06082018-CT-01.qxd 8/6/2018 12:38 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE MONDAY | 6 AUGUST 2018 | CHANDIGARH Row over PU’s letter Drives fail to yield results Sarthak logs win Panjab University’s letter to the UGC on scholarship of a PhD student kicks up row. P2 Stray cattle can still be seen on city roads despite tall claims made by MC regarding drives. P3 Sarthak Gandhi beats Sehajpreet Singh Bajwa in CLTA-AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament. P6 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY | MAX 31°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.5°C MIN 27.5°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.13 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.44 AM Mind your speed on service roads Soon, limit to be fixed; speeding to invite challans Traffic moves on a service road in Sector 29 on Dakshin Marg on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 5 In view of fast-moving traffic on service roads leading to accidents, these roads in Chandigarh will soon have a speed limit, which is at present missing. The traffic police will then issue challans to speeding motorists. The road accident analysis cell of the UT traffic police has observed that accidents on service roads due to speeding vehicles have led to a rise in the total number of road accidents in the city. The service roads, especially those on Dakshin Marg and Madhya Marg, have wit- SNIPPETS nessed several accidents. Shashank Anand, SSP (Traffic), said due to a rise in the number of accidents on the service roads, they had decided to fix a maximum speed limit for these roads as well. “We are contemplating fixing a speed limit for the service roads,” he said. At present, the speed limit on various roads, including Dakshin Marg, Purv Marg and Madhya Marg, is 60 kmph for cars and 45 kmph for two-wheelers, while on Udyog Path, it is 50 kmph for cars and 45 kmph for twowheelers. The SSP said cyclists moving on service lanes, especial- ly from the Airport light point to Tribune Chowk on Dakshin Marg, were vulnerable to accidents due to the fastmoving traffic. “We are also planning to come up with speed humps on the service roads,” he said. With growing traffic on main roads, even buses can been seen speeding on service roads to avoid traffic jams, further increasing the risk of road accidents. At present, vehicles speeding on service roads are not challaned for speeding. However, soon after the maximum speed limit on these roads is decided, the police will start issuing challans to offenders. Fish found dead in Sukhna Lake Hit by scooter, two traffic Officials blame deaths on deficiency of oxygen due to muddy water cops injured Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 5 Two traffic cops of the UT police were injured after being hit by a scooter near Rock Garden on Saturday. According to the police, the complainant, Head Constable Kaptan Singh, reported that a person riding an LML scooter bearing a Punjab number hit him and Constable Sandeep Singh near Gate No. 2 of Rock Garden. The accused escaped from the spot. Both cops were injured and admitted to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16. The police have registered a case under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 337 (causing hurt by an act endangering the life or personal safety of others) of the IPC at the Sector 3 police station. Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 5 More than 15 fish were found dead at Sukhna Lake on Sunday. While officials of the Animal Husbandry Department primarily blamed lack of oxygen in the water for the death of the fish, experts said there could be other reasons too. The Sukhna water has turned muddy these days resulting in a loss of oxygen. Dr Ravneet Kaur, Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, PU, said in this season of high humidity, there was less exchange of oxygen between the water and the external environment. She said it happened every year these days. Regular visitors to the lake said for the past one week, they had been noticing some dead fish in the water. Mukesh Bassi, a regular visitor to the lake, said the smell of dead fish made it difficult to walk along the lake. Dr Ravneet Kaur said some fish might not have Players row next to a dead fish at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Sunday morning; and (below) crows feed on another one. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: RAVI KUMAR been able to tolerate the deficiency of oxygen in the lake water and died. She said, “This usually happens during the monsoon when there are clouds all over and less sunlight. This leads to a decline in the oxygen level. The fish could not get enough oxygen and died.” Dr Kanwaljeet Singh, Director, Department of Animal Husbandry and Fish- Cops enter complex, draw residents’ ire CHILDREN DISPLAY SKILLS 380 participants from across the tricity display painting skills in a competition organised by The Tribune. PAGE 4 Mohali, August 5 High drama was witnessed at Sector 70 when a team of the local police entered Homeland Apartments to conduct an Independence Day-related security check here on Sunday morning. Seeing the police on the premises, shocked residents gathered and also called the builder to the spot. Raising an objection over the police entry on the premises “without permission”, the residents and the builder criticised the police action. “How could you enter the premises without permission?” asked the residents. Cave-in trouble for 2 houses in Phase V Two arrested for 15-foot-deep ditch created; occupants spend sleepless night, told to vacate premises snatching mobile Akash Ghai and Junior Engineer dents of the area. Chandigarh: Two snatchers have been arrested by the Chandigarh Police for snatching a mobile phone. According to the police, a naka was laid on the Dhanas road by a team of the Sector 11 police station on Saturday. The police apprehended two youths riding a motorcycle, who were identified as Sunny (22), a resident of Daun village, Kharar, and Sobha Ram (24), a resident of Dhanas village. Both accused work as drivers. During a search, the police recovered a mobile phone, which was snatched by the accused on July 19. The police said both accused were produced in a court on Sunday, which remanded Sunny in oneday police custody. “We have also recovered a stolen mobile phone from Sunny,” said a police official. TNS Tribune News Service Mohali, August 5 Occupants of two houses (No. 328 and 329) near the gurdwara in Phase 5 spent a sleepless night following an earth cave-in incident, which created a 15-foot-deep ditch in front of their houses on Saturday night. According to KP Tyagi and Gurpreet Singh Vicky, occupants of the houses, the pit was noticed by a passerby, who was walking on the road. “He saw a paver block falling down. When he saw the spot carefully, he found a deep pit. He raised the alarm to pre- A caved-in pavement at Phase V, Mohali, on Sunday. VICKY vent any mishap,” said the occupants. As the deep pit has surfaced just along the walls of the houses of both occupants, they spent a sleepless night. Mohali Municipal Corporation SDO Harpreet Singh Jaspreet Singh, along with other staff, visited the spot on Sunday to repair it. “After taking stock of the situation, the MC team asked both occupants to vacate their houses as there was a danger of collapse,” said Arun Sharma, councillor of the area. Sharma said it was not the first such incident in their area. “Incidents of earth cavein have become a routine affair in our area. We feel under a threat living here. We don’t know what is going on under our houses. One day there might be a big tragedy,” said Sharma and other resi- The residents said several such incidents occurred every year during the monsoon. “Old sewer pipelines are to blame for this as these have outlived their life,” said Sharma. He said there were several leakage points in the underground sewer pipeline. “Due to these leakage points, the soil beneath the surface gets washed away, resulting in earth cave-in incidents every now and then,” said Sharma. Around two years ago, a car parked in front of House No. 1245 in the area had slipped into a pit after earth caved in. CITCO allots Drop In, gets bidders for Baithak 21-year-old youth Prime outlets at Sector 34 and Kalagram remained closed for over a year Ramkrishan Upadhyay electrocuted Tribune News Service Dera Bassi: A 21-year-old youth was electrocuted at Dera Bassi on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Arvinder, a resident of UP. According to sources, the incident occurred on Sunday morning when the victim was operating a machine in a factory situated on the AmbalaChandigarh stretch. While operating the machine, he came in contact with a wire and got electrocuted. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, where doctors declared him brought dead. The police have kept the body at the mortuary of the Civil Hospital for a postmortem, which will be conducted on Monday. The police have initiated inquest proceedings in the matter. oc Chandigarh, August 5 After suffering a loss of over Rs 1 crore, the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) has finally got three bidders for one of its prime outlets, Baithak, at Kalagram and has allotted another outlet, Drop In, at Sector 34 to a Delhi-based company. These two outlets have remained closed for over a year. Uma Shankar Gupta, General Manager of CITCO, confirmed the development and said CITCO would finalise the tender for Baithak soon. He said CITCO had also issued a fresh tender for a Chinese restaurant, Magic Vok, at MountView, a five-star hotel, Baithak in Kalagram; and (right) Drop In at Sector 34, Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MANOJ MAHAJAN after only one firm was found eligible in the bid opened recently. He said it had also been decided to renovate the spa at Mountview through the PPP mode at an estimated cost of over Rs 2.50 crore. CITCO has received bids from three companies for eries, said they were closely watching the development. He said they had noticed that the water flow from upper areas also brought a lot of silt, resulting in less oxygen. Some of the dead fish came from the upper areas. Experts said despite the High Court’s order, sewage from nearby areas was still flowing into the lake, which also needed to be monitored. running Baithak — Ishan Hospitality Private Limited, Apex Eateries Private Limited and City Heart Hotel Limited. CITCO has allotted Drop In to The Pinnacle Search for around Rs 1.50 lakh per month. Baithak has been non-functional since November 2016, c m y b while Drop In remained vacant for over a year. The loss caused a setback to CITCO, which was already reeling under a loss. Baithak, a Punjabi restaurant, became non-functional after Sunrise Integrated Facility Private Limited, which had taken the outlet on a rent of Rs 6.05 lakh, could not manage it properly and left midway. Similarly, CITCO failed to give Drop In to any firm. Started in 2002, Drop In earned a reputation for serving quality coffee and other eatables. The residents said they were not against any checking, but the police should have informed them beforehand. “It’s nothing short of a raid and many of us got scared after seeing a large posse of policemen on the premises early in the morning. This is not the right way of checking,” said the residents, adding that they would lodge a complaint with the higher authorities. After facing criticism, the police returned. Sub-Inspector Rajiv Kumar, SHO of the Mataur police station, asked the police team to leave the spot. — TNS BSNL giving SC mandate the go-by? Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 5 It may send surprise bells ringing, but state-owned BSNL is insisting on the Aadhaar number and biometric verification before the issuance of SIM cards for its mobile services. Connections are being declined on refusal to furnish biometrics. The Supreme Court has already clarified that Aadhaar is not mandatory for getting SIM cards until it takes a final view. The government, subsequently, issued instructions to the operators to accept alternative identification documents such as driving licence, passport and voter ID card. The BSNL only recently launched a “family” broadband plan, “BBG Combo ULD 1199 Family”. Among other things, it offered for fee three mobile connections with unlimited local and STD calling on any network within the country without you paying anything. Incognito ifs and buts were, however, hidden in the offer. The subscribers soon learnt that without charge service was not actually free from encumbrances and Aadhaar was a precondition for getting the connections. The subscribers were astonished when BSNL officials started asking them to furnish the Aadhaar number for availing of SIMs. “Protests against the uncalled-for veri- fication through Aadhaar against the Supreme Court mandate went unheard,” said a young professional, Pradeep. “I reminded them of the apex court directions and the government instructions. However, BSNL officials categorically asserted that feeding the Aadhaar number was mandatory and a prerequisite for the system to process the case.” Another subscriber said he unwillingly furnished the Aadhaar number after a BSNL official told him it was only for proof of residence and identity. It did not amount to linking the mobile number with Aadhaar. However, he and other subscribers were to find out soon that biometric verification, too, was more of a compulsion than an option. They were asked to visit the BSNL office in Sector 17 for the purpose. A senior BSNL officer in the telecom giant’s Sector 17 office agreed that the operator’s insistence on biometrics amounted to verification through Aadhaar, but expressed his helplessness to “do anything about it”. “It is the system’s requirement and we cannot do anything about it. The system refuses to proceed till the Aadhaar number is keyed in,” he said. Another officer clarified that the submission of Aadhaar and biometrics was a requirement only for connections offered with the family pack. Insisting on Aadhaar, biometric verification for SIM cards
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