of the younger accused uncle will thus be completed in just 18 days and that of the older uncle in exactly a month. The arguments, however, have brought to light some important unanswered questions in the case. The older uncle’s advocate, Manjeet Singh, asked the court to fix responsibility of the parents in the case as well. Some of the contradictions and doubts as per the victim and her moth- AI, Jet Airways to cancel 2 flights each DELHI RUNWAY REPAIR Tribune News Service Mohali, October 30 Airline carriers are curtailing flight operations to Delhi as one of the runways at the Delhi airport will be shut for three days from November 7. Passengers flying from Chandigarh to Delhi from November 7 will have to make alternative arrangements for travel. Sources said repair work on runway 11/29 at the Delhi airport would affect flight operations, with some flights being cancelled or rescheduled. Officials from Air India and Jet Airways said their two flights to Delhi would stand cancelled from November 7. An Air India official at the airport said, “One of the three runways at the Delhi airport will remain closed for maintenance. Both Air India flights departing to Delhi at 7.25 am and 12.50 pm will be cancelled for three days.” Jet Airways, which operates four flights to Delhi, is expected to cancel two flights. continued on page 4 Timeline JULY 14: FIR registered against older uncle JULY 18: A district court dismisses abortion plea of minor citing medical reasons JULY 28: Supreme Court dismisses abortion plea of minor citing medical reasons AUGUST 17: Victim delivers a baby girl AUGUST 31: Trial begins against older uncle SEPTEMBER 16: Police start re-investigation after the DNA report of older uncle proves that he did not impregnate the victim SEPTEMBER 19: Younger uncle arrested after his DNA matched with that of the victim’s baby OCTOBER 12: Trial begins against second uncle er’s statements pointed out by Singh are as follows. ■ The victim, in her second statement, recorded after the arrest of the younger uncle, told the court that she was under no threat or pressure. Singh pointed out that the victim, however, did not mention about the younger uncle earlier. ■ The victim told the court that the older uncle raped her between the Christmas of 2016 and April 2017, and the younger uncle, who impregnated her, after that. However, the girl delivered the baby in August, which contradicts her statement. ■ Singh questioned the absence of the victim’s father during the filing of the complaint at the police station; at the hospital during her medical examination and the delivery. He also pointed out that the father did not even record his statement. ■ The mother did not have any fixed job timings and still the accused committed the crime without ever being caught was also pointed out. The victim had also said the crime occurred in her room and she did not go to the uncle’s place. ■ A doctor told the court that a pregnant girl’s stomach become’s prominent in the fifth month. However, the girl’s mother got it checked in the seventh month. The mother also told the court that she approached the police only after doctors refused her abortion request. FPPCA charges dip by 10 to 23 paise a unit Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 30 Providing relief to residents after hiking the charges three times, the UT Electricity Department has reduced the rates of electricity ranging from 10 paise to 23 paise per unit after calculating the fuel and power purchase cost adjustment (FPPCA) charges for the past three months (from July to September). MP Singh, Superintending Engineer, said the department had passed on the benefit of purchasing electricity at lower rates to the consumers. He said the rebate would be reflected in the next bills, to be issued from November this year to January next year. The Joint Regulatory Electricity Commission (JERC) has authorised the Electricity Department to compute the fuel and power procurement cost variations on a quarterly basis and charge it from the consumers. Singh said the rates were fixed according to the cost at which the electricity was purchased. continued on page 4 MC’s no to hiring Mohali MC orders probe 8 trailers for shifting waste TRIBUNE IMPACT Tribune News Service Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 30 Against the Motor Vehicles Act norms, over 20 tractortrailers are being plied in Chandigarh for transporting garbage by the Municipal Corporation. At a general house meeting today, an agenda for hiring eight tractor-trailers for collection and transportation of garbage from Sector 22 was rejected after the house was apprised that it was illegal to use these vehicles for purposes other than agriculture. As the agenda was taken up, MC Additional Commissioner Anil Kumar Garg told the house, “As per the Motor Vehicles Act, tractor-trailers cannot be used for transporting waste in urban areas. This is against the norms.” MC Commissioner Jitender Yadav agreed after which the agenda was set aside. UK Bishwas was awarded a contract for hiring these trail- c m y b ers after e-tendering for one year, extendable up to three years on a year-to-year basis, on February 1, 2015. The contract of the firm is set to expire on January 31, 2018. The agenda was placed before the house for granting permission to float an e-tender for hiring eight vehicles. Even though this was rejected, already 20 trailers of the MC are illegally transporting waste in the city. A total of 102 vehicles of the corporation are on the job. “There is no alternative. We should have been allowed to ply these eight trailers for at least two months; otherwise how are we going to lift waste? Till the time we find any alternative, we should be allowed to continue with the present system,” an official told Chandigarh Tribune. These vehicles lift garbage from different Sehaj Safai Kendras and unload it at the waste processing plant in Dadu Majra. Mohali, October 30 Following a report carried in these columns regarding a “sterilised” bitch giving birth to puppies at Phase 3A here, the Mohali Municipal Corportaion authorities have initiated an inquiry into the matter. Avneet Kaur, MC Joint Commissioner, said she had ordered an inquiry, which would be conducted by the Assistant Commissioner. “It is surprising and calls for a proper inquiry as the sterilisation in the town is being handled by an NGO. We have a committee which supervises the work. We make the payment to the NGO only after our committee check all things,” said Avneet Kaur. She said the NGO had to produce the animal’s organ, removed during the sterilisation, before the committee members. “The payment is made only on the basis of the organ count,” said the Joint Commissioner. Panic as accused tries to flee court Chandigarh, October 30 High drama was witnessed at the District Courts here this afternoon after an accused in an NDPS case tried to flee from the court. While he was nabbed after a short chase, it created panic as policemen closed the gates and their number shot up. Orders were immediately issued that at least four police personnel be present in the court with each accused. A Maloya resident, Mohammed Alam (34), was arrested by the police today in an NDPS case as he was caught with 12 banned injections (six injections of buprophine, 2 ml each, and six injections of phenaramine maleate, 10 ml each). He was to be produced in a court on the fourth floor and was escorted by two policemen. As he was sitting inside the court, he suddenly got up and ran outside. He was chased by the policemen and nabbed at some distance. However, word spread immediately via wireless sets and all gates were closed. They remained closed for over half an hour and were opened only after it was ensured that the accused had been nabbed again. Policemen gathered near the rear side gate along with advocates. Many officers, including Chief Administrative Officer Gurmeet Singh, were seen giving instructions at the spot to policemen after the fiasco. — TNS
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