10082022-CT-01.qxd 8/10/2022 1:02 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 10 AUGUST 2022 | CHANDIGARH PANCHKULA MC TO DISTRIBUTE 95K TRICOLOURS, SAYS MAYOR MC will distribute 95,000 flags among residents of Panchkula Assembly constituency free of cost. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 97,539 47,437 99,753 RECOVERED 95,600 46,694 97,980 NEW CASES 97 74 90 ACTIVE 768 325 610 CHANGE 4 9 32 DEATHS 1,171 418 1,163 NEW 0 0 2 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 61 PANCHKULA 48 MOHALI 58 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF AIR SCARE AT PB CM’S RESIDENCE Chandigarh: The security staff went into a tizzy after a microlight aircraft was spotted over the Punjab Chief Minister’s residence here on Monday. Sources said the security staff alerted the Chandigarh police. On verification, it was found to be an aircraft, belonging to No. 1 Chandigarh NCC Air Squadron, being used to impart flying training to cadets. TNS MAN DUPED OF ~40K Chandigarh: A Mani Majra resident has been duped of Rs 40,905 by a woman posing as a bank official. Complainant Dinesh Kumar Badhwar alleged the accused called him up posing as an SBI employee and said his insurance premium would be waived and credit card limit increased if he shared the OTP received on his mobile phone. Subsequently, transactions were made from his credit card. TNS ONE HELD FOR THEFT Chandigarh: A jewellery store employee has been arrested for allegedly stealing a gold bangle. Complainant Bittu Verma, owner of a Sector 22 shop, alleged employee Baldeep Singh allegedly stole a bangle from the shop on July 25. The incident was caught on the CCTV camera. TNS CTU OFFERS FREE TRAVEL ON RAKHI Chandigarh: The Chandigarh Administration has decided to provide free travel facility to women on AC and non-AC CTU buses plying in the tricity on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, which falls on August 11. The facility will not be applicable on long-route CTU buses. — TNS PAGE 2 ELDERLY MAN GETS 10-YR RI FOR HARASSING MINOR GIRL Cabinet Minister Anmol Gagan Maan pays special visit to Aam Aadmi clinics to be operationalised from August 15. MAX 36°C | MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36.8°C | MIN 28.1°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:09 PM PAGE 2 Court sentences 73-year-old man to undergo 10-year RI for sexually harassing an 11-year-old girl in 2018. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:47 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE 76 charging stations, none working ELECTRIC VEHICLES UT Admn yet to fix rates | Tendering process on to pick firm Dushyant Singh Pundir WHY THE DELAY Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 9 The UT Administration has installed 76 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the city, but none of these has been made operational so far. The Centre had sanctioned 48 charging stations for Chandigarh under Phase I of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) India scheme. As many as 28 fast-charging stations out of 37 sanctioned under FAME-II scheme have also been installed and energised, but are yet to be made operational and the remaining stations would be installed soon. The Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST), the nodal agency for implementation of the EV policy and installation of charging stations in the city, has so far commissioned 76 charging stations in various parking areas, including Sukhna Lake, Sector 42 lake, Sectors 9, 17 and 31, etc. in the city. Debendra Dalai, Chief Conservator of Forests-cumChief Executive Officer, CREST, said all charging sta- ■ Rates for charging EVs are yet to be decided. Bids have been received for running charging stations ■ Of four firms, one has been rejected at technical bid stage; rates will be finalised after the opening of financial bids PROPOSED EV POLICY ■ Public charging stations to be A charging hub lying unused at the Sector 31 parking. PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN AGENCY FOR IMPLEMENTATION Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST) EXISTING LOCATIONS IN CITY Parking areas of Sukhna, Sec 42 lake, Sec 31, 17, 9, etc. 14 charging stations at retail outlets of oil companies STATIONS NO. OF GUNS CAPACITY INSTALLED 48 144 SLOW 28 84 FAST UPCOMING 44 328 SLOW/MODERATE/ FAST tions were ready but had not been made operational as the rates for charging EVs were yet to be decided. He said tenders were invited to run the charging stations and rates would be decided on the basis of bids ❝ Debendra Dalai, CEO, CREST received for operating the stations. Four firms submitted their bids, out of which one was rejected when technical bids were opened, he said, adding the firm would be finalised after opening of the financial bids. The rates for City nears 100% sanitary waste processing target Chandigarh, August 9 In the wake of the Punjab Government slashing the excise duty on liquor, the Chandigarh Wine Contractors Association has decided to keep all 93 liquor vends closed in the city tomorrow. The association demanded a review of the tax structure, including excise levies, assessed fee and VAT, in the Excise Policy of the UT Administration in the light of the Punjab policy for the year 2022-23. In June, Punjab had unveiled its Excise Policy 2022-23, making liquor cheaper by 35-60 per cent from July 1. The aim was to stop smuggling of liquor from Haryana and Chandigarh. The association stated that 80 per cent of the UT border and 90 per cent of its roads were shared with Punjab. Due to Punjab vendors’ proximity to the city, the pricing in the neighbouring state directly affected the sales in Chandigarh. “New liquor Chandigarh, August 9 The city is nearing the target of processing 100 per cent sanitary waste. The Municipal Corporation has claimed within seven days of starting the processing of sanitary waste, the quantum has gone up from 22.6 kg to 381.80 kg. The city produces 500 kg sanitary waste per day. Contractors seek review of tax levies in view of Punjab slashing rates rates in Punjab are now attracting consumers from Chandigarh, which is causing a huge revenue loss to retailers here. In this scenario, it is difficult to pay licence fee and lift remaining quota, which will directly affect the excise revenue,” the association said in a letter to the UT Finance Secretary-cum-Secretary, Excise and Taxation. The association demanded that for survival of the liquor business in Chandigarh, landing pricing should be better or equal to Punjab. Members of the association said they were forced to resort to protest as the Administration was yet to take action on their request. They would shut down their vends and hand over the keys to the Excise and Taxation Department tomorrow. — TNS COLOURFUL AFFAIR ■ Petals to be showered over march past after inspection of guard of honour ■ Cultural performances by school, college students ■ Kids from Snehalaya, GRIID and Institute for Blind to perform tions over the past two years, the Independence Day celebrations this year will witness colourful events. Due to the spread of the Covid pandemic in 2020 and 2021, the Independence Day celebrations had remained a low-key affair. There will be a cultural programme with performances by school and college students. There will also be cultural programmes by participants from Snehalaya, GRIID and children from Institute for Blind. The event will be followed by giving away of commendation certificates and medals by the UT Administrator. The programme will conclude with the prize distribution ceremony. — TNS set up in every sector; 100 to be set up in first two years ■ Within six months of implementation, all fuel stations must set up EV charging stations ■ Building bylaws to be amended to facilitate setting up of stations in houses and buildings Selected firm will operate charging stations and install points approved by the government. Excise policy: Liquor vends in city shut today A first: IAF copters to shower petals at Sec 17 I-Day event Chandigarh, August 9 For the first time, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will take part in the Independence Day celebrations at Parade Ground in Sector 17 on August 15. Helicopters of the IAF will shower flower petals on participants and a contingent of parachutists will paradrop during the ceremony. As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the IAF has decided to make this year’s Independence Day celebrations in the city special. Tricolour flower petals will be showered over the march past after the inspection of guard of honour. After scaled-down celebra- PAGE 2 PREPARATIONS FOR AAM AADMI CLINICS IN MOHALI REVIEWED VOLUME OF WASTE TREATED INITIAL 22.6 KG CURRENT 381.80 KG TOTAL GENERATED 500 KG (WASTE PER DAY) The MC had started collection of sanitary waste from households six months ago. The civic body entered into an agreement with a firm involved in processing of biomedical waste. It has all facilities of incineration of sanitary waste. The firm collects around 500 kg sanitary bio-medical waste every day from three designated collection points or material recovery facilities. — TNS Covid claims two more lives in Mohali MOHALI: Two more deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, while 90 fresh Covid cases were reported from the district. A 60-year-old woman of Kharar died at the PGI, while a 76-year-old woman from Mohali breathed her last at Fortis Hospital. — TNS 97 infected in city CHANDIGARH: The city reported 97 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday. The active cases have risen to 768. Meanwhile, 101 patients recovered from the disease. — TNS 74 new cases in P’kula PANCHKULA: The district saw 74 fresh cases during the past 24 hours. However, no new fatality was reported on Tuesday. — TNS c m y b ❞ charging of electric vehicles would be decided on the basis of the lowest bid, he said. The selected firm would operate the existing charging stations and install points approved by the government. In a bid to push the launch of the EV policy, the administration is in the process of installing at least 44 more EV charging stations at different locations in the city under the Chandigarh developer mode. As many as 328 electric vehicles can be charged simultaneously across the city. It will have slow, moderate and fast chargers. Battery-swapping stations will also be set up along with the charging stations at 26 locations at first. To promote use of EVs, public charging stations will be set up in every sector. In the first two years of the EV policy period, 100 public charging stations will be installed in the UT. Within six months of implementation of the policy, it will be mandatory for all fuel stations to set up EV charging stations. Building bylaws will be amended to facilitate setting up of these stations in houses and other buildings. To a question raised in the Lok Sabha recently, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas had said oil marketing companies as on July1 had established 14 electric vehicle charging stations at their retail outlets in Chandigarh. Both two-wheelers and continued on page 2 Multi-level building may replace existing one in Industrial Area, Ph-1. FILE Industrial Area slaughter house set for makeover Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 9 The Municipal Corporation will soon set up a modern slaughter house by upgrading its facility at Industrial Area, Phase 1. The existing slaughter house is being run with an aim to provide wholesome and clean meat to city population. “As the slaughter house was established around 15 to 20 years ago, the local MC intends to upgrade and modernise this facility with the latest technology to meet the highest international standards for hygiene, efficiency and environmental management,” said an official. MC Commissioner Anindita Mitra told Chandigarh Tribune: “We will have an effluent treatment plant at the modern slaughter house. It will be an air-conditioned facility. Machinery upgrade will be also done there.” It TENDER INVITED ■ Existing facility will be upgraded with latest technology to meet international standards for hygiene, efficiency and environmental management ■ MC has invited a detailed notice inviting tender for appointment of a consultant to prepare a detailed project report ■ The agencies will quote expected price of work after submitting earnest money of ~30,000. A 24-month deadline has been set could also be multi-level building. “We had earlier visited a modern slaughter house in Shimla. That was a multi-level facility. If more space is needed at the present facility, we may think of a multi-level structure. But, we will need to take permission from the UT Administration,” added the MC chief. The civic body has now invited a detailed notice inviting continued on page 2
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