25032021-CT-01.qxd 3/25/2021 12:31 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 25 MARCH 2021 | CHANDIGARH PATIALA DIST SEES HIGHEST SINGLE-DAY SPIKE OF YEAR PAGE 2 In the highest single-day spike of this year, Patiala district reports 276 new cases, taking the tally to 20,688. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 2,98,087 2,06,220 2,05,276 25,130 12,180 24,485 22,587 11,255 21,365 249 95 303 2,178 775 2,704 112 13 143 365 150 416 1 0 2 STUDENTS PROTEST AGAINST CLOSURE OF PU LIBRARY MAX 31°C | MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31.1°C | MIN 13.6°C 54 PANCHKULA 63 MOHALI 89 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF SHOPKEEPER HELD FOR SELLING FAKES Chandigarh: A shopkeeper at Mani Majra was arrested for selling fake products. The suspect has been identified as Navneet Goyal (32). The complainant, Rajesh Kumar, manager (investigation) in Assiduous Consulting Private Limited, stated that he had purchased a box of GoodKnight gold flash liquid vapouriser from Jai Jawala Sales, which were found to be duplicate. The suspect was arrested. TNS SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:19 AM Cut in water tariff will trigger huge loss: MC Chief sends rate revision resolution to UT with a dissent note Chandigarh, March 24 Two pedestrians lost their lives while another was injured in two hit-and-run accidents reported from different parts of the city. Complainant Kishore Kumar, a roadside vendor, reported that his worker Rohit (30) was crossing the road near the PGI chowk when he was hit by a CTU bus on March 23. The CTU bus sped away from the spot after hitting the victim. He was rushed to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The police said the registration number of the bus involved in the accident could not be noted down. A case has been registered at the Sector 11 police station. In the other case, complainant Sonu, an eyewitness who was riding a motorcycle, reported that two pedestrians were hit by a truck at Dariya on March 23. The truck driver stopped at the spot. However, on finding both victims seriously injured, the driver sped away from the spot. The complainant managed to note down the registration number of the truck. continued on page 3 RATE REVISION AGENDA EYEWASH, SAYS CONG Tribune News Service CHANDIGARH SUNSET THURSDAY 6:37 PM ■ Before the water tariff hike, the corporation had claimed ~ 225 crore as its annual expenditure on the water supply, while only ~90 crore was received as the annual water charges. Now, an additional revenue of ~60 crore per annum is ADMINISTRATOR expected after the hike. TO TAKE CALL ■ Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla has termed the BJPWe have received a ruled MC’s rate revision agenda a communication from the mere eyewash to divert public attention in this election year. corporation with a ■ The BJP, however, says under its dissent note. The UT rule, additional afternoon water Administrator will take a supply has been started to provide better service to city residents. The final call on the issue ruling party claimed it would get A senior UT official the rates slashed. ❝ ❞ annual increase, a one-time 5 per cent increase should be allowed after every three years. It also okayed that commercial units should be charged at the rate of ~25 per kl on the actual consumption basis rather than fixed charges. Last year, the civic body had more than doubled the prices, giving residents a shock. However, this is the second time the MC has sought to revise the rates, but without success. “If the MC is able to save at least 3 to 5 per cent leakage in water annually, its coffers will be filled and there won’t be a need for an annual increase in the water charges. There is a need for a long-term plan rather than ad hoc decisions,” said RK Garg, an RTI activist. Tribune News Service TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Cat’s eye, signboards coming up at Radha Soami Chowk Gaurav Kanthwal Tribune News Service Mohali, March 24 Five days after a speeding Mercedes car driven by a teenager killed three persons and injured three others at Radha Soami Chowk, the spot is now getting warning lines, cat’s eye (road studs) and signboards. Warning lines being painted at Radha Soami Chowk in Mohali on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY MERCEDES CRASH CASE According to road safety experts, the accident site is a designated black spot on Airport Road for a long time, but the authorities have only woken up after three sole earning members of their families lost their lives after being hit by a luxury car being driven at a speed of 140km/hr. Mohali DSP (City-1) Gursher Singh Sandhu said, “Warning lines, cat’s eye (blinkers) and accident-prone area signboards are being installed with the help of the Mohali Municipal Corporation at four spots — Radha Soami Chowk, Quark City Chowk, the Phase 7 light 2 OF 4 CAMERAS NON-FUNCTIONAL It has come to light that the police do not have a conclusive CCTV footage of the accident even though cameras are installed on all four sides of Radha Soami Chowk. The police said, “Only two of the four cameras are functional here.” Under the Safe Mohali Project, launched by the Mohali SSP on December 30 last year, 32 automatic number plate detection and recording (ANPR) cameras were installed in the town, covering a nearly 18-km stretch under the Phase 1 and Mataur police stations. Approximately, ~2 crore was spent on it, but there is no footage when needed. point and the PTL lights.” One at a time, wait for turn Only after precious lives are lost in road mishaps at a designated blackspot, Mohali administration, GMADA and the Municipal Corporation wake up to address the problem. The administra- UT shuts anganwadi centres till March 31, staff to come Visual treat PAGE 3 Two COA factions, led by Amarinder Bazaz and Maha Singh, were claiming their respective hold over the body. 2 pedestrians killed in road mishaps in city Chandigarh, March 24 Though the MC has sent a water tariff revision resolution of the House to the UT Administration, the MC Commissioner has sent a dissent note, stating that if the rates are reduced, the civic body will face a huge loss. “We have received a communication from the corporation with a dissent note. The UT Administrator will take a final call on the issue,” said a senior officer of the Administration. Taking a U-turn, the MC House, earlier this month, resolved to roll back the hike in the water tariff till the Covid situation eases. After the Covid period, the House had approved a cut in two domestic water tariff slabs and the sewerage cess from 30 per cent to 5 per cent on the tariff. The House also gave approval for adjusting the increased water tariff charges, which were effective from September last year. It had also resolved that rather than a 3 per cent INDIAN OLYMPIC ASSN VALIDATES CITY UNIT HEADED BY BAZAZ Members of Students for Society stage a protest against closure of AC Joshi Library at Panjab University. Sandeep Rana AIR QUALITY INDEX PAGE 2 tion turns a blind eye to several other black spots on this stretch and hopes in vain that another mishap will not occur at another place. It took three lives and five days to come up with the tokenism at Radha Soami Chowk today. continued on page 3 Admn imposes curbs in 14 more zones Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Blooming flowers make for a beautiful view on Jan Marg in Chandigarh on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Suicide bid by man in lock-up Chandigarh, March 24 A Mohali resident, who was arrested under preventive measures, reportedly tried to commit suicide in the lock-up at the Sector 36 police station. According to the police, Sandeep Kumar Khurmi, a resident of Sai Majra village, Mohali, was arrested under preventive measures for quarrelling at Attawa in Sector 42. He reportedly tried to commit suicide by inflicting injuries on himself in the lockup on the intervening night of March 22 and 23. A police official said the man first started hitting his head against the wall after which he was brought out of the lock-up and made to sit in a room where he again inflicted injuries on his hand using a belt. The police took him to the GMSH-16, from where he was discharged after treatment. He was released on bail. A case under Section 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of the IPC has been registered against the man on a complaint of Home Guards volunteer Ravinder Singh at the Sector 36 police station. — TNS Here is how Covid-19 spreads; UK variant may be behind spike Chandigarh, March 24 The new UK variant, B.1.1.7, that was found in nearly 80 per cent of the samples in Punjab has been the cause behind the faster spread of Covid-19 in the region. This increases the possibility of an increased surge in the city due to the same variant. Chandigarh Tribune spoke to PGI Director Prof Jagat Ram regarding how the virus transmits from one person to another. “People who are in proximity (within 6 ft) with a Covidinfected person or have a direct contact with that person are at a great risk of the infection. When Covid patients cough, sneeze, sing, talk or breathe, they produce respiratory droplets (larger droplets to smaller droplets). The smaller ones dry very quickly in the airstream. The respiratory droplets cause infection when they are inhaled or deposited on mucous membranes of another person in proximity with the infected person,” said Prof Jagat Ram. ❝The concentration of these droplets decreases as the respiratory droplets travel further from the infected person. While the larger droplets fall on the ground quickly due to gravity, smaller ones spread apart in the air. Some infections can be spread by exposure to the virus in small droplets by particles that can stay in the air for minutes to hours ❞ Prof Jagat Ram, PGI DIRECTOR “The concentration of these droplets decreases as the respiratory droplets travel further from the person with Covid-19. While the larger droplets fall on the ground quickly due to gravity, smaller ones spread apart in the air. Some infections can be spread by exposure to the virus in small droplets by particles that can linger on in the air for minutes to hours,” he said. “These viruses also infect people who are more than 6 feet away, due to the airborne transmission. People with Covid seem to have infected others who were more than 6 feet away as the transmissions occurred within enclosed spaces that had inadequate ventilation.” Covid also spreads through contact with contaminated surfaces as the respiratory droplets can also land on surfaces and objects. “It is possible that a person could get the infection by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. That’s why there is more emphasis on frequent washing of hands,” he said. — TNS c m y b Chandigarh, March 24 Keeping in view a surge in the Covid-19 cases, the Department of Social Welfare, Women and Child Development, UT, has decided to shut all anganwadi centres with immediate effect till March 31. However, workers and helpers will attend the centres to carry out the field activities as usual. Meanwhile, the guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for effective control of Covid-19 will be applicable in the UT from April 1 to 30. In the guidelines, the MHA emphasised strict enforcement of testtrack-treat (TTT) protocol, Covid-appropriate behaviour and scaling up the vaccination drive to cover all target groups. For an effective enforcement of the TTT protocol, the MHA stated that the proportion of RT-PCR tests in the The police challan a man for not wearing a mask at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL UT PLANS TO CLOSE SUKHNA ON HOLI The UT Administration may keep the Sukhna Lake premises closed for visitors on Holi. A major destination for Holi revellers, the Administration wanted to discourage residents from gathering at the lake as the number of Covid-19 cases are increasing sharply. UT Adviser Manoj Parida said they were planning to close the lake for visitors on Holi, but the final decision would be taken by UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore. The Administration has already announced a ban on all public gatherings for Holi and no clubs, hotels or restaurants will be allowed to host any ceremonial gathering on the occasion. Residents celebrating the festival at home are expected to follow the Covid-appropriate protocol. Chandigarh, March 24 To break the chain of coronavirus transmission, the UT Administration today declared 14 more containment zones in the city. District Magistrate (DM) Mandip Singh Brar said the issue of the Covid-19 outbreak was examined by a committee and a considered view emerged that the affected areas be declared containment zones. The affected areas declared containment zones are parts of Sector 11, 15, 20, 29, 21, 22, 23, 27, 30, 30 (RBI Colony), 38B, 41-A and 63 and Dhanas. Brar said regular screening and monitoring of the areas would continue. Frequent sanitisation of the areas would be conducted, he added. On March 22, the UT Administration had declared six containment zones in various parts of the city. CONTAINMENT ZONES Area Sector 11 Sector 15 Sector 20 Sector 20 Sector 21 Sector 22 Sector 23 Sector 27 Sector 30 Sector 30 People wait for their turn to give a sample for the Covid test at the Civil Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR ONE DEATH, 249 FOUND INFECTED IN CITY TWO DIE, 303 TEST POSITIVE IN MOHALI 95 CONTRACT VIRUS IN PANCHKULA Chandigarh: The city reported 249 new cases of Covid-19 and one death on Wednesday, taking the number of active cases to 2,178. The total number of cases in the UT has reached 25,130 and the toll 365. A total of 136 more patients were reportedly cured. TNS Mohali: Two persons died of Covid-19, while 303 new cases were reported from the district on Wednesday. As many as 158 patients recovered during the past 24 hours. Among the new cases, 222 were reported from Mohali (urban) and 34 from Dhakoli. TNS Panchkula: The district on Wednesday reported 95 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the overall tally to 12,180. The Covid toll remained at 150 with no fresh death. While 11,255 patients have recovered from the disease, 775 cases are active. The recovery rate is 92.40 per cent. TNS House number 245 to 247 56 to 57 542 and 543 225 to 228 2113 to 2116 1681 to 1682 260 to 262 3169 to 3180 268 to 272 694 to 697B (RBI Colony) Sector 38-B 1505 to 1506 Sector 41-A 526 to 527/2 Sector 63 2009-A to 2012-C Dhanas 510 to 511 CURFEW 29 VEHICLES IMPOUNDED IN MOHALI Mohali: The police impounded 29 vehicles for violating the night curfew and Covid-safety guidelines on Tuesday. As many as 102 persons were challaned for not wearing a face mask in public places. TNS
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