08112022-CT-01.qxd 11/8/2022 12:32 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 8 NOVEMBER 2022 | CHANDIGARH UT TO BE MOST SUSTAINABLE CITY BY 2030, DOCUMENT RELEASED PAGE 2 With a focus on future requirements, UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit today launched a vision document. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 PANCHKULA CIVIC BODY SEALS 3 SHOWROOMS IN SECTOR 9 Defaulted on payment of property tax worth ~20.60 lakh. Action against govt establishments in coming days. MAX 29°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30.4°C | MIN 17.3°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:31 PM PAGE 2 DEAD RAT FOUND IN CONTAINER OF DAL AT CGC BOYS’ HOSTEL The students made a video of the container with a dead rat, after which the incident came to light. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:42 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Sec 41 meat market reeks of neglect Toxic haze Only 1/3rd booths taken | Rest surrendered due to poor infra, high rent GATHERING ~5 CRORE COST OF PROJECT Sandeep Rana TOOK UT 14 YEARS TO FIND BUYERS PROJECTS DUST 2006: AC Fish & Meat Tribune News Service Dense smog envelops Chandigarh on Monday afternoon. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 99,318 48,416 1,01,126 RECOVERED 98,118 48,987 99,953 NEW CASES 0 2 0 ACTIVE 19 8 5 CHANGE 1 3 3 DEATHS 1,181 421 1,168 NEW 0 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 157 PANCHKULA 120 MOHALI 172 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF TRUCK CLEANER HELD FOR THEFT PGI dept heads told to stock up test kits Chandigarh, November 7 After some diagnostic tests were stopped abruptly by various departments of the PGI, institute Director Prof Vivek Lal has issued standing instructions directing unit heads to not hamper patient care and ensure availability of kits. A circular issued by the PGI Director said: “It has been brought to notice that some departments have stopped certain diagnostic tests or facilities citing various reasons without information or approval of the competent authority, which has hampered patient care services adversely.” All heads of departments have been asked to maintain proper stock of diagnostic kits well in advance for smooth functioning of the services. FACED WITH SHORTAGE ■ PGI Depts, including virology, stopped diagnostic tests after the institute ran out of kits ■ Patients were being denied tests in the absence of the kits, leading to harassment Various departments, including virology, had stopped diagnostic tests after the institute ran out of kits. The patients were being denied tests in the absence of the kits, leading to harassment. Prof Vivek Lal, Director PGI, said: “I have ensured no test will be stopped without informing or approval of the competent authority. The diagnostic kits need to be restocked within time so that patient services are not affected.” — TNS Market built in Sec 41 2009: Market operations handed over to MC 2020: MC leases out all 33 booths 2022: 10 lessees remain (7 booths operational), rest surrender units Chandigarh, November 7 It is hard to miss sewage stench, strewn garbage, dumped debris and wild overgrowth at the Municipal Corporation’s AC Fish and Meat Market in Sector 41. No wonder that less than onethird of the 33 shops are in business at the market. Constructed by the UT Administration at a cost of around Rs 5 crore in 2006 and handed over to the civic body for operations in 2009, the facility is lying deserted. There is seepage in the entire building and toilets are too bad to be used. Windows, doors and ACs have been damaged as booths have remained unused and no maintenance work has been carried out in years. A lessee says of the total 33 booths, only seven are operational, but even these shopkeepers are thinking of surrendering their units. After struggling to find buyers for 14 years, the MC had finally auctioned off 33 booths in August 2020. However, a majority of these have remained shut due to alleged indifference on part of the civic body. Some of those who have taken booths on lease have chosen not to run these given the poor conditions. “The booths were leased ‘TURN IT INTO GENERAL MARKET FOR VIABILITY’ A pool of sewage along the AC Fish and Meat Market in Sector 41, and (below) a toilet in bad shape. VICKY PAYING 25K/MONTH booths were ❝Theout for ~20,000 to leased ❝I have asked officers concerned to prepare a ~25,000 per month for a 10-year period. Many have left these due to high rent with no basic facilities. tender for repair of the premises. A separate tender for clean-up will also be floated. ■ Pool of sewage at rear of booths Shankar, A SHOPKEEPER Hardeep Singh, AREA COUNCILLOR ■ Premises strewn with garbage, debris ❞ out for Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000 per month for a 10-year period. Many have left their units due to high rent with no basic facilities being offered by the authorities,” laments Shankar, one of the lessees. “Amid rising cases of dengue, a pool of sewage is present right at the rear of the booths. We have raised several complaints regarding blocked sewerage, but to no avail. During monsoon, rainwater drips Chandigarh: The UT police have arrested a truck cleaner for stealing a stereo and documents from a truck. Complainant Sukhwinder Singh reported that Ankit Kumar (20), a native of Uttar Pradesh, allegedly stole a stereo, an Aadhaar card and RC from the truck parked at the NAC, Mani Majra. The police registered a case at the Mani Majra police station. TNS WHATSAPP HELPLINE FOR GRAFT PLAINTS To strictly implement the zero tolerance policy against corruption, the Panchkula police have started WhatsApp helpline ‘7087091100’. Anyone can give information about corruption to the police by sending a text message, voice message, photo, video and location on the number. The name of the informer will be kept confidential. ❞ from the ceiling. Parking area is a mess. Only seven booths are currently operational and we are planning to surrender these too,” he adds. Vicky, another shopkeeper, says: “We have been facing inconvenience ever since we took these booths on lease. The market is quite dirty and it stinks, but there is no one to listen to our plight despite several complaints.” Area councillor Hardeep Singh says: “I have asked officers concerned to prepare a tender for repair of the premises. A separate tender for clean-up will also be floated. Had all shops been occupied, the owners would have taken care of these issues themselves.” One of the reasons for most of the booths lying vacant is illegal fish vendors operating in the city. “If illegal fish vendors are active in the city, PICTURE IMPERFECT ■ Seepage in building ■ Toilets in bad shape ■ Windows, doors, ACs damaged why will anyone take these booths on rent? I have raised the matter in the MC. All booths were auctioned off, but due to infrastructure and rent issues, only 10 lessees remained,” adds the lone SAD councillor. Illegal fish vendors are present in Sectors 42 and 47, Dadu Majra and other areas in the evening hours. The corporation has turned a blind to this encroachment. City gets 40 e-buses, 20 for long route also flagged off ASI dismissed for taking ~17K bribe SACRED HUE Gurdwara Nada Sahib lit up on the eve of Parkash Purb of Guru Nanak Dev in Panchkula on Monday. RAVI KUMAR 130-km cycle tracks suggested for Mohali, P’kula SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY Integrate these with bike-sharing scheme: RITES Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 7 To encourage one of the most sustainable modes of commuting, the Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) has proposed the development of nearly 130 kms of cycle tracks along the roads in Mohali and Panchkula. “The use of cycles in Mohali and Panchkula is very low and needs to be encouraged on environmental considerations. With the development of cycle tracks and integrating it with planned use of public bicycle-sharing (PBS) scheme in line with Chandigarh, usage of cycles may be increased, which will help achieve the objectives of sustainable mobility,” says the RITES in its draft report submitted to the UT Administration on comprehensive mobility plan (CMP) for tricity. Based on the primary surveys and data analysis, the 210 KM ~22 CRORE Length of cycle tracks laid in UT Spent on project in past five years FILE Panchkula, November 7 An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), posted in the Sector 19 Crime Branch, here, was dismissed from service for his involvement in corruption. A police spokesperson said Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Surinder Pal Singh dismissed special ASI Vikramjit Singh, who is in the Special Investigation Team in cases registered at the Sector 5 police station, while exercising the power under Article 311-2, B and Punjab Police Rule 16.2 (1) of the Constitution. The spokesperson said on November 4, ASI Vikramjit was caught red-handed by a Vigilance team while accepting a bribe of ~17,000. The DCP said if any employee was found in any complaint regarding corruption, legal continued on page 2 TENDER FOR REPAIR SOON Area councillor Hardeep Singh has urged the MC to write to the Centre to convert the fish market into a general market. “By removing the boundary wall, the market will get merged with the adjoining Krishna Market. All booths will then get disposed of easily,” he says. LINK MAJOR UT ROADS WITH NETWORK ■ Around 25 km of cycle track network ■ It has been proposed to run bicy- should come up along major UT roads to reduce snarl-ups, says RITES cle tracks parallel to V-7 roads (meant for pedestrian movement) public sector undertaking has suggested to the administration that nearly 250 PBS locations and the existing and proposed cycle tracks in Chandigarh will have to be integrated to form a comprehensive non-motorised transport (NMT) network in the city. On August 12 last year, the UT Administration had launched the first phase of the project, with 1,250 bicycles at 155 docking stations in the city. The second phase was launched in February this year by adding 1,250 more bicycles. Further, there is a c m y b plan to take the bicycle count to 5,000 and that of docking stations to 617 in a year. A year after the PBS project was launched in the city, the administration had recently decided to change the location of 62 sites to make it more viable for the company running the operations. While some of the locations were to be changed entirely, others were to see minor alterations, including shifting the current docking station closer to the road. The administration has also decided to open more docking stations near bus queue shelters to ensure lastmile connectivity. In addition to the proposal to run bicycle tracks parallel to V7 roads and the existing cycle tracks, around 25 km of cycle track network has to be planned along major roads, suggests RITES, as NMT will help reduce traffic snarl-ups in the city. The administration has continued on page 2 Chandigarh, November 7 For convenience of travellers, 40 intra-city electric buses and 20 long-route HVAC buses were flagged off by UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit today. The 20 HVAC buses are proposed to ply from Inter-State Bus Terminuses (ISBTs) in Sectors 43 and 17 to Pathankot, Batala, Fatehabad, Amritsar, Abohar, Katra, Manali, Ludhiana, Shimla, Jaipur, Jhajjar and Haridwar. The new HVAC buses are equipped with electronically controlled diesel engines conforming to latest BS-VI emission standards. As for the 40 electric buses, an agreement was signed with M/s Volvo Eicher in February. The first lot of five buses was flagged off by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on July 30 and was put on commercial operations. The second lot of 40 buses flagged off today will cover routes from New Maloya Colony to Ram Darbar and Mani Majra, ISBT-43 to Mani Majra and Behlana, Maloya to Mansa Devi. The Department of Heavy Industries, under the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India, had sanctioned 80 electric buses for the UT under the Phase-II FAME India Scheme. The first lot of 40 buses has been under operation since November 2021, while the second lot of 40 was flagged off today. UT Adviser Dharam Pal, Home Secretary Nitin Kumar Yadav, DGP Praveer Ranjan and Transport Director Pradhuman Singh were also present at the ceremony. — TNS 12 OUTSTATION DESTINATIONS LINKED ORIGIN ISBT-43 ISBT-43 ISBT-43 ISBT-43 ISBT-43 ISBT-43 ISBT-43 ISBT-43 ISBT-43 ISBT-17 ISBT-17 ISBT-47 CITY PATHANKOT BATALA (VIA DERA BEAS) FATEHABAD (VIA PATIALA) AMRITSAR ABOHAR (VIA MOGA) KATRA MANALI LUDHIANA SHIMLA-AMBALA JAIPUR JHAJJAR (VIA KHARKHODA) HARIDWAR AC with air vents 52 seating capacity FEATURES IN CCTV cameras, reverse camera HVAC BUSES Passenger info screens TIMINGS 10.35 AM 4.50 AM 4 PM 6.10 AM, 8.21 AM, 1.28 PM 8.25 AM 8.25 PM 8.20 AM 9 AM, 5 PM 5.12 PM 9.25 AM, 6.30 PM 5.40 AM 1.40 PM Pneumatically controlled doors GPS enabled, panic button Mobile charging points Air suspension at rear Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit flags off a CTU bus in Chandigarh on Monday. ELECTRIC BUSES FOR LOCAL TRAVEL ROUTE 1 6 7 10 17 28 FROM NEW MALOYA COLONY NEW MALOYA COLONY NEW MALOYA COLONY ISBT-43 ISBT-43 MALOYA TO MANI MAJRA RAM DARBAR RAM DARBAR MANI MAJRA BEHLANA MDC BUSES FREQUENCY 8 6 6 6 6 6 20-25 MIN 25 MIN 30 MIN 25 MIN 20 MIN 30 MIN
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