30042022-CT-01.qxd 4/30/2022 12:35 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE SATURDAY | 30 APRIL 2022 | CHANDIGARH REMOVE VIOLATIONS IN 7 DAYS OR FACE DEMOLITION: CHB PAGE 2 Chandigarh Housing Board directs allottees to remove violations and rectify their units within seven days. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 92,051 44,171 95,782 RECOVERED 90,817 43,744 94,587 NEW CASES 10 0 4 ACTIVE 69 13 47 CHANGE 4 1 DEATHS 1,165 414 1,148 NEW 0 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 205 PANCHKULA 261 MOHALI 180 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD FRESH 4 COVID CASES IN MOHALI Mohali:Fresh four Covid cases have been reported in the district in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 95,782. Three more patients recovered from the disease. No death was reported in the district on Friday. The number of active cases was 47. TNS CITY BEAUTIFUL SEES 10 CASES OF COVID-19 Chandigarh: The city logged 10 fresh coronavirus cases on Friday. The active caseload rose to 69. The death toll remained unchanged at 1,165. Meanwhile, six persons were cured of the disease. TNS NO FRESH CASE IN PANCHKULA DIST Panchkula: Panchkula reported no fresh coronavirus cases on Friday, keeping the active caseload unchanged at 13. The death toll remained 414. As many as 43,744 people have recovered from the disease in the district so far. TNS SUNSET SATURDAY 6:59 PM FM to take final call on water supply project Tribune News Service ABOUT THE PROJECT Smart City Ltd is getting a ~402crore loan for the project from a French company. An official said in addition to providing water round the clock, the project was aimed at improving the quality of water supply in terms of pressure. He said the entire water network would also be modernised and the latest devices installed with the launch of the project. with a French company to provide a loan for the project. During the presentation, the members had put several questions regarding the project such as the water needs of the city, how the project was envisaged and sustainability and maintainability of the project etc. An official said it was expected to take about a month to get the approval. After getting the nod, tender for the ~590-crore project will be floated, he added. Smart City is getting a ~402crore loan for the project from a French company. The loan will be repaid in 15 years with a six-year moratorium period in water bills by the residents. Apart from this, the European Union (EU) will provide a grant of nearly ~96 crore for the project. An official said in addition to providing water round the clock, the project was aimed at improving the quality of water supply in terms of pressure. He said the entire water network would also be modernised and the latest devices installed with the launch of the project. Earlier, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit had continued on page 2 Panchkula reels under power cuts City to face tentative outages for over six hours a day Tribune News Service Panchkula, April 29 The city today witnessed power cuts for over seven hours at different times of the day, giving residents across sectors disturbed sleep as the outages began in the wee hours. The first power cut was imposed for an hour between 2 am and 3 am. The power supply was once again snapped at 5 am for another hour. MOHALI FACES WATER, POWER WOES, RESIDENTS A HARRIED LOT Detective staff of the Panchkula police arrest a man and recover 24.55 kg of poppy husk from his possession. MAX 42°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 42.2°C | MIN 24.8°C Chandigarh, April 29 The Union Finance Minister (FM) will take a final decision on the ambitious 24X7 water supply project of the city. Anindita Mitra, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation (MC) and CEO, Chandigarh Smart City Ltd, today gave a presentation on the project before the Public Investment Board (PIB) in Delhi. Headed by the Secretary (Expenditure), Ministry of Finance, the PIB decided to recommend the 24/7 water supply project to the Union Finance Minister for according his approval to the project. The project was thoroughly studied by the Board which also includes the members from the Ministry of External Affairs, Niti Ayog and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). After getting the final nod from the Finance Minister, the local MC will sign an MoU PAGE 2 PINJORE RESIDENT NABBED WITH 24 KG OF POPPY HUSK WHAT XEN SAYS Sanjeev Sharma, XEN, UHBVN, said it was unclear for how long the current power shortage situation would persist. To the relief of residents, the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has issued a tentative schedule of cuts. Besides, a 90-minute cut has been kept aside for the realtime scheduling/decision of the control room. The first unscheduled cut of the day was imposed at 6:23 am which lasted for just 11 minutes. Against the proposed cut between 8 am and 8:30 am, the power supply remained snapped up to 9:25 am. The city also witnessed two-hour continued on page 2 Mohali cop held on graft charge, 2nd in a week Tribune News Service Mohali, April 29 After a constable made a video of a Mohali traffic policeman, ASI Avtar Singh, allegedly taking a bribe of ~500 from the occupants of a car bearing a registration number of Himachal Pradesh, the police nabbed him under the Prevention of Corruption Act at the Airport police station yesterday. He was produced before the court today that sent him to judicial custody. The incident took place on April 1 and the complainant, Jaskaran Singh, a constable in the same zone 4, filmed the incident around 5:30 pm. The car occupants had incomplete documents. The ASI was about to issue them a challan but let them off. “The cop allegedly put the ~500 note in his pocket,” the police said. The traffic constable later submitted the video to the Mohali SSP who ordered a probe into the matter. Mohali SSP Vivek Sheel Soni said, “A complaint was received and the matter was investigated. A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against him at the Airport police station. He was produced before the court and sent to judicial custody.” Meanwhile, Avtar Singh was suspended by the department. This is the second instance in continued on page 2 c m y b PAGE 7 Several areas in Mohali district face acute shortage of drinking water due to erratic supply for the past few days. SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:40 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Student dies as car falls off bridge Tribune News Service Mohali, April 29 A youth was killed and two persons were injured when the car in which they were travelling rammed into an electricity tower after breaking the railings of a bridge on the Airport Road here on Thursday night. The deceased has been identified as Dharampreet Singh (22), a resident of Kailon village. The injured, Hardaman Singh and Avneet Singh, both aged 21 years, were admitted to the hospital. The incident took place around 1:20 am when Dharampreet lost control over the vehicle after a stray animal reportedly came in the way. The speeding luxury car broke the railings of the bridge and went on to hit the electricity tower Dharampreet, the deceased below. The injured were rushed to the hospital where the doctors declared Dharampreet dead on arrival. The three youths were the students of hotel management (third year) at a college in Landran. The police said the trio were on their way to Kharar to have food at an eatery. A case has been registered. The car stuck in an electricity tower near Shaheed Udham Singh Colony on the Airport Road in Mohali on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO High Court calls for re-look into system Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 29 The Punjab and Haryana High Court has called for a relook into the system of providing protection to runaway couples for ensuring necessary action by the police and other authorities in a timebound manner. The directions by Justice Avneesh PROTECTION TO RUNAWAY COUPLES Jhingan come at a time when the High Court is flooded with petitions seeking protection of life and liberty. Justice Jhingan also made it clear that cooperation from both states of Punjab and Haryana was required for sharing the addresses of shelter homes in Panchkula and Mohali so that the runaway couples could be accommodated there. The directions came after the state counsel submitted that couples from Punjab and Haryana came to Chandigarh to file petitions. But it was not possible to accommodate all of them in Chandigarh. Jus- tice Jhingan asserted steps taken by the UT of Chandigarh and Haryana had been mentioned in a status reports. “Still, it is needed that awareness of the forums made available for redressal of the grievances of couples, including the portals, needs to be publicised so that the public at large is aware of it”. continued on page 2
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