26082022-CT-01.qxd 8/26/2022 12:50 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 26 AUGUST 2022 | CHANDIGARH CARMEL TRAGEDY: PANEL TO RECORD SHEELA’S STATEMENT PAGE 3 BISHNOI GANG MEMBER HELD WITH 2 PISTOLS, CARTRIDGES Justice Jitender Chauhan (retd) chairs a meeting to discuss status of heritage trees in Chandigarh. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 98,590 48,056 1,00,625 RECOVERED 97,043 47,506 99,136 NEW CASES 64 25 40 ACTIVE 367 130 322 CHANGE 17 5 32 DEATHS 1,180 420 1,167 NEW 1 0 0 CHANDIGARH 59 PANCHKULA 36 MOHALI 36 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF TATTOO ARTIST HELD WITH 52-GM CHARAS Chandigarh: A 23-year-old tattoo artist was arrested for possessing charas. The suspect, Daman Deep Singh of Sector 16, was nabbed from the parking of the Sector 15 market with 52 gm of charas. A case was registered against him. He was later released on bail. TNS POWER SHUTDOWN Power supply from the 11 kV Zirakpur, 11 kV Ambala road , 11 kV Kurrai, 11 kV Savitri Greens, 11 kV Orbit feeder and 11kV Jaipuria grids, feeding Lohgarh, VIP Road and Naraingarh Jhungian and Nabha villages, will remain suspended from 11 am to 4 pm on Friday due to work at 11 kV feeder on the Patiala road. ~15,000 snatched post honey-trap, two women held Chandigarh, August 25 Two women have been arrested for luring a 61-year-old with sexual favours and snatching ~15,200 from him. The complainant, a native of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh (HP), reported that two women had approached him at the Mani Majra bus stand on Wednesday evening and offered sexual favours. The complainant got lured and agreed to accompany them to continued on page 3 SUNSET FRIDAY 6:52 PM Sandeep Rana Chandigarh, August 25 In a surprise move, Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Corporation’s venture Stop ’n’ Stare, a popular hangout in Leisure Valley, Sector 10, has been razed to the ground by the contractor to whom the eatery was leased out recently. The tourism corporation has served a showcause notice on the agency. CITCO officials said the structure had been demolished without their knowledge by the contractor running the operations as he apparently wanted to “renovate” the place. Interestingly, the Sector 17-based CITCO office is located barely a kilometre from the site. According to information, the outlet was leased out to Verma Transport Company for seven years to run the operations. But, it went ahead and demolished the structure in the heritage area without the taking CITCO into loop. Reacting to the unauthorised demolition, UT Adviser Dharam Pal said: “It is simply not allowed. We will take appropriate action.” CITCO’s company secretary Maninder Kanwar said: “It has been razed by the party (the contractor). We have served him a show-cause notice. A committee has been constituted to decide the mat- PANEL TO DECIDE WILL TAKE ACTION We have served showIt is simply not cause notice. A panel will allowed. We will take decide matter. Maninder Kanwar, appropriate action. ❝ ❝ IT’S HERITAGE AREA How could it happen? It is heritage area with museums &art college around. Rajnish Wattas, CITCO’S COMPANY SECRETARY Dharam Pal, UT ADVISER EX-PRINCIPAL, CHANDIGARH COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE ❝ The levelled area where CITCO’s Stop ’n’ Stare (below) was located in Sector 10, Chandigarh. PRADEEP TEWARI AUGUST 24 ■ Inaugurated in 2001, Stop ’n’ Stare was the brainchild of then Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Lt Gen JFR Jacob ■ CITCO ran the Sector 10 eatery for a long time before handing over operations to a private agency before Covid pandemic ■ During Covid, it ran into losses and was shut down. It was recently leased out to Verma Transport Company for seven years ter further.” Akshay Verma, the lessee, said the matter regarding the demolition was being looked into by CITCO. “Whatever they decide, we will act accordingly,” he said. Stop ’n’ Stare was the brainchild of then Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Lt Gen JFR Jacob and was inaugurated during his tenure in 2001. A CITCO employee said: “It CAUGHT FERRYING SAND ILLEGALLY ■ Attack occurred despite heavy security deployment on the eve of PM Narendra Modi’s Mullanpur visit ■ The team of three staffers had stopped a tractor-trailer laden with illegally mined sand at Perch village ■ Soon, 3 suspects with accomplices arrived, and attacked and abused the Forest Department employees arrangements for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Mullanpur on Wednesday afternoon, sand miners allegedly assaulted a forest guard and field staff, who caught them transporting illegally mined sand on a tractor-trailer at Perch village. Field staff Nirmal Singh suffered serious injuries in the face, back, arms and hands, while forest guard Vipandeep Kaur was manhandled and subjected to abuses. The Forest Range Officer, in a complaint to the police, claimed Vipandeep, along with field staff Nirmal and Ramesh, was on patrol duty at Perch village on Tuesday night, when the team spotted a tractor-trailer laden with illegally mined sand. As they intercepted the vehicle, tractors owner Sucha Singh, continued on page 3 is surprising officials of the corporation did not know about it? Due to some vested interests, the eatery had been shown as having been running continued on page 3 LEASEHOLD TO FREEHOLD Submit detailed proposal, MHA asks UT Admn Chandigarh, August 25 The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sought a detailed proposal from the UT Administration on allowing conversion of commercial and industrial properties from leasehold to freehold. It has asked for more details of the issue along with relevant rules, regulations, facts and figures before it can take a decision on the issue. The UT had earlier sought in-principle approval to conversion of properties. continued on page 3 AUGUST 25 Illegal vendors removed by security officials outside a PGI’s entry in view of the PM’s event on Wednesday; and (right) it is business as usual on Thursday. PHOTOS: PRADEEP TEWARI Day after PM’s visit, it’s back to biz for vendors near PGI Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 25 Unauthorised street vendors who were yesterday removed from the vicinity of the PGI gate in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit are back in business. The vendors were removed as the road was sanitised by the security agencies. The place, which was all spic-and-span yesterday, was teeming with vendors operating illegally STIFF PENALTIES NEEDED ONLY 1/3RD PAYING FEE We can’t physically remove vendors 10,937 from the entire city every day. Apart from TOTAL VENDORS SURVEYED registering FIRs against repeat offenders, 3,833 PAY FEE REGULARLY we will have to impose stiff penalties to act ~5.86 CR LICENCE FEE PAID TO MC IN 2021-22 as a deterrent Anindita Mitra, MC COMMISSIONER ❝ ❞ from there today. Area councillor Sachin Galav slammed the enforcement wing of the civic body for allowing illegal vendors around the PGI, PEC and TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE UT to add 40 AC long-haul buses 20 to arrive by month-end, remaining by December Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 25 For the convenience of travellers, the UT Transport Department will soon add 40 new AC buses to its existing fleet for long haul. Pradhuman Singh, Director, Transport, said half of the total 40 buses would arrive by this month-end and tender had been floated for the remaining 20, which would be procured by the end of December. Singh said the new buses would be added to the existing fleet of 167 Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) buses running on longdistance routes. An official said the department was planning to run these buses on the Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand sections. ON-BOARD FACILITIES 167 IN CTU’s CURRENT FLEET ■ New buses will be added to existing fleet of 167 Chandigarh Transport Undertaking buses for long-distance travel ■ These buses will run on the Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand sections ADEQUATE LUGGAGE SPACE AIR-CONDITIONING/HEATING LED-BASED DESTINATION BOARD 47 SEAT CAPACITY CCTV CAMERAS | LIVE TRACKER A CTU’s AC bus on Dakshin Marg in Chandigarh. PRADEEP TEWARI Along with proper arrangement for luggage, the new buses will have air-conditioning and heating facilities. The front destination board will be LED-based, with each bus having 47 seats. Also, CCTV cameras will have to be provided in these buses, with the department already making such a provision for most of continued on page 3 LEISURE VALLEY EATERY LT GEN JACOB’S BRAINCHILD 3 held for assaulting forest staff Mohali, August 25 The police have arrested three persons for assaulting employees of the Forest Department after they were caught transporting illegally mined sand in Mullanpur on the intervening night of August 23 and 24. The suspects have been identified as tractor owner Sucha Singh, his son Aman and his friend Sukhwinder. Mullanpur police station SHO Satinder Singh said the main suspects had been arrested, while raids were being conducted to nab other unidentified suspects. Despite heavy security The nerve-racking third and penultimate day of amateur golf championship sees exceptional play. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:56 AM Stop ’n’ Stare razed, clueless CITCO puts lessee on notice PAGE 3 GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP: STAGE SET FOR FINAL ROUND TODAY A youth, who is a member of Lawrence Bishnoi gang, arrested with two country-made pistols, two cartridges. MAX 34°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 26.6°C Tribune News Service AIR QUALITY INDEX PAGE 3 Sector 11. “It shows officials concerned are hand in glove with vendors. It is up to the authorities to let vendors operate from any site. What is the need for the Street Vendors Act then?” he said. The Congress leader claimed: “They have not issued chargesheet against c m y b the inspector concerned. The corruption is deep-rooted in the MC’s enforcement wing and officials are looking the other way. There is a need to find a permanent solution.” Of the total 10,937 vendors surveyed in the city, only 3,833 were found to have been paying the fee regularly, raising a question mark on the implementation of the Act. In 2021-22, the Municipal Corporation had collected Rs 5.86 cr as licence fee from vendors. continued on page 3 Mid-day meal worker hurt as cooker bursts Chandigarh, August 25 A mid-day meal worker suffered burns as a pressure cooker exploded at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, this morning. The incident happened while the meal was being prepared for students. Roop Ram, the head cook, received burns on his face and has been admitted to the PGI. “The patient has suffered facial and left axillary superficial burns. He is now stable and undergoing plastic surgery,” read a medical bulletin. “Sensing the cooker was about to explode and to ensure that no one in the continued on page 3 1 death, 64 cases in UT CHANDIGARH: The city reported one death and 64 cases of Covid-19 on Thursday. A 61year-old man from Sector 31 died at GMCH-32. He was fully vaccinated. — TNS 40 test +ve in Mohali MOHALI: Forty persons tested positive in the district during the past 24 hours, while 72 patients recovered from the disease. However, no death was reported on Thursday. — TNS 25 get infection in P’kula PANCHKULA: Head cook Roop Ram has been admitted to the PGI with burns. The district saw 25 fresh cases of Covid during the past 24 hours, while 20 patients were cured of the disease. There are 130 active cases in the district. — TNS
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