31122017-CT-01.qxd 12/31/2017 12:50 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 31 DECEMBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH PGI to start 3 projects LEDs to replace tube lights Renne in qualifying round The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research will start three new projects in 2018. P2 Conventional tubelights to be swapped with LED lights at railway quarters and houses. P5 Renne Singla stuns top seed Manya Viswanath to enter last qualifying round. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 22°C MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22.5°C MIN 8.5°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 5.33 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 7.19 AM Drunk drivers beware on NewYear’s Eve Timings of nakas to be extended| City to party till 1 am| Clubs to deploy women bouncers DRAWING TO A CLOSE Ishrat S Banwait Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 30 While the city will party till 1 am on New Year’s Eve, timings of drunken driving nakas will also be extended. As per the police, their personnel will be out on the roads as long as people will be. It is generally seen that these nakas are lifted by 1 am latest. However, with parties to be held till 1 am, tipsy drivers could be driving beyond that. While speaking to Chandigarh Tribune, Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Shashank Anand said: “The timings of drunken driving nakas will be extended and we will be on the roads till the last person does not reach home”. He also appealed to the public to not drive in an inebriated condition and avoid starting the New Year in the court (for clearing drunken driving challans). The Chandigarh Traffic Police have been taking a strict note of people getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. As many as 80 people were challaned for the offence on Friday alone. The number of people challaned for drunken driving for this year till Friday has reached 6,512. Preventing wrong parking a priority, says SSP (Traffic) The Traffic Police are also taking a strict note of people parking their vehicles in nondesignated areas. SSP (Traffic) Shashank Anand said preventing wrong parking and drunken driving were two priorities on the New Year’s weekend. As many as 144 challans were issued for wrong parking in the city on Friday alone and 21,036 challans have been issued this year till Friday. Busy markets, Elante mall and the area around the Tribune roundabout were being focussed upon, said the SSP (Traffic). While multiple diversions and restrictions are in place to check congestion around Elante mall, markets of Sectors 15, 17, 18, 19, 22 and 35 are also being manned by police personnel. The police said they would not allow cabs and auto-rickshaws to park on the roadside, as is the practice. Clubs make necessary arrangements As the city gears up to party till 1 am on the New Year’s New Year is not about dates, but about direction, and we hope this New Year leads you to the right one. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN 80 FLIGHT TO BANGKOK GETS COSTLIER CHALLANED FOR DRUNKEN DRIVING ON FRIDAY The Chandigarh Traffic Police have been taking a strict note of people getting behind the wheels after consuming alcohol. As many as 80 people were challaned for the offence on Friday alone. The number of people challaned for drunken driving for this year till Friday has reached 6,512. Mohali, December 30 City residents are making a beeline for Bangkok for the New Year celebrations with the recently launched Air India Chandigarh-Bangkok flight booked to full capacity. Ringing the New Year in the popular tourist destination though comes at a price since fare for the 5-hour direct flight has almost doubled. The economy class fare for a return flight to Bangkok on January 1 is Rs 30,500. When the flight was announced, the introductory fare was Rs 16,000 for a return flight ticket. FARE ALMOST DOUBLES The economy class fare for a return flight to Bangkok on January 1 is ~30,500. When the flight was announced, the introductory fare was ~16,000 for a return flight ticket. EXPECT CLEAR WEATHER TODAY: MET However, unlike the police claim, no government school in the city was found open for parking. The police had said that on Saturday and Sunday, government schools in Sectors 15, 18, 19 and 22 would be opened for parking. This was to be done to provide additional parking space to the public in these busy markets. However, none of these schools was found open between 7 pm and 7:30 pm. << The gate of Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 18, Chandigarh, closed on Saturday evening. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Eve, clubs and other places are making necessary arrangements. Owners have welcomed the directions of deploying women bouncers and are ensuring that they have enough CCTV cameras in the working condition. Vipul Dua, owner of Peddler’s, said: “Our other out- lets in Punjab have been allowed to open till 2 am”. While welcoming the direction to deploy women bouncers, he said it should Tribune News Service Mohali, December 30 The Mohali police will set up over 25 check posts and 10 drunken driving nakas at busy spots and entry points from Chandigarh on the New Year’s Eve. Mohali SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal said check posts would be set up across the city and strict action would be taken against tipsy drivers. “All Station House Officers (SHOs) have been instructed to set up 3-4 nakas under each police station. We will closely monitor the movement of vehicles in busy areas and markets such as Phase 7, Phase 3B2, Sohana and Sector 70 to maintain law and order,” he said. SSP Chahal said over 1,000 ❝All Station Housebeen Officers (SHOs) have instructed to set up 3-4 nakas under each police station. We will closely monitor the movement of vehicles in busy areas and markets such as Phase 7, Phase 3B2, Sohana and Sector 70 to maintain law and order. ❞ KULDEEP SINGH CHAHAL, Mohali SSP police personnel would be deputed and companies of paramilitary forces would be deputed. The nakas would be set up after 8 pm on the New Year’s Eve and PCRs would continue patrolling till the morning of January 1. Tight security in Panchkula too RK Negi, local station manager, Air India, said: “The response of the flight has been encouraging. For January 1 flight, 150 economy seats have been booked and only a few business class seats are vacant, which are expected to be booked in the next two days.” He said: “Once bilateral agreements with other airlines are signed, the flight would connect to destinations in SouthEast Asian countries like Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Malaysia.” Air India officials said the frequency of the flight had been increased to four days a week due to demand. — TNS SCHOOLS NOT YET OPEN FOR PARKING Weather will remain clear on the New Year’s Eve, according to the Meteorological Department. Morning and evening will be misty or hazy, but the weather will be clear from January 1 onwards. According to the weather department, cold wave conditions are likely at isolated places in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. Meanwhile, the day temperature on Saturday was 22.5 degree Celsius, which was 2 degrees above ‘normal’. The night temperature was recorded at 3 degrees above normal at 8.5 degree Celsius. Over 1,000 cops to keep vigil in Mohali be made mandatory. Rajan Pupneja, co-owner of Boombox Cafe in Sector 9, said: “We already have a woman bouncer in our Satur- day parties and will have two on the New Year’s party”. He said it was a good practice and must be followed on other days as well. Policemen check a vehicle on the Chandigarh-Panchkula border from the Sector 17 side on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Panchkula, December 30 The police would put up 23 check posts across the city, including 5 for drunken driving, on the New Year’s Eve. The check posts will be mainly put up along the markets of Sector 8 to Sector 11, where a number of hotels and restaurants are located. The check posts will also be put up at the Zirakpur border. SHOs would enforce business hours for serving liquor and playing music, which is till 1am. “About 400-500 cops will be on duty. Inspectors and DSPs will keep patrolling in their areas,” said AS Chawla, Commissioner of Police Panchkula. “All SHOs and police post 23 check posts to be laid; 400-500 cops will be deputed in-charges will remain on duty,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Manbir Singh. Meanwhile, the DCP has imposed orders under Section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) putting restrictions on partying from 1 am to 6 am in all restaurants, clubs and public places till January 8, 2018. The order said the police would keep a vigil on those partying at public places. — TNS Crackdown on Did several things for city’s betterment, says outgoing Mayor tax evaders Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 30 In a major crackdown on erring shopkeepers evading taxes, the Excise and Taxation Department has penalised more than 50 dealers who were not issuing bills to consumers. Sources said the department had recently conducted a survey in the market for erring dealers. It was conducted on the direction of Ajit Balaji Joshi, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Excise and Taxation Commissioner. Four teams randomly visited the shops in various sectors. Besides carrying out the sur- 50 shops penalised; 45 put on notice vey of the firms not issuing bills to consumers, composition dealers were also surveyed. The sources said the department found more than 50 dealers who were not issuing bills to consumers. The department has collected approximately Rs 2 lakh penalty from the defaulters. Under the GST, all dealers are required to issue bills for all sales over Rs 200. The teams also checked the dealers who have been covered continued on page 6 Though several initiatives, some fulfilled and some that remained unfulfilled, were taken up during the one-year tenure of Mayor Asha Kumari Jaswal, her term also remained full of controversies throughout the year. Jaswal, in an interview with Sandeep Rana, said she was supported by all. How was your tenure as Mayor? Though the one-year tenure of the Mayor is too less, I have done several things for the betterment of the city. I cut on unnecessary expenditure like on stone-laying events. I asked that cards not be printed, instead WhatsApp should be used. Tents, mikes, chairs from the community centres were not to be used and snacks were to be limited. The cost was brought down from lakhs to Rs 12,000-Rs 15,000. House and commercial property tax defaulters and water bill defaulters were made to pay taxes. Officials were told to give temporary connections to those found stealing MC water to increase revenue. Besides, we added the exit clause in the National c m y b Green Tribunal in Jaypee’s processing plant case in case it failed to process complete waste in three months. LED lights, open air gyms, helicopter ride at Rose Festival, smart parking and penalty on littering were among the other initiatives during my tenure. My term was without any fight with any officer. The opposition termed you ‘tax wali Mayor’? Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla claimed I raised several taxes, but I have neither increased nor imposed any tax. He does not even know what tax is? Only rates for smart parking were increased and it is not a tax. Rest, we only collected property taxes and water bills from the defaulters. Entertainment tax has also not been increased. Waste segregation project never took off despite spending ~2.20 crore on buying dustbins that too were not of proper size? We launched waste segregation from Ward No. 1 and people have started doing it. We have provided the collectors with different rehris and it is up to the people now to start the same. The size specification of white bins was not mentioned at the time of buying, and it was an issue. Where did you spend your allocated funds? An amount of Rs 2 crore as Mayor, which I am entitled to spend in wards other than mine, was spent on open air gyms, building two modern community centres and putting up tiles across the city. Rs 40 lakh as ward development fund was used in toe walls, railings, jogging tracks, benches, swings and Sector 19 Sehaj Safai Kendra in my area. Was there any groupism among your party councillors? There is no groupism. Only two councillors were going against the party line. Davesh Moudgil did not invite the MP and the Mayor during the inaugural events of Sehaj Safai Kendra and segregation project in his ward. This was conveyed to the Central leadership. He also spoke of certain issues in the House against the party’s interest. He should have told so in the BJP’s preHouse meetings. Some felt your work and opinions were led by former Mayor and councillor Arun Sood? It is not the case. He is not the chairman of any committee other than the one on community centres. Secondly, I am senior to him in the party, in terms of age and and also as a lawyer by profession. One regret as a Mayor? I wanted to do better for my ward than what I did. I could not take out much time for my ward this year. Who should be the next mayor according to you? The one who is honest, truthful and thinks of the city’s well-being. The Mayor should be the one who takes everyone along and works in coordination with all.
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