01042021-CT-01.qxd 4/1/2021 12:51 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 1 APRIL 2021 | CHANDIGARH RESULTS HELD BACK, PARENTS HOLD PROTEST OUTSIDE SCHOOL PAGE 2 Parents of students of Valley Public School in Panchkula protest outside the school against the management. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 3,11,905 26,999 23,702 266 2,918 87 379 0 MOHALI 2,15,845 2,08,965 13,029 26, 439 11,922 23,076 93 254 953 3,184 51 68 154 433 0 5 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 113 PANCHKULA 107 MOHALI 142 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF SCHOOLS CLOSED TILL APRIL 5 Chandigarh: In view of the surge in Covid cases, the UT Education Department has decided to keep schools and colleges closed till April 5. The teaching and non-teaching staff will continue to attend workplaces on all working days. Online examinations for Classes III to VIII will continue as per the schedule and the status of the exams for Classes IX and XI will be reviewed and necessary instructions issued later. TNS PO HELD FOR THEFT AT SALON Chandigarh: A burglar, who has 16 cases registered against him in the city, has been arrested for a theft at a salon in Sector 35. He was a proclaimed offender in three cases — two at the Sector 36 police station and one at Mauli Jagran. Pawan Kumar (29), a native of Uttar Pradesh, had stolen around ~7,000 and a laptop from the salon on March 1. He was arrested from Sector 35. The stolen laptop has been recovered. He disclosed that he had also committed a burglary at a medical store in Sector 22 in 2017. TNS MAX 32°C | MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 15.6°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:41 PM PAGE 3 MAYOR FLAGS OFF 3RD PHASE OF WASTE COLLECTION IN UT From April 1, CoWIN platform will be open for registration to beneficiaries, along with on-site registrations. As many as 36 MC vehicles will run in Mauli Jagran, Vikas Nagar and Mani Majra for door-to-door waste collection. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:11 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Dadu Majra again, this time it’s massive Fire in dumping ground leaves people with itching eyes, gasping for breath; 6 fire engines pressed into service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 31 After a fire in February here, another major fire incident was reported from the waste dumping ground at Dadu Majra this afternoon. It led to huge inconvenience to residents, especially those residing in and around Dadu Majra. Residents of Sector 38, 37, 25 and Dadu Majra complained of smoke entering their houses. They complained of breathing problems and itching in their eyes due to the smoke. Commuters had to face a tough time as the smoke spread all over, even up to Sector 17 and 21. Smoke was billowing out of the dumping ground at the time of filing of this report. According to officials, they got information about the fire at 2.30 pm following which six fire engines were pressed into service. The local police barricaded roads from both sides of the dumping ground and did not allow vehicles to enter near the site. Two tractor-trailers, which Firemen douse the flames after a fire broke out at the Dadu Majra dumping ground in Chandigarh on Wednesday; and (right) thick smoke engulfs a nearby road. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: NITIN MITTAL ‘SMOKE COMING IN WAY OF FIREFIGHTING OPS’ We have controlled the fire on one side. However, the fire has spread to the other part of the dumping ground. More than the fire, it is the smoke that is causing trouble and coming in the way of the firefighting operations. — Jasmeet Singh, SECTOR 38 FIRE STATION OFFICER A ‘HELL-LIKE’ EXPERIENCE For nearly an hour, we had a ‘hell-like’ experience. Smoke entered our houses and made breathing difficult. It is very dangerous for diabetic patients and children. The smoke is still visible. were meant for lifting waste inside the ground, caught fire and were damaged. have controlled the fire on one side. However, the fire has spread to the other part of ❝ ❞ Jasmeet Singh, Sector 38 fire station officer, told Chandigarh Tribune, “We ❝ ❞ — JP Yadav, PRESIDENT, RESIDENTS WELFARE ASSOCIATION, SECTOR 37-A the dumping ground. More than the fire, it is the smoke that is causing trouble and coming in the way of the firefighting operations.” He said it was suspected that the fire broke out due to hot weather, which often causes fire at the dumping ground. After every two to three months, fire incidents are reported from the dumping ground. Firemen said had the MC thrown enough sand on the waste, such a major mishap would not have occurred. The corporation always claims that it covers the waste with sand, but things have not improved. The last fire in February saw smoke in the air for three to four days. ‘The air is poisonous’ Pankaj Gupta, president, continued on page 3 Forest guard held for ~4.5L bribe Big relief for power consumers in city Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 31 The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today arrested a forest guard, Ranjit Khan, posted at Mirzapur in Majri sub-tehsil, Mohali district, while allegedly taking a bribe of ~4.5 lakh on behalf of block officer Baldev Singh. BK Uppal, DGP-cum-Chief Director, Vigilance Bureau, said suspect Baldev Singh, block officer posted at Mirzapur, had allegedly demanded a bribe of ~5.50 lakh from the complainant, Bhupal Kumar, a resident of Kharar, for Ranjit Khan, who was nabbed while taking the bribe. Besides, ~4.64 lakh recovered from car; co-accused block officer absconding inscribing the official hammer mark on his wood. The suspect had already taken ~5 lakh as bribe from the complainant on March 28. This amount was sought for reducing the fine (damage report) for cutting some unmarked trees vis-a-vis transporting the wood to the open market. The VB chief said the complainant had a permit issued by the Forest Department to cut and sell khair trees in Majri block. He had permission till March 31 to remove the trees from the site. How continued on page 3 ASI suspended In P’kula, active 266 new cases Five fall prey to for threatening cases below 1K surface in UT virus in Mohali The district on Mohali: Five deaths and 254 eatery owner Panchkula:reported 93 fresh Wednesday new cases were reported Dera Bassi, March 31 A reader of the Dera Bassi DSP has been suspended and an inquiry initiated against him on a charge of threatening an eatery owner on March 28. The suspect has been identified as ASI Gulshan Kumar while the identity of his accomplice is being verified. In a complaint to SSP Rajiv Sharma, the eatery owner alleged that his son Chandan Sharma was at the shop when Gulshan and his accomplice came to them on March 28 near the Chandigarh-Ambala highway around 8 pm. The duo allegedly demanded that food be served in the car and Chandan refused to oblige. This enraged the two and one of them identified himself as the DSP He threatened . to foist a case against him (Chandan). The incident was captured on a CCTV camera. The shop owner claimed that duo were drunk and threatened to register a case against him for “keeping poppy husk at the eatery”. Mohali SP (Rural) Ravjot Kaur Grewal said: “Gulshan Sharma has been suspended.” The matter came to light when the video of the incident went viral on the social media. — TNS PAGE 3 BEGINNING TODAY, 45 & ABOVE CAN GET THEMSELVES JABBED coronavirus cases, taking the overall tally to 13,029. The Covid toll remained at 154 with no fresh death. While 11,922 patients have recovered from the disease so far, 953 cases are still active. The active case load had surpassed the 1,000mark and stood at 1,004 yesterday. — TNS Chandigarh: The city recorded 266 fresh Covid cases on Wednesday, taking the number of active cases to 2,918. With no new death, the toll remained at 379. The total number of cases in the UT has reached 26,999. A total of 179 patients were discharged. — TNS from the district on Wednesday. As many as 317 patients have recovered. Among the new cases, 229 were reported from Mohali (urban), 10 from Lalru, six from Dhakoli, five from Kharar and four from Dera Bassi. The active case tally now stands at 3,184. With five more deaths, the toll has risen to 433. — TNS Tariff for all categories slashed by average of 9.58% for 2021-22 Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 31 In a major relief, the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has approved a reduction in the tariff for all categories of more than 2.34 lakh electricity consumers for 2021-22 on account of being revenue surplus. On a tariff revision petition filed by the UT Electricity Department, the JERC, in an order passed on Tuesday, observed: “The petitioner had a standalone revenue surplus each year from 201617 to 2019-20. Further, the projected standalone surplus for 2021-22 and the cumulative revenue surplus till 2021-22 at the existing tariff is expected to be ~98.21 crore and ~345.61 crore, respectively.” In view of the standalone revenue surplus, the JERC approved a reduction in the retail tariff for the existing categories, which works out to be 9.58 per cent. Even after a reduction in the average tariff, the projected standalone revenue surplus at the end of 2021-22 is expected to be ~8.12 crore, stated the com- Gym at Yavnika Park in poor shape RATE COMPARISON Consumer category DOMESTIC SUPPLY ■ Low tension (LT) domestic 0-151 kWh/month 151-400 kWh/month Above 400 kWh/month ■ High tension (HT) domestic Existing ~ 2.75 ~4.80 ~5.20 ~4.80 Approved ~2.50 ~4.25 ~4.65 ~4.30 COMMERCIAL LT commercial 0-150 kWh/month 151-400 kWh/month Above 400 units ■ HT commercial ~5 ~5.30 ~5.60 ~5.30 ~4.50 ~4.70 ~5 ~4.70 INDUSTRY Large industry Medium industry Small industry ■ Agriculture ~5 ~4.70 ~4.80 ~2.90 ~4.50 ~4.20 ~4.30 ~2.60 PUBLIC LIGHTING Managed by MC Advertisement, boards ■ Bulk supply ■ EV charging station ~5.35 ~7.10 ~4.90 ~4.00 ‘NO FUEL AND POWER PURCHASE COST ADJUSTMENT CHARGES’ Giving another relief to consumers, the JERC directed the Electricity Department to discontinue the recovery of the fuel and power purchase cost adjustment (FPPCA) charges from all consumer categories starting April 1, 2021, till further orders. POWER CONSUMERS Category Domestic Commercial Large supply Medium supply Small supply Bulk supply Agriculture Public lighting Temporary supply Total Number 2,01,809 27,418 98 1,270 1,336 560 123 1,484 398 2,34,497 ~4.80 ~6.40 ~4.40 ~3.60 mission. Giving another relief to the consumers, the JERC directed the Electricity Department to discontinue the recovery of the fuel and pow- er purchase cost adjustment (FPPCA) charges from all consumer categories starting April 1, 2021, till further orders. The FPPCA charges are imposed on users on a quarterly basis, and are in addition to the tariff imposed in the bill. However, the department has been directed to submit the quarterly continued on page 3 Grabbing the last deal Broken equipment poses a danger to kids, say residents Tribune News Service Panchkula, March 31 The outdoor gym of the Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran at Yavnika Park in Sector 5 here is in poor shape. Residents say the equipment is broken or has gone missing. They have urged the authorities to ensure better maintenance. A local resident tweeted to share his grievance, tagging the CMO, Haryana, the Panchkula Deputy Commissioner and others. Along with the tweet, he shared photos of broken gym equipment. ‘PARTS MISSING’ The mini-gym at Yavnika Park, Sector 5, Panchkula, built at a cost of lakhs, is now in a poor state. Some parts of the equipment have gone missing or have been stolen. There is no cleanliness at all. ❝ Equipment of an open-air gym lies damaged at Yavnika Park in Sector 5, Panchkula. RAVI KUMAR Vikas Beniwal said, “The mini-gym at Yavnika Park, Sector 5, Panchkula, built at a cost of lakhs, is now in a poor state. Some parts of the equipment have gone miss- c m y b ❞ — Vikas Beniwal, A RESIDENT ing or have been stolen. There is no cleanliness at all.” continued on page 3 People throng a liquor vend on the last day of the financial year at the Industrial Area, Phase 1, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR
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