23022018-CT-01.qxd 2/23/2018 1:18 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 23 FEBRUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Social transition P’kula toilets dirty Harmanpreet bags gold ‘India only country which decided to herald social, political and economic transition together.’ P2 32% of the people who provided a feedback on public toilets in Panchkula find these dirty. P4 Harmanpreet of St. Soldier Int’l School, Sector 28, wins gold in the U-19 long jump event. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 27°C MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27.7°C MIN 13.6°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.07 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6.54 AM Rose Fest begins today Kajauli Phase V-VI line set to miss deadline TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Guv was told extra 40 MGD water supply would start by April 30 Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Mohali, February 22 The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation had assured Punjab Governor-cum-UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore that an extra 40 MGD water supply would be started through the new Phase V-VI pipeline of the Kajauli waterworks by April 30 this year, but the construction work on the main pumping stations at Sinhpur village is yet to take off. The Chandigarh MC and GMADA have to construct their own pumping stations at the site for the supply of the extra 40 MGD of water to Mohali, Chandigarh, Panchkula and Chandimandir through the new pipeline, having a capacity to supply 80 MGD of water. According to experts, it will take around six months to complete the project. The Chandigarh MC will construct a pumping station of 35 MGD capacity at Sinhpur village in Kharar while GMADA continued on page 4 Final preparations under way for the three-day Rose Festival at Rose Garden, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Traffic restrictions for three-day fest Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 22 In view of the three-day Rose Festival, that will be inaugurated tomorrow, the UT traffic police have issued an advisory for visitors. The stretch from the Sector 16/17 light point up to Matka Chowk (Jan Marg) will be closed for vehicular movement on the last two days of the fest. No headway in Panchkula carjacking case Tribune News Service The police have asked people to park their vehicles at the designated parking lots — the parking area on the rear side of the MC office, Sector 17; in front of the MC office towards Shivalikview Hotel; near the local bus stand, Sector 17; Circus Ground, Sector 17; in front of the Hotel Taj parking, near the post office parking, Sector 17; on the rear and front side of the Neelam Cinema parking; at the multi-level parking, Sector 17; Shanti Kunj parking; Rose Garden parking; adjoining Shivalikview Hotel, Sector 17; on the rear side of the RBI building; near the Sector 16/17 light point (Sector 17 side); on the rear side of the Chandigarh Housing Board office towards the Police Headquarters; adjoining the petrol pump, Sector 10, parking; and at the CLTA parking in front of DAV College. Police officials said in view of the anticipated heavy rush of pedestrians, the entire road stretch from the Sector 16/17 light point up to Matka Chowk (Jan Marg) would be closed for vehicular movement from 11 am to 7 pm on February 24 and 25. Commuters have been advised to make use of alternative routes. QUESTION MARK OVER PATROLLING The incident has raised questions over police patrolling in the city. Besides, non-functional street lights are also helping criminals in committing crime. Sameer Sethi, a resident of Sector 16, said crime incidents in Panchkula had shaken the belief of the public in the police functioning. NEW PIPELINE 1983 ARRANGEMENT In the first phase, the new pipeline (having a capacity of 80 MGD) will bring 40 MGD of water of which Chandigarh will get 29 MGD, Mohali five MGD and Panchkula and Chandimandir three MGD each. According to the arrangement of sharing water, decided at a meeting chaired by the then Union Home Minister on July 6, 1983, 20 MGD of water from the Bhakra Main Line was to be distributed as under: CHANDIGARH: 14.5 MGD PUNJAB (FOR MOHALI): 2.5 MGD HARYANA (FOR PANCHKULA): 1.5 MGD CHANDIMANDIR CANTONMENT: 1.5 MGD At a meeting held on March 10, 1989, which was chaired by RP Ohja, the then Chief Secretary of Punjab, it was decided that the same pattern of distribution of water would be adopted for the Phase II and III pipeline. Similarly, for the Phase IV pipeline, the same pattern was adopted. PROJECT COST ESCALATES The ~156-crore project was launched in March 2012 with a deadline of August 31, 2013. The deadline was missed. Later, several more deadlines were missed. Now, the cost of the project has escalated to over ~200 crore. Punjab gangsters behind Three more fall prey to snatchers in city city bizman’s kidnapping Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 22 Three more snatching incidents have been reported from the city. One of the inci- Chandigarh, February 22 The kidnapping of a 31-yearold businessman by three miscreants, of whom two were armed, outside a gym is the handiwork of gangsters from Punjab, who have been identified by the UT police. The gangsters are believed to have conducted a recce before committing the crime. The police suspect the accused had also kidnapped a businessman from Sector 35 in September 2016 in a similar manner, who was also released a few hours later after taking a ransom of Rs 40 lakh. Yesterday, Harpreet Singh, a resident of Sector 10, was kidnapped outside a gym in Sector 9. Police sources said the victim came out of the gym while talking on the phone around 8.10 pm and as soon he reached near his car, the miscreants pointed pistols at him and sat in his car. While one of the miscreants drove the Mercedes, the two others sat on the rear seat along with the victim. The victim was threatened and asked to pay a ransom of continued on page 4 TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Tribune News Service Panchkula, February 22 A day after the carjacking incident in Panchkula, the police have failed to make any headway in the case. The SHO of the Sector 5 police station, Karamvir, said they were working on some leads, but there was nothing concrete to reveal at this stage of the investigation. Victim Anil Kumar’s Swift Dzire car was taken away at gunpoint on the road separating Sector 5 and 6 here on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. The incident had taken place when Anil Kumar, a chef at a Morni-based hotel, was on the way to his home in Sector 41, Chandigarh. The site where the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is coming up with a pumping station at Sinhpur village in Kharar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY The Mercedes in which businessman Harpreet was kidnapped. TIMELINE 6.45 pm: Victim reaches gym in Sector 9 8.10 pm: Leaves the gym, immediately after which he is kidnapped 9.25 pm: Released by the accused near Elante 9.30 pm: Police get a call about the robbery NABHA JAILBREAK JURISDICTION ACCUSED INVOLVED? GOOF-UP? Police sources said one of the accused in the Nabha jailbreak was suspected to be involved in this incident. The crime branch of the UT police showed pictures of a few suspects (gangsters from Punjab), who were identified by the victim. Though the victim was kidnapped from Sector 9 and released in the Industrial Area, the UT police registered a case at the Industrial Area police station while the case should have been registered at the Sector 3 police station. 0001 fetches ~5.25 lakh at e-auction Tribune News Service HOW 0001 HAS FARED Chandigarh, February 22 The much-sought-after number 0001 was sold for Rs 5,25,000 at an e-auction of the CH 01 BR series for vehicles, which concluded this evening. In the last auction, 0001 was sold for Rs 5,13,000. The Registering and Licensing Authority earned approx- CH 01 BR CH 01 BQ CH 01 BP CH 01 BN CH 01 BM CH 01 BL CH 01 BK CH 01 BJ ~5,25,000 ~5,13,000 ~4,10,000 ~5,01,000 ~2,20,000 ~6,70,000 ~7,01,000 ~4,93,000 imately Rs 49 lakh from the eauction of 260 numbers. The owner of Raffles Educity India Pvt Ltd, Swarn Singh Sandhu, bought 0001 while participating in the eauction from Canada. Parampal, an employee of the company, said the number was bought for a Porsche car worth over Rs 1.50 crore. He said the managing director of the company was at present in Canada. The number 0005 fetched the second-highest price of Rs 2.62 lakh. Other numbers which fetched high prices were 0050 (Rs 2.05 lakh), 0002 (Rs 1.51 lakh), 9999 (Rs 1.46 lakh), 5000 (Rs 1.42 lakh), 0007 (Rs 1.36 lakh) and 0036 (Rs 1.10 lakh). The number 0009 was sold for continued on page 4 c m y b SUV occupant fooled, ~85,000 stolen Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 22 A person stole a purse containing Rs 85,000, an iPhone and documents from an SUV after fooling the car occupant in Sector 22. According to the police, the complainant, Lovleen Kaur, a resident of Sector 71, Mohali, reported that she, along with her minor son and father Bhupinder Singh, had gone to Hotel Aroma. She went to the washroom while her father and son were sitting in the SUV. In the meantime, a person knocked on a windowpane of the SUV and told Bhupinder Singh that his money was lying on the road near the car. The police said Bhupinder got down from the vehicle to check whether he had dropped his money. In the meantime, the accused stole the handbag belonging to Lovleen Kaur. When Lovleen returned, she found her bag missing. The bag contained money, iPhone, documents, including the driving licence and voter card, and a debit card. POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 9 am to 5 pm: Parts of Sector 21 MOHALI 9 am to 5 pm: Parts of Phase 2, 3A and nearby areas dents was reported this evening from Sector 34. Sources said the victim, Shalu, was standing near the Piccadilly theatre when a pedestrian came and snatched her mobile phone. The accused, who appeared to be in his early twenties, escaped from the spot. A case has been registered at the Sector 34 police station. In another incident, two youths riding a motorcycle snatched a gold chain from a woman at Mani Majra last night. Sources said the continued on page 2
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