26042021-CT-01.qxd 4/26/2021 12:46 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE MONDAY | 26 APRIL 2021 | CHANDIGARH UNCERTAINTY CONTINUES OVER PANJAB VARSITY SENATE POLL PAGE 3 Elections for graduate constituency are scheduled for May 16. Forty-three candidates are contesting 15 seats. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 3,85,925 2,65,446 2,88,598 38,692 19,105 41,862 33,021 16,297 33,319 749 368 893 5,236 2,625 7,998 334 23 44 435 183 545 2 3 5 58 PANCHKULA 38 MOHALI 80 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 MAX 37°C | MIN 18°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36.4°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET MONDAY 6.57 PM Supplier flags oxygen diversion from Patiala Expresses inability to meet tricity requirement SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF SNATCHER TAKES AWAY HANDBAG Chandigarh: A motorcycleborne miscreant sped away after allegedly snatching a woman’s handbag in Sector 40. The bag, containing a mobile phone, debit cards, ~10,000 and some documents, was snatched near a mini-market in the sector. The police have registered a case at the Sector 39 police station. TNS CRIMINAL BREACH OF TRUST: 1 HELD Chandigarh: The UT police have arrested a Sector 35 resident for criminal breach of trust. According to the police, complainant Mahinder Kumar, a resident of Sector 33, reported that an unknown person took his mobile phone to make a call in Sector 33 on April 24. The person, however, escaped from the spot after borrowing the phone. The police were informed following which a case was registered at the Sector 34 police station. Later, the suspect, identified as Anil Kumar, was arrested. TNS THREE BOOKED FOR EXTORTION Mohali: The unidentified persons posing as journalists have been booked for extortion. In his complaint, the owner of Shama Dhaba at the Landran chowk stated that three persons entered his eatery on Saturday, shot a video purportedly showing unhygienic condition of the place and demanded ~10,000 for not airing the video. The eatery owner paid them ~6,000. A case under Sections 384 and 506 of the IPC has been registered at the Sohana police station. TNS Chandigarh, April 25 In view of a huge shortage of medical oxygen in the tricity, a Chandigarh oxygen trading unit has expressed its inability to meet the ever-increasing demand for oxygen by hospitals due to the diversion of oxygen from Patiala. An attendant, who was in dire need of an ICU bed in Chandigarh for her 63-yearold relative, critically ill due to Covid, said he was admitted to Indus Hospital, Mohali, but the hospital staff told them that the oxygen reserve would be over anytime and, if possible, they should make alternative arrangements. Dr Manbir Singh from Kare Partners, Sector 19, said, “Our hospital requires more than 40 cylinders a day and we are able to manage only 10, which runs for over two hours only. Each oxygen cylinder is exhausted in less than 30 minutes. Due to heavy shortage, we are trying to source it from multiple vendors. No help has been provided yet by the higher authorities.” A written communication sent from Chandigarh Gases, Industrial Area, a trading unit involved in procuring medical gases from the principal manufacturer based in Patiala, says, “…in order to meet the increased demand, we are also in the process of procuring it from other sources. However, all suppliers are now overstretched and the maximum supply of Jalan Gases (our main principal manufacture) has been TWO DIE, 749 CONTRACT VIRUS IN CITY Chandigarh: The city recorded 749 Covid-19 cases on Sunday, taking the number of active cases to 5,236. With two more deaths, the toll has reached 435. The UT tally stands at 38,692. A total of 413 patients have been cured of the disease.TNS Mohali: Five more Covid fatalities were reported from the district during the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 545. Meanwhile, 893 persons tested positive for the virus, pushing the tally to 41,862. Besides, 932 more patients have defeated the virus. Among the fresh cases, 267 came from Mohali (urban). TNS THREE DEATHS, 368 CASES IN PANCHKULA WHAT THE SUPPLIER SAYS …in order to meet the increased demand, we are also in the process of procuring it from other sources. However, all suppliers are now overstretched and the maximum supply of Jalan Gases (our main principal manufacture) has been diverted to Patiala district, as directed by the local administration there. — CHANDIGARH GASES,INDUSTRIAL AREA PRACTICE UNCALLED FOR, SAYS PATIALA DC WILL TAKE UP MATTER, SAYS UT ADVISER Such a practice of interrupting oxygen supply was uncalled for and he would get it checked at local level, said Patiala DC Kumar Amit Adviser to the UT Administrator Manoj Parida said he would take up the matter if the “concerns were found authentic”. diverted to Patiala district, as directed by the local administration there.” According to a note sent to all hospitals, the delivery vehicles containing oxygen supply are being escorted by the police and diverted to their own district first. “To meet the situation, we have also approached other suppliers, but they are also overstretched and can’t refill our cylinders. In this situation, it is not possible for us to procure oxygen to meet the increased demand of hospitals. We have also informed the local administration in writing, but haven’t received any response or solution,” it stated. The oxygen supplier has requested them to take up the matter with the authorities, otherwise it would be difficult to meet the future requirements of the hospitals. “If the situation doesn’t change, you are also requested to look for a second source simultaneously; we will not be liable for any loss to human life because of non-supply of medical gases,” the note reads. The written communication was sent to 13 private hospitals in the tricity, including Santokh Hospital, Landmark Hospital, Cloud 9 Care, Healing Hospital, Kare Partners, Shalby Hospital, Chaitanya Hospital, Bedi Hospital, Trinity Hospital, Raffels Hospital, Eden and Surgical Hospital. Panchkula: The district on Sunday reported three deaths and 368 fresh coronavirus cases. The deceased were a 66-year-old woman from Moginand, a 60-yearold woman from Mankiyan and an 88-year-old woman from Ghatiwala. The Covid toll has reached 183 and the overall tally 19,105. TNS Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 25 With the cost of the pan-city 24X7 water supply project increasing, residents and the Municipal Corporation will have to shell out more. The project cost has increased from ~440 crore to ~591.59 crore. Chandigarh Smart City Limited (CSCL) will contribute an already committed ~60 crore while the MC will now have to pay ~22 crore. “About ~97 crore will be a grant from the European Union. The remaining DON’T WASTE PUBLIC MONEY: FOSWAC fraud. They are ❝It is athe public money.only wasting There is no need for such service, which burns a hole in the common man’s pocket. Only pipelines need to be changed. Baljinder Singh Bittu, CHAIRMAN, FOSWAC ❞ amount (about ~412 crore) will come as a loan from a French firm, Agence Française de Développement (AFD),” said NP Sharma, General Manager, CSCL. It means that not only the civic body, but residents too will have to pay more. The ~440 crore project cost was approved in the MC House meeting on November 26, 2019. Of this, an estimated ~380 crore was passed as a loan from a French firm while ~60 crore was to be paid by the CSCL. The ~380-crore loan was approved to be paid by the consumers through increased ‘THINGS WORSENED AFTER MC TOOK OVER’ DARIA, MAKHAN MAJRA MC took over, ❝After the here. Garbagethings have only deteriorated can be seen dumped in open areas. Street lights are not working. ❞ Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 25 Even after Daria and Makhan Majra villages were merged into the Municipal Corporation more than two years ago, the basic problem of poor water supply continues to haunt the residents of these villages. As per residents of Daria, situated in front of the Chandigarh railway station, around half of the village area is facing a shortage of water supply. The houses Ashish Ghaznavi, DARIA RESIDENT AND YOUTH CONGRESS LEADER ‘ROADS NOT RECARPETED’ is very old and pipelines ❝Sewerageafter the corporation tookoften get blocked. Even over the village, roads here have not been recarpeted. ❞ Surmukh Singh, FORMER MEMBER OF PANCHAYAT SAMITI A HEAP OF GARBAGE AT ONE OF THE ENTRANCES TO DARIA VILLAGE ON SUNDAY. NITIN MITTAL near the gas agency here are affected the most. “Water supply is irregular and very low. We get water for half an hour and can fill a few buckets. The situation has worsened in the past four-five months. The MC should either start another tubewell or set up one more booster,” said Ajay Pandey, former member of Pachayat Samiti. c m y b Only 15 ICU beds available in UT Naina Mishra HOW HOSPITALS ARE PLACED Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 25 The government and private hospitals serving severely ill Covid-19 patients have only 15 intensive care unit (ICU) beds available as on Sunday. There are five private hospitals, each with a capacity of fewer than 50 beds for Covid patients. All private hospitals, including Santokh, Landmark and Eden, are short of ICU beds. Patients are facing a harrowing time to find an ICU bed in Chandigarh and ordeal is aggravated if there is a requirement of a ventilator. “My father is currently admitted to the GMSH-16 on normal oxygen but there is no ventilator available here. His oxygen level dropped to 70 in the morning. We even tried to shift him to some other hospital but couldn’t find a ventilator bed. This night is going to be tough as the oxygen level is continuously INSTITUTION COVID BEDS RELEASE 3K REMDESIVIR VIALS FOR USE: COURT Chandigarh: The local court has directed the UT police to release the 3,000 remdesivir vials, a Covid treating drug, seized earlier this week, to the Director, Health & Family Welfare, UT, for further distribution to hospitals for proper utilisation. The police had arrested six persons, including Gaurav Chawla, director of a pharmaceutical company, Health Biotech Limited, in Baddi, for illegally dealing in remdesivir. The police had recovered 3,000 remdesivir vials from the firm. TNS falling,” said Amit, son of a Covid patient. On shortage of ICU beds in the city, Arun Gupta, Principal Secretary, Health, UT, said all hospitals were trying monthly water tariff to be effective from 2027 onwards. The loan repayment tenure was fixed at 15 years with a six-year moratorium. But with the loan amount going up from ~380 crore to ~412 crore, the residents will also have to pay more in the form of monthly water tariff from 2027 onwards. The agenda regarding the whole issue is being brought in the MC House meeting on April 28 for information and approval. It will be a big blow to the city residents after a threefold water tariff hike implemented last year. “It is a fraud. They are only wasting the public money. continued on page 3 Ashish Ghaznavi, a local resident and Youth Congress leader, shared, “More tubewells are needed to be opened as people often have to call water tankers. After the corporation took over, things have only deteriorated here. Garbage can be seen dumped in open areas. Street lights are not working.” Another local resident, Sumit, said, “Every week, there is a sewer line leakage and we have to bear with foul smell. Inner streets are not cleaned. We thought the MC will crack down on encroachments by some residents outside their gates, but it is continued on page 3 PLAYING WITH LIVES Residents play cards without wearing their masks properly at Yavnika Garden, Panchkula, on Sunday. RAVI KUMAR es/bars/hotels/clubs/gyms. The capacity of indoor places will be specified by the urban ICU BEDS (INCLUDING VENTILATORS) Total Occupancy Vacant Total Occupancy Vacant PGI 310 254 56 63 63 0 GMCH 155 67 88 31 17 14 South Campus,48 100 57 43 17 17 0 GMSH 200 186 14 6 5 1 Tribune News Service Water supply, sewerage woes haunt residents VILLAGE WOES FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Corporate, IT employees to work from home till May 3 Project cost up, to impact residents, MC PAN-CITY 24X7 WATER SUPPLY TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD Indoor gatherings capped at 30, outdoor 50 in Panchkula Panchkula, April 25 District Magistrate-cumChairman, District Disaster Management Authority, Panchkula, Mukul Kumar today limited all kinds of gatherings in view of a surge in Covid-19 cases. For indoor events, a maximum of 50 per cent of the hall capacity will be allowed with a ceiling of 30 people. “This will also include all cinemas/theaters/multiplex- PAGE 3 All oxygen beds at hospitals in the district occupied, pushing the healthcare system to the brink. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.44 AM FIVE DEATHS, 893 NEW CASES IN MOHALI Tribune News Service CHANDIGARH ALL OXYGEN BEDS OCCUPIED IN PANCHKULA DISTRICT Mohali police challan 727 persons for not wearing mask, impound 38 vehicles found plying on road during lockdown. Naina Mishra AIR QUALITY INDEX PAGE 3 727 VIOLATORS CHALLANED, 38 VEHICLES IMPOUNDED local bodies/department concerned keeping in mind a continued on page 3 to scale up their beds but creation of ICU was a difficult task. “We are mainly trying to shift other ICU beds to the Covid ICUs to tackle the situation,” he added. Section 144 imposed Panchkula, April 25 Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, Deputy Commissioner of Police Mohit Kumar Handa on Sunday imposed Section 144 of the CrPC that prohibits the gathering of more than four persons at any time in a public space. The restrictions will remain in force until further orders. Any person found guilty of violation of the orders will be liable for punishment under Section 188 of the IPC. Ruling out a lockdown, the Haryana Government had on Saturday authorised the district administrations to impose Section 144 to curb the spread of the virus. — TNS
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