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In UT, road tax could be half the car price

Slew of measures in Admn’s draft parking policy to decongest city roads; objections invited within 15 days24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: Facing a major challenge of dealing with the increasing number of vehicles, traffic chaos and the parking problem, the Administration has finalised the draft parking policy in which various measures, including levying congestion charges, road tax of up to half the car price, manifold increase in the parking charges and penalty, have been proposed to discourage people from using vehicles.

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Ramkrishan Upadhyay

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23

Facing a major challenge of dealing with the increasing number of vehicles, traffic chaos and the parking problem, the Administration has finalised the draft parking policy in which various measures, including levying congestion charges, road tax of up to half the car price, manifold increase in the parking charges and penalty, have been proposed to discourage people from using vehicles.

For the first time, it has been proposed to link the parking charges with the collector rates of the area. Residents have been asked to send their objections over the policy within 15 days.

The minimum parking fee could be Rs 10 for the first half hour, Rs 25 for one hour and Rs 81 for two hours.

Congestion charges will be introduced in Sector 17, 22, 35 and 43, high-density commercial markets along V1/V2/V3/V4 roads, and the Industrial Area, Phase I and II.

The user fee will be high during the morning (9 am to noon) and evening (5 pm to 8 pm) peak hours. The congestion charges will be in addition to the parking charges being paid by residents in these markets. The congestion charges will be decided later. Other measures include mandatory plying of staff buses by industrial/IT companies with more than 50 employees, a penalty of Rs 1,000 per car per day will be levied for all cars parked outside the premises. Working Place Parking Levy (WPPL) will be introduced in public institutions initially and the same may be extended to private institutions/organisations in the city later.

To encourage low carbon travel modes, employers may provide incentives/passes to public transport users. Revenue generated from the WPPL may be used in improving the public transport infrastructure to make it more attractive.

Measures for residential areas

The boundary wall of marla houses shall be removed to accommodate more vehicles. Community parking in each sub-sector shall be created by using neighborhood commercial and institutional parking lots overnight, on a rental basis, to be managed and run by registered resident welfare associations (RWAs). Green areas shall not be converted or used for parking as it has an adverse impact on environment and public health, especially children.

Outstation vehicles to be charged more for parking

Outstation registered vehicles except for Punjab and Haryana shall be charged 50 per cent higher parking fee than other vehicles. A 50 per cent rebate in property tax will be made for residential marla houses having private parking lots within their sites.

Parking fee to be linked with collector rates

The MC shall determine and renew the structure and amount of parking tariff for all vehicle classes considering the following aspects: The base price of parking for each type of vehicle shall be determined based on the space occupied by each vehicle, the cost incurred in maintaining the parking space and circle rates (prevailing collector guideline rate for residential plot) of land in that particular area as per collector rules. The actual parking fee per hour shall be calculated for each area keeping in mind the actual parking tariff, base tariff, public transport factor and congestion factor.

The parking fee will be charged in half hour slots. The tariff per hour for any vehicle shall be lower for the initial hours and the rate shall be increased for subsequent hours. The minimum parking fee could be Rs 10 for the first half hour, Rs 25 for one hour, Rs 81 for two hours and so on.

The competent authority shall propose concessions in the parking fee or exemption for non-motorised vehicles, police vehicles, MC vehicles, essential service vehicles such as ambulance, fire brigade and motorised vehicles driven by physically challenged persons.


Road tax: Be ready to pay through the nose 

The road tax shall be levied up to half the price of the second car purchased by any household. If the price of a car is Rs 10 lakh and above, road tax up to half the price of the car shall be levied.  Vehicle owners will have to produce a certificate of availability of parking space at the time of registration for every car purchased after January 1, 2018.

Certificate of entitlement must from Jan 1

The certificate of entitlement  (COE) will be mandatory after January 1, 2018, for the purchase of a car.  It is a licence received in a successful winning bid in an open bid uniform price auction which grants the legal right of the holder to register, own and use a vehicle within the city for a period of 10 years. When the demand is high, the cost of a COE would even exceed the value of the car itself.

Shuttle service for functions

Functions, melas or gatherings within the sectoral grid of Chandigarh and industrial areas attract a huge number of cars. Hence, organisers/industrial owners shall arrange a shuttle service from prominent locations and the same may be widely published in local newspapers well in time.  All institutions to clearly demarcate pick-up/drop off zones and must implement signage showing the time limit for picking up and dropping schoolchildren. Failure to do so shall attract heavy penalty for school managements. Technology interventions such as mobile application development shall be explored to enable residents to sublet their unused parking spaces within their plots. Within three months from the notified parking policy in the city, it will be mandatory for all vehicle owners to submit an affidavit to adhere to parking laws/regulations.

In UT, road tax could be half the car price
22-year-old’s gang rape

Police recover victim’s mobile phone

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: The UT police have managed to recover the 22-year-old gang rape victim’s mobile phone from Mohali, according to sources.

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CHANDIGARH: The slip road in Sector 53 on the road separating Sector 53 and 42, which is next to the forest area where the 22-year-old girl was gangraped, still remains a dark spot as there no street lights have been installed on the entire slip road.

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QS BRICS Rankings-2018

PU slips to 201-250 bracket

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: In the QS BRICS Rankings 2018, Panjab University (PU) has fallen to bracket of 201-250. In the previous year’s edition, PU was in the bracket of 151-200 while it was ranked 25th in the country.

P’kula MC outsources 28 public toilet blocks

P’kula MC outsources 28 public toilet blocks

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

PANCHKULA: To improve the condition of public toilets in Panchkula, the Municipal Corporation has outsourced 28 public toilet blocks to Sulabh International for their maintenance.

Fraud case

CM’s Flying Squad arrests 2 HUDA officials, middleman

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

PANCHKULA: A joint team of the CM’s Flying Squad of Panchkula and Ambala arrested two officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and a middleman in connection with fraud here today.

Two-day ‘LPS Business Conclave 17’ begins today

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: In a first-of-its-kind initiative to enhance creative potentials of young business minds and unleash their innovative, entrepreneurial and business acumen, Learning Paths School, Mohali, in collaboration with Ashoka University, Sonipat, Haryana, is organising the first edition of the ‘LPS Business Conclave 17’, an annual inter-school business congregation, on November 24 and 25 on its campus.

ews quota row

Education Dept seeks explanation from MHRD

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Education Department has sought clarification from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on the issue of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 33, over shifting of students from the economically weaker section (EWS) category to non-EWS after their family income improved.

National Pharmacy Week observed

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

MOHALI: “National Pharmacy Week” is being observed at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), from November 19 to 25.

Hit by train, man dies

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

Lalru: A 41-year-old man was killed after he was reportedly hit by a train near Lalru village here on Thursday morning. The deceased has been identified as Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Lalru.

Lectures mark CSIR foundation day

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) celebrated the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s foundation day here today by organising several events which included lectures by experts on chemical engineering from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Experts dwell on food safety issues at workshop

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: The department of food science at the MCM DAV College for Women organised a workshop on ‘Awareness Generation and Dissemination of Knowledge and Skills about Recent Advances in Nutrition and Food Safety’ today.

PUTA objects to proposal of leasing out varsity land to AICTE

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) has objected to the proposal of leasing out one-acre land on the Sector 25 campus of Panjab University to the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).

Fire breaks out at chemical godown

Fire breaks out at chemical godown

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: A fire broke out at chemical godown where thinner was stored behind Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26 here this evening.

Leasehold to freehold

Residents turn cold shoulder to UT conversion scheme

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

The conversion policy announced by the Chandigarh Administration for leasehold properties has received a lukewarm response.

MC plans to purchase 28 fire suits for Rs15 lakh

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: Purchase of 28 fire proximity suits for the Fire Service and hydraulic trolley and water tenders for the horticulture division of the MC will be taken up during a meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) on November 25.

Sluggishness in realty sector shows on CHB e-auction

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: Not many people are coming for the e-auction of the Chandigarh Housing Board.

N-choe raises a stink at Shanti Kunj

N-choe raises a stink at Shanti Kunj

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: The N-choe passing through Shanti Kunj and Rose Garden in Sector 16 here has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and emits stench due to non-maintenance.

Traders take up GST issues with AETC

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: A delegation of the Chandigarh Business Council raised various issues related to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) before Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner (AETC) RK Chaudhry here today.

It’s dark & dingy here after sunset

It’s dark & dingy here after sunset

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

ZIRAKPUR: Travelling on the Nagla road here has become a nightmare for commuters.

Action demanded against builder

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

KHARAR: Kanwar Sandhu, AAP’s Kharar MLA, sought stern action against those involved in the attack on party leader and artiste Jassi Jasraj here on Wednesday night.

14-yr-old girl recovered from friend’s house

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

MOHALI: A 14-year-old girl, who had gone missing from her residence at Mohali village on Wednesday afternoon, was recovered from her male friend’s house, located in the same village, today.

Kiosks destroyed in fire at Lalru

Kiosks destroyed in fire at Lalru

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

LALRU: As many as eight kiosks were destroyed in fire here on Wednesday night.

No trace of missing girl

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

DERA BASSI: There is no information of the 17-year-old girl that had gone missing on November 15 under mysterious circumstances.

Man duped of Rs1.30 lakh in debit card fraud

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

MOHALI: A resident of Mohali, who fell victim to a fraud of debit card cloning, losing Rs 1,30,000, has lodged a complaint with the cyber cell.

Stung by caste

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh School of Drama staged a Punjabi play, “Satt Begane”, on third day of the ongoing Gursharan Singh Naat Utsav, dedicated to thespian Ajmer Aulakh, at the Randhawa auditorium here today.

Woman alleges rape by father

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

KHARAR: A married woman of a Kharar village alleged that she was raped by her father.

Scooterist injured in mishap

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: A man riding an Activa scooter was injured in a road accident after a speeding Bolero hit the scooter at the Sector 25/38 light point here today.

Dera’s state body member arrested

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

PANCHKULA: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Haryana Police arrested Dera Sacha Sauda’s state body member Ramesh Taneja in connection with the Panchkula violence.

Child Abuse Case

Inquiry team visits school, finds CCTV cameras dysfunctional

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

PATIALA:A day after the video of a special child of a private school being abused went viral on the social media, an inquiry team, including District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) and members of the District Child Welfare Committee, visited the school premises today morning to investigate the case.

Renaming of Dyal Singh Evening College

Ex-Dy Speaker questions Harsimrat’s silence on issue

24 Nov 2017 | 3:06 AM

PATIALA:Former Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh today questioned the silence maintained by Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal over the issue of renaming of Dyal Singh Evening College, Delhi.

Time given for session insufficient to discuss issues of Punjab: Sanaur MLA

Time given for session insufficient to discuss issues of Punjab: Sanaur MLA

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

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Minister fails to pacify anganwadi workers

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

NABHA:Despite Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot’s assurance that no worker would be sacked, anganwadi workers continued their dharna and relay hunger fast for the second day near the minister’s house.

Fire Dept found wanting

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

NABHA:The inefficiency of the Fire Department came to the fore as it took several hours for its staff to douse the fire that broke out in a cardboard factory located at Focal Point Industrial Area in the town today morning.

Annual day celebrations at St. Xavier’s

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

St. Xavier’s International School, Patiala, celebrated its annual function ‘Jagriti — a step towards better society’ amidst great zest. The theme of the function was social evils.

Shaheedi Jor Mela concludes

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

NABHA:The three-day Shaheedi Jor Mela held every year to mark the martyrdom of 9th Guru Tegh Bahadur concluded at Gurdwara Rohta Sahib here today.

PU boxers dominate ring amid protest

PU boxers dominate ring amid protest

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab University pugilists continued to dominate the ring in the All-India Inter-University Boxing Championship here today, even as some of the participating teams accused the officials of being "biased".

Minerva colts start off in style

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab-based Minerva Academy Football Club handed a 6-0 drubbing to Thau Football Academy, Manipur, on the second day of the 15th Administrator’s Challenge Cup All India Football Tournament here today.

Neha stays on top, Gursimar T-2nd on Day 2

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: Kapurthala’s Gursimar Badwal carded an even-par 70 to claim the second spot on the second day of the 15th leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour, even as overnight leader Neha Tripathi consolidated her position at the top with a second successive round of 2-under 68.

Madhur, Jyoti set new meet records

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

PATIALA: Madhur Singh and Jyoti Bumrah broke meet records in the Punjabi University inter-college athletics championship here today.

St. Soldier’s cagers emerge champions

St. Soldier’s cagers emerge champions

24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

PANCHKULA: Hosts St. Soldier’s School, Sector 16, here, beat Strawberry Fields High School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, 48-23 to win the third Mohinder Memorial Basketball Tournament 2017 for Girls.

Lakshay, Anusha emerge winners

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24 Nov 2017 | 3:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: Lakshay, Haren Chaudhary and Arjun Marwah won the 100m dash in the junior boys’ category, while Anusha Verma, Japneet Kaur and Snehal topped the junior girls’ category during the two-day Gurukul Global School sports meet, which concluded here today.

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