28062018-CT-01.qxd 6/28/2018 12:58 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 28 JUNE 2018 | CHANDIGARH SOI move 2 killed in accident Lakshya beats Aman Student Organisation of India declares its presidential candidate before PUCSC poll. Two persons died after their car rammed into a stationary truck on Patiala-Sangrur highway. P3 Lakshya overcomes Aman, seals place in boys' U-14 semis in tennis meet. P6 FORECAST P2 GENERALLY CLOUDY | MAX 31°C MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31.9°C MIN 26.3°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.28 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.24 AM Sewerage charges to burn a hole in pocket F&CC nod to 30% of water bill as sewerage charges Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 27 Next time when you see enhanced water bills, don’t be surprised as the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has hiked sewerage charges manifold. The MC has now decided to levy sewerage charges 30 per cent of the total water bills discarding the current system of levying sewerage charges Rs 10 per WC seat. Sources said the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the MC has approved the proposal of the MC for calculating the sewerage charges on the basis of water consumption. Those who are consuming more water will have to pay more every month as sewerage charges. The MC at present has around 1.58 lakh water connections in the city of various categories, including residential, industrial, commer- Pay ~90 if your water bill is ~300 If a resident gets a water bill of ~300 for a month, then he will have to pay ~90 extra as sewerage charges. At present, a resident pays a nominal ~10 per WC seat. The sewerage charges will go up with an increase in the consumption of water. The owners of the 10 marla houses are getting an average bill of ~1,200. Now, they will have to pay ~360 as sewerage charges. cial, semi-commercial, institutional, government and semi-government. While the officials had proposed to increase the sewerage charges by 60 per cent of the total water consumption amount, the committee members gave the nod for 30 per cent. The MC officials hope that they will get additional Monsoon likely to hit city in 48 hours revenue from the move. Sources said now, the proposal would be placed before general house of the MC for approval. After its approval, the Local Government will notify the new rates. Societies flay the move In a joint statement, Satish Chandra Sharma, chairman, Group Housing Cooperative Societies Welfare, and Sandeep Bhardwaj, its general secretary, flayed the Municipal Corporation for its proposal to levy 30% sewer cess on water bills of the city residents. They said this was an unjustified and an arbitrary decision. Sharma said residents of the group housing societies situated in Sector 48, 49, 50 and 51 were a harried lot as the MC was not supplying water up to their overhead tanks and it refused to make available hydraulic machines to clear the clogged sewers. International airport open on Sundays too Mohali: The international airport here will be open on Sundays also from now on. However, the airport timings will be from 1 pm to 6:30 pm on Sundays. Six flights are scheduled to take off from the airport this Sunday. While three of them will be for Delhi, one each will go to Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. NO AIR-INDIA BANGKOK FLIGHT FROM JULY 13 TO SEP 30 Air-India has cancelled its Bangkok flight from July 13 to September 30. The aircraft has been deputed for Haj flights, confirmed AI officials. The passengers who have already booked their flights for this period will be flown from New Delhi. Curbing street crime DGP’s priority Amit Sharma HC had pulled up police for rising snatchings Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 27 Making a strategy to curb street crime is going to be the focus of the new UT DGP , Sanjay Beniwal, who assumed charge on Wednesday. Chandigarh Tribune spoke to Beniwal, a 1989 batch IPS officer, about his priorities regarding policing in Chandigarh. Witnessing a surge in snatching incidents this year, the Punjab and Haryana High Court have already pulled up the UT police for their failure to control snatchings in the city. Around 114 incidents of snatching have been reported in the city this year. What will be your priorities in the city? Street crime is something that affects general psyche of people and our focus should be there. The Chandigarh police have already been working to curb street crime, but there is a need to carry it forward. The strategies and planning should evolve with the changing time and need. I held a meeting with the police officials on Wednesday. They have been told to develop strategies to curb street crime. Have you planned any strategies to curb snatching and vehicle thefts in Chandigarh? There is no one-point strategy to deal with persistent crimes, such as snatchings. As a city grows, it starts evolving a character of its own which makes it difficult to manage at times. But they can be managed for which there are technological solutions available, and there are strategy on police deployment and intelligence gathering. So, there has to be a comprehensive strategy involving police stations, different police wings and the police of neighbouring cities. Do you have any plans to replicate some policing schemes from Delhi? An optimum solution in Delhi may not be an optimum UT DGP Sanjay Beniwal, a 1989-batch IPS officer, at his office in Police Headquarters, Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN ‘Will make city safer for women, kids, elderly’ “I believe that the city should be safer for women, children and senior citizens, who are a big part of population here. So, there will be a focused approach for this section of society,” said Beniwal. Speaking on the issue of corruption, the new DGP said the entire UT police would have to join hands to make system more transparent and to regain people’s confidence. solution in Chandigarh due to different characteristics. So, I don’t want to impose something in the city. I will first understand what the right thing for the city is before implementing it. What is your take on growing traffic problem in Chandigarh? We need to upgrade the traffic management system. The traffic management here is good but we want to make it more efficient in terms of technology and better management techniques. This will be another focus area on which we are going to work. Drug addict Punjab cop held for Sec 22 snatching Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 27 A Punjab Police constable has been arrested by the Chandigarh police for snatching a gold chain from a woman in Sector 22. The incident Arshdeep, accused cop was reported on June 25. The victim, Sanjana Sharma, a resident of Sector 22, was returning home on her scooter when a biker snatched her gold chain near Nukkar Dhaba in Sector 22. The police said CCTV footage of the area was scrutinised which gave certain clues to them. Those clues led to the arrest of the snatcher, who has been identified as Arshdeep Singh. A police official said Arshdeep was at present posted as a constable at the Purse snatched in Sec 38 (West) In yet another incident, a biker snatched the purse from a woman near the petrol station of Sector 38 (West) on Wednesday. The police have initiated investigation into the matter. Sohana police station in Mohali and he was a drug addict. He was produced before the court that remanded him in two-day police custody. The police said his involvement in other cases of snatching in the city would be investigated. “There have been several snatching incidents in the past few weeks, involving single motorcycle riders. We will check whether Arshdeep was involved in other snatchings as well,” said a police official. The accused is a native of Gurdaspur and at present resides at Shanti Nagar, Manimajra. The police have recovered the motorcycle used in the crime which is registered in his father’s name. Accused sold gold chain to Muthoot The accused sold the gold chain to the Muthoot Finance in Kharar for Rs 33,000. The chain has been recovered by the police. Increase in gold Show begins at Sukhna seizures at airport Tribune News Service PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 27 There is good news for the residents. Monsoon could hit the city in the next 48 hours. Confirming this, Surinder Paul, Director of Chandigarh Meteorological Centre, said cloudy weather and drizzle had brought down temperature. “The situation is seemingly favourable and we expect monsoon could hit the city in next 48 hours,” said Paul. He was quick to add that monsoon was not hitting early, “actually it is arriving here as per schedule.” Meanwhile, the maximum temperature in the city was 31.9 degree Celsius, five degrees less than the normal temperature, whereas the minimum temperature was 26.3 degree Celsius. However, .9 mm of rainfall was recorded during the day. Mohali, June 27 Having opened after a threeweek closure on June 1, the international airport here has witnessed a spurt in goldsmuggling attempts. In the first 27 days, there have been seven seizures, of which five were made by customs staff and two by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). The latest seizure was made on Tuesday when a flier was caught hiding gold worth Rs 28 lakh below his seat. The eight gold biscuits, weighing 933 grams, were covered with tape and were found below a seat of the aircraft that had arrived from Dubai. However, the passenger refused to claim the gold Mohali MC to lift and dump ‘malba’ As penalty for dumping unauthorised ‘malba’ has failed to check the practice in Mohali, the Municipal Corporation has decided to take the matter in its own hands. Soon, it will send its own vehicles to each construction site to lift malba and dump it at the authorised site. However, the charges for lifting and dumping debris will be borne by the builder/resident. P4 and a case was registered against an unknown person. The previous seizure was made by the DRI, wherein a Ludhiana resident was caught hiding 10 gold biscuits in his rectum. He had returned from Bangkok and the 760 gram of gold recovered from him was worth Rs 21 lakh. A few days before this incident, a Delhi resident was arrested by the customs staff for possession of gold worth Rs 10.29 lakh. The gold was in the form of beads on three burkhas. The biggest haul this year came on January 30, when two passengers returning from Dubai were found carrying over 8 kg of gold which was worth at least Rs 2.25 crore. The accused were carrying 35 gold biscuits each. According to the Customs Act, the passenger is arrested if the value of gold is more than Rs 20 lakh. Otherwise, a fine and penalty is imposed. The fine amount is imposed at the time of adjudication, which varies from case to case. For seizures worth Rs 20 lakh and more, the Zonal Commissioner of the Customs Department decides the adjudication. For cases between Rs 5-15 lakh, the authority is with the Joint Commissioner. ILLUSTRATION: SANDEEP JOSHI c m y b Participants of the 7th Senior Kayaking and Canoeing C’ship take part in a dragon boat race at the Sukhna. MANOJ MAHAJAN Eyebrows raised as UT DC divested of Excise and Taxation charge Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 27 It may be well within the discretion and powers of the UT Administrator but divesting Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi of the Excise and Taxation Commissioner’s (ETC’s) charge after he launched a crackdown against the city’s liquor lobby, including the inspectors of the department, has raised many eyebrows. A 2003-batch Haryana cadre IAS officer, Joshi had sealed two distilleries, suspended three excise inspectors, put on notice the city’s all 11 distilleries and bottling plants besides as many as 14 excise inspectors after the Punjab Government had brought to his notice that liquor smuggling from UT was rampant and liquor meant for sale in Chandigarh only was recovered from at least 14 places across five districts of the state, regarding which the police had lodged FIRs under Section 61 (1) (14) of the Punjab Excise Act, 1914. The UT Administrator, VP Singh Badnore, who is also the Punjab Governor, had on June 22 divested Joshi of the ETC’s charge and had assigned an AGMUT-cadre IAS officer, Jitender Yadav, to this post. This came a day after Joshi had heard the wanting owners of distilleries and bot- tling plants and had fixed July 5 for orders. With this, the action against the distilleries and bottling plants besides the excise inspectors, who were put on notice, would now not be decided by Joshi. It was on June 12 and 13 that Joshi, who has been serving as DC in Chandigarh since October, 2015, had issued show-cause notices to the owners of 11 distilleries and CONTINUED ON P2
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