11012019-CT-01.qxd 1/11/2019 12:56 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 11 JANUARY 2019 | CHANDIGARH PAGE 2 PU FACULTY SUBMITS RESEARCH PROPOSALS Faculty from PU has submitted 22 research proposals — worth ~225 crore — to the university authorities. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY VERIFICATION OF TENANTS: 21 HELD Chandigarh: Twenty-one landlords have been for failing to get the tenant and servant verification done. The UT police have initiated a drive against landlords who fail to get the tenant verification done by the police. Those who fail to get the verification done are arrested and booked under Section 188 (disobedience to an order duly promulgated by a public servant) of the IPC. The beat staff and teams from police stations have started visiting houses and shops to check whether landlords have done the needful. As many as 21 cases were registered by the police against landlords at various police stations in the city on January 9. All of them were arrested and later released on bail. TNS ONE MORE HELD IN IRRIGATION SCAM Mohali: Vigilance sleuths have arrested another accused in the multi-crore irrigation scam here. The accused has been identified as DS Kohli, a former Superintending Engineer with the Punjab Irrigation Department. After arresting Kohli, the police produced him before a local court, which sent him to four-day police remand. Kohli is one of the several accused, who have been booked in the case registered by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau under Sections 120-B, 406, 409, 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC and Section 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. TNS TRICITY FUEL PRICES PETROL DIESEL CHANDIGARH ~65.32 ~59.82 PANCHKULA ~70.19 ~62.92 MOHALI ~74.89 ~63.53 WHAT’S ON CHANDIGARH PRACHEEN KALA KENDRA: Musical concert ‘Saazrang’ by Indo-Japanese artistes at Koser Auditorium, Sector 35; 6 pm TRICITY DRAMA FESTIVAL: Punjabi play, ‘Jhnaa de paani’, by Chandigarh School of Drama at Tagore Theatre; 6.30 pm (entry on tickets) LOHRI: Celebrations at Students’ Centre, PU, at 11:30 am; and at NIIFT, Mohali, on Friday; 12 pm LOHRI CELEBRATIONS: Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management; 4:15 pm SUNSET FRIDAY 5:40 PM Nikita stuns fourth seed Melissa Boyden of the Netherlands 6-0 6-0 to march into the semifinals. SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:20 AM MAYOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND OF ~2 CRORE Lion’s share for a select few SEMINAR: A seminar on patient referral system at Advanced Eye Centre Auditorium, PGI; 2 pm to 5 pm. FRAGMENTED EMOTIONS: Painting exhibition at Alliance Francaise de Chandigarh, Sector 36; 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm APNI MANDI: Apni Mandi will be held at Sector 24, 46 and Nayagaon TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARH TRIBUNE Judgment day Successive mayors have been spending only in favourite councillors’ wards Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 10 Successive mayors have been spending the discretionary annual fund of Rs 2 crore in the wards of a select few favourite councillors. According to data pertaining to the terms of some of the previous mayors, in 2017, Asha Jaswal spent Rs 80.15 lakh of the total approved Rs 190.87 lakh in the ward of a single councillor, Arun Sood, her “close” BJP colleague. Another whopping Rs 43.2 lakh went IN 2017, 2 COUNCILLORS GOT 65% FUNDS According to data pertaining to the terms of some of the previous mayors, in 2017, Asha Jaswal spent ~80.15 lakh of the total approved ~190.87 lakh in the ward of a single councillor, Arun Sood, her “close” BJP colleague. Another whopping ~43.2 lakh went to Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla, who is considered to be on good terms with Jaswal and Sood. The two councillors walked away with about 65 per cent of her total fund even as there are 26 councillors in the House, at present ruled by the BJP. to Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla, who is considered to be on good terms with Jaswal and Sood. The two councillors walked away with about 65 per cent of her total fund even as there are 26 councillors in the House, at present ruled by the BJP In Sood’s ward, the . funds were spent on various works in the community centres in Sector 37 and 38 (West). While in Babla’s ward, the funds were spent on open air gyms in green belts in Sector 30 and 27, and children play equipment and huts along with benches in Sector 28. “After assuming charge, whichever councillor sends us his/her application, the request is considered. Those who sent applications had their words done,” reasoned councillor Jaswal, who remained the Mayor in 2017. Similarly, in 2016, then BJP Mayor Arun Sood had a large part of his total approved Rs 199.96 lakh funds going to Continued on page 5 Tight security around the court in Panchkula on Thursday. The judgment in the Chhatrapati murder case against the Dera Sacha Sauda chief will be pronounced today. NITIN MITTAL P4 HC’s cure for overburdened 185 services under RTS Act soon OPDs at PGI — Slot system Commission compiles list, to be sent to Administration for notification Ramkrishan Upadhyay Summons Director or Dy Director (Admn) for court hearing Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 10 Taking judicial notice of long queues of patients at the PGI, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has prescribed the slot system as a cure for overburdened OPDs. Asking the PGI Director or the Deputy Director (Administration) to be present during the court hearing, the Division Bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Harinder Singh Sidhu has asked him to specify the number of vacant posts. He has also been asked to specify the time for commencement of the recruitment process. The information, the Bench asserted, was necessary to ensure concentration on research by North India’s premier medical hub. Speaking for the Bench, Justice Sharma said: “The court can take judicial notice of the fact that thousands of patients visit the PGI daily. They have to stand in long queues for hours. The Director/ Deputy Director (Administration) shall apprise the court whether the slot system can be introduced to reduce the burden in the OPDs”. Around 20,000 patients from parts of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh daily visit the OPDs. One of the departments had WHAT THE BENCH SAID The court can take judicial notice of the fact that thousands of patients visit the PGI daily. They have to stand in long queues for hours. The Director/ Deputy Director (Administration) shall apprise the court whether the slot system can be introduced to reduce the burden in the OPDs. ❝ ❞ earlier experimented with the slot system, where the staffer at the registration counter pasted colour-coded slips, according to the registration of the patients. For instance, the first 100 patients registered in the morning were included in the green slot. The next 100 patients were put in the blue slot, the third group of 100 patients in the orange slot and the rest in the red slot. The patients were grouped as per colour coding. The first group of 100 patients was seen first followed by the other groups. Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 10 A year after the Ministry of Home Affairs extended the Punjab Right to Services (RTS) Act to Chandigarh, the Right to Service Commission, Chandigarh, has finalised at least 185 services to be notified under the Act soon. Sources said the services would cover all major public dealing departments such as the Estate Office, the DC’s office, Transport, the MC, the RLA, the CHB and Health. The commission has complied a list of the services offered by the departments and the timeline for the completion of the work. The list will be sent to the Administration. ESTATE OFFICE Service Stipulated time 31 days ■ Transfer on sale deed 14 days ■ Transfer on registered will 31 days ■ Transfer on unregistered will 29 days ■ Transfer on registered will outside family 29 days ■ Transfer in case of inter-state death 29 days ■ Permission for mortgage 26 days ■ No dues certificate 17 days ■ NOC for sale The sources said once the notification was issued, residents would have the right to file an appeal for any delay. If the officer concerned fails to deliver the services in the stipulated time, the Act also has a provision for imposing a penalty, which can range from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000, or disciplinary proceed- DC’S OFFICE ■ Registration of society: 7 days ■ Grant /renewal of Arms Licence: 7 days after completion of formalities ings against the officer. The applicant can be compensated from the penalty imposed on the officer. All departments will have to nominate the first appellate authority and the second appellate authority to decide appeals against a delay in providing the services. The authority can order the pub- lic servant to provide the service to the applicant or impose a penalty on the designated officer for deficiency of service. The appellate authority will also have certain powers of a civil court. The commission will hear revision applications against the orders of the appellate authority. — Justice Rajiv Sharma Another appointment and queue management system facilitates effective scheduling of appointments of patients with doctors. The system permits the doctors and nurses to view available time slots before allocating appointments accordingly. It prevents the system from fixing an appointment if the doctor is on leave, absent or busy in the operation theatre. The directions by Justice Sharma’s Bench came on a petition filed by Dr Virendra Singh against the Central Administrative Tribunal and other respondents. Safety on mind, teen cyclist moves HC Class VII student submits photographs of cycle tracks in bad shape Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 10 Riding towards safer cycle tracks, a Class VII student today approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court before suggesting the deployment of police personnel at the traffic signals for enabling cyclists to cross first. Appearing before the Bench of Justice Amol Rat- tan Singh, Shaurya Sagar Sharma of a Sector 26 school said he cycled to the school daily and understood the difficulties faced by cyclists. Accompanied by his father, Shaurya told the Bench that he cycled daily from his house in Sector 49 to the school before presenting photographs underscoring the bad condition of cycle tracks. Continued on page 3 SAYS HE UNDERSTANDS CYCLISTS’ DIFFICULTIES Appearing before the Bench of Justice Amol Rattan Singh, Shaurya Sagar Sharma of a Sector 26 school said he cycled to the school daily and understood the difficulties faced by cyclists. Accompanied by his father, Shaurya told the Bench that he cycled daily from his house in Sector 49 to the school. He suggested the deployment of police personnel at the traffic signals for enabling cyclists to cross first. HSVP land turns a haven for the mining mafia, again Dig deep into 15-acre commercial site in Sector 25-A, Panchkula; local residents say miners acitve between 11 pm and 4 am Amarjot Kaur SITE LOCATED NEXT TO THE NANDANA CHOE Tribune News Service LOHRI CELEBRATIONS: Department of Tourism at Open Hand Monument to celebrate Lohri at Capitol Complex; 5 pm PAGE 6 ITF JUNIORS CIRCUIT (GRADE-III) CHAMPIONSHIP Patriotic fervour grips Tagore Theatre during the staging of a Punjabi play on Day 4 of the Tricity Drama Festival. MAX 18.0°C | MIN 8.O°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20.0°C | MIN 6.0°C INBRIEF PAGE 5 PUNJABI PLAY ON BHAGAT SINGH WOWS AUDIENCE Chandigarh, January 10 A nearly 15-acre commercial site in Sector 25-A, Panchkula, has turned a haven for illegal mining and dumping industrial waste, with the land being dug as deep as 20 ft. Though the MC had, in November, dug trenches to prevent illegal miners from entering the property owned by the Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP), formerly HUDA, the mining mafia has made a comeback, say locals. The site is located right next to the Nandana choe and along Pir Baba Road and is about 500 metres away from the residential area of Sector 25. Till November, the area was being used to illegally mine soil and gravel, and dump shredded plastic waste by The site is located right next to the Nandana choe and along Pir Baba Road and is about 500 metres away from the residential area of Sector 25. FIR REGISTERED: DC A mining site at Sector 25-A, Panchkula, on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL paper factories in neighbouring Mubarakpur village of Punjab (which has several legal screening plants), about 8 km from the spot. Residents, fearing a back- c m y b lash from the mafia, spoke to this correspondent on condition of anonymity. “After a Panchkula DC Mukul Kumar, after meeting HSVP administrator Mukesh Ahuja and Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police on Thursday, informed The Tribune that an FIR had been registered in this regard. “We are taking a strict stance on the issue and the departments concerned have been informed,” he said. resident, in November, tweeted a complaint to Haryana Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain, the Municipal Corporation got the waste covered with soil and made trenches to stop trucks and JCBs from entering it. However, the menace has continued. In fact, the pits have started getting deeper,” said one of the residents. A local resident said they did not notice the heavy mining machines in December, but the miners were back now and active over the weekends. “They run heavy machines from 11 pm to 4 am, sometimes even till 5 am,” said the resident. When this correspondent reached the site, fresh impressions of JCB tyres and deep, irregular excavation of soil and gravel at several areas spoke volumes about the menace. A pile of plastic waste continued to smoulder, emitting a toxic smell. “Roads were built here in 2015 by the HSVP but unchecked illegal , mining and dumping of waste have resulted in a thick layer of sand gathering on them. Even the entrance road is broken,” said another resident. On visiting Mubarakpur’s 1-km stretch, which hosts four petrol pumps, nearly 15 stone crushing and screening plants, and three paper factories, this correspondent saw a similar waste (such as the one at the mining site) being loaded in a truck at a paper factory from a hole in the factory’s bricked wall. Slow action Local residents said they had shot an e-mail narrating their concerns on November 6, 2018, to the Haryana State Pollution Control Board, the Panchkula DC, the HSVP the , Continued on page 4
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