11112021-CT-01.qxd 11/11/2021 12:38 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 11 NOVEMBER 2021 | CHANDIGARH ROCK ZONE DEFEAT LEISURE ZONE TO BAG CRICKET TROPHY PAGE 2 Nikhil’s pace attack helps Rock Zone bundle out Leisure Zone for 173 runs and secure a 151-run victory. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 3 COTTON WORTH LAKHS REDUCED TO ASHES IN DERA BASSI MILL POOR AIR QUALITY TAKES TOLL ON HEALTH OF PATIALA RESIDENTS A fire breaks out at a spinning mill on the Barwala road, reduces a huge quantity of cotton lying in the open to ashes. MAX 29°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29.2°C | MIN 11.9°C Worshipping Sun God SUNSET THURSDAY 5:29 PM TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY PAGE 3 Patiala residents start complaining of scratchy eyes, sore throat and breathlessness due to poor air quality. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:45 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Land pooling policy for villages on cards Two held for UTmay give resettlement option to property owners attacking youth Dushyant Singh Pundir resettlement options can be at nightclub given to people under the Tribune News Service Devotees perform rituals at the Sector 42 lake during Chhath Puja in Chandigarh on Wednesday. TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 8,03,231 65,373 64,531 2 22 4 820 0 4,61,217 6,40,314 30,780 68,864 30,394 67,752 3 4 7 43 1 1 379 1,069 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 110 PANCHKULA 100 MOHALI 325 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF MINOR GIRL COMMITS SUICIDE Chandigarh: A 17-year-old girl reportedly committed by hanging herself at her house in Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26. The police were informed and the body was shifted to a mortuary. The police said there was no external injury marks on the victim’s body. No suicide note was found from the house. Inquest proceedings have been initiated by the police at the Sector 26 police station. TNS UT sees two fresh cases, no death CHANDIGARH: The city on Wednesday reported two cases of Covid-19. There was no death due to the virus, while six patients were cured of the disease. — TNS 4 more test positive in Mohali district MOHALI: Four new Covid-19 cases were reported from the district while three patients recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours. Among the new cases, three were from Mohali and one from Dera Bassi. — TNS 3 cases reported from Panchkula PANCHKULA: The district recorded three fresh coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the overall tally to 30,780. The toll remained at 379. While 30,394 people have recovered from the infectious disease so far, seven cases are still active. The recovery rate stands at 98.74 per cent. — TNS 2 deaths, 69 dengue cases in Mohali Tribune News Service Mohali, November 10 Two suspected dengue deaths were reported by the Health Department today. One of the deceased was a 65year-old man from Phase 7, who died on October 26, and the other a 45-year-old woman from Phase 10, who died on November 3. Both patients were admitted to private hospitals in Mohali. The Mohali Civil Surgeon, Dr Adarshpal Kaur, said, “The suspected deaths are not of today. These were reported late by the respective hospitals.” Sixty-nine confirmed cases of dengue were reported from the district today. As many as 207 samples of suspected dengue were sent for tests today. In the past five days, 386 new cases have been reported, while 806 persons have been afflicted by the fever this month alone. As many as 2,260 dengue cases were reported last month. The dengue count in the district has reached the 3,437-mark. Thirty-five persons have succumbed to the disease so far. Chandigarh, November 10 The UT Administration plans to implement a land pooling policy in a village on a pilot basis. The Administration is preparing the policy to utilise vacant land in the city. Initially, the policy will be introduced in a UT village for the development of available land. After the success of the pilot project, the land pooling policy would be implemented in other villages, said UT Adviser Dharam Pal. Facing a shortage of large chunks of vacant land, the Administration is also considering giving resettlement option to owners of commercial and residential properties in the villages, he said, adding that broad contours of the land pooling policy were discussed at a meeting with officials of different departments here today. Directing the officials to prepare a step-wise process of the policy, Dharam Pal said, “The situation is far more complicated in Chandigarh as large chunks of vacant land are not available and we cannot do anything in the PILOT PROJECT After the success of the pilot project, the land pooling policy would be implemented in other villages, said UT Adviser Dharam Pal. SUBMIT DETAILS OF LAND, DEPTS TOLD The Administration had asked different departments to submit details of available and encroached land. The authorities are mulling a number of land pooling models for the development of villages and peripheral areas. One of the models being considered is giving land development rights instead of land rights. green area as per the Chandigarh Master Plan-2031.” “As the development has to be restricted to certain areas being used for commercial and residential purposes, land pooling policy, he said, adding that things were entirely different in Chandigarh as compared to neighbouring districts of Panchkula and Mohali where large tracks of land were available. Recently, UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit had asked the Administration to utilise available vacant land in the city. The UT Administration has also roped in Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Human Settlement to formulate a land aggregation and pooling policy to help the UT utilise surplus land for development works in the city. A consultant of the Indian Institute for Human Settlement had already presented a draft policy for aggregation of land for villages and peri urban areas in Chandigarh, after studying best practices of this area in Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and Maharashtra. On the issue of the Lal Dora extension, the Administration has decided to mark it using the LIDIR technology. Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 10 Almost a month after a 27year-old youth was attacked at a nightclub in Sector 7, the UT police have nabbed two suspects. The suspects, identified as Arjun Thakur and Mohit, were nabbed from the Prankster club in Sector 26 last night. Complainant Tarun Doomra, a resident of Zirakpur, had gone for a party at a club, Grapho, on the intervening night of September 12 and 13 where a few youths, including Mohit, Ashish Setia, Lala and Arjun Thakur, started abusing him. The police said Mohit hit the victim with a glass on his left eye, leaving him injured. The victim was admitted to the PGI. The police had registered a case at the Sector 26 police station. The police said Arjun was earlier booked in a case regarding a firing incident reported during a birthday bash of BJP leader Sahdev Salaria at the F Bar restaurant in Sector 26 in November 2018. Raj Bala’s ward encroachers’ paradise Warring’s midnight inspection at RAJ BALA MALIK, COUNCILLOR FROM WARD NUMBER 2 AREA: Sector 12, 14, 15 and Khuda Lahora Colony PROMISES: Overall development of the ward RESULT: Partly kept MC ELECTIONS UNKEPT PROMISES Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 10 Councillor and former Mayor Raj Bala Malik’s ward number 2 has become a street vendors and encroachers’ paradise. Other than having the largest registered vending site at Sector 15 in the city, a large number of unregistered vendors are also occupying different areas in local markets. Many shopkeepers have encroached upon verandahs or footpaths. This troubles local residents as well as visitors to the market. People hardly find space to move around. In the evening, the situation goes ACHIEVEMENTS CLAIMED ■ Long-pending issue of stagnant A new vendors’ zone developed near the post office at the Sector 15 market. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI COUNCILLORSPEAK I am not in favour of illegal vendors. The MC has been challaning violators. At Khuda Lahora Colony, the work started late as some arrangements had to be made before carrying out the main job of Raj Bala Malik laying pipelines. ❝ ❞ from bad to worse when a large number of vendors swarm Patel Market and booth markets. Snatcher targets woman on train Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 10 A man entered a train when it was leaving the Chandigarh railway station, snatched a woman’s purse containing ~1.10 lakh and valuables, and escaped by jumping off the locomotive last evening, it has been alleged by a resident of Kalka. As the speed of the train was slow, the snatcher, who also attacked the woman, did not get injured while jumping off. The woman was travelling from Kalka to Jammu with her husband and seven other members of her family when the alleged incident took place. A neighbour and relative of Jumps off with ~1.10 lakh, valuables at city station the family, Varinder Sharma, told Chandigarh Tribune, “My neighbours, a total of nine family members — three men, three women and three children — were travelling from Kalka to Jammu on a train for a wedding function. On the way, at the Chandigarh station, platform number 4, where the train (Kalka-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Special - 04535) stops for about 15 minutes, my neighbours Charu and Amit Sukheja were looted of continued on page 2 People do not find space to park their vehicles. In the event of a fire or other exigency, the situation can go rainwater at Sector 15/11 underpass resolved ■ Water pipeline laid in leftover area of “cheap houses”, Sector 15-D ■ Four open-air gyms set up in the ward ■ Sewer, stormwater pipeline work started at Khuda Lahora Colony ■ Sector 15 community centre upgrade work ■ Road recarpeting at Khuda Lahora Colony out of control. During the five-year term of the local councillor, the situation has continued on page 2 Zirakpur, six buses impounded Says they had info that luxury buses were evading taxes Tribune News Service Zirakpur, November 10 Punjab Transport Minister Amrinder Singh Raja Warring laid a midnight naka near the McDonald’s light point on the Chandigarh-Delhi highway in Zirakpur to inspect bus permits and other documents of private luxury buses. He was accompanied by officials of the Transport Department. Warring today said it was learnt that the operators of private buses were evading taxes and causing a loss of crores or rupees to the department. Based on the information, they impounded six buses for evading tax and other violations. Regarding inconvenience Punjab Transport Minister Amrinder Singh Raja Warring. ZIRAKPUR BUS STOP LYING DEFUNCT Residents said the Zirakpur bus stop near Paras Downtown was lying defunct for years now. It had become a parking lot. Passengers travelling to and fro from the city have to board local and long-route busses on the busy highway. caused to passengers, the drivers were instructed to drop the passengers at their destination after which the buses were impounded. Officials said the bus operators were picking passengers randomly midway on the route, ignoring the rules. It is necessary to get approval of each route separately and also to pay tax, which was not being done in the present case. During the minister’s inspection, the passengers had to wait and face inconvenience, for which Warring apologised to them. Warring told the passengers that before boarding a bus they could check the documents of the bus to see if it had the permit of the department concerned. Pull over for emergency vehicles even at red light Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 10 When an emergency vehicle, including an ambulance, approaches another vehicle, the driver is supposed to move out of the path as soon as possible. However, if traffic is halted at a traffic junction, are motorists still supposed to cross the zebra crossing or eventually the red light to make way for an approaching ambulance? Lack of clarity on the protocol among people leads to confusion as everyone is apprehensive that crossing or giving way at a red light can get them challaned. Ambulances from neighbouring states can be seen zipping through city roads towards hospitals, including the PGI and the GMCH, Sector 32 and the GMSH, Sector c m y b 16. Many motorists encounter a situation when they are waiting at a light point for the signal to turn green and in the meantime an ambulance approaches from behind. Vishal, a resident of Sector 38, claims that every time he is in such a situation, he waits for other drivers to react as it is often seen that traffic cops standing ahead of the junction and unaware of the situation stop the vehicle for jumping the red light. “Stopping in the middle of a traffic junction is not appropriate following which one crosses the red light,” he said. UT SSP (Traffic) Manisha Choudhary said mostly challans for jumping the red light are issued on the basis of violation captured through handheld cameras allotted to the field staff. “However, if SSP CLEARS THE AIR WHAT DO THE RULES SAY UT SSP (Traffic) Manisha Choudhary said mostly challans for jumping the red light are issued on the basis of violation captured through handheld cameras allotted to the field staff. “However, if there is any such instance of giving way to an ambulance and crossing the zebra or red light while doing so, we take it into consideration,” the SSP said. As per Section 194E of the MV Act, 1988, (Amended in 2019), whoever while driving a motor vehicle fails to draw to the side of the road on the approach of a fire service vehicle or an ambulance or any other emergency vehicle, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with a fine of ~10,000 or both. Motorists make way for an approaching ambulance at a red light at a roundabout in Sector 32, Chandigarh. PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL there is any such instance of giving way to an ambulance and crossing the zebra or red light while doing so, we take it into consideration,” the SSP said. Another city resident said with new CCTV cameras installed everywhere, motorists were confused whether moving the vehicle ahead of the zebra crossing and also crossing the red light just to make way for an ambulance could get them challaned. “There is always an apprehension that the violation, irrespective of the reason behind it, will get caught in a CCTV camera leading to a TVIS challan,” the resident added. The SSP clarified that challans based on CCTV cameras installed under the Smart continued on page 2
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