Wednesday, March 7, 2001,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


New road to Mohali
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh March 6
Another road is under construction to link Chandigarh with neighbouring S.A.S Nagar. This is expected to be ready by June and is aimed at evenly distributing the flow of traffic.

Under the integrated planning and development of third phase sectors of Chandigarh with S.A.S.Nagar the work is being carried on a priority basis by the Engineering wing of the Chandigarh Administration to have a 44-feet wide road dividing Sectors 48 and 49 to connect the road at the junction of phase X (Sector 64) and XI (Sector 65).

Once the road is complete it will provide for shorter access route to phase X and phase XI and help decongest the road which leads to the PCA cricket stadium. The traffic from the focal point industrial area in S.A.S. Nagar located behind Phase XI will also use the same connection to Chandigarh. Meanwhile it will also provide for easier access to the upcoming S.A.S. Nagar railway station.

It is part of the effort to provide for the missing vertical road links. To begin with the Engineering Wing has initiated the process of land filling on a road link between Sectors 48 and 49 and beyond towards S.A.S. Nagar. The road dividing Sectors 48 and 49 is being strengthened to take on additional traffic, said engineers.


Widen roads, police writes to PUDA
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, March 6
Faced with problem of increased traffic on roads in the town, the local police has written to the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to widen the major roads, especially the road running from the Maggu petrol pump trafficlights to Phase 11, which is taking the maximum loads of traffic.

Four-lane road has been recommended by the police. Several steps to regulate flow of traffic on the busy Chandigarh— Fatehgarh Sahib road passing through Sohana and installing trafficlights at intersection on the existing route taken by the incoming and outgoing buses bound for the local bus stand have been suggested.

The SP, Mr GS Chauhan, who held a meeting in this regard with PUDA officials, said the slip roads at the Phase III and VI traffic lights and the Phase VII and VIII trafficlights had also been advised to the authorities concerned. He said the recommendations had been forwarded to PUDA.

Other recommendations are: Providing a central verge on the road from the Ambwala chowk to the PCA chowk, removing encroachments from parking areas in the markets, providing parking space in front of the community centres, and providing ‘no parking’ signs and relocating the parking area for trucks.

A PUDA official said on the recommendation of the police, work on slip roads at the Kumbhra intersection and the Phase VII and VIII intersection was expected to start soon. 


Fissures not related to earthquake: scientists
Our Correspondent

Nadha (Panchkula) March 6
Allaying fears caused by the cracks which have appeared in the lower Shivaliks adjoining the Ghaggar river, leading geologists have described the fissures as ‘ subsurface disposition of rocks’ arising due to the natural seismic phenomena and Himalayan tectonic events occurring once in about 100 years.

The cracks were not correlated to the Gujarat earthquake, said Dr K.C. Prashar,a former director of the Geological Survey of India, while talking to Chandigarh Tribune this evening. He said the fissures were due to a subsurface activity.

Views were also expressed by a team of four scientists from the Centre of Advance Studies in Geology, Panjab University. The scientists, Prof L.N. Gupta, Prof Ravinder Kumar, Prof G.S. Gill and Prof Naval Kishore , who surveyed the affected area this afternoon, said that during preliminary investigations it had been observed that there were two sets of fissures which started from the left bank of Ghaggar river bed and extend into the hills up to a distance of about 1.5 km. Geologists are of the opinion that the depth could be as much as 1,000 m.

The areas affected are oval in shape. The minimum width of the fissures is about a few inches to on the river bed while it increases to over 15 feet in the hills.

The fault is parallel to that of the Himalayan structures at the main boundary fault in Parwanoo and Toonda Pathar areas. And this has a displacement of the order of 10 cm upthrown and was an upcoming of Himalayan tectonic events, the team opined.

The fissures may have appeared during rainfall between December and February. The rain-water levelled the earth on the left side of the fissures but the cracks remained on the other side.

Panic gripped the areas as the news of fissures spread and a large number of people from Panchkula and its surrounding area thronged the site.

Soil study must: HUDA

IN view of fissures, all further development in Panchkula will be based on geological reports of the area submitted by a core team to be formed by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). The team shall comprise geologists from Panjab University, soil scientists and scientists involved in seismic studies. The area in which the fissures have surfaced had been earmarked for future planning of the town .Back


Few takers for PU scholarships
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
Paltry sums for scholarship by the Panjab University Alumni Association has few takers.

Conditions like specific family income levels, sex and specific subjects underlined by donors leave very few avenues. As it is there are only a few applications. In the Hindi category there is not a single application this year.

Dr Dinesh Gupta, Dean of the Alumni Association, said a new scholarship worth Rs 5000 had been introduced.

The department lacks a form in management. Dr Gupta said: “I gave a birthday call to an alumni member. I made a mistake of addressing him as a lecturer whereas he was now a reader. This is because the records were rarely updated”, Dr Gupta said.

Dr Dinesh Gupta said: “There was no effective communication either ways between the university and the members. The donation amount is low but people do not seem forthcoming to add even a little considering the money worth today. Some are even dead”.

Also, an effort is being made to get back to the donors and get their profiles. “It is a noble deed for the people who are benefited to know the source. Maybe, later in life they would like to get in touch with them. I wrote to my donors, but, the record also seems lacking proper addresses of the donors”.

A meeting of the stipend committee is scheduled shortly where 12 names feature up for the scholarships. These scholarships are exclusively meant for the postgraduates. The list of 12 applicants this time has two undergraduates. The Alumni Association and the Rulia Ram scholarships are in the open category.

The list of scholarships also includes Prof B.L.Bansal scholarship for the commerce stream, Ms Lajwanti Bhanot for Hindi, Mr Deep Chand memorial for laws, Ms Shelly Sardana for Sanskrit, MG Industries for the University Business School and Lal Chand Mahajan (one stipend each for professional and social sciences each).

The total income of the candidate and the parents should not exceed Rs 60,000 annually. The candidate should have secured a minimum of 60 per cent marks in the past university examination. The condition is to be reduced to 50 per cent incase sufficient number of candidates are not available.

Most of the scholarships are based on interests of endowments. The whole scholarship package needed a re-study to make the exercise for helping students worthwhile. The association has made alterations in the minimum income levels. More importantly, for small amount applicants had to send heavy package of supporting documents plus make queues to the department for interviews.

Dr Dinesh Gupta said that the attestation of the concerned college principal was a proof enough for the eligibility of the candidate. Maximum effort was made to avoid inconvenience to students.


Technocrats against privatisation of power boards
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, March 6
Will the privatisation of various state electricity boards help improve the power scenario in the country? Or will the tuning of the boards according to the needs of the public in their dealings and upgrading the system through information technology help resurrect the power situation?

These were the issues raised by the technocrats during a workshop organised by the Institution of Engineers, Punjab and Chandigarh State Centre, here today on the topic of “Energy Scenario in Northern Region- Ailments and Remedies”.

The deliberations centered around the fact that there was no need for privatisation in the state electricity boards. They felt that wherever privatisation was introduced, it had failed to produce the desired results and had instead turned out to be against the consumer interest.

The chairman of the organising committee of the workshop, Mr G.S Bachhal, said the workshop was conducted with a view to get feedback from the technocrats of the northern region about privatisation and to find out the remedies of the problems that the state electricity boards were facing presently.

The Additional Superintendent Engineer of PSEB, Mr M.S. Bajwa, said the government should take technocrats and professionals into confidence before deciding the fate of the electricity boards. It was unfortunate that although the privatisation in the electricity introduced in the various states of the country had turned out be unsuccessful, the government was willing to privatise the PSEB.

The president of the Punjab State Electricity Boards Engineers Association, Mr Padamjit Singh, said there was no need to provide free electricity to the consumer as it ultimately led to financial crunch . The political interference in the functioning of the boards should be avoided. The PSEB should provide more powers and for free hand to start new power station and generate more power.

Mr Nirmal Singh, a former Chief Engineer, said privatisation was not going to solve the financial crisis of the PSEB. The government must support PSEB and provide it more freedom for handling its affairs. The engineers had to work together to avoid theft of electricity, as it had become cause of major financial loses.

Lt-Gen J.S Bawa, the chief guest, said the problem of privatisation was serious and the technocrats should not rely on the decision. It was right time for the technocrats to come forwards and convey the message to the government.

Mr Harbans Singh, a Former Chief Engineer, Irrigation Punjab felt that the consumption of the electricity was increasing day by day. There was need to modify the structure of the PSEB rather then adopting a path of privatisation.

The technocrats expressed their concern over the power losses in theft (about 40 per cent) and transmission losses( 20 percent). They felt that there was urgent need to reduce these losses as this contributed substantially to the PSEB’s financial crunch.Various others participants felt that hydel projects avilable in Punjab and in the region should be encouraged to meet increase in demand of power instead of banking on thermal power.


Debates start for Women’s Day
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 6
Issues pertaining to women came to the forefront during a discussion organised by the Society for Social Health, a voluntary organisation, in connection with International Women’s Day here today.

Urging the women to be economically independent, the Society president, Mrs Kamaljeet Saini, highlighted the role of women in maintaining peace and harmony in society.

Mrs Sunita Kanda and Ms Jasminder Kaur from the Police Department talked about the atrocities on women and the role of police in stopping the victimisation of women in the male-dominated society.

The discussion was attended by about 250 women. Mr Arjun Kamboj, Director, Incharge of Jan Shiksha Sanstha was the chief guest.

Meanwhile various organisations in the city are gearing up to celebrate the International women’s Day on March 8. The Chandigarh Press Club, in collaboration with Markfed, is organising a talk related to women welfare. Renowned personalities from different walks of life are expected to participate.

The Sikh Nari Manch in collaboration with the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademy will celebrate the day by organising a seminar at Punjab Kala Bhawan here on March 7. 


Taliban leader’s effigy burnt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
An effigy of Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar was burnt in Sector 17 here today to protest against the destruction of ancient statues of Lord Budhha in Afghanistan. The act has been termed as unislamic and unwarranted by the protesters.

The effigy was burnt by activists of the Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress and various Tibetan organisations like Ladakh Students Association, Tibetan Youth Congress , Tibetan Freedom Movement joined in the protest. The protesters said it was big disrespect being shown to these ancient statues, built before the arrival of Islam in Afghanistan. It was an attack on the world peace and the philosophy of truth and non- violence. It is also an attack on Buddhism, which is a unique religion and culture of this world. All religions including Islam preached respect of the places of worship of other religions. No religion allowed destruction of religious places of any community.

The decree of the Taliban was very unfortunate. Historical monuments are the heritage of all mankind and did not belong to any government or people. The Youth Congress appealed to the United Nations and other organisations to put pressure on the Taliban. 


No malpractice in club poll: Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
Mr B.B.Gupta, secretary of the Chandigarh Club, today denied that he was involved in any mal practice during the polling for the election of office-bearers of the club on Saturday.

In a statement issued here, he said all No Dues Certificates (NDCs) were in possession of the secretary and he had to authenticate all NDCs as a part of his duties. This modus operandi of countersigning all NDCs was finalised in consultation with the president, executive members and returning officer so that no one could bring fake NDCs as per the apprehensions of various contestants especially Mr Ravinder Chopra.

“This process was continuing from the past 15 days when date for filing of nomination forms was announced.The procedure was evolved to facilitate and streamline the issue of NDCs and also to prevent the induction of fake NDCs as apprehended by some contestants. Some contestants were present in the polling area at the time of polling and were impressing the voters to cast their votes in their favour. When they were asked by the polling staff to leave the polling area they levelled false allegations against the club secretary and threatened the staff with dire consequences”, he said.


Minor fires in city, no property loss
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
A series of minor fires broke out in the city today. However, no loss of life and property was reported. A jhuggi was gutted at 5.15 pm in Khuda Lahora, when its resident, Deepak, set it on fire after consuming liqour. Two fire tenders, one each from Sector 11 and 17, were pressed into action and the fire was controlled.

A transformer in Hallo Majra caught fire following a short-circuit, but the same was controlled in no time as the electricity was switched off. A minor fire outside shop No. 1 in Grain Market engulfed sacks, but the fire was controlled by fire tenders from Industrial area, Phase-I, and Sector 17.

Besides this, a fire broke out near the Air force quarters in Sector 31 at 4.36 p.m. Another fire broke out in H. No. 2321 in Dadu Majra colony due to leakage from an LPG cylinder, but no loss has been reported.


Singapore trader sends Rs 1 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
Feeling perturbed over the devastation caused by the January 26 earthquake in Gujarat, Mr Altaf Parpia, an Indian businessman from Chennai now settled in Singapore, has sent a draft of Rs 1 lakh to the Editor, The Tribune, Mr Hari Jaisingh, for onward transmission to the Gujarat Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

Guided by his contact and main supplier in India, Mr Inder Singh Paul, Chairman of the Chandigarh office of the Confederation of Indian Industry, Mr Parpia also sent a draft of an equal amount to the Gujarat Chief Minister’s Relief Fund through a different organisation also.

Meanwhile, men and officers of the 318 Field Regiment collected Rs 44,225, says Col S.S. Sekhon, Commanding Officer of the Regiment. They sent a draft to the Editor of The Tribune of the said amount for onward transmission to the Gujarat Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

“From time immemorial defence personnel always care and come forward to help those in distress,” he said in his note accompanying the draft maintaining that “meagre amount contributed by the Regiment would surely help a few needy families”.Back


Sec 15 residents highlight problems
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh March 6
The representatives of Welfare Society, Sector 15, who met the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, yesterday have highlighted various problems being faced by them.

According to a release issued here today, the main demands of the residents are parking and lighting in Patel Market, extension of the road in front of the community centre upto the footpath near electricity office and boundary wall in the green belt to separate it from Patel market. The other demands include raising the level of the footpath in the green belt to prevent accumulation of rain water on the footpath, fountains in Sector 15-D and Patel Market, and tiles on the back of Sector 15-D, market and near the entrance of the floral garden.

The secretary general of the society, Mr M.R Lakhanpal, has on behalf of the residents, sought lights on the footpath leading to children’s park in Sector 15-B, replacement of defective water meters before the deadline of March 31, provision of un-interrupted water supply in the green belt, improving water supply in Sectors 15-C and D and beautification of market in Sector 15-D on the lines of Pandara Road Market, Delhi.

The representatives of the Patel Market and the president of market society, Sector 15-D, have expressed their gratitude to the Mayor for undertaking a visit to the sector and directing the officials to redress their grievances at the earliest. 


Id celebrated with traditional fervour
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
Muslims in the region celebrated Id-ul-Zuha (Bakr-Id) with great enthusiasm and traditional fervour today. In the city, muslims performed mass prayers (namaz) at the Sector 20 mosque and greeted each other with the traditional embrace.

Fruits, sweets and traditional eateries were distributed to mark the occasion. Little children were dressed in their best and could be seen asking their parents for balloons, sweets and toys. The local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (Minority Morcha) congratulated the entire Muslim community.

The Chandigarh Nationalist Congress Party has also congratulated Muslims on the occasion of Id.


St Xaiver’s donates Rs 2 lakh
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 6
Students staff and management of St Xavier’s schools in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula have contributed Rs 2 lakh for the Gujarat earthquake relief fund. The pay order was handed over to the Administrator, UT Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), by the Chairman of the school, Mr Andrew J. Gosain.

The students contributed of Rs 1,46,216 and the staff contributed Rs 54,784.

Residents of Harmilap Nagar, Baltana, Rs 23,665 for the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund This includes Rs 5,000 donated by the Devi Dayal Charitable Trust.

The Welfare Society, Sector 15 here donated Rs 2.08 lakh with the Indian Red Cross Society.Back


Book on beekeeping released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
A book, “Essentials of Beekeeping and Pollination” by Dr Avtar Singh Atwal, who introduced the Apis mellifera species of honeybee in India in the mid-sixties, was released by the Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), at Raj Bhavan here today in the presence of a select gathering of scientists.

The Governor commended the book for all those who aspired to adopt beekeeing as a vocation in Punjab, where conducive conditions prevailed and beekeeping could flourish in the organised sector. Back


37 kg poppy husk seized
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
An alert autorickshaw driver today led two drug peddlers from Uttar Pradesh into the hands of the local police. The driver, Manoj Kumar, overheard the conversation of his two passengers and after realising their true vocation took them straight into the hands of the police along with 37 kg of poppy husk.

It is learnt that the two accused, Nihal Singh and Hein Singh, both residents of Badayu in Uttar Pradesh, boarded an autorickshaw at the Mani Majra this afternoon. They were carrying poppy husk with them and had reportedly hired the vehicle for going to Landran village near Kharar.

However, on the way to the village, the two accused started discussing about their work. The driver realised that they were drug peddlers on their way to deliver a consignment. The autorickshaw had just reached Sector 31 when Manoj Kumar decided to hand them over to the police.

It is learnt that the driver told the accused that he would take them to Landran via an alternative route and started back towards the Mani Majra light point. Upon reaching there, he took the autorickshaw right near a PCR van parked near the traffic lights. Though the accused tried to flee, they were nabbed by the police and booked under Section 15 of the NDPS Act.

Booked for impersonation
Three persons have been booked on charges of impersonation, fraud and criminal conspiracy when two of them appeared as candidates in the Railway recruitment examination held on December 12, 1999, in place of the third accused. According to an FIR registered under Sections 419, 420, 467, 468 and 120-B of the IPC, two of the accused, Mukesh Sinha and Shankar Jha, appeared as candidates in the examination in place of the brother of the former, Rajesh Kumar Sinha, more than a year ago. The said examination was conducted at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, and the police has registered a case after an inquiry was conducted by the Chairman, Railway Recruitment Board, Brig Harjeet Singh.

Cash stolen
In a case of burglary, Rs 4,000 were reportedly stolen from the cash box of the Gurdwara in Sector 37 on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. The police has registered a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC upon the complaint of the president of the gurdwara, Mr Agya Singh.

Assault case
Anish Kumar was reportedly injured when he was hit on his nose by one Manu on February 28 at about 7 p.m. The police has registered a case under Sections 325 and 34 of the IPC after the medical report of the victim was received by them.

Man beaten up
Ram Lakhan was admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 16, after he was allegedly beaten up by Moti Lal and his sons at his residence in Bank Colony, Mani Majra on Monday night. The police has booked the accused under Sections 323, 324 and 34 of the IPC.

Injured in accident
A cyclist, Gambhir Singh, was hit by a car near Rock Garden yesterday. The car driver sped away from the scene of accident. The victim sustained minor injuries and a case under Section 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered.

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