09092021-CT-01.qxd 9/9/2021 12:39 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 9 SEPTEMBER 2021 | CHANDIGARH NEERAJ KEEN ON TAKING HIS MEDAL TO MILKHA'S HOUSE PAGE 2 Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra fulfilled late sprinter’s wish of seeing an Indian athlete climb the podium at Olympics. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 6,88,100 65,138 64,292 3 31 3 815 0 MOHALI 4,16,791 5,70,881 30,697 68,651 30,309 67,545 4 4 11 46 2 2 377 1,060 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH PANCHKULA 49 MOHALI 39 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF 50-YR-OLD MAN HELD WITH OPIUM Chandigarh: A 50-year-old man has been arrested with opium. According to the police, the suspect, Shiv Kumar, a native of Uttar Pradesh, was arrested from Sector 31 with 260 gm of opium. A case has been registered under the NDPS Act at the Sector 31 police station. TNS MAX 33°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34.4°C | MIN 28.1°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:35 PM Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 8 One of the suspects, who robbed a model-turnedactress at knifepoint at her house in Sector 27, has a criminal past. The police investigation has revealed that the suspect, Arjun, has several cases registered against him in Punjab. Police sources said the suspect was also convicted in a case of burglary. “He was lodged at the Ropar jail and was released in May 2021,” the sources added. The suspect was earlier lodged at the Patiala jail also in another case. Aged around 23, the suspect is a native of Nepal and Three cases in UT, no fatality CHANDIGARH: The city on Wednesday reported three cases of Covid-19 and no death due to the virus. A total of 17 patients were cured of the disease. — TNS Four more found infected in Mohali MOHALI: Four new Covid-19 cases, one from Kharar and three from Mohali, were reported on Wednesday. Two patients recovered from the virus. Of the 68,651 cases reported so far, 67,545 have recovere. The active case count has reached 46. The death toll stands at 1,060. — TNS 4 fresh cases in Panchkula dist PANCHKULA:The district report- ed four fresh coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the overall tally to 30,697. The Covid toll remained at 377. While 30,309 people have recovered from the disease so far, 11 cases are still active. The recovery rate stands at 98.73 per cent. — TNS PAGE 3 PGI attending to 5,000 patients daily, which is 50 per cent of the footfall witnessed during the pre-Covid times. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.04 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE CHB slashes reserve price of its leasehold properties Price of commercial units to see 20% dip, residential 10% Chandigarh, September 8 In view of a lukewarm response to its recent e-auctions, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has decided to reduce the reserve price of its vacant commercial and residential properties on a leasehold basis by 20 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively, for the next e-tenders. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Board of Directors, which was chaired by Dharam Pal, UT Advisercum-Chairman, CHB. The last three e-auctions for leasehold properties had received a tepid response. Only two units each were sold out of 149 commercial and 33 residential properties on September 1. The CHB could sell only three of the 151 commercial properties and five of the 38 residential units put up for auction on August 10. Similarly, nine of the total 156 com- OTHER DECISIONS ■ Allotment of residential units to be restored on removal of building violations by December 31 and on payment of restoration charges ■ Engineering cost estimate of ~643.64 crore for the General Housing Scheme at IT Park approved in principle ■ Forty vacant posts of clerk to be filled through direct recruitment ■ The existing ceiling of medical reimbursement to retired employees raised from ~50,000 per annum to ~1 lakh per annum ■ The staff quarters to be renovated on the lines of improvement specifications of the houses of the UT Administration Panel to look into need-based changes mercial properties and two of the 11 residential properties offered by the board were auctioned on July 1. Yashpal Garg, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), CHB, said after detailed deliberations, it was decided to restore the allotment of residential units, which was cancelled due to building violations, in case the appeal of the allottee concerned was pending before the board, provided the violations were removed by December 31, 2021, and applicable revival/restoration charges were paid. To allow further need-based changes in residential units, the board constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the Secretary, CHB, comprising members of the departments concerned of the UT Administration. “During the process, the committee may consult the nominated members of the board, RWAs and other stakeholders for some innovative solutions,” said the CEO. The report of the committee would be placed before the board for consideration and decision, he added. Thousands of allottees have been demanding regularisation of need-based changes/additional construction made in residential units and a one-time settlement on the Delhi pattern. Of the nearly 70,000 houses constructed by the CHB so far, need-based changes have been made in about 60,000 houses in which nearly 20 per cent population of the city resides. continued on page 3 Robbery suspect MC caught on the wrong foot has a criminal past No provision in Act, but sent water disconnection notices Amit Sharma PGI PATIENT COUNT UP, REACHES 50% OF PRE-COVID NUMBERS DSW (Women) says campus may open in phased manner, starting with final-year PG students of some science depts. Tribune News Service 43 PAGE 2 PANJAB UNIVERSITY CAMPUS LIKELY TO OPEN NEXT WEEK Was released from Ropar jail in May this year WAS CONVICTED IN BURGLARY CASE The suspect was convicted in a case of burglary and was released from the Ropar jail in May 2021. lives alone in Kharar. His mother is a domestic help, who works at a house in Panchkula and lives there only. The police are scrutinising the call detail records of the suspect’s mobile phone to trace him. People who were in contact with the suspect are also being questioned by the police. continued on page 3 RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY TAX Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 8 The MC has been caught on the wrong foot as it has been issuing water supply disconnection notices to residential property tax defaulters for two years. This is despite the fact that there is no provision to snap the water supply connection in the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, as extended to the UT. Realising its folly, the MC has now discontinued the practice of sending notices. “We have stopped sending notices as there is no provision in the Act. We are now studying the Act to finalise what STOPS PRACTICE NOW ❝We have stopped is sending notices as there no provision in the Act. We are now studying the Act to finalise what action is to be taken in case of payment default. Attaching property or car can be considered. An official ❞ action is to be taken in case of payment default. Attaching property or car can be considered,” an official said. The MC started issuing such notices at the time of Additional Commissioner Anil Kumar Garg, who was earlier heading the property tax division. As many as 500 notices were issued last year to house property tax defaulters. As many as 300 of them had cleared the dues. Later, the remaining 200 were served notices again and water meter disconnection was on the cards. These 200 households alone owe about ~50 lakh to the civic body. The property tax branch of the corporation has collected about ~43 crore revenue from commercial and residential property tax in the current fiscal. About 1,200 commercial tax defaulters and about 1,000 residential tax defaulters have been issued notices to clear their dues. The MC has recently attached four commercial properties for failing to clear their dues. Vehicles move on the potholed Peer Muchhala road in Sector 20, Panchkula. PHOTOS: RAVI KUMAR The same old story — Bumpy rides on potholed roads in P’kula Amit Bathla Tribune News Service Panchkula, September 8 For the past many years, pothole-ridden roads have become a regular feature in the city, dubbed as “Paris of Haryana”. Despite the fact that the MC spends approximately ~5 crore every year on the upkeep of roads, these continue to provide a bumpy ride to commuters year after year. After the recent rain, the condition of roads turned from bad to worse in many localities such as the housing board entry road, the road separating Sector 7 and 8 and the main road near Suraj Theatre in Sector 1. Following repeated complaints and mounting pressure, the Panchkula Municipal Corporation took up some patchwork on roads and fill potholes. However, for residents, the “quick fix solution” of the civic body is “too little and too late”. They say it will not bring any comfort for motorists in the long term. Surprisingly, in March this year, the district administration had directed road construction agencies to identify seven stretches of 5 km each and develop them as “model roads” free of accidents. However, this target will remain a distant dream until A portion of a road that caved in unrepaired for long in the Industrial Area, Phase 1, Panchkula, on Monday. ‘RAIN WILL WASH AWAY PATCHWORK’ of ❝ A spellon rain will wash away the temporaryInstead, patchwork roads and potholes will resurface. the MC should adopt a scientific and permanent solution to ensure roads are not damaged by rain and plying of heavy vehicles. SK Nayar, PRESIDENT, CITIZENS’ WELFARE ASSN ❞ the authorities find a longterm solution to keep roads in shape. Facing criticism for the “negligent attitude” of the civic body, Mayor Kulbhushan Goyal of the BJP went into a damage-control mode. “We have been constantly keeping a track of potholeridden roads, which require immediate attention, and patchwork is being carried out. Already, a number of bad patches have been repaired and potholes filled across the city,” he said. “The rainy season has brought to a halt development works and road repairs. After the rainy season gets over, the hot-mix plant will be made functional and will start work on recarpeting of roads across the city. Keeping the weather forecast in mind, we expect to start work from next Monday,” Goyal said. Asked about his views, MC Commissioner Dharamvir Singh made similar comments. Gian Chand Gupta, Haryana Speaker and MLA from the Panchkula constituency, could continued on page 3 No offence by adults Let’s wait & watch, say experts, in live-in sans divorce term air purifiers a costly affair Saurabh Malik Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 8 The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that no offence would apparently be made out if two adults were in a live-in relationship without being divorced from their spouse. The High Court also refused to agree with a judgment that said a spouse was not entitled to protection with regard to relationship with another person without obtaining a divorce. The ruling by Justice Amol Rattan Singh came on a protection petition against the State of Punjab and other respondents. The Bench was told that the petitioner-man was married. He had filed a divorce petition, which was dismissed. An appeal against the order was filed by him before the High Court, which was still pending. In an order passed during the hearing of the appeal, it was observed by the High Court that there was no chance of reconciliation. The counsel submitted that the petitioners were in a live-in Chandigarh, September 8 Controlling the source of pollution is more important than piecemeal solutions like installing air purifiers, believe environment experts. The UT Administration has taken an initiative to install an air purification tower at the busy Transport Chowk in Sector 26. However, experts believe that only time will tell how effective it will be in controlling air pollution in the area. The air purifier, installed at no cost to the Administration, was commissioned yesterday. The junction has one of the highest traffic volumes in the city. The pollution level in the area is also one of the highest in the city. Pollution comes from vehicles and construction of buildings in the form of particulate matter like methane, carbon dioxide and dust particulate, which can create a lot of health problems for people like respiratory illness. Dr Ravindra Khairwal, Additional Professor, Depart- PETITIONER’S DIVORCE PLEA WAS JUNKED The ruling by Justice Amol Rattan Singh came on a protection petition against the State of Punjab and other respondents. The Bench was told that the petitioner-man was married. He had filed a divorce petition, which was dismissed. An appeal against the order was filed by him before the High Court, which was still pending. In an order passed during the hearing of the appeal, it was observed by the High Court that there was no chance of reconciliation. relationship and were apprehending danger to their life and liberty. Even the police were harassing the petitioners. Justice Amol Rattan Singh observed that the petitioners were directed by a co-ordinate continued on page 3 c m y b ❝ We need to control air pollution at source or along the pathway as installation of air purifiers will be a costly affair. Dr Ravindra Khairwal, ❞ ADDL PROF, COMMUNITY MEDICINE, PGI ment of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, PGI, said, “We need to control air pollution at source or along the pathway as installation of air purifiers will be a costly affair.” Some experts though opine that the authorities should regularly monitor the quality of air in the surrounding area. If the tower was found to be effective in reducing the air pollution substantially, the experiment should be replicated in other polluted areas such as industrial areas, bus stand, near hospitals and traffic signals. A professor at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, said the tower was commissioned just a day ago and it was too early to say anything on its success. “We have to wait and watch before coming to any conclusion,” he said, adding that if the tower succeeded in reducing the air pollution as mentioned within a radius of 500 metre, such units could be set up at a distance of 6 km to reduce air pollution level in the city. An official of the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee said with installation of the tower, the air quality around Transport Chowk would improve considerably. The suspect being taken for a medical examination before being produced in the District Courts, Mohali, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Ex-cop in two-day police remand for wife’s murder Tribune News Service Mohali, September 8 A retired Punjab Police head constable, who allegedly killed his 69-year-old wife, was produced in a court today and sent to two-day police remand. The post-mortem of the victim, Kuldeep Kaur, was conducted at the Civil Hospital in Phase 6. The police have sent viscera samples for a forensic examination. Sources said there were injury marks on the chest, one side of the head and neck. The injury mark on the head was due to a blunt object. There are strangulation-like marks on the neck. The nature of injury in the chest was not clear yet, said sources. The suspect, Kartar Singh Riar (70), allegedly killed his wife by repeatedly banging her head against the floor at their house in Phase XI yesterday morning. The suspect was arrested two hours later. He was sitting near the body. The couple had strained relations for a long time, the continued on page 3
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