05022019-CT-01.qxd 2/5/2019 1:19 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 5 FEBRUARY 2019 | CHANDIGARH SKIT BY TRAFFIC MARSHALS HIGHLIGHTS ROAD SAFETY UT DGP Sanjay Beniwal inaugurates National Road Safety Week at Government College in Sector 46. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY PAGE 3 PAGE 4 PATIALA ASI SHOOTS HIMSELF ACCIDENTALLY, DIES Mystery shrouds death of Assistant Sub-Inspector Jagjit Singh after he was found dead on his birthday in Patiala. MAX 21°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20.8°C | MIN 7.7°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:02 PM PAGE 5 MORE THAN 200 PLOTS TO BE E-AUCTIONED IN PANCHKULA HSVP will soon hold mega auctions of commercial as well as residential properties in the city. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:10 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Come Feb 15, 4-wheelers outside PU boys’ hostels to be towed away Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 4 Panjab University (PU) today decided that after February 15, four-wheelers parked outside boys’ hostels will be towed away. The Chandigarh Police will be asked to tow away the vehicles. Till February 15, an awareness drive will be carried out in this regard. A meeting, chaired by the Dean Students Welfare (DSW), Prof Emanuel Nahar, which was attended by wardens, representatives from the PU Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) and a security officer, decided that sign- INBRIEF 18-YR-OLD YOUTH COMMITS SUICIDE Mohali: An 18-year-old youngster allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in Jagatpura village here. The victim, identified as Robin, was staying with his brother Dinesh in the village. According to the police, Robin was mentally unstable and was under treatment. The police said Dinesh saw his brother hanging with a rope in their rented accommodation. On a complaint of Dinesh, the police have initiated inquest proceedings at the Phase 11 police station. TNS POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 2 pm: Parts of Sec 24 11 am to 5 pm: Parts of Sec 21-A TRICITY FUEL PRICES PETROL DIESEL CHANDIGARH ~66.62 ~62.40 PANCHKULA ~71.18 ~65.13 MOHALI ~76.44 ~66.15 WHAT’S ON CHANDIGARH PUPPET PLAY: Department of UT Cultural Affairs - International puppet play, ‘Shravan Kumar’, by Indian team at Tagore Theatre; 6.30 pm. PLAY: TFT Fest play, ‘Sayyian Bhaye Kotwal’, by MACC, Kurukshetra, at Navrang Theatre; 6.30 pm. SYMPOSIUM: MS Randhawa Fest - ‘ Multilingual poetic symposium at Randhawa Auditorium; 5.30 pm. APNI MANDI: Sec 43 & 45 MOHALI APNI MANDI: Sec 70 boards should be provided by the wardens of Boys’ Hostel No. 1 to 7 in front of the hostels regarding tow-away zones. The tow-away zones include the road in front of Boys’ Hostel No. 1 to 3, from Gate No. 1 to Parade Ground, the road in front of Boys’ Hostel No. 4 and 5, from the cricket ground to Ankur School, and the road in front of Boys’ Hostel No. 6 and 7, from College Bhawan to Sports Hostel. According to the minutes of the meeting, a list of unclaimed vehicles parked in the hostel parking or in front of hostels be provided to the DSW so that the same can be sent to the Chief of University Security for removing the vehicles. It was also decided that the Executive Engineer of the university will get the red line marked on tow-away zones. The Chief of University Security will provide three security guards at tow-away zones so that no one parks a vehicle on these roads. “Wardens are requested to give directions to residents not to park their four-wheelers on the road in front of their hostels,” state the minutes. Earlier, a PU panel, headed continued on page 3 WHAT THEY SAY ❝The decision on ❝Vehicles should not beheavy is forThe mandate ❝ making the opening Gate towed away. It will incur a Number 4 near the Department of Laws will be taken in the next phase. ❞ Prof Emanuel Nahar, DSW to park their cars at designated parking places. Gate Number 4 should be opened as it will ease traffic. Vipul Atray, JOINT SECY, PUCSC Diamonds, jewellery worth ~4.16 crore seized at airport Tribune News Service Mohali, February 4 Sleuths of the Excise and Taxation Department, Punjab, along with the Mohali police, seized diamond-studded gold jewellery items and cut and polished diamonds, worth Rs 4.16 crore, from two Mumbai-based passengers at the Chandigarh international airport here today. The passengers, identified as Neeraj Bakulesh Jhaveri and Rushang Ramesh Mehta, were travelling on the Mumbai-Chandigarh flight, which landed here this morning. Shalin Walia, Assistant Commissioner of State Tax, Mobile Wing, Chandigarh, said the suspects were intercepted on a tip-off. “They were carrying the jewellery items and diamonds without documents, required to enter the Punjab area,” said Walia. He said both persons belonged to Mumbai-based THIRD SUCH CASE This was the third major catch since the implementation of the GST Act wherein gold jewellery and precious gems have been transported in violation of the statutory provisions of law. Earlier, excise sleuths had confiscated jewellery items, worth around ~4.75 crore, from a person in November 2017. In November last year, an excise team had caught a passenger, carrying such items, worth around ~6 crore. The jewellery items that were seized from two passengers at the Chandigarh airport. Rosy Blue (India) Private Limited. “They told us that they brought the jewellery items here to show these to a local jeweller, but failed to produce the required documents,” said the official. While the Excise Department has issued a notice under Section 129 of the SGST/CGST Act, the Mohali police have registered a DDR against the duo at the Airport police station. Inspector HS Bal, SHO of the Airport police station, confirmed that a DDR had been registered and further investigations were on. Walia said the department would impose a penalty and Fog grounds 3 flights, delays 15 Tribune News Service Mohali, February 4 Three flights were cancelled and 15 delayed due to fog at the Chandigarh international airport here today. The Chandigarh-Sharjah flight departed late by an hour from the airport due to poor visibility. However, the flight from Sharjah to Mohali landed on time. Other flights, including Chandigarh-Kolkata, Chandigarh-Delhi and ChandigarhMumbai, were delayed by around four hours. EXPECT SOME RELIEF FROM FOG TODAY Earlier, the flights from Delhi, Pune and Kullu to Mohali were cancelled due to bad weather. According to sources at the local airport, poor visibility left nearly 200 flights stranded at the Delhi airport till 11 am, which also upset the schedule of several continued on page 3 Chandigarh: Two days after witnessing dense fog, there will be some relief for city residents as the weatherman has predicted shallow fog on Tuesday morning. According to the Chandigarh Met Department, there will be shallow fog on Tuesday and thereafter there are chances of light rain on February 6 and 7. “The shallow fog will not have any adverse affect on the operation of rail services or flights,” said an official. There is, however, forecast of fog on February 9 and 10. Chandigarh, February 4 The city Mayor and senior officers were taken aback today when representatives from 13 UT villages alleged that MC officials were demanding a bribe of Rs 50,000 for allowing illegal construction and Rs 200 for keeping cattle (per head). A meeting of former sarpanches of all villages that recently came under the jurisdiction of the MC was called by Mayor Rajesh Kalia to address civic issues, but they alleged that officials were asking for a bribe for several works in their villages. During the meeting at the MC office, a village representative alleged that some officials were taking Rs 50,000 as bribe for allowing a single illegal construction in the village. continued on page 3 Chandigarh Mayor Rajesh Kalia, along with officers, listens to villagers’ problems in Chandigarh on Monday. PRADEEP TEWARI c m y b tax on the total value of the confiscated items. “There will be 3 per cent penalty and 3 per cent tax on the total value of the items. We will also summon the governmentapproved evaluator tomorrow to ascertain the exact value of the jewellery items,” said the official. ❞ PUCSC Sec 40 1-kanal plot fetches ~4.55 crore ‘Drunk’ bus driver hits 3 pedestrians Admn finds few takers for commercial sites Tribune News Service Ramkrishan Upadhyay Chandigarh, February 4 Three pedestrians were injured, two of them seriously, after they were hit by a recklessly-driven school bus at Daria last night. The bus also hit an Activa scooter, a rehri and a car. The bus driver was reportedly drunk. Tribune News Service Two passengers were carrying the items on Mumbai-city flight campus fourwheeler-free. Efforts should be made for achieving the goal, but little is being done in this direction, Gate 4 should be opened soon. — Kanupriya, PRESIDENT, ❞ ~50,000 for allowing illegal construction, ~200 for keeping cattle Tribune News Service ❞ away on students. ❝Towingshouldcould incur a heavy costand ask them Rather we make students aware MC officials seeking bribe, villagers tell Mayor Sandeep Rana cost on hostellers. Rather they should be motivated to park their four-wheelers at designated parking places. Daler Singh, VICE-PRESIDENT, PUCSC Chandigarh, February 4 A one-kanal plot in Sector 40 here fetched Rs 4.55 crore in the first phase of the auction that concluded today. While the UT Administration received an overwhelming response for residential properties, it failed to attract bidders for commercial and industrial plots. There were 10 residential sites up for grabs in the first phase of the auction, held by the UT Estate Office after a decade. The reserve price for the one-kanal plot was fixed at Rs 3.71 crore. In the auction, a 10-marla plot in Sector 40 was sold for Rs 2.95 crore. A five-marla plot in Sector 32 was auctioned for Rs 1.77 crore. A 14marla plot in Sector 37 was sold for Rs 3.88 crore. The Estate Office had decided to auction 43 residential and 30 commercial sites in a phased manner. Three sites for nursing homes and an industrial plot are also up for grabs. Mandip Singh Brar, Deputy Commissioner-cum- RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY Place Area Auction price in crores (~) Sector 40 10 marla 2.95 Sector 32 5 marla 1.77 Sector 38 5 marla 1.71 Sector 37 10 marla 3.11 Sector 40 10 marla 3.07 Also rams into scooter, rehri, car Estate officer, said the second phase of the auction would be held soon. The reserve price has been fixed as per the prevailing collector rates. Among all commercial properties, the Estate Office could sell only one booth. Kamaljit Singh Panchhi, chairman, Property Consultant Association, said the Estate Office failed to get the desired response for commercial properties as these were offered on a leasehold basis, that too at the collector rates, which was very high. The last auction of properties was held in 2009. A onekanal plot was auctioned for Rs 4.06 crore. According to the police, the school bus, that was being driven by Suraj, hit the pedestrians — Nitin, a native of Tamil Nadu and Sagar and Ajit, both residents of Noida, Uttar Pradesh — before hitting a rehri, an Activa scooter and a car. School students were not in the bus at the time of the accident. The police said the injured were employees of a private company in Delhi and they were supposed to catch a train from the railway station. “The injured had gone to Shimla for sightseeing. They were supposed to catch a continued on page 3 Thar driver has a field day as cops’ chase goes in vain With 98 road accident deaths, 2018 toll lowest in 22 years Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 4 The city witnessed 98 road accident deaths during 2018, the lowest in the past at least 22 years. Rash driving was behind 93.72 per cent road accidents reported from the city last year. Of the 316 road accident cases registered in the city, 293 were due to rash driving. A road crash analysis done by the Road Safety Cell of the traffic police states that the number of deaths reported last year was the lowest in the past 22 years. The city saw a fall in road accident deaths in comparison to 2017 when 107 persons had died in road accidents. While 342 accidents were reported in 2017, the number fell to 316 in 2018. According to the police, of the 316 accidents, 219 were non-fatal and 97 fatal. Of the total accidents, 293 were due to rash driving, while 12 were caused due to drunken driving, 10 due to red light jumping and one due to wrongside driving. Among the road accident deaths, 40.81 per cent were Chandigarh, February 4 A Thar driver has been booked by the UT police following a traffic inspector’s complaint after the driver was found driving rashly and jumping red lights, risking the life of other commuters on the road. Traffic cops chased him for around 4 km, but he managed to speed away. Jumps four red lights, drives on wrong lane before fleeing Sources said Inspector Sri Prakash, in-charge, Traffic (South-West Zone), was returning from a naka around 7 pm on February 3 when a rashly-driven Thar (PB 65 AK 9057) jumped the red light near the Judicial Academy in Sector 43. The police started chasing the vehicle and signalled him to stop. However, he again jumped the red light. The Thar driver then drove on the continued on page 5 Amit Sharma Tribune News Service THE FIGURES TOTAL ACCIDENTS REPORTED FATAL ACCIDENTS NON-FATAL ACCIDENTS NO. OF DEATHS NO. OF PEOPLE INJURED 316 97 219 98 300 MOST VICTIMS WERE IN 15-40 AGE GROUP REASONS THAT LED TO THE ACCIDENTS Age group 0-15 15-40 40-60 Above 60 Cause of accident Rash driving Drunken driving Red light jumping Wrong-side driving No. of deaths 6 46 29 17 two-wheeler riders, 35.71 per cent were pedestrians, while 11.22 per cent were cyclists. Among the 98 people who died on city roads, 83 were male, while the remaining 15 were females. According to the study, 149 accidents took place after the vehicles were hit from the side, which left 50 people dead and 140 injured. Similarly, 108 accidents took place after the victims were hit from the rear, which led to the death of 35 persons and left 87 injured. Interestingly, only 41 acci- Percentage 92.72 3.79 3.16 0.31 dents took place due to headon collision that left eight dead and 57 injured. The remaining 18 accidents took place due to various other reasons, including hit-and-run, with parked vehicle and collision with a fixed object on the roadside. “A majority of the road accidents could have been averted had people driven sensibly,” said a police official. The maximum deaths were reported in March when 15 people died followed by January and December when 11 people each died.
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