18052023-CT-01.qxd 5/18/2023 12:33 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh tribune FORTNIGHT ON, TWO HELD FOR CABBIE’S MURDER TWO BIKERS MAKE OFF WITH WOMAN’S PURSE IN KHARAR Two bike-borne youths snatch the purse of a woman resident of Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, Kharar. P2 PARTLY CLOUDY MAX 39°C | MIN 25°C YESTERDAY MAX 40°C | MIN 24.2°C SPEEDING CAR KILLS VENDOR, INJURES SIX Mohali police nab two youths for snatching a cab from driver, stabbing him to death on May 2. P2 FORECAST A speeding luxury car runs over a woman vendor, hits six persons, on Dhanas-Mullanpur road. P3 » » 172 PANCHKULA 126 MOHALI 96 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD CITCO plans to let pvt player run ‘loss-making’ Mermaid Tenders for lakeside restaurant likely to be floated next month Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 17 The Chandigarh Industrial Tourism and Corporation (CITCO) plans to hand over operations of its “loss-making” ‘Mermaid Restaurant and Pub’ at Sukhna Lake to a private player. The issue came up for discussion during a meeting of the Board of Directors here today. During discussion, it was decided to prepare terms and conditions for running the restaurant by a private firm on a revenue-sharing basis, said sources, adding tenders could be floated in the first week of next month. In February, CITCO had floated an expression of interest (EoI) to run the restaurant by a private company. As many as 10 companies had expressed interest, but after the CITCO Progressive Workers’ Union opposed the move, the corporation had to defer the proposal. The matter was taken up again today. The sources said the move had been initiated due to financial losses, lack of expected earnings and shortage of INBRIEF LAPTOP, PAPERS STOLEN FROM CAR Chandigarh: An unidentified person stole a laptop and some documents, including a passport, from a car parked near the vegetable market in Sector 29 on May 16. Complainant Ranjit Singh, a resident of Kharar, claimed the suspect broke the windowpane to commit the crime. A case has been registered at the Industrial Area police station. TNS BIZMAN DUPED OF ~3 LAKH Chandigarh: A businessman has been duped of Rs 3 lakh. Complainant Yash Mehta of Sector 34 alleged Manoj Chaurasiya and other officials of Miracle Technology, Jaipur, cheated him regarding shipping of a consignment of computer parts. A case of cheating has been registered at the Sector 34 police station. TNS Restaurant is part of Chef Lakeview complex at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh. PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL SECOND ATTEMPT IN THREE MONTHS ■ In February, expression of interest was invited to run the restaurant by a private firm; 10 companies had come forward, but workers’ union forced deferment of the proposal ■ Board of Directors has now decided to prepare terms and conditions to run the restaurant by a private firm on a revenue-sharing basis, say sources in corporation ■ The move has been initiated due to lack of expected earnings and shortage of professionals to run the restaurant, say sources ■ Mermaid restaurant is part of Chef Lakeview complex at the lake; interestingly, latter reportedly earned a profit of ~2 crore in 2022-23 professionals to run the restaurant. Mermaid restaurant is part of the Chef Lakeview complex at the lake, which had reportedly earned a profit of Rs 2 crore in 2022-23. Kashmir Chand, chairman, and Prem Lal, president, MAY MOVE COURT ❝ Losses are notional. By privatising operations, staff will lose jobs as most are on contract or outsourced. We will not hesitate to move court against the decision. — Kashmir Chand, ❞ CHAIRMAN, CITCO PROGRESSIVE WORKERS’ UNION CITCO Progressive Workers’ Union, however, said they would oppose the move of the Continued on page 3 Rebooted OVERHEAD CABLES Lack of action against erring companies to blame Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 17 Southern sectors are at the receiving end of the overhanging cable menace that continues to dog city residents despite a recent drive by the Municipal Corporation against erring companies. In some sectors, telecom service providers have failed to lay cables underground owing to issues in implementation. Due to lack of action against erring agencies, webs of cables have become a source of nuisance for residents. “Tree branches have fallen off due to tying of cables and wires. Low-lying cables pose a threat as passersby may get entangled. The MC should deal strictly with those not laying cables underground,” says Avtar Singh, a member of the Residents’ Welfare Association (RWA) of a Sector 50 housing society. Sameer Chaku, executive member of the RWA (3BHK flats), Sector 63, says: “There is sheer mismanagement on part of the MC. A telecom company recently dug up a section to lay underground cables in our society but left it open. Since the dug-up portion was not filled, we didn’t let them lay more cables in NO FOLLOW-UP ACTION TAKEN BY AUTHORITIES ■ Telcos have failed to lay cables underground owing to poor implementation and lack of action against erring agencies, say residents ■ After MC crackdown, most telcos took permission to lay underground cables, while some put wires back up soon after these were disconnected ■ But the municipal corporation has not bothered to initiate follow-up Cables tied to a pole in Sec 30 A; action against the firms that have (right)nailed to a tree in Sec 17. resorted to the illegal practice HUMAN RIGHTS PANEL SEEKS REPORT Chandigarh: The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has sought a report from the UT MC over illegal overhead cables in the city. Quoting the report, the PSHRC said: “MC recently carried out a drive to remove illegal overhead and low-lying cables across Chandigarh, but these can be seen in Sectors 29, 30, 20, 21, 22, 37, 38, 38 (West), 44 and 46.” PSHRC Chairperson Justice Sant Parkash and Member Justice Nirmaljit Kaur, taking suo motu cognisance of the matter, has asked the authorities concerned to submit a report on or before the next date of hearing. TNS other areas. The agency then put up overhead cables from the Mohali side.” “Southern areas are the worst hit. The MC should ensure regular inspections for adherence,” he says, Continued on page 2 FEEL THE DIFFERENCE AT RN CLASSES CBSE Board : 14 getting perfect 100 : 76 getting 95 & above Class 12th CBSE Board : 2 getting perfect 100 : 60 getting 90 & above Total no of IOQM selections Southern sectors bear brunt; RWAs for regular inspections Started giving results RESULTS OF THE SESSION 2022-2023. 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