Friday, August 3, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Well deserved awards for Abhinav, Milkha
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, August 2
The city got another feather in its cap when in a rare and contrasting manner, Abhinav (18) and Flying Sikh Milkha Singh (72) were nominated for this year’s Arjuna Award. Abhinav was being conferred the award for his achievements in shooting, while Milkha Singh for his life-time achievement in athletics.

‘It was the beginning of another motivational step in my son’s career’’, said Abhinav’s mother as their phone kept ringing receiving congratulation messages on their son being nominated for the Arjuna Award. Abhinav’s father who all these years had been carrying the forte of the total management of his son’s sports schedule on his shoulders, got the news through the National Rifle Association of India at around 5.45 pm. “I am very happy that the Government of India has recognised Abhinav’s potential at a very young age. It will certainly boost his morale and motivate him for bringing more laurels for the country,” he said.

Abhinav on asking how he felt, said, “Yes, definitely I am happy but these awards are secondary to me. I want to reach the zenith of glory in the world of shooting”.

Abhinav represented India last year in the Sydney Olympics and also won medals in the World Cup Shooting and European Circuit. Presently he is preparing for Commonwealth Shooting to be held at Bisley (England) later this month.

The legendary Milkha Singh was also spotted late in the evening. He said it was really a pleasant surprise for him that after having received Padma Shri, now he was being conferred with this award. But when he was told that he was given this award for his life-time achievement, he said that only genuine sportspersons must have been chosen for this coveted award. Though there were many other sportspersons who performed well in their life, they were not recognised, he said. Likewise Parduman Singh was given the award last year only when he was struggling for life.

When this reporter talked to his wife, Ms Nirmal Milkha Singh, former top-ranking volleyball player and former Joint Director, Sports UT, she said she was quite astonished when she heard the news. She was getting numerous congratulatory calls from Delhi and elsewhere. Milkha Singh got Padma Shri in 1958.

Various sportspersons of the city were quiet elated after listening this news. Mr D.K. Mukerjee, founder of the Chandigarh Badminton Association, and Mr T.P.S. Puri, secretary of the CBA, were happy at the giving of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna to Pullella Gopi Chand in badminton and also his coach S.M. Arif for Dronacharya Award.

Sabeeha Dhillon, an ace air rifle shooter, who celebrated her birthday today said it was a great day for shooting as Anjali Ved Pathak among women and Abhinav Bindra among men were chosen for the prestigious award. Jaswinder Singh, a senior SAI hockey coach, was quite happy that G.S. Bhangu and Balkishan Singh, both hockey coaches, were chosen for the Dronacharya Award.


Manav Mangal School shines in TT tourney
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 2
Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula, dominated the Panchkula District Table Tennis Tournament, organised by the Panchkula Table Tennis Association at CL DAV, Sector 11, on the second day also. All three positions in the under-12 boys category went to students of Manav Mangal.

Akshay beat Aditya (both of MMS) 3-2, whereas Harpreet (MMS) beat Nikhil (DAV Surajpur) 3-1. In under-14 boys category both first and second positions went to Prateek and Ankur of MMS, whereas the third position went to Deepak of DAV of Surajpur.

In the under-14 girls category, the first position was bagged by Pankhuri of DAV Surajpur, whereas the second and third positions went to Anjali and Swati of MMS. In the under-17 boys category, Prateek of MMS beat Mayank of CL DAV 3-1 to reach the final. The Finals will be held on August 3 between Prateek (MMS) and Manikant (SD Public School).

Results: under-12 boys: Akshay (MMS) beat Aditya (MMS) 3-2; Harpreet (MMS) beat Nikhil (Surajpur) 3-1. under-14 boys: Prateek (MMS) beat Ankur (MMS) 3-0; Deepak (DAV Surajpur) beat Rahul (DC Model) 3-0. under-14 girls: Pankhuri (DAV Surajpur) beat Anjali (MMS) 3-0; Swati (MMS) beat Vanita (MMS) 3-1. Prateek (MMS) beat Mayank (CL DAV) 3-1.


MC to conduct survey to increase limits
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, August 2
The SAS Nagar municipal council is conducting a fresh survey of the areas to be included within its limits. The move follows an objection by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to the inclusion of underdeveloped areas within the limits of the local civic body.

Officials of the civic body said the focus would be to include the factories located in the industrial estates set up by the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) in Phase 8. A number of software development companies, Godrej GE and some other units would be included in the extended limits.

Earlier the civic body had proposed to include five new sectors ( Sectors 76 to 80), Badmajra village, area of the proposed railway station at Kambala village along the Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail link and certain areas of Balongi to increase the revenue from octroi collection. The civic body had projected an additional income of at least Rs 1 crore by including around 2000 acres of area within the municipal council.

PUDA has expressed fear that bringing the new sectors and other undeveloped areas within the municipal limits would encourage unauthorised constructions in violation of the Periphery Act. Once the area was brought within the municipal limits, approvals of site plans and other constructions would rest with the civic body. The position in case of five new sectors — land acquisition proceedings of which have been stayed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court — was piquant as inclusion of the area in the municipal limits before PUDA acquires it would jeopardise their planning.

Officials of the civic body said in case of civic bodies of Dera Bassi, Banur, Kharar, the state government in the past had accorded permission of change of land use subject to approval of the building plans by the state Housing and Urban Development Department. A notification would have to be issued by the government to allow change of land use in the periphery, said the sources.

As per the existing limits (around 8,000 acres) of the civic body, the area from which it was collecting revenue included residential area from Phase 1 to Phase 11, Sectors 70 and 71, Matour village, Phase 6 and Phase 7 of the Industrial Area, and major part of Phase 8 and Phase 9 focal point. 


Notice of motion to doctor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
Issuing notice of motion to the Union of India, the Director of Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital and other respondents, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked Prof and Head of the Microbiology Department, Dr R.M. Joshi, to show cause as to why he may not be ousted from the post.

In his petition taken up by the Bench comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Mr Justice M.M. Kumar, a member of Lawyers Initiative, Mr Ranjan Lakhanpal, had earlier stated that Dr Joshi was ineligible to hold the “public post of a professor” as he had concealed information regarding his termination due to absence from duty from the institute he was previously working in.

Going into the background, the petitioner had stated that the respondent was terminated from service after he left the country for Africa without getting leave sanctioned from the competent authority.


Issue of plan approval for villages undecided
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 2
It is a matter that has tied the authorities in knots: the issue of approving plans for villages within the municipal limits of Panchkula remains undecided even seven months after the formation of the municipal council.

Sources said that the Haryana Urban Development Authority had shot off a letter to the Director, Urban Development, to clarify its position with regard to approval of building plans for villages with the complete transfer of sectors and villages likely in the near future.

The power of approval of building plans in the villages within the city wrested not with HUDA but with the village panchayat which gave its nod to all construction and plans within the village limits.

“We do not have any bylaws to grant approval to villages since HUDA bylaws lay down conditions only for the construction and plans of building in sectors. The letter sent to the urban development cell seeks to clarify the status of villages,” Mr Arun Gupta, Administrator, HUDA, said.

With the notification of a municipal council on January 26 this year, most responsibilities of HUDA were passed on to the local body. Along with this went the developed sectors of the city and the village therein.

While sorting out the nitty-gritty of the transfer of responsibilities, the task of approval of building plans for the sector fell into the lap of HUDA which already had a functional wing for the purpose. The approval being a technical job coupled with paucity of staff with the MC came to be with HUDA.

Now, while thrashing out what remains to be sorted out between HUDA and the municipal council, ambiguity about approvals of building plans was discovered.

When contacted, Director, Urban Development, Mr Sanjeev Kaushal, said that while HUDA was carrying on with the task of approving building plans for sectors, any discrepency with regard to villages would be examined by the department. “If HUDA has no guidelines on these, we will work out an alternative system. We will examine the case and see what can be done,” he said.

Mr Kaushal added that the municipal council was also being “equipped” with the task force of a technical wing for the approval of plans. “We already have a Chief Town Planner and a complete town planning cell. The government has approved two posts of District Town Planner and approval for Assistant Town Planners has been sought. Also, we are utilising the services of the Senior Town Planner of the local body at Faridabad,” he explained.


Encroachments removed
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, August 2
The local administration today removed encroachments from shamlat land in Sohana village here today.

According to information available, the district revenue officials led by a strong posse of police removed at least 25 structures, heaps of cow dung and other obstructions.

The drive was carried out on the directions of the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar. A number of villagers of Sohana had complained to the Deputy Commissioner about the encroachments.


DSP reverted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
A DSP with the local police, Mr Dayanand, was reverted to the post of Inspector by the Chandigarh Administration today.

According to sources, Mr Dayanand has been reverted following an order of the Central Administrative Tribunal.

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