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Property dealer-official nexus in land scam
CBI probe sought
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 2
An alleged property dealer-official nexus to sell prime land acquired by the Chandigarh Administration in Mani Majra has come to light.

Prime residential and commercial land in pocket no 2 was reportedly acquired by the Chandigarh Administration in 1990. However, a few years after the acquisition, certain unscrupulous property dealers started selling plots on the general power of attorney(GPA) allegedly in collusion with revenue officials of the administration, sources said.

Documents in the possession of Chandigarh Tribune revealed that the GPA of the land had been transferred to the sellers by several residents, including certain beneficiaries of the land acquisition scheme of the administration.

For instance, Mohinder Singh transferred the GPA to Prem Pal on March 20,1997. And the GPA had been duly registered in the Office of the UT Sub-Registrar, virtually making the sale of the acquired land legal.

In fact, the case of Mohinder Singh is not the isolated case. Another Mani Majra resident, Ranjodh Singh, also got his GPA registered in the name of Ghanshyam on December 26,1996.Ranjodh Singh, along with Om Parkash, was arrested by the UT Police last month for the alleged illegal possession of government land.

Meanwhile, the Federation of Lawyers against Corruption (FOLAC), in a representation to the UT Administrator, today demanded a CBI probe into role of the revenue officials concerned in the registration of the GPA.

The president of FOLAC, Mr Arvind Thakur, alleged that a property dealer-official nexus was operating in the prime land, which is just a stone’s throw from the busy Chandigarh-Kalka road. There is a large scale construction in the area and a large number of residents had reportedly constructed houses after purchasing the land through the GPA, sources said.

The sale of the land acquired by the administration was not possible without the knowledge of the senior revenue officials. While the officials had been let off, innocent persons, who were victims of the officials and property dealers, were being harassed by the police, he alleged.

The administration had recently arrested several persons under various provisions of law, including the Periphery Control Act to check encroachers. However, the administration is yet to examine the role of revenue officials in the encroachments and illegal sale of land, Mr Thakur alleged.



Admn gears up to close schools run from houses
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 2
Hundreds of students studying in schools running from residential premises here face an uncertain future as the administration gears up to close down these schools.

While the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) claims to have closed down 15-odd schools operating from houses or industrial plots within its area, no action has yet been taken against schools running from houses in Housing Board colonies. Though the Director, Urban Development, Haryana, has asked the municipal council to ensure that all schools operating from houses within the municipal limits are closed down, the MC here is still in the process of conducting a survey of such schools.

The Education Department, in the wake of a Punjab and Haryana High Court order, had issued notices to 150 schools to shut shop last month. The high court had ruled in September 2004 that all schools operating from residential premises should be closed down by April 30, and no extension be allowed to these schools. Later, the high court asked the state government to identify the number of vacant seats in government schools in the state, so that the students enrolled in the private and recognised schools, which are closed down, could be accommodated in these schools.

Officials in MC say that the Education Department officials have furnished a list of 150 schools running in residential areas in Panchkula, which also includes schools running in slums and villages. However, a high-powered committee set up by the Haryana Government to deal with the matter earlier this year, has decided to seek clarification from the high court regarding schools running from residential premises within slums and in rural areas.

MC officials say that about 15- 20 schools are still operating from residential premises in Housing Board colonies in Sectors 10, 11, 15 and 18. A number of these schools are being run from one-room houses, and two or three classes are run simultaneously in each room. The rules say that the size of a primary school site is 0.5 acre, middle school 1.5 acre in rural and 1 acre in urban areas, high school and senior secondary school site is of 2.5 acre in the rural and two acres in the urban areas.

“We will be able to complete the survey within the next two days and later initiate action against these schools,” says an official in the Urban Development Department. He says that the fate of students will not be affected as they can easily be accommodated in government schools of Panchkula. “We had already issued public notices, asking people not to admit their wards in these schools,” he adds.

The president of the Panchkula Recognised Schools Association, Mr R.K. Kakkar, said the authorities could not force them to close shop instantly. “They will have to allot us alternative sites and give us at least two years’ time to shut down,” he said. While school sites in all developed sectors have been allotted after auction, sites are now available only in new sectors in Panchkula Extension.



72-year-old woman murdered
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 2
A 72-year-old woman was found brutally murdered at her residence in Sector 18 here last night.

The victim, Brij Rani, was living alone after her husband died in 1984.

It is learnt some unidentified persons in December, 2003, had assaulted Brij Rani at her residence. But, she resisted bravely and thwarted the assault bid.

Mr Vijay Pal Singh, DSP (East), told Chandigarh Tribune that the victim was bludgeoned with a blunt edged heavy weapon. There was a deep wound on the forehead beside other head injuries. There were no other injury marks on any other part of the victim’s body. The motive behind the murder is still unknown.

The gold ear rings, chain, a gold ring and gold bangles that the victim used to wear, were missing. There were no other signs of robbery at the house. He also ruled out any property dispute being the reason behind the murder.

He added that the woman might have been killed at around 7 pm.

Meanwhile, the body was today handed over to the family members after the post-mortem examination. The victim was cremated later in the evening.

The police is working on various theories.

The police is also said to be quizzing some persons in this regard.

The murder came to light when a neighbour, on hearing high volume noises of the TV coming from the victim’s house, at around 10:30 pm, asked one Mr Satish Sharma, a tenant living at the first floor of the house to inquire.

Mr Sharma found the front door of the house opened and the lights were switched off. The victim’s body was lying in a pool of blood in a lobby adjacent to the kitchen.

There were also blood stains on a wall in the lobby indicating that the head of the victim was smashed to the wall.

There were signs of struggle at the spot. He informed Jyoti, the daughter of the victim, living in Sector 12 in Panchkula.

The switch boards in the rooms of the house were also found opened.

Jyoti came and informed the police about the incident. The police reached the spot with the forensic experts.

Brij Rani was living alone in one portion of the house as the half portion of the house was owned by her elder brother-in-law, said the police.

A case of murder under Section 302 IPC has been registered on a complaint filed by Satish Sharma. 



Fall in collection of property tax
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 2
The second instalment of the property tax payable to the Municipal Corporation has witnessed a substantial fall in the number of tax payers compared to the first lot. Reliable sources said that nearly 3000 had paid the tax till April 30, which was the last date for filing the second instalment. The first instalment witnessed payment by approximately 4,600 tax payers.

The list of defaulters in the second list includes the governments of Punjab and Haryana, Panjab University, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), a number of research institutions and majority of private schools and private colleges, besides a large number of traders. A majority in this category of tax defaulters had not deposited even the first instalment.

It is learnt that that PU had written to the corporation seeking a waiver on the tax to which the corporation had replied in the negative.

Reliable sources in the corporation said that the corporation was already under-way with sending notices to the list of defaulters in the first instalment. Notices have been forwarded to shopkeepers in Sectors 7, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 27, 28, 30, 32 and 42. “There has been no feedback to a majority of the notices, which means this category of defaulters had not taken the orders seriously. The last date of response to the notice had elapsed in certain cases”, a senior office said.

Tax defaulters who had not deposited the tax on time were required to pay 25 per cent extra. Charges were levied on account of the evaluation exercise which was to be carried by the corporation officials.

The follow-up action on non-payment of tax within 30 days of the notice includes declaring the tax as a ‘land revenue’. The property can be sealed and even auctioned for recovery of the due amount as “arrears of the land revenue”, the officer said. This part of the action will be carried under orders of the Deputy Commissioner.

In the first stage people had been asked to fill the self-assessment forms. The payments were to be paid till February 10. The time was later extended till February 28. Those availing the benefit of the self assessment scheme were entitled to a rebate of 10 per cent. The UT Administration had levied 3 per cent property tax on the annual rateable value of the commercial, institutional and industrial lands and buildings from November 22, 2004 onwards.

The concerned parties have the option of paying the tax for the ensuing year in the lumpsum or in two-half-yearly instalments. A rebate of 10 per cent is given to the assessee who deposits complete tax on the due date or before it.



Rs 11.09 crore MC budget passed
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 2
The general house of the Municipal Council today approved annual budget of Rs 11.09 crore. But whether the Council will be able to get Rs 3.80 crore of the approved budget proposal is a different matter.

For the past four years since the inception of MC, the Council has been unable to get its annual share of Rs 3 crore from Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) as a 75 per cent share from Extension fees. Also, the Rs 80 lakh annual contribution as Electricity charges have not been paid by state Power Utilities, nor has it received any rent from the multi purpose booths and milk booths in various sectors, which is being paid to HUDA.

The Councillors were unanimous in their appeal to the acting President, Ms Vandana Disodia, that be taken to ensure that HUDA and Power department pay back the MC’s share. Though MC officials said that the matter had been taken up during several meetings of the Council with HUDA, it has not reached a conclusive point.

This was also the first time that the MC house had met after the Congress supported Councillors stormed to majority in the House. Former President, Ms Seema Chaudhary was conspicuous by her absence. Two BJP Councillors — Mr V.K. Sood and Ms Jagdamba Gupta, and Councillors — Mohinder Singh, Balwinder Singh and Amoljeet Kaur were also absent in the meeting.

Barring a few changes, the budget for the ongoing financial year was approved by the House. It was decided that instead of Rs 50 lakh for streetlight maintenance, a sum of Rs 1 crore be earmarked for street light maintenance. The budgetary allocation for the repair/ relaying of roads has been increased from Rs 4 crore to Rs 5 crore.

The MC has Rs 12.19 crore in its opening balance from the previous year. The MC will have about Rs 23.28 crore this year, of which Rs 16.46 crore will be spent and Rs 6.82 crore will be left the closing balance. While Rs 1.20 crore is the proposed establishment expenditure, Rs 4.01 crore is proposed as the contingency fund (for parks, street light bills, sanitation, stray cattle, library, fire brigade etc.)

Other than this, the MC proposes to spend Rs 10.18 crore for various development works like construction of shops, development of parks, construction of roads, drains, MC office land and fire brigade building. Other than this, Rs 1.07 crore has been earmarked as miscellaneous expenditure (election charges, audit fees, law charges).



Passing Thru

How would you describe cultural relations between India and Germany?

Ms Anke Rieffenstuel
Ms Anke Rieffenstuel, Cultural Counsellor, Embassy of Germany, New Delhi

The two countries have always had very cordial relations on the cultural as well as business fronts. In fact India was one the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with the Federal Republic of Germany way back in 1951.

What is the reason for opening more German language institutes in India?

German is the language of great thinkers and artistes like Max Mueller, Brecht, Goethe and Beethoven. German is a widely spoken language in Europe and after English the most commonly used language on the Internet. By learning the German language, students can do higher education in Germany. More German companies are coming to India and thus Young Indians knowing German would be more eligible to work for them.

Would we see more of German cultural fare in the city?

This time we have brought a festival of German films and our experience is that our festivals of films and other cultural programmes have been very well received in Chandigarh.

— Nirupama Dutt



Chandigarh Calling

The weather in Chandigarh this past week was blowing hot, blowing cold. Indeed the last week of April has never been so cool as it was this time in long years. But the dip and rise in mercury has been causing a commotion in human bodies. Common cold has been the most common phenomenon. Just as the body gets used to the heat, the cold breeze starts blowing and vice versa. But all said and done, the chill pill has been most welcome, as the people get ready to face the rigours of the hot summer in the days to come. The days do get warm but the nights are cool. So it is parasols by the day and blankets by the night.

Insecurity problems

Daring to ask a DSP who he was cost a watchman of a housing complex in Mohali his dignity. The police officer in plain clothes came to visit a friend who was visiting a resident in the complex. As per rules, the watchman asked for his identity. The DSP not used to such queries was further angered when after pronouncing his rank, the watchman remarked, “Yahaan bahut DSP aate hain.” Do anything but never ever challenge the larger-than-life egos of our men in khaki. The officer in question, after he had left, sent cops from the thana to give a sound thrashing to the watchman. This has certainly left the security men most insecure.

Laughter & tears

As health-conscious exercise buffs laugh their way to good health at the crack of dawn, some of their neighbours are ready to howl in exasperation. A bleary-eyed young mother is woken up by ha, ha, ha every morning at five as the Hasya Yoga fans practise in the open space outside her bedroom. The only time she gets to sleep with a demanding baby, who is a little owl, are those few hours in the morning. Another young executive who keeps late nights due to work pressure resents being woken up with the lark by enthusiastic yogawalas. “When they laugh, I want to scream,” says he. One man’s laughter can indeed be another one’s tears.

Bano Bazars

Hijab Akhter Khoso with her much sought-after Veer Zaara suits was back in town last week with yet another designer Nargis Saadat from Pakistan selling ethnic summer collection with Baluchi embroidery and Multani block prints. Women in cities were eager buyers of these suits for Lahore still retains its reputation for fashion in the Punjabi way. But those who have visited Lahore in recent times say the real joy is to shop at the Bano Bazar in Anarkali for it has all that a woman may need for herself and her home. And great bargains can be picked up whereas the designer exhibitions here are a trifle costly.

PR brigade

The city that was once dismissed as a modern village is now acquiring the airs of a mini-metro. New-age professions like event management and public relations are now thriving here. Various institutions and companies vying for space now hand over their publicity to the Public Relations brigade that woos the media with press notes and parties. Thus the contact-building carries on.

Saturday syndrome

Of all the planets, Shani or Saturn has for centuries been the most privileged one, especially in India, with most of the people trying to appease it so as to protect themselves from its wrath. So come Saturday and one can find hordes of beggars who are there to take dakshina from you to appease the most-feared planet. They go about town with containers of mustard oil and the Shani-scared drop coins into the oil to ward away evil. However, now the Shani industry seems to be spreading its wings to the residential areas too much to the annoyance of the people. As though salespersons were not enough!

Bicycle meant for two

An old time romantic number had a man crooning to his ladylove that he would not be able to afford a carriage for the big day of the wedding but adding, ‘You look sweet/ upon the seat/ of a bicycle meant for two’. Yes the romance of a bicycle meant for two lives on in spite of high-speed vehicles zipping across town. The difference in this picture taken by Tribune photographer Manoj Mahajan at the road intersecting Sectors 30 and 29 on Monday evening is that the lady pedals on while the man takes the back seat.

A fast buck

Several hundred delegates who never got the visa for the World Punjabi Congress at Lahore mid-May were disappointed. But once the disappointment was over, they went about the task of getting back their passports and the money they had given to the organisers. The man with the longest list, say some 400 plus, returned Rs 1,000 but kept back the additional Rs 200 he had collected as advance conference fee. Ever heard of paying a conference fee as fine. The busybody with whom Lahore-based organisers had disassociated themselves explained that this money would cover a couple of trips to Delhi and visa form expense. Now just multiply 400 by 200 and it is some 80,000 rupees. The trips and visa forms may not have cost even one-tenth of the sum.

Husain of sorts

Suraj Singh heals people and paints banners. What he would really like to do is be a ‘nature artist’. Since he cannot afford to paint on canvas and become “Husain” he wants to paint over dried-up trees without cutting them down so that they look good and can be as useful to the flora and fauna just as living trees are. For this, he says he needs permission from the Municipal Corporation. The College of Art has his handiwork preserved.

As far as the healing goes, Suraj Singh claims to have been given a mantra in the form of a “boon” from a Babaji whom he looked after! So, Suraj Singh sits under the Peepul tree with his brushes for company, healing cervical pain for free. His clients vouch for his curative touch but this is only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The rest of the week, this gentle painter earns his livelihood, painting banners.

Main kiha ji

One thought that the days when wives addressed their husbands as ‘Main kiha ji’ or ‘Zara sunana’ were long over. But a problem of the kind surfaced in the Press Club branch of the Punjab and Sindh Bank when a woman in her thirties came to cash a deposit that had matured. When the bank official asked for her husband’s name for identification, she blushed and would not answer. At this the official told an anecdote of how he had run in a similar problem some years ago in a branch in rural Punjab. After much coaxing the woman said, “Hun na ki dassan, bas ai samajh lo jad ‘Prabhu Dayal’ ho jaye.” At this the official guessed that the man’s name was Prabhdayal and the woman nodded that his guess was right.

— Sentinel



Colony residents want govt to install power meters
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 2
Residents of Amb Sahib Colony have demanded that they should be provided power meters by the government and not by a private contractor.

A number of women, headed by Shanti, president of the Amb Sahib Colony, gathered outside the office of the local SP here today and lodged a complaint against the contractor. Shanti alleged that the contractor was demanding Rs 1,000 per jhuggi for installing sub power meters and residents could not afford this amount. She said that the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) should install meters at its own level.

The president of the colony alleged that police was harassing the residents on the basis of some complaints.

PSEB officials had complained to the police that residents of the colony had removed a high-capacity meter installed by the power board outside the colony on April 26. A private contractor was a supply power to every jhuggi from this meter. The residents had also removed cables laid by the contractor for supplying power to the colony.

Mr Manmohan Singh, contractor, told Chandigarh Tribune that he was not charging Rs 1,000 from each jhuggi dweller for the installation of the sub power meter but only Rs 540. He said that the cost of the meter was Rs 340 and the wire to be used for the work cost Rs 200. Thereafter, the residents would have to pay only on the basis of the power consumed by them. He said that the residents were so far using far free of cost as they had got kundi connections. Now paying for the use of power was not acceptable to them.

The contractor alleged that the president of the colony was threatening him and his workers. He alleged that Shanti was saying that in case he carried on with the work of meter installation she would get him booked in a fake case.

Mr Manmohan Singh said that he was feeling helpless because he had paid Rs 1 lakh to the power board for the work. Submeters could now be installed only with the help of the police.



UT skyline for sale
Apartment Act, 2002, to harm city planning
M.N. Sharma

THE Apartment Act, 2002, which is being touted as a solution to the problem of a growing population of the city, has the potential to destroy the modern city planning experiment in India. Chandigarh is the workshop for this experiment. A misconception is being propagated that the skyline of the city will not be affected by the act. It will affect every aspect of the city due to an unbearable pressure of population which has already doubled than what the city was planned for.

Chandigarh Tribune has started a debate on the changing nature of city’s skyline. Should apartments be allowed on single unit houses? Readers are invited to write in their views to Chandigarh Tribune, Sector 29 C, Chandigarh. They can also e-mail at [email protected]

— Editor-in-Chief 

Apart from the population explosion in the city, Panchkula and Mohali have also put pressure on the civic amenities of the city. The act will permit more families per plot to live in the city. As many as six families will be living in a plot. A house in Sector 8-A has six flats. Division of large plots into two will allow six families to live an a plot that was meant for one family. An absurd argument regarding following the Delhi pattern is being forwarded by a section of the people without realising that Delhi should emulate Chandigarh instead if an integrated approach to city development is adhered to.

Has anyone heeded the question as to what will happen to schools, colleges, medical facilities, open and green spaces, water supply, electricity, sewerage, traffic and parking, etc with an exponential growth of the city population and in the surrounding areas.

A bigger question also arises as to whether there is a need to allow the population to grow unchecked in the city or in what manner if it is allowed to grow.

Has anyone in the city considered as to what has happened to Hong Kong, Shanghai or Tokyo with the increase of population and whether the people in these cities are happy after such growth?

It is also to be seen how the mishandling of city planning will affect the planning of Punjab and Haryana which have a right to balanced development.

The growth of the population will also affect the periphery of the city.

The Apartment Act, 2002, is an isolated piece of legislation devoid of an understanding of the character of the city for which it has been enacted.

This has happened as the Coordination Committee of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and the Central Government set up to take up the issue of development of the city holistically seems to have become dysfunctional. I have not heard of a recent meeting of the committee to decide major issues concerning the city.

Traffic and water supply have already become the biggest challenges before the city with water not searching beyond the first floor in many parts of the city. Traffic is already chaotic despite the best efforts being made by the police. What is required immediately is setting up of a committee of internationally renowned architects and town planners to deal with the issues concerning the development of the city.

Though Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) is open to ideas and seems concerned to maintain the character of the city, he has not set up any such committee to rule out an ad-hoc in approach city planning. General Rodrigues should immediately call experts of repute to prepare a roadmap.

No architect or town planner would go to the Administrator to offer him unsolicited advice. 

— As told to Sanjay Sharma

M.N. Sharma is a renowned town planner and architect.



Fauji Beat
Ex-servicemen all set to move court
Shortage of medicines at polyclinic

“Why should we purchase medicines from the market when the government has given us an undertaking in the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme(ECHS) that all medicines will be provided to us free of cost?” ask the members of this scheme from Chandigarh.

“The shortage of medicines has continued ever since the polyclinic was established in Chandigarh about a year ago. But when a prescription slip is given to us by the polyclinic doctors for the Command Hospital, Chandimandir, we get the medicines from there. Why are we made to travel to another station unnecessarily when the medicines can easily be given to the polyclinic?” ask several aggrieved veterans.

The ECHS has a separate budget, which is well funded. Why has then the shortage been allowed to perpetuate for the past one year? The Command Hospital had informed Station Headquarters, Chandimandir, and all polyclinics a few days ago that due to the non-implementation of the value added tax (VAT), there is delay in the local purchase of the ECHS medicines. Why should there be any delay in the purchase of medicines? “Non-implementation of VAT has no effect on the local purchase of medicines by the hospitals as we are issuing bills according to the present rates now”, say the leading chemists of Chandigarh.

“We request the medical authorities to start issuing us all medicines, failing which we will have no option but to file a public interest litigation (PIL) in the High Court”, say the members of the ECHS.

ECHS membership

Those who want to become ECHS members now have to attach a certificate from the Pay Disbursing Authority (PDA) with the application that they are not in receipt of any medical allowance. And anyone whose dependants are not shown in his record should get a Part II order published about his dependents from the District Sainik Board concerned and forward that with the 

Women officers’ discipline

After about 11 years of their induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF), the first woman officer, Flying Officer Anjali Gupta, is being court-martialled now for insubordination and certain other irregularities. After the court martial was ordered, she came up with charges of sexual harassment against her three superiors. Only the other day, three IAF women cadets had levelled a sexual harassment charge against a senior instructor at the IAF Academy.

Once we have inducted women officers into the administrative services of the armed forces, we should be prepared to face such disciplinary cases, like the civil services. But what need to be taken special care of are the cases of sexual harassment. For, many of them are likely to be fabricated to find an escape route from the disciplinary cases.

After inducting women in the administrative wings of the three Services, we started pampering them beyond measure. What we totally forget was that when they were put in uniform, they were on par with their male counterparts. And the “ladies first” syndrome of the Army could not be made to sit on them. As a result of the wrong beginning, a feeling has grown in the women officers’ minds that they were a privileged category and deserved better treatment than men. This impression needs to be corrected.

Shortage of bulletproof jackets

The shortage of bulletproof jackets has an adverse effect on the morale to troops in the terrorists’ prone areas. At present, the Army has only 1,79,000 bulletproof jackets with it to meet its essential requirement. The Army had projected a demand of 1,00,000 more jackets to the government several years ago.

Rather than meeting the demand on top priority basis, the government has said in Parliament the other day: “No complexities in operational role have been reported by the Army Headquarters due to the lack of bulletproof jackets”. What should one understand from this? Who is unconcerned about the troops’ causalities?

— Pritam Bhullar



MC clears repair of roads in 12 sectors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 2
In a significant decision, the Finance and Contract Committee of the Municipal Corporation cleared at least 20 proposals for the repair of roads of the city here today.

The projects cleared for the repair of roads include Sectors 37-C, 38-A, 35, 34, 23, 43, 36, 18, 19, 44, 26 and 46, Manimajra, Industrial Area and 45.

The committee decided to levy no new charges on the sewerage connections in the residential quarters of the city, reliable sources said here today.

An increase of Rs 10 has been made per seat for the toilets of the commercial establishments. The price is proposed to be increased from the existing rate of Rs 10 per seat to Rs 20.

The body deferred a decision on the handing over the stage of Plaza in Sector 17 to the Department of Tourism of the UT Administration.



MC to auction paid parking sites
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 2
The Municipal Corporation has decided to auction the sites for paid parking in Sectors 22, 34 and 35 on May 17, reliable sources said here today.

The city already has provision for paid parking in Sectors 8, 9 and 17.

The working group had earlier approved reserve price for parking in different sectors. These include Sector 22-B, along Himalyan Marg (Rs 26 lakh); Sector 22-C, along Himalyan Marg (Rs 16 lakh) ; Zone I, Sector 34 (13.25 lakh); Zone II, Sector 34 (Rs 10.50 lakh); Sector 35-B (Rs 25 lakh); and Sector 35-C (Rs 24 lakh).

The group recommended that parking sites will be auctioned for a period of one year. The licensee is required to pay income tax of 2 per cent. The contractor is supposed to install suitable boards indicating that the user is responsible for getting his parking slips issued at the entry point.

The contractor is required to make the parking charges according to the ones approved by the Municipal Corporation. He is also required to print the prices on the slips issued to the users. Charges recommended for scooter are Rs 2 for every entry and Rs 5 for each entry of car. A provision has also been made for monthly passes. He can charge Rs 2 for every entry of three-wheelers carrying goods and Rs 10 per entry of service vans.

Separate space out of the parking area will be earmarked, with proper symbols, for the handicapped. The parking contractor is required to engage a registered private security agency for regulating the parking area.



Sector 33 residents demand repair of roads
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 2
Residents of Sector 33 who have body by the name of “ double three residents welfare association” have laid out their demands saying security gates need to be provided at entrances to localities. Regular night patrolling by police beat constables is needed.

They have also sought deployment of two gardeners for looking after the parks maintained by the Horticulture department. The parks must have underground pipes and hydrants for watering.

The Association also said that the Municipal Corporation has promised recarpeting of internal roads in Sector 33-A.

Also elections of the association have been held. The new team is President — Mr H.S. Virk, Senior Vice-President — Col G.P. S. Pathania, Vice-President — Dr R.P. Gaba, general secretary — Mr Jagdish Singh Sarpal, and Treasurer — Manpreet Singh Brar.



Apartments’ residents want master plans
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 2
The New Generation Apartments Residents Welfare Society at a meeting has sought that the builder of the apartments should furnish master plans of the complex and the project completion report.

The members has pointed out that the Phase V of the complex was very close to the Railway line and there was no provision of tubewell. The construction of flats was substandard and there was no provision of community hall. The construction of commercial complex at the back of Phase II was also illegal.



Purse, mobile phone snatched
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 2
Despite the presence of the police at the anti-snatching pickets, an unidentified scooterist wearing an orange shirt made two gullible women victims of his snatching spree in the different parts of the city, this evening.

Ms Manjit Kaur, a resident of Sector 37-A reported to the police that she was coming from Sector 17 in a rickshaw, when an unidentified scooterist wearing a helmet snatched her purse near the Batra Cinema turn in Sector 37. Her purse was containing cash Rs 2500, a credit card and some other articles.

In a similar incident, Megha, a resident of Sector 34 lodged a complaint to the police that she was going in a rickshaw near the Sood Bhavan in sector 44, when a scooterist snatched her mobile phone. She was reportedly talking on her mobile phone when the incident occurred. Megha is working with Del Call centre in Mohali and is residing in a paying Guest accommodation in Sector 34. Two separate cases have been registered in the Sector 39 and 34 police stations respectively in this regard.


Mr Manoj Kumar of Sector 45-A reported to the police that two unidentified boys aged 10 years have stolen his bag containing eight gold bangles, one gold set, one pair of gold ear rings and cash Rs 3,000 from his Santro car, yesterday. The car was reportedly parked at the Sadar Bazar, Sector 19 and the boys ran away after committing the theft. A case has been registered in this regard.


Mr Anmol Singh, Security Supervisor, PGI reported to the police alleging that Ram Kumar of New Colony, Khudda Lahora had stolen six water taps from the Dental Department in the PGI campus, yesterday. The accused was later arrested by the police from the PGI parking area and the stolen property was recovered from him. A case has been registered in this regard.

The local police arrested Rajesh Kumar of Phase I, Ram Darbar and Gobind of Phase II, Ram Darbar from near Bus Stand in the same locality with one country made pistol and one knife, late last night. A case under Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered in this regard.



Two hurt in mishap
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 2
Two persons were injured when their scooter (CH-01V-5329) was hit by a Mahindra jeep near Sector 15 this morning. The injured — Pawan Singh and Kunal were rushed to General Hospital, from where they were referred to PGI, Chandigarh.

Recovery: The police today claimed to have recovered stolen goods worth Rs 13. 78 lakh during a special drive launched this year. Superintendent of Police, Dr R.C. Misra said that as many as 26 cases of theft and three cases of snatching were solved. Five cars, six scooters, two motor cycles and various other goods were recovered in these cases.


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