Friday, July 7, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
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UT rationalises tariff on power to rehri markets
By Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 6 — In its endeavour to rationalise the tariff for power supply to rehri markets and day stalls, the Chandigarh Administration has decided to levy a flat rate of Rs 300 per month per rehri with a wattage of 300 watts.

According to sources in the Administration, the new rate chargeable from day market owners would be Rs 2.50 per unit for their entire consumption, while the tariff for bulk supply to a rehri market has been fixed at 95 paise per unit.

The practice until now has been to provide few power or electricity points in each Rehri Market or day market. From these electricity points, rehri workers or day market owners would draw their supply and pay a nominal monthly fee.

Some of the rehri workers and even day market shopkeepers have been running electrical appliances, including heaters, refrigerators, television sets and music systems by paying the same nominal monthly fee. Besides, in some markets, the pradhans had been allowing even unauthorised rehri workers and encroachers to get their power supply from the authorised points.

After conducting a survey, the Electricity Wing of the Engineering Department decided to rationalise the supply of electricity to all rehri markets and day markets where beneficiaries have the option to have independent meters or take bulk supply from the department and pay as per total consumption.

Under a new notification issued under Section 23 read with section 51-A of the Indian Electricity Act, the Administration has decided to revise the power tariff for rehri markets and day markets. Under the notification, the flat rate fixed for rehris measuring 7ft by 7 ft by 9 ft would be Rs 300 per month with a maximum wattage of 300 watts.

For the day markets, the tariff would be Rs 2.50 per unit for entire consumption or bulk supply at Rs 120 per KW per month. In case of rehris, the bulk supply will be made at Rs 50 per KW per month 95 paise per unit.

The notification further says that anyone found using more than 300 watts of load would be offered the option to go for metered supply provided he goes for conduit wiring on his own.

Other alternative would be for the pradhan of the rehri market to take bulk supply and the Department would provide a meter at the pillar to record the consumption and the pradhan becomes liable in that case to make the monthly payment of power consumed by the market. In case of default, the supply would be disconnected.

The Administration has also made it clear that in case any unauthorised connection is detected, the supply would be disconnected and would be restored only after levying suitable compensation for the unauthorised load. Unmetered supply would be given to rehris where it is not practical to give metered supply.


Save tigers — SOS to Chhat Bir
From Donald Banerjee
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 6 — The death of 11 tigers due to a mysterious disease has sent shock waves in the Wildlife Department. Is it human negligence, wrong medication or an attack by the parasite-carrying flies? Whatever the outcome of any inquiry that may be conducted, we have lost seven rare breed of white tigers also. This one slap of tragedy has brought down the tiger population at Nandankanan Zoo in Bhubaneswar from 55 to 45.

The Chhat Bir zoo, near Chandigarh, has a population of 30 tigers. Another 12 tigers are occupying the tiger safari at Ludhiana. A Tribune team visited the zoo this morning.

Had the zoo faced any such problem. Yes, in 1978 a leopard was inflicted by a similar disease. But the tragedy was averted by giving it the drug of choice “antry ciderprosalt”. The leopard was saved. Since then regular spraying of water puddles and blood tests of samples taken at random have been conducted.

Animals bitten by a particular parasite-carrier fly of the tsetse family are doomed to die if immediate correct medication is not done. The parasite affects the nervous system. The animal goes into a dizzy circular movement and finally the brain is damaged.

In the Bhubaneswar incident, five tigers are still battling for survival. The correct drug is needed to save these precious animals.

According to those in the know of animal medicine “berelin”, was too strong a drug to have been administered on the suffering tiger. This drug was given to the animal on the day of fasting. Why a day of fasting? This fasting day is inflicted on the animals by the zoo authorities because of the non-availability of meat on that particular day of the week. The fasting day for Chhat Bir is Friday.

Experts feel the ideal treatment would have been the administration of quin pyrimine sulphate.

What is this fly that has spread devastation in the Wildlife Department. Dr Vinod Sharma says it is a kind of tsetse fly, commonly found in Africa. These flies belong to the house fly and blow fly family. The flies look somewhat like ordinary flies, but are larger.

As we discussed the protective steps at the zoo, the telephone continued to ring. On the line was Mr S.C. Sharma, Additional Inspector-General of Forests (Wildlife). He was eager to have Dr Vinod Sharma’s views on how to contain the disease. Soon after there was another call , this time from the secretary of the Central Zoo Authority, Mr P.R. Sinha. They were both eager to contain the spread of the infectious disease.

One of the zoo attendants walked in. He had samples of blood collected at random. They were to be sent to the veterinary department of Punjab Agricultural University.

While the tigers are hale and hearty, the lions need more space. The zoo has 72 lions. But due to repeated in-breeding the lions have lost their royal sheen. And if such in-breeding is allowed to continue, the zoo will have a much bigger problem in hand. But according to Dr Sharma, there have been very few lion births in the past two years. A number of lions have been vasectomised. Only these lions are allowed into the open. Otherwise one sees mostly lionesses at the lion safari.

The fights among the males kept inside the enclosure are on the rise resulting in injuries.Back


Hefty compounding fee for partitioning showrooms
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 6 — Hefty compounding fee, running into lakhs of rupees in each case, stares in the face of landlords who have partitioned their showrooms in the main shopping centres of Sectors 17 and 22.

After amending of building bye-laws for commercial property in Chandigarh by the Administration, landlords who own property worth crores in main shopping centres of Sectors 17 and 22 will have to get partitions in their buildings regularised. For this, the compounding fee is 10 per cent of the prevailing market value.

This clause of prevailing market is not going down well with the landlords, who say the Administration may have created slabs of five years. For example, property purchased between 1965 and 1970 can be one slab to calculate the market value at the time of allotment. Similar slabs may have helped the landlords and saved the city business.

Calculations at prevailing market rates of a showroom allotted for a few thousand rupees in the late 1960s works out to be in crores today. If the partitions are not regularised, the Estate Office issues notices for resumption. Under the law, even if the landlords want to remove the partitions, they cannot force the tenants out and remove the partitions.

Meanwhile, the estate office resumes the property and attaches the rent and the landlords are left with nothing. Earlier, when property used to be resumed, tenants had to vacate it, giving possession to landlords.

Under the latest amendment, landlords have got no relief, while tenants will benefit, says Mr L.B. Gupta. He adds that the rents of old buildings are not high. On the other hand, the compounding fee works out to be in lakhs.

When the Delhi Administration gave relief to owners of commercial property in Delhi, they gave relief and regularised constructions at very agreeable rates. Landlords say more than 150 of their ilk will suffer under the amendments. In 1976 and 1982, decisions were taken to regularise the buildings by charging 5 per cent of the then value as compunding fee. No notification was issued till 1993. All these years, the value of property — that was to act as benchmark for calculations — rose at a rapid pace.


Bonanza time for city car buyers
By Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 6 — Car buyers in the city are having it very good nowadays. They are getting discounts from local car dealers, who are using a flaw in the existing sales tax regime to provide discounts between Rs 2,500 and Rs 8,000. The Chandigarh Administration is naturally seeing red as it stands to loose several crores of rupees which would have come in its coffers by way of sales tax.

Several car dealers are billing vehicles to Himachal Pradesh or Haryana while actually handing over possession of the vehicle from their local premises here itself. The same is true for scooter and motor cycle dealers as well. Billings are made for Himachal or Haryana and the two-wheelers are ferried in a big truck for delivery to Chandigarh. The gain on sales of scooters or motor cycles is in the region of Rs 400 to Rs 1,500. This varies according to the make and model of the scooter, motor cycle or the car.

At present neighbouring Himachal Pradesh and Haryana impose 12 per cent sales tax on automobiles while Chandigarh has 12 per cent sales tax and another 10 per cent as surcharge on it.

All sales tax, accruing from the sale of automobiles brought in Chandigarh, is going to Himachal Pradesh or Haryana. The dealers are exploiting a small technicality. They have to show that they are running offices in Himachal Pradesh or Haryana. This in itself is not a problem as Panchkula in Haryana is adjoining Chandigarh while Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh is just 30 km away.

And it is highly possible that the benefit of billing in adjoining states is not being passed on to the customers in all cases. Large sums are being made by the dealers, who run their offices from one or two rooms in Parwanoo to meet the requirements. Only the ‘aware’ customers come and ask for such things like lowered St in neighbouring states. On the other hand, this route of billing in other states is also being used as a sales tool to offer discounts and attract customers.

Sources say if the dealers are running offices with sales tax numbers and all formalities in Himachal or Haryana, then their activity is well within the existing laws. The rules provide for transfer of vehicle after filling form ‘’F’’. The Department of Excise and Taxation is aware of the problem and has asked its staff to verify the authenticity of the offices of dealers in Parwanoo.

Sources in the sector said that dealers are being forced to carry out this practice due to less sales tax in Himachal and Haryana. If one dealer does not do it, others do, thus causing losses to the person not doing it.

The Excise and Taxation Commissioner-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramsekhar, says “we will take up the issue in the empowered committee on rationalisation of sales tax”. This committee was scheduled to meet on July 10 and has been set up for implementation of uniform floor rates for sales tax.

Mr Ramsekhar said at present there was no proposal to roll back the sales tax to bring it at par with the prevailing rates in Himachal or Haryana.

Meanwhile the collections of the local Sales Tax Department for the quarter between January 1 to March 31, 2000, has jumped when compared with the corresponding period in the previous year. Deposits for the period are accepted till May 31 and then calculated.

Collections: Jan 1 to March 31, 2000: Rs 44.58 crore.

Jan 1 to March 31, 1999: Rs 25.22 crore.



Rs 6 lakh stolen from car
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 6 — Three persons broke the rear window of a car parked outside a house in Sector 23 here and took away Rs 6 lakh today.

According to police sources, Mr Lakhbir Singh, a partner in a local firm, Bhushan Industries, and Dharampal, his accountant, had withdrawn the money from the Sector 28 branch of the Punjab National Bank to deposit it in the Sector 17 Canara Bank to clear some payments of the firm.

Since the accountant needed some cheques and papers from Mr Lakhbir Singh, the duo decided to go to the latter’s home in Sector 23 first. They parked the car outside house number 3226, and went inside. When they came back they saw that the rear window of the vehicle had been broken and the packet containing the money was gone.


PIL on Punjabi as official language dismissed
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 6 — A public interest litigation by two local advocates for declaring Punjabi as the official language of the union territory was today dismissed by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court here.

Pronouncing the orders in the open court, the Bench comprising Mr Justice R.S. Mongia and Mr Justice K.C. Gupta observed, "After hearing counsel for the petitioners, we do not find any public interest involved as to whether UT Chandigarh is following English, Punjabi or Hindi as official language".

In their petition, Mr Tejinder Singh Sudan and Mr Ravinder Minhas had claimed that according to the Punjab Official Language Act of 1960, "Punjabi in Punjabi region was declared the official language for all purposes".

They had added that after the Punjab Re-organisation Act came into force in 1966, the UT was to adopt a language as official within a prescribed period but the same was not done.

The two had further added that English was beyond doubt the official language as all work was being done in it. Counsel for the petitioners had added that the notifications, orders and instructions were being issued in English.


ITBP officer's body sent to his village in Kangra
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 6 — The mortal remains of ITBP Assistant Commandant Pawan Chaudhary, who was killed in an helicopter crash near Leh on June 4, were sent to his village, Harsar, in Kangra district today.

The body of Flying Officer S.S. Puranik, who was also killed in the same aircrash, was sent to his home town, Hyderabad, yesterday. He is believed to be from an Air Force family.

Another IAF officer, Ft-Lieut S.R. Kagdi, was seriously injured in the aircrash. While he was airlifted from the forward area to Western Command Hospital, Chandi Mandir, on June 4 itself, the bodies were flown in here yesterday.

The Cheetah helicopter of 114 Helicopter Unit had crashed soon after it got air-borne after refuelling at Thoise. This brings to notice a similar incident several weeks ago in the same sector when two IAF choppers had crashed soon after refuelling at Thoise. While the exact cause of the crash is yet to be established, sources say that mechanical fault is suspected. Bad weather as a cause of crash is ruled out.

On June 4, the ITBP's 20th battalion had requisitioned two IAF choppers for an operational commitment. The battalion commandant accompanied by the Assistant Commandant Chaudhary was to visit the battalion's BDO and TRK outposts. As per detailment, Assistant Commandant Chaudhary was to relieve the post commander at the TRK outpost.

Both the helicopters took off from Leh at about 6.35 a.m. and landed for refuelling at Leh about an hour later. While the first chopper, carrying the battalion commandant landed at the DBO outpost safely at about 8.40 a.m., there was no trace of the second aircraft.

At this point, the pilots of the first chopper took a sortie around the area to look for the other aircraft but without any success. At about 9.25 a.m. the chopper took off from the TRK outpost with the commandant on board, made another aerial search for the missing chopper along the probable route and thereafter headed for the Siachen base camp.

Thereafter, a search and rescue mission along with three other choppers was launched, which finally located the missing chopper at about 11.30 a.m. near Gapson. At the crash site, Assistant Commandant Chaudhary and Flying Officer Puranik were found dead, while Ft-Lieut Kagdi was airlifted to 328 Field Ambulance. The mortal remains of the other two were taken to Hundar from where they were transported to Chandi Mandir.

Both the deceased personnel were accorded full service honours at Chandigarh. Wreaths were laid on behalf of the respective force by the local authorities.

According to Mr A.S. Chinna, Commandant, ITBP Transport Battalion, Assistant Commandant Chaudhary had joined the force in 1997 and was currently deployed in the Leh-Ladakh region on counter-insurgency operations. A qualified skier, Assistant Commandant Chaudhary, in his brief stint with the ITBP, had undergone the winter warfare and other professional courses.

Citizens' forum
Should Chandigarh have an international airport?
By I S Paul

MOST certainly, yes. Chandigarh should also have a more active domestic airport. Reasons are compelling.

About 25 per cent of the total international and domestic traffic of 79 lakh passengers handled by Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in 1998-99 emanated from northern Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh. It is a region of 45 million people that Chandigarh international airport (CIA) can serve better. The CIA would provide better comfort and convenience to about 10 lakh annual international travellers from this region and many more who receive them or see them off at the IGIA. The CIA would give a fillip to local tourism. It would also reduce the load on the IGIA.

Good airports are to today’s business what rivers were to ancient commerce. An international airport and a more active national one would be a desperately needed spur to the economic activity of this region that is following behind in economic, development and social indicators as compared to southern and western parts of India.

In seeking to bridge this widening gap this region is making a pitch for knowledge-based enterprises, particularly in information technology. The fulcrum of this effort would be along the Mohali-Chandigarh-Panchkula corridor. These efforts would never fructify fully if the nearest international airport is the IGIA.

It is also imperative that this agrarian region brings new paradigms to bear on its thinking on agriculture if the present economic decline is to be reversed. One such priority shift necessitates growing more cash crops.

Punjab and most parts of Haryana are best suited for growing vegetables. For optimising economic benefit to the farmer these must be exported. Kenya produces 32 per cent of all vegetables sold in the U.K. Why can’t this region do the same in the Gulf states, South Russia and the states of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgizistan which import their vegetables from Kenya, Spain and even Brazil? It can, only if it has an international airport of its own where cold chain infrastructure can be established to the region’s need. Himachal Pradesh can use this infrastructure for export of its fruits.

The CIA must be a new facility that would serve needs to year 2025. It must be located in area south-east of the present facility. Most of this area would fall in Punjab. It is as well because Punjab would be one of the main beneficiaries of the CIA. To get money from the Centre, Punjab would confront a lot of foot-dragging. (Punjab asked for upgradation of Amritsar airport a decade ago. A sum of Rs 75 crore were provided in the Ninth Plan. The amount is coming now). The economic compulsions would not permit a 10-year wait this time. Punjab must offer to put its own money by way of additional land for the CIA. The remaining amount must come from the Centre.

To get this amount the protagonist should point out that Kerala has two international airports and Tamil Nadu three. Punjab, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have nearly the same NRI populations. The two international airports of Kerala handled about 11 lakh international passengers in 1998-99, nearly the same from this region who went to Delhi.

Let us not tinker with the need for a modern international and domestic airport by making only a few additions to the existing facility like runway lighting and international landing systems. Let us not have an airport like the IGIA which was already outdated at the time of its inauguration in the late eighties.

The ground control approach device at Chandigarh airport is old. Homing device and distance measuring equipment do function but would be inadequate to handle 40 or more daily flights. The present runway would need to be strengthened to take a 747 aircraft. More international flights would need another runway.

Let us go in for a modern airport now itself. A few more years in dilly-dallying would only serve to confirm further the region’s status as an economic laggard.

I.S. Paul is the Chairman, CII, Chandigarh Council.



Tree falls, people nostalgic
By Monica Sharma

CHANDIGARH, July 6 — Symblan tu mann na karin, phaal nivan rukhan nu lagde. A symbal (corisia) tree was uprooted from the Arts College, Sector 10, today. Though uprooting the majestic tree was not a pleasant task, it had to be pulled down since the roots were damaging the building.

According to Mr Amarjeet Singh, who bought the tree in an auction, “the tree was not exactly damaging the building but it was not the major reason. The building had developed cracks due to the grill which had been recently installed at the building, he said.

Senior staff members say this tree was nearly 35 to 40 years old and were nostalgic about the whole affair.

The principal of the institution sent a letter to the horticulture department asking for cutting the tree. Mr Kulwant Singh bought the tree for approximately Rs 10,000.

Eight labourers have been trying since yesterday to make this tree fall. The tree was 90 feet high and around 12 feet in width. Since the labourers were unable to pull down the tree, a tractor was engaged. A lot of caution was exercised so that the tree did not harm the building. .

He said the wood cannot be used to make any type of furniture since the wood of this tree is very soft and gets spoiled if it comes into contact with water. The wood of this tree is used as a wood fuel.

The gardener is feeling bad about the cutting an “old friend”. Students, too, are feeling bad about cutting of the tree.

Sanjeev and Manjeet, students of the Arts College, did not approve of the cutting of the tree, since it added to the beauty of the college. “We used to make paintings sitting underneath its shade. We are standing here for last two days and want to capture the moment the tree falls”.

Some students said that it is a loss to the college. Many students used to sit under this tree. As this tree was quite old many students had emotional attachment with the tree. It was considered as a loss by the students.Back


Autonomy resolution condemned
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, July 6 — The President of the All-India Hindu Maha Sangh, Swami Krishnanandji, while addressing the press here today, said they strongly condemned the statement of the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Farooq Abdullah, because his demand of autonomy was a conspiracy to divide the country.

After the Kargil war, the black deeds of Pakistan had come to the knowledge of the entire world, he claimed. The foreign and political policy of India was completely successful and we were moving towards the right direction. At such a time, the statement of Dr Farooq Abdullah regarding autonomy was a cause of worry.

The legislators and ministers of the National Conference were adamant to bring the security forces of the country before the Human Rights Commission. The other states of India were being administered peacefully, without special right of Article 370.

The swami alleged that whenever Kashmir was in danger Dr Farooq Abdullah, along with his family, ran away to his in-laws in Britian. He requested the central government to arrest Dr Farooq Abdullah immediately and impose President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir.Back


Irked by power cuts, villagers block traffic
From Our Correspondent

SAS NAGAR, July 6 — Protesters from Sohana village, including women, blocked traffic on the main road near the village today in protest against long power cuts.

Traffic came to a standstill around 10 a.m. after a dharna was organised by protesters. The local DSP intervened to restore the flow of traffic.

Nearly 200 persons took part in the protest which went on for around two hours. There were long queues of vehicles on either side of the protest site.

The Punjab Minister for Social Security, Mr Gobind Singh Kanjla, was among those affected by the road block. He assured the agitators that he would take up the matter with the PSEB Chairman.

The protesters said the state electricity board had asked for a deposit of Rs 20,000 for a round-the-clock power supply. Villagers gave the amount in 1997 but got no relief from power cuts. They alleged that on July 4, the power remained disrupted for most part of the day and night.

The protesters demanded the presence of a power board official at the local complaint office and the installation of a telephone there.

Mr R.R. Garg, Senior Executive Engineer of the PSEB, had to face the wrath of the protesters at the scene. He gave an assurance that he would inquire why the power supply was disrupted for such a long time. He said that sometimes power cuts were imposed from Patiala and he was helpless in such cases.Back


Special drive needed to check congress grass
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 6 — Lack of coordination between the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) and the UT Administration to eradicate the deadly weed, congress grass, is posing a serious health hazard to the residents.

In fact, every vacant plot or open space seems to have been overwhelmed by the wild growth. And there had been an alarming rise in the cases of skin allergy on account of contact with the congress grass, informed doctors.

Though there is no exact data as to how many patients suffering from allergies come to the city hospitals for treatment, doctors estimated that there had been a rise of 10 to 15 per cent per year for the past several years. With no permanent cure for the skin allergies, most of the allergies reoccur which only subside by medication. They reappear again the monsoons when the weed is in full bloom.

The most affected parts of the body are the eyelids, arms and feet and symptoms are red itchy patches on the body which could spread very fast if not tackled early.

In addition, to that, the contact of the weed with skin could reportedly cause eczema and other related ailments and its pollen has been identified as one of the sources of asthma and other respiratory problems.

Even as the weed plays havoc with health of the city residents, sources said lack of coordination between the corporation and the Administration was really to blame for the proliferation of the weed. The officials of the civic body claimed that the MCC “routine” drive was already on and seven teams and 18 tractors had been pressed into service. A substantial part under the civic body had been “cleared” off the congress grass.

However, a quick survey today revealed that wild growth was there is almost all parts of the city. The residents near the vacant spaces and reserve areas in the southern sectors seemed more prone to its ill-effects as they had the thick growth of it.

The isolated attempts either by the corporation or by the Administration would not bear any fruit since the size of the flower pollen travelled by the air and it was so small that a plant could produce up to 4 million seeds in a season, explained the experts.

In fact, there was a need to launch a special drive with the help of the authorities of the neighbouring townships if the growth of the deadly weed was to be checked, opined experts while emphasising the need for public cooperation.Back


Sweating in the sun to pay bills
Tribune News Service


Time: 11:30 am

Place: Cash counter at Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, Industrial Area

Problem: It takes over two hours to deposit the electricity charges and the queue gets longer with every passing hour. Moreover, the cash counter for women and senior citizens is not always open, causing inconvenience to them.

Background: The office caters to residents of 14 sectors of the city and 45 villages in the vicinity which makes the rush unmanageable on the last day of depositing the charges though payments from various sectors have been staggered over the entire month.

In spite of having two counters, cash collection services are offered at only one of these while the other remains unattended owing to non-availability of a fan in the room and the staff of the closed window plays truant most of the time.

Moreover, the queue of people from the city as well as villages stretches up to the gate of the office and they await their turn shelterless since the tin roof covers only a handful of them in the line.

Official version: The AEE in charge, Mr Surinder Mohan, says, "The cash counter for women and senior citizens is closed since the neighbouring office required an extra hand with its employees on leave. Also, no heavy rush was witnessed since morning which enabled us to spare our man for a couple of days.''

He was later informed that the employee looking after the counter had come back from the other office but was not on his seat because of the non-availability of even a fan in in his office. About the shed, he agreed that it was intolerable to stand in the sun even for a few minutes. Producing a reminder to the SDO (Civil), Mr Mohan said, "I have been asking them to stretch a narrow strip of the tin covering till the gate for over a year now but nobody is bothered. I have sent a reminder to them this morning only.''

He says that they have partially handled the rush problem by sending their employees to the three of the 45 villages where temporary cash collection centres are established and consumers can deposit the amount in their vicinity during payment days rather than coming all the way to the city.

Citizens speak: All the way from Kot, Mahender Singh, says, "They have made arrangements for collection of cash nearby, but it is of no use because there is a lot of rush there since people from adjoining villages also have to pay their dues in the little time allotted to us. I prefer to stay away from the commotion it causes and come all the way to this place even though it takes a couple of hours.''

Another resident, Mr Rakesh Singla, says, "I have been standing in the queue for two hours waiting for my turn. Even if there is no rush, the office can dispose of the consumers standing in the line in half the time by opening the other counter as well. However, such suggestions are neither appreciated nor implemented.'' 


Residents demand boundary wall, road repair
From A Correspondent

PANCHKULA, July 6 — The residents of Sector 2, led by Mr Hemant Kinger, in a letter to the Chief Engineer, HUDA, have demanded the development and construction of a boundary wall in the green belt area and public park, besides the repair of roads.

They complained that the area was full of congress grass and there were plenty of snakes. Pungent smell was emanating from the residential area, being hazardous to health.

The grills fixed in the green belt area last year had been broken and repairs had not been carried out . Even the area was not being watered properly. They demanded that the malba lying inside the belt should be removed immediately and the deplorable conditions of roads should be attended to.Back


CTU bus to Zirakpur suspended
From Our Correspondent

ZIRAKPUR, July 6 — Residents of this area have been hit by the suspension of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (C.T.U.) bus service for the past a couple of weeks. Most sufferers are the officer-goers and the students.

The Chandigarh-Zirakpur-Bartana bus used to reach Bartana at 11:30 a.m. and then back to Chandigarh at 11:45 a.m. This suited the commuters, officegoers and college students.

Residents alleged that bus drivers has suspended the route without any direction from the department.

Mr Vijay Kumar, General Manager, C.T.U., expressed his ignorance about the suspension of the bus service to Zirakpur and Bartana. He said he would look into the matter.

Dhindsa to meet the press tomorrow
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 6 — Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Youth, Sports and Mines, will meet the Press on July 8 at 12 noon. Only regular and candidate members are allowed to attend the programme.Back


Three-wheeler driver dies in mishap
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 6 — A three-wheeler driver succumbed to his injuries after being hit by a car near the Kisan Bhavan roundabout in Sector 35.

According to police sources, Madan was injured when the car (PB-27-5834) being driven by an unidentified person hit him. He was admitted to the PGI where he died. A case under Sections 279 and 304-A, IPC, has been registered.

Acid poured

A Ram Darbar woman was admitted to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital after her sons, Biru and Madan, allegedly poured acid on her. A case under Sections 324 and 34, IPC, has been registered.

11 arrested

The police has arrested 11 residents of colony No 5 on the charges of kidnapping and beating up Vijay Kumar, a resident of the same colony. A case under Sections 147, 148, 149, 365, 323 and 506, IPC, has been registered.

Cheating case

Avtar Singh, a resident of Sector 27, reported that Phase 3 resident A.S. Kalra and R.S. Bhalla, a resident of Sector 34, had taken Rs 1.25 lakh from him on the pretext of sending him abroad. They had neither sent him abroad nor returned the money. A case under Sections 420 and 406, IPC, has been registered.

Whisky seized

The police has arrested Bhagwati Parsad, a resident of Sector 8, and seized seven bottles of whisky from his possession. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the excise act has been registered.


PO arrested

PANCHKULA: Proclaimed offender Jagdish Chander was arrested by the Raipur Rani police and produced before the judicial magistrate. He was remanded to judicial custody. The accused was involved in a theft case and a case under Section 379 of the IPC had been registered against him at Raipur Rani police station.Back

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