06022019-CT-01.qxd 2/6/2019 12:54 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 6 FEBRUARY 2019 | CHANDIGARH UIAMS PROPOSES TO START NEW MBA COURSE With about 45 per cent vacant faculty posts, UIAMS proposes to introduce another MBA course. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY INBRIEF YOUTH HELD FOR DAMAGING PICK-UP Chandigarh: A 22-year-old youth has been arrested for breaking the windowpane of a Mahindra pick-up and thrashing its owner. According to the police, complainant Sushant Kumar, a resident of Mauli Complex, alleged that two unknown persons broke the glass of his Mahindra pick-up that was parked near his house and also thrashed his father on February 3. The complainant’s father was injured in the incident and admitted to the GMCH, Sector 32. The police were informed about the incident, who registered a case at the Mauli Jagran police station. Later, one of the suspects, Pardeep, a resident of Phase II, Ravindra Enclave, Baltana, Zirakpur, was arrested in the case. TNS ONE BOOKED FOR ILLEGAL MINING Dera Bassi: The Mubarikpur police have registered a case in connection with illegal mining and have arrested one person. The police have seized a loaded tipper. The suspect, Sangram Singh, a resident of Panchkula district, was later released on bail. According to the police, a naka was laid near Kakrali village here on Monday. The driver, who was coming from the Ramgarh side with a gravel-loaded tipper, was signalled to stop. The police said he could not produce valid documents about the material loaded in the vehicle. A case has been registered under the Mining Act at the Dera Bassi police station. OC 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, ‘Metamorphosis’, by a team from Iceland at Tagore Theatre; 6.30 pm. TFT FEST – play “Satt Begane” by TFT Team at Navrang Theatre; 6.30 pm. FEST: MS Randhwa Fest ‘Sufi Gyan’ by Madan Gopal Singh at Randhawa Auditorium; 5.30 pm. MANDI: Sector 46, 40 and 15 MOHALI MANDI: Sector 58 NIPER BOARD OF GOVERNORS AN OFFICE OF PROFIT FOR MPS? P3 PAGE 2 SECURITY CONTRACTOR FACES SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CHARGE PAGE 3 Women staff allege sexual harassment by owner of a security agency at Asha Deep in Sector 31. MAX 19°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 23.4°C | MIN 10.7°C CONSUMER FORUM PENALISES OYO GROUP, HP HOTEL OYO Group, Himachal Pradesh hotel penalised for failure to refund booking amount to P’kula resident. SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:03 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:09 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Over 58% of city’s vehicles have come in 18 yrs Of 11,62,623 vehicles registered in Chandigarh till 2018, as many as 6,83,917 were registered during this period Amit Sharma VEHICLE CHART HEADING NORTH Chandigarh, February 5 The number of vehicles registered in Chandigarh has witnessed a steep rise in the past 18 years. Of the 11,62,623 vehicles registered with the UT Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA), 58.82 per cent were registered between 2001 and 2018. As per official records, between 45,000 and 50,000 vehicles are added to the city roads every year. Since 2001, 6,83,917 vehicles have been added to the city roads. Two-wheelers and four-wheelers comprise the maximum number of vehicles registered in the city 11,62,623 VEHICLES REGISTERED WITH RLA A total of 11,62,623 vehicles have been registered with the UT RLA till 2018, and the number is counting. every year. Till 2000, a total of 4,73,361 vehicles were registered in the city. The registration of vehicles started increasing TWO-WHEELERS TOP CHART Year Tribune News Service Of the 6,83,917 vehicles registered in the past 18 years, 3,95,548 were twowheelers and 2,70,052 four-wheelers, besides other vehicles. 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 No. of vehicles registered in UT 46,849 46,687 42,804 45,781 46,255 45,013 51,259 49,681 50,042 36,548 post-2000. In 2001, 22,739 vehicles were registered with the RLA and the number kept soaring after that. The figures of vehicle regis- Year 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 No. of vehicles registered in UT 33,566 33,256 33,777 29,697 26,979 25,667 24,318 22,739 Total 6,83,917 tration in 2018 was 46,849, of which 17,293 were fourwheelers, 28,245 were twowheelers, 997 goods vehicles, 160 buses, 139 three-wheelers 4 industrialists hit jackpot Estate Office allots ~5-cr plots for just ~50K, ~3-cr plot for ~35K on SC orders Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 5 Four industrialists in the city hit the jackpot today when they were allotted plots measuring 1 kanal and 1.5 kanal for Rs 35,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively, against the current prices of Rs 3.50 crore and Rs 5 crore. The original rates were Rs 70 per sq yard, while the current rates are around Rs 65,000 per sq yard. While three of them were allotted 1.5-kanal plots, the fourth one was allotted a 1kanal plot. Sources said the plots were allotted in the Industrial Area, Phase 1 and 2. The draw for the sites was held today at the Estate Office. The allotment was made on the direction of the Supreme Court. The court had directed the Administration to allot plots at the original price, fixed when the scheme was announced in 1982. The Administration had issued an advertisement on April 14, 1981, inviting applications from interested entrepreneurs seeking allotment of industrial plots of different sizes ranging from 10 marlas to 4 kanals. Pursuant to the advertisement, 3,735 applications were received from different parties. The screening committee of the Administration, on July 16, 1982, shortlisted 339 parties for allotment of industrial plots of different sizes after studying their project reports and conducting interviews. The 339 successful applicants, selected for the allotment of plots, were directed to deposit 25 per cent of the total cost of the plots. On November 30, 1982, for allotting specific plots, a draw of lots was held among the 339 successful allottees. As a result of the draw of lots, 57 parties were given possession of their plots in developed PAGE 5 industrial areas — Phase I and Phase II. Twenty-one parties took a refund. Seven allottees were given the option to change their plots. The remaining 254 allottees could not be given possession of the plots, allotted to them, as there were objections from the state authorities to the industrial development of the land that was covered by a notification issued in 1961, declaring the area a reserved forest. The Administration could not deliver the possession of the said land to 254 allottees, but it continued to accept the yearly instalments from the allottees. Certain allottees moved court and, finally, the Supreme court ordered the UT to allot the plots to them at the original prices. One of the allottees, 63year-old RK Mahajan, said he was delighted as after a fight of over 38 years, he had got his due. and 15 tractors. During the past 18 years, the maximum number of vehicles registered was in 2012 when 51,259 vehicles were registered followed by 2010 when 50,042 vehicles were registered. The rising number of vehicle density has led to congestion on the roads, further leading to traffic snarls. To accommodate the increasing number of vehicles, roads are being widened by the UT and many new slip roads have been constructed in the city. Harman Sidhu, president, Arrive Safe, an NGO that works for the cause of road safety, said spiralling number of vehicles had hardly left space for pedestrians to walk. “Strengthening the public transport and encouraging people to use it is the need of the hour,” he said. Your power bills are set to swell, again UT Electricity Dept to levy FPPCA charges Tribune News Service FPPCA CHARGES Chandigarh, February 5 Residents will have to pay more for power as the Electricity Department has decided to levy fuel and power purchase cost adjustment (FPPCA) charges on consumers from next month. The charges will be applicable to all types of consumers — domestic, commercial and industrial. The charges will be levied from 29 paise to a maximum of 126 paise per unit. Sources said with the decision, the consumers would have to pay 15 to 20 per cent extra, depending upon the load and consumption, in the bills to be issued from next month. The department will charge extra to recover the amount of electricity it bought during October to December Category/Units Domestic 0-150 151-400 Above 400 Commercial 0-150 151-400 Above 400 Paise per unit 29 49 54 50 55 126 2018. The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has authorised the department to charge more for fuel and power procurement cost variations. An official said the UT purchased power from various sources to meet the demand in the city. The JERC has authorised the department to compute fuel and power procurement cost variations on a quarterly basis. Excise Dept slaps tax, penalty of ~23.29 lakh Tribune News Service Mohali, February 5 The Excise and Taxation Department, Punjab, has imposed tax and penalty totalling Rs 23.29 lakh on two Mumbai-based persons, who were caught yesterday with diamond-studded gold and silver jewellery and American diamonds at the Chandigarh international airport here. JEWELLERY HAUL AT AIRPORT According to sources, excise officials have imposed 3 per cent penalty (Rs 11.57 lakh) on the total value of the jewellery, worth over Rs 3.85 crore. The tax imposed on the items is also Rs 11.57 lakh. Besides, the department has also imposed penalty and tax (Rs 7,811 each) on the total value of the diamonds, worth Rs 31.24 lakh. According to officials of the Excise and Taxation Department, Mobile Wing, Chandigarh, both suspects, Neeraj Bakulesh Jhaveri and Rushang Ramesh Mehta, have been sent to safe custody. “Both of them will be released only after the completion of all legal formalities, including deposit of the tax and penalty amount,” said an official. They were travelling on the Mumbai-Chandigarh flight when they were nabbed by excise officials along with a team of the Mohali police on a tip-off. They were carrying jewellery items, worth Rs 4.16 crore, with them without the required documents. Both of them worked for Mumbai-based Rosy Blue (India) Private Limited and they told the officials that they had brought the jewellery to show it to a local jeweller. High Court upholds ...says no to demolition in Sukhna catchment order on examining more witnesses Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 5 More than seven years after the Police Complaints Authority held that three police officers, including an SHO, grossly abused their powers, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has upheld the trial court’s order summoning additional witnesses. CASE AGAINST COPS The order by Justice Arvind Singh Sangwan came on a petition filed by Ashwani Kumar against the UT, Chandigarh, and another respondent. He was seeking the setting aside of an order dated September 13, 2017, passed by the trial court vide which the application filed by the complainant for summoning additional witnesses was allowed. The FIR in the matter was registered on October 17, 2013, for house trespass and other offences under Sections 380, 448 and 454 of the IPC at the Industrial Area police station. The Bench was told that the complainant, Sukhdeep Singh, was a ten- ant under the petitioner in a shop-cum-flat in Sector 30. He lodged the FIR on allegations that the police took forcible possession from him and took away the articles lying in the premises. Seeking the summoning of three persons, the complainant had added that he was unlawfully dispossessed from the tenanted premises in June 2011. Despite running from pillar to post, the investigation was not done properly. It was stated that one of the persons was a witness to the incident, whereas the other witnesses were regarding an inquiry conducted by the police to show the manner in which the officials failed to perform their duties. The trial court, vide an impugned order dated September 13, 2017, allowed the application. In reply to the petition, counsel for the complainant described the matter as a case of police high-handedness. After 28 months of the incident, the police registered an FIR, that too when the petitioner made various complaints to the police Continued on page 5 Chandigarh, February 5 The Punjab and Haryana High Court today applied brakes to the JCBs in the Sukhna Lake’s catchment area. As the “Save Sukhna” case came up for hearing before a Division Bench of the High Court, almost all parties to the public interest litigation agreed to put a stop to demolition of constructions carried out in the catchment area in alleged violation of the judicial orders. The resolve against demolition was in sync with amicus curiae or friend of the court Tanu Bedi’s stand of sending JCBs back during the court commissioner’s visit to the catchment area. The Division Bench of the High Court, in May 2012, had directed the states of Punjab and Haryana, along with the Chandigarh Administration, to not just stop construction activity in the lake’s catchment area, but also to demolish without notice any construction being carried out against the High Court mandate. The rain-fed lake at the foothills of the Himalayas was created way back in 1958 by damming the Sukhna choe, a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills. The High Court, in its order dated March 14, 2011, had also issued directions for restoring the lake to its former glory. The court commissioner appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to report on constructions had earlier relied upon drone images, “Google Earth Pro” timeline and the GPS system to show the carrying out of building activity in the catchment area with impunity and in complete violation of the judicial orders. Continued on page 5 PGI’s demolition move makes staff see red Community centre, houses, central workshop to make way for health facilities Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 5 In a move that has enraged employees, the PGI has planned to demolish a community centre, houses of staff and a central workshop to pave the way for the construction of a women and child care centre and a geriatrics centre. Officials said the PGI had been finding space for long for the two new projects, work on which was yet to be started. The authorities are now planning to raze these structures to start construction work. There is resentment among employees over the move. c m y b PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Employees said on January 11, sudden verbal directions were issued to the central workshop staff to shift to different areas without talking to the stakeholders. “No steps have been taken for the past two-three years for the construction of a new central workshop; rather huge funds were wasted on temporary shifting. Further, demolishing of the community centre and 40 houses is illegal. If the two new facilities are built, there will be seven establishments, including a bank, market and religious places, within 200 metres. It will spell chaos on roads in that particular area,” said Ashwani Kumar Munjal, president of the PGI Employees’ Union. Justifying the move, a senior PGI administration functionary said: “It is the need of the hour. Aren’t women and child care centre and geriatrics centre more important than old structures? The community centre is already in a dilapidated condition. We are going to build a new one. For workshop too, we are making alternative arrangements.” The union said it would hold a black flag protest against these demolitions during the visit of Union Health Minister JP Nadda for the convocation on February 9. The PGI Director, Prof Jagat Ram, told Chandigarh Tribune, “We will build the structures which we are going to demolish. We have already asked the PWD to build houses. We will ensure that all facilities are rebuilt.” A faculty member said it was the need of the hour and along with these facilities, roads would also be widened to prevent chaos.
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