10022021-CT-01.qxd 2/10/2021 12:52 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 10 FEBRUARY 2021 | CHANDIGARH PROTESTERS MIFFED WITH ‘ANDOLANJEEVI’ REMARKS PAGE 2 BKU leader Balbir Rajewal reaches Matka Chowk, brings respite to those hurt by PM’s remarks on protesters. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 3 2 HELD FOR ASSAULTING CAB DRIVER NEAR ELANTE MALL The incident took place on February 7 when two persons riding motorcycles assaulted the cabbie and escaped. MAX 25°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24.1°C | MIN 9.6°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6.07 PM Of total 11,284 health workers, 4,661 have been inoculated. As many as 406 frontline workers have got vaccine. SUNRISE THURSDAY 7.06 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE GMCH-32 staff have max vax hesitancy? Job-ready Only 18.5% healthcare workers inoculated Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Newly recruited constables of the Chandigarh Police during the passing-out parade at the Recruit Training Centre, Police Lines, Sector 26, on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI SAMPLES TESTED 2,27,718 1,68,499 1,91,845 SAMPLES REJECTED 1,135 — — POSITIVE 21,154 10,621 19,662 NEGATIVE 2,05,621 — 1,71,946 RECOVERED 20,644 10,380 18,890 REPORTS AWAITED 80 — 237 ACTIVE 168 94 398 DEATHS 342 147 374 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 116 PANCHKULA 116 Chandigarh, February 9 In the MC election year, the Congress today appointed Subhash Chawla as the new president of its city unit. He replaced Pradeep Chhabra, who has been the city party chief for about six years. Congress president Sonia Gandhi approved the appointment. An order in this connection was signed by SUBHASH CHAWLA AICC general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal. Chawla, a former Mayor, has been vocal about the MC issues and was often spotted in the House meeting in the visitors’ gallery. He had lost the last MC election when he had contested a councillor’s post. He was elected to the posts of Mayor and councillor twice. — TNS Chandigarh, February 9 The achievement rate of vaccinating healthcare workers against the target stood at 27.9 per cent till yesterday. Of the three major health facilities in the city, the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, has been able to inoculate only 18.5 per cent of the healthcare workers. At 31 per cent, the PGI has the highest coverage. The institute has conducted 37 vaccination sessions so far and inoculated 2,311 workers. Chandigarh has a target of inoculating 19,144 healthcare workers of whom 7,259 are with the state Health Department, 4,073 with the GMCH and 7,483 with the PGI. Dr Jasbinder Kaur, Director, GMCH, said: “Despite our best efforts to counsel health workers, a majority of them are still ACHIEVEMENT AGAINST TOTAL TARGET (ONLY HCWs) HEALTH FACILITY PGI GMCH-32 Health Department UT total TARGET 7,483 4,073 7,259 19,144 COVERAGE 2,311 757 2,275 5,343 PERCENTAGE 31% 18.5% 31% 27.9% TURNOUT SO FAR (AS OF FEB 5) GMSH-16 CIVIL HOSPITAL, SECTOR 45 GMCH-32 PGIMER CIVIL HOSPITAL, MANI MAJRA POLICE HOSPITAL, 26 46% 52% 30% 56% 14% 61% efforts ❝Despite our bestworkers,toa counsel healthcare A health worker gets jabbed at the GMCH-32. majority of them are still hesitant to get vaccinated. hesitant to get jabbed.” The Health Department had decided to scale up the target beneficiaries at each vaccination site to ❞ Dr Jasbinder Kaur, DIRECTOR, GMCH-32 meet the February 20 deadline. On Tuesday, 431 beneficiaries got vaccinated for Covid19 against the target of 1,590. Virus claims one more life in Mohali MOHALI: One more fatality was witnessed due to Covid-19 in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 374. Meanwhile, 25 fresh cases surfaced in the district, while 39 more patients recovered from the virus. — TNS UT sees 14 new cases, one death CHANDIGARH: The city on Tuesday reported 14 fresh cases of Covid and one death, taking the UT case tally to 21,154 and the toll to 342. A total of 21 more patients recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours. — TNS 12 cases in P’kula PANCHKULA: The district on Tuesday reported 12 new cases of Covid and no fresh fatality. So far, the district has seen 10,621 cases and 10,380 patients have been cured. There are 94 active cases with 147 deaths in the district. —TNS 80 MOHALI Chawla is new city Cong chief PAGE 3 43% HEALTHCARE, FRONTLINE WORKERS JABBED IN MOHALI 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF 2 HELD WITH CHARAS, BANNED VIALS Chandigarh: Two persons have been arrested by the local police under the NDPS Act. According to the police, Kuldeep Singh (36), a resident of Nayagaon, was nabbed from near the cremation ground in Sector 25 while riding a motorcycle. The police seized 750 gm of charas from his possession. A case has been registered against him at the Sector 11 police station. In another case, a 22-year-old youth, Sanjay, a resident of Mauli Jagran, was nabbed with 50 banned vials. He was arrested from the main road at Mauli Jagran. The pPolice have registered a case against him at the Mauli Jagran police station. TNS Parking rates up, smart lots nowhere in sight Advisory Council to Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 9 Though annual rate hike has been implemented at the city paid parking lots, smart services are yet to come up at many such facilities. As per an agreement signed between the MC and the parking firms, parking fee will be increased by 20 per cent every year. Some parking lots like in Sector 35-C have broken roads. CCTV cameras have not been installed at the entrance of any of the parking spaces in the city. Besides, haphazard parking is rampant in certain parking lots due to lack of space and attendants. In some parking areas, availability of 10-minute free pickand-drop facility has not been properly displayed. At some, it is not mentioned at all. With the annual fee hike coming in effect, parking lots have started charging ~12 and ~6 for four-wheelers and two-wheelers, respectively. Officials now claim that hourly-parking charges have not been implemented even There is no CCTV or a notice mentioning the 10-minute free pick-and-drop service displayed at the entrance to a paid parking lot in Sector 17, Chandigarh. PHOTO: PRADEEP TIWARI ❝ Annual rates have to rise. It has nothing to do with smart features as per the contract. It is required for hourly parking. We will soon introduce the features in all lots. — Vikas Pandey, CONTRACTOR, ZONE 2 ❞ though earlier they had claimed it has been allowed in a phased manner. “Whether it is annual or hourly parking rates, there was a precondition that annual charges will be increased if smart parking features are implemented in the parking ❝ Whether it is annual or hourly parking rates, there is a precondition that annual charges will be increased if smart parking features are implemented in the parking spaces. — Satish Kainth, CONGRESS COUNCILLOR ❞ spaces. It is only going to burden the local residents. The MC should keep the rates minimum so that people can afford and are encouraged to park in the designated parking lots,” said Congress councillor Satish Kainth. “In the Sector 17 Bank Square parking lot, there is often no space to park vehicles but people are charged at the entrance and sent inside. There is an inadequate number of attendants inside the lot, who manage and help people park vehicles. This is a problem at some places in Sector 34 and 35 as well,” said Ramesh Kumar, a local resident. A Sector 35-C shopkeeper said, “The roads inside the lot are broken. Is it a smart parking? These roads have not been repaired for a long time now. Also, cars and twowheelers are often parked at non-designated places.” An MC official said the precondition of smart parking features was only for hourly charges and not for the annual rate hike. Vikas Pandey, contractor, zone 2, said, “Annual rates have to increase. It has nothing to do with smart features as per the agreement. It is required for hourly parking. We will soon introduce the features in all lots.” Mayor Ravi Kant Sharma said, “Annual rates have been revised recently as per the contract signed with the firms. If there are any shortcomings, we will get them checked.” An official said conditions like boom barriers were optional while displaying rates on boards and CCTV cameras at the entrance were mandatory. MC poll: BJP candidate Flyover will ruin city’s heritage: Experts fumes over torn posters Architects slam UT Admn for ‘bypassing’ Tribune News Service Mohali, February 9 Chhavi Sharma, the BJP candidate from ward number 18 of the Mohali MC, has lodged a complaint with the Sohana police against unidentified youths who tore her posters today. The police have rounded up two youths in connection with the complaint. Chhavi Sharma said they were hopeful that appropriate action against would be taken against the miscreants. Senior BJP leader KD Bhandari said it was going on for the past many days not only in Chhavi’s ward but also in ward number 19 and 20 from where Krishan Kumar and Seema Joshi, respectively, were contesting the election. He said the suspects were so daring that they not only made a video while damaging the posters but also made it viral. — TNS (Top) The detained youths; and a torn poster in Mohali. VICKY Chandigarh, February 9 Experts have come forward to oppose the proposed flyover at Tribune Chowk. In a recent letter written to the UT Adviser, a group of senior architects has questioned the legality of the approval given by a sub-committee of the Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee (CHCC) to the flyover. They also flayed the UT Administration for ‘bypassing’ the norms to protect the mango trees in the heritage zone on the Purva Marg for the construction of the proposed flyover. A flyover at the Tribune junction had been widely criticised by experts and opposed by a majority of residents of the city, said Shilpa Das, an architect. “The proposed flyover is not approved under the Chandigarh Master Plan2031 and will destroy the her- norms; matter sub judice, says Adviser itage of the city. Flyovers are hostile to non-motorised vehicles, pedestrians and mass rapid transport,” she said, and added that the proposed flyover would increase the traffic problems of the city and hamper implementation of a c m y b comprehensive mobility plan. The ~183-crore project was approved by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in February 2019 to decongest Tribune Chowk. On a petition filed by the Run Club against the cutting and uprooting of nearly 700 trees for the flyover, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had stayed the construction of the flyover in November 2019 and had asked for a public opinion to find an alternative to the flyover. On the directions of the High Court, a public hearing was held in December 2019 to take suggestions and objections of the public and experts on the project. A majority of residents, professionals and architects opposed the construction of the flyover. However, the UT Administration had decided to go ahead with the construction of the flyover, as all other alternatives to the project were found non-feasible. UT Adviser Manoj Parida said the matter was sub judice and the final decision in this regard would be taken by the High Court. dwell on proposals of sub-panels today Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 9 Various sub-committees will place their recommendations before the UT Administrator’s Advisory Council during its meeting here tomorrow. UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore, Chairman of the council, had recently directed the Home Department to call a meeting of the council to discuss various issues of the city. The council advises the UT Administration on developmental issues and policy matters. The council has 10 standing committees such as on environment, health, urban planning and transport. Apart from taking up the recommendations of the subcommittees for discussion, the DGP will give a presentation on law and order and the Chief Engineer on various development projects at the meeting, said Manoj Parida, UT Adviser. Prominent residents of the city, including present and former Lok Sabha members, the Mayor and immediate former Mayor, president of the Beopar Mandal, president of the Federation of Sector Welfare Associations, president of the CII, North- ern Region, and the chairman, CRAWFED, are members of the council. Parida said the sub-committees would make presentations on urban planning, parking, transport and change of land use. “Having the Administrator’s Advisory Council is a novel concept. It can be further reinforced by having a few floating invitees and suggestion givers, depending upon the agenda items to be taken up from time to time. There is a need for bringing a holistic need-based change policy for allowing settlement of various issues once for all,” said Vinod Vashisht, convener, City Forum of Residents Welfare Organisations. One of the agenda items is regarding allowing nursing homes to be opened in residential areas. Man nailed with 247 bottles of illicit liquor Panchkula, February 9 The police arrested a person for illegally possessing 247 bottles of Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) from Bella Vista Chowk late last night. The suspect has been identified as Davinder Singh, a native of Hardoi district in Uttar Pradesh who lives in Nayagaon. The police said during the “night domination checking drive”, a team of the Sector 5 police station asked a silver Maruti car coming from the Shakti Bhawan chowk to stop. During the checking of the vehicle, the police seized 247 bottles of the IMFL. The police asked the driver to produce a permit for carrying the liquor, but he failed to do so. A case under the Excise Act has been registered against the suspect at the Sector 5 police station. He was produced in a court, which remanded him in judicial custody. — TNS
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