19082018-CT-01.qxd 8/19/2018 1:15 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 19 AUGUST 2018 | CHANDIGARH Civic issues galore Chaos at T-point Harleen wins tennis title Traders and visitors at Sector 15 market in the city grapple with numerous problems. P4 Commuters continue to suffer due to traffic congestion at Landran T-point. P5 Harleen Kaur registers 5-3, 4-0 win over Riya Kaushik to clinch U-16 tennis title. P6 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY | MAX 34°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.2°C MIN 25.6°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5:53 AM Fire breaks out at Zirakpur godown Medicines worth crores destroyed; 7 tenders take over 2 hrs to control blaze Uprooted tree replanted Chandigarh: About two-decade-old mulberry tree in Sector 33, which had got uprooted during the heavy rain on Friday, got a new lease of life on Saturday. An MC official said the tree on the V3 road was uprooted during the downpour. However, they found it in a good condition and started the process to replant it. The official said it took six employees of the horticulture wing and a JCB machine about three hours to lift (see pic) and replant the tree near the spot where it stood earlier. The MC has recently replanted six trees that had been uprooted due to various reasons. TNS Snatchers flee with man’s wallet Chandigarh: A city resident lost his wallet containing Rs 400 and some documents to three autoborne snatchers. The victim, Jaswinder Singh, told the police that he was waiting for his brother near the scrap market in Sector 38 on Saturday afternoon when an auto-rickshaw stopped near him. Three men came out of the vehicle and snatched his wallet before fleeing the spot in the auto. A case has been registered in this regard at the Maloya police station. TNS Warehouses lack safety measures Our Correspondent SNIPPETS Satinder Pal Singh PAST INCIDENTS Zirakpur, August 18 Medicines and other goods worth crores were destroyed in a major fire that broke out in a godown of a pharmaceutical company near Bhabat village here on Saturday morning. However, no loss of human life was reported in the incident. According to fire officials, the fire first broke out in a cold storage room at the godown of Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd around 10 am and within minutes it spread rapidly and engulfed the whole ground floor of the building, destroying cartons of medicines and other goods. Though the exact cause of the fire could not be ascertained yet, it is believed that a short circuit in a stabiliser kept in the cold storage room was the trigger. Employees of the godown stated that the fire spread quickly as thermocol, a highly flammable material, meant for packing medicines was stored near the room. According to reports, a supervisor present in the godown detected the smoke and flames coming from the cold storage room and immediately alerted the staff of the godown. The staff present inside the godown initially tried to control the fire using their own firefighting equipment, but later informed the fire station, which immediately swung into action. As many as seven fire tenders — three from Dera Bassi and two each from the Air Force wing and the fire sta- Zirakpur, August 18 Two major fire incidents in December last year and the one at a medicine godown on Saturday exposed the poor safety measures adopted at godowns in Zirakpur. The latest incident is a chilling reminder of how conveniently the rules are tweaked and clearances are managed in the godown area of Zirakpur. Absence of proper arrangements to deal with fire incidents pose threat to lives of a large number of traders as well as residents. Though the Fire and Rescue Services Department was quick to respond to the fire that broke out in a godown of a pharmaceutical company on Saturday, the decision to set in place a high-end fire mechanism for narrow and congested lanes is yet to take off. Moreover, lack of space for pavements, alongside the roads, and absence of water stored exclusively for firefighting hit the response time in case of mishaps. In December last year, a team led by Dera Bassi fire officer Manjit Singh had carried out a survey of at least 2025 godowns located in Bhabat village. It was found that not a single building had proper fire safety arrangements or no objection certificate (NOC). The fire officer said as per the Firefighting Services Act, establishments housing goods and inflammable substances have to obtain an NOC from the Fire Department. He said his team had DECEMBER 24, 2017 Biscuit godown gutted at Bhabat village, Zirakpur DECEMBER 12, 2017 Fire at a diaper godown in Bhabat village JUNE 27, 2017 Fire broke out on the fifth floor of a housing society, Swastik Vihar. A fireman sustained injuries as LPG cylinder exploded in the kitchen due to the fire MAY 28, 2017 Blaze at a showroom in Mamta Enclave, Zirakpur. No casualty. DECEMBER 26, 2016 Fire broke out on the ground floor of Ashiana Complex in Zirakpur. No casualty. Firefighters try to douse flames at a godown of Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd in Zirakpur on Saturday; and (below) a worker removes the items destroyed in the fire. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: RAVI KUMAR FIREFIGHTING OPs LASTED 4 HRS CAUSE UNKNOWN Though the fire was brought under control in nearly two hours and a half, the entire firefighting operation lasted over four hours. Even after the fire was extinguished, the waste material kept smouldering due to which two fire tenders sprayed water on regular intervals to ensure there was no recurrence of the blaze. Though the exact cause of the fire could not be ascertained yet, it is believed that a short circuit in a stabiliser kept in the cold storage room was the trigger. The flames spread quickly as thermocol, a highly flammable material, meant for packing medicines was stored near the room. tion in Chandigarh — were pressed into service to control the blaze and prevent it BURNING DRUGS POSED DIFFICULTY Since hundreds of cartons of medicines were stored in the building, firefighters encountered trouble in dousing the flames. They faced difficulty in breathing as burning medicines were emitting dense smoke. from spreading further. Since hundreds of cartons of medicines were stored in the building, firefighters encountered trouble in dousing the flames. They faced difficulty in breathing as burning medicines were continued on Page 4 noticed that packaging material and other goods were stored in godowns that did not even have sufficient ventilation, let alone water sprinklers and smoke detectors. The survey team found that most buildings constructed in the godown area were also being used for residential purposes by employees. These employees work on daily wages and have neither the requisite level of awareness nor the resources to insist on safety measures, added the fire officer. The officer said it was sheer carelessness on the part of building owners which resulted in fire accidents. “They apparently do not bother about complying with the fire safety norms, as they are confident of getting an insurance claim in the event of a mishap,” the officer added. CBI refuses to Seerat caught smuggling Water supply hit in P’kula Workers laying cables break pipeline, repair job takes 2 hrs take up probe drugs into Ropar jail Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 18 More than a year after former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh’s relative Akansh Sen was crushed to death under the wheels of a BMW car in Sector 9, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has refused to take up the probe. Information to this effect was given to the Punjab and Haryana High Court as the case came up for a resumed hearing. Taking up the matter, Justice Rajan Gupta questioned Chandigarh Home Secretary’s order directing the CBI probe. Justice Gupta wanted to know whether the procedure prescribed had been followed. The CBI was also asked to elaborate on the reasons behind its refusal. The counsel for the UT Administration, Randeep Singh Rai and Gautam Dutt, were also asked to assist the Bench on the issue on the next date of hearing. Dutt, on the previous date of hearing, had told the court that an order had been passed by the Administration for probe by the premier investigation agency, but he was not aware of the terms of reference. An FIR in the matter was registered on February 9 last year for attempt to murder and another offence under Sections 307 and 34 of the IPC at the Sector 3 police station. The development took place on a petition filed by Ramanjit Kaur against the BMW HIT-&-RUN Former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh’s relative Akansh Sen was allegedly crushed to death under the wheels of a BMW car on February 9 last year UT Administration and other respondents. The mother of one of the accused, she, through counsel Pawan Kumar, sought issuance of direction to the UT Administration for referring the matter to the CBI for investigation. It was alleged that the petitioner and her family were being harassed in the name of investigation. Victim Akansh was allegedly hit and dragged under the wheels of the BMW in Sector 9 on February 9 last year. Following the incident, the police slapped murder charges against two accused — Balraj Singh and Harmehtab Singh. Referring to the events narrated in the FIR, one of the accused had earlier claimed that Akansh and another person visited on Deep Sidhu’s house early morning to enquire about a friend, Shera. They apprehended that Shera and Harmehtab were together in the house. It was then Balraj got into his car with Harmehtab sitting on the passenger side and drove the car over the victim. Is facing trial for murder of her husband Aikom in Mohali Tribune News Service Ropar, August 18 An undertrial in a murder case, identified as Seerat Kaur of Mohali, was caught smuggling some tablets and opium into the district jail here on Friday. Ropar Jail Superintendent Balbir Singh said Seerat was taken to the Mohali court on Friday for hearing in the case. When she was brought back to the jail, women security guards searched her. Four tablets and about 15 gram of opium was found concealed in her sanitary napkin. On the complaint of the jail authorities, the local police have registered a case against her under the NDPS Act. Seerat is the key accused in the murder of her husband Aikom Singh Dhillon. On March 19 last year, the body of 40-year-old Aikom of Mohali was found stuffed in a large suitcase kept in a BMW car parked near a house. The crime was brought to the notice of a PCR team by an auto driver. He had gone to drop a passenger when he saw two women carrying a bag, which seemed to be heavy. They allegedly sought his help in placing it in the car. He got suspicious as his hands got stained with blood. He left immediately and informed a PCR vehicle. The deceased was later identified as Aikom. Later, the police arrested his wife Seerat for the crime. Seerat courted controversy once again when she was lodged at the Nabha jail when in June last year she levelled allegations of sexual assault against the Jail Superintendent. A three-member panel after probing the matter, however, termed the allegation as false. After this, she was shifted to the Ludhiana jail. For more than eight months now, she was at the Ropar jail. Panchkula, August 18 A day after facing problems due to flooding of roads following heavy rain, Sector 19 residents here were deprived of drinking water supply for two hours. The problem began when workers engaged by a private company, on the permission of the local Municipal Corporation, were laying underground cables and unintentionally broke the water pipeline. The pipeline supplied drinking water in the area. Following the incident, the water supply to the area was affected for two hours. Meanwhile, the water spilled out on the road near the spot. Old Housing Board Colony Workers repair the water pipeline in Sector 19, Panchkula, on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR in Sector 19 was among the most affected. Residents rued that due to negligence of the department concerned, they had to face a tough time. “The authorities must carry out a survey before laying any pipeline so that necessary services are not affected,” said residents who had gathered at the spot. The water supply was restored after the pipeline was repaired. UT to check pollution papers Delhi way Hisar youth dies, drug Will collect info from checking centres, send challan to offenders’ homes Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 18 To keep a check on vehicles plying in the city without pollution certificate, the UT Transport Department will start online collection of details of certificates issued by pollution checking centres in the city. For the purpose, a software would be developed to link all pollution checking centres. Sources said the Transport Department had started working on the new system following a direction from UT Adviser Parimal Rai, who 1,600 NOTICES ISSUED THIS YEAR Friend, peddler booked for culpable homicide Since January this year, the Chandigarh Traffic Police and the State Transport Department have issued notices to the owners of over 1,600 vehicles running without pollution certificates. The UT police issued 1,024 notices and challaned 127 owners this year while the State Transport Authority issued challans for 460 vehicles running without the certificate. Last year, the police had issued 2,392 notices and challaned 223 vehicles for the offence. asked officials to study the Delhi model to take action against the owners of vehicles c m y b without pollution certificate. Sources said the Adviser gave the direction during the overdose suspected last meeting of the Road Safety Council, in which continued on Page 4 Tribune News Service Mohali, August 18 A 23-year-old youth died due to suspected drug overdose on Friday night. The victim has been identified as Deepinder Malik, who hailed from Hisar in Haryana and was residing in Sector 21, Chandigarh. The Nayagaon police have booked two persons — the victim’s friend Akash with whom he had allegedly injected drug and a woman continued on Page 5 MOHALI REPORTS THIRD CASE IN ONE MONTH Deepinder Malik is the third victim of suspected drug overdose in Mohali district in a period of around one month. A 20-year-old from Ropar had died due to suspected drug overdose on July 22 in Kharar. On July 25, another youth of 22 had died in Kharar for the similar reason.
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