Wednesday, November 28, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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Trees felled for marketing yard
Sundernagar
A large number of trees were felled to construct a marketing yard at Kangani forest, situated just 3 km from Mandi, the district headquarters. The marketing yard is being built by the Marketing Committee, Mandi, which is situated here on an area of 12.5 bighas.

Power Grid chief’s ABT formula
Shimla, November 27
The implementation of availability-based power tariff will go a long way in optimising power generation, improving grid stability and ensuring efficient use energy, according to Mr Bhanu Bhushan, Director (Operations), Power Grid Corporation of India.

POSTINGS/TRANSFERS
8 forest officers transferred
Shimla, November 27
In a minor reshuffle in the Forest Department the government today transferred five IFS officers and three state forest service officers. Mr R. K. Gupta, Conservator of Forests, Dharamsala, has been posted as Director, Kandi project, Solan. Mr S. P. Vasudeva on repatriation from Central deputation takes over as Conservator of forests, Dharamsala.

PARWANOO DIARY
Accidents on the rise
Parwanoo
Accidents on the highway are on the increase. Recently, a young man was killed in a road accident near Hotel Shivalik when his motorcycle was hit by a car. Amit Kumar (20), a resident of Kalka, was seriously injured and was taken to the local E.S.I. dispensary. From there he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, where he succumbed to his injuries.




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EARLIER STORIES

 

Action sought against ‘negligent’ doctor
Nurpur, November 27
Hans Raj of Kardial village of Jawali subdivision has alleged that his wife delivered a stillborn due to the negligence of the doctor on duty at community Health Centre, Jawali, on November 6.

Probe fails to find cause of HPU violence
Shimla, November 27
The inquiry committee has been reportedly unable to identify the root cause of the violence on the Himachal Pradesh University campus here on November 1. The committee headed by the Dean of Studies, Mr Suresh Kapoor, is learnt to have submitted its report to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof S.D. Sharma.

Hostel girls feel insecure despite fencing
Shimla, November 27
Girls are feeling insecure even after the construction of a wire fence around the five girls hostels of Himachal Pradesh University. “We are not safe as anybody can jump across the wire,” says girls. It was after years that the authorities decided to use wire fencing for these hostels.



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Trees felled for marketing yard
Mahesh Chander Sharma

Sundernagar
A large number of trees were felled to construct a marketing yard at Kangani forest, situated just 3 km from Mandi, the district headquarters.

The marketing yard is being built by the Marketing Committee, Mandi, which is situated here on an area of 12.5 bighas. The forest from this area was cleared without taking permission from Central Government although this fact was known to the Forest Department, but instead of taking action against the culprits, the department is ignoring the felling of trees.

The Marketing Committee wanted to construct a marketing yard at the district HQ and a foundation stone was laid by Chief Minister at Bhuli. But this site did not suit many government officials, as according to them by constructing a yard at Bhuli it would inconvenience them. All this was done hurriedly and holders of forest rights were not informed.

The office of marketing committee has given tender to clear the forest to a BJP supporter and 12 labourers started clearing the forest. It took them 10 days to clear the area, during this operation they removed many trees and burnt the roots in order to destroy their traces. When this fact came in to the knowledge of local residents, residents of Bhron and Talhayar panchayats brought this fact to the knowledge of district administration, forest officials and police officials but no action was taken.

In the representation it was urged that thousands of trees of Eucalyptis (safeda) and pine were felled. However the authorities are supporting the shifting of the site in public interest.

The Secretary of the Marketing Committee, Mr B.D. Sharma, said the project was in the interest of farmers of area but admitted that the project has been not cleared by the Central Government and the forest area was cleared without permission.

Mr Vinit Kumar, Divisional Forest Officer, Mandi Division, when contacted, said the case for permission to use forest land for non-forest purposes (construction of marketing yard) has been sent to the Central Government and permission was expected. Although the marketing committee had demanded 30 bighas but he had agreed to only 12.5 bighas of area for the marketing yard. He denied any felling of trees.

On the other hand, local residents claimed that over 1,000 trees had been felled. On visiting the spot it was found that a sufficiently large number of trees were felled and their roots burnt so that the number could not be counted but even then many stumps could be counted.

A complaint regarding clearing the forest land was received but the field staff had neither visited the spot nor prepared a damage report.

When asked whether the authorities concerned had violated forest laws, the DFO retorted that no offence had been committed although he admitted that forest officials had knowledge about the felling.

According to Mr Amar Chand Verma, a lawyer dealing with environment cases the clearing of forests for cultivation or any other purpose is an offence under Sections 33(c) and 33(C) of the Indian Forest Act and is punishable with imprisonment of up to six months or fine or both.

Mr Dina Nath Shastri, a spokesman of Himachal Vikas Congress, has demanded a high-level inquiry into the matter and demanded action against the guilty. He further added that the department might get permission but even than an offence had been committed and whosoever was guilty should be dealt with.
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Power Grid chief’s ABT formula
Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 27
The implementation of availability-based power tariff (ABT) will go a long way in optimising power generation, improving grid stability and ensuring efficient use energy, according to Mr Bhanu Bhushan, Director (Operations), Power Grid Corporation of India.

“The concept of ABT was an improvement over the existing practice of fixing tariff based on annual plant load factor, which did not provide any incentive for enhancing generation, curtailing the consumer load during peak hours or backing down of generation during off-peak hours.

Similarly, there was no mechanism to discourage overdrawals, particularly during peak hours, which destablised the grid. In a nutshell, the present tariff mechanism encouraged grid indiscipline, he explained, while making a presentation on “Availability-based power tariff”, here today.

The regional grids had been functioning in a dissatisfactory manner and there were large variations in frequency from the rated 50 cycles. Low frequency resulted when the total generation available in the grid was less than consumer load whereas insufficient backing down of generation during off-peak hours led to high frequency.

Under the ABT, overdrawal during the low frequency period would attract a penal rate of Rs 4.20 per unit whereas the generating company would get a higher payment for achieving a higher generation than the specified norms of plant availability (mw delivering capability over the year).

The rate of payment for excess generation would be nominal when the grid had surplus power and quite high at the time of generation deficit during which the frequency would be below 50 cycles.

In this manner, the ABT would curb grid indiscipline and help maintain a better frequency regime which in turn help avoid damage to turbines and nuclear power stations caused by frequency fluctuations, thereby minimising the maintenance cost and increasing the life of power house.

The plant availability of 80 per cent would ensure that for lower availability, the capacity charges were proportionately reduced and the state power board would have to pay less.

The ABT could not be implemented so far as certain state power boards and generating companies like National Thermal Power Corporation had moved court.

The generating companies were against raising of plant availability from 68 to 80 per cent as these felt they could lose revenue. The hydro-power plants would benefit the most as they could maximise generation during peak hours.

Senior members and officers of the state electricity board were present during the presentation.

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Cong ‘didn’t’ tap HP’s hydel potential
Our Correspondent

Mandi, November 27
Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today lamented that the Congress had done little for harnessing the vast hydel potential of the state during its tenure.

He said the BJP Government in its short tenure of three-and-a-half years had given priority to generation of hydel power and took up over six power projects for execution. The 86-mw Malana project in Kulu district has been completed in a record time of two-and-a-half years against the scheduled period of five years while work on the 126-mw Larji hydel project has been going on a war-footing.

Mr Dhumal, who was talking to mediapersons at Vipasha Sadan, said the 2051-mw Parbati hydel project, which was to be executed in three stages, had been delayed due to the “evasive and unreasonable” attitude of the then Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh.

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CPM: govt favouring industrial consumers
Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 27
The state committee of the CPM has criticised Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, for defending the tariff order passed by the State Electricity Regulatory Commission.

The statement of Mr Dhumal indicated that his government was in favour of hiking power tariff for domestic consumers and granting concession to big industrial consumers.

The commission had increased the domestic power tariff by 30 per cent whereas the per unit charges for industrial consumers had been reduced from Rs 2.80 to Rs 1.70. Two cement plants at Barmana and Darlaghat would be benefited to the tune of Rs 2 crore at the cost of the state power board by the order.

The party would decide the future course of action to oppose the “anti- people” decision during its three-day state conference at Kulu from November 30.

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POSTINGS/TRANSFERS
8 forest officers transferred
Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 27
In a minor reshuffle in the Forest Department the government today transferred five IFS officers and three state forest service officers.

Mr R. K. Gupta, Conservator of Forests, Dharamsala, has been posted as Director, Kandi project, Solan. Mr S. P. Vasudeva on repatriation from Central deputation takes over as Conservator of forests, Dharamsala.

Mr G. R. Sahebi, Divisional Forest Officer (Working Plan), Dehra, goes as Divisional Forest Officer, Kulu, vice, Mr Rakesh Sood who takes over as Divisional Forest Officer, Dharamsala. Mr C. B. Pande, Divisional Manager, State Forest Corporation, Una, returns to the department and takes over as divisional forest officer Paonta.

Mr D. R. Kashyap, Assistant Conservator of Forests, Bilaspur, has been posted as General Manager, Resin and Turpentine Factory, Nahan while Mr D. K. Khatta, Assistant Conservator of Forests, Una, takes over as Divisional Manager (HPSFC), Una.

Mr H. K. Malhotra, Sub-Divisional Manager, Kulu, goes as Divisional Forest Officer Chamba.

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PARWANOO DIARY
Accidents on the rise
M.M. Bhandari

Parwanoo
Accidents on the highway are on the increase. Recently, a young man was killed in a road accident near Hotel Shivalik when his motorcycle was hit by a car. Amit Kumar (20), a resident of Kalka, was seriously injured and was taken to the local E.S.I. dispensary. From there he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, where he succumbed to his injuries. The father of the youth had also died in a road accident a few years ago and the youth was the only son of his parents.

In another accident on the National Highway about 8 km from Parwanoo, a mother and her son received injuries. According to the police, Chander Mohan and her mother, Leela Devi, who were on a scooter, were injured when the scooter was hit by a jeep. They were sent to the Sector 32 hospital in Chandigarh. The scooter rider was a resident of Pinjore. The driver of the jeep sped away from the scene and the police found the vehicle abandoned near Kumarhatti.

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Thousands of ex-servicemen who are working in this industrial town and in its surrounding areas were happy to know that now they would be able to draw more liquor from defence canteens.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has increased the quota of liquor for ex-servicemen. Former soldiers of the officer rank are now entitled to 16 units of liquor against the previous entitlement of 10 units. The quota for the JCOs has been raised to 10 units from six, while that of the other ranks has been fixed at six units against the previous quota of three units. 
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Action sought against ‘negligent’ doctor
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, November 27
Hans Raj of Kardial village of Jawali subdivision has alleged that his wife delivered a stillborn due to the negligence of the doctor on duty at community Health Centre (CHC), Jawali, on November 6.

In a complaint submitted on Sunday to the Chairman, Himachal Pradesh Human Rights Commission and Health Minister, Mr Raj has warned that he would go on an indefinite fast on the premises of the CHC, Jawali, if the Health Department did not hold an inquiry into the matter.

He had rushed to the CHC with his pregnant wife having labour pains around noon on November 6. The doctor on duty said he would attend to her after lunch. She was examined at 4 p.m. and the doctor stated that the delivery would be normal. But at 6 O’clock, her condition turned serious. Another doctor in the CHC was consulted who declared that the child had already died before birth. On his advice, the patient was rushed to a private nursing home at Pathankot.

The complainant alleged that had the doctor attended to his wife in time, the life of his child could have been saved.

The doctor was not available at CHC, Jawali.

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Probe fails to find cause of HPU violence
Our Correspondent

Shimla, November 27
The inquiry committee has been reportedly unable to identify the root cause of the violence on the Himachal Pradesh University campus here on November 1.

The committee headed by the Dean of Studies, Mr Suresh Kapoor, is learnt to have submitted its report to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof S.D. Sharma.

Although nothing was being officially disclosed about the findings it is learnt that committee has not been able to find the root cause of the violence.

According to sources, the report mentions that the violence started in Room No. 207 of Y.S. Parmar Hostel. The report has also condemned the ABVP and the SCA for indulging in such activities.

The report further says that the appointment of the wardens should not be made under any political influence. The admission process is faulty and should be improved.

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Hostel girls feel insecure despite fencing
Our Correspondent

Shimla, November 27
Girls are feeling insecure even after the construction of a wire fence around the five girls hostels of Himachal Pradesh University.

“We are not safe as anybody can jump across the wire,” says girls. It was after years that the authorities decided to use wire fencing for these hostels.

Last year some miscreants threw stones at these hostels, causing panic among the girls. This incident forced the authorities to take step. “There is hardly any security in these hostels. Even after the construction of a boundary wall, we feel insecure”, say girls.

There are five watchmen and a securityman for the five hostels. For the past two years miscreants have been creating panic near New Year celebrations when there are few girls in the hostels.

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