29122020-CT-01.qxd 12/29/2020 12:55 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 29 DECEMBER 2020 | CHANDIGARH QILA MUBARAK HERITAGE STREET PROJECT TAKES OFF IN PATIALA The ~42-crore Qila Mubarak heritage street project will be executed by Public Works Department, Sewerage Board. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 COMMISSION FINDS FAULT WITH BANQUET CANCELLATION POLICY PAGE 3 District Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission directs CITCO to refund ~35,000 booking amount to consumer. MAX 16°C | MIN 4°C | YESTERDAY MAX 14.5°C | MIN 6.4°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5.32 PM CHD P’KULA SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7.18 AM 1,76,930 — 18,018 1,57,970 16,495 942 1,185 338 Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 108 PANCHKULA 188 MOHALI 113 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF 34-YEAR-OLD MAN CRUSHED TO DEATH Zirakpur: A 34-year-old man, Om Prakash, was crushed to death by a truck near the Metro point on the ChandigarhAmbala highway on Sunday evening. The deceased, a resident of Palsora, Sector 55, was riding a motorcycle when the accident happened. The police have informed the kin of the deceased. Investigating Officer Sukhdev Singh said: ‘’The driver fled the spot with the vehicle but the registration number of the vehicle has been noted. A case has been registered and the truck driver will be traced soon.’’ TNS WATER SUPPLY TO BE HIT IN CITY Chandigarh: The water supply in the city will be affected on Tuesday due to repair work in some areas. According to the MC, there will be routine water supply from 4 am to 9 am. However, there will be no afternoon and evening supply in Sector 1-12, 14-18, the PGI, Sector 21-A, 22-A and B, 25, the waterworks colony, Sector 39, Dadu Majra village and Maloya Colony. TNS DRIVER FOUND DEAD IN AUTO Chandigarh: A 23-year-old auto driver was found dead in an auto parked near the Golf Club on Monday. The victim has been identified as Neeraj, a resident of Ram Darbar. A passerby informed the police. He was rushed to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, where doctors declared him brought dead. The police said the body had been shifted to a mortuary and the autopsy would be conducted tomorrow. Inquest proceedings have been initiated at the Sector 3 police station. TNS Vehicles ply on the Mohali-Kharar flyover that was thrown open to the public on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY Mohali-Kharar flyover thrown open to public After several delays, 98 per cent work on the project finally completed Sanjay Bumbroo Tribune News Service Mohali, December 28 The 4.5-km-long MohaliKharar flyover, starting from the Verka chowk, was finally thrown open to the public after the completion of 98 per cent work on the project today. Now, commuters, who used to face traffic jams near the Sunny Enclave crossing, will not face any inconvenience as the flyover from Khanpur to Sunny Enclave has been connected and thrown open to the public. Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan tweeted, “Another good news of the day! The Kharar flyover project all set to meet the January 2021 dead- 2 fatalities push P’kula toll to 142 Tribune News Service Panchkula, December 28 The district witnessed two Covid fatalities during the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 142, while 13 fresh cases were reported today, taking the count to 9,919. The Civil Surgeon, Dr Jasjit Kaur, said two persons succumbed to the virus in the district. These were a 73-year-old man, a resident of Sector 9 who had comorbidities, and a 34-year-old woman, a resident of Sector 15. Among the fresh cases, one each was reported from Barwala, Sector 10, 11, 20 and 26, three from Raipur Rani and five from Sector 15. The district has so far seen 9,919 positive cases of which 9,568 patients have been cured. There are now 209 active cases. L&T BEGAN CONSTRUCTION WORK IN 2015 The NHAI had handed over the ~368-crore project to Larsen and Toubro (L&T), which began the construction of the flyover in November 2015. The project was initially planned to be completed by December 2018. Due to a delay in land acquisition and other administrative hurdles, and most recently, workforce issues amid the pandemic, the project ran behind schedule. Another good news of the day! The Kharar flyover project all set to meet the January 2021 deadline. Nearly 98 per cent of the flyover stretch ready; thrown open to the public. Girish Dayalan, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER line. Nearly 98 per cent of the flyover stretch ready; thrown open to the public today.” Divulging details, Himanshu Jain, SDM, Kharar, said commuters would not face any problem now as the flyover from Khanpur to Kharar had been completed and thrown open to the public this morning. He said now work on the 50-metre stretch of the flyover towards the Ropar side was to be completed and the deadline for it had already been fixed as January 15. He said the commuters going towards the Kurali side would have to take the diversion on the Ludhiana road to reach Ropar. The deadline for the completion of the flyover was September this year, but the work on the project was delayed due to the lockdown. The work on the project was restarted after the district administration gave approval on April 19. However, the NHAI faced a shortage of staff as most skilled labourers had returned to their native places. FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Tribune News Service Say already reeling under losses, delay in call will affect business on New Year’s Eve Health indeed the highest priority, but the ❝to be imposed,isthe decision should haveifbeennight curfew has taken much earlier. ❞ Man Mohan Singh, CHAIRMAN, HOTEL AND RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION Association of Chandigarh. He said the hospitality industry was slowly limping back to normalcy and any Miraculous escape for man as car catches fire Mohali, December 28 Gurvinder Singh, a resident of Dyalpur Sodhian near Zirakpur, had a miraculous escape as his Hyundai i20 car caught fire on the ZirakpurRajpura road this morning. According to the information, Gurvinder, who was driving the car, managed to come out of the car after breaking open a door. He said he was returning to his shop in Zirakpur after dropping his family at Rajpura. He said after witnessing smoke coming out continued on page 3 The car on fire on the Zirakpur-Rajpura road. VICKY Naina Mishra Positivity rate stays at 5.3% | No. of tests sees a dip Tribune News Service Mohali, December 28 One more fatality was witnessed due to Covid-19 in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 338. Meanwhile, 52 fresh cases came to the fore, taking the count to 18,018 in the district, while 130 more patients were cured of the disease. Among the fresh cases, 43 were reported from Mohali (urban), two each from Dera Bassi, Kharar and Kurali, and three from Dhakoli. The district has so far seen 18,018 cases of which 16,495 patients have been cured. There are now 1,185 active cases in the district. UT sees 65 new cases, 1 death CHANDIGARH: The city reported 65 fresh cases of Covid and one death on Monday, taking the UT case tally to 19,551 and the toll to 316. A total of 46 more patients recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours — TNS Chandigarh, December 28 The positivity rate of the city remained over 5 per cent for the second consecutive week. This week, the number of Covid tests dipped to 7,952 from over 10,000 recorded in the first week of December. Experts attribute it to the city residents’ reluctance to get themselves tested voluntarily. The total number of tests conducted is nearly the same as the previous month. With three days left before December ends, 35,115 tests have been conducted so far. Last month, 35,311 tests were conducted. According to UT officials, not many people are coming forward for voluntary testing DECEMBER — How the city fared CASES TESTS POSITIVITY RATE First week 704 10,475 6.7 per cent Second week 601 9,009 6.6 per cent Third week 414 7,679 5.3 per cent Fourth week 423 7,952 5.3 per cent despite their best efforts, including mobile teams at various places. “Earlier, when mobile teams were stationed at a bus stand, over 200 people used to get themselves tested voluntarily on a daily basis. The number has now reduced to 50-60. Even in OPDs, we have been receiving requests not to force Covid tests on patients,” said Dr VK Nagpal, Join Director, Health Department. As the daily average of persons tested positive is between 30 and 60 now, the testing has further dipped due to limited contact tracing. “Earlier, a majority of the tests conducted by the UT were the contacts of positive patients. As the cases have reduced, fewer contacts come forward for testing,” said Dr Amandeep Kaur Kang, Director, Health Services, UT. A disturbing sight, act against officials: AAP Tribune News Service DENSE FOG LIKELY | 4.3-MM RAINFALL IN CITY hours. The weatherman, however, said the weather was likely to remain mainly dry over the next five days. Meanwhile, the maximum temperature in the city today was 14.5°C, six degrees below normal, while the minimum temperature was 6.4°C, one degree above normal. The city recorded 4.3 mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours. Chandigarh, December 28 The indecisiveness of the UT Administration over the imposition the night curfew in the city is weighing heavy on the minds of hoteliers. Reeling under heavy losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic, hoteliers have urged the UT Administration to clarify the doubts on the issue as any decision to impose the night curfew at this stage would adversely affect their businesses. Amid fears of spread of new strain of coronavirus, which has been detected in the UK, the UT Administration has been mulling a proposal to impose the night curfew in the city for a few days during the New Year celebrations. “Health indeed is the highest priority, but if the night curfew has to be imposed, the decision should have been taken much earlier,” said Man Mohan Singh, chairman, Hotel and Restaurant One more fatality, For 2nd week in a row, UT 52 cases in Mohali does well on Covid front Braceforseverecoldwave Chandigarh, December 28 Brace for cold to severe cold wave conditions in the tricity during the next three to four days. According to the Chandigarh Meteorological Department, the minimum temperature during this period is expected to be below 4°C at a few places and below 2°C at isolated places. Dense to very dense fog is likely at a few places at night and in the early morning TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD Clear air on night curfew, city hoteliers urge Admn MOHALI 1,37,791 — 9,919 — 9,568 — 209 142 PAGE 3 Day after poll, BJP' Goyal spends time with wife, while Congress' Ahluwalia participates in party's foundation day. TRICITY COVID REPORT SAMPLES TESTED 1,77,441 SAMPLES REJECTED 895 POSITIVE 19,551 NEGATIVE 1,56,995 RECOVERED 18,856 REPORTS AWAITED – ACTIVE 379 DEATHS 316 P'KULA MAYORAL CANDIDATES EXUDE CONFIDENCE OF VICTORY Visitors enjoy a walk at Sukhna Lake amid cloudy weather in Chandigarh on Monday. c m y b RAVI KUMAR Chandigarh, December 28 Reacting to Chandigarh Tribune’s report on a woman who crawled to a polling station for Panchkula MC elections, Prem Garg, Convenor, AAP said the , incident was disturbing. He sought action against officials concerned. In a press statement, he said all officials present on duty at the polling station in Sector 17, Panchkula, must be taken to task for human rights violations. “It’s THE TRIBUNE IMPACT Woman crawls to a polling station disgusting and inhuman. How those present there could be so continued on page 3 short-notice decision would cause considerable losses to the units endeavouring to continued on page 3 2 arrested with ~2.5-cr heroin Mohali, December 28 The Mohali police have arrested two persons with 500-gm heroin. “The heroin is valued around ~2.5 crore in the international market. A car used for smuggling heroin was also seized from the suspects near Saneta village,” said Mohali SSP Satinder Singh. The suspects have been identified as Vinay and Ankush, both residents of Samalkha village. A case under the NDPS Act was registered against them at the Sohana police station yesterday. The preliminary interrogation of the suspects revealed that the duo was involved in bringing heroin from Delhi and Haryana and they used to supply it in Chandigarh, Mohali and nearby areas. The police said two cases under the NDPS Act were already registered against Vinay in Ambala. He was out on a bail in one of the cases. — TNS 2 purses stolen from car at lake chandigarh, December 28 An unknown person stole two woman purses from a car stationed at the Sukhna Lake parking lot. The complainant, a Panchkula resident, told the police that she, along with a friend, had gone for a walk at Sukhna Lake on December 27. She said she had parked her car at the paid parking lot near the lake. When she returned, she found that the car’s window was open and both their purses were stolen. A case was registered at the Sector 3 police station. — TNS Bid to break open ATM chandigarh, December 28 Some miscreants made an attempt to break open an ATM at Dadu Majra. According to the police, complainant Nirmal Kumar said some unknown persons tried to break open an HDFC ATM near his shop on Sunday. A case was registered at the Maloya police station and an investigation has been initiated. The police said CCTV footage of nearby areas was being scrutinised to identify the accused. — TNS
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