29082022-CT-01.qxd 8/29/2022 1:26 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE MONDAY | 29 AUGUST 2022 | CHANDIGARH BOARD STARTS DOOR-TO-DOOR SURVEY OF 8,448 DHANAS FLATS PAGE 3 CHB teams start a door-to-door survey of 8,448 small flats at Dhanas to check illegal occupation. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 98,723 48,132 1,00,693 RECOVERED 97,237 47,597 99,220 NEW CASES 42 13 17 ACTIVE 305 115 306 CHANGE 18 24 10 DEATHS 1,181 420 1,167 NEW 0 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 69 PANCHKULA 61 MOHALI 75 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF DRUG PEDDLER IN POLICE NET Chandigarh: The Crime Branch of the UT police has arrested a drug peddler while carrying 7.510 kg ganja. The accused, Madhu Kumar (31), a native of Bihar, was arrested from near the motor market, Mani Majra. A case has been registered. TNS PAGE 3 PRABHJOT, PRABH SIMRAN SCORE TONS FOR PATIALA Tons by Prabhjot, Prabh Simran help Patiala claim 3 points against Sangrur at Punjab tourney for Katoch Shield. MAX 33°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34.4°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:49 PM As many as 20 teams, 360 golfers will feature in Chandigarh Golf League starting from September 21. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:58 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE NGT cautions UT on depleting water table Asks Admn to focus on reuse of waste water, make rainwater harvesting mandatory Dushyant Singh Pundir WATER LEVEL DATA OF NOVEMBER 2020 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 28 Raising concerns over the depleting water table in Chandigarh, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the UT Administration to take all measures to minimise the withdrawal of groundwater. To check the decline in the groundwater level, the green tribunal has also asked the UT to lay emphasis on the reuse of waste water, especially by bulk users, besides making rainwater harvesting mandatory in the city. “Chandigarh depends on groundwater to meet its requirements of potable water. Hence, it is imperative that the UT takes all measures to minimise the use of groundwater sources as it’s scarce and depletable if overdrawn,” stated the NGT on a report submitted by the UT Administration on compliance with solid waste management and sewage man- 11 3 2 5 1 45.5% 27.3% TUBEWELLS REGISTER RISE RECORD INCREASE SEE A FALL LEVEL DOWN BY WELLS SEE A DECLINE IN WELLS REPORT A RISE MONITORED IN CITY OF 0-2 METRE OF 2-4 METRE OF 0-2 METRE OVER 4 METRE RANGE OF 0-2 METRE IN THE SAME RANGE REASONS FOR DEPLETING LEVEL Over-extraction of groundwater Poor recharge system ‘MINIMISE USE OF GROUNDWATER’ ❝ Chandigarh depends on groundwater to meet its requirements of potable water. Hence, it is imperative that the UT takes all measures to minimise the use of groundwater sources as it’s scarce and depletable if overdrawn. NGT ❞ agement in the city. Stressing the need for reusing waste water, the NGT stated that sewage should be treated, and treated sewage with no bacterial load can be used by the commercial establishments such as malls, industri- al estates, automobile units and power plants requiring water for their processes or otherwise. The treated water can also be used at local bodies institutions, universities, railway station, bus stands and playgrounds to save potable water for drinking, observed the tribunal. Resorts and hotels are required to adopt zero waste policy, including waste water reuse within the resort/hotel area, stated the tribunal. According to the data tabled by the Ministry of Jal Shakti in the Lok Sabha last year, Chandigarh has registered a decline in the groundwater level at 55 per cent of its tubewells monitored by the authorities concerned, against the national average of 38 per cent. While 62 per cent of the tubewells across the country showed a rise in the groundwater level, 45 per cent units in the city have reported a similar trend. The ministry stated that the Central Ground Water Board periodically monitoring the groundwater level through a network of wells. As per the water-level data collected by the board in November 2020, of 11 tubewells monitored in Chandigarh, Continued on page 3 Strengthen beat system: RWAs 50 more open gyms, residents say not required Say amid rising thefts in city, residents fear to move out for vacations Chandigarh, August 28 Representatives of Residents’ Welfare Associations today raised the issue of inordinate delay in disposal of complaints through the public window at the Police Headquarters. During a meeting of the Executive of FOSWAC (Federation of Sectors Welfare Association Chandigarh) held at People Convention Centre, Sector 36, the representatives took up several issues with SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal. They stressed the need for strengthening the beat system. Baljinder Singh Bittu, chairman, FOSWAC, said, “The beat police should keep a check on unknown people or salesman visiting sectors. They should also restart the practice of visiting senior citizens’ residences Sandeep Rana WHAT RESIDENTS SAY Tribune News Service A FOSWAC meeting in progress at Sector 36, Chandigarh. PRADEEP TEWARI OTHER ISSUES RAISED AT FOSWAC MEETING ■ Delay in disposal of police complaints through public window ■ Installation of security gates in sectors of City Beautiful ■ Organised gangs bringing beggars of other states to city ■ ‘No mechanism’ to acknowledge complaints at MC office to listen to their problems. It takes about three months for a complaint submitted at the public window to reach the official concerned.” A member of FOSWAC, VK Nirmal, said the public window at the Police Headquarters was not working efficiently. Many complaints remain unattended for months. There is an urgent Continued on page 3 Chandigarh, August 28 The local Municipal Corporation is going to set up 50 more open air gyms, but residents are not impressed with the move. They say rather than increasing the number of gyms, the MC should focus on the quality of equipment, as machines in most of the parks have developed faults. There are 250 open air gyms in various parks the city. “The quality of equipment at these open air gyms is not good. One or two years after installation, machines start to develop faults. Nobody bothers about repairing the faulty equipment. Besides, gyms in most places are not being used at all. “There are gyms at two parks in Sector 36-C situated at a distance of 500 steps. Neither is being used by local residents. 3 CHAINS SNATCHED Mohali: Snatchers trageted three women in separate incidents here in the past 24 hours. Bike-borne youths snatched the gold chain of Indira Ahuja of Sector 70. The gold chain of Rekha Rani Ratanpal was snatched by miscreants in Phase 1 while she was on her way to pick her child from school in the afternoon. Youths fled with the gold chain of Phase-9 resident Aarti while she was having a walk in a park with her child. TNS Airport shuttle service extended to Panchkula Chandigarh, August 28 On the demand of residents of Panchkula, the UT Administration has decided to extend the shuttle bus service running from the Chandigarh international airport to the ISBT, Sector 17, up to Panchkula. Pradhuman Singh, Joint Secretary, Transport, said the THE ROUTE ■ The first bus will start from Panchkula at 4.20 am and the last bus at 1.10 am ■ The first bus will start from the airport at 6 am and the last bus at 11.30 pm ■ The bus will reach the Panchkula bus stand in Sector 5 via Sohana in Mohali, the ISBT-43 and the ISBT-17 Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) was operating the shuttle bus service from the ISBT-17 to the airport via the ISBT, Sector 43, since March this year in synchronisation with the scheduled departure and arrival of flights. “On Panchkula residents’ demand, the CTU is going to extend the shuttle service up to Panchkula with effect from August 29,” he said. By extending the shuttle service, the Administration would provide economical commuting service to residents of Panchkula at a flat charge of Rs 100. — TNS ■ Focus on maintenance of equipment at existing gyms ■ Gyms in most of the parks not being used at all ■ Faulty equipment not being repaired ■ Cause damage to green spaces in parks An iron rod of an apparatus missing at an open air gym in Sector 37, Chandigarh. PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI The same is true for many other places,” said a city-based activist, LR Budaniya. Rajinder Garg, president of the Sector 46-A Residents’ Welfare Association, said, “Open air gyms in our sector are in a poor shape. Most of the machines do not work.” Vikram Aditya, who leads a group of Sector Two juveniles apprehended for snatchings in city Chandigarh, August 28 Two juveniles have been apprehended for snatchings in the city. Two mobile phones and a stolen motorcycle were recovered from the suspects. The police said on August 26, a snatching incident took place in Sector 25. Cops procured the CCTV footage of the area in which the suspects were seen riding a motorcycle. The police launched a hunt and managed to nab the suspects. The police said the motorcycle used in the crime was stolen from Kharar. Both juveniles, who are allegedly drug addicts, were sent to the juvenile home after investigation. — TNS PAGE 3 A FIRST IN UT— STAGE SET FOR CHANDIGARH GOLF LEAGUE 36 residents, called it a scam. “It is a scam. In our sector, half of the gyms are lying unused. The corporation should first assess as to whether the city needs more gyms. The open gyms are an environmental nuisance as these cause a damage to green spaces. It is simply a criminal waste of money.” Kuldeep Singh Gill, president, Bright RWA, Sector 21B, said, “Only 5 per cent people use open air gyms. In Sector 21-B, people go to proper gyms. Only a few youngsters visit open air gyms to have a chitchat. Continued on page 3 42 contract virus in UT CHANDIGARH: City witnessed 42 cases of Covid-19 on Sunday. As many as 60 patients were cured of the disease. — TNS 17 cases in Mohali MOHALI: Seventeen persons tested positive for Covid in the district during the past 24 hours. There was no fresh fatality and the active caseload jumped to 306. — TNS 13 test positive in P’kula PANCHKULA: The district reported 13 new cases of Covid during the past 24 hours, while 37 patients were cured of the disease. There are 115 active cases in the district. — TNS Police use water cannon on protesting teachers Tribune News Service GREEN LOSS: A huge tree fell in Sector 7; and (right) a portion of a banyan tree collapsed at PU on Saturday night. TRIBUNE PHOTOS 3 booked for defrauding P’kula man of ~1.83 lakh Tribune News Service Panchkula, August 28 The police have booked three persons for defrauding a resident of Sector 14 here of ~1.83 lakh in the supply of grills and steel frames. They have been identified as Mithilesh, alias Mithilesh Singh, Suryamantra, alias Sureman, and Ajay Singh, all employees of Hira Hardware, Industrial Area, Phase 1. The police said Gulab Singh, a resident of Sector 14, complained that he was constructing a house in Sector 27 here. Ajay Singh, manager of Hira Hardware, visited the site and told him that he would supply iron and other accessories of the best quality and at reasonable prices. He, along with Suryamantra, foreman, and Mithilesh Singh, sole proprietor of the firm, agreed to supply him with iron material at ~88 per kg, including labour, loading, unloading of the same at the site, excluding accessories. It was verbally agreed that some amount would remain as advance with Mithlesh. He paid a total of ~6.9 lakh in cash to Mithilesh and Suremantra. The complainant said he later come to know that the c m y b trio was cheating customers by treating accessories as a separate component, but including the weight in the total quantity of material. He found the electronic weighing machine was showing weight on the higher side. He said when he demanded the remaining amount of ~1,83,685 from Mithlesh, he promised to make the payment after 10 days. When he again demanded the money, the latter threatened him with dire consequences. Panchkula, August 28 The police had to use a water cannon to stop protesting eligible JBT teachers from entering the Chandigarh territory to lay siege to the residence of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today. The candidates seeking appointment in the low merit and waiting list of 9,455 JBT recruitment were chased away by the police during a mild lathicharge. The protesters were demanding that the government should implement the final decision of the double Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. State president of Eligible Teachers Association of Haryana Prem Ahlawat said of 9,870 JBT posts in Haryana, the result of original/first list of 9,455 candidates was released in 2014 and in May 2017, appointment letters were given to those candidates who were eligible till the last date of advertisement of December Cops use a water cannon to disperse the protesting JBT teachers at Chandigarh-Panchkula border on Sunday. RAVI KUMAR 8, 2012. He said JBT qualified teachers, who had cleared the eligibility test HTET 2013 after the cut-off date of December 8, 2012, were also included in the recruitment, due to which the teachers who passed the original list (HTET 2011) were dismissed. The teachers featuring on the original list (having all qualifications till the cut-off date) fought the case in the High Court for five years. On May 16, 2022, all cases related to this recruitment were decided by the Double Bench of Justice GS Sandhwalia and Justice Vikas Suri on July 20, 2022. The Bench directed the state government to consider only the candidates on the original list/first list (having all qualifications till the cutoff date) as eligible. The teachers said 38 days had elapsed since the High Court order, yet it was not implemented.
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