15112022-CT-01.qxd 15-11-2022 00:41 Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 15 NOVEMBER 2022 | CHANDIGARH MOHALI MC CONTINUES DRIVE AGAINST ENCROACHMENTS PAGE 2 WASTE COLLECTION, DISPOSAL MAJOR CHALLENGES IN CITY MC enforcement wing removes illegal encroachments from Phase 7, 5, 3B2 and other markets in Mohali. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 99,324 48,422 1,01,136 RECOVERED 98,137 47,996 99,958 NEW CASES 1 0 3 ACTIVE 6 5 10 CHANGE 1 3 3 DEATHS 1,181 421 1,168 NEW 0 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 63 MOHALI 159 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 MAX 26°C | MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 23.9°C | MIN 15.1°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:27 PM SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF 2 NABBED WITH 10-GM HEROIN Mohali: Two suspects — Jaan Nisar, a native of Srinagar, and Dilawar Singh, a resident of Kumbhra — were arrested with 10 gm heroin on November 12. A case was registered at the Phase 8 police station. They have been remanded in oneday police custody. They revealed names of three persons — Khushmanpreet Singh of Muktsar, Khushwinder Singh of Mohali, and Kulbir Singh of Chandigarh — to whom they had sold the narcotics. After counselling, the three were admitted to the Sector 66 de-addiction centre. TNS MAIN BURGLARY SUSPECT HELD Panchkula: The Sector 26 crime branch on Monday arrested the main suspect — Sonu, alias Sunny (22), a native of Muzaffarpur, Bihar — in a case of house burglaries. The police had on November 9 arrested Rajinder Rai (22) on the basis of CCTV footage. The police had recovered 10 mobiles and a laptop from his possession. Rajinder later revealed the name of the main suspect. TNS Punjab Police ASI had killed his younger brother and sister-in-law over water supply at Ram Darbar last year. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:48 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE ‘P’kula, Kalka civic bodies violated environmental laws’ Bhartesh Singh Thakur CPCC levies ~1.2-cr compensation on UT’s Engineering Wing Chandigarh, November 14 For failing to comply with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directions, the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC) has imposed a whopping Rs 9.30-crore environmental compensation on the Municipal Corporation and Rs 1.20 crore on the Engineering Department of the UT Administration. The CPCC has also served a show-cause notice on the UT Estate Officer, asking why Rs 1.50-crore cost should not be imposed on it. As far as the civic body is concerned, an environmental compensation of Rs 5.60 crore has been imposed as the sewage treatment plants (STPs) under the MC were not found to be complying with the biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) levels of under 10 mg/l and faecal coliform levels of under 100 MPN/100 ml. Further, an environmental compensation of Rs 3 crore has been levied on the MC for its failure in management and processing of municipal MC has failed to comply with sewage treatment plant discharge norms. CIVIC BODY’S ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGES ~5.6 cr ~3 cr ~70 L Biochemical oxygen Failure in management/ Failing to bio-remediate demand/faecal coliform processing of municipal old waste on 20-acre levels not met at STPs solid waste Dadu Majra dumpsite FINE ON ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT ~60L Not meeting the prescribed norms at Raipur Kalan-II STP ~60L Non-compliance of latest discharge standards in N-choe NOTICE TO ESTATE OFFICER ~1.5 cr Notice for failure to commence in-situ remediation of drains solid waste of the city. Another Rs 70-lakh cost has been imposed for failing to bioremediate old waste on a 20acre dumpsite. The CPCC has also directed the Engineering Depart- ment of the UT Administration to pay Rs 60 lakh in compensation for not meeting the prescribed norms at the Raipur Kalan-II STP Anoth. er Rs 60-lakh compensation has been levied for N-choe IAFHeritageCentregetsgo-ahead Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 14 The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee has officially given its approval to the setting up of the country’s first Indian Air Force (IAF) Heritage Centre. It is likely to be thrown open to public early next year. The approval came at a meeting of the committee held today under the chair- Likely to be unveiled early next year manship of UT Adviser Dharam Pal. The centre, being set up at the Government Press build- 30% hit-&-run cases since 2017 untraced in city:RTI Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 14 Nearly 30% of the 914 hit-andrun cases reported in the city from 2017 to August 15 this year have remained untraced. As per RTI information provided by the Chandigarh Police, 267 of the total cases have not been traced. The Sector 36 police station is the worst in terms of action as not even a single case reported in its jurisdiction has been traced. As per information, 29 cases were reported under the police station in which 20 lives were lost, but not even a single case could be traced. The police say offending vehicles have not be traced due to lack of evidence or absence of eyewitness. However, with new high-resolution CCTV cameras installed in the city, the police hope to track down vehicles involved in such cases. “New cameras will certainly make it easier for the investigating officer to identify vehicles involved in accidents,” says a police official. A total of 1,998 CCTV cameras have been installed in the city, of which 1,000 are used for surveillance and the rest for the Intelligent Traffic Management System (ITMS). PAGE 3 not suitable for Panel imposes ~9.3-cr green Jhuriwala sitesays NGT panel waste facility, cost on MC for defying norms Tribune News Service PANCHKULA COP GETS LIFE TERM FOR KILLING BROTHER, SISTER-IN-LAW Says document finalised by admn in consultation with the UNDP to make UT most sustainable city by 2030. Sandeep Rana 124 PAGE 3 SEC 36 POLICE STATION’S CCTV CAMERAS A BOON RECORD WORST New CCTV cameras lives lost in hit-&-run installed in city will make between 2017 & Aug 2022 it easier for probe deaths, most seen in area officers to identify under Sec 31 police station cases reported under Sec 36 vehicles involved 314 55 29 police station, none traced ❝ A police official ❞ Drizzle brings nip in the air Chandigarh, November 14 The city witnessed drizzle today, bringing down the day’s temperature by over three degrees. The maximum temperature fell to 23.9°C, four degrees below normal. Yesterday, it was recorded at 27.1°C, 0.6 degree below normal. On the contrary, the minimum temperature rose to 15.1°C, which is four degrees above normal. It stood at 9.7°C, 1.6°C below normal, yesterday. Meanwhile,theweatherisexpected to be clear for the next three days.Thereafter,thereisaforecast of partly cloudy sky. —TNS YEAR CASES ARRESTS UNTRACED 2017 200 120 62 2018 193 128 37 2019 184 116 50 2020 109 66 34 2021 122 73 54 2022* 106 70 30 Total 914 573 267 *TILL AUG 15 tor 31 police station, while minimum five deaths have been seen in the area under the Sector 3 police station. The peripheral areas have Continued on page 3 Body near pond: Murder FIR filed Mohali, November 14 A day after the body of a 23year-old nursing staff employee of a private hospital in Panchkula was found under mysterious circumstances near a village pond in Sohana, a murder case was registered today. The deceased has been identified as Naseeb Kaur, a native of Abohar and staying in a paying guest accommodation Continued on page 3 Panchkula, November 14 The Joint Committee, constituted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in a case related to the unscientific dumping of waste at Jhuriwala in Panchkula, has stated the site is “not suitable for the establishment of municipal solid waste facility (MSWF)”. The panel — comprising the Regional Officer, Panchkula, Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB); Divisional Forest Officer, Forest Department; and Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula — in its submission before the NGT said: “The area of the site also receives natural water channels from nearby undulating watershed having rich forests of the wildlife sanctuary. It will be in the fitness of things to find a suitable site that can be located taking resort to cluster approach for setting up a solid waste management plant in consonance with the latest order of the Supreme Court passed on June 3, 2022, regarding the minimum distance required from all protected areas and ESZ (ecosensitive zone) for any such establishment.” After reviews and site visits, the panel of officers concluded the Municipal Corporation, Panchkula, and Municipal Council, Kalka, committed violations of environmental laws and caused significant loss to the environment. “Thus remedial and preventive action to restore the damage caused to the environment at the site and surroundings has to be undertaken by them on top priority and action should be taken by the district administration, HSPCB and ULBD (Urban Local Bodies Department) to ensure further dumping, Mohali, November 14 Asking people to cooperate with police in maintaining law and order, Dr Sandeep Garg, Mohali’s new Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), today said drug traffickers and anti-social elements will be dealt with strictly in the district. Dr Garg, who took charge today, replaces Vivek S Soni, who has been posted as the Rupnagar SSP Garg held a . meeting with senior officials c m y b The Jhuriwala dumping site in the trans-Ghaggar forest area is in the eye of the storm amid protests over ecological concerns. NITIN MITTAL DAMNING REPORT ■ The NGT’s joint panel, in its report, says a natural drain passes through the site and civic waste is being dumped into it ■ Leachate coming out of the site is mixing with stormwater of the drain and leading to the Ghaggar, it says ■ The MC is found using site for unscientific dumping of waste without proper clearance from pollution control board TAKE REMEDIAL ACTION ❝Remedial action to restore damage to environment at site and surroundings has to be undertaken… Further damage needs to be stopped immediately, — Joint Committee report ❞ PROTESTERS EVICTED, DUMPING RESUMES Panchkula: Hours after protesting residents were forcefully evicted from the dharna site at the Jhuriwala dumping ground late on Sunday, the Panchkula Municipal Corporation resumed dumping of garbage at the site on Monday. The police used a water cannon and uprooted tents. The residents had been protesting for the past three days, preventing vehicles from dumping garbage collected from the city. P2 causing further damage to the environment, is stopped immediately,” said the panel. The NGT had formed the Joint Committee in 2021. In its November 13 report, it was pointed out the Panchkula MC was found using the Jhuriwala site for unscientific dumping of waste without getting an extension of consent to establish (CTE) or without obtaining consent to operate (CTO) and authorisation from the HSPCB. The unscientific dumping of waste violated the Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules. A natural drain was passing through the site and the municipal solid waste was being dumped into the drain. “It was observed the leachate coming out of the site is mixing with the stormwater of the natural drain and leading to the Ghaggar,” said the report. The laboratory testing of samples of water “revealed the concentration of various general parameters in the contaminated water in the natural drain passing through the site is much higher in comparison to water flowing in the drain upstream of the site, indicating Continued on page 3 Punjab owes PGI ~13 cr underAyushmanBharat DAY TEMP DIPS 3.2°C IN CITY Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Riders wear warm clothing amid drop in mercury on Monday. PHOTO: VICKY New Mohali SSP takes charge, says will turn heat on anti-social elements Tribune News Service NO CLUE IN 267 CASES In the past five and half years, a total of 314 persons have lost their lives in hit-andrun cases. Maximum 55 deaths have been reported in the area falling under the Sec- ing, Sector 18, will have eight attractions, including aircraft models and weapons display. The biggest draw will be a flight simulator. The 1971-fame Gnat vintage aircraft, which shot down several Pakistan’s Sabre aircraft, and a MiG-27 have already reached the centre. It will showcase the vital role played by the service in various wars and assistence rendered towards humanitarian and disaster relief. not being found to be complying with the latest discharge standards. In its notice to the Estate Officer, the CPCC has sought a reply within 15 days as to why Rs 1.50-crore compensation should not be imposed on it for its failure to commence in-situ remediation of drains. The charges have been levied after show-cause notices were served and reminders sent for compliance of the NGT directions. The STPs and drains are visited by the CPCC every month. These costs are for a period of one to two years till September 2022. These facts were submitted in an affidavit by the CPCC to the NGT with regards to an ongoing case. The MC, for its part, has submitted the ongoing upgrade of all five STPs in the city is set to be completed by February 2023. Work on the Diggian STP is to be completed by February 28 next year, while the upgrade of the other four at 3BRD, Dhanas, Raipur Khurd and Raipur Kalan will be completed by January 31. Tribune News Service ‘Tenant verification, night patrol priorities’ Dr Sandeep Garg, Mohali SSP of the district and reviewed policing in the district. Earlier, the police unit gave him a guard of honour. “People must get police verification of tenants done so that anti-social elements do not enter housing societies easily. Our initiative will be to provide transparent, efficient police administration and early redress of grievance of senior citizens,” he said. Garg said new technology would be introduced in policing for better communication with people and resolving issues promptly. “We will get all CCTV cameras functional Continued on page 3 Chandigarh, November 14 The Punjab Government is struggling to run the Ayushman Bharat insurance scheme as it is staggering the settlement of pending dues to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI), a major tertiary care hospital. The state owes over Rs 13 crore to the PGI as on date under the insurance scheme. Within a span of a year, the PGI has treated over 14,000 patients from Punjab under the insurance scheme. On July 31, the institute had stopped treating patients from Punjab under the scheme after the dues accumulated to Rs 16 crore for seven months. However, the Punjab Government had requested the institute authorities to resume treatment after promising release of dues, after which the PGI had started taking back patients from the state on August 4. Since August 4, as many as 3,715 patients from Punjab have availed themselves of treatment under the insurance scheme and the dues have accrued to Rs 13 crore (Rs 13,91,11,222). The Punjab Government has so far paid Rs 20 crore (Rs PAST TROUBLE ■ 14K Punjab patients treated by PGI under Ayushman Bharat in 1 year ■ ~16-crore dues accrued over seven months, forcing PGI to stop taking patients in July ■ 3,715 state patients treated since Aug 4, when PGI resumed services ■ ~20 cr paid by state to the PGI, but dues have piled up to ~13 crore ~4 CR DUE TOWARDS GMCH The GMCH-32 stopped treating Ayushman patients in March after dues exceeded ~2.3 crore. Services were resumed after Punjab paid ~86 lakh in August. Again in November, elective surgeries have been deferred after dues exceeded ~4 crore. 20,03,52,826) to the PGI under the scheme. However, the dues are piling up due to new admissions. Even the Government Continued on page 3
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