07112017-CT-01.qxd 11/7/2017 1:04 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 7 NOVEMBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH PU may hike fee Ban on polybags Calvin in pre-quarters Panjab University may hike tuition fee from the upcoming session by 10 per cent. P2 Kharar MC to impose ban on use, sale and storage of all types of polythene bags. P4 Top seed Calvin storms into the pre-quarters of the CLTA Super Series. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 27°C MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27.6°C MIN 14.2°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5.31 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.42 AM GMADA to spend ~5 cr more on Airport Road Repair work gets under way near TDI City in Mohali Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Motorists move on a hazy street in Chandigarh on Monday evening. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY GHARU Weather hazy, drive carefully: Weatherman Mohit Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 6 Heavy pressure led to hazy conditions in Chandigarh while peripheral areas of the tricity witnessed heavy fog today. The Met Department has issued an advisory cautioning commuters to remain alert while driving in the morning and evening. “Heavy pressure is leading to fog during the morning and evening. People are advised to remain cautious while diving to work and back,” said Surinder Paul, Director, Chandigarh Meteorological Centre. According to the weatherman, with a clear sky, the earth surface cools down rapidly and the air near the ground gets condensed, leading to the formation of fog. He said the situation would continue to remain the same for the next five NO TRAIN DELAYED TP Singh, station superintendent, Chandigarh railway station, said fog did not affect the train timings. All trains ran as per the schedule. days. “There is no likelihood of rain in the coming days. The conditions are not windy, thus the layer of fog is likely to persist,” said Surinder Paul. He said, “After November 8, the temperature will dip.” Commuters travelling on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh highway and the FatehgarhChandigarh highway were stranded due to heavy fog. Alice Guram, a resident of Ludhiana who was travelling to Chandigarh to attend a function, said due to heavy fog, it took her over four hours to reach Chandigarh. Air pollution up in the city, courtesy stubble burning Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 6 Stubble burning in neighbouring states has increased the pollution level in the city. Data collected by the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC) during the past few days reveals that there has been an increase in the air pollution level at all stations where it was monitored. The pollution was monitored at IMTECH, Sector 39, the Industrial Area, Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, Kaimbala village and Sector 17. Sources said on November 4, the respiratory suspended particulate matter (RSPM) was 190 against the standard 100 at IMTECH, Sector 39. It also crossed the permissible limit at Sector 17 where it was 164. Even at Kaimbala village, it was 156 against the limit of 100. The RSPM level was more alarming on Friday (November 3). The RSPM level was 213 in the Industrial Area on Friday, more than double the permissible limit. It was 200 the same day at Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12. An increase has also been noticed in the suspended particulate matter (SPM). Environmental experts said increasing number of vehicles and stubble burning in neighboring states were among the reasons for environment pollution in the city. Starting in late September every year, farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, set their paddy fields on fire after the harvest. Despite being warned against it, they continue to opt for the lowcost straw-disposal practice. The resultant smoke gets carried by winds and now poses a challenge to city residents. The pollution level during the past two days was more than that recorded on Diwali this year. The RSPM was 169 in Sector 22, 172 in Sector 29 and 225 in Sector 17 on Diwali. The RSPM (fine particles), when inhaled, can cause damage to the lungs. The RSPM aggravates asthma and other respiratory problems. Mohali, November 6 The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) will spend around Rs 5 crore more on the 200foot-wide Airport Road to ensure a smooth drive for commuters. For the purpose, the road stretch from North Country Mall to Ambala Road needs repair work, including “profile correction, crack sealing, BDM and laying of a 40mm-thick bituminous concrete layer to remove undulations from it”. The repair work started today near TDI City here. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Ravi Bhagat, Chief Administrator of GMADA, said the repair cost of profile correction, crack sealing and BDM would be borne by the contractor, who had constructed the road. “GMADA will bear the cost of laying the bituminous concrete layer, which will be between Rs 4 crore and Rs 5 crore,” said Ravi Bhagat, adding that the work of laying the layer would be carried out early next year. The contractor has to make the road “motorable” by December 15, the deadline set by a four-member committee constituted by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, on September 26 to suggest remedial measures for the damaged Airport Road. Due to the uneven surface at several places, driving a vehicle on the road turns out to be a roller-coaster ride. Several earth cave-in incidents have already been reported from the road. The road has witnessed around 25 fatal accidents so far. Boy sexually exploited, two booked Few takers for Mayor’s official residence Chandigarh, November 6 Two persons have been booked by the police for sexually exploiting a minor boy. The victim, who was recently admitted to Snehalaya, during his counselling, revealed that he was sexually exploited around eight months ago in Sector 17. Sources said the victim was sleeping when two persons sexually exploited him. The victim has given two names to the police. The police are on the lookout for the persons named by the victim. “The victim used to sleep in Sector 17. People with similar names, who work in the area, will be questioned,” the sources said. A case has been registered at the Sector 17 police station. — TNS Chandigarh, November 6 Built and maintained on taxpayers’ money, the city Mayor’s official residence is home to her driver and attendant only. Like previous mayors, incumbent Mayor Asha Kumari Jaswal, too, did not occupy the official house in Sector 24 even as lakhs of rupees are being spent on its maintenance. The house is used for occasional meetings held on Sundays and for parking the Mayor’s official vehicle. Jaswal, who resides in her Sector 21 residence, feels there is no need for such a big residence as the tenure of the Mayor is just for one year. “Nobody is interested in shifting house for one year as Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service The Mayor’s residence in Sector 24, Chandigarh. NITIN MITTAL ‘One-year tenure too short to shift house’ it is a big hassle to shift household items. If the oneyear tenure of the Mayor is extended, mayors may opt for it. There is no need for this residence. Instead, only one office should be provided for meetings on Sundays,” said the BJP leader. According to the Engineering Department of the MC, the place belongs to the Adminis- tration and the house was built for around Rs 50 lakh many years ago. The red-bricked 1kanal corner house is eating into the public money as funds are being spent on its whitewash and maintenance. Kamla Sharma, the first woman Mayor of the city, said, “During my tenure in1996-97, I got it earmarked from the UT Administration and several objections were raised initially. Only two mayors in my knowledge have occupied the house since then. I think if the Mayor’s tenure is extended, mayors might be interested in shifting base. The house is required for accommodating the Mayor’s guests and for holding meetings.” “It is a sheer wastage of public money. Either the authorities should extend the Mayor’s tenure or the house should not be allotted,” said the president of the Federation of Sectors Welfare Association Chandigarh (FOSWAC), Baljinder Singh Bittu. “Official meetings on Sundays can be organised at any place, even in a community centre. There is no need to provide a 1-kanal house for the purpose if nobody has to reside there,” said Rahul Kumar, a local resident. Two former mayors, Kamlesh and KK Adiwal, had shifted to the house. Former Mayor Poonam Sharma also stayed there for a few months. Councillors are elected every five years while the Mayor has a one-year tenure only. Organic mandi a hit on Day 1, sales cross ~40K Visitors buy vegetables at the organic mandi in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Chandigarh, November 6 The first organic mandi started by the Chandigarh Agriculture and Marketing Board proved a hit on Day 1 as a large number of residents visited the stalls set up on the premises of the market committee in Sector 26 today. Farmers were satisfied with the response. Sources said a sale of approximately Rs 40,000 was recorded today. Gurprakash Singh, a farmer, said though it was just the first day of the mandi, he Vegetables Rates Brinjal ~60 Capsicum (green) ~100 Capsicum (red & yellow) ~250 Cauliflower ~60 Coriander ~60 Garlic ~120 Tomato ~80 Spinach ~55 Lady’s finger ~60 Bottle gourd ~55 ~(PER KG) was satisfied with the response of the people to the organic items displayed for sale. Hail- c m y b ing the initiative of the Chandigarh Administration, Gurprakash Singh said he had been producing organic vegetable on 9 acres near his village in Mohali. “As awareness spreads, more people will come to the market,” he said. The Chandigarh Agriculture and Marketing Board has decided to hold the organic mandi every Monday, a holiday in the vegetable market. Manoj Kumar, a farmer from Himachal Pradesh, said he sold items for over Rs 5,000 today. From fresh vegetables and fruits to spices, a number of items have been made available at the organic mandi. Manoj Kumar Sharma, secretary of the market committee, said there were many farmers around the city who produced organic food items, but never got the right platform to promote their stuff. He said if the response was encouraging, they might “increase the days of the mandi”. — TNS Road repair work under way near TDI City in Mohali on Monday. VICKY GHARU ‘LARGE-SCALE CORRUPTION’ The road, which started wearing out at several places within six months of its construction, came up around two and a half years ago at a cost of ~169 crore. Large-scale corruption is believed to have taken place during the construction of the road, one of the major projects of the area. A Vigilance probe is under way in this regard. PROMOTERS HAVE TO PAY SPECIAL CESS GMADA, which did not have enough funds to construct the road, had charged a special cess from promoters of multihousing projects, falling within a 1-km area on either side of the road. The area under the cess was from the NH-21 (Mohali-Kharar T-point) to Sector 74. The promoters have to pay Rs 5 lakh per acre as cess, which they charge from buyers of properties. The cess is still being charged. PANEL SUGGESTED REMEDIAL MEASURES After seeing the pathetic condition of Airport Road, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had constituted a four-member committee on September 26 to suggest remedial measures for the damaged road. The committee, comprising the Chief Minister’s Technical Adviser, Lt Gen BS Dhaliwal; Chief Engineer, National Highway and PWD (B&R), AK Singla; Chief Engineer (GMADA) Sunil Kansal; and Principal Scientist and head of Flexible Pavements Division, Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), Manoj Kumar Shukla, submitted its report in the last week of October, suggesting four remedial measures for a 6km stretch from Airport Chowk to the Banur-Landran T-point and three measures for the stretch from North Country Mall to Airport Chowk. GMADA had also roped in the CRRI for the purpose. The CRRI has submitted its recommendations to GMADA. UTHome Guards volunteerendshislife Chandigarh, November 6 A Home Guards volunteer of the UT police committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in Dadu Majra village. The victim was posted at the Maloya police station. According to the police, the victim has been identified as Mahipal. Sources said the victim committed suicide on Sunday evening. The victim’s family was at home when he took the extreme step. The sources said the entire family was sitting together when the victim suddenly left and went to another room. The victim locked himself in the room and committed suicide. His family got suspicious when the victim did not come out of the room after which the door was broken and the victim found hanging. The victim was rushed to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, Mahipal where doctors declared him brought dead. The police got information about the suicide from the hospital after which they went to the victim’s house. Police sources said no suicide note was recovered from the spot. The sources said the victim served in the UT police for over two decades. The autopsy was conducted and the body handed over to the victim’s family. The matter is under investigation at the Maloya police station. — TNS WOMAN COMMITS SUICIDE Chandigarh: A 22-year-old woman reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her house in Ram Darbar, Phase I, on Monday. The victim was married and is survived by her husband and a ninemonth-old son. Sources said the victim, Neelam, was found hanging by her brother-in-law. The police were informed about the incident after which the victim was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, where doctors declared her brought dead. The sources said the victim’s husband, Rajat, had gone for work when she took the extreme step. No suicide note was recovered from the spot, the police said. Inquest proceedings have been initiated by the police at the Sector 31 police station. TNS
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