08062022-CT-01.qxd 6/8/2022 12:41 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 8 JUNE 2022 | CHANDIGARH FIVE NABBED FOR BETTING IN SECTOR 70 HOUSING SOCIETY PAGE 2 Mohali police arrest five alleged bookies from a society in Sector 70, recover mobile phones and laptops. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 92,570 44,383 96,084 RECOVERED 91,274 43,943 94,884 NEW CASES 19 4 10 ACTIVE 131 26 51 CHANGE 4 1 8 DEATHS 1,165 414 1,149 NEW 0 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 161 PANCHKULA 137 MOHALI 145 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF BIKER SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES Chandigarh: A resident of Sector 47 died after the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a car near the Faidan barrier. According to the police, the car driver, 26-yearold Chaminder Singh of Sector 15, hit Ajay Kumar Mishra’s motorcycle on May 5. He was admitted to the PGI where he succumbed to injuries. The police have registered a case at the Sector 49 police station. The car driver was arrested and later released on bail. TNS MAN FOUND DEAD AT LALRU Lalru: The police found the body of a middle-aged man near the Jharmari barrier under mysterious circumstances here. The body was shifted to the mortuary of the Dera Bassi Civil Hospital where it will remain for the next 72 hours. The police said the man had been seen in the area for past some months but could not be identified. TNS ITBP INTRODUCES HELI-BORNE OPS FOR WOMEN PERSONNEL ITBP introduces heli-borne slithering operations for its women personnel under the commando training. MAX 43°C | MIN 29°C | YESTERDAY MAX 43.9°C | MIN 28.6°C THE TRIBUNE SPECIAL Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 7 Upgrade of the waste-processing plant in Sector 25 continues to be in the doldrums. This month two years ago, the local Municipal Corporation had taken over the waste-processing plant from Jaypee Group owing to non-processing of the garbage, but it has failed to either upgrade the plant or equip it with new technology to date. Nearly six months ago, the MC House gave approval to upgrade the plant, but no agency could be engaged for the job. Of the two firms, which had participated in the tendering process recently, only one qualified. Thus, the tender was cancelled. In the tender floated for the project earlier, no company had qualified. The civic body will now float a fresh tender. The delay in the upgrade of the plant has taken a toll on the processing of garbage. The waste pile at the dumping ground continues to grow bigger, making the lives of local people miserable. Frequent fires at the garbage pile add to the city’s pollution levels. Maharashtra's Sanyukta wins all five gold medals in rhythmic gymnastics in Khelo India Youth Games in Panchkula. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:21 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE After two unsuccessful attempts, civic body to float fresh tender HOLLOW PROMISES They took over the plant but failed to upgrade it. We get only hollow promises. Projects after projects have come here, but upgrade work couldn’t take off. ❝ Dyal Krishan, PRESIDENT, ❞ DUMPING GROUND JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE “They took over the plant from Jaypee Group but themselves failed to upgrade it. We get only hollow promises. TIMELINE ■ City produces 550 metric tonne of waste per day ■ The MC claims 140 metric tonne of waste is being processed daily The waste pile at the dumping ground continues to grow bigger, making the lives of local people miserable. FILE PHOTO Projects after projects have come here, but the basic work of upgrade couldn’t take off,” said Dyal Krishan, president, Dumping Ground Joint Action Committee. At present, the pace of garbage processing is very JUNE 2020: The MC takes over the plant from the Jaypee Group AUGUST 2020: The IIT-Roorkee said all machines at the plant had completed their lifespan, and recommends a new plant equipped with modern technology JANUARY 2022: MC House still approves repair and upgrade of the existing plant JUNE 2022: No firm could be finalised for carrying out repairs slow. However, the MC claims they are now processing 140 metric tonne of waste per day. “In six months, we raised the garbage-processing capacity from 70 metric tonne per day to 140 metric tonne per day,” says MC Commissioner Anindita Mitra. The city generates about 550 metric tonne of waste daily. “Owing to a better management of the plant, after receiving segregated waste and reducing composting cycle from 45 days to 20 days, we are able to increase the quantity of processed garbage,” she added. The MC chief said they were soon going to finish the process of allotting work of upgrade and repair of the plant to some company. NEED-BASED CHANGES IN CHB HOUSES Panel suggests relaxations Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 7 Allottees of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) are likely to get some relief, as a slew of relaxations have been recommended by a committee constituted to study requests to allow further need-based changes in residential units. In the report, which is being finalised, the committee has recommended allowing internal changes within houses, additional area coverage, lifts in multi-storey apartments and more adaptability in façade of independent houses etc. The report is likely to be submitted to CHB Chairmancum-UT Adviser Dharam Pal within a few days. The CHB Board of Director, which is headed by Dharam Pal, will take a decision on the recommendations made by the committee at its next COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATIONS The committee suggests allowing internal changes within houses, additional area coverage, lifts in multi-storey apartments and more adaptability in façade of independent houses, etc. The report is likely to be submitted to CHB Chairman-cum-UT Adviser Dharam Pal soon. meeting. Hitesh Puri, chairman, Chandigarh Resident Association of Welfare Federation (Crawford), and one of the three non-official board members, said the committee suggested allowing changes inside the houses if changes are not made to the load bearing walls. Also, they were in favour of increasing the coverage area in certain categories of houses from 50 per cent to 75 per cent. 10 +VE IN MOHALI Mohali: Fresh 10 Covid cases surfaced during the past 24 hours, taking the number of cases to 96,084 in the district. Two patients recovered. No death was reported on Tuesday. There are 51 active cases and the death toll remains 1,149 in the district. TNS 4 MORE CATCH INFECTION IN P’KULA Panchkula: Fresh four cases of Covid were reported during the past 24 hours taking the number of cases to 44,383 in the district. No death due to the virus was reported during the past 24 hours. As many as 43,943 patients have been cured. There are 26 active cases. TNS On a long awaited demand of senior citizens to allow them the facility of lift in multi-storey buildings of the CHB, the conditions required for getting the NOC for the installation of a lift could be relaxed, he added. The CHB had allowed the provision of lift in the multi-storey buildings, but there were certain clauses to be fulfilled by the residents. He further stated that minor changes in the façade of independent houses could also be allowed. Puri stated that the committee was only to look at the technical aspects of the needbased changes required in the CHB houses. He, however, said no recommendations were made on one-time settlement for building violations. But, their suggestions would be included in the minutes of the meeting and put up before the Board of Directors for a final call, he said, adding that they had suggested that one-time settlement should be allowed for regularisation of buildings violations which do not affect the safety of the buildings and which are not encroaching on public land. The committee was constituted in September last year. In additional to the technical experts, the committee also comprised of three non-official board members. UT gets 3 awards in Eat Right Challenge Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit serves sweetened water to passers-by outside the Punjab Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Chandigarh: The city witnessed 19 fresh cases of Covid on Tuesday, taking the active caseload to 131. While there was no fresh fatality, 23 patient recovered from the disease. The virus has claimed 1,165 lives in the city so far. — TNS SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:23 PM PAGE 3 MAHARASHTRA'S SANYUKTA MAKES A CLEAN SWEEP Two years on, upgrade of waste-processing plant hanging fire A sweet gesture 19 CASES IN UT PAGE 2 Chandigarh, June 7 On the occasion of World Food Safety Day, the Administration has received three awards in the Eat Right Challenge. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has initiated the Eat Right India movement. The heads of municipal bodies, districts and food safety commissioners were invited to participate in the Eat Right Challenge. Chandigarh has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence for becoming one of the finalists among top 11 Eat Smart Cities in the country. The city also received a Certificate of Excellence for its exemplary performance in the Eat Right Challenge and also bagged 3rd position under the category of UTs in the State Food Safety Index 2021-22. The awards were given by Health Minister Mansukh L Mandaviya in Delhi. The Eat Right Challenge is envisioned as a competition among districts and cities to recognise their efforts in adopting and scaling up various initiatives under the Eat Right India movement. TNS PGI to table agenda for replacing 17-yr-old management software Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 7 Standing Finance Committee of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research here will take up the agenda of replacing the 17-year-old hospital management software to streamline the treatment flow of patients and empower the hospital’s workforce to perform their duty efficiently. The agenda will be tabled in the Standing Finance Committee meeting chaired by the Union Health Secretary, which is scheduled for Wednesday in New Delhi. The project worth ~27 crores has been aimed at introducing Hospital Infor- c m y b mation Management System – 2, thus integrating all digital-related missions of the Government of India and its seamless implementation. The PGIMER has an old system that was introduced in 2007. The PGIMER is planning to install point of sale (POS) machines for the online payments at the registration counters of the OPDs. The trial run has been conducted but there were some server issues detected due to heavy load. With the continued on page 2 Councillors flash the victory sign during a meeting with Mayor Amarjit Singh Sidhu, who recently joined the BJP, at the MC office, Sector 68, in Mohali on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY 26 Congress councillors lend support to Mohali Mayor Gaurav Kanthwal Tribune News Service Mohali, June 7 In the name of “Mohali’s development”, 26 Congress councillors lent their support to Mayor Amarjit Singh Sidhu, who recently shifted to the BJP during an informal , meeting at the Municipal Corporation office today. Five Congress councillors took part in the meeting through video calling. Senior Deputy Mayor Amrik Singh Somal and Deputy Mayor Kuljit Singh Bedi also attended the meeting. Although the purpose of the meeting was stated to be a discussion over development works, Sidhu leaving the Congress and joining the BJP dominated the proceedings. Sidhu said, “The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere, and we discussed civic ‘DON’T WANT AAP TO GET ADVANTAGE’ We will remain in the Congress and support the Mayor. Otherwise, our strength will split in three parts and it will ultimately benefit AAP. We do not want that and this decision will be explained to the high command. ❝ ❞ Kuljit Singh Bedi, DEPUTY MAYOR issues. I have not asked any councillor to leave the Congress and join the BJP It is . their own will but we will continue to work together for the welfare of the city. Even three AAP councillors have informally assured me of their support.” Meanwhile, the Congress councillors (Sidhu loyalists) said the Mayor joining the BJP did not make any difference to them as they were for the city’s development and they would support the BJP Mayor while remaining in the Congress fold. They even gave the example of former Mayor Kulwant Singh (from Azad Group) whom they supported for full term after he joined the Akali Dal. The position of the Congress in House has diminished after the turn of events but their entire focus now is on not letting the AAP capitalise on it. “We will remain in the Congress and support the Mayor. Otherwise, our strength will split in three parts and it will ultimately benefit AAP We do . not want that and this decision will be explained to the high command,” said Kuljit Bedi. HC allows photography on premises of SPCA Woman loses ~72,000 to cyber fraud Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 7 In yet another case, cyber criminals duped a resident of ~72,000 by making her download “Any Desk” application. According to the police, 28year-old Shaffy, a resident of Sector 38, reported that she had purchased some articles from an app but the articles were not delivered to her. The complainant searched for the number of the app on Google where two mobile numbers were mentioned. She called on the given numbers after which the fraudster told her that her order had been cancelled. The suspect made the complainant download the “Any Desk” application and first transferred ~19,000 and later ~53,000 from her bank account. — TNS Chandigarh, June 7 The Punjab and Haryana High Court has permitted photography and videography on the premises of the Society for Prevention to Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Justice Raj Mohan Singh asserted it would be in the interest of animal lovers and the Administration that photography and videography was permitted. “It is expected that the persons aspiring to do photography and videography would visit the Society for Prevention to Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) as per the time schedule and would not indulge in any such practice which may impede the norms of the society,” Justice Raj Mohan Singh of the High Court asserted. The directions came on a petition filed against the society and another respondent by Shaurya Madan through counsel Anurag Chopra and Himani Jamwal. The petitioner was seeking the issuance of directions to the respondents to remove “illegal” restriction of photography and videography at the society “which has been highlighted vide RTI information dated November 2, 2021”. “Perusal of letter dated September 17, 2014, issued by a respondent to the President, Society for Prevention to Cruelty to Animals continued on page 2
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