01102018-CT-01.qxd 10/1/2018 1:06 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE MONDAY | 1 OCTOBER 2018 | CHANDIGARH Parwanoo four-laning Khattar govt slammed Satire on corruption Project of four-laning the Parwanoo-Solan stretch to delay due to land acquisition issues. P3 Flaying Khattar govt, women Cong panel president says Haryana has become rape capital. P4 As part of Jaspal Bhatti comedy series, fictional comedy play ‘Matadin Chaand Perr’ staged. P2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 33°C MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31.9°C MIN 21.4°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.08 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.16 AM Car robbed, accused caught—all in a day Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 30 Two miscreants robbed a car from a cab driver at Mauli Jagran here on Sunday morning and were nabbed by the police later in the evening. The accused have been identified as Gobinda of Rajiv Colony in Sector 17, Panchkula, and Suraj, a resident of Mauli Complex. According to the police, a call was received at 5:13 am about a WagonR car having been robbed near a government school at Mauli Jagran. Police teams rushed to the spot and met the complainant, Rajesh Kumar of Charan Singh Colony. The complainant stated that he worked as a cab driver and was returning home when two persons asked him to stop near a kerosene pump at Mauli Jagran. The police said the duo asked the complainant to drop them at Sector 6, Panchkula. In the meantime, the victim’s friend Yash Pal, who resides at Vikas Nagar in Mauli Jagran, also came there and offered to accompany the cab driver. The police said Yash Pal started driving the car. On reaching near Rajiv Colony, Suraj pulled the handbrake. Both Suraj and Gobinda then Chandigarh, September 30 Prof Karamjeet Singh of the University Business School (UBS) took charge as the new Registrar of Panjab University (PU) here after the tenure of Col GS Chadha (retd) came to an end today. “It is a prestigious university. I will take everyone along while taking decisions. As a former Senator and Syndic, I am well versed with the functioning of the university,” said the new Registrar. Prof Karamjeet Singh, 55, has a teaching experience of 34 years. He had played a role in drafting of Governance Reforms report. Prof Navdeep Goyal, who holds majority in the PU Syndicate and the Senate, said, “It is good that someone from the university has been chosen as its Registrar. We will extend our full cooperation to him. He knows the functioning of the PU.” Defacement, encroachments, haphazard parking major turn-offs at sub-city centre SECTOR 34 STATE OF MARKETS Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service The car that was robbed by the accused (below) in Chandigarh on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS Criminal past The police said both accused — Gobinda of Rajiv Colony in Sector 17, Panchkula, Suraj of Mauli Complex — had criminal cases registered against them in Chandigarh and Panchkula. thrashed Yash Pal and Rajesh and made them sit on the rear seat. The accused then drove the car towards Panchkula. The police said on the way, Yash Pal jumped out of the car and got injured. The police said the accused then robbed Rajesh of his purse at knifepoint. He too jumped out of the car and the accused sped away in the robbed vehicle. A case was registered at the Mauli Jagran police station and an investigation was initiated into it. The police later nabbed the accused while they were driving from Panchkula towards Chandigarh. Prof Karamjeet new PU Registrar Tribune News Service BIZ HUB LOST TO APATHY Achievements ■ Currently, Prof Karamjeet Singh is Dean, Business Management and Commerce ■ Remained Senator from 2008-16 ■ Was Syndic in 2009, 2013 and 2014 ■ Served as Director, UGC-Human Resource Development Centre ■ Became president of the India Accounting Association for the year 2017-18 ■ Won the Punjab Commerce and Management Association Research Award for 2017 ■ Life member of the Sikh Educational Society, which has five institutions in Chandigarh and Punjab ■ Guided eight PhD students, published one textbook, edited two books and has more than 50 articles in journals to his name Prof Rajesh Gill, president, Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA), said, “PUTA welcomes Prof Karamjeet Singh, a teacher from the university itself who is well versed in the system, as the new Registrar. I am confident that he will put in place an administration which is transparent and respects the dignity of teachers. PUTA shall be happy to work with him and the university shall benefit from his experience.” Deepak Kaushik, president, PU Non-teaching Employees Federation, hoped that the new Registrar would bring positivity in the PU governance. Chandigarh, September 30 While French architect Le Corbusier planned to develop Sector 34 as the second most important business hub after Sector 17, official apathy reduced it to one of the most neglected markets of the city with almost no facility for traders and visitors. The Sector 34 sub-city centre gives an unpleasant look with wild grass, heaps of garbage, encroachments by vendors, haphazard parking, illegal hoarding, lack of adequate space for pedestrians and incomplete buildings. The sub-city centre does not give an impression that it is a commercial hub of the city. The desired vibrancy and ambience expected of a sub-city centre is lacking here. Predominance of offices in the sector gives an impression that it is an institutional area rather than a shopping area. By and large, the area presents a picture of neglect and chaos. Incomplete buildings of the State Library and undeveloped plaza and plots adjoining the V3 and V4 roads give an unattractive appearance to the area. Unbridled installation of ugly signboards, defacing large proportion of the front facades, and encroachments on verandahs meant for public to move about are visual disarray. Leaflets thrown all over the place by coaching institutes are also a problem. continued on page 6 Food joint owners have encroached upon corridoors and vacant areas in Sector 34, Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: PRADEEP TEWARI Will prepare plan to improve facilities: Mayor Corporation has received ❝The Municipal repairs. We will start re~50 crore for road Convention centre project left midway For the past 20 years, the UT Administration has failed to resume the construction of Nehru Centre for Performing Arts, a convention centre. The centre, planned to come up on 12.5 acres, was to provide state-of-the-art facilities to artistes in the region. It was to have parking space for over 2,000 cars. The main feature of the building was a theatre street, connecting the central plaza on either sides. The Chandigarh Housing Board was given the responsibility for its construction but it was abandoned due to paucity of funds. carpeting the roads after the monsoon is over. Encroachments in the market will not be tolerated. An anti-encroachment drive will be started soon. A detailed plan will be prepared to improve the facilities in the sub-city centre, which is developing fast. DAVESH MOUDGIL, MAYOR ❞ Sector nobody’s baby become ❝The sector has nowthe Estate Office nobody’s baby. Earlier, used to take care of the market. Later, the responsibility was shifted to the Chandigarh Housing Board. After the CHB left the job, the maintenance of the sector came to the Municipal Corporation. However, the civic body has paid no attention towards the development of the sector. PARVEEN KUMAR GUPTA, TRADER ❞ Food joints mushrooming has become a major ❝Parkingthe area. Another nuisance problem in Bikes parked in a no-parking area. are food joints mushrooming on government land and in front of showrooms. The area has become a ‘phari’ market as there is no check on the growth of makeshift stalls. AJAY BANSAL, TRADER ❞ CHANDIGARH: An Activa-borne IIT-Ropar student ‘jumps’ into canal miscreant snatched a purse from a woman in Sector 34 here on Sunday. Sources said the accused targeted the victim near a petrol pump. The police said the accused was riding a black Activa sans number plate. Cops at the Sector 34 police station have initiated an investigation. —TNS Ropar, September 30 A 20-year-old student of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Ropar) is suspected to have jumped into the Bhakra canal here today. The student, Narinderpal Singh from Patiala, had got admission in chemical engineering course in June. Purse snatched Divers fail to trace 20-yr-old Patiala boy Sources said before allegedly jumping into the canal, the 20-year-old had informed his girlfriend about it. The girl asked his classmates to reach the spot and stop him from taking the step, it is learnt. When his classmates reached the spot, Narinderpal was not there. A person grazing cattle nearby informed them that some youth had jumped into the canal. IIT Ropar Director Sarit K Das also reached the spot and informed the police. Divers tried to trace the boy but there was no trace of him. Narinderpal’s uncle Amarjit Singh, who reached here in the evening, said the family did not know he had a girlfriend. He was in constant touch with the family and had visited home last week only, added Amarjit.—TNS Tension among villagers precedes land acquisition UT gets maiden social impact study conducted before acquiring land in Dadu Majra, Dhanas for new bypass Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 30 Anxiety and tension has developed among villagers whose land the UT Administration has proposed to acquire for creating another route to Mohali. This has been revealed in the first-ever social impact study done by Panjab University for the acquisition of the 13 acres in Dadu Majra and Dhanas villages. The villagers mostly demanded adequate compensation in the forms of money, land, jobs or pension. Most of them did not quote any price for their land and demanded a rate on a par with that of urban areas of Chandigarh. The study finds that the owners are emotionally attached to their land and had put in all their hardearned money and efforts to make it fertile. The proposed acquisition is causing stress and anxiety among them. Now, they are worried about the survival of their children after losing their land. They are facing psychological issues due to the anxiety. The UT is planning to acquire land for construction of a new bypass (PR-4) from a high bridge at Dadu Majra to Residents welcome pre-acquisition study As per the study conducted by a PU team, 114 residents welcomed the efforts of the government for conducting a social impact analysis before acquisition. For the first time, they felt they had not been neglected by the Administration. They were ready to give their land if the government offered them adequate relief. the UT boundary on the Mullanpur side. The length of the proposed road is 1,204 metres and width 60.96 metres needing a total area of 18.13 acres. The land would be acquired from Dadu Majra and Dhanas villages. The new road will connect Highway No. 21 to Sector 39, Chandigarh. The study was done under the provision of Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RFCTLARR) Act, 2013. The Act puts forth a special provision of conducting a social impact analysis (SIA) of the development and displacement as a consequence of any project. The UT engaged PU teams for the study. c m y b An extensive survey was done to collect information, opinion and draw unbiased assumptions, based on facts and figures, for a better planning to ensure better compensation and resettlement of the affected population. The study findings point out that the land acquisition for this project will definitely improve the utilisation of land and improvement in land value. Better connectivity will trigger emergence of new livelihoods, trade, new jobs and other business services. Most of the villagers are ready to give their land for infrastructure and overall development. As per preliminary observations, the project serves a public purpose. Proper road channel will improve efficiency of import and export of goods and services to a great extent and therefore, supplement livelihood of people. The team found that stakeholders are more concerned with loss to the land/livelihood and the fair compensation that they would receive rather than the intangible environmental/heritage losses. Sources said the Administration would fix the compensation rates after studying the report. The accused in custody of STF sleuths in Mohali. TRIBUNE PHOTO Nigerian nabbed with heroin Tribune News Service Mohali, September 30 Sleuths of the Special Task Force (STF) here have arrested a Nigerian with 800-gram heroin, valued around Rs 4 crore in the international market. The accused has been identified as Okeke Anselm Arinze, a resident of Surulerre in Lagos, Nigeria, currently residing at Uttam Nagar in New Delhi. Giving information, SP (STF) Rajinder Singh Sohal said the continued on page 6
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