31102022-CT-01.qxd 10/31/2022 12:39 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE MONDAY | 31 OCTOBER 2022 | CHANDIGARH ADVISER BREAKS GROUND FOR SYNTHETIC ATHLETICS TRACK PAGE 3 UT Adviser Dharam Pal lays the stone for a synthetic athletics track at the Sector 7 Sports Complex, Chandigarh. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 99,299 48,399 1,01,118 RECOVERED 98,106 47,967 99,934 NEW CASES 2 2 0 ACTIVE 12 11 16 CHANGE 2 5 1 DEATHS 1,181 421 1,168 NEW 0 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH SUNSET MONDAY 5:37 PM Local equestrian Jaiveer Makkar wins an individual gold medal and an individual silver medal in the show jumping event. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:36 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE MC to carry out inspection of all Indl Area buildings in Nov Former DHS conspired to increase shop size: Report FACTORY FIRE Erring establishments to be served notice Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 30 The fact-finding committee looking into the increase in size of a chemist shop at the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, has in its report submitted on Sunday pointed to “illegal conspiracy” by the then Director Health Services (DHS) in allowing the lessee double the area by encroaching upon a passage meant for patients and hospital staff. It has been alleged, Dr Manjit Singh Bains, then Director Health Services, indulged in illegal conspiracy with shop owner ML Gupta to merge the adjacent area into the shop. “Considering that none of the officers objected to the illegal act while their offices were located on the very first floor, it indicates the load-bearing wall might have been removed with the connivance of the officers at that juncture,” reads the report. “At the time, had the then Director Health Services and subsequent directors taken necessary action on such a sensitive and grave issue of irregularities, the continuation of chemist shop beyond that period would have been stopped. In that case, the Chandigarh Administration would not have suffered wrongful loss which could run into crores of rupees,” the committee noted. ONLY 1K ADHERING TO SAFETY NORMS Tribune News Service 183 PANCHKULA 137 MOHALI 182 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 Insurance firm and the owner and driver of a bus told to pay relief to the family of a person who died in a road accident. MAX 30°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29.9°C | MIN 15.6°C PAGE 3 CITY’S JAIVEER BRINGS LAURELS IN HORSE SHOW Sandeep Rana TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD PAGE 3 MACT AWARDS ~34L RELIEF TO ACCIDENT VICTIM’S KIN SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF ~95K BURGLED FROM SEC 51 HOUSE Chandigarh: A theft has been reported at a house in Sector 51. A woman claimed an unidentified person stole ~95,000 in cash and gold jewellery from an almirah of her house between October 25 and 29. A probe has been initiated and a case registered at the Sector 49 police station. BATTERIES STOLEN FROM TWO CARS Chandigarh: Unidentified persons stole batteries from two cars. Complainant Ravinder Singh of Sector 37 claimed the battery of his car parked near his house was stolen. A similar complaint was received from Puneet Kumar, a resident of Sector 40. TNS Chandigarh, October 30 In view of fire safety, the Municipal Corporation is going to conduct a physical inspection of all buildings in the two Industrial Areas of the city in November. Two days ago, two women had lost consciousness and a man suffered injuries after a massive fire broke out at a liquor unit in Industrial Area, Phase I. It took firemen about 12 hours to douse the flames, which threatened to engulf an adjoining building. During the investigation, it came to the fore the factory had not installed the requisite fire safety equipment to obtain a no objection certificate (NOC), prompting the corporation to mark an inquiry to the Chief Fire Officer to fix responsibility of the fire officer tasked with checking the premises to ensure compliance. The MC’s fire safety wing is now going to inspect every single premises in Industrial Area, Phases I and II. “We will find out whether equipment is still properly working at units that have taken NOCs. Those without the certificate will be served notice with a warning,” said an official. Officials said they would also guide the building owners about installing the fire safety equipment and prevail- 20,000 TOTAL NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS IN CITY 1,000 UNITS THAT HAVE PROCURED NOCS Unit gutted on Thursday lacked no objection certificate for fire. FILE WILL CHECK IF INSTALLED EQUIPMENT WORKING We will find out whether equipment is properly working at units that have taken NOCs. Those without a certificate will be served notice with a warning A fire official ❝ ing norms. At present, the NOC can be obtained online, but recently a fee had also been mandated as per the covered area. MC Commissioner Anindita Mitra said: “The MC has already surveyed most of the market areas and issued notices as per norms. A 100% physical inspection of all buildings in Industrial Areas is scheduled in November.” Sources said though over 20,000 establishments exist in the city, less than 1,000 owners have procured NOCs in the city. These include a number of government buildings as well. ❞ The fire wing’s action has so far remained on paper as establishments have not bothered to take its notices seriously. A fire official reasoned: “There is no strict law to enforce the fire safety norms against units not following the safety measures despite notices. Our bylaws need to be updated.” Asked why many owners have failed to follow the norms, Naveen Manglani, president, Chamber of Chandigarh Industries, said: “Everyone wants to have fire safety equipment for own safety. However, the norms need to be more practical.” MUST-HAVES FOR PROCURING NOC ■ Fire extinguishers on all floors ■ Automated sprinkler system in entire building ■ Escape routes must be clear of any obstruction ■ Electrical wirings/ installations must comply with BIS norms ■ Adequate provision for natural ventilation/lighting ■ Furniture must be treated with flame-resistant material ■ Dumping of waste material/volatile/flammable liquids prohibited ■ Overhead water tank GMSH CHEMISTOfficials ‘failed’ to act, caused ‘~64L loss’ Tribune News Service Women offer prayers during Chhath Puja at Sector 42 lake in Chandigarh on Sunday. PHOTO: VICKY Chandigarh, October 30 The UT police have arrested a Sector 27 resident for allegedly killing a puppy near Janta Market of Sector 27. Complainant Dalip Anand, who owns a dhaba, claimed Puneet allegedly threw the puppy in a water tank, resulting in its death due to drowning. Throws dog into tank; 2 missing A case under Sections 11 (1) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and 428 and 277 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 26 police station. The suspect was arrested and later released on bail. The complainant claimed the suspect had taken away four puppies of a stray dog. One was found dead in the tank, another was recovered from Sector 26, while the remaining two were still missing. — TNS FILE MISSING, SSP URGED TO LODGE FIR A file related to the GMSH-16 chemist shop post 2014 has been found missing and the SSP has been requested to lodge an FIR in this regard. FACT-FINDING PANEL’S OBSERVATIONS ■ Shop occupying more than the ■ Loss to exchequer for addl area allotted in 1993 and approved in layout plan ■ Load-bearing wall demolished, passage for patients included in shop No. 6 prior to 2013 177.29 sq ft space added to shop pegged at ~64,69,913 ■ Wall between shop & public passage be restored, charges recovered from lessee GRAVE IRREGULARITIES OVERLOOKED Had then DHS and subsequent directors taken necessary action on grave irregularities, continuation of chemist shop beyond that period would have been stopped Committee report ❝ ❞ At present, the area occupied by the chemist shop at booth No. 6 along with the passage is 329.16 sq ft, whereas the drawing suggests the area of the original shop No. 6 was 151.87 sq ft. The sole chemist shop had been in business for the past 29 years on the prem- ises of GMSH-16 without any tendering process and through extension of licence. The committee after through inquiry has concluded the chemist shop was occupying more than the area of the shop, allotted in 1993, Continued on page 2 Pinjore leads as P’kula sees 77.9% turnout in rural polls Call of faith Sec 27 resident arrested for drowning puppy Sole chemist in GMSH-16 had been running shop for 29 years. FILE Panchkula, October 30 The voting process remained by and large peaceful as 77.9% polling was witnessed in the 10 zila parishad and 42 panchayat samiti wards of four blocks in Panchkula district on Sunday. The polling started at 7 am and continued till 6 pm. In the first four hours, the poll process was slow as only 20.8% had people exercised their franchise till 11 am. By noon, 30.6% polling had been witnessed. Voters turned out in large Women hold voter IDs as they line up at a polling station at Bhorian village in Pinjore block of Panchkula district on Sunday. RAVI KUMAR number in the afternoon as 57.4% polling was reported at 2.30 pm. By 5 pm, 71.8% polling had taken place. Deputy Commissionercum-District Election Officer Mahavir Kaushik visited polling stations and took stock of the exercise in all four blocks of the district. He also interacted with voters. He was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner of Police Surinder Pal Singh. Kaushik said of total 1,27,865 voters, 99,599 exercised their franchise. He said maximum polling (78.8%) was witnessed in Pinjore block, followed by Raipur Rani (78.2%), Barwala (77.6%) and Morni (77.5 %). He said 183 polling booths were set up in the district. Voting took place for 10 wards of zila parishad and 42 wards of panchayat samiti. These included 10 wards of Barwala panchayat samiti, 12 of Raipur Rani, 10 of Morni and 10 wards of Pinjore. Kaushik said a large number of youth, women and elders participated in the poll process. The polling was conducted in a peaceful, fair and transparent manner. He lauded the returning officers, assistant returning officers, sector magistrates, polling teams and the police department for conducting the exercise in a peaceful and transparent manner. Potholes on Kumbhra light point slip road pose risk 30 cases in 24 hours, dengue grips Mohali Tribune News Service BROKEN STRETCHES MOHALI Tribune News Service Mohali, October 30 Commuters have been facing inconvenience on a daily basis owing to poor condition of city roads even as officials of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and municipal corporation besides area councillors have turned a blind eye to their problems. A slip road near the Kumbhra light points in the heart of the city has been in neglected for years. Hundreds of commuters — both using four-wheelers and two-wheelers — cross this broken stretch every day, putting their lives in jeopardy. “Potholes have not been repaired for a long time. I do Potholes dot the slip road at Kumbhra traffic light point; and (right) carpeting being done on a road with no damage in Sector 70, Mohali. VICKY SAFETY HAZARD PATCHWORK ON dust ❝Potholes, safetyand gravel pose a on bad ❝Patchworkbegun. stretches has hazard, especially to the lives of two-wheeler riders on stretch All major roads will be repaired within a month or two Vikas Baliyan, A KUMBHRA RESIDENT Kuljit Bedi, DEPUTY MAYOR ❞ not remember when the stretch was last repaired. Potholes, dust and gravel pose a safety hazard, especially to the ❞ lives of two-wheeler riders here,” says Vikas Baliyan, a Kumbhra resident. The road dividing Sectors 69 c m y b and 70 and the Kumbhra road, leading to Phase XI, is also in bad shape. Residents say commuting on Mohali roads is fraught with danger. A heavy rush of vehicles and non-functional streetlights add to the risk at night. Swarn Chaudhary, executive president of the Mohali Senior Citizens Association, says: “It is not just a matter of handful of bad stretches. Roads in entire Mohali are littered with potholes and bad patches. In some areas, dugup portions for laying of sewerage have not been repaired for years. Being a senior citizen, crossing such stretches takes a toll on my body.” The bad condition of roads leads to sudden braking by vehicles, leading to wear and tear. The movement of vehicles becomes haphazard, thereby increasing the chances of accidents. Deputy Mayor Kuljit Bedi Continued on page 2 Mohali, October 30 As many as 30 patients have tested positive for dengue in the past 24 hours in the district, Health Department officials said. With this, dengue count has crossed the 1,100 mark in the district this season. Of the 179 samples taken at different places, 30 have returned positive. The total samples taken so far stand at 9,965. Also, the department teams surveyed 2,818 houses and found dengue larvae at 56 spots. The department has so far this season surveyed 36,87,74 houses and found dengue larvae at 1,20,06 spots in the district. Mohali Civil Surgeon Dr Adarshpal Kaur said: “October and November are crucial months. The case load increases during this time of Larvae found at 56 spots, health teams step up survey TREATMENT FREE AT GOVT FACILITIES fever ❝If dengueis no need occurs, there to panic. One should visit a government health facility where dengue test and treatment are absolutely free ❞ Dr Shalinder Kaur, DIST EPIDEMIOLOGIST the year. Health teams are surveying vulnerable spots and cautioning residents.” The department has urged people not to let water stagnate in and around homes and to wear full body covering clothes. Continued on page 2
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