20122017-CT-01.qxd 12/20/2017 12:51 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 20 DECEMBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH Navdeep group upbeat Proposal to install STP Kirti wins twin TT titles The Navdeep Goyal group reigns supreme on the second day too as it has now nine Deans. P2 A proposal for installation of a sewage treatment plant on PPP mode has been okayed. P3 Kirti of St Soldier International Convent School has won twin titles in table tennis tourney. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 23°C MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 23.3°C MIN 8.2°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.17 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7.14 AM ‘Ill-planned’ projectsland MC in financial mess Audit report points out non-recovery of rent of the transit sites at Mauli Jagran, study tours with almost no returns Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 19 Poor planning, huge projects with meagre returns, lack of political consensus on revising user charges are some of the reasons that have led to unprecedented financial crisis in the Municipal Corporation. While officers have started preparation for bringing out the white paper on the financial condition of the local body on the direction of Municipal Commissioner Jatinder Yadav, experts feel had the MC spent money judiciously in the past, situation would have never come to the level where it is left with funds for paying salaries for the next two months only. While the MC has spent more than Rs 46 crore on the construction of the multi-level parking in Sector 17, it has been underutilised for years with around 20 visitors parking vehicles there daily. Most of the time, the multi-level parking remains vacant. Many residents have raised questions over the construction of new community centres after demolishing the old structures by spending crores. While the MC has started constructing these lavish community centres, booking charges have not been revised for years. The MC has recently constructed a community centre at a cost of Rs 4.75 crore in the Sector 38. Likewise, the MC has constructed an under bridge in Sector 17 at a cost of Rs 22 crore. It has failed to sale the booths on the underbridge in the past five years, which has caused a loss of Rs 8 crore. The Fish Market constructed MC RECEIPTS Year 2015-2016 2016-2017 Grant-in-aid 311 cr 319.26 cr MULTI-LEVEL PARKING, SECTOR 17 Own receipt 152.60 cr 135 cr Total 463.99 cr 454.26 cr Non-plan 375.37 cr 463.68 cr Total 628.42 cr 589.47 cr EXPENDITURE 2015-2016 2016-2017 Plan 253.05 cr 125.79 cr COST ~46 crore INAUGURATION 2016 VISITORS DAILY 20-25 While the MC has spent more than ~46 crore on the construction of the multi-level parking in Sector 17, it has been underutilised for years. Most of the time, the multi-level parking remains vacant. There is pressure on all local bodies to generate resources on their own to run their day to day affairs. I will help the MC tide over the crisis as I did earlier when I brought funds from the Centre for the water project. KIRRON KHER, MP I will hold a meeting with the Municipal Commissioner and the other officers over the financial condition of the MC. I will also seek full details of revenue collection and expenditure before taking necessary steps for the betterment of the MC. ASHA JASWAL, Mayor Chandigarh is a revenue-surplus UT and all funds collected from the residents go to the Consolidated Fund of India. So, the MC, instead of increasing the taxes and burdening the people, should bring funds from the Centre as it is the right of the residents. When I was minister at the Centre, the MC never faced any financial problem and even had fixed deposits worth Rs 500 crore. PAWAN KUMAR BANSAL, Ex-Union Minister It is unfortunate that the MC is in deep financial problem. It seems there is no accountability and responsibility in the MC, as officers from other states come for a fixed period. Crores are spent on futile study tours of councillors. HARMOHAN DHAWAN, Ex-Union Minister A deserted multi-level parking at Sector 17, Chandigarh. There are a few takers despite the authorities slashing the fee by 50%. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI a cost running in crores have not been fully utilised yet. The MC has also suffered a loss of Rs 7 crore due to non-allotment of shopping centre at Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran. The audit report has also rapped the MC for non-recov- ery of rent of the transit sites at Mauli Jagran which has caused a loss of Rs 8 crore. The MC spends crores on study tours with almost no returns. Even the audit report has also pointed out that the MC has spent more than Rs 50 lakh on the study tours in three years but no reports based on these tours were submitted. Experts say the MC has even failed to revise the rates of water charges for many years, which has led to a loss of more than Rs 30 crore a year. The rates of property tax have also not been revised for many years. With no accountability, the collection of the revenue is also poor. Crores of rupees is yet to be recovered from the property tax defaulters. In the recent, it was revealed in the audit report that the MC suffered a loss of Rs 92 crore due its failure to implement the selfassessment scheme of property tax on commercial and industrial buildings. I have sought a report from Mayor over the financial condition of the MC, as I have come to know about it from news reports. I will comment on the issue after getting full details. SANJAY TANDON, BJP president There was never any financial problem when the Congress was in power in the MC. The condition started deteriorating soon after the BJP came to power. The mismanagement and lack of vision on the part of the BJP mayors have led to the present crisis. PRADEEP CHHABRA, Chandigarh Congress president Fraudster, who conned govt officials, nabbed Crime graph heading north, city unsafe Mayoral poll on January 9 Amit Sharma Mohali, December 19 The State Special Operation Cell, along with the Zirakpur police, has nabbed 39-yearold fraudster Sanjay Kumar, alias Sanjay Singh, alias Narinder Kumar, who has conned around 20 government officials recently. Sanjay targeted those government officials, whose names appeared in newspapers in some controversy or dispute. Posing as a senior official of the chief minister’s office, Sanjay offered these officials ‘help’ in getting their names cleared in cases of controversy/dispute in lieu of some amount, which ranged from Rs 20,000 to Rs 2 lakh. The AIG, Varinder Singh, from the State Special Operation Cell, said the fraudster had Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 19 The election to the posts of Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and the Deputy Mayor will be held on January 9, 2018. Sources said Ajit Balaji Joshi, Deputy Commissioner, approved the date for election today. The notification for the election date will be issued soon. One of the nominated councillors will be announced as presiding officer for the election to the Mayor’s post. After election, the Mayor will hold the elections for the posts of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Sources said the BJP was likely to announce the candidates for the post of Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and the Deputy Mayor on January 7. Sanjay Tandon, president of the Chandigarh BJP said a , core group of the party would hold a meeting and the final decision on the candidates would be taken by the party high command. The sources said Prabhat Jha, in charge of the party affairs of Chandigarh BJP is , expected to arrive in the city soon to hold discussions with councillors.Though the names of Devesh Modgil and Arun Sood are doing the round for the post, insiders in the BJP have not ruled out the names of other councillors, including Rajesh Gupta and Anil Dubey. The BJP-SAD has 21 out of 26 seats while the Congress has four seats. One belongs to Independent candidate who is a BJP dissident. — TNS Accused Sanjay Kumar His victims included officials involved in some controversy or dispute conned around 20 government officials, including tehsildars and junior engineers. “After reading news about such officials, Sanjay procured their telephone numbers and contacted them posing as a continued on page 5 Two tease girl having tea with brother, held Chandigarh, December 19 Two youths have been arrested for teasing a girl near Tribune Chowk last night. The victim, with her brother, was sitting in their car and having tea at a roadside stall near Tribune Chowk when two youths, who were in an inebriated condition, arrived there in a car. They teased the victim and left the place. The victim noted down the registration number of the car and informed the police. Later, the youths, identified as Narender Rana, a placement coordinator and at present residing in Zirakpur, and Devinder Singh, a marketing executive and at present residing in Mani Majra, were arrested. Both are natives of Hamirpur district in HP A case under . Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354-A (sexual harassment) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC has been registered. — TNS Chandigarh, December 19 With rising crime incidents, especially snatchings, stalking incidents, gang rape and carjacking, the city has turned out to be unsafe for residents. The rising statistics of various crimes are testimony to the deteriorating law and order situation in the city. The rising crime against women has raised serious concerns about the safety of women in the city. Incidents of stalking, sexual harassment and gang rape reported this year left the city in a state of shock. In the recent case of gang rape, the victim was a 22-yearold native of Dehradun, who had hired an auto from Sector 37 for Mohali on November 17. The auto already had two male occupants, who were known to the driver. The driver stopped the auto near a forest area in Sector 53 where the trio gang-raped her in the forest. Although the three rapists were nabbed by the police a few days later, the incident instilled fear among women who commute by public transport, especially autorickshaws, on a daily basis. Earlier in November, a 14year-old girl, who had come to the city from Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh, along with her friend, was allegedly gang-raped by her friend and two other youths. The frequent incidents of stalking, where women were followed and the accused even Rise in vehicle thefts The UT police have failed to curb vehicle thefts in the city. The year 2017 witnessed a spurt in auto thefts with more than 800 vehicles being stolen compared to 616 in 2016. 233cases of snatching this year Three persons arrested by the Chandigarh police for allegedly stalking and trying to abduct a woman in Sector 36 on Sunday night, being produced before the court on Tuesday. One of the accused is a Punjab Police constable. They have been remanded in one-day police custody. TRIBUNE PHOTO Three snatchings in city 3 more thefts reported A motorcycle rider sped off after snatching the purse from a woman in Sector 21 at around 9.30 pm on Tuesday. Another snatching was reported from Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran. Sources said two boys, who were pedestrians, escaped after snatching a mobile phone and cash from a man. The incident took place near Government School, Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran. Earlier in the day, a gold chain was snatched from a woman in Sector 21. Sources said two bikeborne miscreants snatched a gold chain from Sushma Sanghi. She failed to note down the number of the bike. The police scrutinised footage of CCTV cameras installed in the area. Three thefts were reported in the city on Tuesday that included a daylight theft at a house in Sector 41. Sources said the house in Sector 41 was broken into while the owner had gone to the market for 30 minutes. Jewellery worth Rs 1 lakh was stolen from the house. Meanwhile, Ram Dulam, a resident of Sector 56, alleged Lucky, a resident of the same sector, had stolen Rs 9,000 and gold and silver ornaments from his house on Monday. He was nabbed by the complainant near his house after the incident. In another theft, Manoj Kumar of Sector 40 reported that valuables worth Rs 1.5 lakh were stolen from his shop in Badheri village. tried to abduct some, has made the city roads unsafe. Since August, nine such incidents have been reported in the city. In the recent incident, a Punjab police constable was caught along with two others for stalking and trying to abduct a woman. The incident involving c m y b Varnika Kundu, daughter of an IAS officer, who was allegedly stalked by two youths, including son of a BJP leader, in August had hit the national headlines. The youths even made an abduction attempt on Kundu at the Housing Board light point, A girl, who was stalked two months ago, said there was no fear of police among antisocial elements here. The city this year has already witnessed close to 95 cases of molestation and obscene acts against 88 cases in 2016. Three recent carjackings have also led to fear among The police have miserably failed to deter miscreants from targeting residents. While a total of 161 snatchings were reported in 2016, this year witnessed a spurt in cases with 233 incidents having been reported so far. Roads are turning unsafe: Varnika Kundu Varnika Kundu, who was allegedly stalked by two youths, said the roads are turning unsafe not only for women but also for men. “I feel there should be more police presence on roads and all roads should be well lit,” she added. people travelling through the city during late hours. While an Innova Crysta was taken away at gunpoint a few days ago on the road separating Sector 33 and 45, a Ritz car was stolen at gunpoint by two persons near Kaimbwala. These two cases have remained unsolved.
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