19072022-CT-01.qxd 7/19/2022 1:04 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 19 JULY 2022 | CHANDIGARH 70 SPORTS-CADRE CONSTABLES INDUCTED INTO ITBP AT BHANU PAGE 2 MINISTER INAUGURATES 66 KV GRID SUB-STATION AT BALTANA Attestation ceremony of 70 constables of the sports cadre in the ITBP held at the Basic Training Centre in Bhanu. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 94,986 45,786 97,6667 RECOVERED 93,278 45,140 96,082 NEW CASES 53 30 56 ACTIVE 543 230 426 CHANGE 19 10 34 DEATHS 1,165 416 1,159 NEW 0 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX PANCHKULA 36 MOHALI 44 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF DOMESTIC HELP FALLS OFF HIGH-RISE BUILDING Mohali: A 18-year-old domestic help, Swati, fell off a high-rise housing society on the KhararLandran road near Santemajra on Saturday evening and died on the spot. Victim’s father Neskha, a mason, said Swati used to work in several houses at SBP City of Dreams society and had left home in Chajjumajra around 6 pm. He got a call that she had fallen off the G-Block tower around 7 pm. The police said they were investigating the matter. TNS POWER CUT IN MOHALI TODAY Mohali: There will be no power in parts of Phase 2, 3A, 3B1, 3B2 here from 10 am to 3 pm on Tuesday due to urgent maintenance and pruning of trees. TNS Despite a much-needed push by the Health Department and admn, 2.67 lakh beneficiaries skip second dose in Patiala. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:34 AM 72 dead or dry trees in schools to face the axe Tribune News Service 55 SUNSET TUESDAY 7:24 PM Chandigarh, July 18 Over 10 days after the Carmel Convent tragedy, the UT Administration has identified as many as 72 dead or dry trees for felling in 204 schools across the city. On July 8, a 250-year-old heritage peepal tree had split and a part of it fell on the premises of Carmel Convent School in which a 16-year-old schoolgirl lost her life, while 18 students and a bus attendant suffered injuries. The bus attendant is still undergoing treatment at the PGIMER. Following the incident, the UT Administration constituted a committee of officials from the Municipal Corporation, Forest Department and Horticulture Wing to visit schools and other educational institutions and inspect trees in and around the premises to avoid recurrence of such incidents. A senior official said at least 72 dead and dry trees had been identified after a survey carried out in schools of the UT. He, however, said they had also identified many dangerous green trees. 204 PREMISES SURVEYED BY 6 TEAMS CARMEL TRAGEDY UT panel also identifies some ‘dangerous’ green trees ■ The UT Admn had constituted a panel to visit schools and educational institutions to identify dangerous trees ■ A senior official said 72 dead and dry trees had been identified after carrying out survey in 204 schools ■ Attempt will be made to save some dangerous green trees through termiticide treatment or other methods The heritage tree at Carmel Convent School being removed by UT Administration employees. FILE Before uprooting these, the trees would be thoroughly examined. An attempt would be made to save the trees by treating these with termiticide or through other methods, he added. The administration had also constituted a committee to thoroughly inspect the remaining 30 heritage trees Pitfall for their health, strength and vulnerability to uprooting. The committee found out that two heritage trees had outlived their lives and were heavily infested with termites. One of these, a mango tree, was removed on July 13, while the second, a nearly 150-year-old heritage peepal tree standing on the premises of the Govern- ment Nursery in Sector 23 C, was yet to be felled. In order to avert any untoward incident, the administration had decided to remove all dead/dry trees that posed risk to life and property. Six teams were deployed to inspect trees in all schools and other educational institutions and the report was likely to be submitted soon. TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Waste bioprocessing: 3 firms clear tender hurdle Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 18 The Rs 77-crore bioremediation project to clear 7.67 lakh metric tonne remaining waste at the dumping ground has inched closer to fruition. Three of the six companies, which filed bids for the technical evaluation, today qualified the tendering process. Now, financial bids will be opened to award the work to the lowest bidder. “Three companies — Aakansha, Zigma and Bhoomi Green — have been found eligible. The Superintending Engineer will take permission from the DC tomorrow to open the financial bid, which will probably take place on Thursday or Friday,” said MC Commissioner Anindita Mitra. The previous attempts to finalise a firm had failed. Recently, two firms were cleared in the technical bids, but both bidders were rejected as they had quoted over 90% above the tender document. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is partially funding the project. The firm will have 1,048 days to clear the second and remaining part of the waste at dumping site. At present, the clearance of Work to be awarded after opening of bids DADU MAJRA DUMP YARD ~77 CRORE SOLID WASTE MGMT ■ Clearance of waste in the first part of the dumping ground is underway 5 LMT garbage being bio-mined on 25 acres ■ Selected firm will have 1,048 days to clear the second and 550 MT remaining part total waste generated by city daily ■ Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is partially 150 MT funding the project waste being processed daily bioremediation project up for grabs ❝ The Superintending Engineer will take permission from the DC on Tuesday to open financial bids, which will take place on Thursday or Friday Anindita Mitra, MC COMMISSIONER ❞ waste in the first part of the dumping ground is underway. The 5 lakh metric tonne garbage lying on 25 acres for over 20 years (before 2005) is being bio-mined. The city generates about 550 metric tonne total waste daily. At present, the MC claims they are processing 150 metric tonne waste per day. Since it hasn’t been able to upgrade the waste processing plant, the solid waste management is yet to achieve its goal. As a temporary measure, the corporation is spending Rs 6 crore on upgrading and repairing the existing dry waste plant till another plant with new technology is set up. 10 hoteliers in Zirakpur Gangster held for allege extortion by gang Landran robbery Tribune News Service UT sees 53 cases CHANDIGARH: The city witnessed 53 fresh Covid cases on Monday, taking the active caseload to 543. As many as 34 patients recovered from the disease — TNS 56 more contract virus in Mohali MOHALI: As many as 56 more persons tested positive for Covid during the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 97,667, while 22 patients were cured of the disease. However, there was no fresh fatality on Monday. — TNS 30 more infected in Panchkula PANCHKULA: A total of 30 fresh Covid cases surfaced from the district during the past 24 hours. However, no new death was reported on Monday. There are now 230 active cases in the district. — TNS PAGE 3 2.67L BENEFICIARIES SKIP SECOND DOSE IN PATIALA Punjab Power Minister Harbhajan Singh ETO inaugurates new 66 kV grid sub-station at Baltana in Zirakpur. MAX 32°C | MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C | MIN 26.6°C Dushyant Singh Pundir CHANDIGARH PAGE 2 A large pit dug up for repair of the sewerage system hasn’t been covered for past 10 days in Sector 31, Chandigarh. MANOJ MAHAJAN Zirakpur, July 18 Eight to 10 Zirakpur-based hoteliers have come forward and told the police they were forced to pay varying sums of money as extortion to the Ankit Rana gang members. The police said more such hoteliers are likely to come forward with such details in the coming days. Yesterday, the Zirakpur police and Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) had nabbed three members of the Bhupi Rana gang from Baltana, Zirakpur. Gangster Bhupi Rana, currently lodged in the Patiala jail, is the main conspirator in the Vicky Middukhera murder case. He is allegedly operating an extortion racket through Ankit Rana in Punjab and neighbouring states. Three gang members — Ranbir Singh, alias Rania; Vishal, alias Vikrant; and Ashish, alias Aman, all residents of Barwala, Panchkula — were arrested from a Baltana hotel after a cross-fire One of the gangsters being shifted to a hospital after the Zirakpur shooting; and (left) his accomplices in police custody in Mohali. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: NITIN MITTAL & VICKY HOTEL SHOOTOUT: 4-DAY POLICE REMAND FOR 3 ■ The three Ankit Rana gang mem- ■ Gangster Bhupi Rana, main conspir- bers were on Monday produced in a local court, which remanded them in four-day police custody ator in the Vicky Middukhera murder case, is running extortion racket from Patiala jail through Ankit Rana during an extortion attempt. The police seized a .30 pistol, .32 pistol along with 10 live rounds from their possession. The police said Ranbir, who sustained a gunshot wound in the leg, had come with his accomplices on two motorcycles to collect Rs 50,000 continued on page 3 Mohali, July 18 Tarn Taran gangster Parmdalip Singh, alias Pamma, 31, has been arrested with 350 gm gold, 2.2 kg silver, a pistol, five live rounds and two stolen cars in connection with the June 11 Landran jeweller robbery case. The suspect is an aide of gangster Jagroop Singh, alias Roopa, and Manpreet Singh, alias Manu, whose name had cropped up in the Sidhu Moosewala murder case. The police said accused Pamma was already convicted in a murder case and released on bail in 2015. Out of jail, he again took to robbery and contract killing. Seven cases of murder, robbery and sections of the Arms Act have been registered against the suspect in different districts of Punjab. Mohali SSP Vivek S Soni said: “Pamma was produced in court and remanded in six-day police custody. More revelations are expected. The investigation of the case is going on.” On June 11 evening, four unidentified suspects had continued on page 3 Pamma aide of Moosewala murder suspect Parmdalip Singh Pamma in Mohali police custody. VICKY HAD TARGETED JEWELLER ■ On June 11, four suspects had robbed bags containing 1.5 kg gold and 25 kg silver jewellery from a jeweller in Landran at gunpoint ■ The police have seized 350 gm gold, 2.2 kg silver, a pistol, five live rounds and two stolen cars from Parmdalip Singh, alias Pamma ■ Earlier, three suspects were arrested by the police in connection with the case and 380 gm gold, 4.5 kg silver and ~1 lakh seized ~7.5-crore infra boost for 16 Outreach Centres Tip-off by acquaintance a month Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 18 The number of Urban Health and Wellness Centres (UHWCs) in the city is set to go up to 45 with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare releasing Rs 7.5 crore to the Chandigarh Administration for upgrade of 16 Outreach Centres. The Centre has called for immediate action to set up and start these without delay. The city currently has 29 UHWCs, while 16 Outreach Centres are operational but these lack proper infrastructure and are being run from Will be turned into Urban Health & Wellness Centres; No delays, says Centre UT TO HAVE 45 WELLNESS CENTRES 29 UHWCs currently operational in Chandigarh 16 Outreach Centres, but lack proper infra single or double room structures. While nine UHWCs were included for the project pertaining to the last financial 45 total UHWCs the city will have after upgrade EXISTING OUTREACH CENTRES RAIPUR KALAN BADHERI KHUDA JASSU KISHANGARH RAIPUR KHURD KHUDA LAHORA KHUDA ALI SHER INDIRA COLONY year 2021-2022, these could not be taken up because of non-availability of funds. Further, seven UHWCs were SECTOR 44 UT SECTT, SECTOR 9 DIST COURTS, SEC 43 PUNJAB & HARYANA HC SECTOR 25 PALSORA SECTOR 52 SECTOR 39 included for 2022-23. Dr Suman, Director, Health & Family Welfare, said as per the Centre’s norms, funds up c m y b to Rs 25 lakh could be utilised for upgrade of infrastructure at each of the Outreach Centres and Rs 2 lakh for basic equipment and furniture. Currently, the Outreach Centre at Raipur Kalan is functional from a single room, while the rest of the rooms are being used for Anganwari and Sampark Centres. Now, the two centres will be shifted out and the entire premises will be developed as a UHWC. Similarly, the Outreach Centre at Khuda Alisher is being run from two rooms, which are in a continued on page 3 ago sent cops on hunt for couple Sanjay Bumbroo Tribune News Service Panchkula, July 18 The fugitive couple, prime accused in the 2009 murder case of a financier and his fouryear-old son, were trapped by the Ambala unit of the state task force (STF) on information provided a month ago by a person known to the two. The couple were today produced in a court, which remanded Raju in eight-day police custody and Shilpa in one-day custody for further investigation. The informant, DOUBLE MURDER: RAN SALON WITH COP AS PARTNER ■ A person known to couple had told cops the two were running a salon either in Vadodara or Indore and that they also had a daughter ■ After tip-off, cops looked up on Internet for salons in both cities. A search was launched and accused were held from Bilochi Mardana, Indore ■ The couple told cops they had opened a salon in partnership with a police officer in Hyderabad. He was kept in dark about their criminal past whose identity has been withheld by the police, had told the STF the two were running a salon somewhere near Vadodara in Gujarat or Indore in Madhya Pradesh. He also told the police the two also continued on page 3
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