07052023-CT-01.qxd 5/7/2023 12:44 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh tribune TAXI DRIVER ARRESTED FOR RAPING UT GIRL IN DEHRADUN CITY EVES LOG VICTORY OVER GOANS HOCKEY AMBALA MAN HELD WITH SEVEN PISTOLS, 12 ROUNDS The police arrest a taxi driver for reportedly raping and looting a UT girl on a visit to Dehradun. P3 Hockey Chandigarh open their account with a comprehensive (25-0) win against Goans Hockey. P3 The police arrest an Ambala-based illegal arms supplier with seven pistols and 12 live cartridges. P6 » » CHANDIGARH PANCHKULA 62 MOHALI 74 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF CHILD LABOUR: 4 KIDS RESCUED Chandigarh: Four children have been rescued in a joint drive by the District Child Protection Unit, Labour Department, Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU), Child Line 1098 and the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (NGO) in the motor market, Sector-40, here. The children were employed by a shop owner. TNS HOUSE BURGLED AT RAIPUR KHURD Chandigarh: A resident of Raipur Khurd has reported that gold and silver jewellery along with Rs 35,000 was stolen from her house on Friday. A case under Section 380 of the IPC has been registered at the Mauli Jagran police station. TNS JEWELLERY, CASH STOLEN AT BUTERLA Chandigarh: A resident of Buterla, Arvind Kumar (27) has reported that one anklet, four silver rings and ~19,000 were stolen from his house after breaking the lock on May 2. A case has been registered at the Sector 39 police station. TNS PURSE SNATCHED NEAR SEC 44-D Chandigarh: A local resident has reported that an unidentified person riding a motorcycle snatched her purse near Sector 44-D on Friday. A case has been registered at the Sector 34 police station. TNS BURAIL RESIDENT ASSAULTED Chandigarh: Mohit of Burail has alleged that Akash, Rajan, Deepu and Sonu beat him up near Guru Ravidas Gurdwara, Burail, on May 1. A case under Section 323, 341, 506 and 34 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 34 police station. TNS UT MC cancels six tenders Chandigarh, May 6 The Municipal Corporation has decided to cancel six tenders, for all of which a single bidder qualified out of a large number of aspirants. The tenders will be refloated immediately. FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE ‘Exorbitant’ waste collection charges stump city traders 90 Annual levy included in property tax bills from this fiscal Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Fraudsters in custody of the cybercrime cell of the UT police. Two cyber cons held from R’than Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 6 The police have arrested two persons from Gamadi village, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, who were wanted in a number of cybercrime cases. It took 37 police personnel and cyber experts to trace Bharatpur resident Abdul Kayyum (34), a Class V dropout, and Mathura resident Iqbal (40), an unlettered man, to the narrow lanes of Gamadi village, from where the duo had been operating for a long time. The police said the duo, already booked in cases of fraud and attempt to murder, were nabbed with 15 mobile phones, four SIM cards, 11 ATM cards and one modem. “The nondescript village is notorious for harbouring several cybercriminals and organised networks,” the police said. The suspects used to dupe their victims on a popular ecommerce portal for used continued on page 3 Duped victims on e-commerce portal posing as Defence personnel The police raid the village. MASSIVE EFFORT It took 37 police personnel and cyber experts to trace Bharatpur resident Abdul Kayyum (34) and Mathura resident Iqbal (40) to the narrow lanes of Gamadi village, Rajasthan, from where the duo had been operating for a long time. 11 ATM CARDS SEIZED The accused were nabbed with 15 mobile phones, four SIM cards, 11 ATM cards and one modem. Chandigarh, May 6 There is resentment among traders and other commercial space owners over “exorbitant” charges (annual) for door-todoor garbage collection sent with their property tax bills. It is for the first time the civic body has included garbage collection charges in the property bills for the ongoing financial year. The traders said charges were too high and these should not be added to their property tax bills. Deepak Jain, who has a showroom in the Grain Market, Sector 26, got a shock when he received a whopping bill of Rs 72,900 for garbage collection. “We earlier used to pay about Rs 12,000 for the same. How will we pay such a huge amount? It is not justified,” Jain told Chandigarh Tribune. Naveen Manglani, vicepresident, Chamber of Chandigarh Industries, complained, “No proper service is being provided to traders by the MC in respect of garbage collection. There is no waste in industry like kitchen trash. A 10-marla plot owner in Industrial Area, Phase II, has received a bill of Rs 24,000 for garbage collection. It’s absurd and illogical. There is a lot of resentment.” Businessman Vinod Chandigarh, May 6 The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) will again invite bids for the sale of residential as well as commercial properties located in sectors. An official of the CHB said bids would soon be invited for 35 residential units on a freehold basis and 88 commercial properties on a leasehold basis. The CHB has released the details of the reserve prices of the properties. Bidders can visit the board’s website for details. This time, too, there has been no change in the reserve price, even though people have not shown any interest in commercial The Grain Market, Sector 26, Chandigarh. FILE PHOTO MONTHLY RATES FOR COMMERCIAL SPACES General trade (SCO/SCF) ~150 per floor Dhabha/sweets shop/eating joint/spa/salon ~300 per floor (Double for two-bay shop) General trade (booth) ~100 per floor Guest house/dharamshala/bhawan, hostel, restaurant up to seating for 50 persons, commercial ~2,000 office, govt office, bank, insurance office, coaching centre, educational institute, clinic, dispensary, lab Restaurant with seating for more than 50 persons ~3,000 Hotel ~2,000 - 5,000 Godown, cold storage ~2,000 Bus stand, railway station, theatre, mall and club ~5,000 Kumar Anand said, “Both bills are of different nature and governed by different rules and regulations. As is clear that one is a tax and the other a charge. It looks ridiculous if two amounts of quite different nature are combined. Moreover, the one SHOWROOM OWNER GETS ~72,900 BILL Deepak Jain, who has a showroom in the Grain Market, Sector 26, got a shock when he received a whopping bill of ~72,900 for garbage collection. “We earlier used to pay about ~12,000 for the same. How will we pay such a huge amount?” he said. is payable yearly the other monthly. The bills are in the name of owners while many of them have rented out floors.” “The MC has issued property tax notices without application of mind. It is also wrong that the MC should charge for garbage collection To invite bids for 35 residential and 88 commercial units next week properties on a leasehold basis. The auction process will start next week and aspirants will be able to submit their bids online for a month. The reserve price for the two-bedroom flat in Sector 51 has been kept at Rs 95.34 lakh. Bids can be submitted Reserve Price Sector 51 Two bedroom ~95.34 lakh Sector 26 EWS ~28.25 lakh Sector 38 (W) EWS ~27.08 lakh on the e-tendering website https://etenders.chd.nic.in. NRIs can also submit bids The board has made it clear that a person above 18 years of age living in any state of the country can participate in this e-tendering process. NRIs can also put continued on page 3 Chandigarh, May 6 Even after slashing the reserve prices by up to 30%, the Excise and Taxation Department managed to allot only two liquor vends during the 10th auction held here today for the remaining 22 liquor vends. An official said the two vends were located in Sector 23 and Burail village. in advance for full year even though waste is not collected for days. The corporation must take back the property tax notices and issue revised ones,” he added. A city-based activist, RK Garg, felt, “There is a need to delink garbage continued on page 3 During the ninth auction held on Monday, not even a single vend was allotted. Similarly, there was no takers for the vends even during the eighth auction. In the seventh auction, three liquor vends found bidders, while in the sixth auction, there were again no takers. Of a total of 95 vends, 75 units have been auctioned and 20 are still lying vacant. The official said auction would be held again till the remaining vends got bidders. The liquor vend at Dhanas, located near Mullanpur, which fetched the highest bid in the past two years, failed to find any takers this time again. Last year, the vend had received the highest-ever bid of Rs 12.78 crore against the reserve price of Rs 10.39 crore. In 2021, it got the highest bid of Rs 11.55 crore against the reserve price of Rs 7.95 crore. Traffic to be diverted on Dakshin, Madhya Marg Tribune News Service This time, too, there has been no change in the reserve price, even though people have not shown any interest in commercial properties on a leasehold basis. Category Tribune News Service Of a total of 95 vends in the UT, 75 units have been auctioned and 20 are still lying vacant. NO CHANGE IN RESERVE PRICE Area 10th auction: Only 2 liquor vends allotted 20 AWAIT BIDDERS 123 properties of Housing Board up for grabs again Tribune News Service MAX 36°C | MIN 20°C YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 20.1°C SUNRISE MONDAY 5:34 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD AIR QUALITY INDEX PARTLY CLOUDY SUNSET SUNDAY 7:04 PM » SUNDAY | 7 MAY 2023 | CHANDIGARH FORECAST Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Gian Chand Gupta talks to the victim at the Civil Hospital, Panchkula. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Illegal miners thrash youth at gunpoint in Panchkula Panchkula, May 6 A youth in his early twenties was allegedly thrashed by persons involved in illegal mining after threatening him with a gun at Rampur village near here. The victim, identified as Happy, a resident of Rampur village, has been admitted to the Civil Hospital, Sector 6. According to the victim’s father, Raj Kumar, his son had gone to the fields when the incident happened. Around 11 pm, five persons cornered Happy, accusing him of passing information about illegal continued on page 3 Chandigarh, May 6 In view of the visit of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to the city on May 8, the traffic would be diverted on the Dakshin Marg at airport light point, Hallo Majra light point, Poultry Farm Chowk, Tribune Chowk, Iron Market light point, New Labour Chowk (Sector 20/21-33/34). On the Madhya Marg, at AP Chowk (Sector 7/818/19), Government Press light point (Sector 8/9-17/18) and Matka Chowk (Sector 9/10-16/17), including 17/18 light point and the Sector 8 turn during the movement of the VVIP . The public is advised to take alternative routes to Defence Minister in city tomorrow avoid inconvenience. Further, the public is requested to follow the social media account of the Chandigarh Traffic Police for real-time updates on traffic. Guests invitees, officers, mediapersons and other staff are requested to park their vehicles at the designated parking lots only at programme venues. The public is advised not to park/ply their vehicles on cycle tracks/pedestrian pathways and in noparking area, otherwise strict action will be taken as per law and vehicles towed away. City residents question design of new bus queue shelters Found single successful bidder Tribune News Service RR Enterprises qualified for all six tenders for outsourcing employees to the MC. It was alleged that other firms had also quoted the same price. It was proposed to scrutinise and examine each bid and the documents of every single bidder in case of these six bids/tenders. The MC will propose such conditions which encourage healthy competition among eligible bidders. Officials have been told that after scrutiny, if it is found that any bidder has been wrongly disqualified, the technical evaluation committee concerned will be chargesheeted for major penalties. — TNS Chandigarh, May 6 Residents have raised questions over the design of the new bus queue shelters being constructed across the city. They said the shelters hardly protect people from rain as well as the scorching sun. An NGO, Arrive Safe, has pointed out the ‘faulty’ design of the ramp of a shelter. Harman Singh Sidhu, president of the NGO, said the ramp at a newly constructed bus queue shelter landed into a drain rendering it useless, and many others didn’t have one. The UT Administration had last year decided to construct 220 new bus queue shelters across the city at a cost of Rs Say these hardly protect people from rain as well as scorching sun COST OF PROJECT ~7.31 CR SHELTERS TO BE BUILT 221 CONSTRUCTED 71 ■ 150 units to be constructed by August in a phased manner ■ The cost of construction of one shelter having an area of 150 square feet is ~3.5 lakh A newly constructed bus queue shelter at Sector 20 in Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR 7.31 crore. A total of 221 (including the sample unit) bus queue shelters will be constructed under the project, of which 71 have been completed. The remaining 150 shelters will be constructed by August in a phased manner. An official said the construction of new bus queue shelters in villages and sectors was mooted as per the requirement of the Transport Department. The Transport Depart- c m y b ment had decided to implement the grid system of public transport so as to make it more public friendly. Accordingly, the Department of Urban Planning finalised the design of the proposed new bus queue shelters in 2017. The design of concrete structure got approved after deliberations with a sub-group of the Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee in order to maintain the heritage charac- ter of the city. Accordingly, the locations of the shelters in various sectors and villages was finalised by a team of officials from the Transport Department, Department of Urban Planning and the Engineering Department. Of the existing 148 bus queue shelters in the city, 11 were found structurally unstable. The remaining 137 have been retained after refurbishment, he said. After the approval of the committee, a sample concrete bus queue shelter was constructed on the Sector 1718 road in 2018. The sample was approved by the committee and senior officials of the Administration. After the approval of the sample, the proposal for construction of 220 new concrete shelters was approved and a tender was awarded for Rs 7,31,53,104 in 2022. The cost of construction of one concrete shelter is Rs 3.50 lakh having an area of 150 square feet.
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