09112022-CT-01.qxd 11/9/2022 12:35 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 9 NOVEMBER 2022 | CHANDIGARH ASI AMONG 2 ARRESTED WITH 250-GRAM OPIUM, DISMISSED PAGE 2 UT TEAM BEGIN CAMPAIGN ON WINNING NOTE IN CRICKET MEET CIA GRP in Ambala Cantonment arrest two men, including an ASI, recover 250-gm opium from them. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 99,318 48,416 1,01,127 RECOVERED 98,118 48,987 99,955 NEW CASES 0 0 1 ACTIVE 19 8 4 CHANGE — — 1 DEATHS 1,181 421 1,168 NEW 0 0 0 PAGE 2 Chandigarh defeat Tripura by eight wickets in the opening match of Cooch Behar Trophy in Agartala. MAX 26°C | MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27.1°C | MIN 15.2°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:30 PM MOHALI RESIDENTS PROTEST SHIFTING OF HEALTH CENTRE Residents of Phase 3B1 and nearby areas protest shifting of CHC from Phase 3B1 to Sante Majra in Kharar. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:43 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Disposal of 40 booths bridge too far for MC The faithful Built decade ago, Sec 17 leasehold sites fall into ruin AIR QUALITY INDEX PROJECTS GATHERING CHANDIGARH 247 PANCHKULA 198 DUST MOHALI 264 Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF YOUTH HELD WITH PISTOL, 5 ROUNDS Chandigarh: A 23-year-old man has been arrested by the Operations Cell for possessing a firearm. Randeep Singh, alias Rohit Rana, a resident of Machhli Kala village in Mohali, was arrested near Waterworks Colony, Sector 26, with a pistol and five cartridges. A case under the Arms Act has been registered at the Sector 26 police station. TNS Hundreds of devotees throng Gurdwara Nada Sahib to pay obeisance on the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in Panchkula on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR City’s air quality dips to ‘poor’ , experts blame it on farm fires Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service WOMAN ARRESTED WITH 35 GM HEROIN Chandigarh: The District Crime Cell of the UT police has arrested a 40-year-old woman resident of Sector 29 for possessing 35 gm heroin. She was arrested from the forest area near a Sector 29 colony. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against the woman at the Industrial Area police station. TNS JEWELLERY, ~1.90L STOLEN FROM HOUSE Chandigarh: A theft has been reported at a house in Sector 21. Complainant Dr Rajan Sharma claimed gold jewellery, Rs 1.90 lakh in cash, plumbing and sanitary items and other valuables were stolen from his house. A case has been registered at the Sector 19 police station. TNS MAN NABBED FOR STEALING PHONE Chandigarh: A 45-year-old man has been arrested for stealing a mobile phone. Complainant Lalit Kumar, a resident of Shanti Nagar, Mani Majra, reported that his cellphone was stolen from his house. Later, the suspect, identified as Purshotam of Mauli Jagran village, was arrested. A case has been registered. TNS Chandigarh, November 8 As the city remained engulfed in a blanket of smog for the second consecutive day today, the quality of air dipped to worrying levels, causing discomfort to residents, especially the aged, children and patients. The city’s average air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 247 (poor), deteriorating from 157 (moderate) registered on Monday. Also, the PM-10 level stood at 365 (very poor) and PM 2.5 235 (poor). An increase in the AQI causes breathing discomfort to people on prolonged exposure. An AQI between 201 and 300 is considered ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’ and 401 and 500 as ‘severe’. The increase in fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) level in the city’s air is a matter of concern, as it can harm people the most. PM 2.5 are tiny particles in the air that reduce visibility and cause the air to appear hazy when levels are elevated. PM 10 is any particular matter in air with a diameter of 10 micrometers (μm) or less, including smoke, dust, soot, salts, acids and metals. Dr Ravindra Khaiwal, environment scientist at the PGI, said stubble burning along with bursting of firecrackers had added to higher pollution and poor AQI levels. He further said clouds and moisture People walk amid a blanket of smog near Hallo Majra light point in Chandigarh on Tuesday. RAVI KUMAR DETERIORATING AQI IN NOV DAY Nov 8 Nov 7 Nov 6 Nov 5 LEVEL 247 157 180 172 DAY Nov 4 Nov 3 Nov 2 Nov 1 LEVEL 144 193 157 138 AIR QUALITY INDEX 401-500 SEVERE 301-400 VERY POOR 201-300 POOR 101-200 MODERATE 51-100 SATISFACTORY 0-50 GOOD along with lower temperature and increased air pollution were helping build a thin layer of smog. Nearly 648 fire anomalies were reported in Punjab and 15 in Haryana today, he said. An official of the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC) said stubble burning in adjacent areas and crackers’ smoke coupled with higher relative humidity and lower wind speed created smog in the city. He further said the smog was created MULTIPLE FACTORS ❝ Stubble burning in adjacent areas, crackers’ smoke coupled with higher relative humidity and lower wind speed are creating smog in the city CPCC official ❞ after the particular matter (PM) settled down with high humidity along with low wind speed. “Eco-friendly farming practices along with responsible festival celebrations can help improve the quality of air,” he added. Debendra Dalai, Chief Conservator of Forest and Director Environment, UT, said most of the factors such as volume of traffic remained the same across the city and winters had not started yet. continued on page 3 Chandigarh, November 8 Finding buyers for commercial properties in Sector 17 has seemingly remained a challenge for the Municipal Corporation, given that all 40 booths under the new bridge have been lying deserted for nearly a decade. Built in November 2013, the booths in the heart of the city could never be sold or rented out to any party. The corporation first tried to dispose these of on a leasehold basis, but failed miserably. Though the MC House recently gave its approval to offer the booths on a freehold basis, it is yet to get clearance from the UT Administration. And it seems things will continue to move at a snail’s pace. Then Mayor Subhash Chawla, who had got the project inaugurated from then MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, blames the administration for the delay, while emphasising the need for a proper policy. “Wherever the administration has to take responsibility, it is slow to act. The MC has been writing to the authorities for years to allow auction on a freehold basis and lower the rent/market rate. But that has not been done, leaving the building in disuse,” says the former city Congress president. He says the biggest responsibility lies with the Finance Secretary. A team of Dhakoli rly gate shut for 3 days Zirakpur, November 8 The Dhakoli railway gate will be closed for three days due to urgent maintenance work. Railway officials said the gate would be closed at 8 am on Wednesday (November 9) and opened at 6 pm on Friday (November 11). Commuters using the route will have to use alternative routes via Panchkula, Nagla and Gazipur roads. The closure will impact residents of Zirakpur, Dhakoli and Peer Muchalla area. For a long time, people have been demanding a railway underpass at this gate, but to no avail. During peak hours, long traffic jams are witnessed at the gate. — TNS GMCH may again halt treatment as Pb owes~4crore Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 8 The UT government hospitals are yet again facing the issue of recurring dues from Punjab under the Ayushman Bharat initiative. Punjab owes the GMCH-32 more than Rs 4 crore since August under the scheme, prompting the hospital authorities to mull stopping treatment of patients coming from the state under the insurance scheme. The hospital has deferred elective surgeries scheduled for Punjab patients and has written to the Director Health Services, expressing its inability to continue the scheme for patients from the AYUSHMAN Defers elective surgeries of patients from state EXAMINING ISSUE, FINAL CALL SOON ❝We are examining the issue and will take the final call in a few days. ❞ Yashpal Garg, UT HEALTH SECRETARY neighbouring state. In August, Punjab had cleared Rs 21 lakh and Rs 86 lakh pending towards UT government facilities — Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, and GMCH-32, respectively. The GMCH-32 had stopped the scheme in March after the dues exceeded Rs 2.3 crore. The Punjab Government had also released dues amounting Rs 10.40 crore PAST TROUBLE ■ In March, GMCH stopped the scheme after dues exceeded ~2.3 crore. In August, Punjab cleared ~86L pending towards GMCH-32 and ~21L due towards GMSH-16 ■ The GMCH has now written to Director Health Services, expressing inability to continue treating patients from neighbouring state under scheme to the PGI under the Ayushman scheme. The PGI had stopped taking patients from Punjab under Ayushman after the dues accumulated to Rs 16 crore for seven months. c m y b PAGE 3 The Principle Health Secretary, Punjab, had then written to the UT Health Secretary requesting him to resume the services for state patients while assuring the “dues would be cleared in a few days”. The Ayushman Bharat Mukh Mantri Sehat Bima Yojana was launched on August 20, 2019. The scheme is designed to provide health protection by offering a financial cover to at least 65 per cent of the state population. The entitlement-based initiative gives health insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh per family per year. Under the scheme, cashless and paperless treatment is available at government and empanelled private hospitals. ~20 CRORE COST OF PROJECT COMPRISING NEW BRIDGE & BOOTHS NO BOOTHS AUCTIONED OFF DESPITE MULTIPLE TENDERS Booths under Sector 17 new bridge were built in 2013. PRADEEP TEWARI SUBWAY SHOPS VACANT TOO ■ 9 of 11 MC booths in subway connecting Sector 17 bus stand with Sector 22 are also lying vacant. Built in 1990s, booths were transferred by UT Administration to MC in 1998-99 ■ All but two shopkeepers wound up their businesses, blaming high market price and leaking roof. The area outside these booths has now been taken over by illegal vendors ❝ MC has been writing to UT Admn for years to auction sites on a freehold basis and lower rent/market rate. But that has not been done. ❞ Subhash Chawla, FORMER MAYOR ❝ We are going to get UT admn go-ahead for offering new bridge sites on a freehold basis. These will soon be disposed of. Saurabh Joshi, AREA COUNCILLOR ❞ 4 of family booked for assaulting woman cop Chandigarh, November 8 A couple and their two daughters have been booked for allegedly assaulting a woman Sub-Inspector of the UT police at the GMSH-16. Lake police post incharge SI Sundari, investigating a kidnapping case registered at the Sarangpur police station, had taken the 16-year-old victim to a local court to get her statement recorded on November 5. The court later asked the police to hand over the victim to Children’s Home in Sector 15. Before dropping off the victim, the police took her for a medical examination at the GMSH. After the check-up, as the police were leaving, her parents and two sisters, residents of Dhanas, tried to take her along forcibly. The SI was allegedly assaulted by the suspects, following which additional police force had to be rushed in. The suspects were taken to the Sector 17 police station, where they again assaulted the SI. The victim, meanwhile, was handed over to the Children's Home authorities. A case under Sections 332, 353 and 34 of the IPC was registered at the Sector 17 police station on Monday night. The suspects are yet to be arrested in the case. — TNS ATTACK AT GMSH ■ SI Sundari had taken 16-yr-old Illegal vendors have taken over area in front of vacant booths at the subway connecting Sectors 17 and 22 in Chandigarh. officers concerned from the administration and the MC should be formed to make recommendations after assessing the ground reality and ensure prompt implementation. The civic body has been facing continued on page 3 kidnapping victim to the GMSH for check-up on November 5 ■ As they were leaving, victim’s parents and two sisters tried to take her along forcibly and ‘assaulted’ cop ■ The SI was again ‘assaulted’ by the suspects at the Sector 17 police station, where they were taken by a team
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