Saturday, August 26, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Admn effects changes in building bye-laws
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 25 — Much needed changes were brought in by the Chandigarh Administration today in the building bye-laws which govern commercial, industrial and institutional plots.

An order issued today by the Finance Secretary, Mr Rakesh Singh, allowed coverage of courtyard of size 12’-0” X 20’-11/2” on second floor of shop-cum-flats of Sector 35-C&D (Internal V4 Market), subject to the payment of charges to be decided by the Chandigarh Administration. The owner should have converted his SCF to SCO after completing due formalities.

Separate architectural controls for shop-cum-offices No 177-197 in Sector 7-C (internal V4 Market) shall be prepared by Department of Urban Planning, such a revised control shall be applicable to the allottees of the shop-cum-office only.

In case of industrial plots, a two kanal (1000 square yard) industrial plots, two exits from the hall will be allowed and the relevant amendments in architectural controls will be carried out accordingly.

Increase in covered area of industrial buildings in Phase 1 and II, Industrial Area, Chandigarh, shall be permitted only up to maximum 1.00 for plot area upto 1 acre instead of 0.75 allowed earlier. For plot area in excess of 1 acre, maximum area shall be allowed up to 0.75 instead of the present 0.50. The ground coverage in both the cases shall remain same as before.

In addition to this, 10 per cent of the permissible ground coverage shall be allowed within the zoned area for the purpose of single-storeyed shed for storage of material, generator set, parking and pollution control devices, subject to the condition that light and ventilation of the building is not affected.

In case, it is not possible to provide the said additional coverage within zoned area, the same shall be allowed outside the zoned area, subject to the condition that it is at least 6’-0” away from the boundary wall.

In case of institutional buildings the height of the basement in the industrial buildings below stepped auditoriums and stepped lecture theatre located at ground floor shall be allowed to be increased. However, such relaxation will be applied for at the concept plan approval stage for the institutional buildings.

The permissible height of solar water tanks shall be increased to 10’-10” from the terrace (roof top) level. Provisions of two main gates and two wicket gates in school buildings shall be allowed with the stipulation that their location decided by the department of urban planning, on zoning considerations.

Institutions shall be permitted for running commercial activities such as banks, own product sale counter, STD booth, photostat shops. Provided the activity of the business is in consonance with the main function programme of the institution, subject to a maximum of 2 per cent of the covered area.

Architects who have valid registration with council of architecture, New Delhi, shall be allowed to submit the building plans for sanctioning purpose along with a photo copy of their registration. In case of local architects this requirement is not essential. A small portable generating set up to 10 k.v. shall be allowed on terraces of SCOs within service zone meant for other services such as cooling towers. Conditions of air and noise pollution will apply.

If any realignment readjustment of internal temporary partitions in the existing institutional building is required at a later stage, then the registered architect, supervising the construction of the building will ensure that the said changes conform to the provisions of the Punjab Capital (Development and Regulation) Building Rules, 1952 and the Architectural Controls and zoning Plans as applicable to that building.

The registered architect will submit a copy of the revised plan to the execution of work at site to the Estate Officer, Union Territory, Chandigarh, for record and reference along with a certificate conforming to the above conditions. In this case, re-sanctioning will not be required. However, any change in structure, stairs, toilets and ducts will not be permitted.

The Sub Divisional Officer (Building), Estate Office, UT, Chandigarh will inspect the premises within a period of three months to ensure that the construction is done as per the revised building plans. In case any violation of the said building rules of 1952, is detected and the architect is found to be wrong, the architect will be held responsible and action will be initiated against him or her as per rules.


* Covering of verandah allowed on second floor of SCOs in Sector 35.

* Covered area of industrial plots in Industrial Area phase I and II increased.

* Institutions will be permitted to use 2 per cent of their area for commercial activity, like banks, STD booths, among other activities.

* Generators up to 10 KV allowed on terraces in SCOs.

* Architect to be held responsible if construction is not as per revised building plans. 


Get a taste of e-governance
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 25 — Residents of Chandigarh will get a taste of e-governance for the first time as a touch screen kiosk (TSK) was inaugurated by the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), this morning at the UT Secretariat.

This will ensure a time-bound grievances monitoring, thus residents do not have to make repeated visits to inquire about the whereabouts and result of their applications. Information can be obtained from the counter by simply touching the screen. The information provided on the kiosk contains facts and figures about Chandigarh, information on places of tourist interest, an interactive sector map of Chandigarh, important telephone numbers, and various Acts and notifications. The TSK has been sponsored by a multinational software giant.

More information facilitation centres (IFCs) are likely to be opened soon in other important offices of the Administration, including the Estate Office and the Municipal Corporation.

The IFC also has a single-window arrangement, whereby a computer operator will supply information to any visitor and also facilitate work in the secretariat by answering the visitor's inquiry. The operator will also prepare a visitor slip on the computer and will even receive complaints or applications that the visitor may wish to present.

The local area network (LAN) that is already functioning in the secretariat will be used to update various officers about their visitors and the grievances pertaining to their respective offices.

The public can also obtain printouts of various kinds of application forms which are used in the departments of the Administration, including application forms of the departments located outside the secretariat, like the Municipal Corporation, the Estate Office, and the Police Department, from the centre. These include application forms for driving licenses, registration of motor vehicles, foreigners registration, registration of marriages and information regarding domestic servants.

The IT policy of the city, which was released in April, specifically provides for IFCs and information kiosks for imparting information to the general public as part of the process of e-governance. The policy states that information kiosks for the public will be installed at various locations in the city.

The Adviser to the Administrator, Ms Vineeta Rai, the Secretary, IT, Mr Rakesh Singh, the Home Secretary, Mr M.P.Singh, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramshekhar, and other officers of the Administration were present on the occasion.

The Administrator has asked the Information Technology Department to expedite the work of the wide area network (WAN) and link this computer with the computers of the Estate Office, the Municipal Corporation and other public service offices, including the Chandigarh Police headquarters to provide an answer to queries of visitors at a single point. 


Chatrath group wins PU Senate poll
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 25 — The Panjab University Senate elections today saw results in favour of Mr Gopal Krishan Chatrath’s group.

Mr Gopal Krishan Chatrath, a 32-year seat holder, was among the prominent winners of the day from the law faculty. He secured 25 votes against 13 secured by Mr Gian Chand Dhuriwala.

Dr Deepak Manmohan Singh was victorious from the languages faculty. He polled 35 votes against his rival Dr Anirudh Joshi, who polled 22.

Prominent victor of the day was Dr R.D. Anand from the science faculty. He 81 secured 81 polls against only 40 by his rival Dr Nirmal Singh from the physics Department.

The biggest losers of the day included Dr Ram Prakash from the medical faculty and Mr Rajinder Deepa from the combined faculty. Dr Ram Prakash, who polled 12 votes, lost to Mr S.S. Virdi in the medical faculty, who polled 16 votes.

Dr S.P. Gautam was the first winner of the day. He defeated Dr V.K. Mahajan, a sitting member, who polled 55 votes against 61 by Dr Gautam. Dr Gautam has been a former member of the house. He said he would not contest again after this tenure.

Dr Gautam and Dr Anand are largely believed to be from the group of similar thinking. The other group is largely identified as the Chatrath wing. Dr Deepak Manmohan, talking to The Tribune, said he would like to clarify that he had no group leanings. University academic matters were on top of the agenda.

One major success story of the day was of Mr Anmol Rattan Sidhu in the combined faculty. The gap of nearly 20 votes cost Mr Rajinder Deepa his seat. He has been seen as a major plank of the opposition group.

Elections for lectures are scheduled for September 4; two professors on September 11; and 31 seats on September 17. These 31 include members from the graduate constituency, college teachers and principals. Two MLAs of Punjab are elected from among themselves.

The DPIs (Punjab and UT), Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Education Minister of Punjab, Chief Minister are also members. The house has 29 nominated members.

Among those who visited the election venue today included Ms Santosh Chaudhry, Mr Satya Pal Jain, a former MP, a son of Mr Parakash Singh Badal, Mr B.K. Sharma, a former Director of the PGI and Education Minister.

Among the winners, Mr Virdi has been a member of the house for long. This was the first time he got the seat through elections. Dr Ram Prakash had earlier written to the university, challenging the candidature of his two rivals, which was not allowed.


Villagers pull down boundary wall
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 25 — Residents of Sarangpur village, near here, today objected to the construction of a boundary wall on a piece of land owned by a property dealer, which they claim is the village cremation ground.

Tempers ran high after villagers pulled down a part of the boundary wall being erected here this morning. Following the demolition, the police was called in. The Central SDPO, Dr Sagar Preet Hooda, defused the situation after a three-hour session with both parties. The villagers agreed to take the issue to court rather than take matters into their own hands.

Sources said about 12 kanal of shamlat land inside the village periphery was purchased by Mr R. K. Aggarwal seven years ago. Ever since, villagers have been trying to create one problem or the other and insist on cremating their dead on a part of the land, which they claim is the cremation ground.

While the villagers insist that they have been cremating their dead for the past several years, another villager, Mr Sadh Ram, claims that the owner had encroached on nearly 4 marlas of land.

The owner of the land dismisses all claims and says that he has all relevant documents establishing his ownership.

He showed papers from the Estate Office and a copy of the mutation deed. He also showed a map in which the official cremation site is elsewhere in the village and not on his land as was being claimed by the villagers.

Police sources said they had to register cross cases in the past since both parties stuck to their own stand. The problem arises every time a villager dies, revealed a police officer.

In the meantime, the owner has obtained a stay from a city court directing the villagers to desist from obstructing the construction activity.

Villages said they would also not take matters lying down and would pursue the matter legally.


Driving licences at a price
By Kiran Deep

CHANDIGARH, Aug 25 — Placing her hand on your shoulder, she offers to help you in getting your licence ahead of the 10 persons in the queue for just Rs 200. Exhausted after waiting for hours together, you readily agree. This is her third trip to the licensing branch, in Sector 17.

The modus operandi of such touts is simple. Acting in group of four or five, they identify a victim by joining people in the queue. The moment someone complains, about the long wait or the frequent trips he had to make to the branch, they offer their “services” at a price. Interestingly, not only men, but children and women also form part of such group.

Denying their presence, the Office In-Charge, Mr Jai Ram Singh, says no such complaints have been received. “Our constant effort is to improve the conditions for the applicants,” he adds.

The situation, however, is different from what is proclaimed. The objective of removing difficulties faced by the people by inaugurating a computer facility at the branch on June 9 has been defeated. It continues to be a happy hunting ground for the touts.

Slow-moving queues involving long waiting hours at the windows and sometime frequent trips to the branch even for minor formalities allow these touts to flourish. Applicants complaint that for getting a license , one has to visit the branch sometimes six to eight times.

No wonder, people routinely seek the help of touts by paying them anything from Rs 200 to Rs 800 just to avoid the inconvenience of waiting. The touts ‘manage’ everything — from getting signatures of the authorities to stamping of papers.

“The problems are many, but there is no one to solve them,” says Sunil, a student. “I tried getting a license on my own, but could not. Finally, I paid Rs 250 to a tout”.

He is not the only one to have done so. Another applicant said that he had already spent four days for getting the registration certificate for his car. “Initially, I had refused the help of a tout. But later I thought it was a mistake. Thanks to him, I was able to get the RC in a day”.


Awareness camp at Dhanas village
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 25 — The Chandigarh Social Welfare Advisory Board, in association with the Sachtek Educational Society and Regional Center for Entrepreneurship Development (RCED), organised a special awareness camp at Dhanas village, here today.

The objective of the camp was to create awareness amongst rural women regarding issues like health, hygiene, social rights, energy, fuel saving and self-employment opportunities.

While interacting with the participants, Ms Kamala Sharma, Chairperson of the Chandigarh Social Welfare and Advisory Board, stressed the need for women to develop self-confidence and self-esteem. She urged women to look after their families and bring-up the children in a responsible way as they are the future of our country.

Ms Sharma invited social and voluntary organisations to work for social uplift and creating awareness amongst the masses. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Paramjit Singh, Principal Consultant, RCED, stressed the need for women to become economically independent. He also explained about the various promotional schemes for women by the Government of India.

Other prominent speakers on the occasion included, Mr Ravinder Singh, Mr B.L. Gulati, Dr Shavinder Singh and Mr D.S. Bhukkal. Next camp is scheduled on August 28 at the Angrez Singh Bhavan in Badheri village.


Former Mayor meets Jacob
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 25 — A former Mayor, Mr Gian Chand Gupta, today called on the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R.Jacob (retd), and brought alleged corruption cases in the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) to his notice.

Cases regarding the inquiries into the fixing of chequered tiles, installation of slow sign boards, the construction of the box culvert connecting city with SAS Nagar, use of Nehru Park for commercial purposes in connivance with officials and Mani Majra land scam were the issues raised in the memorandum.

Councillor's plea: The Congress councillor, Ms Satinder Dhawan, has demanded the release of funds from the Ward Development Fund for various projects.

In a letter to the Mayor, Ms Dhawan alleged that works suggested by her from the fund had not been taken up during the last over one year.


3.5 cr for multimedia awareness
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Aug 25 — Under an ambitious Rs 3.5 crore national project of the Union Ministry of Information Technology (MIT) to spread awareness about the multimedia among the masses the local Centre for Electronics Design and Technology of India ( CEDTI), alongwith two other national institutes has been designated as the “ National multimedia entrepreneurship development Centre”.

Mr N Gopalaswami, Chairman of the National Steering Committee of the national programme on multimedia, disclosed this in his inaugural address of a two-day national seminar on “ Multimedia for masses” at the CEDTI here today. He said the national programme would enable the entrepreneurs to produce low- cost content creations to get a high yield. Describing Punjab as the most entrepreneurial state, he said the seminar was the first in a series to be held throughout the country.

Mr Gopalaswami said the purpose of the seminar was to spread awareness about the applications and uses of multimedia. He said under the national programme to spread the information technology (IT), the PCO’s with multimedia would provide greater access to information and knowledge.

Air Marshal KS Bhatia ( retd), a former advisor to the Punjab Government on Electronics Industry and Technical Education, in his key note address, said multimedia had revolutionised the concept of communication and touched every aspect of life. He opined that the production of low cost content creations would benefit the society.

Mr RS Khandpur, Director General of CEDTI, SAS Nagar, said various training programmes under the Union Ministry of External Affairs for Foreign students, training of ITI instructors, Masters in Engineering in coordination with Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, entrepreneurial courses and corporate training were being run at the institute. The CEDTI, SAS Nagar, was the only ISO 9002 organisation under the Ministry of Information Technology.

He also disclosed that the telemedicine project, sponsored by the Ministry of Information Technology, being developed by the CEDTI was at an advanced stage. The telemedicine project initially linking three premier medical institutes — PGI, Chandigarh; AIIMS, New Delhi, and Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow — would enable the population of remote areas to avail the diagnostic facilities and expertise of the big hospitals. Dr AB Saha, Director of MIT, also spoke on the occasion.

On the occasion various multimedia projects — ‘Paper and promise’ for RBI, ‘Quiz kit for students’ for knowing the difference between fake and genuine currency notes, ‘ mushroom cultivation’ , web site for National museum — created by the participating institutes were demonstrated on the occasion.

Later, during two sessions, Prof PK Bhattacharya, Chairman of CIET, New Delhi; Dr PN Basu from CMC, Calcutta; Ms Sushma Kulkarni, See Interactive, Mumbai; Dr Kumul Sinha, Dr VK Varun and Mr Manraj Singh spoke an multimedia based training and education, and on multimedia applications in industry. Two more sessions on the theme of the seminar would be held tomorrow.


National architects meet today
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 25 — About 300 architects from all over the country will participate in the All-India Architects Meet being organised by the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) on Saturday at Haryana Nivas, Sector 3. The function, which is being organised by the Chandigarh and Punjab chapters of the IIA, will focus on the presidential address by the newly-appointed president of the Institute, Mr Balbir Verma.

Mr Verma passed out from the Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) in 1969 and this is the first time when an alumnus of the CCA has been elected as president of the IIA. The president will announce the programmes and the strategy for his two-year tenure.

Other speakers on the occasion will include Mr S.N. Kohli, chairman, Chandigarh-Punjab chapter of the IIA, Mr Jit K. Gupta and Mr M.N. Sharma. Another highlight of the function will be the award presentation to the past chairperson of the local chapter of the IIA apart from some other officials who will be presented mementos.

The function will also be attended by council members and office-bearers of the IIA from Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. Mr Kohli informed, “The objective of the meet will be to embellish the profession of architecture and to educate people about its importance”.


Punwire employees continue stir
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Aug 25 — The relay fast by Punwire Employees Co-Ordination Committee started w.e.f. June 19 in front of Udyog Bhavan, Sector 17 entered its 67th day yesterday.

Eleven employees of Punwire, under the leadership of Mr R.N. Singh Salaria, sat on fast on Thursday. Meanwhile Punwire employees held a scooter march in protest, in Mohali.

The rally started from Punwire Radio Division, Phase-VI Mohali and culminated at Phase-XI. Mr Hans Raj Verma, convener, Punwire Employees Coordination Committee declared that if release of all pending salaries of the past 16 months will not be made, they will start the march towards Punjab Vidhan Sabha on September 4 with the help of different trade unions, associations and Maha Sangh.


Healthy baby competition
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Aug 25 — A healthy baby competition was organised by the Panchkula branch of the Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) in Sector 4 here today. A statement issued here said that as many as 157 women, children and local voluntary groups from nearby villages and urban slums took part in the competition.

The programme consisted of a health camp, baby care activities, immunization, health awareness and counselling on health, hygiene, breast-feeding and family welfare measures for mothers.

The children were divided into three categories : up to one-year old, 1 - 3 years and 3 - 5 years old. The baby's weight, height, general appearance, hygiene, nutrition, immunization status, mother's parity and contraception were the criteria followed to judge the winners.

The panel of judges included Dr Pinkesh Verma, Paediatrician, General Hospital, Panchkula, and Dr Sangita D Pandita, Medical Officer , FPAI.


Residents’ plea to Admn
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 25 — The Welfare Association, Sector 47-D, in a meeting held on Thursday expressed great concern over the two problems that cause unbearable inconvenience to the people of this area. The first problem was the completely choked road-gullies that convert the streets into streams after every rain and the second was the increasing threat of stray animals. The whole area, day in and day out, looks like a pasture for the cattle from the adjoining hamlets of Punjab. Some people have suffered injuries in their encounters with these animals. The people appeal to the authorities to immediately solve the problem.



NSS unit celebrates vanamahotsava
From Our Correspondent

PANCHKULA, Aug 25 — A number of trees were planted in the campus of Government College Barwala yesterday, under the aegis of the college N.S.S. unit to celebrate Vanamahotsava.

The Principal, staff members and N.S.S. volunteers planted different varieties of saplings in the college.

Dr Kuldip Singh Thind, N.S.S. programme officer, lauded the importance of tree plantation in making the atmosphere pollution free.


BVP meeting on Sunday
From Our Correspondent

PANCHKULA, Aug 25 — The meeting of the local unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad will be held on Sunday, in Sector 16. In this meeting the Parishad will highlight various projects undertaken by them during the year.

The former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice J.V. Gupta, and the national president of the Parishad will conduct the meeting and will further guide the Parishad for future programmes.


Kalam to be chief patron of science city society
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 25 — On a request from Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Prof A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister, has agreed to be the chief patron of the Pushpa Gujral Science City Society.

Professor Kalam is to visit Chandigarh shortly to meet Mr Badal and also eminent scientists connected with the project for defining the vision of the project.

The annual general meeting today decided that the project should linkup with reputed scientific institutions in the country and abroad to create world-class facilities. The project, as approved by the Union Cabinet, consists of six hi-tech modules — the Astrovision Hall, the Science Exploration Hall, Evolution, the Entrance Plaza, the Convention Centre, and the Cyber Centre.

The first phase of the Rs 70 crore project is expected to be commissioned by December 31, 2001, says a press release.

The meeting was presided over by Mr C.L. Garg, Minister in charge.


Rally by employees’ union
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Aug 25 — The Punjab Wireless Systems Employees Union today held a rally in support of the MOI Workers Union who have been sitting on a dharna in support of their demands. The MOI Workers Union is protesting against the alleged lock out of the factory by its management. The workers had alleged that the management had overnight removed certain machinery out of the factory premises.

Mr Saheed Ahmed, President of the Punwire Employees Union, said tomorrow a rally would be held in the town and on August 31 a rally would be held at Chandigarh.


Man commits suicide 
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 25 — A Hoshiarpur resident allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the fifth floor of the PGI here this evening.

According to police sources, Mohan Singh was suffering from an ailment and had been admitted to a ward in the C Block for the past one week. The police is investigating the matter.

2 injured in accidents

Two persons were hit and injured in separate incidents in the city.

Cyclist Parshottam Lal, a resident of Sector 18-A was hit by a scooty, driven by an unidentified lady near the Sector 17-18 traffic lights. He was injured and has been admitted to the PGI.

Major Singh, who was in his car, was hit by a van near B Block of the PGI. Cases under Sections 294, 337 of the IPC has been registered.

House burgled

Sector 22 resident Kamini Jain reported that someone broke into her house and decamped with gold jewellery besides Rs 17,000 in cash. A case under Sections 454, 380, IPC, has been registered.Back


Crime bureau team to teach computers to cops
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 25 — A four-member team of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) will be in the city on August 28 to conduct a week-long computer familiarisation course for cops. Hardware for the same has been installed in the police headquarters.

The bureau has shortlisted the city to carry out a pilot project to computerise the working of the Police Department. Under the project, all relevant information will be available through the investigating officer by the use of crime criminal information system network.

Earlier, 22 officers from 11 police stations were trained but it was being felt that their number was less for the effective functioning of the system. The proposal is to train 44 more officers of the rank of constables to Sub Inspectors. The objective is that all work will be done on the computers in the coming months, informed UT IGP B S Bassi.

Presently, the information from all police stations is received at the police headquarters and complied by the computer section. The proposal for the computerisation of the department was cleared by Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), UT Administrator, some months ago. The entire proposal was executed at an expenditure of Rs 15 lakh.

While the hardware was purchased locally, the Windows-based software is being supplied by the NCRB. Chandigarh was chosen for a pilot project in view of certain unique features.

Mr Bassi said only those having a knowledge of English and Hindi have been selected for the batch to be trained. Back


1 killed, 11 hurt in mishaps
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Aug 25 — One person was killed and 11 others were injured in separate incidents during the past 24 hours. According to the police, Sector 5 resident Oarminder Kumar has lodged a complaint that a truck (HR-37-0082) rammed into a car (HYJ-0546), killing B S Dixit and injuring six others near the North Rark resort.

In another incident, Head Constable Sat Pal has complained that he was injured when he was knocked down by an unidentified truck near Kalka.

Pinjore resident Rajesh Kumar has lodged a complaint that a collision between a three-wheeler (HR-37-9500) and a truck (PBH-3562) near the Kalka railway workshop resulted in injuries to four persons.

The police has registered separate cases.

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