30062018-CT-01.qxd 6/30/2018 12:45 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE SATURDAY | 30 JUNE 2018 | CHANDIGARH Builder to pay ~42 lakh 4 teachers suspended Kanupriya wins title Panel orders Emaar MGF to pay ~42 lakh to Mohali-based couple for unfair trade practices. P2 UT Education Department suspends four teachers for poor show in the CBSE Class X results. P3 Kanupriya blanks Anusha to clinch the girls’ U-14 STA-AITA Talent Series tennis title. P8 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 32°C MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35.6°C MIN 25.3°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7.28 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5.25 AM Registration of pets to cost more Penalty for non-registration up 10 times from ~500 to ~5000; MC hikes user charges House leaves it to MC officers to take call on cancellation REGISTRATION RATES FOR PET DOGS Tribune News Service OLD NEW ~200 ~500 Penalty for non-registration ~500 ~5,000 Rates for scooter bazaar OLD Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 29 To tide over the fiscal crisis, the local Municipal Corporation has decided to hike the user charges for various services. At a meeting here on Friday, the general house of the MC hiked the registration fee for pet dogs from Rs 200 to Rs 500. The penalty for non-registration of dogs has also been increased from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000. The House directed officials to start a special drive to identify non-registered dogs. The MC has also decided to charge Rs 5,000 from owners who allow dogs to defecate in public places such as parks and residential areas. The owners will also have to pay maintenance charges of Rs 1,000 per day from the pres- ent Rs 100 to claim dogs seized for violations of bylaws. If the dog owners violate any of the bylaws at least three times in a calendar year, the registration of the dog will be cancelled. Sources said there were around 6,200 pet dogs registered with the MC of the around 11,000 kept by owners at their houses. In-principle approval has been given to hike the charges for stacking building material. However, councillors asked officers to come up with detailed slab-wise rates. The MC has also enhanced the rates for permission to hold the scooter bazaar from Rs 800 per Sunday to Rs 1,000 per Sunday. The charges for booking undeveloped parks have been increased from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000. An amount of Rs NEW ~800 ~1,000 Booking rates for undeveloped parks BJP councillors argue over an issue during an MC House meeting in Chandigarh on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR SEE ALSO P8 Finally, three-month drama over parking contract ends MC okays cow cess on liquor, vehicles, power OLD ~1,000 (cleaning charges ~500) The MC also approved levy of cow cess on several items, including vehicles and electricity, for the welfare of cows in the city on the pattern of the Punjab Government. The cess has been imposed at the rate of ~500 on the purchase of a four-wheeler, ~200 on the purchase of a two-wheeler, 2 paise per unit of electricity consumption, ~10 per bottle of Indian-Made Foreign Liquor, ~5 per bottle of country liquor and ~5 per bottle of beer. The MC decided to write to the Administration to adopt the Punjab Cow Cess Act for Chandigarh. The amount collected as cess will be spent on the welfare of cows. NEW ~2,000 (cleaning charges ~1,000) Chandigarh, June 29 The three-month-long drama over the parking issue ended on Friday with the general house of the Municipal Corporation finally deciding to allow officers to take the final call on the cancellation of the parking contract of Arya Toll Infra Ltd as per the terms and conditions of the agreement. As per the pact, MC officials can cancel the contract if the company violates the norms five times at a particular lot. While MC Commissioner KK Yadav explained in detail the terms and conditions of the parking contract, Mayor Davesh Moudgil faced the heat over the change in his stance on the issue from councillors of his party. Former BJP Mayor Arun Sood and Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla questioned his silence over the issue. Sood asked the Mayor what had happened in the past three months that he changed his stand on the issue. Sood said three months ago, the Mayor had publically announced that the contract of the parking firm would be cancelled. The House had also passed an agenda for the cancellation of the contract after serving a three-month notice to the company. Asking him why he was now quiet after raising the issue earlier, Sood reminded the Mayor of his statements made in the past. Earlier, Yadav said he sought a legal opinion from the senior standing counsel Mayor faces the heat over change in stance While MC Commissioner KK Yadav explained in detail the terms and conditions of the parking contract, Mayor Davesh Moudgil faced the heat over the change in his stance on the issue from councillors of his party. Former BJP Mayor Arun Sood and Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla questioned his silence over the issue. whether Section 416 applied to this case. Under the Section, the councillors can be held responsible for a loss caused due to their decision. The Mayor said the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) had already rejected the proposal for waiving penalties imposed on Arya Toll Infra Ltd for overcharging and haphazard parking at various paid facilities in the city. Last year, the firm was allotted a Rs 15-crore contract to run 25 paid parking lots in the city. The MC later allowed the company to enhance the parking rates from April 1. However, after a hue and cry was raised over the hike, the F&CC had decided to cancel the contract at a meeting held in the first week of May on the basis of inspection reports of councillors, who found many violations in the parking lots being managed by the firm. In the last House meeting, a decision on the issue was deferred after the MC Commissioner sought time to study the matter. Devinder Singh Babla, Leader of the Opposition in the House, said the drama exposed the BJP-led MC which had been misleading people over the parking issue. Babla said on the one hand, the Mayor had announced to cancel the parking contract with the firm, while on the other, he failed to cancel the contract on Friday. Zirakpur man dies as car Snatchers target school vice-principal Take away purse containing ~4,500, debit/credit cards, documents jumps red light, hits cab Man thrashed, robbed in Mani Majra; 1 held 1,000 will have to be given additionally for cleaning parks. The rates for booking community centres have also been increased. The charges for non-AC community centres have been enhanced from Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,500, that of AC community centres from 10,000 to Rs 15,000, that of Sector 47 big hall from Rs 6,000 to Rs 9,000 and that of small hall from Rs Booking rates of community centres Non-AC AC Old New Old New ~5,000 ~7,500 ~10,000 ~15,000 3,000 to Rs 5,000. The membership fee of community centres will remain the same. The House rejected the proposal for enhancement of the membership fee from Rs 1,000 per annum to Rs 5,000 per annum and for senior citizens from Rs 500 per annum to Rs 3,000 per annum. The House approved the agenda for levying sewerage charges at 30 per cent of the total water bills, discarding the current system of levying sewerage charges at Rs 10 per western commode. The Finance and Contract Committee of the MC has already approved the proposal of the MC for calculating the sewerage charges on the basis of the water consumption. Besides, the charges for a new sewerage connection and leakage have also been increased. Bikers were wearing helmets Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 29 A Zirakpur resident, who had hired an Ola cab, was killed while his wife was injured after the cab was hit by a speeding Swift car that jumped the red light at the Kali Bari light point on Thursday. According to the police, the complainant, Rakhi Jain, a resident of Jai Priya Society, Zirakpur, reported that she, along with her husband Sanjay Jain (49), hired the cab from their home to reach the ISBT, Sector 43. She stated that the cab was crossing the Kali Bari light point when a speeding Swift car coming from the Sector 47 jumped the red light and hit the cab. The complainant and her husband were injured in the accident. The police were informed following which they were rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32. The police said Sanjay succumbed to his injuries during treatment at the hospital. He was employed in the private sector. The Swift car was being driven by Kartik Walia, a resident of Kurukshetra. A case under Sections 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing The damaged Ola cab, that was hit by a speeding Swift car at the Kali Bari light point, parked at the Sector 31 police station on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Hit by truck, 16-yr-old vendor dies Mohali, June 29 A 16-year-old boy was crushed to death after a speeding truck hit him on the Landran road on Thursday night. The eldest of six siblings, the victim, Sunny Solanki’s father is physically challenged and he was working with him as a vegetable vendor to support his family. On Thursday night, around 8 pm, Sunny was crossing the road when the truck hit him. He was taken to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. The driver, Skater Singh, was booked under Sections 279 and 304A of the IPC and was arrested on Friday. hurt by an act endangering the life or personal safety of others) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC has been registered against the accused driver at the Sector 31 police station. The accused was arrested and later released on bail. Both vehicles have been impounded by the police. Tribune News Service According to the victim’s husband, Sarabdeep Singh, who was also at the spot, they were about to sit in their car parked outside the house when two boys wearing helmets came on a black motorcycle, “that looked like a Pulsar”. The pillion rider snatched the purse from his wife’s shoulder and the duo sped away on the motorcycle. Mohali, June 29 There is no stopping snatching incidents in the tricity. The vice-principal of a Chandigarh-based private school fell prey to two motorcycle-borne snatchers on Thursday night. Rachanjeet Kaur (43) was standing outside her house in Phase 10 and was about to sit in her car around 9 pm when the incident occurred. The snatchers took away her purse containing Rs 4,500, debit/credit cards and important documents. According to her husband Sarabdeep Singh, who was also at the spot, they were about to sit in the car parked outside their house when two boys wearing helmets came on a black motorcycle, “that looked like a Pulsar”. The pillion rider snatched the purse from his wife’s shoulder and the duo sped away on the motorcycle. Sarabdeep, a businessman, who has been living in Mohali with his wife and one of their two sons for the past four years, said he tried to chase the snatchers. “I got close to their bike and almost pushed them, but they maintained their balance and sped away,” he Chandigarh, June 29 Three persons allegedly thrashed a Mani Majra resident after entering his house. They allegedly took away his mobile phone and Rs 1,000. Bablu, a resident of New Indira Colony, told the police that the accused, Vijay, alias Machi, Anna and Vinod, attacked him at his residence on Thursday, leaving him injured. The police have registered a case under Sections 323, 452 and 394 of the IPC in this connection. Later, Vijay, a resident of New Indira Colony, was arrested. — TNS Watch out! Honking may soon cost you dear Warning boards come up on city roads to sensitise motorists; violators to be challaned Body-fitted cameras to record violations Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 29 The UT traffic police have recently put up warning boards at the entry and exit points of the city to make motorists aware that unnecessary honking can cost them dear. As per the law, an offender can be booked under Section 177 of the Motor Vehicles Act and fined Rs 1,000. The UT traffic had initiated a no-honking campaign in January this year under which motorists were sensitised to the issue and admin- c m y b The traffic police will use bodyfitted cameras to record violations and the challaning drive will be conducted in the presence of a traffic marshal. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Wife injured; accused driver arrested, released on bail said. Asked, Sarabdeep said they could not note down the registration number of the motorcycle as the number plate was not visible and appeared to be blank. Sarabdeep dialled the 100 number following which policemen from the Phase 11 police station reached the spot and recorded the couple’s statements. Sarabdeep said no substantial CCTV footage had been recovered yet. While their immediate neighbours said their cameras did not capture the road outside, others were yet to be contacted. A warning board installed near Hallo Majra to inform people about the fine to be imposed for honking in Chandigarh. istered a pledge to support the campaign in a bid to make the city noise pollutionfree. The police had also distributed stickers, meant for steering wheels of vehicles with “I will not honk” written on these. However, the warning boards have recently been put up on city roads. Shashank Anand, SSP (Traffic), said local residents had already been sensitised to the issue, but there was also a need for sensitising people visiting the city for which boards have been put up. “Many people think there is no provision for prosecution violators for unnecessary honking and thay is why these boards have been put up to make them aware about it,” the SSP said. He said after sensitizing the people, the traffic police will start issuing challans for the offence near silence zones. Sources said honking was prohibited near the Sector 1 Capitol Complex, Sector 12, Sector 14 and the roads near hospitals and educational institutes.
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