16012019-CT-01.qxd 1/16/2019 1:15 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 16 JANUARY 2019 | CHANDIGARH PANJAB UNIVERSITY SLIPS 20 NOTCHES IN TIMES RANKINGS PAGE 2 PU slips to 150th rank in Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF 3-YR-OLD FALLS TO DEATH Mohali: A three-year-old girl died after falling from the third floor of an under-construction building at Motemajra village here on Monday. The victim, identified as Seema, was playing on the third floor at the time of incident. The victim’s father, Nand Lal, was working as a mason in the building. TNS MAN BORROWS MOBILE, FLEES Chandigarh: An Activa-borne miscreant escaped after borrowing a mobile phone from a person at Sector 38 on Tuesday morning. Complainant Pawan reported that he had gone for a morning walk when a miscreant approached him near Shahpur Colony and asked for his mobile phone to make an urgent call. The complainant gave his mobile phone to the suspect, who sped away with the mobile phone. The police were informed about the incident, who are looking into the matter. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL DIESEL CHANDIGARH ~66.62 ~61.44 MOHALI ~76.20 ~65.28 WHAT’S ON CHANDIGARH CAMPAIGN: Fuel conservation awareness campaign by PCRA at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18; 11 am. SEMINAR: PU Campus Students’ Council to organise a seminar on ‘Youth and Politics’ at Golden Jubilee Hall, PU; 11 am. WORKSHOP: Orientation workshop on ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ at the English Department auditorium, PU; 2:30 pm. APNI MANDI: Apni Mandi will be held at Sector 46, 40 and 15 PANCHKULA SEMINAR: Panchkula Municipal Corporation to organise a one-day seminar on “Financial Literacy and Sustainable Entrepreneurship”; Community Centre, Sector 12-A; 10 am to 2 pm. PAGE 3 FIELD WOMAN FROM CITY FOR LS SEAT: EX-MAYOR TO RAHUL Ex-Mayor Poonam Sharma urges Rahul Gandhi to field woman candidate for Chandigarh LS seat. MAX 19°C | MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17.8°C | MIN 4.5°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:45 PM Sohana residents allege partiality on part of Local Government Dept, protest over water scarcity. SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:19 AM FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARH TRIBUNE Chaos runs supreme on Madhya Marg as ‘ill-planned’ move leaves roads choked, commuters harassed Green corridor made me see red Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 15 The “ill-planned” decision of the UT traffic police to introduce two-hour traffic diversions on various roads, including Madhya Marg, spelt chaos today, leaving commuters confused, harassed and infuriated. The aim behind the move was to ease traffic snarls in the city. However, the situation turned even worse. Traffic jams on roads were more as compared to other days. Hemant Singh Rana WILL PLAN CHANGES TO STREAMLINE IT: SSP It was the first day of ❝initiative, that too on a the trial basis. We will plan some changes to streamline it. Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam on Madhya Marg; and (below) the vehicle of a Punjab minister being asked to move back from a cycle track after it tried to avoid a traffic jam in Sector 28, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MANOJ MAHAJAN ❞ Shashank Anand, SSP (TRAFFIC) 118 COPS MANNED STRETCH As many as 118 police personnel were deployed on the stretch to manage the traffic. However, their presence could not provide the much-needed relief to the commuters, who were left bewildered. Although commuters got a free way from the Housing Board light point, the traffic moved at a snail’s pace up to the Transport light point. The commuters still had to wait at the Transport light point for several minutes, defeating the purpose of the initiative. Vehicles coming towards the Transport light point from the Sector 28 side in the morning further added to the chaos as the commuters were turned towards the grain market chowk, that was already clogged. Serpentine queues were witnessed between the Transport light point up to the Sector 18/19/7/8 roundabout on Madhya Marg. The grain continued on page 5 SUV CAUGHT ON CYCLE TRACK traffic ❝I feel theto do police failed ❝The move, which was aimed their homework. The trial run ended in utter chaos, which is not witnessed even during usual days. Manpreet Singh at easing the traffic movement, led to confusion, putting commuters at the receiving end. Vishal Dhiman CHANDIGARH TRAFFIC POLICE DECIDE TO SUSPEND INITIATIVE In the evening, the UT traffic police issued a statement saying that a feedback was collected from the public and traffic cops deputed on the stretch and they were analysing the problems faced by the public and the suggestions given by it. From Wednesday, the traffic movement will remain normal as per the earlier regulations. ❞ ❞ Hit by vehicle, 2 bikers killed The victims, hailing from Uttarakhand, were waiters Tribune News Service FROM TEHRI GARHWAL Chandigarh, January 15 Two persons riding a motorcycle were killed after they were hit by a Tempo Traveller near the Sector 45/46/49/50 light point on January 14. According to the police, the complainant, Constable Preetam, who is posted at the Sector 49 police station, reported that a rashly-driven Tempo Traveller hit a motorcycle near the Sector 45/46/49/50 light point. The motorcycle rider, Gambhir Prasad (27), and the pillion rider, Davinder (42), were waiters and natives of Tehri Garhwal district in Uttarakhand. . The motorcycle rider, Gambhir Prasad (27), and the pillion rider, Davinder (42), both waiters and natives of Tehri Garhwal district in Uttarakhand, were seriously injured. They were on the way from Mohali to Burail. They were taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, where doctors declared Gambhir brought dead, while Davinder succumbed to his injuries during treatment. The police said the Tempo Traveller driver had been identified as Bahadur Singh. A case was registered against him under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A of the IPC at the Sector 49 police station. He was arrested and later released on bail. STUDENTS TO BE ACCOMMODATED IN NEW BUILDING AT RAIPUR KALAN a problem of ❝The school hasand there are excessive strength Chandigarh, January 15 After Chandigarh Tribune highlighted the plight of students of Government Model High School, Vikas Nagar, who were forced to sit on the floor in corridors in the biting cold, the Education Department acted swiftly by sending Deputy District Education Officer Renu Puri to the less rooms to accommodate the students. However, the problem will be solved as a new building at Raipur Kalan will be ready by April and students will be accommodated in it. We have directed the school head to take measures to cope with the winter and not make students sit in corridors. — Anujit Kaur, DEO THE TRIBUNE IMPACT ❞ In a report, the school head stated that the students were adjusted inside classrooms only. However, State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) Director It wasn’t a the usual Tuesday for people like me putting up on Madhya Marg as the green corridor made many see red. While the corridor certainly provided a free thoroughfare for people moving to and fro Panchkula and Chandigarh, those living along it were left confused, harassed and caught up in traffic snarls. Many were seen arguing with traffic policemen as they couldn’t reach their respective destinations in time due to several detours. My ordeal on the route began early morning as I boarded an auto-rickshaw near the Sector 26 police post around 8.30 am with my twin daughters to drop them at their school in Sector 27. The auto-rickshaw driver would have taken a right turn from the Transport light point towards Madhya Marg and reached the school in five minutes. However, a traffic policeman, who looked as confused as commuters, directed the traffic towards the Railway light point. A gentleman was seen arguing with the cop that why he should be taking a detour when his office was just 100 metres away. Nobody had an answer. Now, we were on the green corridor with no clue from where to come back on Madhya Marg. However, to our relief, we saw commuters making use of an opening left by a few missing grills on the divider to be on the other side. Though it was risky, it was worth taking to cut short the ordeal that we were caught in. Soon, we were on the right side and reached the school in a few minutes. What would have been a five-minute journey from my home turned a 40-minute ordeal, thanks to the “ill-conceived corridor” by the “ill-prepared” Chandigarh Administration. An SUV bearing a red beacon with a Punjab Police escort was stuck in a traffic jam at the grain market chowk. The driver tried to cross through a cycle track. However, the police made the SUV driver reverse it though a challan should have been issued to the VIP. Rajesh Kalia MORE TROUBLE FOR BJP MAYOR CHOICE Saloni Gupta, Civil Judge, Junior Division, Chandigarh, has directed the Municipal Corporation to attach the salary of Rajesh Kalia, a BJP councillor and candidate for the post of Mayor, in a cheque-bounce case. SEE PAGE 3 Dy DEO visits Vikas Nagar school; head told not to make students sit on the floor in biting cold school to take cognisance of the matter today. The school authorities told the official that a teacher took the exam in the corridors for 10 minutes only. TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD Diversion plan goes haywire, suspended Day after, dept warms up to students’ plight Tribune News Service PAGE 5 SOHANA RESIDENTS FACE WATER SHORTAGE, PROTEST Surender S Dahiya, who also went to the school as part of a routine visit today, said, “Some classes were being run from corridors. The school has made arrange- ments so that the students don’t suffer, but as there are less rooms to accommodate the overall strength, the school is left with no option.” District Education Officer c m y b Anujit Kaur said, “The school has a problem of excessive strength and there are less rooms to accommodate the students. However, the problem will be solved as a new building at Raipur Kalan will be ready by April and students will be accommodated in it. We have directed the school head to take measures to cope with the winter and not make students sit in corridors.” Yesterday, Chandigarh Tribune had found students sitting in corridors while taking lessons and writing a test. There are 3,267 students in the school with only 30 rooms for instructional purposes. To accommodate such a huge strength of students, the school also runs in a double shift. Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam on one side of the road while the other side wears a deserted look on Madhya Marg. MANOJ MAHAJAN
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