15112017-CT-01.qxd 11/15/2017 1:17 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 15 NOVEMBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH Book exhibition underway Anganwadi workers worried Nikhil shines Five-day book exhibition to commemorate Jawaharlal Nehru’s birth anniversary begins. P2 As pre-primary classes begin at government schools, anganwadi workers fear losing jobs. P5 All-rounder Nikhil helps Punjab beat Maharashtra in CK Nayudu Trophy. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 26°C MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26.4°C MIN 13.2°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.26 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6.48 AM 11 years on, Home Ministry’s Advisory Committee rejects project terming it unviable Bye-bye Metro Ramkrishan Upadhyay Owner of weapon traced SD COLLEGE STUDENT’S DEATH Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 14 Eleven years after spending crores of rupees on a study and a survey, the fate of the much-hyped Metro project has been sealed with the Home Minister’s Advisory Committee deciding that the project is not commercially viable for the city. Sources said in the minutes of a meeting of the committee held on July 27 in Delhi under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, which was attended by Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore and other members, it was mentioned that the matter had been deliberated upon at length and it was decided that the Metro project for Chandigarh was not commercially viable. It has been further stated in the minutes that two studies indicated that the Metro rail was not a feasible proposal for the city. The sources said there was a detailed discussion on the Metro and a difference of opinion emerged between Sanjay Tandon, city BJP president, and Kirron Kher, Member of Parliament, at the meeting over the issue. While Tandon supported the Metro, Kher termed the project unviable. Kher said the project was not required as residents would not benefit much from the Metro. She stressed the need for improving other modes of transport. On the other hand, Tandon said the city would have to take a decision keeping in mind the traffic congestion that would increase on roads in the next 20 years. SEE ALSO PAGE 3 Rajinder Nagarkoti Tribune News Service ESTIMATED COST OF PROJECT PROPOSED CITY TRACK AMOUNT SPENT ON DPR, SURVEY ~10,900cr 37km ~1.5cr WORK ON PROJECT STARTED IN 2006 The Metro project has been lingering on for over 11 years. The initial work on the Metro project was started in 2006. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) prepared a detailed project report (DPR) for it in 2012. According to the DPR, the initial project cost, including the land cost and taxes, was estimated to be around Rs 10,900 crore. A 37-km Metro track was proposed for the city while a track length of 7.8 km was A board of the Metro route plan planned for Punjab and 6.41 km for Panchkula. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also signed between Haryana, Punjab and the UT Administration, but the Ministry of Urban Development has not given its approval for the project yet. After spending nearly Rs 1.5 crore on preparing the DPR and the survey, the Ministry of Urban Development has raised questions over its viability. Considering the fact that The Metro will become a 10,000 vehicles are added to necessity in the future. There city roads every three months, won’t be enough space for a good rapid mass transport parking and congestion on roads system is essential. The Metro will increase. In such a scenario, will provide the best alternative. The the only option is the Metro. The Metro will planning should be made keeping in mind become financially viable in the future. I will raise the requirement for next 30 years.” the issue at the next meeting for a relook. PAWAN KUMAR BANSAL, former Union Minister SANJAY TANDON, city BJP chief In my view, the project is I was also present at the commercially unviable for a meeting. There were divergent small city like Chandigarh as a views on the Metro, but no such huge amount is required to run decision like terming the Metro it. Instead of the Metro, we unviable was taken. The city is should opt for other modes of public transport suffering because of internal bickering in the on which the Administration is working. BJP. The Metro project is the need of the tricity. KIRRON KHER, MP DEVINDER SINGH BABLA, member, HM’s Advisory Committee 6 pvt schools err on timings, booked Tribune News Service Mohali, November 14 The police have registered cases against the management of six private schools for not adhering to the orders of Mohali District Magistratecum-Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra on changing the school timings in Mohali in view of the smog in the area. The schools against which cases under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant) of the IPC have been registered at the respective police stations are The Millennium School, Phase 5, Learning Paths School, Sector 67, Manav Mangal Smart School, Phase 10, Shishu Niketan Public School, Phase 4, Shastri Model School, Phase 1, and Paragon Senior Secondary School, Sector 69. The action has been initiated on the orders of the Mohali Deputy Commissioner, who had yesterday asked all government and private schools to change their school timings and open their institutes from 10 am to 3 pm till November 18. The orders were issued for the safety of schoolchildren and the staff in view of smog and bad weather conditions in the area. Confirming the action, Sapra said the schools in question did not adhere to the orders and opened their as per the earlier time. c m y b Chandigarh, November 14 In the case relating to the death of 19-year-old SD College student Tanishq Bhasin, the Panchkula police have finally traced the owner of the German-made sophisticated weapon, which was used in the crime. The owner is a former sarpanch of a village in Fatehgarh Sahib district. The police questioned the owner, who disclosed that the weapon belonged to his brother, who was settled abroad. The weapon was very old and therefore on September 6, 2016, he deposited it at the Khamano police station in Fatehgarh Sahib district, he told the police. On September 28, 2016, the former sarpanch had submit- TANISHQ VISITED SAHARANPUR IN APRIL The police said Tanishq had visited Saharanpur in April this year. He returned the same day. The person whom he contacted before going to Saharanpur has been identified by the police. The person’s Facebook profile shows a number of his pictures with a weapon. The police will soon question the person. ted a complaint in the same police station that after the weapon was released to him, he lost it. The police had lodged a case in connection with the lost weapon. Panchkula Police Commissioner AS Chawla said now they were checking how this weapon, which was lost in Khamano, reached Tanishq. The body of Sector 4 resident Tanishq Bhasin was found in his car with a bullet injury on his forehead on the Panchkula-Morni road on the morning of November 9. CASE REGISTERED UNDER ARMS ACT The Panchkula police on Tuesday registered a case under the Arms Act at the Chandimandir police station. Tanishq’s family had submitted a complaint demanded that the owner of weapon used in the crime should be traced. TANISHQ SEARCHED FOR WEAPONS ON MOBILE During an examination of Tanishq’s mobile phone at a cyber lab, the police learnt that Tanishq had searched for information on weapons around 10 pm on November 8 night. ROLE OF PUNJAB POLICE UNDER SCANNER Sources said the Panchkula police were also probing the role of police officials of Fatehgarh Sahib district in connection with the weapon. A cop, who was recently acquitted, is under the scanner of Panchkula police, one of the investigating officials said. WATER SUPPLY TO BE HIT CHANDIGARH: The water supply to some sectors will remain affected on Wednesday due to repair work. There will be no pumping of clean water from the Sector 39 waterworks to the Sector 12 and 26 waterworks. The timings of water supply to Sector 1 to 12, 14 to 18, 19, 20 A & B, 21 A & B, 22 A & B, parts of Sector 25, the PGI and Water Supply Colony, Sector 39, will be from 4 am to 8.30 am (normal water supply) and 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm (at low pressure). MOHALI: The water supply to some parts of Mohali, including Phase 1 to Phase 11, Sector 70 and 71, Matour and Shahi Majra villages and the Industrial Area, Phase 1 to 5, will remain affected on Wednesday and Thursday. The supply will be at low pressure in the morning. While there will be no supply in the afternoon, in the evening, it will depend on the availability. POWER SHUTDOWN MOHALI 9 am to 5 pm: Parts of Phase 3B2 (residential/commercial) 2 bikers killed in mishap Chandigarh, November 14 Two persons were killed while another one was seriously injured after the motorcycle they were triple-riding met with an accident near the Airport light point. The police said it was not clear whether the motorcycle was hit by some unknown vehicle or it rammed into a parked vehicle. Sources said the accident took place around 2.30 am on Tuesday. Deepak, Ashish and Akash, all residents of Kishangarh, were on the motorcycle when the accident took place. Some passersby saw the victims lying on the road after which the police were informed. All three were rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, where doctors declared Ashish and Akash brought dead. Akash’s postmortem was conducted today and the body handed over to the family. Ashish’s postmortem will be conducted on Wednesday. Akash used to work for a catering company while Ashish was into computer work. A case has been registered under Sections 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing hurt by an act endangering the personal life and safety of others) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC at the Sector 31 police station. — TNS
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