Friday, October 26, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Inclusion of Kansal, Nadha in NAC opposed
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, October 25
Citing geographical barrier, the state Local Government Department and the Town and Country Planning Department are reported to have objected to the inclusion of Kansal and Nadha in the proposed Notified Area Committee in Nayagaon area. It has been pointed out that Kansal being landlocked by UT’s land, including forest area, integration of services with that of Nayagaon was not possible.

Including Kansal did not go by the basic principle of contiguity in the planning of a town or civic body. A political decision to constitute the NAC apart, the Local Government Department is learnt to have opposed the formation of the civic body as it sees no source of income.

A committee constituted by the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, to study the pros and cons of the proposed NAC has submitted its recommendations to the Director, Local Government. The committee consisted of the SDM , Kharar, a Deputy Director of Local Government Department, Executive Officer of Kharar civic body and officials of the Town and Country Planning Department.

Sources in the Local Government Department said as the Chief Minister was keen on notifying the NAC, the recommendations of the committee had been forwarded to the Principal Secretary to Local Government. The Principal Secretary, Local Government, Dr B.C. Gupta, said the proposal was under consideration.

The officials have pointed out that there was little scope for further development as only few chunks of land had been left out in the unauthorised construction activity. An area of around 500 acres, having a population of around 40,000 in Gobind Vihar, Adarash Nagar, Janta colony , Shivalik Enclave, Dasmesh Nagar and Chhoti Karor had been recommended for being made part of the NAC. The committee is said to have pointed out that the objections under the Periphery Act and the Controlled Area under the Forest Act needed to be cleared before the NAC was formed. The sources said there was no storm water and sewerage network and integration of services could be problem.

An official of the Local Government said the objections held little ground in the light of the political decision taken by the government. 


Admn measures to check flies, mosquitoes in poultry farms
A.S. Prashar
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 25
Alarmed by the serious health hazard posed by the menace of houseflies and mosquitoes to the general public in this township, the district administration today announced tough measures to exercise tighter control over hundreds of poultry farms and hatcheries dotting the entire Raipur Rani-Barwala belt.

Mr M.S. Yadav, Sub Division Magistrate, Panchkula, while issuing an order under Section 144 Cr PC, in a talk with TNS here, said that FIRs would be registered against the owners of poultry farms and hatcheries who failed to maintain sanitary conditions in and around their farms due to poor house-keeping and mismanagement of litter generated by the birds of the poultry farms.

According to official information available, erratic and irregular spray of insecticides in the affected areas has led to the houseflies developing immunity. The gravity of the situation is now such that even three sprays of Movane have not been able to rid this area of flies. Local residents revealed that sprays of such insecticides remain effective only for a period of five to 10 days.

Mr Yadav said that all this had been brought out in a survey conducted sometime ago by officials of the Haryana State Pollution Control Board, Poultry Development and Medical Officer of the Health Department and subsequent checking by the block level team constituted by the DC.

Despite repeated requests and persuasion, hatchery owners have failed to adopt proper house and sanitation management. The prescription of drugs with feed to be administered to the birds have also not been adhered to by poultry owners despite several requests by the panches and sarpanches of the area, the general public and the district administration.

The order lays down that:

  • Solid waste generated by the poultry farms should be dumped by making compost pits or by providing bio-digester. The poultry farm owners will ensure the removal of litter from the poultry farms regularly and it should be covered to avoid breeding of flies.
  • Dead birds will not be disposed of in open and incinerator should be provided to incinerate the egg and dirt or the dead birds should be buried at a depth of not less than 5 feet under the earth.
  • Feeding material meant for the poultry birds will be dry. It must not be kept exposed in open air and driers must be used.
  • The water being discharged from poultry farms will be used for plantation and there should be no cesspool. Bleaching powder should be used for floor washing/cleaning.
  • 50gm of cyromax drug be mixed with 100 kg of feed and it should be administered thrice in a year i.e. during the months of January-February, May-June and September-October. Similarly, Nuvan spray 50ml be mixed with 15 litres of water and sprayed on 2000 sq ft area to ensure that breeding of flies does not take place.
  • Herbicide will be used to avoid unnecessary grasses and weed control.
  • A register will be maintained for food pattern, including the drugs administered to the birds, spray and pesticides and even the number of dead birds.
  • Civil surgeon and district administration will be intimated in case of any epidemic in the area. 

Admn bans crackers from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
The Chandigarh Administration today banned the use of fire crackers in the city from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. It was also decided to ban the crackers within a radius of 100 metres in the silence zones. These zones are around hospitals, educational institutions, courts and religious places.

The ban has been enforced under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.P.C.) and any violation will invite action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. This order will come into force from midnight on October 26, 2001, and will be effective for 21 days.

The orders have been issued keeping in mind the directions of the Supreme Court regarding control of noise pollution arising out of the bursting of fire crackers during festivals. Issuing the orders, the District Magistrate said, “During the Dasehra-Divali period, noise pollution caused by bursting of fire crackers is likely to create annoyance and can cause injury to the health of members of public and that there is a need to prevent the same by restricting the use of fire crackers.

The Administration further decided that the state education resource centres and schools would also take appropriate steps to educate students about the ill-effects of air and noise pollution.


Rally against use of crackers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
Students of Government Middle School, Daria, organised a rally to spread the message of avoiding the use of cracker, here today. Based on the theme, “say no to crackers’’, the students carrying placards and raising slogans marched through the sector.

The rally was organised by the Children’s Alliance for Protection of Environment (CAPE) and was flagged off by Mr S.K. Sharma, president of CAPE. The rally was led by Ms Lavleen Kaur, headmistress of the school.

Over 150 students of the school as well as staff members pledged not to use crackers during Dasehra and Divali festivals to prevent injuries and noise and air pollution.Back


Most of cracker business illegal
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
The multi-crore seasonal business of crackers and fireworks in most parts of the northern region is in violation of the Explosives Act, 1884, and the Explosives Rules, 1983, as a majority of the districts in Punjab and Haryana have no licensee to procure, store and sell crackers.

Only one dealer from Punjab applied for a licence to store crackers and fireworks this year. There are fewer than 10 licensees in Punjab and Haryana who can procure crackers and fireworks, transport them and store them in their approved warehouses before retailing them. The licence is issued by the Controller of Explosives, a department under the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Sources reveal that the entire trade is carried out in utter violation of the provisions of both the Explosives Act and the Explosives Rules, copies of which are circulated religiously every year among the District Magistrates by the Controller of Explosives.

According to the annual report (1999) of the Department of Explosives, crackers and fireworks manufactured during 1998-99 totalled 85,698 tonnes valued at Rs 685.58 crore. Of these, fireworks weighing 1,007 tonnes worth Rs 33 crore were exported. The rest were used within the country. North India is a major market for crackers and fireworks.

While some powers for issuing licences for the retail sale of crackers (up to a maximum of 40 kg) and fireworks (400 kg) are delegated to the District Magistrates, other licences, including those for transportation and storage, are issued by the Controller or the Chief Controller of Explosives.

Investigations reveal that in Amritsar, the district administration shifted all dealers in crackers and fireworks outside the city limits to a place near the Transport Area. Since the business premises of these dealers are contiguous, the Controller of Explosives has raised serious objections, saying that they cannot be permitted to run their trade from adjoining built-up shops as they are a major security risk.

Similarly, even the temporary licences issued by the District Magistrates throughout the region are in violation of the September, 1984, notification of the Department of Explosives under which fireworks and crackers must be kept in a shed made of non-inflammable material which is closed and secured so as to prevent access to unauthorised persons. But in reality most of these sheds are of inflammable material — cloth (tents) and wooden planks.

Another condition is that such sheds should be at a distance of at least 3 metres from each other. This condition, too, is seldom followed and dealers are allowed to run shops adjoining each other without a gap of even 1 ft.

The third condition that the sheds should not face each other, too, is hardly followed.


NSG defuses explosives
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
A two-member bomb disposal team of the National Security Guards (NSG) today defused a large quantity of explosives and bombs which were lying in various police stations in the city. The exercise was carried out at the Patali ki Rao choe in the morning.

Not all explosives, however, defused as some of these were case properties.

A statement issued here today said that the explosive material defused was that seized under TADA and the Arms Act in two separate cases registered during 1990 and 1991. These included eight slabs of RDX which was lying at the Sector 39 police station.

Other materials defused included 2 kg RDX powder, 40 explosive sticks, five device bombs, four explosive straps, four explosive device receivers, a hook plastic explosive device, fuse pressure, press band detonator device, 10 explosive pins of bombs, seven pressure detonator devices, 23 pieces of charge brass and four electric batteries. These had been lying at the Sector 26 police station.

A sandy area of about 400 m radius was cordoned off and the explosives were placed in a deep trench along with protective measures, including sand bags and bomb umbrellas, before being blasted.

The explosives which continue to remain in police custody include 13 kg RDX, which is the case property in the Beant Singh assassination case, 2 kg of PETN, which was to be used for blowing up the Burail jail and a few other bombs.

The police decided to approach the authorities concerned in New Delhi for the disposal of a large quantity of explosives lying in various maalkhanas here by the NSG. This was after the Army refused to concede to the city police’s request for the disposal of the highly explosive material lying here.


Goyal, Ajaib Singh elected
PU graduates’ constituency polling
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
On the fourth day of counting for the polling in the graduates constituency of Panjab University, Mr Ashok Goyal and Dr Ajaib Singh were declared elected here today.

Both candidates were able to complete their minimum quota of 2936 votes. Votes of more than 10 candidates who were at the bottom of the list of vote securers were re-distributed among the other candidates in the evening and the process was continuing till late into the night.

This means that seven out of the total 15 graduates who are to make it to the Senate have been decided. There were as many as 36 candidates in the fray. Barring Mr Goyal and Dr Ajaib Singh, those who have already made it to the house include Mr Sanjiv Kumar Bandlish, Principal R.C. Jeevan, Principal Subash Chander Marriya, Mr Rajender Bhandari and Mr Mukesh Arora.

The next top contender on the list is Dr R.N. Sharma with nearly 2475 votes. Among others on top of the list are Ranveer Pratap Asija, Mr Pawan Valecha, Mr Ashok Sachdev, Mr Paramjit Pammi and Mr Dhirender Kumar Tayal, besides others.

The final total of vote was 55,554. As many as 8585 votes were declared invalid. The final number of valid votes was 46,969.

A cross section of contesters and senior teachers at the venue said the university should deliberate on an alternate way of election process. There were about 55,000 votes and it would take at least five days to select the final winners which was a very lengthy process. Fellows and teachers can come up with alternate plans which can be deliberated in the house before any final decision is taken.

It is being felt that under the current scenario very few candidates will be able to fulfill the minimum quota of votes for selection. The process of elimination of candidates with minimum votes will present the final picture.

After working over the distribution of votes throughout last night, the process was given a break till 2 p.m. today before the work restarted.


3 lions undergo vasectomy operation
Our Correspondent

Chhat Bir, October 25
In order to check, the increasing number of lions at the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological park, the Zoo authorities today conducted vasectomy operations upon three “royal inhabitants”.

The animals had been “stuffed” in houses of the lion safari for over two months.

Due to rise in the lion population over the past 10 years, the lion safari and other enclosures had become cramped.

Mr R.K. Luna, Zoo Director, said the operations of the lions were conducted by a team of veterinary doctors, headed by Prof S.S. Singh, from Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana.

The team of doctors was assisted by Dr VK Bhalla, a veterinary doctor, posted in the Chhat village dispensary.

The three lions regained consciousness after over 50 minutes. Later they were released into separate enclosures.

Mr Luna said vasectomy operations of 13 other lions would be conducted in different phases soon.

He said the major reason for the increase in population was faulty breeding exercise, resulting in large-scale inter-breeding among the animals.

The zoo has 81 lions, including 20 males, 36 females and 25 cubs. Besides, 38 Royal Bengal tigers are also being reared here, he added.


PHRO holds CRPF men guilty
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 25
A fact-finding team of the Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO) in the October 17 incident at Naya Gaon in which CRPF personnel attached to the Punjab Chief Minister security had stormed the village and beaten up residents, has held the CRPF personnel guilty and recommended suspension of the police personnel posted at the village’s police post.

The report signed by a former judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and Chairman of the PHRO, Justice Ajit Singh Bains, has recommended that the CRPF men involved be booked and arrested under Sections 330, 307 and 306 of the Indian Penal Code. The team was also of the opinion that no sanction for the prosecution of the men was required since they were not acting on orders nor were they deployed in the village.


Dasehra venues get heavy security
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
In view of Dasehra celebrations tomorrow, the police has made elaborate security arrangements in the city to prevent any untoward incident. The police has thrown a security blanket around all 29 venues where the effigies are to go up in flames.

According to police officials, around 1,200 police personnel and home guard volunteers are being deployed. Nine Deputy Superintendents of Police and all station house officers will also be on duty.

Besides routine patrolling, nakas at various points are being set up. Personnel in plain-clothes are also being posted at various locations around the city. Sources in the police department also stated that an alert has been sounded at the Sector 17 inter state bus terminus. Commuters have been warned against handling suspicious and unclaimed objects, including bags and wallets.

Shoppers have also been asked to remain cautious. The police is also requesting the residents to inform it on seeing any “person roaming under suspicious circumstances”.


Dasehra would be celebrated at two places in the town — Phase 1 and Phase 8. The police authorities said they had received information that local estate office had given permission to hold Dasehra at the two places. However, the SDM, Mr Jai Pal Singh said nobody had applied for the purpose.


Riar excluded from screening panel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
Mayor Harjinder Kaur-led faction of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) here today formed a three-member election committee sans the local unit president, Mr Gurpartap Singh Riar, for screening candidates for the Municipal Corporation elections due in December.

The committee immediately invited applications from the aspirants till November 10 for screening.

The senior vice-president of the local unit of the SAD, Mr G. S. Palia, the general secretary, Mr N. S. Minhas, and Mr Amrit Singh Chaudhary have been nominated to the committee.

This was decided at an executive committee meeting of the group held today.

Chaired by Mr Palia, the committee only has members backing Ms Kaur.

The executive which Mr Riar does not recognise, also resolved that the committee would ‘’amicably sort out the adjustment of seats with the BJP.’’

The resolution of the executive is in contrast with Mr Riar’s stand that if the BJP had a truck with this faction he would put up candidates out of alliance.

The committee will recommend the names of suitable candidates to the SAD high command.

The BJP secretary and Chandigarh in charge, Mr O. P. Kohli, has already said that if the local unit of the SAD was not able to decide candidates, he would ask the SAD high command to offer candidates for the alliance.

The committee has also set pre-qualifications for those who could apply for candidature. 


Jacob stresses on fighting evil
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
The Governor of Punjab, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today called upon the people to fight evil as was done by ‘Maryada Purushottam’ Lord Rama.

Felicitating people on the eve of Dasehra, he said the day motivated us to renew our fight against disruptive forces, which are threatening the unity and integrity of the country.

General Jacob called upon the people to celebrate the festival with traditional enthusiasm.


BSNL plans new phone directory
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 25
BSNL, Chandigarh, has decided to bring out a telephone directory on CD ROM which is likely to be released by Nov 7. 

Persons, whose names and addresses have been wrongly entered in the directory, can send the correct entries to the nigam on Fax 545799 or to Mr Rajiv Singla, CO (VAS), SCO 68-69, Sec 8C by October 30. 


Man cheated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
Prompted by advertisements carried by different newspapers, Mr Amjad Khan, a resident of Burail village in the UT, today said he filled in a form and sent a sum of Rs 400 to the International Marketing and Leasing Corporation in the hope that he would get an LG colour TV through a draw of lots as promised in the advertisement.

But instead of a parcel, he received another identical letter with the same language demanding Rs 400, this time from another company, Sagar Sales (India). Now he has received another letter demanding Rs 400 for a TV. 


Held for assaulting MC Inspector
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
The police has arrested a Sector 22 resident, Rajeshwar Pathak, for allegedly assaulting and threatening Mr Kali Ram, an inspector with the Enforcement Wing of Municipal Corporation. A case has been registered.

Jewellery stolen: A Sector 46 resident Mohit Kumar has reported that about 18 tola gold jewellery is missing from his wall safe. He has claimed that the portion of the wall behind the safe was broken. The theft was found at about 1 pm today afternoon. The complainant has stated that due to ongoing construction in the adjoining house for the past few days, the family decided to remove the jewellery from the safe. However, when the safe was opened, the jewellery, estimated by him to be over Rs 80,000, was found missing.

Burglary: A Sector 19 resident Sanjay Gautam has complained that his house was broken into while he was away and two gold karas, three gold chains, five wrist watches, two silver glasses, two small silver pots and cash worth Rs 4,000 were stolen. A case has been registered.

Theft: The theft of two safe boxes containing cash worth Rs 10,000 and Rs 12,000, and an amplifier from Pracheen Shiv Mandir, Sector 40, has been reported. A case has been registered.

Stolen: A Sector 44 resident Jawala Prashad has reported that the engine of his scooter along with two wheels has been stolen from his residence. A case has been registered.

Booked: Sehbal Ghosh has reported that his servant Ram Chander, a resident of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, has decamped with Rs 90,000 from his firm in Sector 35. The police has registered a case.

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