28082022-CT-01.qxd 8/28/2022 12:56 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 28 AUGUST 2022 | CHANDIGARH CYCLING EXPEDITION FLAGGED OFF, 26 TO PEDAL 1,800 KM PAGE 3 A 26-member team sets off on a cycling expedition to mark platinum jubilee of Western Command. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 98,681 48,119 1,00,676 RECOVERED 97,177 47,560 99,213 NEW CASES 36 21 23 ACTIVE 323 139 296 CHANGE 15 13 9 DEATHS 1,181 420 1,167 NEW 0 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH PANCHKULA FATHER-SON DUO ARRESTED FOR FRAUD, FORGERY A six-wicket haul by Prabhakar Jaiswal helps Terrace Zone bt Bird Park Zone by 67 runs at UTCA U-16 cricket meet. MAX 34°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34.8°C | MIN 26.8°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6:50 PM 62 53 MOHALI 46 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF SPA PARLOURS AT ZIRAKPUR RAIDED Zirakpur: The police have booked the owners of seven spa and massage parlours on the VIP road under the Immoral Trafficking Act. The police on Saturday raided the parlours and detained 39 workers, mostly female. They were later let off. Cops have started looking for the operators of the massage parlours. Zirakpur SHO Deepinder Singh Brar said he had received information that illegal massage parlours were being run on a large scale in Triple C complex. Following this, seven teams were formed and raids were conducted. TNS 32-YEAR-OLD BIKER KILLED IN HIT-&-RUN Zirakpur: A 32-year-old man died in a hit-and-run near the Singhpura Chowk here on Friday night. The deceased, Baljinder Singh, a resident of Haripur Hinduan, is survived by his wife and a child. The police have booked the unidentified car driver. Sub-Inspector Ajit Singh said the victim was returning home when a speeding car hit his bike from behind and sped away. TNS SUNRISE MONDAY 5:58 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Who put up these cables? Civic body doesn’t know, everybody else does Overhead wires hanging precariously in UT sectors & alongside roads a nuisance, say residents Chandigarh, August 27 The local Municipal Corporation has no information about companies that have put up overhead cables and wires across the city. Earlier, the civic body had issued a public notice asking firms concerned to remove the wires/cables by Octoberend or else it would. Apart from Rs 10,000 penalty, violators would be slapped expenses incurred on removing the cables/wires, according to the notice. “We do not know the names of all those (companies) that have put up these cables and wires. At our end, we have removed wires in many areas. The companies are bound to remove the cables or shift these underground by October, else we will remove these,” said an MC official concerned. However, RK Garg, president, Second Innings Association, said, “The corporation is lying it does not know which firms have put up these cables. When companies take permission from them, how come they do not know about these? There is a web of wires outside almost every house, which is a nuisance.” “When the corporation says it is illegal, why is it giving time to the firms?” quipped Vishal, a resident of Sector 44, showing a web of wires right outside his house. Officials in the MC said they started cutting the wires/cables recently, but some residents opposed their action. “We have to follow the law — first serve a notice and then act,” said an official. The corporation claimed to have removed overhead cables and wires in Sectors 25, Continued on page 5 Three months on, UT booster dose coverage mere 11% Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 27 Even after three months of the booster dose rollout, only 11.44 per cent of the eligible population above 18 years in the UT has taken the booster shot. On April 10 this year, India began administering precaution doses of Covid-19 vaccines to all those aged above 18. Out of the 8,43,000 eligible adult population in the city, only 96,451 persons have taken the third dose, which translates into 11.44 per cent coverage. Chandigarh had attained the 100 per cent coverage for double-dose vaccination in January this year. The booster dose was first thrown open to adults in private hospitals. City private hospitals had failed to find enough takers. Later, as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, free precaution doses of Covid-19 vaccines were made available to all citizens above 18 years of age at government vaccination centres from July 15 for 75 days. Despite the free availability of booster dose, the coverage stands poor as residents are hesitant to take a booster shot. Not only is the enthusiasm for the booster shot low, 20 per cent children in the age group of 1214 years have not taken the first dose of Corbevax vaccine. Only 54 per cent children in this age group have completed the scheduled of two shots. SECTOR 19 Cables tied to trees and electricity poles can be spotted in many sectors of Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MANOJ MAHAJAN OCTOBER DEADLINE We do not know the names of all those (companies) who have put up these cables and wires. The companies are bound to remove the cables or shift these underground by October, else we will. MC official ❝ A PLAIN LIE When companies take permission from them, how come they do not know about these? There is a web of wires outside almost every house, which is a nuisance. RK Garg, ❝ SECTOR 22 PRESIDENT, SECOND INNINGS ASSOCIATION SECTOR 21 SECTOR 20 Floral waste processing starts 3 decades on, HC stays A woman uses a “Water ATM” in Sector 35, Chandigarh. A first in city — ‘Water ATM’ Chandigarh, August 27 A “Water ATM” was inaugurated by local councillor Prem Lata at the Sector 35 market here today. While four such ATMs have been installed in the market, one has been made functional. Chief Engineer NP Sharma said, “Chandigarh Smart City Ltd has provided the Municipal Corporation with four water ATMs. These have been supplied by Punjab and Sind Bank under corporate social responsibility funds. Each ATM costs about Rs 5.25 lakh.” He said the MC had funded installation and civil work costing about Rs 2 lakh each “Water ATM”. It will also bear expenses on their maintenance, including electrici- PAGE 5 The police arrest a man and his son, both Panchkula residents, for cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy. Tribune News Service PANCHKULA 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 PAGE 3 JAISWAL’S SIX-WICKET HAUL HELPS TERRACE ZONE WIN Chandigarh, August 27 By dovetailing the National Urban Livelihood Mission and the Swachh Bharat Mission, the Municipal Corporation has started processing floral waste into “puja samagri” such as “agarbattis” and “diyas”. The MC imparted two-day training to 35 volunteers of self-help groups in floral waste management. The training camp was organised at Maloya in collaboration with the SAI Trust. An NGO working in the field of floral waste management trained these women in processing floral waste into environment friendly products. 450 KG FLORAL WASTE CITY GENERATES PER DAY 700 KG PER DAY WASTE GENERATION DURING FESTIVE SEASON 156 LOCATIONS FROM WHERE WASTE IS COLLECTED The city generates 450 kg of floral waste per day, which rises to 700 kg per day during the festive season. There are 156 locations, including religious places, banquet halls, florists’ shops, from where floral waste will be collected. Sarbjit Kaur, Mayor, appreciated the efforts of the SAI Trust, a religious organisation, which had provided the land for the project. Around six women will daily assist in waste processing. Rajesh Kalia, president, SAI Trust, has agreed to set up an outlet near a temple where the processed material will be sold. Municipal Commissioner Anindita Mitra said the civic body was fully committed to processing 100% waste. It is already processing the coconut and sanitary waste. Within the next three months, the MC will be able to process 100% dry and horticulture waste. —TNS power disconnection Chandigarh, August 27 Nearly three decades after an electricity connection was released to a city resident, she was in for a shock. The Electricity Department ordered disconnection of the power supply on the grounds that the connection was temporary. Coming to her rescue, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the operation of the impugned orders, subject to the petitioner depositing the dues for the electricity charges payable. Appearing before the Bench of Justice Vinod S Bhardwaj, petitioner Harjit Kaur, through her counsel Harmanjit Singh Sethi, contended that the connection in question was released to the resident of Sector 36 on August 8, 1995. Since then, the petitioner has been regularly paying the electricity bills. Sethi added the order of disconnection was passed on May 30 by observing that it was a temporary connection released in the petitioner’s favour in 2016. He contended Continued on page 5 VAX FIGURES Eligible population Jabbed with booster dose Coverage 12-14 yrs targeted population First dose coverage Second dose coverage 8,43,000 96,451 11.44% 45,000 80.52% 54.43% GIVING BOOST TO VACCINATION ELIGIBLE POPULATION: 18+ DURATION OF INITIATIVE: July 15 to September 30 (75 days) ELIGIBILITY: All persons above 18 years who have completed six months or 26 weeks from the date of the administration of the second dose UT sees 36 cases CHANDIGARH: The city reported 36 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Saturday. The active cases stand at 323 as 51 patients recovered from the disease. — TNS 23 test +ve in Mohali MOHALI: Twenty-three persons were found infected with Covid-19 in the district during the past 24 hours, while 14 patients got the better of the disease. However, no death due to the virus took place on Saturday. — TNS 21 cases in P’kula PANCHKULA: The district reported 21 fresh cases of Covid during the past 24 hours, while eight patients were cured of the disease. There was no fresh fatality and the active cases rose to 139. — TNS 3 held with 8 stolen bikes Chandigarh, August 27 The police have nabbed three persons, including two juveniles, and recovered eight stolen bikes from them. A case under Section 379-B of the IPC has been registered against 19-year-old Dalip Verma, a resident of Shanti Nagar, Mani Majra. Following many complaints, the police set up a naka at Mani Majra on August 24 and nabbed Dalip. He disclosed he, along with two juveniles, stole a number of bikes from the area. They used the stolen bikes till fuel lasted and hid these somewhere after. — TNS CHARGES 300 ML ~1 500 ML ~3 1,000 ML ~5 5,000 ML ~20 20,000 ML ~35 ■ A user can pay by ATM card or by inserting coins ■ Potable water as per BIS norms available from 9 am to 9 pm ty and water charges. Potable water of quality as per Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) norms will be available to shopkeepers as well as visitors from 9 am to 9 pm daily. The charges will be Rs1 for 300 ml, Rs 3 for 500 ml, Rs 5 for 1,000 ml, Rs 20 for 5,000 ml and Rs 35 for 20,000 ml. — TNS City Beautiful tops UTs in solar power installation Chandigarh, August 27 The City Beautiful has been rated the best amongst UTs in total solar power installation and received the first prize at a function organised by the Association of Renewable Energy Agencies of States (AREAS), formed by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), on its eighth foundation day ceremony at Cochin in Kerala today. The Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST) was also felicitated for achieving the sec- PROJECTS IN PIPELINE UT ALSO FETED FOR ■ 2 MWp floating solar power plant at the Sector 39 water works ■ 2 MWp canal-top solar power plant at N-choe in front of Garden of Conifers, Sector 52 ■ 2 MWp canal-top solar power plant at Patiala Ki Rao ■ 500 kWp floating solar power plant at Dhanas Lake ond highest renewable energy installed capacity among UTs as on March 31 this year, achieving the second highest renewable energy capacity c m y b ■ Second highest renewable energy installed capacity as on March 31, 2022 ■ Second highest renewable energy capacity addition during 2021-22 ■ Second highest solar power capacity addition during 2021-22 ■ Installing second highest number Debendra Dalai, Secretary, Science & Technology and Renewable Energy-cum-CEO, CREST, receives the award. addition during the fiscal 2021-22, achieving the second highest solar power capacity addition during the year 2021-22 and achieving the second highest number of solar streetlights installed as on March 31. Union Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy and Chemicals of solar street lights as on March 31, 2022 and Fertilizers Bhagwanth Khuba gave away the awards. Under the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahatosav”, CREST has set an ambitious target of 75 MWp to be achieved by August 15 next year. “Chandigarh is well ahead in terms of achievement and total aggregate capacity of 50.588 MWp rooftop solar plants have already been installed and commissioned at 4,200 sites in the city,” said Debendra Dalai, Secretary, Science & Technology and Renewable Energy-cum-CEO, CREST. UT Adviser Dharam Pal said with this pace, the city could achieve the target to become 100 per cent renewable energy-powered in the near future. — TNS
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