11052018-CT-01.qxd 5/11/2018 12:36 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 11 MAY 2018 | CHANDIGARH MBBS students protest Airport to close for repairs Patiala lift Markan Trophy MBBS students protest during counselling for master’s seats at the GMCH-32. P2 Chandigarh international airport to close for runway repairs for a 20-day period from tomorrow. P5 Patiala boys register a four-wicket win over Amritsar to lift U-16 ML Markan Trophy. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 38°C MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37.2°C MIN 21°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 7.06 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.32 AM Teams from Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi, begin study from Madhya Marg 0001 goes for a whopping ~6.90L Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service UT to reduce road level to check flooding Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 10 Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), New Delhi, has started a study to reduce the level of roads in the city to prevent flooding in the rainy season. Sources said the Engineering Department had roped in the CRRI to carry out the survey. Teams of the CRRI started the survey from Madhya Marg, which has been facing flooding during the rains, causing traffic jams on one of the most busiest roads of the city. An officer said the level of the city roads had increased over the years due to recarpeting. He said due to the increase in the level of the roads, “rainwater gets accumulated during the rainy season and flows into markets and houses, leading to flooding of the area”. Mukesh Anand, Special Secretary in the Engineering Department, said Madhya Marg mostly faced flooding during the rains. He said a team of scientists would investigate the road crust and submit its recommendations on how much the level needed to be reduced to prevent flooding. He said on the basis of the recommendations, the department would carry out the work for reducing POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 2 pm: Parts of Sec 24-D UT Admn takes U-turn on CCTV cameras Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 10 Taking a U-turn on its initiative to install 660 CCTV cameras across the city, the Chandigarh Police on Thursday claimed that the scheme had been merged with the Smart City project. As the petition filed in public interest against the rising incidents of snatching came up for resumed hearing before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Chandigarh Police placed on record an affidavit. Among other things, the affidavit, dated May 10, said the proposal for installing the cameras stood merged with the Government of India project of June 2016. It was under the active consideration of the Engineering Department. continued on page 4 Chandigarh, May 10 The much-sought-after number, 0001, was sold for Rs 6,90,000 in an e-auction of the CH 01 BS series registration numbers, which concluded on Thursday evening. In the last auction, the same number was sold for Rs 5,25,000. The Registering and Licensing Authority earned approximately Rs 62 lakh from the auction of 251 numbers. This time, 0001 was bought by the president of the Bar Council of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Anmol Rattan Singh Sidhu. Sidhu said the number was a gift for his son, Subir Sidhu, on the occasion of his marriage, which was solemnised recently. The number has been purchased for his Land Cruiser. It is not the first time that Sidhu has bought the 0001 number. His other vehicles — Innova, Mercedes and Fortuner — also bear the 0001 number. The number 0007 was sold for Rs 2.58 lakh and fetched the second highest amount. The other numbers which fetched high prices were 0003 ( Rs 2.44 lakh), 0008 (Rs 1.50 lakh), 0002 (Rs 1.44 lakh), 0005 (Rs 1.22 lakh), 0009 (Rs 1.20 lakh) and 786 (Rs 1.18 lakh). The reserve price for 0001 was fixed at Rs A stretch being dug up for the CRRI study; and (right) vehicles stuck in a traffic jam because of it on the road separating Sector 8 and 18 on Madhya Marg in Chandigarh on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MANOJ MAHAJAN the level using the latest technology. The study started by the CRRI caused traffic chaos at many places on Madhya Marg on Thursday. The CRRI carried out the survey on one side of the road on Thursday. The survey will be continued on the other side of the road on Friday. An official said due to the survey, the traffic from Transport Chowk, Sector 26, to the PGI would be partially diverted on the slow carriageway from 10 am to 4 pm on Friday. Bar Council president gifts number to son for Land Cruiser HOW 0001 HAS FARED IN AUCTIONS CH 01 BS ~6,90,000 CH 01 BR ~5,25,000 CH 01 BQ ~5,13,000 CH 01 BP ~4,10,000 CH 01 BN ~5,01,000 CH 01 BM ~2,20,000 CH 01 BL ~6,70,000 CH 01 BK ~7,01,000 CH 01 BJ ~4,93,000 It is not the first time that Anmol Rattan Singh Sidhu has bought 0001. His other vehicles — Innova, Mercedes and Fortuner — also bear the 0001 number. 50,000, while for other vanity numbers up to 10, the reserve price was Rs 30,000. The number 0001 witnessed a stiff competition among the claimants till the closing of the auction. A comparison of the previous 10 auctions reveals that except for one or two auctions, the enthusiasm for 0001 has never decreased. The successful bidders will be required to get their vehicles registered as well as deposit the balance bid amount within one month from the date of the auction. ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF LAND ON CITY’S PERIPHERY Contractors to stall work from today HC appoints IAS officer, Want civic body to release their dues; essential services not to be hit 2 others to decide cases Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 10 With contractors set to boycott work from Friday and sit outside the MC gate in protest against non-payment of their dues, ongoing development and maintenance works in the city will suffer in a big way. However, essential services such as public toilets, water supply from tubewells and sewer cleaning will not be affected. The contractors supply manpower for these services. They said they would stop these services in the second phase of their protest if their demands were not met. The MC owes around Rs 40 to Rs 50 crore to them since February. There are around 150 contractors. Works, including laying of new water and sewer pipelines, construction of new toilets, renovation and construction of community centres and dispensaries, road recarpeting and cleaning of road gullies, will be completed stopped. Some of these works have already been stalled by contractors, citing lack of funds. According to contractors, the ongoing water pipe-laying works at Palsora village and Maloya Colony have been stopped even as residents are crying foul. “We are facing a water supply issue and pipes are lying in our area with no work being done,” said Rajender Kumar, a resident of Palsora. Road recarpeting work in the city is also on hold. A contractor has halted the ongoing recarpe ting work in Sector 34 and 44. Construction of new community centres in Sector 43 and 52 has been stopped midway. Similarly, work on two new dispensaries in Sector 52 and 26 has also been stopped. Contractor Rohtash Kumar, who has undertaken water pipe-laying work worth Rs 1 crore at Maloya and Palsora, lamented, “The MC can pay continued on page 4 Tribune News Service Work to lay water pipelines left midway at Palsora village in Sector 55, Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY The trigger Chandigarh, May 10 The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday appointed a woman IAS officer, Tanu Kashyap, along with two other officers, Hardyal Singh Chatha and Amardeep Singh Bains, for deciding cases related to illegal possession of land on the periphery of the city. The move comes amid allegations of illegal possession of land by politicians, bureaucrats, senior police officials and other big wheels on the periphery of Chandigarh. Kashyap is posted as the Director, Rural Development and Panchayat Department, while Chatha is Fatehagarh Sahib ADC and Bains is the Deputy Director. The Punjab Government, on a previous date of hearing, had filed a status report by way of an affidavit by the Director, Rural Development and Pan- The move comes amid allegations of illegal possession of land by politicians, bureaucrats, senior police officials and other big wheels on the periphery of Chandigarh. The matter was brought to the notice of the HC by Nayagoan resident Kuldip Singh. Accusing a senior police functionary in a land grab bid in Nayagaon, he had sought protection. chayat, Sibin C. Among other things, a list was furnished of officers to whom the responsibility of the Collector and Appellate Authority under the Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Act could be assigned. The names of the officers were finalised by the Division Bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice Shekhar Dhawan after seeking consent of senior advocate ML Sarin, assisting the court as amicus curiae. The matter was brought to the notice of the High Court by Nayagoan resident Kuldip Singh. Accusing a senior police functionary in a land grab bid in Nayagaon, he had sought protection, while praying for the registration of an FIR and a CBI probe into the dealings. The inquiry was entrusted to the ADGP after Justice , Ranjit Singh of the High Court took cognisance of the matter. Justice Ranjit Singh had asked the ADGP to lay emphasis on Nayagaon, Zirakpur, Mohali, Kansal and the Koraran area. The Judge had added: “It will also need an investigation to see as to what is the source of acquisition”. Creche on Wheels lights up life of poor kids Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Children of construction workers being taken inside the Creche on Wheels in Chandigarh on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Chandigarh, May 10 It was the first time four-yearold Radha and Chandni watched cartoon shows on an LED screen while their mothers worked at a construction site. Their innocent faces were sparkling with joy on Thursday at the construction site in Sector 30 when a van with facilities of an LED screen and toys reached there to take care of them. Earlier, they used to play c m y b in the mud, unfed and uncared for and breathing dust-filled air. However, the Creche on Wheels project, launched by the Chandigarh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board has changed their lives. It has proved an instant hit among children of construction workers, who thronged the van to enjoy the facilities provided inside the van. UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore had launched the project on Tuesday. Since then, the van is being stationed at construction sites on a rotational basis. For Sanju Devi, a woman worker, the van came as a big relief. She said earlier she was always worried about the safety of her children while working. She said her daughter got injured on one occasion while playing at a construction site. She said she could not leave her children at home as there was no one to take care of them. Her husband is also a labourer. Pooja Devi, mother of a three-year-old girl, said hat she was happy to see her child play in the crèche. The crèche van is equipped with the multimedia facility with an aim to generate interest towards education by way of nursery rhymes, stories and cartoon characters, and will also imbibe social values among the children. The van has two attendants and a driver. A doctor and a nurse are also there to examine the health of the children. Ajit Balaji Joshi, Deputy Commissioner, who is behind the project, said the project had been launched to address the problem of providing day care to children of construction workers. He said nutritious food would be provided to children in the van. The project would cater to the needs of construction workers working in over 50 sites in Chandigarh on a rotational basis. It is estimated that around 350 children will be benefited by this project in a month.
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