02112022-CT-01.qxd 11/2/2022 12:51 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 2 NOVEMBER 2022 | CHANDIGARH PANCHKULA VOTES TODAY TO ELECT PANCHES, SARPANCHES PAGE 2 Stage set for election of panches and sarpanches in 10 wards of Pinjore, Morni, Barwala, Raipur Rani blocks. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 99,299 48,405 1,01,123 RECOVERED 98,108 47,968 99,940 NEW CASES 0 2 2 ACTIVE 10 16 15 CHANGE 1 2 0 DEATHS 1,181 421 1,168 NEW 0 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX PANCHKULA 107 MOHALI 238 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF MAN ARRESTED WITH HEROIN Chandigarh: A 38-year-old man was arrested by the Crime Branch for possessing 48 gm of heroin. Surinder Kumar, a resident of Sector 47, was nabbed with heroin near his house by a patrol team. A case has been registered under the NDPS Act at the Sector 31 police station. In March, the suspect was arrested by the Mohali police in an NDPS case. TNS BURAIL RESIDENT HURT IN ASSAULT Chandigarh: A Burail resident was allegedly attacked by four persons. Complainant Vikas claimed Guddu, alias Jatt, and his three accomplices thrashed him near a hotel at Burail village. The complainant suffered injuries and was admitted to the PGI. A case has been registered at the Sector 34 police station and probe initiated. TNS 19-YR-OLD HELD WITH KNIFE Chandigarh: A 19-year-old youth was arrested by the UT police for possessing a knife. Suspect Raman Chadha, a resident of Dadu Majra Colony, was arrested from EWS Colony, Maloya. A case has been registered. TNS WATER SUPPLY ALERT Water supply will remain affected in certain sectors of Chandigarh due to shutdown in Mani Majra on November 2 and 3. The supply to Sectors 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21-A, 22-A&B, 25 and PGI would be affected. TODAY 4 am to 9 am: Full pressure 6 pm to 8 pm: Low pressure TOMORROW 5 am to 9 am: Full pressure 6 pm to 8 pm: Low pressure SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:35 PM With a score of 71, Gunas claims lead in the gold division of 28th Punjab Open Ladies Golf Championship. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:37 AM FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Sector-wise exercise planned across city |FIR to be lodged if wires resurface Pilot programme over |Powercom to install rest: MHA Chandigarh, November 1 The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has shelved the project to install smart electricity meters in the entire city. The Central Government had approved Rs 241 crore in May last year for the installation of smart meters in the city under the smart grid project, but the work on the pilot project could not be completed due to the Covid pandemic. After several extensions of the deadline, the UT Administration had finally completed the pilot project of installing smart electricity meters in the city in May this year. Under the project, more than 24,000 smart meters had been installed in Sectors 29, 31, 47 and 48, Faidan, Ram Darbar, Hallo Majra, Raipur Kalan, Makhan Majra and Daria villages and Industrial Area, Phases 1 and 2. The administration had planned to replace all electricity meters with smart ones in the entire city by the 2022-23 fiscal. However, with the UT Electricity Department being privatised, the MHA has decided to halt the installation of smart meters in the remaining parts of the city. The project for installing smart meters in the entire 24K ALREADY IN PLACE ■ UT planned to replace all power meters with smart ones across the city by 2022-23 fiscal ■ As part of pilot project, 24K meters were installed in various areas, including Sectors 29, 31, 47 and 48 ■ MHA has now decided to halt installation of smart meters in remaining parts due to privatisation of UT power dept ■ It says powercom given reins of the department will install smart meters as per their requirement. Privatisation move is sub judice WHY THE NEED ■ There is no requirement for manual reading in smart meters ■ Department gets alert in case a meter is tampered with city was to be approved by the MHA, after which the work was to start, but the ministry took a U-turn as the UT Electricity Department was being privatised and the firm that would run the department would install the smart meters as per their requirement. UT Chief Engineer CB Ojha said the MHA had recently withdrawn the project as the department was being privatised and, if required, the private firm would carry out further upgrade of infrastructure. With installation of smart meters, the department does not need manual meter reading. Also, if someone tampers with a meter, the department immediately gets an alert. The project was allotted to the government-owned Regional Electricity Corporation in 2018 and was to be completed by June 2020. But the project got delayed due to the pandemic and nearly 50 per cent of the work could be completed in October last year. In August last year, Eminent Electricity Distribution Limited, a subsidiary of CESC Limited — the flagship company of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group — had submitted the highest bid of Rs 871 crore. The amount was five times the reserve price of Rs 174 crore. Later, the Empowered Committee on privatisation of the UT Electricity Department gave its approval to the highest bid quoted by Eminent Electricity Distribution Limited. However, on a petition filed by the UT Powermen Union, the Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed the process to privatise the functioning of the UT’s Electricity Department and the matter is sub judice. Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 1 After a campaign run by Chandigarh Tribune, the local Municipal Corporation today swung into action and started removing overhead cables/wires in different parts of the city. Taking a stern view, the MC said once the overhead cables were removed from the entire city, they would start registering FIRs against those putting these back up again. The operation began as the three-month deadline to remove loose cables expired yesterday. Different teams of the civic body removed cables in Sectors 15-A, 20-A, 25, 26-C, 35-D, 37-A, 41-A, 44-D, 45-A and 47A, Dhanas Milk Colony and parts of Industrial Area, Phase I. Most of these areas were cleared of cables and wires, as per the MC duty roaster. The corporation has fixed a duty roaster for the next few days. As per the plan, duties have been assigned for sectorwise removal of cables/wires. MC Commissioner Anindita Mitra said: “Overhead cables/wires are illegal. We had given time to firms concerned to remove these on their own. Now, we are removing cables and will register FIRs if these appear again.” During the drive, some residents raised concerns over Continued on page 3 An MC employee removes overhead Internet wires from a pole in Sector 35; and (right) a bunch of wires hangs from a pole in Sector 30-A, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI THE TRIBUNE IMPACT Chandigarh Tribune carried a series of reports, starting with “Dangling danger in Chandigarh” that appeared on June 4, highlighting how clusters of overhead cables and wires had been laid haphazardly on poles, trees and other structures in violation of the norms. Most of the wires belong to cable TV operators or Internet service providers. PRACTICE ILLEGAL, FIRMS GIVEN TIME overhead ❝Laying ofconcernedcables is illegal. We had given time to firms to remove these on their own. We are now taking action. ❞ — Anindita Mitra, MC CHIEF EWS admissions set to go online from Dec19 Parents will now have option to select private school near their residence Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 1 To facilitate admission of students belonging to the economically weaker section (EWS) and disadvantaged group to entry-level classes in private recognised schools of UT, the Education Department is set to start online monitoring of the process for session 2023-24 by December 19. As per the existing practice, in accordance with the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, unaided recognised schools admit children belonging to EWS and disadvantaged group in the neighbourhood to entry-level classes. These children constitute at least 25% of the strength of a class, and schools provide free and compulsory elemen- tary education till they complete their studies. This year onwards, the admission to entry-level classes (nursery/pre-school, KG/preprimary, class I) for the next academic session in private recognised schools will be done through the computerised online admission system. For this, parents will have to fill forms through the online system, citing complete details of the child as well as parents, and upload requisite documents. A unique ID will then be allotted to the student. They will also have the option to choose private schools near their residence, depending upon the distance i.e. schools within 0-1 km, 1-3 km and 3-6 km. The mapping of distance matrix of all private schools will aid in filling the admis- PROCESS FOR ENTRY-LEVEL CLASSES ■ Parents to fill forms via online portal ■ Cite details of child, self ■ Upload requisite documents ■ Unique ID to be allotted to student PAPERWORK REQUIRED ■ Aadhaar card ■ Income certificate MOVE TOWARDS ONLINE DRAW OF LOTS ■ With online admission process The portal will first allot admission to applicants residing within 1 km of school. If there are not sufficient number of applicants, the portal will pick those living up to 6 km from the school. being introduced, plan is to allot seats through software, instead of manual draw of lots ■ NIC’s software team is studying Maharashtra, Delhi and CHB models to adopt online draw of lots mechanism ■ As per previous practice, schools manually hold draw of lots through the chit system sion form of the child in accordance with the RTE norms of distance. A consultation meeting with stakeholders was recently held by the Director School Education with all principals of unaided recognised non- (attested by Estate Office) PREFERENCE TO NEAREST RESIDENTS UT gets air link with Indore 3 cyber fraudsters land in police net Mohali, November 1 The Shaheed Bhagat Singh (SBS) International Airport, Chandigarh, has got direct air connectivity with Indore. The service began today with 176+1 incoming and outgoing passengers. Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia along with Minister of State Gen Dr Vijay Kumar Singh (retd) inaugurated the direct flights between Indore and Chandigarh today. SBSI Airport CEO Rakesh Ranjan Sahay said: “The flights will operate three days a week with departure at 10.05 am and arrival at 11.50 am.” The operation of the new route will enhance regional connectivity and promote TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD Centre pulls plug on MC gets cracking, starts removing overhead cables as deadline ends smart meter project Tribune News Service 138 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 MAX 31°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 15.7°C PAGE 3 LADIES GOLF MEET: GUNAS CLAIMS LEAD ON DAY 1 Court directs UT Estate Officer to remain present before the Bench on Wednesday in apartments case. Dushyant Singh Pundir CHANDIGARH PAGE 3 SC RAPS UT ADMN FOR BEING ‘CALLOUS, IRRESPONSIBLE’ More international flights on cards: Scindia THREE DAYS A WEEK Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday TIMINGS AT UT AIRPORT Departure 10.05 am Arrival 11.50 am trade, commerce and tourism between the two cities. In his virtual address, Scindia said the Centre was making efforts to provide additional international flight operations to the Chandigarh airport. — TNS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 1 Three persons have been arrested by the Cybercrime Cell of the UT police in connection with two cheating cases registered in the city. Two suspects, Rajesh Kumar (21) and Avdesh Kumar (24), both residents of Firozabad, UP, were arrested for duping a city resident of Rs 2.44 lakh. Complainant Paramjit Singh of Sector 38, had claimed he had applied for an SBI credit card, but it was not activated for several days. He called up the bank’s customer care in this regard. The complainant later received a call from a person Duped two city residents of ~16 lakh The three suspects in custody of the Cybercrime Cell. posing as an SBI executive. The suspect took his existing HSBC credit card details, including CVV number and an OTP, following which three transactions amounting to Rs 2.44 lakh were made from his card. c m y b In another case, Mohammad Ali Rehman (26), a resident of Muzaffarpur, Bihar, has been arrested for cheating complainant Prafulla Mohan Sinha, a resident of Sector 40, of Rs 13.50 lakh. Continued on page 3 minority schools, wherein the preliminary details were discussed and a software developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) was shown to them. The timeline for the process was also discussed i.e. from mid-Dec 2022 to mid-Jan 2023. Harsuhinder Pal Singh Brar, Director School Education, said: “The portal for online admissions will be active from December 19 onwards. Adequate advertisement will be undertaken by the department to ensure the admission process for the EWS is held efficiently. All schools will have helpdesks to assist with the process. This initiative would aid in bringing about transparency to the admission process and eliminating any erroneous manual interventions.” Minor boy found dead in Sukhna Chandigarh, November 1 The body of a minor boy was found under mysterious circumstances in Sukhna Lake today. A visitor noticed the body floating in the lake near the forest area. The police arrived at the scene and initiated an investigation. “The naked body was found floating in the corner of the lake around 150 metres down the trail leading to the forest from the regulatory end,” said a police official. The victim appeared to be around seven years old. No injury marks were found on the body, said the police. A search was carried out in the area, but the police failed to Continued on page 3 AREAS CLEARED Drive carried out in Sectors 15-A, 20-A, 25, 26-C, 35-D, 37-A, 41-A, 44-D, 45-A and 47-A, Dhanas Milk Colony and parts of Industrial Area, Phase I, on Tuesday French experts to help restore, protect heritage Team on five-day visit to UT from Nov 15 Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 1 A team of experts from France will be on a five-day visit to Chandigarh from November 15 to assist the UT Administration in identification, restoration and legal protection of heritage items. An official said the sixmember team, including officials of the Ministry of Culture, France, and experts from Foundation Le Corbusier, Paris, would visit the city for the first time to help the administration in conservation and restoration of heritage items by providing a method to identify original items and replicas. The official said team members would help the administration establish authenticity and tagging of heritage items. The tagging would provide some kind of official certification so that misuse of heritage items could be prevented. The French experts would also provide guidelines or process to be followed for conservation and restoration of heritage items and legal protection of heritage furniture. Earlier, the French team was scheduled to visit Chandigarh in 2020 to discuss protection of heritage items, but Covid19 pandemic derailed it. At a recent meeting with UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit, French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain had stated French experts would look into the restoration and conservation works in Capitol Complex and other exposed reinforced concrete buildings. CITY’S RICH LEGACY ■ 12,793 heritage items were designed by city’s creator FrancoSwiss architect Le Corbusier and his team in 1950s and 60s ■ 190 different categories of heritage items include drawings, murals, models, tapestries, chairs and tables among others LOST TREASURE Year Item Auctioned value 2010 Manhole cover ~10.87L 2007 Manhole cover ~8.3L 2022 Pair of PEC chairs ~6.21L French architect Le Corbusier designed the ‘City Beautiful’ and the French consultants will now render expertise in the area of identification, restoration and legal protection of heritage furniture as well as in the preservation of the architectural heritage of the city. In the past one decade, renowned foreign auction houses have earned in millions through the auction of Chandigarh’s heritage items, including tables, teak stools, arm chairs, lounge chairs, book cases, manholes, coffee tables, executive desks and others. Notably, Paris-based auction house Artcurial had auctioned a city’s manhole cover for 17,851 Euros (Rs 10.87 lakh) in 2010, while in 2007, another manhole cover bearing the master plan of Continued on page 3
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