01012019-CT-01.qxd 1/1/2019 1:14 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 1 JANUARY 2019 | CHANDIGARH UT installs solar blinkers Swine flu spreads CU wins youth fest The UT has started installing solar blinkers at roundabouts which are without traffic lights. P5 After the eighth suspected case of swine flu was reported on Saturday, Patiala on high alert. P4 CU wins the overall trophy of the North Zone Inter-University Youth Festival held at PU. P2 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 18°C MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20.2°C MIN 4.3°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5:34 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:19 AM charge Tricity rings in New Year in style Masseur held onwoman of raping British Revellers throng discos, clubs, Sec 17 Plaza to dance their way into 2019 Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 31 The UT police today arrested a 28-year-old masseur for allegedly raping a 55-year-old British woman at Lalit Hotel in IT Park on December 20. The suspect, Farhanuz Zama, a native of Uttar Pradesh, was residing at Mauli Jagran. He was arrested from Kishangarh Chowk. The woman, who was staying in the hotel with her partner, took a knee massage in the hotel on December 20. The suspect, a masseur, allegedly touched the woman inappropriately above the (Anti-clockwise from above) Revellers dance at a New Year party at a hotel in the Industrial Area, Phase1; a cop armed with an alcometer checks a driver at a naka near Sector 28; and girls celebrate the dawn of the New Year in Chandigarh. PHOTOS: VICKY/ RAVI KUMAR/ PRADEEP TEWARI SINGERS CAST A SPELL IN MOHALI Mohali: Punjabi singers Harjinder Mani and Suruchi Arora enthralled New Year revellers as they belted out hit numbers at the Mohali Golf Range at Phase 11 here on Monday. Harmeet Singh Kahlon, an international golfer and director of the range, said this was the third such event at the range and those present had a great time. Jagdeep Sehgal, Mohali SDM, was the chief guest at the event. Besides, parties were also organised at local discos where a large number of youngsters were seen enjoying and dancing to welcome 2019. SEE ALSO PAGE 3 >> SNIPPETS P’kula MC to redesign roads for safety Allocates work in this regard to Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram varsity in Murthal Sanjay Bumbroo Tribune News Service Mobile phones snatched Chandigarh: Two motorcycleborne miscreants snatched a mobile phone from a pedestrian at Dadu Majra. According to the police, complainant Raj Ali reported that the miscreants snatched the mobile phone from him on the night of December 29. The police were informed about the incident, who registered a case at the Maloya police station. In another incident, a motorcycleborne miscreant snatched a mobile phone from a pedestrian in Sector 46 on Monday afternoon. The incident was reported near the community centre. The police were informed about the incident, who have initiated an investigation into the matter. TNS Used shell found at garbage dump Chandigarh: A used shell was found at the dumping ground in Dadu Majra on Monday afternoon. The UT police went to the spot and took it into their possession. The Army was also informed about the recovery of the shell. Police officials said it was a used shell, which was spotted in the garbage. A DDR regarding it has been filed at the Maloya police station. TNS Panchkula, December 31 Keeping in view the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, the Panchkula Municipal Corporation has allotted work to Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal, to redesign city roads. The corporation, with the help of the university, will prepare tracks for cyclists and pedestrians. The corporation has already refurbished eight roundabouts in the city, which are proposed to be inaugurated by the Haryana Chief Minster. Roads alongside the roundabouts will be redesigned to check accidents in the city, which often result in the loss of precious lives. The roads will be designed in such a way that fast approaching vehicles do not hit the roundabouts. The dividers near the roundabout will be constructed in such a way that the vehicles do not come directly in contact with the roundabouts. This will also allow vehicles along the roundabouts to continued on page 6 SEPARATE TRACKS FOR CYCLISTS Roads alongside the roundabouts will be redesigned to check accidents in the city, which often result in the loss of precious lives. The roads will be designed in such a way that fast approaching vehicles do not hit the roundabouts. For the benefit of the people, the slip roads in the city will also be widened. Separate tracks will be constructed for cyclists and pedestrians. The suspect, a masseur, allegedly touched the woman inappropriately above the knee while massaging. When the woman objected, he said he was checking pressure points. It is alleged that the suspect sexually assaulted the woman. The woman submitted a complaint to the hotel staff after which the hotel terminated the services of the employee. knee while massaging. When the woman objected, he said he was checking pressure points. It is alleged that the suspect sexually assaulted the woman. The woman submitted a complaint to the hotel staff after which the hotel terminated the services of the employee. The woman then went to Shimla and on returning to the city on December 27, she lodged a complaint with the police at the IT Park police station following which a case of rape was registered against the suspect. The police said the suspect was working as a hairstylistcum-therapist at the hotel since April 2016. He is a graduate and has no criminal past. High Court puts UT on notice on vendors’ plea TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Chandigarh, December 31 The tricity welcomed the New Year in style. New Year celebrations in Chandigarh concluded amid tight security arrangements. New Year parties were organised in various clubs and hotels that witnessed huge crowds of revellers. Traffic snarls were witnessed on Madhya Marg and in various areas, including Sector 7, 26, 34 and 35, and near Elante Mall. Clubs in Sector 7 and 26, Elante Mall and various hotels in the city witnessed huge crowds. Revellers in large numbers thronged discotheques. Parking lots were found jampacked in Sector 7, 17 and 26. Cops were stationed at various intersections to regulate traffic. Apart from the clubs, restaurants and food joints in the city were open till late in the night and also did brisk business. Youngsters also thronged taverns in the city to enjoy New Year’s Eve. Like every year, the Sector 17 Plaza witnessed a huge rush of revellers, who preferred to celebrate New Year’s Eve by dancing to music in the open. Nakas laid by the traffic police, along with cops armed with alcometers, acted as a deterrent for tipsy drivers, who wished to drive around the city. Still many motorists continued on page 3 SUSPECT WAS SACKED BY HOTEL Street vendors hold a protest in Sector 20, Chandigarh, in support of their demands on Monday. Tribune News Service PETITIONERS’ TAKE Chandigarh, December 31 Acting on a petition filed by 46 vendors “earning their livelihood through vends”, a Vacation Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday issued a notice of motion to the Chandigarh Administration and other respondents. The Bench of Justice Arvind Singh Sangwan and Justice Harnaresh Singh Gill also fixed the case for further consideration on January 17 after directing interim order in terms of the order passed in January 2018 in another petition on the same issue. The Bench, in its January Claiming to be involved in street vending in Sector 19 for the past 15 years, the petitioners said they were earning their livelihood and supporting their families through the business. They were, as such, aggrieved by the arbitrary and illegal action of the respondents, who were trying to displace them from their places in total contravention and disregard of the provisions of the Street Vendors Act, 2014. order, had taken note of a statement by counsel for the UT Administration and other respondents that all vendors, registered under the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, would not be uprooted till the next date of hearing. “In view of the statement made by counsel for the respondents, we do not consider it appropriate to pass any interim orders in the matter, the Bench had then added. The developments took place on a petition filed against the UT and other respondents by Deepak Kumar and other petitioners through counsel Chanchal K Singla. Claiming to be involved in street vending in Sector 19 for the past 15 continued on page 6 SEE ALSO PAGE 3 New dawn: Smart City board gives nod to ~700-crore works Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 31 The Board of Directors of Chandigarh Smart City Limited (CSCL) approved projects worth over Rs 700 crore for the city today and floated tenders for their implementation. The meeting was chaired by UT Adviser Manoj Kumar Parida. The projects for which tenders were floated include smart water meters (13,700) at an estimated cost of Rs 24 crore, public bike sharing system, consisting of 5,000 bikes at 617 docking locations in Chandigarh, at an estimated cost of Rs 20 crore, setting up of an animal carcass incineration plant at Dadu Majra at an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore, 24X7 water supply in Mani Majra at an estimated cost of Rs 140 crore and upgrade of CARCASS DISPOSAL CENTRE TO COME UP PUBLIC TOILETS TO BE REFURBISHED A preliminary design report for setting up an animal carcass disposal facility at Dadu Majra at an estimated cost of ~5 crore was also approved by the board. The Chairman was apprised of the fact that on an average, 10 large and 30 small animals are disposed of in an arbitrary manner daily in the city, which creates foul smell. In this plant, dead animals will be incinerated using PNG/LPG in a hygienic and environmental-friendly way. Refurbishment of public toilet blocks in Sector 17, 22, 35 and 43 in the city will be carried out under the Smart City Mission at an estimated cost of ~6 crore. These toilets will be provided with premium facilities such as an ATM, a water ATM, bay shops and provision for rooftop solar plant for power supply. The toilets will have separate facilities for men, women and differently abled persons. Proper hygiene will be ensured. five sewage treatment plants (STPs) and construction of a new STP at an estimated cost of Rs 511 crore. Arun Kumar Gupta, Principal Secretary (Home), Ajoy Kumar Sinha, Finance Secretary, KK Yadav, CEO, CSCLcum-Commissioner, MC, UT Adviser Manoj Parida presides over a meeting of the Board of Directors of Chandigarh Smart City Limited at Sector 17 on Monday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Mandeep Singh Brar, Deputy Commissioner, Sumit Gakhar, Under Secretary, Ministry of Urban and Housing Affairs, Manoj Kumar Bansal, Chief Engineer, MC, and Kapil Setia, Chief Architect, UT, were among those attended the meeting c m y b Integrated Command & Control Centre The Board of Directors also decided to set up an Integrated Command and Control Centre, including artificial intelligence, surveillance cameras and egovernance, at an estimated cost of Rs 199 crore. Under the project, the safety of citizens will be ensured through 943 surveillance cameras to be located at various places such as government schools, hospitals, parks, community centers and at 288 locations for wate- works and tubewells. To effectively manage traffic and traffic lights at major junctions, automatic number plate recognition, red light violation detection and overspeed detection system cameras will also be provided at 40 locations in the city. The traffic lights at 40 important junctions shall also be monitored with the adaptive traffic control system. In case of a traffic violation, an e-challan will automatically be generated through these cameras. The facility for e-payment will also be provided for the ease of the people. All 20 entry/exit points in the city will also be monitored through these cameras. Detailed project report on Dadu Majra waste A detailed project report on mining of waste and recovery of land at the Dadu Majra dumping ground at an estimated cost of Rs 40 crore was approved by the Chairman. At present, residents of Dadu Majra are facing a lot of difficulty due to foul smell and threat of diseases from the continued on page 3
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