27082021-CT-01.qxd 8/27/2021 12:47 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 27 AUGUST 2021 | CHANDIGARH DISMISS PLEA AGAINST POWER PRIVATISATION, ADMN ASKS HC PAGE 2 UT Administration asks Punjab & Hry High Court to dismiss petition against privatisation of Electricity Department. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 6,60,696 4,05,583 5,54,967 65,077 30,675 68,583 64,226 30,286 67,482 5 2 4 39 12 43 3 0 2 812 377 1,058 0 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX PAGE 2 204 PANCHKULA 197 MOHALI 145 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF TWO SNATCH BAG CONTAINING ~2.50L Chandigarh: Two bike-borne miscreants allegedly snatched a bag containing ~2.50 lakh from a Panchkula resident near the Fun Republic light point in Mani Majra on Thursday night. The police said they were verifying the complaint. The victim, Kapil, who owns a grocery store, was returning home on a two-wheeler when the suspects snatched the cash bag. The police were informed, who visited the spot. They said they were scrutinising the footage of CCTV cameras installed in the area. TNS 5 new cases in UT CHANDIGARH: The city on Thursday reported five cases of Covid19 and no death due to the virus. A total of three patients were cured of the disease in the past 24 hours. — TNS Four fresh cases in Mohali district KOHALI: Four persons tested positive for Covid during the past 24 hours, taking the district tally to 68,583. Meanwhile, no death has been reported from the district till Thursday evening while two patients were cured of the disease. Among the new cases, two each came from Dhakoli and Mohali. No case was reported from Kharar, Boothgarh, Dera Bassi, Lalru, Kurali, Gharuan and Banur. — TNS Two test positive in Panchkula PANCHKULA: Two fresh Covid cases were reported in the district, taking the total count to 30,675. Those affected with the virus are a 14-year-old boy from Ramgarh and 13-yearold girl from Sector 11. However, no death was reported. There are 12 active cases in the district and the death toll stands at 377. — TNS ONLY 1.38L BENEFICIARIES OF 7.36L GET 2ND JAB IN MOHALI In a note, Corbusier had highlighted problems faced by guards and peons working at the Capitol Complex. MAX 36°C | MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35.3°C | MIN 28°C SUNSET FRIDAY: 6:51 PM PAGE 2 In a major concern for Mohali health officials, a large number of people delaying 2nd dose of Covid vaccine. SUNRISE SATURDAY: 5:57 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Constituency allowance of Mayor, councillors up 60% MC holding 2-day inspection at smart parking lots in city MOHALI MC HOUSE MEET Resolution to be sent to Local Bodies Dept for nod Chandigarh, August 26 Following the UT Adviser’s observation regarding the ‘smart’ parking lots, a team of the Municipal Corporation today inspected paid-parking spaces in the city. The inspection work will continue tomorrow. Officials have been ordered to verify smart features with a checklist of 110 points as per the contract. If it is found the two firms managing the 89 parking lots have not introduced the features, action could be initiated against them. Penalty could be imposed for jumping several deadlines. Mayor Ravi Kant Sharma said, “Being the first day of the inspection, firms had also come. Representatives of one of these claimed to have made about 85 per cent compliance of smart parking norms and the other about 90 per cent. After receiving our inspection report, we will also conduct surprise checks.” All parking lots will be inspected for 2 days. Action will be taken on the basis of the inspection report. Anindita Mitra, MC COMMISSIONER CHANDIGARH: After several failed attempts, the UT Engineering Department has decided to construct 209 new bus queue shelters. An official said the department would also renovate nearly 200 old bus queue shelters. The project is likely to cost nearly ~13 crore. Earlier, the department had made several efforts for the construction and renovation of bus queue shelters. The successful bidder was to construct, repair and maintain the Tribune News Service CHANDIGARH 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 CORBUSIER WANTED CAPITOL COMPLEX PEONS TO LIVE IN SEC 3 Mohali, August 26 In a major decision at a House meeting held here today, the Mohali Municipal Corporation unanimously passed a resolution to hike the constituency allowance of the Mayor and councillors by nearly 60 per cent. The constituency allowance of councillors has been increased by ~10,000, that of the Deputy Mayor by ~14,000, the Senior Deputy Mayor by ~16,000 and the Mayor by ~18,000. Earlier, the constituency allowance of the Mayor was ~30,000 per month, that of the Senior Deputy Mayor and the Deputy Mayor was ~24,000 and ~18,750, respectively, while that of the councillors was ~15,000. The resolution passed by the MC House will be sent to the Local Bodies Department for final approval. Giving details of the House meeting, Mayor Amarjit Singh Jeeti Sidhu said a resolution was also passed to dismiss one of the employees of the Municipal Corporation, Kesar Singh. There have been allegations against Kesar Singh that he did not perform his duty properly A councillor raises an issue during the MC House meeting in Mohali on Thursday. PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL IN FIGURES — HOW MUCH THEY WILL GET NOW EXISTING MAYOR DEPUTY MAYOR SR DEPUTY MAYOR COUNCILLORS UP BY NEW ~30,000 ~18,750 ~24,000 ~15,000 ~18,000 ~14,000 ~16,000 ~10,000 ~48,000 ~32,750 ~40,000 ~25,000 and had also insulted local MLA and Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu. The Mayor said the inquiry committee comprising three councillors — Rajinder Singh Rana, Jasbir Singh Manku and Baljit Kaur — had confirmed the allegations against Kesar Singh and he had been dismissed with immediate effect. Apart from this, a resolution had also been passed to bring the Broads in Mohali under mechanical cleanliness through another table item, he added. He said resolutions related to maintenance of toilet blocks in different zones were also passed. At the meeting, Opposition councillors alleged discrimination in their respective wards. However, the Mayor claimed that no ward was being discriminated against. At the start of the meeting, a two-minute silence was observed to mourn the death of Rajinder Kaur Bedi, mother of Deputy Mayor Kuljit Singh Bedi, and Sukhwinder Kaur, wife of Master Charan Singh, councillor from Sector 66, who passed away recently. Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chaos at the paid parking of the mobile market in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI NOT SMART ENOUGH YET ■ At some parking lots ■ At the Sector 22 mobile like the one in Bank Square, Sector 17, vehicles are parked haphazardly. Even if there is no space inside the parking lots, slips are issued and the visitors are left to find space for themselves ■ In some parking lots, two-wheelers and four-wheelers are parked in spaces not meant for them market, a number of street vendors are often seen operating inside the parking lot. Dumped garbage and debris are also an issue here ■ Sufficient number of attendants inside the parking lots and full CCTV coverage at the entrance and exit points and other smart features are yet to come up at various paid facilities ‘ACTION TO FOLLOW INSPECTION REPORT’ ❝ ❞ UT to construct 209 bus queue shelters shelters. The firm could generate revenue through selling advertisement space there. The company has to bear the construction cost and share the advertisement revenue with the Administration. — TNS Plan to privatise Kalka-Shimla rail track for 30 yrs: Report located in the foothills of the Himalayas in West Bengal and the Nilgiri Mountain Railways located in the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu. “These locations are domestic tourism hubs with a heritagebased appeal to these railways,” said the report. The proposal, however, has a word of caution for interested parties and has said they will also be responsible for preserving the heritage status of the tracks. “Any development/upgrade will be subject to concessionaire provisions,” it added. However, even as the plan has been prepared, officials in the Ambala division said they were unaware of any communication being sent in regard to the report in the recent past. “In August 2020, the Ministry of Railways had included Chandigarh among 12 clusters for passenger trains to be operated as private entities through the public-private partnership,” said GM Singh, railway manager, Ambala division, under which the KalkaShimla section falls. Factory worker dies in road mishap UT to hire structural design consultant UT Home Secy to be relieved on Aug 31 Mohali, August 26 A man was killed in a road mishap in Kharar after the driver of a battery-operated scooter hit the motorcycle he was riding late on Wednesday night. The victim has been identified as Jagdeep Singh (26), a resident of Bassi Pathana in Fatehgarh Sahib district. According to information, Jagdeep, along with his friend Sandeep Singh, was going home on a bike after performing their duty at Swaraj Factory in Kharar. As they reached Madanheri village near continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 26 Niti Aayog, as part of its plan to monetise public sector assets, proposes to provide the Kalka-Shimla railway track to a private concessionaire for a period of 30-50 years, according to a report by the Centre’s public policy think tank. The plan for the 118-year-old railway track — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — has been prepared in Niti Aayog’s report ‘Volume II: Asset Pipeline’. According to the report published this month, the concessionaire will be responsible for operation, maintenance and development of the railway track. The Dushyant Singh Pundir Chandigarh, August 26 For stability and rigidity of structures, the UT Engineering Department will prepare a structural design of the pedestrian underpass to be constructed between the PGI and Panjab University. The department has invited bids from eligible consultants for preparing the structural design. An official said the aim was to produce a structure capable of resisting all applied loads during its intended life. The work would entail report has a similar plan for the remaining mountain rail tracks of India, which are World Heritage Sites — Darjeeling Himalayan Railway detailed geo-technical investigations to determine the properties of soil up to a depth of 35 m for designing the foundations, approaches and other structures. PU-PGI UNDERPASS The firm would be required to prepare preliminary drawings and details with tentative dimensions required for calculation of quantities of various items for the construction work. In November 2019, UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore had given in-principle approval for the construction of the underpass after the traffic police had apprised the Administration of the need of an underpass between the hospital and the university due to a heavy rush of patients and their attendants, as thousands of people from neighbouring states reach the medical institute for treatment every day. As buses drop passengers on the road opposite the main gate of the hospital, they have to cross the road amid heavy traffic, which is a risky affair. Also, people have to wait for a long time to cross the road continued on page 2 Chandigarh, August 26 After completion of his intercadre deputation period, Arun Kumar Gupta, Principal Secretary (Home), UT, will be relieved on August 31. The three-year deputation period of the officer had ended in May, but due to a surge in Covid cases, the UT Administration had sought an extension in service for three months for Gupta, a Haryanacadre IAS officer of the 1992 batch. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet had extended the deputation of continued on page 2 Vendors encroach on the pathway along the boundary wall of the Civil Hospital at Mani Majra, Chandigarh, on Thursday. RAVI KUMAR Licence of 3,677 vendors suspended for 3 months UNPAID FEE Chandigarh, August 26 The vending licence of 3,677 “habitual payment defaulters” has been suspended for three months by the Municipal Corporation. If the pending monthly fee is still unpaid, the licence of the vendors will be terminated. The pending payment pertains to the period before Covid — up to January 1, 2020. MC Joint Commissioner Rohit Gupta said: “The licence of habitual defaulters, who had not cleared their dues till January 2020, has been suspended. The decision regarding those who are defaulters after this date is yet to be tak- en.” There are a total of 10,917 registered vendors divided in three categories — essential, non-essential and street vendors. Covid-19 has apparently rendered over 6,000 registered vendors defaulters in the city. Despite getting another chance of clearing their pending licence fee by July 26, only around 40 per cent vendors could make the payment. However, the MC is yet to decide what is to be done with those who could not pay the monthly fee during Covid. They have sought fee exemption for night food street operators and second hand car dealers. Till now, no decision has been taken in this regard. continued on page 2 In death, two give fresh lease of life to 8 at PGI Now, no manual challans, please! Chandigarh, August 26 The kidneys and corneas of two persons, who lost their lives in road accidents, gave a fresh lease of life to eight patients at the PGI here. Ashwani Kumar (54), a resident of Kaithal, met with a fatal road accident on August 14 and was immediately taken to the civil hospital there. As his condition worsened, he was rushed to the PGI. Despite the best efforts, Ashwani could not be revived and was declared brain dead on August 17. KHALI PROMOTES CAUSE Professional wrestler Dalip Singh, aka The Great Khali, who was at the PGI on Thursday, said organ donation was the most valuable form of donation as it could give a new lease of life to terminally ill patients. He exhorted people to come forward to pledge their organs for donation. His wife Anita said, “It’s something no family should have to go through. We said yes to organ donation because it is far better to give someone a new life than reducing these organs to ashes.” Prof HS Kohli, Head, Department of Nephrology, c m y b PGI, said, “Following the family’s decision, the two best matching recipients, who were suffering from end-stage debilitating kidney ailment and dependent on renal dialysis for long, were identified and retrieved kidneys were transplanted to them.” Apart from the kidneys, the corneas of the donors were also harvested, which on transplantation, restored the eyesight of two other patients at the PGI. Earlier on August 9, continued on page 2 Chandigarh, August 26 Over a year after the e-challan system was introduced in the city, DSPs, SHOs and in-charge of various units, who were till now issuing manual traffic violation challans, have been directed not to issue any manual challans. The order, issued today by DIG Omvir Singh, states that the e-challan system has been implemented in Chandigarh following which DIG asks DSP, SHOs to return challan books all DSPs, SHOs and incharge of units are hereby directed not to issue any manual traffic violation challan with immediate effect. The DIG has also asked the officers concerned to deposit all manual challan books in the challan branch of the traffic police. The e-challan sys- tem was introduced in July 2020, which enables violators to pay traffic fines on the spot using cashless means and from their homes using an online payment gateway. The e-challan devices were handed over to traffic police personnel to issue challans to the violators. A police official said despite asking all officers to return challan books, the traffic wing should have exhausted all printed challan books to save stationery. — TNS
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