01112022-CT-01.qxd 11/1/2022 1:09 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 1 NOVEMBER 2022 | CHANDIGARH CHB TO HOLD FRESH SURVEY OF 1,268 LOCKED FLATS PAGE 2 The CHB will carry out a fresh survey of the small flats that were found locked during a recent drive. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 99,299 48,403 1,01,121 RECOVERED 98,107 47,968 99,938 NEW CASES 0 4 3 ACTIVE 11 14 15 CHANGE 1 3 1 DEATHS 1,181 421 1,168 NEW 0 0 0 CHANDIGARH 155 PANCHKULA 106 MOHALI 230 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF BIKE RIDER HIT BY TRUCK, DIES Dera Bassi: A 25-year-old biker was killed after being hit by a truck at Bhankharpur traffic lights on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway. Neeraj, a resident of Guru Nanak Colony, was employed in a private firm in Sector 6, Panchkula. He was returning home around 1.30 am when the mishap occurred. The police have handed over the body to kin after postmortem. TNS YOUTH KILLED IN ACCIDENT Mohali: A 21-year-old youth was killed and another injured in an accident near Guru Asra Trust in Sector 78 on Monday. The victim has been identified as Mohammad Jai War (21). A case has been registered. TNS PAGE 3 A delegation of city vendors meets Mayor Sarbjit Kaur over various demands pending for a long time. MAX 31°C | MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31.5°C | MIN 14.8°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:36 PM Florence Bhumbak of Punjab defeats Dishita Kumar 6-3, 6-1 in a girls’ U-1 4 main draw match of the tournament. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:37 AM THE TRIBUNE IMPACT INSPECTION, NOTICES & PROBE REPORT Chandigarh, October 31 The UT Administration has terminated the lease of the sole chemist at the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, who had been running the shop for the past 29 years. The decision to terminate the lease deed has been taken on the basis of a show-cause notice issued to the shop owner on September 30. Chandigarh Tribune had highlighted how the chemist had been running operations for the past three decades by getting subsequent renewal of contracts. The termination letter reads: “The clause 20 of the terms and conditions of the lease deed lastly executed and registered on October 1, 2019, has been rightly invoked. The contract executed through the registered lease deed is a contingent contract and its continuity depends upon happening or not happening of specific event. The lease deed, which was executed and registered on October 1, 2019, is hereby The sole chemist at GMSH-16 got contract renewed multiple times and doubled the shop size by encroaching upon passage. FILE ~32L MONTHLY RENTAL LOSS TO ADMN ■ Monthly rent of existing shop, for the area presently occupied (329.16 sq ft), is estimated at ~35L/mth ■ Shop owner is currently paying ~2.33L/month rent, causing UT revenue loss of ~32L/month i.e. over ~1L/day ■ Calculation is based on recent auction of new shop (152.3 sq ft), which was leased out at ~17.01L/month rent terminated with immediate effect.” However, the order for termination of lease deed is subject to the final orders passed by a local court in the application filed by the lessee. The damage charges for the entire period of the illegally encroachment public passage will be applied to the chemist. As per the analysis of the Health Sept 8: UT Health Secy inspects GMSH, finds chemist in biz for 29 yrs Sep 15: UT Health Dept issues show-cause notice to chemist Sept 23: UT initiates fact-finding inquiry Sep 30: Health Secy issues second show-cause notice Oct 30: Panel report confirms conspiracy by ex-health officer in doubling shop size ‘MATTER IN COURT, ORDER ILLEGAL’ Claiming the order to be illegal, the counsel for the shop owner placed the termination order before a local court on Monday. In an application, it was argued the case was sub judice and the orders were passed against the principles of law. The applicant sought issuing of appropriate orders to stop the defendants from acting “illegally”. Department, the monthly rent of the existing medical shop, for the area presently occupied, should be around Rs 35 lakh per month. Hence, the administration is losing revenue of around Rs 32 lakh per month i.e. more than Rs 1 lakh per day. Since the matter is in court, the chemist will not be dispossessed till the court makes its decision. “However, since there are no restraining orders from the court and the onemonth notice period has already expired, there is no reason not to take a decision on the showcause notice dated September 30, 2022,” said the termination notice. The aspect that initially the chemist shop No. 6 was allotted through a bidding process for a limited specific period of two years cannot be avoided with the plea of subsequent extensions of lease deeds with fresh terms and conditions, it said. “Since other persons who participated in the initial auction process were not aware about possibility of subsequent extension of the two-year period to more than 30 years period, one cannot say the level playing field was available. In case the possibility of such extensions was disclosed at the initial stage, it would have attracted better participation and higher bids during the auction process in 1992. The persons seeking equity must do equity whereas you are exploiting government resources at a grossly minimal amount of rent,” said the notice. Further, the properties owned by other departments in the UT were first categorised with prior approval of the Adviser to UT Administrator, before renting these out. Thereafter, these properties were governed under this scheme. This procedure was not followed, the notice said. Priority pool for MRI at PGI OPD Naina Mishra SIX-MONTH WAITING PERIOD FOR TEST Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 31 To ensure quality potable water supply, Mayor Sarbjit Kaur today flagged off city’s first mobile water testing laboratory from the Municipal Corporation office premises. The lab, funded under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme, will conduct on-site testing of water samples for different quality parameters such as pH, residual chlorine, TDS, conductivity, outdoor and turbidity (NTU). To conduct on-site testing for various parameters The Mayor said the mobile lab would travel across the city to collect samples and identify issues concerning water quality on the spot. MC Commissioner Anindita Mitra said to provide quality water to residents, the lab had been upgraded under the AMRUT scheme as per the BIS 10500 standards. The van had been introduced to ensure water being supplied to residents met quality parameters. The van would conduct onsite testing to identify any initial indication of poor quality, so that immediate remedial action could be taken. Continued on page 2 TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE GMSH SHOP Damages for entire period of encroachment to be levied Radiology unit to get new machine for cancer, Ayushman patients A first: City gets mobile water testing lab PAGE 3 CLTA-AITA MEET: FLORENCE ADVANCES TO NEXT ROUND UT terminates sole chemist’s lease Tribune News Service AIR QUALITY INDEX 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 VENDORS’ DELEGATION MEETS MAYOR, RAISES DEMANDS Chandigarh, October 31 The Radiology Department of the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI) will start a “priority pool” for MRI of those visiting outpatient department (OPD), including cancer patients, under the Ayushman Bharat and Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram (JSSK) schemes and in the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category. There are five MRI machines at the PGI, one each catering to the Advanced Trauma Centre, Advanced Cardiac Centre and Advanced Paediatric Centre. Two machines are installed at the Nehru Hospi- ■ Most patients under Ayushman Bharat admitted to indoor patient dept get MRI appointments within one to two days, like others ■ However, owing to heavy rush at the PGI, waiting period for COST OF TEST MRI test for those in outdoor PGI ~2,500 patient dept sometimes Pvt facilities ~5K-~10K extends up to six months WILL ENABLE PROMPT APPOINTMENTS To ensure better services to Ayushman Bharat, Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram and BPL patients, the dept is starting a priority pool. ❝ ❞ — Prof MS Sandhu, HEAD, DEPARTMENT OF RADIODIAGNOSIS, PGI tal. Most patients in the Ayushman Bharat category are admitted to the indoor patient department and are being given MRI appointments within one to two days, like other admitted and poor patients. However, due to relentless flow of patients at the PGI who are asked to go for the MRI test, the waiting period extends up to six months for some OPD patients. With a new MRI machine being installed at the Radiology Department, the OPD patients under Ayushman Bharat and OPD cancer patients will get prompt appointments from next month. The cost of MRI test at the PGI is Rs 2,500, whereas the market rate fluctuates between Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000. Prof MS Sandhu, Head of the Department of Radiodiagnosis, PGI, says: “In order Continued on page 2 Mayank Sharma & Major Jitesh Chadha who saved the youth. Two joggers turn saviours as youth jumps into lake Chandigarh, October 31 A BCom student attempted suicide by jumping into the Sukhna Lake today, but was saved by two good Samaritans on Monday evening. The youth, a resident of Mullanpur, jumped into the lake around 6 pm. Some passersby noticed the boy in the lake and raised the alarm. Two persons — Mayank Sharma, a software engineer, and Major Jitesh Chadha — who were jogging at the lake Continued on page 2 Accused Jagroop Singh being presented before media by police officials in Chandigarh on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR 24-year-old nabbed for killing girlfriend Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 31 Two days after the body of a 22-year-old girl was found under mysterious circumstances in the forest area near Sukhna Lake, the UT police today arrested her boyfriend on charges of murder. The accused, identified as Jagroop Singh (24), a native of Hoshiarpur, allegedly strangulated the victim as she was pressuring him for marriage. The accused was soon going to join Punjab Police as a constable on compassionate grounds. His father Charanjit Singh was a Head Constable in Punjab Police and after his death, he was offered a job. The victim, Anjali, a resident of Nurmahal in Jalandhar district, was found dead in the forest area near the Garden of Silence on October 28. Her purse and mobile phone were found near the body. The victim’s postmortem was conducted, which revealed she was strangulated. SP (City) Shruti Arora said the victim was in relation with the accused and was pressuring him for marriage. “The accused wanted to get rid of the victim, following which he hatched a conspiracy to eliminate her,” said the SP . The accused and victim came to the city from Jalandhar on a bus on the night of October 27. “From the ISBT, Sector 43, they straightaway went to Sukhna,” she said. The accused took the victim to the forest area and strangulated her with a stole, said the police. The accused returned home after dumping the victim’s body in the forest. Victim’s body was found in Sukhna forest on Oct 28 BEING ‘PRESSURED’ FOR MARRIAGE ■ The accused, a native of Hoshiarpur, was being pressured by the victim for marriage, claim police ■ He along with victim came to UT from Jalandhar on a bus on Oct 27 night and went straight to Sukhna ■ Victim was strangled by the accused, who dumped the body in the forest area and returned to Jalandhar ■ Accused tried to mislead police by leaving his mobile phone in Jalandhar before coming to Chandigarh WAS TO JOIN PUNJAB POLICE Jagroop, whose father was an SI who died in service, was soon going to join Punjab Police as a constable on compassionate grounds Sources claimed the victim used to demand money from the accused, which further infuriated him. However, the police claimed this was being verified. “The accused had given money to the victim once, but she started demanding more money from him,” a source said. The accused tried to mislead the police by leaving his mobile phone in Jalandhar, before coming to Chandigarh. “The accused changed his mobile handsets before committing the crime to dodge the police,” the police said. A case of murder has been registered at the Sector 26 police station. The accused will be produced in the court on Tuesday. Mohali DAC, Dera Bassi SDM Batra Breweries ignored Fire Dept notice FACTORY BLAZE Units operate sans NOC office among power defaulters Tribune News Service 117 connections snapped, erring depts put on 10-day notice Gaurav Kanthwal Tribune News Service Mohali, October 31 The District Administrative Complex (DAC) in Mohali, SDM office complex in Dera Bassi, several water supply department offices, government schools, police stations and other government departments figure on the list of defaulters who have failed to clear longstanding power dues. According to the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited Sub-Division Office under the Distribution Circle Mohali, the outstanding amount runs into lakhs of rupees. Ashwani Sharma, Superintending Engineer, Mohali Circle, said: “The PSPCL has now initiated an action plan to recover the dues from defaulters falling under the Dues of District Administrative Complex in Mohali run into lakhs. FILE domestic (DS), non-residential/commercial (NRS) and industrial categories.” “As many as 117 power connections of defaulters in various categories having outstanding amount of more than Rs 1 lakh were disconnected on October 28 and dues worth Rs 1.40 crore recovered from such consumers across all categories,” he said. The PSPCL Mohali distribution circle also considered a huge outstanding amount pending against government connections and final disconnection notices had Continued on page 2 c m y b Chandigarh, October 31 The Municipal Corporation’s Fire and Emergency Services Department continues to be a toothless tiger as its notices directing owners to install fire safety equipment on their premises seem to have had a little impact. Without procuring the fire no objection certificate (NOC), Batra Breweries and Distilleries Pvt Ltd in Industrial Area, Phase I, where a huge fire broke out on October 27, continued with its operations, not caring two hoots about the notice served on it by the MC last year. The notice was served after an inspection was carried out at the firm in September last year, asking it to set up firefighting equipment within 30 days. But the firm continued to operate without complying with the orders, before the tragedy finally struck. The fire Notice was served on Batra Breweries after inspection last year. FILE REVISE BYLAWS, GIVE MORE POWERS: OFFICIALS Fire officials say current bylaws do not give them enough powers to act against offenders. They say bylaws need to be revised, giving them enough teeth. The MC is soon going to work on amending its bylaws, say sources left two women unconscious and one person injured, apart from causing a huge monetary loss and puting a strain on government resources during rescue operations. Similarly, over two years after the fire safety certificate was made mandatory for paying guest (PG) accommodations following the death of three girl students in a fire mishap, only around 70 came forward to procure the fire NOC. Such notices have been served on various government and private organisations in the past, but to no avail. That’s why over 20,000 commercial establishments exist in the city, but less than 1,000 owners have procured NOCs. Fire officials blame this on the current bylaws, saying they have no powers to act against offenders. They feel bylaws need to be revised, giving them enough teeth to act against those who fail to install fire safety equipment despite notices. Sources say the civic body is soon going to work on amending its bylaws.
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