Friday, June 14, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


MC order on removal of building material
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 13
Concerned over the possibility of construction material blocking the drainage system in the city, the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has asked residents to remove sand and gravel lying in front of their residences immediately — at least before the onset of the monsoons.

The authorities, sources claim, are serious about taking action against those residents who have failed to remove the construction material even though several months have passed since the completion of renovation or construction of their houses. The authorities are even considering the feasibility of issuing public notices in local newspapers, asking the residents to take “effective steps for the removal such material as soon as possible”.

A senior MC official said modalities were being worked out by the department concerned. He added that residents were supposed to remove the material, as well as the debris, on their own otherwise also and the MC staff had time and again been asking them to do so. “But now, with the rainy season round the corner, I think the residents should be realising their responsibilities and acting on their own without forcing us to take action against them,” the official said. Regarding the action against the residents who failed to do the needful despite their request and repeated warnings, the official claimed that the authorities would proceed against them by “going to the extent of imposing fine, which may amount to Rs 500”.

“The gravel and the sand cover the opening of the drains thereby forcing the water to accumulate on the roads,” said an official. “This was not only resulting in creation of problems for vehicles, forcing them to stall in the middle, but was also damaging the newly laid roads and streets”.

“With the coming of the rains, the sand and the gravel tends to flow all over the road.”, he added.


Girl moves court for harassment by father
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
In a daughter versus father case, 21-year-old Arti Aggarwal today accused her Panchkula-based Deputy Superintendent of Police father, Ram Kumar Aggarwal, of harassing her by not allowing to marry the groom of his choice.

In her petition filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking directions to the state of Haryana, Kurukshetra's Senior Superintendent of Police and other respondents for ensuring “security of life and liberty”, the petitioner claimed that she was severely beaten up by her father, mother and elder brother on September 18 last year for not accepting their wishes.

Arguing on her behalf, her counsel added that as a result of thrashing, the petitioner, a post-graduate student, was forced to leave her residence for saving her life. “She would have been either finished or rendered handicapped otherwise,” counsel had claimed.

Expressing apprehensions regarding her safety, counsel had asserted that Arti was receiving continuous threats and could be harmed physically. Some mishap could be organised and given the shape of an accident, he added. Counsel further demanded that Panchkula's Senior Superintendent of Police should be directed to ensure that the DSP, attached with the vigilance wing, did not misuse his official position. He added that the petitioner, being a major, "had the right to choose her life according to her will and wishes".

Going into the background of the case, counsel had added that if petitioner wanted to carry on with her studies, but the “family was of feudalistic thinking” and had no intentions of permitting her to continue with her studies.

Little wonder, she was constantly pressurised by her father and others of the family to marry the groom of their choice. Taking up the petition, Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar of the High Court today issued notice to the respondents to show cause why the petition should not be admitted. Mr Justice Kumar added that the DSP would also be served a notice through the state machinery. In his detailed order, Mr Justice Kumar ruled that Mr Ajay Singhal, claiming to be a friend of the petitioner, was present in the court. “He shall be present on the next date of hearing also”, the Judge concluded. The case will now come up for further hearing on June 19.


Admn compounding rules muddle?
Use of basements for commercial purposes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
No one seems to know clearly about the actual status of rules with regard to the use of basements for commercial purposes. The case of use of SCFs for commercial purpose highlighted by The Tribune is not an isolated case.

In the past the Chandigarh Administration has notified the permission in the name of relaxation and reforms but such directions do not reach the inspector level or the field staff entrusted with the responsibility of implementing these.

An amendment in the Punjab Capital (development and regulation) Building Rules, 1952, vide notification No C-68-54/IV/5323 (dated 04-09-1954) permits the use of basement to be for the same class of building of which it forms a part.

However, in case of Sector 17, the basement can be used for commercial purpose. All these years the Administration has treated the commercial use of basements as violation of rules. Samadhaan, a social pressure group maintains that after so many years the Administration has now found a novel way to absolve itself of all these illegal and unjustified actions of its staff by issuing a fresh notification in the name of relaxation of bylaws.

According to sources the notification of 1954 was partially modified in 1993, however, the modifications were not very clear. But what about action taken on people between 1954 and 1993? Well hundreds of buildings have faced harassment at the hands of estate office staff.

The ad-hocism, misinterpretation of policies and leaving the implementation part to the total discretion of the staff at field level has resulted in utter chaos in the name of building bylaws and has left the public at the mercy of the dealing staff. Confused administration is confusing the public by notifying those amendments, which already exist in the Act. This is all due to the lack of follow-up at the administrative level to oversee the proper implementation and interpretation of laws.

In another case regarding the validity of Rule 8-C for charging 33 per cent unearned increase from the allottees at the time of resale of property, on February, 12, 1996, the Finance Secretary, Chandigarh Administration vide its letter (No 5282-UTFI (3)-98/1496) had issued instructions that documents indicating the completion and occupation of the building like electricity connections, bill relating to regular water supply, documents about assessment of rent, among others may be relied upon. In cases where such documents are also not available, the Estate Officer may take a decision based on the circumstances and facts of each case and an indemnity may invariably be obtained in such case. In spite of all this, the Estate Office has been charging extension fee to the tune of thousands of rupees in each case from the owners where the document of sewerage connection was missing. And now the office of the Finance Secretary has come up with the notification (dated 14.05.2002) with similar language.


Promotion after resignation
PGI to reconsider Muralidharan’s case
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
In a unique move, PGI will reconsider promoting a PGI Associate Professor, Dr R. Muralidharan as Professor even after he has left the services of the PGI and joined one of the private hospitals in Chandigarh. PGI will reconsider Dr Muralidharan's case during the coming interviews to the posts of Professor and Assistant Professor from June 17.

Dr Muralidharan, Associate Professor of the Department of Endocrinology, had not been promoted during the recent internal promotions that took place at the PGI. Immediately after that he had resigned from the PGI. After the completion of his notice period, Dr Muralidharan cleared his dues from the PGI and joined as consultant in a private hospital. Sources however state that his resignation has not been ‘accepted’ by the PGI and that orders to reconsider his promotion as a special case has been given by the PGI President who is also the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare.

These interviews are likely to fill about 60 vacant posts in these categories in the PGI during the four day selection process. Thirteen posts of Professor and more than 40 posts of Assistant Professor will be filled through these open selections.

Another important feature of the interviews will be selection of Assistant Professors to the Department of Cardiology where the faculty positions are lying vacant after the recent departure of Dr Puneet Verma from the department. According to sources while there are just two insiders who are contesting for the two posts of Professor in the department only one application has so far been received for the three vacant posts of Assistant Professor in the department.


Relief sought for Kaluchak victims’ kin
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
Parents of the kids killed by terrorists in Kaluchak recently, and the Anti-Terrorist Front Haryana here today demanded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each from Haryana Governor Babu Parmanand.

Subedar Attar Singh and his wife met the Governor along with the Haryana unit president of the front, Dr Viresh Shandilya, to demand compensation for Amandeep Kaur (14) and Jitendra Singh (11).

They said employment should be provided to a family member of Subedar Gurlal Singh, whose wife was killed in the same attack.

The front chairman said that the Governor should direct the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to release funds as was done in the case of Kargil martyrs.

Dr Shandilya said the martyrdom of soldiers and their family members could not be compensated in any manner. However, taking care of the soldiers families keeps their morale high.

Subedar Gurlal Singh is a resident of Guhla village of Ambala district.

They pleaded that the children were martyrs as they had died on the Indo-Pakistan border.

The delegation said that some funds should be immediately released from the Governor’s discretionary quota.

Meanwhile, Dr Shandilya said he would carry a chariot march to Jammu and Kashmir on June 25 from the Bhagat Singh Memorial in Delhi to awaken the people against terrorism.


SP inaugurates police post
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 13
A police post was inaugurated in Sector 25 by the Superintendent of Police, Ms Charu Bali, here today, who said another post in Sector 12 was in the offing though resources for the same were yet to be worked out.

With the opening of the post, the only one in the Panchkula extension, the police has been able to meet a long-pending demand of residents.

Ms Bali added that though a number of police posts had been envisaged in the master plan of the city, the number of police posts would be increased keeping in view the rising population of the area. “This is a long-term plan and sanction from the government is sought depending upon the requirement,” she said.

Addressing the gathering, the SP stated that this was the fifth post to come under the Chandi Mandir police station.

She said the post would cover Sectors 25, 26, Madanpur, Moginand, ITBP and Police Lines and the public would not have to go far for dealing with police matters.

She appealed to the residents to cooperate with the police to ensure maintenance of law and order in the area. ASI Naresh Kumar has been made in charge of the post.


Commotion over woman’s death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
Commotion swept the General Hospital in Sector 16 here today afternoon following the death of a young newly married girl, Vandana, when her parents in a fit of anger and desperation hurled allegations at the girl’s in-laws of having poisoned her to death. However, by the evening they withdrew their allegations and accepted the fact that Vandana had died due to brain fever, claimed sources.

Sources in the hospital state that Vandana was suffering from brain fever and was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday and was accompanied by her parents and husband Mr Ashok Wadhwa.

Mr Ashok Wadhwa who is related to the owner a hotelier in Sector 22 is a resident of Mani Majra and had married Vandana just two months ago.

According to Mr Raju, the owner of the hotel, Vandana fell ill last weekend and was first taken to a private nursing home in Sector 8. ‘‘Since she started having fits on Sunday we took her to Mukat Hospital where she was treated by Dr Kansal. But on Tuesday she was shifted to General Hospital,’’said Mr Raju.

According to sources in GH-16 at the time of admission, Vandana was in a state of unconsciousness and running high fever. She was diagnosed with brain fever and was admitted to the emergency ward of the hospital. She was reportedly being treated for bacterial infection as well as brain fever.

Vandana died today at the hospital after her condition worsened. Her parents who are residents of Maloya started alleging that she had been killed. The hospital police informed Mani Majra police who has reportedly recorded statements of the two parties. Meanwhile, Vandana’s body has been kept in the mortuary for post-mortem.


Artistes’ body flays BJYM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
Members of the TV and Film Artists Association of Northern Region and many other prominent city-based residents today gathered at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, to condemn the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) for its attack on the freedom of expression of artists. They also condemned the act of Mr Tejinder Singh, who has served a legal notice upon Jaspal Bhatti through the organisation Lawyers for Social Reforms.

Jaspal Bhatti, who recently began working on the theme of Bhagat Singh with children attending a theatre workshop at his academy, stated that the BJYM had raised a furore without understanding the theme of the play “Butt jag paye” by Gursharan Singh. Association’s general secretary Gick Grewal said Jaspal Bhatti and his Nonsense Club is known for street shows. He has been using theatre to attack rampant social evils like bride burning, adulteration, scams and many more.

Mr G.S. Chani, Chairperson, Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi, questioned the locus standi of Mr Tejinder Singh by asking him what his background in the field of theatre and films was? He added that BJYM and Lawyers for Social Reforms had attacked the freedom of expression of artistes. Also present on the occasion was Mr Nek Chand, the creator of Rock Garden, who showed solidarity with the artists. He said Bhatti’s idea behind training young Bhagat Singhs was well reasoned.

Gursharan Singh, president, Chandigarh School of Drama, said BJYM could not stop the artistes from performing. Vijay Tandon, renowned actor, also said that BJYM and Lawyers for Social Reforms, had failed to understand the theme behind Jaspal Bhatti’s move. After the condemnation the gathered personalities said a special prayer for BJYM and Lawyers for Social Reforms so that members of these were blessed with some sense of humour to enable them to understand the spirit behind humorous plays.

It was also decided that the association would file a defamation case against Mr Tejinder Singh and Lawyers for Social Reforms. Among those who attended the meeting were Vinod Sharma, Dr Ranjit, Vikram, Brijesh Ahuja, Lalli Gill, Sandip Chug and Ravinder Grover.


Jacob serves sweetened milk at ‘chhabeel’
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 13
The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob, today served sweetened water and “parshad” to passers-by at a “chhabeel” organised outside Punjab Raj Bhavan on the eve of martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev. Officials and staff of the Raj Bhavan also participated in the ‘chhabeel’.

“Chhabeels” were organised in other parts of the city also. Enthusiastic volunteers, holding glasses of icy drink, stopped the vehicles to offer them “some cool relief”.


Admn’s move welcomed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
The Pind Bachao Committee, a body of villagers who were uprooted to make way for planned development in Chandigarh, while welcoming the proposed step to regularise constructions outside the lal dora has demanded that all regularisations outside the lal dora be carried out free of cost.

If charges are levied it will be nothing short of administrative cheating and penalty on the villagers for want of administrative mis-management and lack of planning on part of the Administration. This will be discrimination, cheating and exploitation with 35,000 rural families.


Touch-screen computer at GPO
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
Mr Vijay Bhushan, who has taken over as the Principal Chief Post Master General, Punjab circle, visited the GPO here today.

Mr Bhushan also inaugurated the “touch-screen information kiosk” installed at the GPO.

Public visiting the GPO can now have information regarding postal rates, interest rates, pin code numbers and postal life insurance through the touch-screen computer.


Snag rectified
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 13
Thousands of telephone lines pertaining to 73,72 and 55 level were finally restored today after the snag which had put people to inconvenience for the past three days was rectified. The Tribune had received a number of complaints during these days of different nature. In 73 level the number with prefix 730,731,732,733,734 were the maximum hit.


Mohali resident dies in mishap
Our Correspondent

Nahan, June 13
A person was killed and three injured when a Mohali-based family returning from Hem Kund Sahib met with an accident near Bohlio village, 11 km from here, on the Nahan-Paonta road today.

Mr S.P.S. Verma, SP Sirmaur said here today that the accident took place when a Santro car (No. CH-03C-6910) in which the family was travelling collided with a truck (No. HP-12-4409).

Balvinder Singh (51) who was driving the car died on the spot while his wife Amarjeet Kaur, son Gurjeet Singh (25), and a five-year-old child received injuries.

Mr Verma said the truck belonged to the Irrigation and Public Health Department, Nalagarh. The driver of the truck absconded leaving the truck behind.

A case was registered, he said.


ASI booked in abduction case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 13
The police today registered a case of rioting, abduction, threat and assault causing minor injury against an Assistant Sub Inspector of the Punjab Police, Ravinder Singh and others.

As per police sources, the accused had reportedly abducted Neeraj Kumar and his friend Rajesh Kumar from Sector 27 on June 11. Sources added that Neeraj Kumar was released by the accused in Balachaur today. It could not be known whether Rajesh had also been released or not.

Neeraj's father is an employee of the BSNL in Chandigarh while Rajesh is a resident of Balachaur. Family members of Neeraj are said to be in Balachaur where Neeraj is being treated for his injuries. A case has been registered under Sections 147, 149, 323, 365, 452 and 506 of the IPC.



Undertrial assaults cop
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 13
An undertrial, Randhir Singh, allegedly assaulted a constable with the UT police, Randeep Singh, today while he was being taken to a temporary jail on the court premises after his appearance before the UT Additional and Sessions Judge in an appeal petition moved by him.

Thereafter the constable, lodged a complaint against the accused in the Sector 17 police station. The police has registered a case under Sections 224, 322 and 353 of the IPC.

Later, the accused was produced before the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal and was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.

THEFT: Thieves reportedly broke into the house of Mr Radhey Sham in Mauli Jagran on Sunday night and stole jewellery.

According to the police the thieves took away gold items, including one chain, a nose pin, a ring, a tikka, three nose rings, four bangles besides some silver jewellery and cash worth Rs 2,500. A case has been registered in this regard.

ROAD MISHAP: Lokesh, a resident of Sector 26, was injured after he was hit by a truck outside his house on Tuesday. Lokesh, who is suffering from hearing disorder was admitted to a private hospital. The truck driver escaped after abandoning the truck.

In another incident, Jasbir Singh, a resident of Sector 15, was injured after his scooter was hit by a car on the roads separating Sector 44 and 45. The car driver fled from the sopt. Cases have been registered.

CASE REGISTERED: A resident of Sector 25 has accused Yash Pal, resident of Sector 24, of abducting his minor daughter. A case has been registered in this regard.

VEHICLE THEFT: Mr Deepak Sharma, a resident of Sector 11, Panchkula, reported to the police that his Kinetic Honda (CH 01 P 3661) was stolen from a parking lot in Sector 7 on Tuesday. A case had been registered.

FOUR HELD: The police arrested four persons from different parts of the city for gambling at public places here yesterday. Those arrested by the police are Naresh Kumar, Ajay Kumar and Vijay Kumar, all residents of Naya Gaon and Sandeep Kumar, a resident of Dadu Majra Colony.


WOMAN KILLED: An aged woman of Kuri village died after she was manhandled by her three neighbours at her house yesterday. According to the information available, the victim, Bachan Kaur had some dispute with her neighbours — Jarnail Singh, Jeet, Parkash Singh and Didar Singh of Rani Majra village. A case under Section 304 and 34 of the IPC has been registered by the police.


Motor mechanics rue MC decision
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
The Municipal Corporation seems to have forgotten that there is an authorised motor mechanic market in Sector 28 allotted a few months back to mechanics by the Chandigarh Administration.

In a public notice issued today, the corporation has warned people against going to Sectors 21, 27 and 28 for repair work.

The notice has warned that vehicles getting repaired in these areas from where mechanics have been removed and rehabilitated would be impounded along with the tools of the mechanics.

The confusion, however, persists as corporation officials are not creating any hindrances to those coming for any repair work in the booths allotted to mechanics in Sector 28 C, near the petrol pump.

Agitated booth owners questioned the decision of the Municipal Corporation to publicly ‘’dissuade’’ customers from coming to an authorised market, allotted specifically to mechanics by the administration.

They said the notice had harmed their business and if the corporation did not clear the position they would have to resort to agitation.

A shopkeeper of spare parts shop said the corporation should apologise to the mechanics and issue another public notice allowing people to go to Sector 28 booths.

A shopkeeper, Mr D. P. Ahuja, said the architectural planning of the booths for mechanics was the worst in the country with almost no application of imagitiveness.

The mechanics said there was no space for parking near booths and no shed were allowed. Toilets, electricity and water had not yet been provided, which had driven customers away from the markets of Sector 28 and 43.

The corporation notice only mentions repair work in Sectors 48, 38 and 52 where new booths for mechanics have been allowed.

The spare parts and accessories dealers also joined mechanics of Sector 28 by announcing their strike on June 14, 15 and 16 but only for their cause of getting relaxation for allowing fitting of accessories.

Spare parts dealers, Mr Balkishan Bhutani and Mr Manish Khanna said their business was being destroyed and they were not being allowed even replacement of spares.

They, however, said better facilities in booths would still keep their business alive. They said mechanics had fallen ill as they had to work without any shelter and their business in the summers and monsoon could not be run in these conditions.

The Municipal Corporation is in no mood to even partially allow fitting of accessories fearing it would bring all roadside mechanics back to these sectors where the High Court had ordered the removal of encroachments.

Suggestions had earlier been floated to allow accessories businessmen in front of their shops only after a monthly parking fee had been paid by the shopkeepers for the reservation of parking.

It was also mooted by certain quarters that only those mechanics registered as employees with businessmen in accessories could carry out the fitting activity to prevent another mushrooming of roadside mechanics.


Drive to popularise milk products
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
The Punjab Minister for Cooperation, Mr G.S. Atwal, today visited the Sector 17-18 crossroads scratch and win campaign launched by the Punjab Milkfed to popularise its Verka brand of milk and milk products.

The minister who was accompanied by Mr A.R. Talwar, Registrar, Cooperartive Societies, Dr B.M. Mahajan, Managing Director, Punjab Milkfed, and Mr Lachhman Dass Sharma, General Manager, Mohali milk plant, praised the efforts of Milkfed to generate awareness about the Verka products in and around Chandigarh through this unique campaign. He emphasised the need for continuing such drives throughout the state by emphasising the nutritional aspects of Verka products.



LAUNCHED: Godrej Colour Soft, developed by Godrej Hair Care Institute, has launched three new fashion shades — dark mahogany, burgundy and copper brown.

Announcing the launch, Mr H.K. Press, Executive Director and President, Godrej Consumer Products Limited, said: “The company has launched three new fashion shades to give consumers choice in hair colouring. The shades are specially created keeping in mind Indian hair and skin tones”.

APPOINTED: Speedo, an international brand in swimwear, has appointed Planet Sports Pvt Ltd as its exclusive sole distributor and licencee in India.

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