01062021-CT-01.qxd 01-06-2021 01:04 Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 1 JUNE 2021 | CHANDIGARH LEARNING LESSON FROM SECOND WAVE, UT BRACES FOR ‘THIRD’ PAGE 2 CITY’S OXYGEN CONSUMPTION GOES DOWN BY 20-25 PER CENT After learning lessons from the second wave, the UT braces for a “third” wave and is against lowering the guard. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 5,08,469 60,046 57,526 124 1,767 367 753 8 MOHALI 3,37,047 3,84,335 29,965 66,494 28,803 62,629 64 88 813 2,902 67 239 349 963 2 9 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 85 PANCHKULA 110 MOHALI 138 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF YOUTH, GIRL SNATCH MOBILE Chandigarh:Two bike-borne miscreants, including a girl, allegedly snatched a mobile phone and ~8,000 from an 18year-old boy in Sector 41. Complainant Adil, who resides in a jhuggi, reported that he had gone to answer nature’s call in a nearby forest. While he was returning, a boy, riding a Pulsar motorcycle, with a girl riding pillion, sped away after snatching his phone and ~8,000. TNS Waste collection rates revised Chandigarh, May 31 The MC General House today revised the monthly door-todoor garbage collection rates. The measurement unit for the calculation of waste charges in urban residential properties has been changed from square metre to marla/kanal. CHARGES ■ For less than 2 marla: ~50 ■ For 2-10 marla: ~100 ■ For 10 marla-1 kanal: ~200 ■ For 1-2 kanal: ~250 For above 2 kanal: ~350 ■ Street vendors: ~50 ■ Traders: ~200 and ~800 ■ As per the seating capacity, restaurants and hotels: ~2,000—~5,000 ■ Community centres and marriage palaces: ~1,000 per event IN RURAL AREAS ■ Houses: Between ~50 and ~200 ■ Shops: ~100 | Eateries ~200 PAGE 3 SPORTS COMPLEXES TO OPEN FOR PROFESSIONALS TODAY UT manages to reduce O2 consumption by 20-25% in private and government hospitals after conducting an audit. MAX 38°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 27.7°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7.19 PM PAGE 3 Bringing relief to sportspersons, UT Administrator approves opening of complexes, except swimming pools. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.22 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE May dealt a deadly blow Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 31 May remains the worst month on the Covid front with the city seeing over 17,000 cases and 275 deaths. The UT Health Department conducted over one lakh tests and 17 per cent tested positive for the virus. The month was marred by patients searching for ventilator beds in hospitals, gasping for oxygen. The second wave in the city started in the second week of March with more than 100 cases being reported daily. There was a gradual increase in the daily cases with the highest single-day tally — 895 — recorded on May 9. After this, the cases started declining. During the month, the health infrastructure was overwhelmed as ICU beds with ventilators remained occupied, leaving patients struggling for critical care beds. On May 6, there was no ventilator bed vacant at the city government hospitals. The month also witnessed a scarcity of oxygen due to which, the oxygen quota allotted by the Centre was revisited by health officials to ensure optimum utilisation of oxygen in hospitals. In the last week of the month, the number of new MONTH September October November December January February March April May CITY SAW CASES TESTS POSITIVITY RATE 7,595 47,112 16% 2,480 30,362 8% 2,991 34,475 9.8% 2,339 38,860 6% 1,177 35,060 3% 845 38,187 2.2% 4,963 55,407 9% 15,648 92,710 16.85% 17,399 1,03,854 16.7% 17K CASES 275 DEATHS OVERWHELMED INFRA 275 300 During May, the health infrastructure of the city was overwhelmed as ICU beds with ventilators remained occupied, leaving patients struggling for critical care beds. On May 6, there was no ventilator bed vacant at the city government hospitals. 250 200 150 99 106 64 100 51 40 50 0 SEPT OCT NOV DEC DEATHS 2020 27 17 18 JAN FEB MARCH APRIL MAY DEATHS 2021 A special child gets inoculated at the PU Dental College in Chandigarh on Monday. PRADEEP TEWARI UT SEES 8 DEATHS, 124 CASES Chandigarh: The city reported 124 new Covid cases and eight deaths on Monday. The active case tally now stands at 1,767 and the toll at 753. As many as 483 more patients recovered from the virus. TNS infections has grown by an average of 0.3 per cent every day. The active cases have reached 3.6 per cent in the city with a constant decline in the cases. Dr Amandeep Kang, Director, Health Services, said the case doubling time in the city was now 242 days. She also mentioned that the recovery rate was 95.2 per cent and 3,43,300 Covidshield vaccine doses had been administered to residents. Dr Jagat Ram, Director, PGI, said they had 232 Covid patients at the PGI — 37 from Chandigarh, 112 from Punjab, 39 from Haryana, 28 from Himachal Pradesh and 16 from other states. He said they had admitted 135 patients suffering from mucormycosis (black fungus). Mohali new cases below 100, nine more fatalities Mohali, May 31 Nine persons succumbed to Covid-19 in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 963, while 88 fresh cases were reported. It was after over two and a half months of a surge in the second wave of Covid that the district witnessed less than 100 cases. Meanwhile, 322 more patients have been cured of the disease. Of the 66,494 positive cases reported so far, 62,629 patients have been cured. There are now 2,902 active cases in the district. — TNS Two succumb, 64 cases in P’kula Panchkula, May 31 Two more persons succumbed to Covid-19 during the past 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to 349 in the district. Meanwhile, 64 fresh cases were reported from the district. So far, the district has reported 29,965 cases and 813 are active. A total of 734 persons were vaccinated at 16 government and a private vaccination centres in the district. — TNS Road-sweeping pact MC wants water tariff hike not to be renewed notification withdrawn Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 31 The five-year mechanised road-sweeping contract given to Lion Services Limited for the southern sectors of the city will not be renewed. The Oppostion had always raised questions over a whopping ~5 crore a month charged by the firm. The agency, which is also operating in Mohali, was awarded the contract here in 2016 and it expires in November this year. Against the demand of a few BJP councillors, the MC House today decided to go for retendering expecting lower cost and better services. A few members also suggested the outsourcing of the entire city’s sanitation work, but no call was taken on it. Mayor Ravi Kant Sharma earlier asked all councillors give their views whether they wanted the contract to be extended or wanted a new tender to be floated. However, BJP councillors from southern sectors praised MC House decides to go for retendering expecting lower cost, better services ❝We may like the can services, but if these be provided by other agencies at a better rate, there is no harm in trying new options. ❞ Ravinder Kaur Gujral, COUNCILLOR the work of the company and favoured the renewal of the contract for at least six months or a year due to Covid. Councillors Rajesh Kalia and Gurpreet Singh Dhillon were among those who strongly favoured extending the existing contract. According to Gurpreet Dhillon, residents of the area were happy with the existing system. He said a new company might upset the current system. Councillors Hira Negi and Sunita Dhawan agreed with them. continued on page 3 Chandigarh, May 31 After the water tariff hike notification was deferred by the UT Administration till March 2022 due to Covid, the MC House today resolved to withdraw it. The House was of the view that after withdrawing the notification, new rates should be finalised and the hike should be normal. However, MC Commissioner KK Yadav gave his dissent note, citing financial loss to the MC. Both Congress as well as ruling BJP councillors favoured the withdrawal of the notification and adjustment of the hiked bills already paid in the future bills. A decision in this regard will be taken by the Administration. WHAT ELSE WAS DECIDED The MC House decided to ask the UT Administration to “itself” do the work of putting up new speed limit and stop signage boards along with marking on MC roads. Otherwise, it should give additional An electronics shop in Sector 37, Chandigarh. PRADEEP TEWARI UT extends shop timings by hour Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 31 In a relief to traders, the UT Administration has decided to extend the timings of shops by an hour. Now, all shops are allowed to open from 9 am to 4 pm in the city. The decision was taken at a review meeting, chaired by UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore, on Covid-19 pandemic here today. To keep the number of Covid-19 cases down, it was decided to continue with the existing restrictions until 6 am on June 9 with certain other modifications. Keeping in view national and international events, the Administration has allowed sportspersons to utilise all sports facilities by strictly following the Covid protocol. However, swimming pools and gyms will remain closed. The UT authorities also allowed barber shops and salons to open only for hair cutting, etc, but spa and massage centres, where physical contact is involved, will continue to remain closed. The Administrator expressed satisfaction over the availability continued on page 3 To open from 9 am to 4 pm; curbs to continue till 6 am on June 9 BARBER SHOPS TO OPEN, BUT NOT MASSAGE CENTRES ■ All shops to open from 9 am to 4 pm ■ Barber shops and salons to open only for haircut, etc ■ Spa and massage centres to remain closed ■ All sports facilities to be opened for sportspersons ■ Swimming pools and gyms to remain closed NO SCHOOL FEE FOR KIDS ORPHANED BY PANDEMIC Expressing concern over the plight of children who have lost parents to Covid-19, UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore has directed that the school fee of all such children will be exempted and if any child needs accommodation in a welfare home, it will be provided free of cost. He directed Nitika Pawar, Secretary, Social Welfare, to prepare a comprehensive scheme so that those affected can be fully rehabilitated. Traders hail move, say step in right direction A virtual MC House meeting in progress at the civic body’s office in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN COMMISSIONER GIVES DISSENT NOTE The House was of the view that after withdrawing the notification, new rates should be finalised and the hike should be normal. However, MC Commissioner KK Yadav gave his dissent note, citing financial loss to the MC. funds to the MC for the purpose. Members of the House decided to visit different garbage processing plant sites before deciding which technology is to be adopted for the processing plant in Sector 25. — TNS Chandigarh, May 31 The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal has welcomed the decision of the UT Administration to increase the timings of shops dealing in nonessential goods by an hour and limited opening of barber shops and salons. Charanjiv Singh, president of the mandal, said they had demanded shopping hours from 9 am to 5 pm for all shops till the lockdown was in place, but an increase of one hour was also a step in the right direction. Diwakar Sahoonja, a spokesperson for the mandal, said they were hopeful of ear- ly steps by the government towards their pending demands such as priority vaccination of staff, management and families of shopkeepers, financial assistance, self-assessment of pending taxation cases and making need-based changes in the building bylaws of commercial properties to give a boost to commerce in the state. Kamaljit Singh Panchhi, president, Chandigarh Traders Association, Sector 17, said they hoped that Administrator VP Singh Badnore would accept their request for 9 am-5 pm timings for all shops soon. — TNS Rain, winds lash city; expect more UT move in conflict with sabka saath, sabka vikas : HC Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Chandigarh, May 31 Rain and gusty winds lashed the city for another day today. Till 11.30 pm, the city recorded 11.2 mm of rainfall and the wind was blowing at a speed of 30 to 40 km per hour. Met officials said the rain and wind intensity would increase during the night. There was a forecast of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday also. The maximum temperature today was 38°C, one degree below normal. The minimum temperature was 27.7°C, three degrees above normal. The Met officials said the maximum and minimum temperature would not see a Vehicles wade through a waterlogged road in Chandigarh. major change in the coming days. Trees were seen lying on roads today and complaint were lodged from Sectors 38, 41 and others. Offi- cials said it would take some time to clear all trees as around 75 had fallen when the storm had hit the city on Saturday night. — TNS Chandigarh, May 31 Rapping the UT Administration over “misplaced” priorities, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that its proposed action of electricity privatisation was in direct conflict with the nation’s agenda, “sabka saath, sabka vikas”. Directing that the proposed action be kept in abeyance, the Bench of Justice Jitendra Chauhan and Justice Vivek Puri said the UT Administration showed unwarranted haste in the matter, while cremation grounds witnessed long queues and hospitals were jam-packed. The Bench c m y b asserted: “With great pain and anguish, it is recorded that we are unable to reconcile with the fact that when the whole world is grappling with the deadly virus, when there is no oxygen, no ICUs, a long queue at the cremation grounds and no place in the hospitals, the undue hurry on the part of the Administration to hand over the profit making department to the private entity at this stage of the history and in this situation of crisis faced by the entire mankind, seems to be misplaced.” The direction came after senior advocate Ashwani Kumar Chopra and Akshit Chaudhary told the Bench PRIVATISATION OF ELECTRICITY WHAT THE BENCH SAID Directing that the proposed action be kept in abeyance, the Bench of Justice Jitendra Chauhan and Justice Vivek Puri said the UT Administration showed unwarranted haste in the matter, while cremation grounds witnessed long queues and hospitals were jam-packed. that the process had been expedited even through people were dying because of the Covid second wave. The Bench added that privatisation with the blind motive of so-called efficiency fell flat as the department was not only profit making, but also time and again matched the high standards of customers’ satisfaction and had a big role in maintaining the City Beautiful. The Bench added that the petitioners, through an application, had prayed for stopping further proceedings on electricity privatisation in Chandigarh, including opening and finalisation of the tender bids till the final adjudication of the writ petition. The Bench said no decision could be taken in the changed circumstances brought about by the pandemic as the functioning of the Courts stood curtailed to a “very great extent”. Keeping in view the exigency of the situation, the Bench stated at the current stage, the cause of justice and humanity would be better served by keeping the operation of communication dated April 19, 2021, on the proposed action of privatisation in abeyance, particularly when the matter is coming up for hearing before the Court on August 18.
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