18112022-CT-01.qxd 18-11-2022 00:24 Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 18 NOVEMBER 2022 | CHANDIGARH The group led by Supinder Kaur and Amarjit Singh Naura wins PUTA poll for the sixth consecutive time. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 99,325 48,427 1,01,141 RECOVERED 98,138 48,000 99,963 NEW CASES 1 3 1 ACTIVE 6 6 10 CHANGE 1 3 DEATHS 1,181 421 1,168 NEW 0 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX PAGE 2 MAX 25°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24.9°C | MIN 12.2°C SUNSET FRIDAY 5:27 PM City’s Yuvraj Singh Sandhu maintains his one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Indian Oil Servo Masters-2022. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:51 AM Haphazard debris dumping on despite 22 listed locations Lack of awareness, inaction against violators to blame for mess PANCHKULA 124 113 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF EASE OF LIVING INDEX SURVEY ON Chandigarh: Residents can rate Chandigarh in the Citizen Perception Survey for Ease of Living Index-2022 assessment till December 23. The survey started on November 9. The MC has launched a citizen outreach urging them to give their feedback on the services being provided for assessment by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Chandigarh fell from fifth rank in 2018 to 29th in 2020. The ranking of 111 cities was released by the ministry in March 2021. TNS Chandigarh, November 17 While the local Municipal Corporation has designated 22 sites to dispose of construction and demolition (C&D) waste, haphazard dumping of debris continues unabated in different parts of the city. At some sites, the C&D waste remains dumped outside the designated area while the authorities choose to look the other way. In the absence of awareness and action against violators, the menace continues unchecked. In a random survey, construction waste was found dumped in Sectors 15, 24, 40, 52, on Sector 38 (West)-Dadu Majra road, near Juvenile Justice Home in Sector 25, among others. VN Sharma, president, Residents’ Welfare Association, Sector 40, says: “Even if the civic body has designated sites, the practice of haphazard dumping of C&D waste hasn’t stopped. In Sector 40D, debris can be found dumped in the open. The MC needs to raise awareness Continued on page 2 Construction waste dumped in an open area between Sector 38-West and Dadu Majra Colony. PRADEEP TEWARI WHAT NORMS SAY VIOLATORS GO SCOT-FREE Trucks from Mohali dump debris in Sec-52 ground. Violators have a free run. Vinit Chauhan, PRESIDENT, RWA, SECTOR 61 ❝ Construction and demolition waste should be dumped only at 22 designated sites. Else, the SITES DESIGNATED BY CIVIC BODY MC can be reached at 01722787200 for a mobile collection van, SEC 9-C Near Sehaj Safai Kendra (SSK) INDL AREA-II Near petrol station which charges at a rate of ~800 per SEC 16-D Rear of govt school DADU MAJRA In dumping ground trip (excluding GST for first 5 km) and SEC 19-B Rear of maintenance booth MALOYA Opp pond near gaushala ~50 per additional km. ~5,500 CHALLAN If a vehicle or tipper is found dumping construction and demolition waste in an undesignated area, it is liable to be issued a challan of ~5,500/tipper. SEC 23-D Near SSK SEC 25 (W) Along IOC SEC 26 Near Timber Market SEC 28-B Near substation SEC 29-C Near SSK SEC 31-B Rear of SSK SEC 47-D Near SSK SEC 51-D Near SSK c m y b PAGE 2 YUVRAJ SANDHU MAINTAINS LEAD ON DAY 2 OF GOLF MEET Congress says it will undertake the Chandigarh chapter of ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ from November 20. Tribune News Service 130 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 CONGRESS TO CARRY OUT MARCH IN CITY FROM NOV 20 Sandeep Rana CHANDIGARH MOHALI PAGE 2 ❞ SEC 38 (W) Opp Shahpur colony SEC 56-A Along V-5 road SEC 45-D Opp community centre INDL AREA-I Along tile factory RAM DARBAR Near multi-storey houses SEC 48-C Near tubewell on V-5 road MANI MAJRA Along cremation ground MANI MAJRA Near New Darshani Bagh TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Develop lake area as carbon sink: UNDP Cab surge price can’t exceed 1.5 times base fare Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 17 For protection of environment, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called for developing Sukhna Lake and its catchment area as a “terrestrial carbon sink”. To mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and abate pollution, the UNDP in its report ‘Future Ready Chandigarh 2030 & Beyond’ mentions: “Sukhna Lake and its catchment areas in Chandigarh offer a perfect opportunity to develop terrestrial carbon sink in the city through forest conservation, management of silt inflow and other such activities.” Asserting that the lake area is a crucial hotspot for environmental conservation, the UNDP elaborates a few action points for its conservation. The report suggests enrichment plantation, which is a practice of clearing out forests to grow a single commercially valuable species, in the catchment area. “Recent studies have shown enrichment plantation in secondary forests offers a promising clean development mechanism to increase terrestrial carbon sinks,” states the report. Similarly, plantation of FILE PHOTO SUPINDER-AMARJIT GROUP WINS PUTA POLL FOR 6TH TIME CONTAINING EMISSIONS Terrestrial carbon sink is anything, natural or otherwise, that accumulates and stores some carbon-containing chemical compound for an indefinite period, thereby removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. MEASURES SUGGESTED ■ Adopt enrichment plantation — growing single valuable species — in Sukhna catchment area ■ Plant broad-leafed indigenous species to contain silt inflow in lake; will help increase water level ■ Secure wildlife migration corridors connecting Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary to other protected areas ■ Prevent grazing of cattle in forested and landscaped areas and impound all feral cattle broad-leafed indigenous species for management of silt inflow in the lake and soil management will lead to forest conservation and increase in water levels. Further, wildlife migration corridors connecting the Continued on page 2 Chandigarh, November 17 To regulate fares of appbased cabs, the UT Administration has implemented the Motor Vehicle Aggregator Guidelines-2020, issued by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, with immediate effect. With the implementation of the guidelines, the city taxis’ fare indexed by wholesale price index (WPI) for the current year will be the base cost chargeable to customers availing of the aggregator service. UT implements aggregator norms As per the guidelines, the base minimum fare chargeable to customers will be for a minimum of 3 km to compensate for dead mileage and distance travelled and fuel utilised for picking up the customers. The aggregator will be allowed to charge fare 50% lower than the base fare and a maximum surge pricing of 1.5 times the base fare will allowed. The cab driver will receive at least 80% of the fare applicable on each ride and the remaining charges for each ride will be received by the Continued on page 2
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