01012021-CT-01.qxd 1/1/2021 12:50 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 1 JANUARY 2021 | CHANDIGARH PU SYNDICATE TERM COMES TO AN END, OVER TO VC NOW PAGE 2 For the first time, the university will now function without the governing bodies — Senate and Syndicate. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA SAMPLES TESTED 1,81,186 SAMPLES REJECTED 904 POSITIVE 19,748 NEGATIVE 1,60,534 RECOVERED 19,045 REPORTS AWAITED 97 ACTIVE 386 DEATHS 317 MOHALI 1,40,051 1,78,566 — — 9,985 18,184 — 1,59,804 9,629 16,744 — 578 214 1,100 142 340 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 94 PANCHKULA 251 MOHALI 113 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF CHEQUE STOLEN, GIVEN IN BANK MOHALI-KHARAR FLYOVER NEW YEAR GIFT TO RESIDENTS: CAPT PAGE 2 Says it will pave way for further economic development of region, ease perpetual traffic congestion along the route. MAX 16°C | MIN 4°C | YESTERDAY MAX 16.3°C | MIN 2.7°C SUNSET FRIDAY 5.34 PM Mohali police nab two members of a gang on charge of preparing fake Aadhaar cards, driving licences, RCs. SUNRISE SATURDAY 7.19 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD Deepankar Sharda Tribune News Service Tribune News Service 2021—Hope of a new dawn Covid norms go for a toss as residents throng eateries, discos to ring in the New Year Chandigarh, December 31 City residents bid adieu to the Covid-hit 2020 by thronging their favourite places on New Year’s Eve. Contrary to expectations, a huge rush of people was witnessed at the Sector 17 Plaza, restaurants, discotheques, Elante Mall and markets of Sector 7, 8, 9, 35 and 43. Though the UT police launched a drive to challan people for not wearing a mask, social distancing norms went for a toss at a majority of the above-mentioned places. “We didn’t expect such a huge rush this time. Though there’s a dip in the number of Covid cases in the city, people should have taken some precautions,” said a cop deployed in Sector 17. (Clockwise from above) Youngsters celebrate the New Year at a disco in Chandigarh on Thursday night; long queues of vehicles near the Tribune roundabout; and a band performs at the Chandigarh Club on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: PRADEEP TEWARI, NITIN MITTAL Despite the fear of Covid, restaurants and discotheques in the city received a decent footfall. “The response was good. We were not expecting much crowd due to the Covid fear among masses. However, youngsters came in a good number to enjoy the evening and welcome the New Year with positive vibes,” said Raj Thakur, manager, Tamzaraa Kafe. continued on page 2 TRAFFIC CHAOS ON ROADS Drunken driving nakas by the UT police led to chaos on roads in Sector 9, 17, 22, 26 and 35, the Industrial Area, the Tribune chowk and other parts of the city. MC clears way for upgrade of waste plant by private firm 41 new cases, no Cong councillors clamp thalis over increase in water rates death in Mohali Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service MOHALI: A total of 41 fresh Covid cases surfaced in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 18,184. No death due to the disease was witnessed during this period, while 93 more patients recovered from the virus. Among the fresh cases, 38 were reported from Mohali (urban) and one each from Dera Bassi, Kharar and Lalru. —TNS 21 fresh cases in Panchkula PANCHKULA: The district on Thursday reported 21 fresh cases of coronavirus, taking the tally to 9,985. The Covid toll remained at 142. While 9,629 patients have recovered from the infectious disease so far, 214 cases are still active. The recovery rate of the district stands at 96.43 per cent. — TNS FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Medical store owner attacked, robbed of ~2.5 lakh in Mohali Decent footfall at eateries, discotheques in city Chandigarh: A case of theft has been registered at the Maloya police station on a complaint of Colonel Jasdeep Singh (retd), a resident of Sector 38 (West), who alleged that his cheque was stolen and presented in HDFC Bank for ~4.52 crore. The police have initiated an investigation into the case. TNS PAGE 2 TWO OF GANG ARRESTED FOR PREPARING FAKE RCs Chandigarh, December 31 Amid thumping of “thalis” by Congress councillors over the issue of increase in the water rates, the Municipal Corporation House today cleared the way for the upgrade and maintenance of the garbage processing plant in Sector 25 by a private agency. It also gave nod to inviting expression of interest on “as-is-where-is basis.” The interested parties may submit their proposals to the Executive Engineer (Solid Waste Management), MC, by January 15 till 5 pm. The agencies meeting the criteria will be invited to present their proposals. The plant was installed in 2008 by Jaypee Associates on 10 acres. The possession of the plant was taken over by the corporation in June this year. After taking over the plant, it got a survey of the machinery conducted The MC House meeting in progress on Thursday. PRADEEP TEWARI ~74-CR RECARPETING WORKS IN NEXT FISCAL ■ Nearly ~74-crore road recarpeting work, including in parking lots, for the next fiscal ■ Waiving interest on property tax for the period from November 22, 2004, to March 31, 2006, in the case of temporary sheds in through the IIT, Roorkee, to assess its current state. A team of experts visited the plant on July 9. The IIT, Roorkee, had recommended setting up of a 500-tonne per day (TPD) Industrial Area, Phase I and II ■ Property tax exemption to institutional/charitable trust ■ Providing public health and firefighting service at underconstruction cattle and dog pound in Raipur Kalan plant for the treatment of dry and wet waste. It found that all machines were already 12 years old, which is practically the lifespan of such machines. It stated that both continued on page 2 Mohali, December 31 Three unidentified robbers attacked a medical store owner near his house in Phase IX, causing injuries on his arm and face, and decamped with a bag containing ~2.5 lakh. In his statement to the police, Puneet Goyal, the victim, stated that he was returning to his house by his car after closing his shop in Sector 71 around 10 pm. When he reached near a temple, he felt if someone was following him. He stated that when he reached near his house and parked his car, three youths, who had their faces covered, came there on a motorcycle. He stated that one of them was sitting on a motorcycle while two youths holding a rod and a hammer opened the door of his car and started attacking him. Goyal stated that one of the youths ran to the other side of the car and picked up a bag containing cash lying on the front seat. He said the two youths fled from the spot, along with their accomplice who was waiting on the bike. The complainant stated ATTACKERS WILL BE NABBED SOON: POLICE The police have taken a recording of the CCTV footage for investigation. The culprits will be arrested soon. Deep Kamal, DSP ❝ ❞ that as he raised the alarm, his neighbours came out of their homes but the robbers had fled by then. He added that the whole incident was captured on a CCTV installed at his house. Goyal said he informed the matter to the police control room after which a PCR van arrived there. He said his younger brother rushed him to a hospital for treatment. The Phase VIII police station has registered a case against the unidentified accused. The investigation officer, accompanied by the SHO of the police station, went to the hospital and recorded the victim’s statement. NITIN MITTAL Congress picks Babla to contest Mayor’s post MINIMUM TEMPERATURE 2.7°C Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 31 The city Congress today announced councillor Devinder Singh Babla its candidate for the Mayor’s seat. The mayoral elections are scheduled to be held on January 8. While councillor Ravinder Kaur Gujral was declared the party’s Senior Deputy Mayor candidate, councillor Satish Kainth will be contesting for the post of Deputy Mayor. The ruling BJP is yet to decide its candidates. At present, councillors Arun Sood, Shakti Prakash Devshali, Maheshinder Singh Sidhu and Ravi Kant Sharma are the front runners for the post of Mayor. The Mayor is elected for a one-year term from among the elected councillors in the General House. There are a total of 27 votes — 26 of elected councillors and one of ex officio member, who is the city MP The BJP has 20 . councillors in the MC House, the Congress five and the SAD one. 3 bike-borne youths chase victim, target him near his house Commuters brave fog on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway. City colder than Shimla Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 31 The city today recorded the lowest minimum temperature of this season. The minimum temperature today dropped to 2.7°C, which is three notches below normal, making it the coldest night so far in December. The night was even colder than Shimla, which recorded the minimum temperature of 3°C. Last year, the lowest minimum temperature was 2.9°C on December 29, while the maximum temperature was 16.3°C, which was four notches below normal. Meanwhile, the first day of the year is expected to be partly cloudy while January 2 and 3 are likely to see thundershowers/light rain, as per the Meteorological Department. CM meets new P’kula Mayor Panchkula, December 31 Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today met newly elected Panchkula Mayor Kulbhushan Goyal and councillors at his official residence in Chandigarh. On the occasion, Haryana Speaker and local MLA Gian Chand Gupta, former Cabinet Minister and election incharge of the BJP Capt Abhi, manyu, co-election in-charge and Yamunanagar Mayor continued on page 2 No night curfew in Mohali from today Mohali, December 31 Considering the recent downtrend in Covid-19 cases, the district administration today ordered that there would be no night curfew from January 1. Mohali District Magistrate Aashika Jain ordered that restrictions regarding night curfew (10 pm to 5 am) in all cities/towns and closing of hotels, restaurants and marriage palaces, etc by 9.30 pm continued on page 2 UT vaccine dry run tomorrow 4-BHK flat at IT Park likely to cost ~2.75 crore Chandigarh, December 31 The UT Administration will conduct a dry run for the Covid-19 vaccination programme on January 2. As per the Centre’s instructions, the UT will conduct the dry run to check the preparedness of the Health Department for the vaccination programme. The department has already selected a few sites for the mock drive, which will test the mechanism for the programme. During the exercise, each site will have 25 pre-registered persons on the CoWIN portal, called through an SMS. They will be verified, “mockvaccinated” and observed for Dushyant Singh Pundir CHB SCHEME 728 flats to come up under project to be launched soon Tribune News Service 30 minutes before being allowed to leave. The process will provide an insight into gaps or lacunae in vaccine distribution and administration, if any, so that these can be addressed before rolling out the vaccination drive. —TNS ONE DEATH, 39 MORE TEST POSITIVE IN CITY Chandigarh: The city on Thursday reported 39 new cases of Covid and one death, raising the infection tally to 19,748 and toll to 317. There are 386 active cases in the city. TNS Chandigarh, December 31 The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) is likely to fix a whopping ~2.75 crore as the price of a four-bedroom flat in a general housing scheme to be launched at Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Information Technology Park (IT Park). The Board of Directors, CHB, had already given inprinciple approval to the scheme to be launched in March or April. Under the scheme, the CHB will construct 728 flats of different categories, including two-bedroom, c m y b FLAT RATE Category 4 bedroom 3 bedroom 2 bedroom three-bedroom and four-bedroom, in seven-storey towers. The towers will have two basements with the provision for parking of two cars for each flat in addition to sur- Expected cost ~2.75 cr ~ 1.90 cr ~1.30 cr face parking for visitors. As per the initial cost prepared by the board, a fourbedroom flat is likely to cost nearly ~2.75 crore, a threebedroom flat about ~1.90 crore and a two-bedroom flat close to ~1.30 crore. However, the final rates of the flats will be fixed after drawings of the project are approved. An official said various clearances, including environmental, for the launch of the scheme would be obtained soon. He said the CHB would replace the mandatory EWS flats with two-bedroom flats in the scheme. The Advisory Council’s Standing Committee on Urban Infrastructure and Planning had already approved doing away with EWS flats under the project, he said, adding that a survey was being conducted for the construction of flats under the EWS category at some other place. Two more towers of twobedroom flats would be constructed on the space for EWS flats, added the official. UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore had given his consent to the project in July this year. The board has 123 acres in its possession at the IT Park where 20 sites will be developed. The board will develop the project on two plots — 10.51 acres and 6.43 acres — while the remaining 18 sites will be given to private builders for development. continued on page 2
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