27062018-CT-01.qxd 6/27/2018 1:26 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 27 JUNE 2018 | CHANDIGARH Commerce course a hit Infant was bitten 20 times ‘Rugby is only art I know’ Commerce remains most sought-after stream at govt, grant-in-aid colleges. P2 Ayush, who was mauled to death by stray dogs, was bitten 20 times, reveals autopsy. P3 Rugby is all I have seen around me since childhood, says former India skipper Naseer Hussain. P6 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY | MAX 34°C MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38.2°C MIN 25.3°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.28 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.23 AM Tax on commercial F&CC junks proposal properties up 10% to raise water tariff Enhanced rates to be applicable from April 1, MC to serve notices on nearly 23,000 owners Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 26 The local Municipal Corporation has enhanced the rates of tax on commercial, industrial and institutional land and buildings by 10 per cent. Sources said the UT Administration had issued a notification in this regard and conveyed its decision to the MC. The enhanced rates will be applicable from April 1 this year. Following the decision, more than 23,000 owners of commercials properties will have to pay more taxes. With the increase in the rates, the MC expects to collect an additional Rs 20 crore in the current financial year. The civic body has collected Rs 26 crore as property tax in the last two months. The civic body had announced 20 per cent rebate on advance payment of tax for residential properties and 10 per cent rebate on commercial property tax. The rebate was available till May 31. Since the rebate period is over, commercial property owners will now have to pay 25 per cent penalty on the tax amount, along with 12 per cent interest. The tax will be calculated at new rates. An MC official said fresh notices would now be issued to the owners of commercial properties who have already deposited tax at old rates. The General House of the Municipal Corporation House had already approved the hike last year in its meeting on August 30. While the tax rates were to be revised every five years, the MC had failed to do so for the past nearly 10 years. The last revision of commercial property tax was done in 2004. As per the records of the tax branch of the MC, the tax branch had collected Rs 30.75 crore as tax from around 23,000 commercial properties in the city during the last financial year. Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 26 The Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation has rejected the proposal to raise the water tariff. During a meeting held under the chairmanship of Mayor Davesh Moudgil here on Tuesday, the members rejected the water tariff agenda item with the direction that a comprehensive policy by considering all aspects of water supply and sewage disposal system be prepared and placed before it. The meeting was attended by MC Commissioner KK Yadav and other members of the committee, namely Anil Kumar Dubey, Farmila, Gurbax Rawat, Heera Negi and Raj Bala Malik. Meanwhile, the committee accorded its approval for providing a financial aid of Rs 3 lakh as ex-gratia to dog bitevictim Ayush’s family. The committee has rejected the proposal to waive the penalty imposed on the parking firm, Arya Toll Infra, for overcharging and haphazard parking. Further, it okayed the enhanced penalty for haphazard parking. The committee accorded its Says no to passing on works to UT The Finance and Contract Committee has also rejected the proposal to hand over works of more than ~100 crore to the UT Administration. The committee members felt that instead of handing over the works, the MC should pressure the UT Administration to release funds to it. approval for the purchase of five thermal imaging cameras for fire and emergency services of the civic body at an estimated cost of Rs 35 lakh. Among other agenda items approved are guidelines for laying city gas distribution network and determination of charges. The agenda regarding enhancement of water-testing charges in the public health laboratory at the MC waterworks in Sector 39 has been approved. During the meeting, the F&CC members asked the officers to explore the possibility to provide water connection to booths and dhabas where food items are sold. In absence of water connection, continued on p6 Water, power dues bleed UT, MC Consumers owe ~16 cr to civic body, ~9 cr to electricity dept Ramkrishan Upadhyay WATER BILL DEFAULTERS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 26 Water and power bill defaulters are bleeding the Municipal Corporation and the Electricity Department, UT. Sources said while around 300 consumers owed Rs 9 crore to the Electricity Department, there are around 800 consumers, who had not cleared their water bills of approximately Rs 16 crore. It is learnt that the department has prepared a list of power bill defaulters on the direction of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC). The list includes the names of companies, industries, individuals and government offices, boards and corporations. Sources in the power department said owing to outstanding bills, they had snapped the supply to the premises of more than 200 defaulters in the past two months. The defaulters included various offices of the Punjab Government situated in the city. These offices are yet to pay nearly Rs 20 lakh to the Electricity Department. Even the UT Administration’s own departments AREA Bapu Dham Colony Mauli Jagran Ram Darbar Attawa Dadu Majra Colony Dadu Majra Palsora Burail Sector 25 colony Maloya AMOUNT ~42 lakh ~86 lakh ~1.66 cr ~7.2 lakh ~87 lakh ~17 lakh ~62 lakh ~1.5 cr ~32 lakh ~70 lakh POWER BILL DEFAULTERS NAME Ram Nath Kohli M/s New IS Industry, Industrial Area SDE Electricity op D/DN 8 Chandigarh Paper Mill Chandigarh Electricity Supply Company AMOUNT ~47,74,620 ~17,83,161 ~15,33,980 ~8,37,139 ~4,55,333 Drinking water going waste in absence of faucets. FILE PHOTO have failed to pay dues of Rs 20 lakh for the past several months. As per the defaulters’ list, the office of block development officer (BDO) has Rs 1,97,743 as dues while the office of the SDE, Electricity, MC, owes the power department Rs 1,33,473. Chandigarh Electricity Supply Company has not cleared its power bills of Rs 4,55,333. Likewise, the amount of pending water bills has been increasing continuously for years. Sources said the defaulters had water bills of Rs 16 crore pending. Most of the defaulters belong to villages and colonies like Bapu Dham Colony, Mauli Jagran, Ram Darbar, Dadu Majra, Palsora and Maloya. The residents of these colonies owe more than Rs 2 crore to the MC. continued on p6 MC to go Punjab way, moots cow cess History revisited Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 26 City residents are likely to be burdened with more taxes. The MC has proposed to levy 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 MC will bring the agenda on the proposal in the next General House meeting, which is scheduled to be held on June 28. The cess has been proposed at the rate of Rs 500 on the purchase of fourwheeler, Rs 200 on the purchase of two-wheeler; 2 paise per unit of electricity consumption; Rs 10 per bottle of Indian-made foreign liquor, Rs 5 per bottle of country liquor and Rs 5 per bottle of beer. Besides, the MC has also proposed to enhance the pet dog registration fee from Rs 200 to Rs 1,000. In the agenda that will be placed before the House, the MC has stated that the rate was not increased in the past eight years. The MC has proposed to amend the bylaws to enhance the fee. During the House meet- Brothers-in-law arrested for murder bid on youth Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 26 A 25-year-old youth, who recently got married to a girl against her family’s wish, was attacked by his brothersin-law at Mani Majra here on Monday night. The accused, Jasbir and Satnam, attacked the youth, identified as Pulkit Chaudhary, a resident of Modern Housing Complex (MHC), Mani Majra, with sharp weapons while he was passing by their house. The police have arrested the brothers. The police said Pulkit Chaudhary had married a girl, a resident of Model Town, Mani Majra, against the wishes of her families around three months ago. The victim used to frequent the area near his wife’s house, which provoked the accused. The brother duo attacked him with sharp weapons, leaving him seriously injured. The accused also damaged Pulkit’s Ciaz car. The accused then escaped from the spot. The police were informed about the incident. The victim was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, in a PCR vehicle. Doctors The car of the victim, Pulkit Chaudhary (below), which was damaged by the accused at Mani Majra. TRIBUNE PHOTOS there referred him to the PGI. Inspector Ranjit Singh, SHO, Mani Majra police station, said the victim suffered deep injuries on his right arm and left hand. “His condition is said to be stable,” the SHO added. The police said the accused claimed they didn’t have any problem after their sister married Pulkit. However, he deliberately used to come near their house for ‘gehri’, which annoyed them and they attacked him. A case under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of Rs 50) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against the accused at the Mani Majra police station. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL ing, the proposal prepared by MC officials to enhance the revenue of the civic body will also be discussed. The MC officials have suggested more than 20 new taxes to fill the coffers of the civic body. The MC also proposes to levy fee for the issuing fire NOC and impose development charges on residents of Mani Majra. New UT police chief joins today Chandigarh: The new UT police chief, Sanjay Beniwal, will assume charge on Wednesday. The transfer orders of TS Luthra, a 1990-batch IPS officer who was the UT DGP, and Sanjay Beniwal, a 1989-batch IPS officer, were issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on June 14. Luthra had relinquished his charge on June 20. TNS Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh greets the artistes of a light & sound show on the Battle of Saragarhi, in Mohali on Tuesday. P2 Burail jailbirds carving a niche online Furniture items made by prisoners fetched authorities ~93 lakh last fiscal Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 26 Planning to buy some chairs for your home? Stop thinking about hassles of touring local furniture markets for a while. Just log on to the Burail jail website! You read it right. Furniture items made by jail inmates are up for grabs. Select one for yourself and get it delivered at your doorstep. If you have some particular design on your mind, c m y b A three-seater bench and a ‘Judge Chair’ made by Burail jail inmates. you can provide its drawing and specifications to the jail authorities and get one customised item made for yourself! A range of items from garden chairs to dining chairs are on the offer on the website. The price range starts from Rs 1,850 for a hostel chair or an office steel chair and goes up to Rs 9,500 for special chair named ‘judge chair’. A three-seater bench is priced at Rs 6,550. Meanwhile, ‘Vidhan Sabha’ chair, the most demanded, comes at a price of Rs 2,950. Furniture items, including beds, centre table, side tables etc are also offered for sale. OP Mishra, IG (Prisons), says inmates make all furniture using ‘kikar’ wood. However, on specific demand, ‘sheesham’ wood is also used. In the latter case, the cost of furniture item gets almost doubled, he adds. Mishra says they have been receiving bulk orders from various departments of the UT Administration. “The last order was of beds and chairs for hostels in government colleges,” he adds. Close to 90 inmates out of approximately 900 lodged at the jail, are involved in furniture-making at a workshop situated on the premises of the prison. The jail authorities have spared some staff for delivering the orders at customers’ homes. As per the jail website, the delivery of furniture items below Rs 5,000 will invite carriage cost.
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