Monday, September 18, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Allegations mark last phase of Senate poll
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 17 — Minor controversies marked the polling for 31 seats in the last phase of the Panjab University Senate elections here today. The seats included principals’ and teachers’ category of colleges, besides 15 seats in the graduates constituency.

The polling rush appeared mild in most of the venues in the city, except Government College for Girls, Sector 42, where there was a significant crowd gathering at the gate in the morning. Dr Amar Singh, one of the candidates in the lecturers’ constituency, complained that the college administration was unfair in allowing select entry for candidates during polling. He alleged that a colleague, who was a contestant was allowed entry, which was partial.

Ms Mohini Sharma, principal, said she did not interfere in the elections, because the election pertained to an area that she was not concerned with directly.

“I got a call from the local police in the morning that entry of cars be not allowed on the campus. I tried for allowing the entry, but the orders were firm. I asked the chowkidar for identification of entrants before entry with no bias, she added. The PU Registrar also visited the college.

In Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, the first voter for lecturers cast her vote in the ballot box for the principals’ category. “The vote stands cancelled”, sources said. The contest between Mr Ashok Goyal and Mr Sanjeev Bandlish, both from the State Bank of India, contesting in the graduates’ constituency, raised many eyebrows and rounds of allegations and counter allegations.

It was said that the Bandlish group was using the office canteen for distributing meals among voters and supporters. The office canteen remained closed on working days. The premises were open when The Tribune correspondent visited the site, but no counters were open. Nearly a dozen cars, with posters of Mr Bandlish on the window screens, could be seen parked on the bank premises.

The President of the State Bank of India Staff Association said, “Not a paisa of the canteen money is being used. We have pooled in Rs 10 each from supporter employees to create a special corpus for elections fund. ‘ Kulcha chhole’ were procured from a private party, which could be verified.”

A senior official of the association said it would not be wrong in accepting that bank union politics had spread to the Senate. Any group contesting elections maintain minimal arrangement for refreshment of party workers. No legal aspect has been breached. This meant that the Senate seat meant nothing more than bank union political battles.

Not surprisingly, there were complaints of use of unfair means in one of the centres. Certain stations saw officials making a close identity check of the voters. Camps of party offices under tents could be seen spread all over the Panjab University campus in front of the polling centres. The scene was no different in colleges and schools.

A teacher said, “ Have you seen a procession of supporters of a candidate arriving while filling the election form? Have you seen the coloured personal cards seeking votes? Have you seen the pamphlets ushering promise”.

There are also teachers who have written personal letters to voters. The results of the graduates’ constituency will be withheld because of a Punjab and Haryana High Court order on a pending case. Results of the principals’ and teachers’ categories will be declared on Tuesday.


Retired Colonel murdered
Burglars suspected to be behind the act

From Our Correspondent

PANCHKULA, Sept 17 — A 65-year-old retired Colonel was reportedly bludgeoned to death by unidentified assailants who struck at his Sector 4 residence here late last night. Though the cause of the murder could not be ascertained, it is suspected that the victim was done to death by burglars who had struck at the same house, a couple of days ago.

The victim, Col H.D. Kahol, was alone at home when the assailants struck. His wife Urmil was away in Delhi to meet their daughter. The body was found in a sitting posture on the bed in his bedroom, with blood splattered on both sides. A relative knocked at the door and finding the door open, suspected foul play. Some glass planes of one of the windows had been removed.

When neighbours went inside, clothes and other belongings of the victim were scattered all around. A police team which reached the spot on being informed by the relative of the victim, found blood stains on floor, walls and on the bedsheet, corroborating the theory that he was hit hard with some weapon. At least one ventilator of a room in which the body was found had been tampered with. The main doors of the house had been removed after taking out the screws.

In the kitchen, a broken bottle, some egg shells and some other eatables were found scattered. The assailants had apparently eaten something after committing the murder. Sources in the police, however, said the deceased did not have good relations with his family members and his wife mostly stayed away. While denying that it was dacoity, a police official said most of the valuables were found intact in the room. The victim remained aloof. His two daughters are in Delhi and another one is settled in Holland. Sources also revealed that chicken bones were also found outside the house. A case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered.


PIL on health bureau: Admn silent
By Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 17— Lying dumped in the pile of numerous public interest litigations (PILs) pending in the district court for reply by the responding paries (mostly the Municipal Corporation or the Administration), one PIL relates directly to the future of the health programmes of the city. The litigation, which questions the status of the UT State Health Education Bureau (SHEB) lying defunct in its office in 30 Bays Building for four years, was filed in June 1999. Although 12 dates have passed since the time the first notice was issued to the Administration to file a reply, the same has not yet come through. The PIL in question seeks the court to issue directions to the Administration to give details of the funds being sanctioned for the bureau.

While the bureau office is lying locked, funds are reportedly still being sanctioned. As of five years back when the bureau was functioning, about Rs 20 lakh were reportedly being sanctioned for the purpose of disseminating health-related information. With no health programme being pursued, infrastructure worth lakhs lying inside the office of the bureau is gathering dust. Since March 1996 when the last Health Education Officer L.N. Sharma retired, no appointments have been effected to the bureau although the authorities keep claiming that the issue of appointments is pending with them.

The problem is further aggravating in view of the fact that neither the MC nor the Administration is ready to assume direct responsibility for the bureau. In fact, both the departments are still shifting blames. In midst of this confusion all vital programmes the bureau was supposed to undertake, including organising, directing state health education policies and offering guidance in health education to the government and the NGOs have been discontinued. Health awareness continues to decline in the absence of organisation of camps and seminars on prevention of diseases which the bureau is supposed to undertake.

Confusion stems from the fact that the bureau was earlier functioning under the direct control of the Director, Health Services (DHS), with a health education officer and a clerk working under a centrally-sponsored scheme. The problem began when under the budget head 2210-Medical and Public Health 1989-90 the bureau’s staff was tagged along with the Assistant Director, Malaria (a post under MC) for the purpose of disbursement of salaries and allowances. Till about March this year, the Assistant Director, Malaria, was under the MC, but now this post has been transferred to the administration, making the issue complex.

Former DHS G.S. Ahluwalia had written a letter in this regard to the Finance Secretary in 1995 mentioning that “there was no notification regarding the transfer. The names of Mr L.N. Sharma and the clerk were erroneously included in the notification regarding transfer of the Assistant Director, Malaria, to the MC. In the interest of public service I propose that these officials be allowed to work under the DHS.” Nothing in this regard was ever done.

Meanwhile, on September 14, the 13th adjournment in the case was issued. As the wait for filing of the reply by the Administration continues, health programmes keet suffering.


Sports lovers flay Doordarshan’s move
By Arvind Katyal

CHANDIGARH, Sept 17—The Sydney Olympics-2000 begun yesterday morning but as far the live coverage of various events is concerned, it led to disappointment for local sportspersons and viewers who wanted to watch the millennium Olympics live on TV sets.

The Sunday morning alarm of getting up at 5 a.m. to watch the Indian hockey team play against Argentina proved futile as DD Sports was not being shown as it has been converted into a pay channel and the cable operators did not apply the decoder for same, said Mohinderbir Kaur, a hockey enthusiast.

It may be recalled that DD Sports had bagged the rights for the Sydney Olympic coverage because of its wide reach. But surprisingly the channel was turned into a pay channel a few months back and the cable operators were required to pay Rs six per connection for the same. What is interesting is that in India most of the viewers are willing to shell additional money for Star Movies, Zee Cinema etc but hardly a few are interested in spending for sports which for them carries little meaning.

It should have been made mandatory for DD to show live coverage of the Olympics on its network of the events in which Indians are taking part.

Sabeeha Dhillon, ace shooter of city and who is currently India's junior number one, said that she switched on to her TV yesterday at 3 a m but till 8 a m was not aware how Anjali Ved Pathak of Mumbai was faring in her event 10 m air rifle event.

Sukhmanpreet Sidhu, another prominent shooter of Punjab and who recently broke the national record at the G V Mavlankar shooting meet at Chennai, said he was eager to watch Chandigarh's 17-year-old prodigy Abhinav Bindra and for nearly 18 to 20 hour he was at TV and at the Internet to know what Abhinav was up to.

Another city sports enthusiast Sanjeev Raina was quite critical of the Indian electronic media regarding the coverage of the Olympics.

Virinder Mehta, a former state-level badminton player, said why DD was not concentrating on other sports also like badminton where Gopi Chand was at the forefront, boxing where many pugilists were in the reckoning and shooterst. He said every Indian should be given the opportunity to watch the performance put up by their sportspersons. Of course, hockey medal is the main hope but at the same time TV should not ignore live telecast of other sports in which Indians were taking part, he remarked.

Another former state-level gymnast Paramvir Dhiman said showing highlights in the form of clippings was making mockery of the sports. It was not the question of listening to news but watching live the performances of our players. He said when cricket test matches could be shown live, why there was discrimination towards the Olympics. 


Monsoon almost over in region
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 17 — The monsoon has already withdrawn from western parts of Haryana and Punjab and within the next 48 hours it will totally withdraw from the north-western plains, the Meteorological Department’s office based here said today.

Only Himachal Pradesh will be left out. However, the withdrawal will take place from the hill state within the next four to 6 days, the authorities say while adding that the entire position is normal. The conditions of withdrawal when the weather patterns change, already prevail and there is no chance of revival of the monsoon, says Mr S.C. Bhan, Director of the local Meteorological office. Under normal circumstances also the monsoon withdraws around September 20 and a week either way is considered normal.

The monsoon season has ended in places like Sirsa, Hisar, Mahendragarh and Bhiwani in Haryana and Bathinda, Ferozepore, Faridkot and Amritsar in Punjab. Within the next 48 hours the season will end in areas like Hoshiarpur, Ambala, Chandigarh, Patiala, Karnal and Kurukshetra. In neighbouring Himachal the withdrawal is usually four to seven days after that in the plains.

Among several factors indicating the withdrawal of the monsoon are the arrival of westerly winds and a drop in the moisture level, say met officials. These conditions now exist. Westerly winds have already set in at speeds touching 60 kmph.

Since June 1, the rainfall in southern parts of Haryana has been below normal. In Punjab it was above normal. In Himachal Pradesh the rainfall in some places was below normal, but the average, when determined by calculating the rainfall in the entire state, works out to be normal. In Chandigarh the rainfall was above normal.


Another day of stunts by Army men
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Sept 17 — As the two-day Army show and equipment exhibition drew to a close this evening, hordes of visitors were still at the gates, pleading to be let in to have a close glimpse of weapons and other equipment displayed at the Sector 5 cricket ground.

Eager and excited spectators began converging on the parade ground since morning when a repeat of yesterday's events, including the flypast, motor cycle display, horse show, skydiving and mass band display were carried out before the weapons and equipment exhibition was thrown open to the public.

The crowds were virtually unmanageable, with the civilian police, army men and military police manning the perimeter having a tough time controlling the surging crowds. The wooden stands were packed and a hundreds of spectators had to sit on the ground in front of the stands. Some people had climbed atop a few adjoining buildings overlooking the grounds.

"We were expecting around 2,000 to 3,000 spectators, but there appear to be over 12,000 people watching the show," an officer said. Entry into the grounds had to be restricted while the show was in progress. The AWWA mela, with its refreshment, games and shopping stalls also drew large crowds.

The crowds had to be virtually marshalled through the equipment display by Army personnel and the local police. Visibly impressed and at times awestruck visitors, especially children, bombarded Army personnel with questions, demanding to know each aspect of the equipment displayed.

Besides civilians, a large number of Army officers and their families also attended the show.Back


RRD to support Cong in Sunam
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Sept 17 — The Rashtriya Raksha Dal has decided to support the Congress in the Sunam by-election, said Col Harsharan Singh, President of the party in a press conference held here today. Colonel Harsharan Singh (retd) said his party had been approached by a number of political parties to support them in the by-election, but the presidium and the working committee had deliberated the issue and rejected any alliance with any communal party. He added that the decision to support the Congress had been taken unanimously by the working committee of the RRD after discussions with Capt. Amarinder Singh, President of the PPCC, and Mr Gurjit Singh Lehal, Secretary of the PPCC.

Mr Lehal said the teams of RRD would visit each of the 47 villages in the Sunam assembly segment from September 22 and campaign throughout the constituency. Air Vice-Marshal G.S Punia, Lt-Gen B.S. Randhawa and Col APS Dhillon were also present.Back


Vishvakarma Day celebrations begin
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Sept 17 — Enthusiasm marked the three-day Vishvakarma Day celebrations by the goldsmiths of Sector-23, here today. These festivities are being celebrated by the Bengali goldsmiths in the city.

On the first day, idols of Vishvakarma were tastefully decorated. The clay idols were attractively painted and decked up in colourful clothings.

Devotees were seen singing bhajans besides offering puja throughout the day.

The idols would be immersed in the Ghaggar near Zirakpur on the concluding day on Tuesday.


Bedi installed as Lions Club chief
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Sept 17 — Honouring of school teachers, donating of sewing machines to widows and providing a wheelchair to a physically challenged schoolgirl marked the installation ceremony of the local unit of the Lions Club here last night. Ms Satwant Kaur Sandhu, a Cabinet minister of Punjab, was the chief guest on the occasion and Mr Swaranjit Singh was the guest of honour.

Mr Kuljeet Singh Bedi, who was installed as the president of the club, said a tricycle was donated to Navneet Kaur, a student of Government Primary School in Phase 6 here. He said the club would hold Divali mela from October 12 to October 15. A blood donation camp and an eye operation camp were also being held next month. He said the club would construct a shed at the local cremation ground.

Earlier, the minister said the non-government organisations should come forward for social causes as it was impossible for the government to focus on such things due to financial crunch or other reasons. She donated Rs 31,000 to the club for social cause. The other members of the team installed on the occasion were vice-presidents — Mr HS Midha, Mr JS Rai and Mr Sukhpal Gupta; secretary — Mr Jeewan Goel and PRO — Mr K.S. Ahluwalia.Back


Senior citizens want facilities in park
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 17` — The Senior Citizens Welfare Society (Sector 21 A and B) has urged the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) to provide certain basic facilities in a park used by the residents for strolling.

In a press note, President of the society, Mr Dayal Chand, urged the civic body to provide general cleanliness, mow down the unwieldy growth of grass, install a rain shelter and provide a drinking water tap in the park. Though the society was assured of these facilities by the Adviser, Ms Vineeta Rai, nothing seemed to have been done in the matter, he added.

He said that the demand for the drinking water tap was very small as compared to the “kundi” connections and the wastage of water in the labour colonies. This was a common cause and not a personal demand.

The society had been formed by a group of retired and senior citizens, who had served the nation in different capacities, he said, while criticising the role of a senior BJP councillor in the issue.Back


AS the softspoken Mr R.S. Gujral took over as Home Secretary of Chandigarh, he asked reporters covering the Chandigarh Administration to give him some time to settle down before he could answer any questions. He joined his duty on Monday when the helmet issue was burning and he being the Home Secretary was besieged with requests by reporters for comments.

Mr Gujral has been putting in long hours late into the evening reading the files and trying to catch up on the working in the Union Territory and the pending issues ahead of him. In the initial days he exchanged notes with the stopgap Home Secretary, Mr M.P. Singh, on the latest issues.

Besides the helmet issue, Mr Gujral will have his hands full on the police front trying to bring larger than life cops, who are aware that they cannot be transferred and have developed vested interests, within manageable limits. It also remains to be seen if the charge of Chief Vigilance Officer, now with the Advisor, and the charge of Chief Electoral Officer, now with the Finance Secretary, are handed back to the HS or not. Both the departments have been held by Home Secretaries in the past but were taken away when Mr N.K. Jain had joined.

The post of Home Secretary of Chandigarh had been shrouded in controversy when the last incumbent, Mr Jain, was arrested on charges of corruption. It may be recollected that Mrs Anuradha Gupta, the HS previous to Mr Jain, also did not have smooth exit after her tenure due a much publicised spat with the then IG , Ms Kiran Bedi. Mrs Gupta had initiated several enquiries and actions against corrupt engineers.

New directory

At least the arrival of the new Home Secretary will ensure that orders to publish the new telephone directory of Chandigah Administration are issued. The old directory is more than 30 months old. Since then the Administrator, Advisor, Finance Secretary, Home Secretary, Deputy Commissioner, the Joint Secretary, Finance, the Under Secretary Home, all the three SDMs, Assistant Estate Officer and the Director, Public Relations, have changed.

The Mayor, the Municipal Commissioner and Assistant Commissioners in the MC have changed. Same is true for change in Haryana thus rendering the numbers of ministers and officials in the old directory useless. This directory also carries telephone numbers of newspapers. With so many new newspapers being published from Chandigarh even that column needs an update.

On the police front, the IG, the SSP and the SSP headquarters have also been shifted long ago. The DSPs have been reshuffled. Not to forget the changes in the engineering wing, education department, CITCO and Chandigah Housing Board.

Tall saplings

At the Saturday tree plantation function organised by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Advocates Cooperative Housing Society, Sector 49A, Chandigarh and the Environment Society of India (ESI), Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), Governor of Punjab and Administrator of the Union Territory of Chandigarh, who inaugurated it, was all smiles to see tall and well-grown saplings (some having more height than the persons who planted the saplings) planted in the housing complex. The species are kadamba, mulberry, jacaranda, silver oak, Pinari, palm mango, kanaka champa, etc.

Tall and well-grown saplings have the highest survival rate as compared to the young ones. That is why the ESI encourage this practice.

To supplement the Chandigarh Administration’s Green Action Plan, the ESI has planted about 1,500 saplings of 12 species in 25 educational institutions, religious places, individuals houses etc in Chandigarh. About 2,499 saplings were either distributed or planted in various towns of Punjab and Haryana.

Narrow road

The road leading into Panchkula from the Housing Board Chowk is very narrow. There are frequent traffic snarls and accidents.

Speed checking is done by the Haryana traffic police rarely. Stray cattle add to the problem.

An alternative road would go a long way in minimising the chances of any mishap or damage to vehicles.

Rope trick

The concluding day of the second Sub-junior National Tug-of-War Championship at the Basic Training Centre of the ITBP at Bhanu, near Panchkula, on September 16, was not without lighter moments.

As soon as the final between the Punjab and Delhi boys started, the Delhi team lost the first pull in just a few seconds. For a few moments, the spectators thought that the well-built and tall Punjab guys had won the first pull only to realise later that the rope had snapped midway.

This led an amused spectator to wonder whether like the cricket our “desi” game had also been “fixed”. Ultimately, a fresh rope was requisitioned and the Punjab lads did well to retain the title.

And after Manipur lifted the girls title, an excited Manipuri supporter of the team was so much overwhelmed by joy that she fell from the chair. Mercifully she did not sustain any injuries.

Millennium award

Here are two more persons from the region honoured by the World Hindi Conference with its Millennium Award.

Madan Gupta Spatu, a noted writer and journalist from Chandigarh, get the citation and gold medal on September 15. He has three books, more than 3500 articles, features, short stories, humour, satires, poems etc to his credit. He has been writing for newspapers and magazines for the past 35 years.

Dr Nav Rattan Kapur, who retired as Vice-Principal and Head, Post-Graduate Department of Hindi, Mahendra (Government) College, Patiala, is the other recipient.

Dr Kapur has authored 40 books and 250 research papers in Hindi, Punjabi and English on Indian religions, culture, Hindi and Punjabi literature and linguistics. He has also been invited to present a research paper at the International Seminar on Meera Bai, to be held in Jodhpur University during January, 2001.


Those who visit the horticulture nurseries in Sectors 23, 26, 28, 29, 33 notice unusual activities during this time of the year. The sanitation vehicles of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh have been engaged in depositing the cow- dung at various points. Heaps of garbage are removed from villages Baterla, Atawa, Badheri and Burail daily.

As the sun sets the “gowalas” in these villages start throwing the cowdung on the roadsides, which not only creates sanitation and encroachment problems but also creates traffic hazards.

The Environment Society of India (ESI) has chalked out a plan to train the horticulture staff in vermi-compost technology. It will supply red earthworms and help in preparing the pits so as to convert this biogradable material into useful manure within 40 days.

The ESI has also brought to the notice of the MCC that the ban on burning the fallen leaves and wastes is being flouted by some officials. In many places the sweepers and the malis find it an easy way of waste reduction. Little do they realise the bad effects it could have on public health by the emission of noxious gases and particulates.

In November last the ESI wrote to Mr Dilip Biswas, Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board, who then asked the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee to get the ban implemented effectively.



Safety above religious sentiments

This refers to the report, “Wear helmet for your family’s sake” (Chandigarh Tribune, Sept 12). I hope the students who have voiced their opinion regarding the necessity to wear a helmet while driving a two-wheeler become the mouthpiece of the silent multitude in our country. The fatal accident of a girl on Sept 8 should stir the conscience of our society. We should wake up to the necessity of wearing helmets by two-wheeler riders, irrespective of their cast, religion or sex, to save precious lives. This is an issue which should transcend all religious sentiments.

The intelligentsia of our society, including doctors, teachers, jurists, lawmakers and the custodians of the law, should appeal to both men and women to wear helmets while driving a two-wheeler for their own safety. Girls driving scooters with their faces covered with scarves to protect themselves from dust and pollution are a common sight. It is indeed paradoxical that they give no thought to protecting their lives.

The authorities should do more than holding awareness weeks to educate the public about the need to protect themselves from an avoidable threat. The directive of the Punjab and Haryana High Court making it compulsory for both men and women to wear helmets while driving two-wheelers should be followed in right earnest by all members of society. As reported in your paper, doctors from the PGI have also appealed to the public to wear helmets while driving two-wheelers to protect themselves from fatal or debilitating injuries. This will also reduce the pressure on the trauma and emergency wards of hospitals.

Jatinder K. Gupta

Recharging waste water

The depleted level of ground water in Punjab and Haryana is posing a serious threat to the economic viability of lakhs of tubewells which were instrumental in ushering in the green revolution in the region. These tubewells now consume a much larger volume of electricity for yielding the same output. Reducing the output from these tubewells will prove counterproductive as it will adversely affect development. The only way to overcome the crisis is to artificially recharge rain water and the overflow from paddy fields. At present, this precious resource is allowed to go waste for the simple reason that this water contains suspended silt which can hamper recharging. Efforts to remove this hurdle have come to naught in the past 25 years.

At last a breakthrough has been made, thanks to the Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, in developing a desilting device. The VC not only understood the gravity of the problem, but also provided financial assistance for finding a solution.

After testing the desilting device in the laboratory, the PAU has decided to build a recharging station on the Raipur link drain in Ludhiana district for field testing the device. By using this device, complete desilting will be achieved by means of a two-tier operation with the help of another device which will be constructed with locally available material. The desilting device produced an efficiency of 98 per cent under laboratory conditions. It can work automatically and round the clock and can feed eight to 10 recharging bores simultaneously. This can prove a boon to overcome the problem of the depleted ground water level in Punjab and Haryana and other states and redefine ground water management in these states.

S. P. Malhotra

Teachers’ stir

This refers to the report “Teachers’ proposed stir unjustified” (The Tribune, Aug 31). The report skirts round the real issues and presents a biased picture. The Ministry of Human Resource Development had promised to implement within four months certain decisions it took two years ago, but has failed to do so. The non-implementation of the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) from January 1, 1996, has denied the benefit of the revision of pay scales to teachers who have put in five to 15 years of service. Similarly, the DPEs and the librarians have not got the benefit of pay fixation at Rs 14,940 and the CAS.

The Punjab Government has also inordinately delayed the implementation of its already accepted pension-cum-gratuity scheme for teachers working in non-government aided colleges. The law in this regard has been passed and notified. Teachers in these colleges have not been paid the arrears of the revised pay scales so far.

Do the students, parents and society expect teachers to suffer endlessly and not protest against the unjust and indifferent attitude of the central and state governments?

N. P. Manocha

City losing charm

Chandigarh is the most livable city and offers the best quality of life in the country, but it is gradually losing its charm. It is no more the clean, green and spacious city it used to be in the early seventies. Every developing city has its problems, but these should not be allowed to change the basic character of the city.

The population of the city at present is about eight lakh. Going by the present rate of growth, it is expected to cross the 20 lakh mark by 2020. There are about 20,000 migrant rickshaw-pullers in the city. Apart from Bihar, people from other states also come to the city every day, mainly to work as rickshaw-pullers or labourers.

The growing number of vehicles on the roads is another problem the city is facing. There are about five lakh vehicles in the city at present. The number is quite high in proportion to the city’s population. Due to this, the people are facing an acute shortage of parking spaces in the city.

Unauthorised construction of buildings and mushrooming of jhuggi colonies have made Chandigarh a congested and polluted city. The Administration should take strict action against builders who indulge in such illegal activity.

Last year, a society, Chandigarh Perspective, was formed by the Chandigarh Administration to know the views of the public on the future development of the city and its policies and programmes. This society organised open sessions and public meetings at which hundreds of people shared their views with the Administration. Inexplicably, the society has not been functioning for a long time.

Sunil Kumar Dogra
LAHORA (Chandigarh)

VIP movement

The Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court has set a good example by deciding not to use a red light atop his car, and to dispense with the siren, and commute like an ordinary citizen. VIP movement causes great inconvenience to the general public as there are too many VIPs around these days. On September 8, we were stranded in a traffic jam on the Kalka-Panchkula national highway for 37 minutes. Such road blocks are frequent whenever there is an accident or a VIP is passing through.

Sakshi and Janak Khanna



No breakthrough in two murder cases
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 17 — The police is yet to achieve a breakthrough in the Sector 38 and the Raipur Kalan murder cases.

According to sources, the police recovered the body of a 45-year-old man from Raipur Kalan village yesterday. The body bore multiple injuries and was sent to the Sector 16 General Hospital for a post-mortem.

Police officers are of the view that the man could have been murdered elsewhere and the body was dumped here. Efforts are afoot to contact the police stations in the city and the vicinity to ascertain whether a missing complaint has been filed or not.

The cops are also in the dark about the murder of Sukhdev Kaur, a resident of Sector 38.

The cops are working on the theory that she might have been murdered by a known person since there were not signs of forced entry.

The police has constituted a team of officers to trace the murderers.

Suicide case

A teenager of Mauli Jagran reportedly committed suicide here this evening.

The police sources said 25-year-old Suraj Bhan was found hanging from a ceiling fan by his parents. He was reportedly under tension for the past many days. A case has been registered.

Two arrested

As many as two persons have been arrested from various places in the city on the charge of eve-teasing.

According to the police sources, Randeep Pohal, a resident of Janta colony, Sector 25, was nabbed on the charges of eve-teasing.

A Sector 38 resident Rajnish Bhardwaj was arrested on the same charges.

They were booked under Section 294, IPC.

Case registered

The police has arrested Swarn Singh, a resident of phase 1, Ram Darbar, on the charges of gambling. A sum of Rs 375 was recovered from his possession. A case under Sections 13-A, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act has been registered.

Theft case

Jyoti Parshad, a resident of Sector 37, has reported that Ambar Singh, a resident of Sector 45, allegedly stolen Rs 3,000 and some important documents. A case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered against him.

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