11112022-CT-01.qxd 11/11/2022 12:48 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 11 NOVEMBER 2022 | CHANDIGARH ENCROACHMENTS REMOVED AT PANCHKULA’S MAJRI CHOWK PAGE 2 An anti-encroachment team of HSVP razes 30 shanties, seizes several carts in and around Majri Chowk. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY MAX 26°C | MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25.8°C | MIN 16.8°C SUNSET FRIDAY 5:29 PM NITIN MITTAL A fine century by middle-order batter Shaswatam helps UT team bounce back against Jammu & Kashmir. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:45 AM PROJECTS GATHERING DUST AIR QUALITY INDEX 212 MOHALI FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE VIKAS NAGAR BOOTHS: 4 UNSUCCESSFUL AUCTIONS IN 8 YRS ~2.5 CRORE ~15L-~18L 11.49 SQ M 112 4 CONSTRUCTION COST RESERVE PRICE SIZE OF BOOTHS TOTAL NUMBER BOOTHS LEASED OF BOOTHS OUT IN 4 AUCTIONS Sandeep Rana 322 PANCHKULA TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD High cost, leasehold tag ailshopping complex; over 100 units lying vacant P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 99,319 48,418 1,01,131 RECOVERED 98,131 47,993 99,957 NEW CASES 1 1 4 ACTIVE 7 4 6 CHANGE 6 1 4 DEATHS 1,181 421 1,168 NEW 0 0 0 CHANDIGARH PAGE 2 CRICKET TOURNEY: UT BOYS BOUNCE BACK AGAINST J&K Four youths fire into the air at a PG accommodation on VIP Road in Zirakpur. One of them arrested. TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD PAGE 2 FOUR YOUTHS FIRE INTO AIR AT PG ACCOMMODATION 274 Tribune News Service SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF 42-YEAR-OLD HELD WITH 41-GM HEROIN Chandigarh: The Crime Cell of UT police has arrested a 42year-old man for possessing 41.25 gm heroin. According to the police, the suspect, Hardeep Singh, a resident of Bhago Majra in Mohali district, was arrested near Ram Darbar. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered at the Sector 31 police station. TNS SNATCHER NABBED WITH SIX PHONES Chandigarh: Vahid Ali, 21, of EWS Colony, Dhanas, has been arrested for snatching mobile phones. Complainant Kamlesh Chander of Palsora had claimed two bike-borne youths had snatched his phone and ~5,000 in cash at Sector 54 on November 6. A case was registered. The suspect was later nabbed and six snatched phones seized. TNS Dubai flyer held with 160-gm gold Mohali, November 10 The Customs department at Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport caught a passenger for smuggling 160.5 gm gold worth Rs 8.44 lakh on Thursday. Sources said the passenger had arrived on Indigo’s flight 6E-56 from Dubai and was trying to cross through the green channel with the smuggled gold. Yellow metal concealed in trolley bag tyres On suspicion, the officials checked his baggage and recovered the gold in the form of small metal pieces. It was concealed in eight tyres of two trolley bags. The identity of the passengers was not revealed, but officials said further investigations were being carried out. This year, the department has seized 4.770 kg gold. — TNS Commuters brave smog on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway; and (below) haze envelops Sector 25 colony. UT Admn in wait-&-watch mode as smog chokes city Air quality still ‘very poor’| May improve in coming days Dushyant Singh Pundir AQI AT MONITORING STATIONS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 10 The city’s air quality continued to remain ‘very poor’ for the second consecutive day, with stubble burning in neighbouring Punjab and poor wind velocity being blamed for the present conditions. The UT Administration says it is closely monitoring the prevailing conditions and will “wait for a few more days”. The air quality improved slightly in comparison to yesterday, but remained hazardous. The average air quality index (AQI) level stood at 322, against 384 recorded yesterday. The AQI level at continuous ambient air quality monitoring stations (CAAQMS) in Sector 53 was recorded at 345, while it was 313 at Sector 22 continued on page 2 DAY NOV 1 NOV 2 NOV 3 NOV 4 NOV 5 SEC 53 164 198 285 197 212 SEC 25 96 113 122 101 106 SEC 22 296 190 208 136 185 DAY NOV 6 NOV 7 NOV 8 NOV 9 NOV 10 SEC 53 246 209 293 452 345 SEC 25 118 108 171 337 310 SEC 22 217 289 242 410 313 PRADEEP TEWARI 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 CONCENTRATION OF POLLUTANTS ON NOV 9 PARAMETER PM2.5 PM10 Carbon monoxide Ammonia %AGE RISE* 60.35 51.15 36.02 31.66 PARAMETER Nitrogen oxide Sulphur dioxide Nitrogen oxides Nitrogen dioxide %AGE RISE 30.23 28.50 26.06 25.23 (*VIS-À-VIS CONCENTRATION ON NOVEMBER 8) Chandigarh, November 10 One of the city’s biggest shopping centres came up at Vikas Nagar in Mauli Jagran way back in February 2014, but more than 100 built-up booths remain vacant eight years on. Only four of the 112 booths constructed at the complex are in operation. Several auctions were held to dispose of the booths, but to no avail, as the authorities made little effort to alter the policies to make the project more lucrative and viable. Only one of the four auctions found takers. The authorities could manage to dispose of only four booths in the 2018 auction. The sites were offered on a leasehold basis for 99 years through an open auction. The reserve price had ranged between Rs 15.75 lakh and Rs 18.42 lakh for 11.49 sq m booths, depending upon the location. Owing to high market rates and leasehold status of the property, almost all built-up booths in this complex have remained vacant so far. Even those who had taken these on lease regret the decision, alleging official apathy and faulty policies. “A single booth, including the GST, had cost nearly Rs 24 lakh. In addition, we are paying Rs 59,000 as lease amount every year. It is proving to be a costly affair, as the sales are nowhere near our The Vikas Nagar shopping centre is one of the biggest in Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: RAVI KUMAR AMENITIES MISSING ■ Stray cattle occupy corridors, leaving dung behind ■ No working washroom or potable water facility ■ Truckers, residents park vehicles on premises ❝ FREEHOLD AUCTION SOON expectations,” laments Anil Kumar, a booth owner. Vishal Kumar, another booth owner, says: “There is little on ground in terms of basic amenities. Stray cattle occupy the corridors, leaving dung behind. There is no working washroom or facility for potable water. Apart from truckers, residents park vehicles on the shopping complex premises, leaving little space for shopkeepers and visitors.” Area councillor Manoj Kumar says: “Such a big complex was never required for a small area like Vikas Nagar. It should have been constructed in another bigger part of Mauli Jagran.” Major reshuffle in UT 4 die, two hurt in Mohali mishaps Health Secy Garg shifted to Vigilance Chandigarh, November 10 In a major reshuffle, Yashpal Garg, Health Secretary, UT, and CEO, Chandigarh Housing Board, was today appointed as the Secretary, Vigilance, in addition to his existing charges, relieving Nitika Pawar of the charge. Hargunjit Kaur was given the charge of Secretary-cumDirector, Tourism, in addition to her existing charges, relieving Nitin Kumar Yadav of the charge of Secretary and Rupesh Kumar of the charge of the Director-cum-Additional Secretary, Tourism. Harjeet Singh Sandhu, a Punjab officer whose deputation in the city was recently extended by an year, was relieved of the charge of the Assistant Estate Officer-I. Sumeet Sihag, a Haryana officer, was appointed to the post in his place. Akhil Kumar was appointed the CHB Secretary, relieving Harjeet Singh Sandhu of the charge. Harsuhinder Pal Singh Brar, a Punjab officer, was given the charge of the Director, Hospitality, relieving Harjeet Singh Sandhu. The latter has been given the charges of the Chief General Manager, CITCO, replacing Sumeet Sihag, the Director, Animal Husbandry, replacing Palika Arora, a Punjab officer, and the Additional Secretary, Housing, replacing Sorabh Kumar Arora, also a Punjab officer. Amandeep Singh Bhatti, a Punjab officer, has been given the charge of the project director, Educity, relieving Sorabh Kumar Arora, who has been appointed the Director, Sports, relieving continued on page 2 Gaurav Kanthwal Zirakpur, November 10 A teary-eyed mother held on to the glucose bottle as a desperate father steered a motorised cart to ferry their sick son nearly 16 km from Dera Bassi to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, for treatment after failing to find an ambulance this afternoon. This at a time when the government is making tall claims about putting citizens’ health on top of their priority list and promising prompt assistance on a dedicated helpline. Ehte- A single booth, including GST, had cost ~24 lakh. We also pay ~59,000 as lease amount annually. It is proving to be a costly affair, as sales are low. Anil Kumar, A BOOTH OWNER An auction will soon be held to offer booths on a freehold basis. There is no point in building booths and leaving these vacant for years. Manoj Kumar, AREA COUNCILLOR Tribune News Service ALL HIT-&-RUN CASES Mohali, November 10 Four persons died and two others were injured in separate road accidents reported from different parts of the district during the past 24 hours. In the first accident, a rashly driven car crashed into a bike near Bhago Majra village under the Sohana police station and sped away. Investigating officer ASI Bir Chand said a youth, identified as Abhay Pratap Singh (22), a resident of TDC City, Sector 110, Mohali, died in the accident. Abhay, a native of Uttar Pradesh, was doing a private job in Mohali. He was going home on his motorcycle after his duty last night when near Bhago Majra, a car with registration number of Haryana hit his bike following which he fell and sustained injuries. Passersby The accidents took place at Bhago Majra village, YPS Chowk, Lahli T-point on Chandigarh-Ambala highway and near Lalru Grain Market within a span of 24 hours. In all incidents, the unidentified suspects fled the scene. took him to a private hospital for treatment where doctors declared him brought dead. On a statement of the deceased’s father Vinod Kumar, a case has been registered against the unidentified car driver under Sections 304-A, 279 and 427 of the IPC. In another hit-and-run, a rashly driven school bus hit a motorcyclist at the YPS Chowk around 3.30 pm today. The victim, identified as Ganesh Kumar of Sector 69, lost the control of the motorcycle and hit a pedes- trian who was crossing the road before falling and suffering severe head injuries. Both the injured were taken to the Civil Hospital in Phase 6 where Ganesh was declared dead. Shankar, a cousin of the victim, said Ganesh was living in a PG and used to work as a cook in Phase 7. In the third accident, a rashly driven car bearing Haryana registration number hit a cyclist near the Lahli T-point on the ChandigarhAmbala highway. The victim has been identified as Vinod Kumar (34), a resident of Shiv Shakti Colony, Sardarpur Lalru. He was returning home around 3 am after finishing his work at a weaving unit in a factory. His co-worker Vikram, who was following him, took him to the Civil Hospital in Dera Bassi where continued on page 2 No ambulance, Dera Bassi couple ferry son in cart Tribune News Service ❝ POOR SALES, NOT VIABLE DIDN’T GET HELP WILL PROBE MATTER ❝ try help ❝Doctorsfar astopossible. patients as Abdul Ahad, CLOTH DEALER Dr Adarshpal Kaur, MOHALI CIVIL SURGEON My son’s platelet count was 22,000. I called up helpline for an ambulance, but they claimed non-availability. I chose not to take chance. sham, 20, son of Dera Bassibased used cloth dealer Abdul Ahad, had been undergoing treatment at a private clinic for the past three days, but his condition worsened and had to be taken to the Civil Hospital there at 10 am. We will probe the matter and take requisite measures to prevent recurrence. Finding little improvement in his medical condition, the doctors referred him to the GMCH-32. However, when they asked for an ambulance, they were advised to call ‘108’ helpline, claimed the father. On reaching out to the helpline, the responder expressed her inability to provide one, saying there was none at their disposal. Asked whether it could be arranged at the earliest, Abdul was advised to “make own arrangement”. Without wasting time, Abdul reached for his cart and asked wife Noorez Khatun to hold the glucose bottle, as the couple rushed their son, who lay cramped in a matchbox-sized cart, to Chandigarh around 2 pm. “My son’s platelet count was around 22,000. I called up the helpline for an ambulance, continued on page 2 c m y b A Dera Bassi couple rush their son Ehtesham to the GMCH-32 in a motorised cart on the Dakshin Marg in Chandigarh. RAVI KUMAR A damaged section of the Sector 77-78 road in Mohali. PHOTO: VICKY PotholesonSec77-78 road test drivers’ skill Mohali, November 10 The road separating Sectors 77 and 78 has one of the worst stretches in the entire city. A giant pothole right in the middle of the road, with small ones around it, poses a threat to the safety of motorists, especially two-wheeler riders. The top layer of the metalled road vanished a long time ago, leaving a gravelly patch stretching over a long distance. Fast-moving vehicles and a curve nearby increase the chances of an accident. With the authorities failing to repair the stretch, residents suggest a caution board warning unfamiliar drivers to slow down should be put up to minimise chances of a fatal mishap. “It seems the municipal corporation, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) officials and the local MLA are helpless. They have turned a blind eye to the pitiable condition of the roads here,” says Nischal Sachdeva, a resident of nearby Purab Apartment. BROKEN STRETCHES MC DOING LITTLE MC out ❝aftercarriestime,patchwork, but some things return to square one. Vivek Taneja, A SECTOR 78 RESIDENT PATCHWORK ON Patchwork going ❝city. The badisstretchon in the will be repaired soon. MC official Thousands of residents of Sectors 77 and 78, living in nearby housing societies, face the daily inconvenience of commuting on this stretch as they have no option. Residents say riders often meet with accidents after hitting the pothole during night. “Most of the roads in Mohali are in bad shape, but no action is being taken,” says Vivek Taneja, a Sector 78 resident. The councillor and municipal corporation officials say patchwork is going on and the bad stretch will be repaired soon. — TNS
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