09022018-CT-01.qxd 2/9/2018 12:53 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 9 FEBRUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH One dead, 12 injured Encroachments removed Shubhankar shines One person killed, 12 others injured as bus, milk tanker collide in Mohali. P4 High drama witnessed during a demolition drive as residents raise slogans at Hallo Majra. P5 India’s golfing star Shubhankar earns his maiden spot in World Golf Championships. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 23°C MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22.4°C MIN 5.9°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.06 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7.07 AM Now, get building plan okayed online in 7days Badnore launches facility to end cumbersome process Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 8 In a relief for residents, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore launched the online building plan approval system today. The system will be made accessible strictly to architects from Monday onwards. The new system will not only simplify the approval procedure, but will also end the unnecessary delay. The entire building plan sanctioning process will take just seven working days. Until now, the building plan approval process was manual and cumbersome, which usually took over three months. Under the new system, the architects will be informed about the status of the applications via SMS and email at every step. Earlier, there was no facility for the applicants to check the status of their applications. Under the new system, once an architect submits an application online, it will be scrutinised automatically as per the bylaws of Chandigarh. Any deviation or shortcomings will be brought to the notice of the architect instantly. There will be automatic calculation of fee based on the area deduced from the Housing society Woman hurt in cooker blast flats in city to get at mid-day meal kitchen unique number HOW IT WILL WORK Under the new system, the architects will be informed about the status of the applications via SMS and email at every step. Once an architect submits an application online, it will be scrutinised automatically as per the bylaws of Chandigarh. Any deviation or shortcomings will be brought to the notice of the architect instantly. There will be automatic calculation of fee based on the area deduced from the plan. Self-certification for all commercial site plans has also been started. plan. Self-certification for all commercial site plans has also been started. Sources said the Estate Office would also start the facility for online submission of fee soon. With the new system, there won’t be any requirement of various NOCs from multiple agencies, which was the main Punjab’s ‘Padman’ has rendered yeoman service Chandigarh, February 8 Deputy Commissionercum-Registrar, Cooperative Housing Society, Ajit Balaji Joshi has ordered a survey of over 10,000 flats of group housing societies to compile data regarding their present status. Five teams under revenue officers would be deputed to carry out the exercise under which the entire record of the flats would be collected. All details such as allotment, further sale, mode of transfer and the fee paid to the government would be noted down. Sources in the office of the Registrar, Cooperative Housing, said the purpose of the exercise was to bring transparency in the system of allotment and to bolster the revenue of the government. After the compilation of the information, a unique num- reason behind the delay. Parimal Rai, Adviser to the Administrator, Anurag Aggarwal, Home Secretary, Ajoy Kumar Sinha, Finance Secretary, Ajit Balaji Joshi, Deputy Commissioner, and other senior officers of the Chandigarh Administration were present on the occasion. POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Pipliwala Town, Mariwala Town, MHC flats and duplex houses in Mani Majra The police inspect the kitchen at the GMSSS, Sector 44, on Thursday; and (inset) the victim, Reeta. MANOJ MAHAJAN has to take care of three daughters and a son. The Education Department will bear all expenses on her treatment. A report will be prepared about the incident and sent to the higher authorities,” said Asha Rani, school principal. According to the CCTV footage, after the blast, the workers immediately secured the cylinders. “A big accident was averted today. Most of the workers were wearing woollen clothes, which protected them from the boiling food,” said Asha Rani. “The mid-day meal workers are paid Rs 2,622 per month. They do not have any insurance. A wall of the kitchen was also damaged,” she said. — TNS No challan for honking this year: Police Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Snatchers target P’kula woman Panchkula: Krishna Kumari (55) was targeted by two bike-borne snatchers in front of her house in Sector 25 here on Thursday. She was resting on a chair when the miscreants snatched her gold chain. The victim fell from the chair and suffered a minor injury on the head. TNS Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 8 When people go to watch the movie “Padman”, starring Akshay Kumar, not many would know that Punjab has its own “Padman” who has broken new ground with his unique initiatives, and given many a woman the means to face her monthly natural cycles fearlessly, and lead a life of dignity. The movie is being released on Friday. The movie “Padman” deals with the problems Indian women face during the menstrual days. It is the story of the guy next door who starts preparing sanitary napkins for female members of his family and gradually grows on to provide napkins to other women also. This “real-inspires-reel” movie revolves around people around us who silently and voluntarily contribute to the welfare of others. One such name the movie brings to mind is that of Ravi Bhagat, a young IAS officer of Punjab who has rendered exceptional services for the welfare of women in the state by extending his hand in making available sanitary napkin manufacturing and vending machines at the places where he was posted. Long before the movie makers thought about the idea to make a feature on the issue, during his stint as Deputy Commissioner of Faridkot, Amritsar and Ludhiana, Bhagat, who is presently posted as the Chief Administrator of PUDA and GMADA, had done pathbreaking work by taking up ber will be allotted to each unit, which will be used for all further transactions. Thousands of residents are living in cooperative group housing societies in southern sectors (Sector 48 to 51) constructed on land allotted by the Chandigarh Housing Board. The flats of the societies have been sold many times under the transfer policies notified by the Administration from time to time. Many societies have not got the occupation certificates yet due to various reasons. Before 2014, residents were paying a fixed fee for transfer. Now, the Administration has decided to use the collector rates as the land rates in the formula for the calculation of conversion charges. While around 70 societies were allotted land on a freehold basis, there are around 65 societies which were allotted land on a leasehand basis. Chandigarh, February 8 A woman mid-day meal worker, Reeta, received 15 per cent burn injuries and had to be hospitalised today after a 25 to 30-litre pressure cooker exploded at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, Chandigarh. The incident took place at 8.15 am. Beans used to be cooked in the pressure cooker. Eighteen workers work in the mid-day meal kitchen having a tin shed. According to the CCTV footage, around 8.15 am, the cooker exploded and its cover flew up to the roof. The boiling food fell outside and a part of it fell on workers. Reeta (35) was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Chandigarh. She received burn injuries on the face, eyes, neck and arm. Another woman, Meera, received minor burn injuries on the face. Teachers immediately took Reeta to the GMCH. “Reeta is out of danger now. I have been told she received 15 per cent burn injuries. She Ravi Bhagat OTHER STATES FOLLOWED SUIT The idea of napkin-vending machines and incinerators garnered huge attention from other states also. Impressed by this idea generated by Bhagat, the Rajasthan Government roped in the same vendor and placed a mammoth order of Rs 2 crore to install such machines in all schools in the state. True, Punjab has its own “Padman”. the unique initiative of providing low-cost sanitary napkins to rural and underprivileged girls and women. Sharing his thoughts with The Tribune here today, Bhagat, a 2006-batch IAS officer, reminisces that the idea behind manufacturing sanitary pads and installation of napkin-vending machines was to provide affordable napkins to women, particularly to those settled in rural areas, where women still use traditional methods during continued on page 6 c m y b Chandigarh, February 8 Brushing aside speculations that the traffic police are going to start a drive against unnecessary honking by issuing challans to offenders, the police have stated that only awareness campaigns will be held and no one will be challaned for the offence this year. Inspector Sita Devi of the traffic police said the aim behind the drive was to sensitise people to the growing noise pollution and its health hazards. “The traffic police won’t issue challans for honking this year. We will only be educating people about making the city honkingfree,” she said. The inspector added that motorists were also advised to drive in their lanes and not exceed the speed limit, which would help in making the city honking-free. Some fake stickers mentioning that the police have started a challaning drive to make Chandigarh a honk-free city were circulated on the social media, following which an inquiry has been initiated by the police. The traffic police have also initiated a no-honking campaign, under which motorists are being administered a pledge to support the campaign. The police are also distributing “I will not honk” stickers meant for steering wheels of vehicles.
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