17082022-CT-01.qxd 8/17/2022 1:15 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 17 AUGUST 2022 | CHANDIGARH FOUR FAKE POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTED FOR EXTORTION Four fake police officers arrested for allegedly abducting a property dealer and extorting ~15,000 from him. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 98,075 47,741 1,00,150 RECOVERED 96,363 47,159 98,583 NEW CASES 39 15 75 ACTIVE 536 164 402 CHANGE 75 44 11 DEATHS 1,176 418 1,165 NEW 1 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX 53 PANCHKULA 30 MOHALI 40 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF 19-YEAR-OLD GIRL HANGS SELF Chandigarh: A 19-year-old girl from Haryana reportedly died by suicide at Khuda Ali Sher on Tuesday. Sources said the victim was dejected at failing to get the requisite score in IELTS exam. The victim, identified as Antim, a resident of Jind district, was staying with her mother in a rented accommodation. The victim’s mother saw her hanging from the ceiling and took her to the GMSH, Sector 16, where doctors declared her dead on arrival. An inquest proceeding has been initiated by the Sector 11 police. TNS ACCIDENT VICTIM SUCCUMBS Chandigarh: A 60-year-old woman pedestrian who was injured in a road accident has succumbed to her injuries. Complainant Bhola Nath, a vegetable vendor and resident of Mauli Complex, reported a recklessly driven jeep hit two pedestrians near Mauli Complex on August 11. The driver stopped at the spot for a while and then sped away. The complainant noted down the registration number of the vehicle. The injured women were admitted to the GMCH, Sector 32, where one of them succumbed to her injuries. A case has been registered. TNS PAGE 3 NIGERIAN HELD WITH 172-GM HEROIN NEAR SECTOR 17 ISBT MAX 36°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35.4°C | MIN 26.4°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:02 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:51 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Swollen rivulets claim Five e-buses join existing fleet of 40 three lives in Mohali 80 40 358 Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Tanda panch among deceased |Villagers protest Mohali, August 16 The bodies of a couple were found miles apart after they were washed away in flashfloods in the Patiala Ki Rao rivulet at Tanda village here on Sunday. Another was found in the Jayanti Ki Rao rivulet. The bodies of Tanda panch Sunita and her husband Sajjan Singh were retrieved from the rivulet by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from Jhampur, 35 km away, and Dhanas, 12 km away, respectively. While Sunita’s body was found 12 hours after the incident, that of Sajjan was recovered today after 44 hours. Cops said the post-mortem would be conducted on Wednesday. Couple’s son Kaku and relative Manju were rescued by villagers from the rivulet near Tanda village on Sunday evening. Manju had been admitted to the hospital, said the police. The family was returning home after work around 7.30 pm when strong currents washed them away while crossing a bridge on foot. In another incident, a car was washed away the same day but the occupants were Protesters march with Tanda panch Sunita’s body in Nayagaon. COUPLE LOSES LIFE ■ Tanda panch Sunita, husband Sajjan Singh were swept away while crossing Patiala Ki Rao near Tanda on Sunday ■ Sunita’s body was found 12 hours after the incident, while that of Sajjan was recovered after 44 hours on Tuesday Deceased Sunita and Sajjan Singh ■ Also, Sector 57 resident Amit John was washed away in Jayanti Ki Rao on Monday. His body was found near Mullanpur cricket stadium on Tuesday REQUESTS UNHEEDED, CLAIM LOCALS ■ Villagers say such incidents are commonplace during the rainy season as swollen rivulets make it risky for commuters who have no other alternative. ■ “All our requests to the Mohali administration have fallen on deaf ears. People are dying but the administration and MLA have refused to act,” said a resident rescued by passersby in the nick of time. Irate residents of five villages yesterday staged a massive demonstration to protest callous attitude of the Mohali administration officials. Demanding adequate compensation and a government job for the victims’ kin, the villagers marched towards Continued on page 3 Chandigarh, August 16 To give a push to eco-friendly mobility for city residents, the UT Transport Department has added five more electric buses to its existing fleet of 40 green buses. The UT Administration had signed an agreement with M/s Volvo Eicher to run 40 electric buses in the city on a kilometre scheme basis. Pradhuman Singh, Director, Transport Department, said five buses in the second lot had reached the city, while the remaining 35 buses would arrive before monthend. In September 2020, the Centre had sanctioned 80 electric buses for the UT under Phase II of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME India) Scheme. In the first lot, the UT had received 40 electric buses last year. Later, bids were invited for procurement of 40 more buses in the second lot. Under the scheme, the maximum subsidy of Rs 45 lakh per bus is granted by the Department of Heavy Industries. For the first lot, an agreement was signed with M/s Ashok Leyland amounting to Rs 154.01 crore for 10 years. The buses have been under operation since November 2021. For the second lot of 40 electric buses, the agreement was 19-yr-old hacked to death in Panchkula Tribune News Service Panchkula, August 16 A 19-year-old youth was murdered with sharp weapons by a group of youths outside his house on Tuesday afternoon owing to old enmity. He had returned home after appearing in a case registered by the Chandigarh police. The victim has been identified Kaku, a resident of Rajiv Colony, near Sector 17, Panchkula. According to the Another attacked by dozen assailants, injured police, the youths attacked Kaku near his house with knives and other sharp weapons and fled the scene around 3 pm. He was taken to the General Hospital, Sector 6, from where the doctors referred him to the PGI, where he died while undergoing treatment. The police said the attackers had been identified as Sonu Khalnayak, Vicky, alias Sumit, Sample and Rohit. The police said the suspects were allegedly involved in selling ganja and there was an argument between the two sides over some issue. station. However, the shopkeeper has not lodged a complaint with the police. The incident was captured on the CCTV camera installed in the shop after which the shopkeeper gave the cop a dressing-down. In the CCTV footage, the policeman is seen checking out Continued on page 2 Chandigarh, August 16 In a daylight robbery bid, an armed miscreant posing as a delivery boy entered the Sector 35 house of a businessman and tried to rob him at gunpoint today. Although the police refused to share information about the incident, sources said the masked suspect carrying a box rang the doorbell at the main gate, following which poses as delivery boy remote-controlled gate was opened by the woman present in the house. As the suspect entered the compound, the woman got suspicious and refused to open the door. Sources said the woman raised the alarm, following UT to add 35 more green vehicles before Aug 31 electric buses sanctioned by Centre under Phase II of FAME India Scheme received in first lot last year; bids invited for 40 more under second lot diesel buses will be replaced with electric ones by 2027-28 RUNNING COST TO BE 15/KM CHEAPER Lot Company I M/s Ashok Leyland II M/s Volvo Eicher Cost Period Rate (KM SCHEME) ~154.01 cr 10 yrs ~60/km ~115.44 cr 10 yrs ~44.99/km (MAX SUBSIDY OF ~45L PER BUS BY DEPARTMENT OF HEAVY INDUSTRIES) RANGE 130 KM CHARGE TIME 2-2 1/2 HRS signed with M/s Volvo Eicher in February 2022 amounting to Rs 115.44 crore for 10 years. Pradhuman Singh said Volvo Eicher was awarded the contract to run the buses at the rate of Rs 44.99/km, which was cheaper by Rs 15/km in comparison to the work allotted earlier for the 40 buses in the first lot. Earlier, the contract to run 40 electric buses was allotted to Ashok Leyland at the rate of Rs 60 per kilometre. The procurement of buses will give a major boost to the 36 MAX CAPACITY 54 SEATING plan of the UT Administration to replace the entire fleet of 358 diesel CTU buses, running on local or suburban routes, with electric ones by 2027-28. In order to save the environment from vehicular pollution, the department has decided to replace all its local diesel buses operating in the tricity with electric ones in the next five years as part of the Green Mobility Initiative of the Government of India. The buses will have various features, including pneumatically controlled passenger Young patriots CHANDIGARH: The city reported 39 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, while a 94-year-old patient, a resident of Sector 11, died at home. Meanwhile, 96 patients recovered from the disease. — TNS The police have registered a case and launched a hunt for the suspects, who have criminal records. The body of the deceased would be handed over to the family after a postmortem, which would be conducted on Wednesday. In another incident, a 24year-old youth was attacked and injured while he was returning home from work late last night. The victim has been identified as Jagat, Continued on page 3 which the suspect pulled out a gun. Fearing getting caught, the suspect fled after scaling the main gate, which had got closed by then, leaving the box behind. A police team rushed to the scene and opened the parcel, which contained a brick and some old clothes. The CCTV footage was being scrutinised. A case has been registered at the Sector 36 police station. — TNS UT’s first ‘Amrit Sarovar’ unveiled at Kaimbwala Chandigarh, August 16 To promote environment and water conservation, UT’s first ‘Amrit Sarovar’ was unveiled at Kaimbwala village on Independence Day. Two more ponds will be set up at Khuda Ali Sher and Sarangpur soon. Mayor Sarabjit Kaur Dhillon said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the ‘Amrit Sarovar Mission’ as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations to conserve water for future and set August 15, 2023, as the deadline. ‘Amrit Sarovar’ Two more to come up at Khuda Ali Sher, Sarangpur soon 1 ACRE 10,000 CUBIC METRES AREA CAPACITY CONSERVING WATER ■ Besides conserving water, The pond located at Kaimbwala village developed as ‘Amrit Sarovar’ in Chandigarh on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR aims to develop and rejuvenate 75 water bodies in each district of India. She said the sarovar would not only help protect environment and conserve water, but sarovars will draw visitors as fountains, lighting and seating have been provided ■ Recharge mechanism has been developed for each sarovar to fill up pond to a fixed level ■ It will help raise groundwater level and avoid flooding in villages, said MC Commissioner also draw visitors from nearby areas. Fountains, lighting and adequate seating c m y b arrangement had been provided at the sarovar. “Earlier, people used to dig up ponds and ensure cleanliness. But with passage of time, these became polluted due to neglect. Gradually, waste from various sources started flowing into these ponds. The MC has stepped in to resolve this problem by rejuvenating city ponds into beautiful sarovars.” MC Commissioner Anindita Mitra said each sarovar would be spread over around 1 acre with capacity to hold 10,000 cubic meters of water. “The focus of the mission is Continued on page 2 doors, air conditioning system, mobile charging points for each row of seats, seating capacity of 31 passengers and eight standees, air suspension at the front and rear, a panic button in case of an emergency, passenger information screens at the front, rear, side and inside the “saloon” area, and a fire detection and suppression system. For the second lot, a prototype was put on a trial run for 20 days last month. During the trial, the bus operated on the Maloya-Mani Majra route via PGI along with other routes connecting the ISBTs of Sectors 17 and 43. The buses will be put under operation for the general public at the earliest. After being charged, the bus will be able to cover a distance of nearly 130 km and it will take nearly two to two and a half hours to fully charge the bus. Each bus has a seating capacity of 36 and a maximum of 54 persons will be able to travel at a time, and it will run 200-300 km in a day. A charging station has been set up at Depot No. 3 in Sector 25. The buses have also been fitted with the fire detection and alarm system. On August 11 last year, then UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore had flagged off the first electric bus to run on a trial basis. The entire fleet of 40 electric buses was put on commercial operations by the end of December last year. One death, 39 cases in UT 75 test positive in Mohali MOHALI:Fresh 75 cases of Covid surfaced in the district during the past 24 hours, while 91 patients were cured of the disease. However, no death was reported from the district till Tuesday evening. The active caseload stands at 402. — TNS 15 infected in Panchkula PANCHKULA: The district report- Students present a cultural programme during the Independence Day function at Sector 17 on Monday. PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI PAGE3 ed 15 fresh cases of Covid during the past 24 hours, while 59 patients were cured of the disease. There are 164 active cases in the district. — TNS Blame game on as flagpole removed from Sec 21 park Tribune News Service Tribune News Service PAGE 3 Panchkula MC announces Ward No. 5, led by councillor Jai Kaushik, as the best during cleanliness campaign. Caught stealing, SI gets Robbery bid at bizman’s house earful from shopkeeper Man wielding gun Panchkula, August 16 An SI with the Chandigarh Police was caught stealing two cigarette packets from a shop in Sector 17, Panchkula, on Tuesday. The incident came to light after a video went viral in the social media. According to information, the SI is posted at the Mauli Jagran police P’KULA WARD NO. 5 ADJUDGED BEST IN CLEANLINESS DRIVE UT police arrest a 34-year-old Nigerian involved in drug peddling, while possessing 172 grams of heroin. Tribune News Service CHANDIGARH 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 PAGE 2 Chandigarh, August 16 A controversy erupted after the city Municipal Corporation removed a large Tricolour and a 45-foot-tall flagpole on which it was unfurled by residents here at a Sector 21 public park today. The MC claimed the flagpole was put up without seeking permission. Members of the Federation of Sectors Welfare Association Chandigarh (FOSWAC) and Citizens’ Association, Sector 21, had jointly hoisted the flag on Independence Day. Calling the MC action “discriminatory”, FOSWAC chairman Baljinder Singh Bittu said: “We have been maintaining this park for eight years. The MC should have left the flag untouched after I-Day. It would have created a sense of IT’S DISCRIMINATORY The civic body’s action is discriminatory. We have been maintaining this park for eight years. It should have left the flag untouched after I-Day. ❝ ❞ Baljinder Singh Bittu, FOSWAC CHAIRMAN NOD NOT SOUGHT The park is MC’s property and structure was raised sans permission. Also, Sector 21 is a heritage sector and the Chief Architect’s nod is must for alterations. ❝ An MC official while removing a 45-foot flagpole installed by residents at Sector 21 park. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN patriotism among people.” “Area residents are pained at MC’s insult to the Tricolour by removing it unceremoniously and uprooting ❞ Anindita Mitra, MC COMMISSIONER the flagpole,” he added. “It is a forcible removal of the Tricolour by branding it encroachment on a public Continued on page 3
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