Thursday, April 6, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
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PUDA may compound building bylaw violations
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, April 5 — Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) may regularise certain building bylaw violations in its urban estates. If the proposal is approved, violations within certain parameters will be compounded on payment of a fine which will vary according to the type of violation.

Officials met recently to discuss the proposal but it is not yet known exactly what degree of violations or fine structure PUDA is contemplating Once the plan is clear, minutes of the meeting will be put up before the PUDA Finance Committee for final approval.

Inquires reveal that the different wings of the PUDA dealing with building by-law violation have made recommendations on the issue. The maximum cases relate to unauthorised constructions, both temporary and permanent, in the front and back courtyard of the commercial premises. Violations in the residential and institutional premises are comparatively less.

Sources said structures in front courtyards will not be regularised. For the unauthorised constructions in commercial premises the town planning wing has recommended a fine of Rs 2000 per square ft up to an area of 50 square feet and Rs 3000 per square feet for an area above 50 square feet. Only structures on the ground floor in commercial premises would be considered, said sources.

In case of residential and institutional premises, a fine of Rs 500 per square foot up to an area of 100 square feet had been recommended.

On the other hand for commercial premises, the Estate Office has recommended a fine of Rs 100 per square foot up to 100 square feet area and Rs 200 per square feet for structures spread in an area more than 100 square feet.

The town planning department has suggested a Rs 500 per square ft fine on unauthorised basements for both residential and institutional premises and Rs 1000 per square foot in the case of commercial premises. In contrast, the Estate Office had suggested a fine of Rs 50 per square foot for the sane three categories. Many booth-allottees in the town have constructed basements without authorisation.

Officials have also suggested fines for buildings constructed as per zoning regulations and building bylaws but without approval of plans. Several other violations are also being considered, sources said.Back


MCC to get tough with encroachers
Sets up complaint centres at Sector 17 office
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 5 — The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh(MCC) today decided to get tough with encroachers from May 1.

Meanwhile, the civic body has set up three complaint centres at Sector 37 and Mani Majra for speedy redressal of complaints regarding various civic amenities besides a centralised complaint centre in Sector 17 which will remain open round-the-clock. These centres will soon be computer-linked and all complaints will be noted at a centralised office.

At today's meeting, chaired by MCC Commissioner M.P. Singh, it was decided to appoint sector-wise nodal officers, who will be responsible for checking encroachment on the government land, circulation areas and market corridors. It was also decided to challan persons who store building materials or any other item on municipal land without prior permission. Also, henceforth it will be mandatory to take prior permission for holding any religious, social or commercial function on government land. Concerned at spillage of water from the overhead tanks and washing of the vehicles, which damages the roads, the MC decided to challan the violators.

The MCC has invited applications from April 20 from the persons wishing to maintain hedges outside their houses. It has been decided to allow two feet high hedges subject to a distance of 6 feet and 10 away from the V-6 and V-5 roads, respectively. Hegdes on V-2,V-3 and V-4, will, however, not be allowed.Back


Advani to lay hospital block stone
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 5 — Union Home Minister, L.K. Advani will lay the foundation stone of Block-E of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, on April 7. To be constructed by the UT Engineering Department, it will be a seven-storey building with two basement levels. It will house pre and para clinical departments, central stores, laboratories, workshop, tailoring block and staff canteen. This was stated by Dr V.K. Kak, Director and Principal of the Medical College and Hospital while addressing the media persons today.

He informed that when this block is completed, the pre and para clinical Departments of Anatomy, Physiology, and Bio-Chemistry will be shifted from the Prayaas building in Sector 38 and all other departments from the adjacent departments from the serai building. The serai building will then be used to accommodate patients and their attendants and the drug de-addiction centre, which needs to be away from the hospital will also be stationed there.

The Medical Superintendent, Dr D.P. Mehta, said that the hospital has full-fledged indoor, out-door, laboratory, operation theatres and emergency services running. The blood bank started functioning in June, 1997, and the blood component complex was inaugurated in April last year. The hospital has also taken a lead in the computerisation of various health care facilities — OPD registration, inpatient admissions and discharges, emergency admissions and laboratory reports. In the first phase the work of computerisation of stores, procurement, pharmacy and billing has been completed. Presently the college is in the process of computerising the administrative management of all the wards and operation theatres.

The new block will also have facilities for computer programmes for dissecting a human body, more advance equipment for research, modern lecture theatres with multi media projectors and audio-visual aids. The top floor will house the school of nursing so that the nurses can be trained within the premises. Block K is also being planned to have various super specialities in the times to come. Back


City gets first taste of e-commerce
By Akanksha Sharma
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 5 — You probably don’t hate to shop if you’re buying something kind of exciting ... but the monthly trip to the ration shop hardly qualifies for that adjective. The same old thailas of atta and rice, dal, oil, sugar, soap ... you know the shopping list by heart. Grocery shopping isn’t fun ... it’s a chore.

So what if all you had to do was sit back and click, click , click? That’s what they do in Los Angeles and Tokyo. That’s what Chandigarhians can do too since the first of this month. In fact, its not just groceries that are available online ... a whole range of products from electronic goods to books to cosmetics can be ordered online. You can even call a plumber or an electrician. (Well, maybe, you can call an online electrician — if your bijli hasn’t gone on the blink and rendered your computer useless.)

Maybe you’d like to take a peek at the goods, in the world’s best departmental stores. So what if it’s in New York or Mumbai? No shop is miles away anymore; it’s just a click away. And all you need is money. (There’s always a catch.) Fasten your seat belt! You are about to enter the wide world of e-com. Although at present, e-commerce represents only a miniscule fraction of the Indian economy, techno-pandits predict that it is going to proliferate like bunnies.

E-com is about doing business and shopping on the Internet. It’s a retailer’s dream come true and for many people with unique needs not easily met at the local bazaar, it means access to difficult to get products at the lowest possible price. Web markets are widening and reaching all over the world — and why not? Remember, the web is not bound by geographical constraints.

Once potential clients log on and surfs, they visit different sites, see, select and place orders. The payment is usually made through the credit cards. In Chandigarh, one can make the payment by cash on delivery. Convenient isn’t it?

“” is a first-of-its-kind website that has been launched here exclusively for the people of Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar. But how does it work? If you have a net connection, log on to the glidemart site and register. After that you get options — shopping, entertainment, information, classified, chat, handyman, service and support. To buy the rasoi stuff click on shopping and here comes option of e-rasoi. This gives a list of key kitchen essentials and their prices. And it’s not just one thing like “atta”. You can choose which branded atta you want. It’s like that for each item. This enables the buyer to order taking into consideration his kitchen budget. The order list is prepared automatically along with the total amount payable. Click to submit the list and the order is complete. Expect the delivery boy on your doorstep within five to six hours.

You haven’t got a computer at home? Never mind, you can still e-shop. You find an e-centre in your neighbourhood, register there and place your order.

Now, if one firm can put up an e-com site, so can the other. No surprise then that the major players in the city’s internet supply line are both coming out with online bazaars. Glide, Satyam and a few small businesses are rushing to capture the city’s cyber-market. promises a virtual shopping arcade that is world-wide. No dal-atta-chini but you can by a PC, or a TV or a pager and many other such items. It’s only the beginning ... expect many more sites to beckon you and your hard-earned money in the near future. Back


100 NCC candidates honoured
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 5 — An impressive function to mark the National Cadet Corps (NCC) annual day function was held at the Central Polytechnic in Sector 26 here today. As many as 100 cadets were honoured for excellence.

Mr Mohan Lal Sharma, Minister for Higher Education, Punjab, and Mrs Saroj Prashant, wife of Haryana Financial Commissioner, were the chief guests. The cadets presented a colourful cultural programme on the occasion.

Mr S. L. Sapra, principal of the institute read the annual report of the polytechnic.

Addressing the audience, the minister exhorted them to work towards the betterment of the nation and bring glory not only to the NCC but also their institution.

While the best cadet trophy was awarded to senior under officer Vijay Pal Singh, under officers Deepak Sharma were awarded for excellence in drill, Rajesh Gupta for cultural activities, Bhupinder Singh for turn out and Pankaj Bains for best command. Back


Drive against cattle menace
From Our Correspondent

SAS NAGAR, April 5 — The local Municipal Council has launched a special drive against the menace of stray cattle.

The drive, which will be go at regular intervals, was started last evening under the personal supervision of the Executive Officer, Mr K.S. Brar.

Six teams were formed, each headed by a municipal inspector and comprising 10 to 12 persons. The drive began around 5 p.m. and ended at 11 p.m. The areas covered were Phases IIIBI, IV,V,VI, XI, the PTL chowk area and parts of the Industrial Area.

Mr Brar said 43 heads of stray cattle were impounded, which were today sent to Ropar, in accordance with the directions of the Deputy Commissioner, to be kept at a gaushala. He said he had to personally supervise the drive as earlier there were complaints that impounded animals were freed after certain staff members took bribes from owners.

He said in future the drive would be conducted late at night to avoid disrupting traffic.

It is learnt that information about last evening’s plan to impound cattle was “leaked” to habitual offenders and the civic body staff could not round up as many animals as they had hoped to.Back


Navratra Day 1 draws crowds
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, April 5 — Serpentine queues and traditional fervour marked the first day of the Navratra mela at the Mata Mansa Devi shrine as the bi-annual Navratra mela began here today.

Devotees dressed in their best began queuing up for darshan even before sunrise and by mid-morning the queue extended beyond the temple portals right up to the shops lining the road leading to the shrine.

After waiting for hours to satisfy the spirit, many people had worked up a good appetite and hurried off to one or another of the eight bhandaras running within the temple complex to satisfy the body. Whatever one did, it was to the accompaniment of hymns — bhaents could be heard long before the temple itself could be glimpsed.

Early in the morning, Haryana Governor Mahabir Prasad, inaugurated the festival. Among those present were Haryana Minister of State for Local Bodies, Mr Subhash Goyal, and several Administration officials.

The Governor participated in Shat Chandi yagya and went round the shrine to see the arrangements made for the devotees. He also planted a sapling and inaugurated a painting exhibition whose theme was aspects of the goddess and the relationship between Her and the devotee.

The 16 artists were Prem Singh, Ram Kumar Sharma, V.P. Verma, Bharti, B.K. Verna, S.D. Sharma, H. Jhamb, Sandeep Joshi, Navpreet Kaur, Rajneesh, Nirmal Singh, Nirmal Prakash, Satwant Singh, Ravinder Sharma and R.C. Singla. Prasad honoured each participating artists with a cash award of Rs 1,500.

Talking to mediapersons after the havan at the venue, Mr Goyal disclosed that there was a plan to set up a Sanskrit college adjacent to the Mata Mansa Devi shrine. Speaking of the development works in progress at the temple, he said the under-construction pooja bhavan would be complete within this year and would provide facilities for meditation.

Replying to a question, he said though pilgrim accommodation was sufficient, there was a plan to construct a dharamshala to accommodate 4,000 persons and other plans focused on preserving the temple's heritage.Back


Mayor to be chairman of advisory panel
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 5 — The UT Administrator, on the recommendation of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, has constituted an advisory committee under the scheme of community polytechnic. The city Mayor will be its chairman.

The other members of the committee are the Director, Technical Education, Head, Department of Rural Development of TTTI, Manager, Small Industrial Development, Bank of India, Mr K.C. Aggarwal, industrialist, representative of the Confederation of Indian industries dealing with technical education, Mr Gurdial Singh, panch, Hallo Majra village, R.S. Dhiman, panch Raipur Khurd village, Principals of the Polytechnic for Women, ITI, Central Crafts Institute.

The Principal, Central Polytechnic, will be its member-secretary. The term of the committee shall be one year from the date of issue of the notification.Back


‘Reorganise limits of constituency’
From Our Correspondent

PANCHKULA April 5 — The Citizens Welfare Association, Panchkula, has urged the state government to reorganise the limits of the local constituency so that the district enjoys its own independent identity, especially during elections.

The President of the association, Mr SK Nayar, said here today that the number of electorate in the Kalka constituency had increased to over 2 lakh. Also, the entire local administration is stationed here owing to it being a district headquarters. ‘’The need for reorganisation of the constituency is felt as the township falls under the Capital Periphery Act and enjoys a special status due to it,’’ he added.

The association has also demanded the setting up of a separate hall for counting votes to ensure greater transparency. The administration has been utilising the community hall at BEL colony during elections.Back


Seminar on RSS agenda on April 9
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 5 — A seminar is being organised by the Institute of Sikh Studies, Chandigarh on April 9 at Gurdwara Sahib, Kanthala, on “RSS agenda and the Sikhs”.Scholars, thinkers, journalists and representatives of various Sikh organisations and institutions will participate, says Institute’s manager. Back


Cops nab auto-lifters,recover 14 vehicles
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 5 — In a major breakthrough, the UT Police Crime Branch has busted an interstate gang of auto-lifters and recovered 14 stolen vehicles. The vehicles are valued at more than Rs 15 lakh.

Seven Maruti cars, two vans, five motorcycles, four Yamahas and a Hero Honda motorcycle which the gang stole from the city's southern sectors and New Delhi's Malviya Nagar have been traced from various places in the region. More recoveries are expected.

Three en have been arrested: Musatkeem, alias Sagar Rana of Phugana, Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh), Dilshad Khan of Barara, Ambala, and Ashok Kumar of Budian, Ambala. Four of their accomplices remain at large. "We are on their trail," said SSP Parag Jain.

According to sources, police got a tip off that the accused were posing as car dealers and trying to sell the stolen vehicles. The trio was kept under close surveillance and, after days of stakeouts, a team led by Inspector J.S. Cheema made the arrests. DSP S. C. Abrol supervised the operation.Back


Booked for duping
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 5 — A city resident has lodged a complaint against two SAS Nagar residents for duping her to the tune of Rs 1.25 lakh on the pretext of sending her son abroad.

According to police sources, Ms Usha Rani of Sector 56 reported that Balwinder Singh and Charan Dass took the money and promised that they would send her son abroad. The money was paid through Ms Randhir Kaur of Sector 45 in November. The duo neither fulfilled the promise nor returned the money despite many reminders and requests. A case has been registered.

Held for drinking: The police arrested Harjinder Singh, Sat Pal and Jaspal Singh of Ropar for drinking at a public place near Maloya.

Scooter stolen: Ms Raman Preet Kaur of Sector 44 reported that somebody had stolen her scooter (CH-OIZ-3310) from the Sector 34 market.


One killed: A 24-year old employee of the Haryana Urban Development Authority, Naresh Kumar, died after being run over by an Esteem car in Sector 15. A team led by SHO Rajiv Deswal of the Sector 19 police station traced the car to a resident of Sector 16. The driver of the car, Sunil Kumar, has been arrested and the car has been impounded.Back

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