10052018-CT-01.qxd 5/10/2018 12:27 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 10 MAY 2018 | CHANDIGARH PU ranks 130th Walk-in aviary Middle order blues Panjab University placed at 130th position in Times Higher Education rankings. P2 Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot opens India’s longest walk-in aviary at Chhatbir Zoo. P4 Middle order remains a concern for Kings XI Punjab, says coach Brad Hodge. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 37°C MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35.4°C MIN 19.6°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.06 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.32 AM 10 years on, UT Admn to auction 70 properties Taking law for a ride Reserve price to be fixed on the basis of collector rates Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service A horse cart makes its way to the restricted area at Sukhna Lake to deliver supplies for recreational activities in Chandigarh on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Sector 32 GMCH summer timings Chandigarh: The GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, will observe the summer timings from May 16 to July 15. The OPD registration will be from 7 am to 10 am, while the OPD timings will be from 8 am to 2 pm. The blood collection centre timings will be from 7 am to noon. The emergency services will be available round the clock. TNS Traffictobediverted Traffic on Madhya Marg from PGI Chowk to Transport Chowk, Sector 26, will be partially diverted to the slow carriageway due to pavement testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Thursday. 2 toll plazas on Zirakpur-Patiala road within 43 km challenged Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 9 The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday issued a notice of motion to the Union of India and the National Highways Authority of India on a petition filed in public interest challenging the decision to set up two toll plazas within 43 km on the ZirakpurRajpura-Patiala highway. In his petition placed before the Division Bench of Acing Chief Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa, advocate Rajbir Singh contented that the move was totally illegal, arbitrary and contrary to the provisions of the National Highway (Free Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules. Referring to the rule, the petitioner submitted a toll plaza could not be established within 10 km of municipal or local town area limits. He added that toll plazas could also not be established on the same section and in the same direction of the national highway within a distance of 60 km. Seeking the quashing of a notification issued in this regard, the petitioner further submitted that two new toll plazas were being constructed within the municipal or the local town area limits of Patiala and Zirakpur. As such, the notification dated June 20, 2017, was required to be set aside. Taking up the matter, the Bench fixed May 30 as the next date of hearing in the case. 12 teachers injured in lathicharge Tribune News Service Panchkula, May 9 Twelve teachers, including three women, sustained injuries during a protest by computer teachers and lab attendants in front of Shiksha Sadan in Sector 5 here on Thursday evening. The protesters, who have been up in arms for the past over a month, were demanding a meeting with senior officials at Shiksha Sadan. As they gheraoed Siksha Sadan, the police used a mild lathicharge and water cannons in which 12 of them sustained injuries. The protesters raised slogans against the Haryana Government and the Continued on page 4 Chandigarh, May 9 After 10 years, residents will get an opportunity to own property in the city as the Administration has given its nod to a proposal of the Estate Office to auction properties. Sources said the Estate Office had sought permission from the Administration for the auction of the properties and for fixing the reserve price. The Finance Department has allowed the Estate Office to fix the reserve price of the properties on the basis of the collector rate of the area. The sources said the decision for fixing the reserve price on the basis of the collector rates was taken as no auction of properties had Woman hit by CTU bus, dies Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 9 A 70-year-old woman pedestrian was killed after she was hit by a CTU bus near the Sector 38 (West) light point on Wednesday morning. According to the police, the victim has been identified as Sumitra Devi, a resident of Sector 38. The police said the victim, along with her son Satya Parkash, had gone for a morning walk. While they were returning home, a CTU bus hit the woman. The police were informed after which a PCR vehicle rushed the victim to the PGI where she later succumbed to her injuries. The police have registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A of the IPC at the Sector 39 police station. POWER SHUTDOWN The police stop protesting computer teachers and lab attendants from marching ahead in Panchkula on Wednesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH CHANDIGARH 10 am to 2 pm: Parts of Sec 23-D Clean-up crusader fills in for civic body For 7 yrs, every morning, Gajinder Singh has been cleaning a park in Sec 32 Sanjam Preet Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 9 Some people find meaning in simple things in life. For instance, keeping their surroundings clean. For the past seven years, Gajinder Singh (68) of Sector 32 here has been cleaning a park adjoining the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). Every morning around 5, he sets out of his home to pay obeisance at a nearby gurdwara. After the ardas, he heads towards the park. First, he strolls for 30 minutes and then gets down to clearing the “remains” of the previous day — plastic wrappers, half-eaten burgers and breads, paper glasses, dry leaves and empty Gajinder Singh picks waste from a park in Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN bottles of whisky and beer. Singh collects the waste in a bag and dumps it in a dustbin. “It takes me 30 to 45 minutes to clean the park,” he says. He took up the figurative broom after his retirement in 2007. He was employed as an Executive Engineer (XEN) with the Public Works Department (B&R), Punjab. In 2011, he, along with members of the Sector 32 Cit- izens Welfare Society, had approached the Municipal Corporation and demanded that a safai karamchari be deputed in the park on a regular or part-time basis. The MC had expressed helplessness on the grounds that the park was part of the green belt and the civic body did not have a provision to engage a safai karamchari for it. The MC had also stated that it had installed dustbins in the park and collected garbage after 15 to 20 days. Undeterred, Singh decided to take things in his own hands. Seven years hence, he is a known face among morning-walkers. He does not preach about the “swachhta abhiyan”. Instead, he believes in c m y b doing his work quietly. What inspired him? “My father was particular about cleanliness. I have imbibed the habit from him. Be it home or workplace, I like the settings clean,” he says. For his “nishkam seva” (selfless service), he was awarded a certificate of appreciation last year during an international conference organised by the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID). And this Republic Day, the MC awarded him. Appreciation notwithstanding, doesn’t he get irritated at collecting garbage day in, day out? “Oh apna kamm karde ne, main apna (They do their work, I do mine),” he says nonchalantly. 1 kanal plot was sold for ~4.06 cr in 2009 CHB auction was a flop show In 2009, the Administration earned ~60 crore from 12 commercial properties, while Rs 40 crore was received from the auction of 33 residential plots. Plot number 1289 in Sector 19 was the costliest. The 1 kanal plot was auctioned for ~4.06 crore. The average price for residential sites was Rs 74,820 per sq yard, while the commercial site price went up to Rs 2.74 lakh per sq yard. The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) found no takers for the properties which it intended to sell in Rajiv Gandhi Technology Park. The CHB had put up plots for hospital and school and residential sites for auction, but it got a lukewarm response due to the high reserve price based on the collector rates. taken place in the past 10 years. Earlier, the reserve price of the properties used to be fixed on the basis of the average price of the past three auctions. Experts feel that the Estate Office may not get the desired response in case the reserve price is fixed on the basis of the collector rates. Kamaljit Singh Panchi, chairman of the Property Consultants Association, said the collector rates in the city were very high and not based on reality. He said the collector rates of commer- cial properties were higher than the market rates in many sectors. The last auction of propertes was held in 2009. Since then, the Administration planned auctions four times, but could not conduct it for fear of earning less revenue. Ashok Bansal, a realtor, said the Administration was unable to hold an auction on account of high collector rates, onetime payment of the total auction price and mainly because of the leasehold system, which lead to a very high yearly ground rent. The sources said this time, the Estate Office was planning to auction approximately 70 residential and commercial plots, which were lying vacant in different pockets of Chandigarh. ~8-lakh jewellery stolen from bizman’s house in Sector 35 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 9 Two unknown persons made off with gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 8 lakh and some cash from a businessman’s house in Sector 35. The victim had called the accused to repair a locker in which the jewellery and the money were kept. The complainant, Chander Arora, reported that gold and diamond ornaments worth Rs 8 lakh were stolen. The police said the complainant had met a key-maker near his house and he told him to visit his house to repair the locker, which had got jammed. The accused, accompanied by his accomplice, visited the complainant’s house on April 30. “The accused opened the locker and put jewellery and the cash in their bag. They later claimed that they were unable to open the locker and told the complainant to call someone else,” the police said. The accused then left the house. On May 7, when another key-maker visited the house and opened the locker, the complainant found it empty.
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