13052018-CT-01.qxd 5/13/2018 1:02 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 13 MAY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Cyclothon in city Tributes paid to Tagore City sluggers win IBDP students at Strawberry Fields High School organise a cyclothon to raise funds for needy. P2 Artistes pay tributes to Rabindranath Tagore on his 157th birth anniversary. P4 Chandigarh boys blank Haryana 10-0 to enter semifinals of Baseball Federation Cup. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 36°C MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40.6°C MIN 25.2°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7.08 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.30 AM Now, no roundabout to be demolished in Corbusier’s City Beautiful PRESERVING HERITAGE Chief Architect takes cognisance of two Class X students’ representation against razing of Sector 32-33 rotary Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 12 In a major development, the UT Administration has decided not to remove the Sector 32-33 roundabout or any other roundabout in the city in future. A decision to this effect was taken on a representation of Siddhant Sapra and Abhay Mohan, both Class X students of Strawberry Fields High School here. The students, in a representation to the UT Administrator and Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore, had opposed the UT Administration’s decision to demolish the Sector 32-33 roundabout while giving a detailed rea- soning and justification as to why rotaries are needed in Chandigarh. The matter was highlighted in these columns on March 15. Responding to the representation, which the UT Adviser had marked to him, the UT Chief Architect wrote to the Chief Engineer, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, about the report of the UT traffic police on accident data in the city during the years 2014-2016. The report revealed that of the total 15 identified critical junctions in the UT, 13 are light points and only two are roundabouts, which are built as per the Code of Practice (Part-2), Intersections of Institute of MUNICIPAL CORPORATION IN RED UT sits on 4-year-old finance panel report Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 12 The UT Administration has failed to implement even a single recommendation of the 4th Delhi Finance Commission for providing financial assistance to the Municipal Corporation (MC) in the past four years driving the civic body into deep fiscal crisis. In its report submitted in March 2014, the commission recommended an increase in the MC share from 17.5 per cent to 30 per cent of the total receipts of the UT Administration. Sources said the Finance Commission asked the UT to give 100 per cent of the collection of motor vehicle tax along with the motor vehicles registration charges. Besides, it was recommended that the MC be given 100 per cent of the service tax collection and stamp duties mentioned in the union list. The commission accepted the fact that with the increase in the numbers of departments and the expenditure, the MC required more revenue. Former MP Satya Pal Jain said the recommendations of the Fourth Delhi Finance Commission were binding on the UT as the panel was a statutory body formed under continued on page 5 ❝ A rotary is literally an oasis of greenery amidst unsightly views of tarmac and concrete. Rotaries in Chandigarh are well maintained and are one of the reasons it is called the City Beautiful ❞ SIDDHANT SAPRA & ABHAY MOHAN, CLASS X STUDENTS Urban Transport, Ministry of Urban Development. “Therefore, in view of the facts and safety of city residents, it is requested not to remove this roundabout (Sector 32-33) or any other rotary in future,” read the Chief Architect’s letter. In their representation, the students had stated, “Some of the rotaries Le Corbusier had planned for the city have already been demolished. It was appalling to read in The Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 12 High drama took place at the city railway station on Saturday after nearly 30 passengers were given the ticket of an AC coach that was not attached to the afternoon Shatabdi. The incident took place on the very first day of the airport closure. The airport will remain closed till May 31. A day before, Northern Railway had told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that it had made the necessary arrangements to deal with the passenger rush. Damodar Khurana, an advocate and a resident of Sector 62, Mohali, said he Rly arrangements: First day, bad show Recently, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager Praveen Gaur Dwivedi issued a communiqué stating that an extra coach was added to the afternoon Shatabdi to accommodate the passenger rush during the closure of the airport. However, the tall claims fall flat as passenger were harassed on the very first day of the airport closure. Anxious passengers confirm their seats from a railway official. TRIBUNE PHOTO reached Platform No. 2 at 11.40 am. “A woman ticket checking officer told me to take the seat number CE-67. I reached the particular seat and found it occupied. The person sitting there told me that it was actually coach number C-1,” said Khurana. He went back to the ticket checking officer. In the meantime, nearly 30 more passengers, who were told to look for coach number C-3, also sur- TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL PAGE 5 POWER SHUTDOWN Commuters brave a dust storm at Mani Majra in Chandigarh on Saturday. Winds blew at 70 km per hour followed by showers. MOHALI 9 am to 1 pm: Parts of Industrial Area Phase I, II and III Snatchings: UT police on bail jumpers’ trail 89 arrested since April 1, number of incidents sees a 56% decline in one month Chandigarh, May 12 The latest initiative of the UT police to curb snatchings seems to be bearing fruit. The men in khaki have been tracking down those snatching accused who have jumped bail. Arresting as many as 89 such persons since April 1, the police have kept repeat offenders in check. In addition, 60 fresh arrests have been made in snatching cases. In March this year, the Punjab and Haryana High Court took cognisance of spurt in snatching incidents in the city and rapped the UT police. Thus, from April 1, SSP Nilambari Jagdale started seeking information of each snatching trial that is on at the district courts. Naib, a police official present in each court, prepares a space for them. Even in a country like USA, which traditionally hasn’t had them, more and more rotaries are being created. Closer home, traffic intersections in Central Delhi are being converted into rotaries. It is a pity therefore, that though Chandigarh’s designer Le Corbusier was farsighted and created enough space for rotaries at intersections, we are senselessly demolishing them with the ill-researched, unscientific and mistaken belief that we are resolving some problem. In reality, it would increase both the time taken to cross the intersection as well as the chance of accidents and loss of life”. AIRPORT CLOSURE 30 passengers issued tickets of coach not attached to afternoon Shatabdi A PEEP INTO AVIAN WORLD Tribune News Service at the Sector 32-33 rotary”. They had pointed out that at light points, traffic blockages or accidents took place within a few minutes of power failure, which was not the case at roundabouts. Referring to Chandigarh’s heritage, the students recalled, “An island formed by rotary is literally an oasis of greenery amidst unsightly views of tarmac and concrete all around. In Chandigarh, roundabouts have been well maintained and are one of the reasons it is called ‘City Beautiful’, and are a part of its heritage. There is a worldwide movement for conversion of traffic lights into rotaries, but often there is not enough Drama as Railways goofs up on Day 1 Stormy affair! Ishrat S Banwait Tribune recently that the Sector 32-33 roundabout is also intended to be sacrificed and the demolition work has started. Evidently, the authorities have made no attempt to evaluate whether the Sector 33-34 rotary they replaced with traffic lights about 18 months ago brought any benefit. Commuters complain that crossing the intersection now takes over 100 seconds instead of 15-20 seconds earlier. To verify, we compared historical images available on Google Earth and found that in each instance, there is a queue of cars waiting at the Sector 3334 light point whereas traffic is regulating itself smoothly Over 4K two-wheelers being checked daily SSP Nilambari Jagdale claims that around 4,500 two-wheelers are being checked daily at special anti-snatching nakas in the city. “In most cases, snatchers use two-wheelers. These vehicles are stolen or have fake registration plates,” she said. Through this day and night checking and by using the VAHAN application, such offenders are caught. In addition, patrolling of PCR vehicles in snatchingprone areas has been increased. roster of snatching cases heard each day. The status of the accused in the cases is also checked and the infor- mation sent to the police headquarters. The police apply for nonbailable warrants against the c m y b bail jumper, if not done earlier. If still not tracked, the court is asked to declare the accused proclaimed offender (PO). The police then apply for cancellation of the accused’s bail and under Section 229-A of the IPC, ask the court for enhancing the punishment for jumping bail. The respective police station is asked to catch the accused. If the bail jumper is not continued on page 5 rounded the ticket checking staff, complaining about the unavailability of seats. “Instead of accommodating the passengers, the railway authorities started telling us to take refund and leave. This led to an argument. All of us had some prescheduled meetings. Some were going to Delhi to attend weddings while others were to meet their relatives on the weekend,” said Khurana. As the train chugged off at 12 noon, these passengers boarded the train. “With no option left, the harried passengers sat in the executive coach of the train,” said another passenger. RPF jawans were sent to the coach to get it vacated but the passengers stated that they were travelling with valid tickets and will not leave. Station Director Hari Deep Kumar said, “As per the plan, we had added an extra AC coach and an executive coach with the afternoon Shatabdi. Due to a technical glitch, some passengers were issued tickets of a coach that was not attached to the train. However, all of these passengers were accommodated.”
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