15092022-CT-01.qxd 9/15/2022 12:57 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 15 SEPTEMBER 2022 | CHANDIGARH TRICITY CAB DRIVERS WARN OF PROTEST OUTSIDE RAJ BHAVAN PAGE 2 Tricity cab drivers to hold protest on September 26 over illegal plying of bike taxis and private four-wheelers. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 99,095 48,292 1,00,911 RECOVERED 97,807 48,850 99,659 NEW CASES 14 7 13 ACTIVE 107 22 84 CHANGE 3 2 1 DEATHS 1,181 420 1,168 NEW 0 0 0 SUNSET THURSDAY 6:28 PM Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service CHANDIGARH 64 PANCHKULA 85 MOHALI 45 Chandigarh, September 14 The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sought three months’ time from the Supreme Court to frame a policy on conversion of leasehold industrial and commercial plots to freehold in the city. “As the issue involves an important matter of policy, which requires a thorough, detailed and careful consideration and extensive consultation with stakeholders concerned, it is requested to grant three months’ time to examine the proposal received from the Chandigarh Administration,” stated the MHA in a fresh affidavit submitted in the Supreme Court today. In an action taken report submitted by the UT Administration on the observations made by the apex court in its order on August 29 on the conversion policy, it was stated the administration had sent a letter dated April 13, 2021, to the MHA seeking inprinciple approval for leasehold to freehold conversion of industrial and commercial properties. In compliance of the order of the Supreme Court dated July 18, 2022, a meeting was held on August 8 between the SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF WOMAN DIES IN HIT-&-RUN CASE Chandigarh: In a hit-and-run case, a woman died after being hit by an unidentified vehicle. Complainant Amit, a resident of Nayagaon, reported a vehicle sped away after hitting his mother, Kamlesh Kumar, on the road separating Sectors 26 and 28. The victim was an Electricity Department employee. A case has been registered at the Sector 26 police station. TNS TWO HELD WITH CONTRABAND Chandigarh: The District Crime Cell of UT police has arrested two suspects with drugs. Dheeraj (25), a resident of Victoria City, Zirakpur, was arrested from Sector 45 with 510 gm charas. A case has been registered at the Sector 34 police station. Also, 31-yearold Krishan, a resident of Sector 56, was arrested from Sector 40 with 25 gm heroin. A case has been registered at the Sector 39 police station. TNS 8,072 6,621 1,451 TOTAL SITES COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL LEASEHOLD TO FREEHOLD: KEY SUBMISSIONS IN SC ■ In compliance of the SC order, the UT Adviser and Joint Secretary (UT), MHA, met on August 8 to decide the matter ■ MHA sought detailed proposal from UT on August 8. A pointwise info was sent to MHA on August 20, after which meetings were held on Sept 5 and 9 ■ MHA told UT letters sent by UT Adviser and Joint Secretary (UT), MHA, to decide the issue of conversion of industrial and commercial properties. Following this, the MHA had sought detailed proposal from the UT Administration on August 8, stated the UT in the action taken report. The UT Administration with the approval of the UT Administrator sent point- admn on April 13, 2021, and August 20, 2022, did not contain comprehensive proposal or draft scheme for conversion to freehold units ■ UT sent a detailed proposal to MHA on Sept 13. The matter is now being considered by the MHA as per norms and in consultation with stakeholders wise information to the MHA on August 20 and it was followed by subsequent meetings on September 5 and 9. During the meetings held on September 5 and 9, the MHA informed the UT Administration the letters sent by the administration on April 13, 2021, and August 20, 2022, did not contain a comprehensive and detailed Now, PGI docs to list details of conferences outside institute Tribune News Service MOHALI WATER SUPPLY TO BE HIT Chandigarh, September 14 PGI doctors will now have to disclose details of conferences they attend outside the institute in a proforma and justify their participation as well. This will include details such as how the participation of the doctor will help work at the institute. Earlier, doctors used to submit request on a plain piece of paper without mentioning the details of the conference. “It is to bring to notice of all heads of departments of the Chandigarh: Due to a shutdown in the Kajauli Scheme, Phases 3 and 4, water supply to Mohali city, Sectors 70 and 71, Phase 7, Industrial Area Phases 1 to 5, and Mataur and Shahi Majra villages will remain affected on September 15. There will be no supply in the afternoon and low pressure in the evening. On September 16, the morning supply will be according to the availability of water. TNS JUSTIFY PARTICIPATION ■ PGI docs will have to list in proforma academic purpose, utility at institute, travel cost/fee, title of paper presented and copy of invite ■ Earlier, doctors used to submit request on a plain piece of paper without mentioning details of the conference while applying for approval to attend conference institute that the faculty members of the institute apply for national or international programme on a plain paper or letterheads without mentioning the details of conference, duty leave, source of finances to be used, request of no-objection certificate (NOC) for visa purpose, proper invitation or acceptance of letter for the purpose,” said the letter. It further reads: “It has now been decided by the authority that all faculty members of the institute must now apply for programme (involving no financial liability on the part of institute) in prescribed format.” The details required to be Continued on page 2 Sale of student tickets for T20 match between India & Australia, to be held on Sept 20, begins at PCA counters. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:07 AM CONVERSION Submits fresh affidavit on behalf of UT Admn AIR QUALITY INDEX 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 MAX 32°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32.2°C | MIN 26.4°C proposal or a draft scheme for conversion of industrial or commercial property from leasehold to freehold. As the issue involved an important matter of policy, an appropriate policy decision could be taken in consultation with the stakeholders concerned only after receiving a detailed proposal or draft scheme from the Chandigarh Administration. In continuation of the reply sent to the MHA on August 20, the administration had sent a detailed proposal to the MHA for converting leasehold property to freehold (commercial/industrial) on September 13. “This being a major policy decision, the matter is being considered by the MHA as per the established legal procedure and in consultation with all stakeholders concerned,” submitted the UT. “In view of the submissions made by the UT, the action taken report may kindly be considered and accepted,” submitted the MHA and requested the apex court to exempt personal appearance of Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla as the necessary action was being taken by the MHA and Chandigarh Administration in a time-bound manner. TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE ~413-cr loan pact inked for 24x7 water supply in city Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 14 Paving the way for the implementation of the ambitious 24x7 water supply project in the UT, Finance Ministry’s Department of Economic Affairs and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) signed a credit facility agreement to provide Rs 413 cr loan to the local Municipal Corporation in New Delhi today. The corporation will now sign a project agreement with the AFD in the next few days. Besides the loan, the European Union (EU) is also providing a grant of Rs 98 crore for the project. The loan is to be repaid in 15 years with a sixyear moratorium period. The amount will be repaid through water bills paid by residents. Rates will be increased after a few years. The total cost of the project is Rs 590 cr. The project is now in the initial implementation phase, with the expression of interest of the long-term technical assistance already floated and 17 bidders coming forward. The tendering process is expected to finish by yearend and the work on the project is likely to start early next year. Anindita Mitra, Chief Executive Officer, Chandigarh Smart City Limited, said: “The key objective behind the project is to save groundwater, Continued on page 2 FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PURPOSE ONLY PROJECT TO COST ~590 CRORE ~98 cr 15 years 6 years GRANT BEING GIVEN BY EU PERIOD FOR LOAN REPAYMENT WHAT IT ENTAILS ■ 269 km of water pipeline to be replaced ■ Water pressure to be improved to 17 m as per guidelines ■ Old machinery to be replaced with variable frequency drive (VFD) pumps ■ 100% smart water metering; supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for monitoring CURRENT STATUS ■ The project is in its initial implementation phase, EoI for technical assistance floated ■ Tendering process to finish by yearend, work likely to begin early next year Rainsoaked Chandigarh, September 14 There seems no end to parking woes at the PGI as footfall on the campus has increased manifold. According to officials, 13,000 cars, on an average, visit the campus between 7 am and 5 pm daily. However, the parking space available can only handle 3,500 cars. Around 6,000 vehicles are parked on the campus at all times. “It takes an hour to park a vehicle during the peak OPD hours. Sometimes, I have to park my vehicle at the Sector 11 market and walk down to the campus. The parking behind the Oral Health Sciences Centre is also haphazard,” says Ankur, a patient. During the morning hours, there is heavy rush of visitors to the OPDs, which causes traffic congestion. While the multi-level park- PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Tribune News Service INFRA WOEFULLY INADEQUATE ■ 13,000 cars on average visit campus from 7 am to 5 pm daily ■ 6,000 vehicles are parked on campus at all times ■ 3,500 cars can be parked in available parking space NO SPACE IN PEAK HOURS It takes an hour to park a vehicle during peak OPD hours. Sometimes, I have to park my vehicle at the Sector 11 market and walk down to the campus. MAKING TEMPORARY LOTS We are creating temporary parking spaces in institute. Around 1,5002,000 cars can be parked in vacant area opposite the Nursing Institute. — Ankur, A PATIENT — Kumar Gaurav Dhawan, DY DIRECTOR, PGI ❝ ❞ ing project is still awaiting environmental clearance, the hospital authorities has ❝ ❞ requested the UT Administration to set up a multi-level parking near the institute, says Kumar Gaurav Dhawan, Deputy Director, PGI. The Rs 63-crore multi-level parking project of the PGI, which was approved in 2015, will have seven floors and a basement on about 26,000 sq m, each floor having a capacity of nearly 80 cars. The institute has also requested the Traffic Police to do a survey in and around the campus to see how the traffic can be properly regulated. The bus shuttle service on the campus will be improved so that patients or their attendants visiting by cabs or autos can get off at the main gate and reach respective departments. The parking area adjacent to the Oral Health Science Centre will be levelled to create more space. Kumar Gaurav Dhawan, Deputy Director, PGI, says for institutional area, the institute Continued on page 2 Cricket fans, who had lined up to purchase tickets for the India-Oz T20I tie, caught in a downpour outside the IS Bindra PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY REPORT P3 c m y b Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 14 The Municipal Corporation will examine the feasibility of upgrading the sewage treatment plants (STPs) in Chandigarh on the lines of India’s largest reuse project in Nagpur. A team of councillors of the Chandigarh MC, led by Mayor Sarbjit Kaur and accompanied by the Senior Deputy Mayor, Deputy Mayor and 21 councillors, visited the facility site today. The team met the Nagpur Municipal Corporation authorities who said the city generated 550+ MLD sewage. The project was launched to augment 100 MLD STP to 200 MLD with reuse of treated water on PPP model with a private firm. The project not only helped fix the problem of waste flow- MORATORIUM PERIOD JOINTLESS CONNECTION BY MC IN HOUSEHOLDS The MC will lay residential water connection instead of current system wherein residents themselves lay pipeline inside houses. It will stop water contamination as pipeline will be without joints SAVING GROUNDWATER The key is to save groundwater, which is depleting at a rapid pace. Once complete, city will have sufficient water supply till 2050. — Anindita Mitra, ❝ ❞ CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CHANDIGARH SMART CITY LIMITED Body found in Mohali, cops suspect foul play At PGI, parking leaves lot to be desired Will examine feasibility of STP ~63-crore multi-level facility awaits environmental nod, footfall up manifold upgrade: Touring councillors Naina Mishra PAGE 3 IND-OZ T20: FANS BRAVE RAIN TO BUY STUDENT TICKETS A day after fire at furniture showroom in Baltana, MC team finds shortcomings in fire safety arrangements there. Give three months to frame policy, MHA urges apex court TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD PAGE 2 GUTTED SHOWROOM AT BALTANA HAD NO FIRE NOC Mohali, September 14 The body of an unidentified man, possibly a migrant labour, was found under mysterious circumstances in an open area near the bridge on a stretch leading from the Airport Road to TDI City here today. The police suspect it to be a case of murder. The body bore an injury mark on the head and strangulation marks on the neck. A passerby noticed the body and informed the police. A liquor bottle was recovered nearby. A forensic team was called in. The police took the body into their possession and sent it to the hospital. In another incident, a 38year-old man from Ratia, Haryana, was found dead in the basement of a closed GBP Group building on the Chandigarh-Ambala National Highway in Zirakpur. Continued on page 2 Get lowdown on India’s largest reuse project in Nagpur 14 more infected in UT CHANDIGARH: The city witnessed 14 cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday. As many as 17 patients recovered from the disease. — TNS Mohali logs 13 cases MOHALI: Chandigarh MC councillors visit the Nagpur Reuse Project. ing into the Nag, Pohra and Pivali rivers, which polluted water in the Gosekhurd dam, but also curb pollution by increasing treatment capacity, the authorities said. The officials of Nagpur Corporation briefed the councillors the PPP project involved zero investment (capex/opex by operator being paid through sale of treated water), ensured quality treatment and generated less pollution. The team said the feasibility of upgrading the STPs at Chandigarh to the same level would be examined. Thirteen fresh cases of Covid were reported from the district during the past 24 hours, while 12 patients were cured of the disease. There was no fresh fatality. — TNS 7 test +ve in Panchkula PANCHKULA: Seven persons were found infected in the district during the past 24 hours, while five patients were cured of the disease. There was no fresh fatality and the number of active cases stood at 22. — TNS
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