16042018-CT-01.qxd 16-04-2018 00:43 Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE MONDAY | 16 APRIL 2018 | CHANDIGARH Free e-rickshaw rides Registration forms A futile journey PU announces free e-rickshaw rides for physically-challenged students on the campus. P2 Panchkula Municipal Corporation to provide registration forms to street vendors from today. P4 Satvik Arts stages Hindi play ‘Khwaish’ at the mini-auditorium of Tagore Theatre. P2 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 36°C MIN 18°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36.5°C MIN 17.8°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.50 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5. 54 AM Roll back parking fee hike: Mayor’s panel Pretty Goodenough In 90-page report, says firm has failed to provide smart lots Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Kings XI Punjab owner Preity Zinta distributes T-shirts among spectators during an IPL match between her team and Chennai Super Kings at IS Bindra PCA Stadium in Mohali on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR MORE PHOTOS ON P4 P’kula woman run over by truck, dies 2 arrested for Tribune News Service Panchkula, April 15 A woman was killed in a road accident on the Pinjore-Nalagarh National Highway-21 on Sunday morning. The deceased has been identified as Saroj (48), a resident of Panchkula. The victim was riding pillion on a two-wheeler. The scooterist stopped near the railway crossing on the NH-21 when all of a sudden, Saroj fell down and was run over by a truck coming from behind. She was taken to a private health facility and later to a primary health centre at Pinjore where doctors declared her brought dead. A police official said they had kept the body at the mortuary and had lodged a case against the truck driver, who fled after the accident. MC in fiscal crisis, stops payments Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 15 The Municipal Corporation is facing a financial crisis and has stopped releasing all payments except those meant for salary, pension and important bills. Sources said the situation had arisen as the MC was left with a bank balance of only Rs 22 crore. The MC has taken up the issue of grant-in-aid with the Administration, but has not got any response so far. The MC has stopped payments of around Rs 36 crore to contractors for works carried out during the previous years. An MC official said due to paucity of funds, the officers had not allowed agenda related to develop- mental works to be placed at the House meeting, scheduled for Monday. The sources said if steps were not taken immediately, it would become difficult for the MC to even pay the salary next month. The MC has committed liabilities of around Rs 492 crore for the current financial year, continued on page 5 raping minor Dera Bassi, April 15 The police have arrested two persons for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl from Sundran village near here. The accused have been identified as Jarnail Singh and Kuldeep Singh, both residents of the village. According to sources, the girl, in her complaint, alleged that on April 6 she was standing outside her house when Jarnail took her to a nearby jungle where another accused Kuldeep was waiting. The duo then took turns to rape her. The victim, a student of Class VIII, told the police that the accused later threatened her not to narrate the incident to anyone. The victim narrated her continued on page 5 c m y b Chandigarh, April 15 A 90-page report of a panel of councillors, headed by former Mayor Rajbala Malk, has rejected the second hike in the parking rates, implemented on April 1 on the grounds that the company had failed to provide smart parking to residents. The panel nailed the parking company by mentioning details of mismanagement at the lots during checking carried out over a week. Mayor Davesh Moudgil had formed the committee after residents opposed the hike in the parking rates. The fee for parking a car for four hours has been increased from Rs 10 to Rs 20, up to six hours from Rs 20 to Rs 40 and for up to 12 hours from Rs 50 to Rs 100. The rates for two-wheelers have also been doubled. The rates continued on page 5 FIRM THREATENS TO MOVE COURT Sunil Badlani, director of the Mumbai-based Arya Toll Infra Limited, which has been given the parking contract, said the company had already invested over ~20 to ~22 crore in setting up the parking infrastructure in the city. He said if any injustice was done to them, they would have no option but to move court. He said the company suffered a loss in the initial period when the rates were only ~2 for two-wheelers and ~5 for four-wheelers. FINED ~33,000 FOR VIOLATIONS The MC has imposed a penalty of ~33,000 on Arya Toll Infra Limited for violations in the terms and conditions of the contract. Sources said the penalty was imposed for 12 types of violations found during the checking carried out by teams constituted by the MC Commissioner. SNIPPETS 119 put on notice for water wastage Chandigarh: The Municipal Corporation started a drive against water wastage on Sunday. During the drive, which started in the morning, notices were issued to 119 people, while a challan of Rs 2,000 each was issued to seven owners of houses, who were found wasting potable water. An officer of the MC said 18 teams carried out checking from 5.30 am to 9 am. The notices were issued for leakage in overhead tanks and other violations. TNS Youth held for snatching chain Chandigarh: A 19-year-old youth, a native of UP, has been arrested for snatching a silver chain from a minor boy. The police said the complainant, Anand Parkash, a resident of Singha village in Mohali, reported that his 13-yearold son had gone to take a bath at a pond in the forest area behind the PGI when a youth snatched his silver chain and escaped from the spot on Sunday afternoon. A team, led by Sub-Inspector Mohan Singh, nabbed the accused, Sunny (19). The accused is a labourer. TNS Ludhiana man attacked with beer bottle Had gone to club in Sec 26 with female friend Tribune News Service The victim, Karamjeet Singh, under treatment at the GMSH-16. Chandigarh, April 15 A Ludhiana resident, who, along with his female friend, had gone to attend a party at a club in Sector 26, was hit on the head and stabbed in the stomach with a beer bottle by a youth outside the club on Saturday night, leaving him seriously injured. The victim has been identified as Karamjeet Singh. The victim’s friend, Jasbir Kaur, said a youth, who was allegedly in an inebriated condition, had also come to attend the party along with his friends and offered a cigarette to her. “The accused kept on doing so repeatedly following which I objected continued on page 5
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