29012018-CT-01.qxd 1/29/2018 12:27 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE MONDAY | 29 JANUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Trains delayed Property tax defaulters Strikers win softball title Inclement weather delays several trains. Shatabdi reaches Chandigarh five hours late. P2 Mohali civic body is yet to recover nearly ~6.75 crore from property tax defaulters. P4 Strikers Club defeat NFC to win the girls’ junior title on the last day of the State Softball Championship. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 18°C MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 14.9°C MIN 6.9°C | SUNSET MONDAY 5.57 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 7.14 AM Rockstar GMADA ropes in PEC for technical advice on roads bune, Sunil Kansal, GMADA of the sites,” said Kansal. Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Arijit Singh performs at the exhibition ground in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY Mohali, January 28 Apparently learning a lesson from the Airport Road experience, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has roped in the PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh, for using its expertise in the construction of roads in the town. GMADA intends to construct roads, including a 3.5km stretch from the junction of the Sector 87/88 road and the Sector 96/97 road near Manakmajra village up to the railway line (junction of Sector 84 and 100; a 1-km road stretch separating Sector 81 and 84; and a 200-metre stretch separating Sector 104 and 105 here. Talking to Chandigarh Tri- A file photo of a damaged portion of Airport Road in Mohali. Chief Engineer, said PEC had been roped in by GMADA for using its expertise and technical advice for the construction of roads in the town. “PEC will provide us the crust design of these roads after conducting a proper survey and the required testing He said earlier GMADA used to rope in some private players/consultants for the job. The pitiable condition of Airport Road had left the GAMDA authorities redfaced as a number of technical errors were found in the construction of the road, which was laid at a whopping cost of Rs 169 crore. The road had started caving in at several places within six months of its construction in 2015. Large-scale corruption had allegedly taken place during its construction. Later, experts had found several technical errors in its design. While a 6-km stretch from Airport Chowk to the BanurLandaran road T-point is still lying closed for traffic due to its poor condition, another stretch of 2,600 metres is also under repairs near the Zirakpur-Patiala road Tpoint here. Just three years after its construction, GMADA has to spend Rs 28 crore more on Airport Road to re-carpet it. BJP infighting reaches Delhi Bad weather delays repair work on Airport Road Tandon camp councillors meet party secy, complain against Mayor Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 28 The infighting in the Chandigarh BJP that started before the mayoral elections has reached a new level with a group of councillors owing allegiance to city party chief Sanjay Tandon today reaching New Delhi to meet Ram Lal, organisation secretary of the BJP . Sources said the provocation to meet Ram Lal was the selection of candidates for the Finance and Contract Committee of the Municipal Corporation. The councillors Sanjay Tandon were not happy with the way they were treated by Mayor Davesh Moudgil and Kirron Kher, Member of Parliament. One of the councillors belonging to the Tandon camp said they felt the need to raise the issue before the party high command as they continued to be neglected in the decision-making process. The sources said the councillors held a two-hour meeting with Ram Lal and apprised him of their grievances. They said while the Mayor had stated that he would take all decisions in consultation with city party president Sanjay Tandon, but he was ignored in the first crucial test when the Mayor decided continued on page 4 Mohali, January 28 Bad weather has delayed the repair work on the Airport Road PR 7 stretch leading to the Zirakpur-Patiala road Tpoint here. The 2,600-metre-long stretch on the left side of Airport Road (if one goes from Airport Chowk to the Zirakpur-Patiala road T-point) is still closed for repairs. The repair work was started in mid-December by the contractor who had constructed the road. As the road had developed huge pits after its construction around three years ago and was in poor No check by MC, fleecing continues at city parking lots Jai Kumar, who filed a complaint of overcharging at a parking lot in Sector 22. He claimed that the parking rate list was not displayed at the entrance. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 28 Despite tall claims of the Municipal Corporation regarding regular checking, complaints of overcharging by the parking contractor are still pouring in. After a complaint in the Sector 35 parking lot some time ago, another incident of overcharging was reported today from the Sector 22 parking lot. Jai Kumar, a resident of the city, alleged that an employee of the paid parking contractor in Sector 22 asked him to pay Rs 25 instead of Rs 10 when he went there today. He said the employee at the parking lot issued him a Rs 25 slip instead of a Rs 10 slip fixed for four-wheelers. He said parking employees also ❝ Tribune News Service Motorists overcharged at Sector 22 lot misbehaved with him when he confronted them over the Rs 25 slip. In a complaint filed before the MC Commissioner, Jai Kumar said he visited the Sector 22 market with his daughter and elderly parents in a car around 10.30 am today. “The parking attendant near Kiran Cinema in Sector 22 asked for Rs 25 from me. I told him that I had to park my car for only four hours and the MC-approved rates were Rs 10 for four hours. However, the attendant told me that the rates had been revised. When I said that I would call the continued on page 4 c m y b During foggy days, the work had to be stopped. The repair of one side of the road has been completed. It will take another month to complete the job. ❞ SUNIL KANSAL, GMADA CHIEF ENGINEER Several potholes have appeared on Airport Road in Mohali. shape, the contractor was asked by GMADA to carry out repairs free of cost recently. GMADA Chief Engineer Sunil Kansal said bad weather earlier this month had delayed the job. “During foggy days, the work had to be stopped. The repair of one side of the road has been completed. Now, only a 2600metre-long stretch has been left. The work is on and it will take another month to complete the job,” said Kansal. However, the repair work on a 6-km stretch of the Airport Road (PR 9) from Airport Chowk to the Banur-Landran road T-point is yet to take off. Over four months have passed since the road was closed for traffic on August 18 last year following four backto-back fatal accidents at a particular spot on it. A four-member committee, constituted by the Punjab Chief Minister, had recommended measures for its repair with directions to make it motorable by December 15, 2017.
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