14032018-CT-01.qxd 3/14/2018 12:41 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 14 MARCH 2018 | CHANDIGARH ‘1.3 billion stories waiting’ Cancellation of pact New contract There are 1.3 billion stories waiting to be reported, says former Rajya Sabha MP HK Dua. P2 Panchkula Admn recommends cancellation of contract of multilevel parking contractor. P5 Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu signs fresh five-year contract with Bengaluru FC. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 34°C MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.4°C MIN 14.9°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6.30 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6.33 AM Need we say more TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Airport to remain shut for repair from May 12 to 31 HC nod sought to issue notice to airlines Tribune News Service Broken chairs at bus queue shelters are a common sight in Panchkula, causing inconvenience to commuters. UT gives nod to self-certification of commercial building plans Relief to owners as Badnore approves amendment to Estate rules Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 13 In a major step towards empowering people, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore has approved an amendment to the Estate rules for allowing self-certification of plans of commercial buildings. With the approval of the scheme, owners of commercial buildings will no longer be required to run from pillar to post in the Estate Office to get their plans approved. Under the new rules, which will be notified tomorrow, FEE FOR SELF-CERTIFICATION The fee for self-certification has been fixed. Owners will have to pay ~5,000 for booths, ~10,000 for bay shops and ~2.50 per sq ft for shop-cum-offices (SCOs) and shop-cum-flats (SCFs) with the application for the building plan. any registered architect with the Council of Architects can submit a plan on behalf of the owner. The owner can start the work if no objections are received from the Estate Office within 15 days of the submission of the plan. The self-certification has been made mandatory for all types of plans for commercial properties such as booths, shop-cum-offices (SCOs) and shop-cum-flats (SCFs). The plans will be submitted by the architect certifying that these adhere to the requirements as laid down under the Building Rules, including zoning and architectural controls. The construction can be started after the period of notice in case the competent authority does not convey any objection to the applicant. It will be the responsibility of the architect to inform the Estate Office if the owner makes any construction beyond the certified plan. The Estate Officer will have the power to check the construction of the building at any time and if any violations are found, action will be taken against the owner. A provision has also been made to blacklist the architect if it is found that he or she concealed facts of gave wrong information while submitting the plan. Commercial property tax to go up 10% from April 1 Sandeep Rana Expect showers in city tomorrow Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 13 The Met Department has predicted some respite from the soaring mercury in the coming days. According to the Chandigarh Meteorological Centre, the city will witness a cloud cover tomorrow and light showers on March 15. The maximum temperature today touched a twoyear high and settled at 33.4°C, while the minimum temperature recorded today was 14.9°C. The temperature is likely to rise further tomorrow. According to Surinder Paul, Director, Chandigarh Meteorological Centre, there are strong chances of rain in Punjab on March 15 due to western disturbances. “Though Chandigarh will not receive heavy rain, light showers are expected, which will bring respite,” said Paul. POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sector 20, 23, 26, 27, 28, 42, 45 and 47, and Burail 10 am to 5 pm: Parts of Sec 46 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 13 Get ready to pay 10 per cent more commercial property tax from the next fiscal (April 1 onwards). After the Municipal Corporation House approved the hike last year, Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal has cleared the proposal. The file is expected to be cleared by UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore in a week. “Following approval from the Home Secretary, we held a meeting yesterday to plan things to raise the tax from April. The proposal is expected to be through at the Administrator’s end in a week,” said a senior MC official. Additional Commissioner Anil Kumar Garg, who heads the MC’s tax branch, told Chandigarh Tribune, “The commercial tax will be raised by 10 per cent from the next fiscal. The Home Secretary has approved it and it is now pending with the Administrator.” On August 30 last year, the MC House had approved a 10 per cent increase in the prop- erty tax on commercial, industrial and institutional land and buildings. The last revision of commercial property tax was done in 2004. While the rates were to be revised every five years, for the past nearly 10 years, these were not revised by the MC. Last year, demand notices were sent to around 9,200 commercial defaulting assesses to clear their dues. Action is being initiated against them under Section 138 of the Punjab MC Act, 1976, as extended to the UT, Chandigarh, to attach their properties after issuing them final show-cause notices. Major defaulters, including continued on page 6 Two youths killed in hit-&-run cases Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 13 Two youths were killed in hit-and-run cases in Chandiarh and Mohali. A 26-year-old youth was killed after being hit by an unknown vehicle on a slip road in the Industrial Area, Phase I, near the Tribune roundabout last night. According to the police, the victim has been identified as Sagar. The victim was found lying injured on the slip road Mohali: A 22-year-old youth was killed while his friend, who was riding pillion, suffered serious injuries after an unknown vehicle hit their motorcycle on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Jaahid Mansoor, a native of Srinagar. Sources said he was staying in a rented accommodation in Mohali. He was going on his bike to TDI City with his friend, but on the way, an unknown vehicle hit them. Mansoor died on the spot while his friend was taken to the Sohana hospital by a passerby, where his condition is stated to be critical. after which he was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, in a PCR vehicle where doctors declared him brought dead. The police said the victim was a native of Ambala and worked at Elante Mall. The victim’s kin were informed about the incident today, who reached the city. A case has been registered at the Industrial Area police station. c m y b Mohali, March 13 The Chandigarh international airport will remain closed for operations from May 12 to May 31 for the second phase of runway repair, airport officials announced today. Chandigarh International Airport Limited (CHIAL) public relations officer (PRO) Deepesh Joshi said, “As per the NOTAM (notice to airmen), no civil and military flights will operate from Chandigarh from May 12 to May 31.” The Indian Air Force (IAF) is carrying out runway resurfacing work at the airport and as per directions of the High Court, the runway had to remain shut for 15 days on two occasions. The first phase was completed between February 12 and February 26. Airport sources said the contractor working on the runway requested for four additional days of closure since during the first phase, the repair work was hampered by inclement weather. The sources said the IAF might increase the operation hours from dawn to dusk Tribune News Service SECOND PHASE OF RUNWAY REPAIR The Indian Air Force is carrying out runway resurfacing work at the airport and as per directions of the High Court, the runway had to remain shut for 15 days on two occasions. The first phase was completed between February 12 and February 26. The work on the second phase will be undertaken now. after the end of the second period of closure. The watch hours at the airport, currently from 5 am to 4 pm, are likely to change to 7.20 am to 5.30 pm when the summer schedule comes into effect from March 25. Airport officials said the available runway length, which had been reduced to 7,200 ft for the resurfacing work, would increase to 9,000 ft and in due course of time to 10,400 ft. Suneel Dutt, CEO, CHIAL, said, “The upgrade of the runway will attract several airlines to operate long-haul flights from Chandigarh to popular destinations such as the US, Canada, Europe and the UK. After the completion of civil works on the runway, lighting work for the night landing facility will start and it will be completed on time.” The Federation of Indian Airlines, a private airlines’ body, had earlier written to the authorities, raising apprehensions regarding the proposed closure in May, considering that it was the peak time for airlines and airports. Chandigarh, March 13 The Central Government sought the Punjab and High Court’s permission to issue a notice to airlines for the second closure of the Chandigarh international airport for runway repair as a public interest litigation in the matter came up for resumed hearing before the court today. It is necessary to give two months’ advance notice to airlines so that air travellers can change their plans accordingly. The plea was, however, opposed on behalf of the airlines as the closure period is a busy session. The airport was scheduled for second closure later during the year, but the dates were advanced, the Bench of Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Justice Anupinder Singh was told. Taking up the matter, the continued on page 6
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