25092018-CT-01.qxd 9/25/2018 12:57 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 25 SEPTEMBER 2018 | CHANDIGARH Water enters lab Parking pangs CFA off to a winning start Water enters laboratory of Microbiology Department at Panjab University. P2 Authorities turn a deaf ear to parking woes at District Courts in Sector 43, Chandigarh. P3 Hosts CFA start their campaign in football meet with a win over SAG Academy, Gujarat. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 29°C MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 23°C MIN 20°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.15 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.13 AM Wettest Sept in 4 yrs; monsoon at 8-yr high City sees 253.1 mm of rainfall this month, 100 mm above normal; unusual western disturbance cause: Met Dept Three flights cancelled, many delayed Tribune News Service Mohali, September 24 Passengers at the Chandigarh international airport in Mohali faced a lot of inconvenience as inclement weather caused the cancellation of three flights, while nearly 25 flights took off behind schedule today. Besides, 20 flights landed late at the airport due to poor visibility. The flights from Dubai and Sharjah were also delayed. According to airport officials, the visibility remained low till the afternoon. “After 2 pm, the situation improved following which the flight operations started normalising,” said officials at the airport. As several flights were delayed, the airport witnessed a huge rush of passengers and their kin. Due to incessant rain, there was no place for those waiting for their kin to sit or stand outside the airport premises. “Even inside the premises, there was utter chaos due to the heavy rush. There was no place to sit,” said Rajinder Singh, who came to the airport to see off his daughter. The Air India SharjahChandigarh flight arrived around three hours behind schedule. As a result, it took off late. Similarly, the Dubai flight was delayed by around one hour. The poor weather conditions caused the cancellation of three flights — the Air India continued on page 4 Sukhna flood gates opened after 10 yrs Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 24 Rain in September has broken the record of the past four years in Chandigarh. During the current month, the city has recorded 253.1 mm of rainfall, nearly 100 mm more than normal. In September, 155 mm of rainfall is considered normal. According to the Met Department, the city witnessed 145.1 mm of rainfall in 2017, 41.7 mm in 2016, 117.3 mm in 2015 and 354.5 mm in 2014. Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service EXPECT LESS RAIN NOW The weather will start improving and the rain will start decreasing from Tuesday. “It is possibly the last spell of rain this monsoon. The weather will improve from Tuesday. It is expected to rain in the morning. There is little possibility of rain in the afternoon,” said Surender Pal, Director, Met Department. He said from Wednesday, the city will see dry weather for three to four days. It rained 63.8 mm in the city on Monday. Two flood gates of Sukhna Lake were opened after the water level crossed the danger mark on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN RAIN IN SEPT 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 253.1 mm 145.1 mm 41.7 mm 117.3 mm 354.5 mm HOW MONSOON FARED OVER YRS Citing reasons, the Met Department said the presence of a strong western disturbance, which was unusual given that it usually descended to lower latitudes around October, was one of the main factors. This monsoon, the city has received 929.6 mm of rainfall till this morning, an eightyear high. Last year, it had rained 752.8 mm, which was 11 per cent less than normal. In 2016, it had rained way below normal with the city witnessing just 456.9 mm of rainfall. It was 46 per cent less than normal. 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 929.6 mm 752.8 mm 456.9 mm 548.3 mm 354.5 mm 792.8 mm 801 mm 772 mm 1,165 mm < A JCB machine tries to pull < out a car which got stuck in a causeway due to a rise in the Ghaggar water level at Dadu Majra village on Monday. SEE ALSO PAGE 4 Traffic snarls hold up commuters Life hit in Mohali, trees uprooted Tribune News Service ILL-TIMED ADVISORY PAGE 2 5,000 BEd SEATS VACANT PAGE 2 ‘LOVE JIHAD’: BAILABLE WARRANTS AGAINST ‘VICTIM’ PAGE 3 Chandigarh, September 24 Traffic snarls were witnessed on several roads in Chandigarh following incessant rain today. A huge rush was witnessed especially during the morning and evening hours, stretching the usual travel time. The traffic at the entry roads from Zirakpur, Panchkula and Mohali moved at a snail’s pace in the morning due to waterlogged roads. A usual 30-minute journey took about 50 minutes during the peak hours. The traffic snarls were witnessed on the Zirakpur-Chandigarh road, Dakshin Marg, the road from Panchkula towards Chandigarh on Madhya Marg and on several roads from Mohali. Commuters had to manoeuvre their vehicles through the waterlogged roads, slowing down traffic. Cops were on duty at various points despite heavy rain to regulate traffic, which provided some relief to the commuters. The situation was similar in the evening when traffic jams were witnessed on the roads leading to Panchkula and Zirakpur. Tribune News Service Mohali, September 24 Incessant rain disrupted life in Mohali town, leaving several parts submerged and eight trees uprooted. Besides, incidents of road cave-in were also reported. Due to the overnight rain, several parts of the town, including Phase 8, 9 and 11, Sector 70 and 71, the Industrial Area and Madanpura, Shahi Majra, Mohali and Mataur villages saw huge waterlogging. Several roads were under nearly one-foot water, which resulted in traffic c m y b chaos at several places, especially during the afternoon. According to sources, eight trees got uprooted at different places, including Phase 7 near the Chawla petrol pump, on the road separating Phase 5 and the Industrial Area and near Madanpura Chowk. “Traffic was disrupted due to the uprooted trees at Madanpura and Phase 5,” said Amarpreet Singh, a local resident. Long traffic jams were seen at the Landran Tpoint. “The condition of the road from the Mohali District Courts to the Landran T-point continued on page 4 Chandigarh, September 24 Incessant rain over three days in the catchment area today forced officials of the UT Engineering Department to open the flood gates of Sukhna Lake after the water level crossed the danger mark of 1,163 ft. Two gates were opened after a gap of 10 years. Before this, it was in 2008 that the flood gates of the lake were opened after the water level crossed the danger mark. The gates remained open for around six hours. Mukesh Panic in areas close to the choe as lake water flows into the Ghaggar Anand, Special Secretary of the Engineering Department, said the gates were opened around 12.45 pm and closed at 6.32 pm after the water level normalised. Though officials of the neighbouring towns of Punjab and Haryana were informed in advance before opening the gates, it created panic in areas close to the continued on page 4 Crack on P’kula-Shimla highway Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 24 Heavy rain lashed Panchkula throughout the day and by 5 pm, a crack appeared on the Amravati-Kalka stretch of the Panchkula-Shimla highway. The traffic had to be diverted due to which the fourlane road road virtually turned into a two-lane stretch. This slowed down the pace of the traffic. “As soon as information was received, a team of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) rushed to the spot to repair it,” said Kalka SDM Richa Rathi. The SDM said they did not Motorists stuck in a traffic jam due to a crack (inset) on the road near Amravati Enclave. TRIBUNE PHOTOS know the reason behind the crack and would take stock of the situation once the road was repaired. “The crack appeared on a 150-metre stretch. We did not want to take the risk. So, we diverted the traffic,” she said. Heavy rain increased the level of the Kaushalya river, which flows alongside the road. As the water level rose, trees along the shore fell. Soon, a crack started appearing on the road. The flood continued on page 4
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