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Mohali judicial courts open today
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 23
The judicial courts of the newly formed SAS Nagar district will begin functioning from tomorrow. The courts were formally inaugurated by Acting Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court H.S. Bedi here this evening.

Two courtrooms have been temporarily housed in the community centre complex of Phase 3B1. For the time being, the court would have a single Additional Civil Judge Senior Division, Ms Poonam Ratti. Another judicial officer would be posted in a few months since there was a paucity of judicial officers in the state.

Over 5,000 cases of Mohali are being shifted to the courts from Kharar.

Mr Justice Vinay Mittal stated that 50 per cent of civil cases and 75 per cent of criminal cases that were being heard at the Kharar courts were from Mohali. There was a dire need of courts here he said adding that residents had to go to Kharar for even a traffic challan. He pointed out that the two courtrooms had been readied in a record time of a fortnight and appreciated the role played by the district administration in this regard.

Mr Tejveer Singh Deputy Commissioner, SAS Nagar, stated that the creation of the courts complex was the second most important demand of the area residents, the first being the formation of the district.

A large number of judges and lawyers of the Punjab and Haryana High Court attended the ceremony.

Mr BC Gupta, Home Secretary, Punjab, briefed the Chief Justice about the fact that Rs 6.66 crore had been released by the state towards the construction of the Judicial Academy.

Mr Justice Bedi asked the lawyers to desist from setting up their shacks in or around the complex.



Anti-ragging posters dot PU campus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
If there is one thing Panjab University is not taking any chances with, it is ragging. Even before the ‘seniors’ arrive on the campus PU authorities have made their view on ragging crystal clear.

Bright florescent posters issued by the Dean Students Welfare office banning ragging in any form are dotting the campus. These posters contain details of what falls under the purview of ragging and what should a newcomer do if he or she is subjected to any such behaviour. Complete with telephone numbers of those who should be contacted in case of ragging, the posters also warn the seniors about the punishment that they would be subjected to in case they indulged in ragging.

Interestingly, according to the DSW, ‘‘forcing juniors to address their seniors as sir is also ragging and so is forcing them to perform mass drills, to copy class notes for seniors, to run various errands, to do menial jobs for the seniors, to ask and answer vulgar questions, to look at pornographic pictures to shock the freshers out of their innocence, to force them to drink alcohol, scalding tea etc, to force to do acts with sexual overtones including homosexual acts, to force to do acts which can lead to physical injury, mental torture or death, to strip, kiss etc’’.

The list of punishments, includes cancellation of admission of the senior, suspension from attending classes, witholding or withdrawing of scholarship, fellowship and other benefits, debarring from appearing in any test or examination or other evaluation processes, withholding results, debarring from representing the institution in any national and international meet, tournament, youth festival, suspension or expulsion from the hostel, rustication from the institution for periods ranging from one to four semesters, expulsion from the institution and consequent debarring from admission to any other institution, fine up to Rs 25,000 and rigorous imprisonment of up to three years.

While the posters are intended to empower the juniors it seems to have scared them, most of whom are fresh out of college and schools. ‘‘We still have no seniors in the department since their classes are to begin from next week but we are scared of them now. Is this what they do normally do as ragging?’’ asked Shikha a newcomer to the university.

The seniors who have just begun to return to the university classrooms and hostels seem to be equally disturbed with the posters. ‘‘What are the authorities trying to tell the juniors? That in the absence of such rules we will certainly indulge in torturing the freshers? Anyways I think most seniors who are on the campus have an eye on student elections and are busy helping the juniors settle in,’’ said Ritesh, a senior student.



55 applications for 7 school sites
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 23
The Estate Office here has received 55 applications for the 7 school sites, which will be auctioned later this month, sources said here today.

The sites were located in Sectors 56, 52, 30-B, 21-A, 26, 38(West) and Dhanas.

A maximum of 14 applications were received for the school site in Sector 30-B, measuring 8,854 square yards.

The site at Milk Colony, Dhanas, received only three applications. The school site in sector 21 received 10 applications. Nine applications were received for the site in Sector 52.

The sources indicated that the reserve price for the land was likely to be more than Rs 15,000 per square yard. Among the applicants, 11 belonged to the city and eight among them were earlier running schools from residential premises, which were closed.



Bus men seek solution

Chandigarh July 23
The Chandigarh Bus Operators Welfare Association has demanded one-time solution to the issue related to the school buses.

Demanding a regular meeting with the officials of the Chandigarh Administration and the Traffic police, Mr Manjeet Singh, president of the association, said most of the guidelines issued to the school Principals were not being conveyed to the bus operators.

Often the school buses are challaned twice or thrice in a day and the offences tick-marked on the challan receipt were not clarified to the drivers. — TNS



Renowned doctor Indarjit Dewan dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
Prof Indarjit Dewan, Emeritus Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh, formerly Principal, Medical College, Rohtak, and Professor of Anatomy at Medical College, Amritsar, passed away at his residence after a brief illness here today. He was cremated this evening

He set up the medical college at Rohtak and also the Anatomy Department at the PGIMER and museums of Anatomy in several medical colleges.

Prof Dewan was elected the Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy. Besides, he actively participated in research publications and till the last day of his life, he was actively working on research papers.

In 1976, he was the recipient of B.C. Roy National Award for being an eminent medical teacher in Anatomy. He was the President of Anatomical Society of India during 1962-1963.

He was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences in 1961 and was on its council for three years.

He was editor of the Journal of Anatomical Society of India for six years and had been a member of the editorial board of Exerpta Medica Amesterdam.

He is a past member of the Indian Medical Council and Senate of Panjab University.

With over 120 papers in reputed journals to his credit, he has 15 papers quoted in Gray’s Anatomy (1989), the Bible of medical students all over the world.

He is extensively cited in several other books of Anatomy and Forensic Medicine including Krogmans “The Human Skeleton”, Ham’s Histology, Bradley Patten’s embryology.

Dr Indarjit was born on August 15, 1912, at Purain village in Ludhiana district. He was educated in Shimla, Ambala and Lahore, passed pre-medical examination in 1930 from DAV College , Lahore .

He joined MBBS at the KE Medical College , Lahore, from where he got the degree in 1935.

During his student days, he won several scholarships, prizes and distinctions.

In the final MBBS examination he stood first in Surgery and was the recipient of the Broome Memorial Gold Medal and Neil Memorial Silver Medal.

He worked as a house surgeon and resident medical officer for several years in the Mayo Hospital , Lahore.

In 1942, he was selected for the provincial medical service, Punjab, and worked as Assistant Surgeon at Gurdaspur and Shorekot in Jhang District.

In March, 1944, he was selected as a Demonstrator of Anatomy, K.E. Medical College , Lahore, and continued as such till partition.

He passed the Master of Surgery examination in 1945 from KE Medical College and shifted to India after partition went on to join the PGIMER.

He retired from service in 1974 but continued to work as full time Emeritus Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Medicine till date.



Time for memorial to Batalik heroes
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
As Army formations in the northern sector gear up to observe the seventh anniversary of Operation Vijay, which marked the eviction of Pakistani intruders in the Kargil Sector, there is a growing demand for recognition and commemoration of actions in Batalik.

Batalik lies to the east of Kargil on the Indus, and saw some of the toughest battles of the conflict in the most inhospitable terrain. Further, among the first victories were reported from Batalik.

"Though a war memorial dedicated to sacrifices in the conflict has come up at Dras, it is primarily a memorial for the 8 Mountain Division, which fought in that area," a senior officer said. "It is only recently that names of those who fell in Batalik were added to the list of martyrs in the Dras memorial," he added.

"What is required of the government," he added, "Is to have a single memorial located at a central place like Kargil dedicated to all formations and units which took part in the conflict or set up another memorial for operations in Batalik."

Proceeding east from Srinagar along the National highway 1-A, lies the Mushkoh valley, Dras, Tololing, Kaksar, Kargil, Batalik and Turtuk. Kargil is about mid-way between Dras and Batalik.

Officers associated with operations in Batalik said that it is a question of not only recognition of sacrifices made by men in uniform, but also that of respecting the sentiment of the local populace. Locals in Batalik, many of whom Buddhists, have come forward selflessly to assist the Army. They had worked as porters during the conflict. An officer recalled that a principal of a local school who worked as a porter alongside others on a rotational basis.

The 70 Infantry Brigade in Batalik, then commanded by Brig Devinder Singh, conducted the most crucial operations of the conflict in an area totally devoid of any infrastructure.

In his authoritative book on the war, “Kargil 1999 : The Impregnable Conquered”, Lt Gen Y. Bami (retd) wrote, the "70 Infantry Brigade was the first to completely drive the enemy out from the Indian territory, inflict the maximum casualties on the enemy and took the maximum number of prisoners of war ”.

In fact ,the first POW was captured by this brigade, which proved the involvement of the Pakistani Army beyond any doubt.

The general also wrote that as Batalik was not on the main axis, the media could not reach this area, there was a feeling among the troops that their deeds were not highlighted in the media as the operations in Dras and Kargil areas were.

While places like Tiger Hill, Batra Top and Tololing, located west of Kargil, had become household names, there is still little awareness in the public about units which fought in Batalik or places like Gragrio Nallah, Yaldor Ganasok and Khalubar Ridge.



Cost and account services mooted
Tribune News Service

Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala addresses cost and work accountants at a seminar in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala addresses cost and work accountants at a seminar in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Chandigarh, July 23
Cost accountants will be involved for ascertaining due collection of government revenue, analysis of physical achievements vis-a-vis targeted achievements, cost management of various projects etc.

This was stated by the Transport, PW (B&R), Civil Aviation and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Haryana, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, after inaugurating the seminar organised by the Chandigarh-Panchkula chapter of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI).

The seminar was on mergers and acquisitions and cost management strategies for economic growth of Haryana.

The minister said India would soon become a world power and Haryana its heartland. Citing SEZ in Gurgaon, he stressed that it was just a small example of the progressive policies of the Haryana Government. “We are having emphatic plans for fast industrialisation of Haryana,” he said.

Mr Surjewala appreciated the suggestion given by Mr D.C. Arya, former Chairman and Member, Northern India Regional Council (NIRC) of the ICWAI, regarding the creation of state cost and accounts services for better financial management of Haryana PSUs. He also appreciated Mr Arya’s suggestion regarding online monitoring of the economic agenda of the government as part of its e-governance programme, for which Mr Arya assured ICWA’s support.

Mr Balwinder Singh placed on record the benefits of scale of operations.

Earlier, Mr Vikas Gupta emphasised on retaining/increasing the market share by creating near-monopolist conditions or at least being able to become cost leader.



Prayers for Prince answered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The loud noise in Sector 29-A this evening was just a small representation of the ecstasy of the residents who were praying for the safety of Prince, a five-year-old stuck in a 55-foot deep pit in Kurukshetra district. The boy was rescued late in the evening.

Transcending all barriers of caste, colour and religion, residents of Sector 29-A got together and prayed endlessly for the safety of Prince.

The safe exit of the boy saw scores of children, women and men beaming with joy. “Finally our prayers have been answered,” said Rohit, a Class VI student with his hands clasped in a prayer.

“I have never felt a greater impact of a prayer than in this case. I saw lips of my fellows muttering prayers endlessly since morning,” said Ms Shokuntala.

Ms Anita, a housewife, had not even eaten her breakfast since morning. She got anxious frequently at television pictures of mud falling in the pit during the rescue operation.

After the child was rescued, residents cut a cake and celebrated Prince’s birthday. Nearly 35 children were sitting glued to a television put in front of H No 273 in Sector 29-A since this morning.

Mr Rajbir Singh Bahutra, chairman of the 13-Type Government Quarters, said: “I came to know that each one of us was separately praying for the same cause in their residential quarters since yesterday. We decided to instal a television screen in the open. We were all sitting with our fingers crossed praying for the safety of the child. It was interesting to note that the residents from all walks of life and religions joined us in the prayer:”



State govt to promote jatropha and aloe vera cultivation
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 23
To promote the cultivation of jatropha and aloe vera in the state, the government has identified certain areas. Ms Kiran Choudhry, Haryana Forest Minister, stated this while addressing mediapersons here yesterday.

The crops are of a great use to the farmers and the general public as jatropha is used for producing bio-diesel while aloe vera is in great demand for its usage.

The minister said that the Haryana Forest Corporation has been asked to chalk out the feasibility of setting up processing units for these two plants.

“The Haryana Forests and Wildlife Department has a plan to set up a rescue centre for elephants in Panchkula district for which talks are going on with the Union Government,” claimed Ms Choudhry.

Since yields are only possible after three to four years, Haryana farmers would have to go in for large scale cultivation of these crops. Ms Choudhry said that an ambitious scheme had been sanctioned by the NABARD under which plantation of Jatropha in over 3 lakh hectares would take place in Bhiwani.

Due to depleting underground water level and unscheduled low monsoons, there was a need to educate the farmers to grow alternative crops. She said that there was a great demand of these cash crops in the international market.

She also stressed on setting up of one herbal park in each district. She said that a sum of Rs 2.5 crore would be incurred on the setting up of these parks. Efforts were being made to conserve the species of herbs and medicinal plants which are on the verge of extinction.

Speaking at the 57th Van Mahotsav in Panchkula district, the minister claimed that 10.75 lakh saplings would be planted on 1,160 hectares in Panchkula.

She also disclosed that 10-member committees would be constituted under the Divisional Forest Officers (DFOs) of the concerned area for the conservation of the forests. Members of gram panchayats, social service organisations and other such groups would also be included in the committees to maintain transparency, she added.

Ms Choudhry claimed to have introduced a new prize scheme for encouraging the employees of the department. Under this scheme, the employees of the Forest department would get places of their choice for posting provided they help conserve the maximum numbers of saplings.



Residents await facilities
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, July 23
Almost six years after Shalimar Enclave was floated at Himmatgarh here, the residents are crying for the promised facilities.

In a representation to the promoters, Shalimar Land Projects Limited, copies of which were also sent to the PUDA Chief Administrator, the residents alleged that assured facilities had not been provided despite repeated requests.

The president of the Residents’ Welfare Association, Shalimar Enclave, Mr G.S. Saini, claimed that under the site plan approved by PUDA, the colony was to have four parks, community centre, streetlighting, metalled roads, water works, paved parking in the shopping complex and two bridges on the sewerage drains.



Sacrifices of Azad, Tilak remembered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The Chandigarh unit of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) today remembered Shaheed Chander Shekhar Azad and Bal Gangadhar Tilak on their birth anniversaries at a meeting here today.

Mr Rajesh Sharma, president of the unit, said the nation must remember these great warriors of the Indian freedom struggle and strive to retain the independence attained by their struggle.

Meanwhile, the unit will organise the second inter-school painting and poster-making competition on Vijay Diwas on July 26 in memory of the Kargil heroes at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10. The families of martyrs from Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula will be invited to give prizes to the winners. A memorial service will also be held.

The meeting was attended by Vikram Chopra, Chaitan Bedi, Pramod Khaneja, Ashwani Pandu, Kuljinder Singh Sra, Hemant Khanna, Abhinandan Soni and Ashok Sharma.



Protest against non-allotment of plots by PUDA
Tribune News Service

Members of the Sector 76-80 Plot Allotment Sangharsh Committee protest against PUDA in Mohali on Sunday.
Members of the Sector 76-80 Plot Allotment Sangharsh Committee protest against PUDA in Mohali on Sunday.
— A Tribune photograph

Mohali, July 23
Members of the Sector 76-80 Plot Allotment Sangharsh Committee today staged a protest against the non-allotment of plots by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority.

Members gathered this morning at the Phase 3B1 Rose Garden and raised slogans against the Minister for Urban Housing and Planning, Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, who, they alleged, was responsible for the current state of affairs.

In a press note issued by the president of the committee, Mr Sucha Singh, PUDA had allotted plots to 3,950 persons in these sectors five years ago but had not given them the possession of the plots till now.



Villager beaten up
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 23
A resident of Chandiala Soodan village was beaten up by a group of persons here yesterday. The victim Jasvir Singh had reportedly gone to intervene in a property dispute case between Labh Singh and Lakhbir Singh. The police has registered a case against Labh Singh of Sante Majra village, Cheema of Giddarpur, village, Gurnam Singh of Giddardpur, Manish Sood of Chadiala Soodan and Kura Singh of Chadiala Soodan.

Scooter stolen

Gurdeep Singh, a resident of Phase VII, has complained to the police that his scooter PB 27-4665 was stolen from outside the Punjab School Education Board office on July 21.

Theft in house

Thieves decamped with goods and cash worth Rs 2 lakh from a phase VII house. The theft came to light when the owner of the house Mrs Harpreet Kaur came back to Mohali this afternoon from her parents place in Sirhind.

According to the police, the house belongs to Mr Gurvinder Singh Aujala, a transporter who is settled in the USA. His wife Harpreet Kaur was staying here. 



Dogs missing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
Two dogs — a German Shepherd and a Dalmation — were reported missing today by a Sector 9 resident Sartaj Sekhon. The dogs went missing when they were taken for their morning walk by a servant.

The dogs were chained together.

According to Mr Sartaj, the incident came to light when they traced the servant in the evening, who stated that he was searching for the dogs.

A DDR has been registered at the Sector 3 police station.



Man sets himself on fire
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
A 45-year-old man today allegedly set himself on fire at his residence in Lal Bahadur Shastri Colony, Palsora, here.

Kamla Prashad Mishra was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 16. He received 30 per cent burn injuries, mostly on his back.

According to police officials at the Sector 39 police station, Prashad fought with his neighbour Draupadhi. He poured kerosene on himself and set himself on fire at about 5 pm.

Prashad claimed that it was his neighbour who set him on fire after he had a tiff with her.

A case under Section 309 was registered.



300 take part in computer camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The two-day free computer awareness camp was organised by the ebiz, a company providing elementary computer courses in 12 Indian languages, at Shri Guru Kirpa Darbar, Sector 56, here.

According to a press note issued here yesterday, the main objective of the programme was to impart computer literacy to those people, who cannot afford computer education.

The programme was the brainchild of Dr Pawan Malhan. Over 300 students participated in the camp.



Inner Wheel Club chief takes over

Chandigarh, July 23
Kavita Marriya and Alka Gupta took over as president and secretary, respectively of the Inner Wheel Club of Chandigarh. All members of the club took the occasion to appreciate the work done by outgoing president, Dr Pushpa Bhargwa, and her team.

The club has tied up with DAV College to organize blood donation camps and collect a minimum of 300 units. The camp will be held on August 29. TNS



Broadband Internet services launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
Hathway Cable and Datacom Private Limited, a part of the Rajan Raheja group and one of the largest multi system operators in India, launched its broadband Internet services based on revolutionary DOCSIS technology in Punjab today.

The company commenced its services in Chandigarh and Mohali and will move to the other cities of Punjab in the next phase, a company release here said.



150 rounded up in Colony No 4
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The Chandigarh police launched a search and combing operation in the wee hours today in Colony Number 4 to weed out anti-social elements. The police rounded up 150 persons on suspicion from the colony. They were, however, released after questioning.

The police said the three- hour long operation was launched at 3.30 am in which 150 persons were rounded up. They were later released by the police after thoroughly verifying their antecedents. The police also issued 54 information sheets.

The SHO of the Industrial Area Police Station, Inspector Baljit Singh Chadda, said the operation was supervised by the DSP (East), Vijay Pal Singh. Besides this, police officials from all police stations in the city, police control room (PCR), mounted staff, operation cell, crime branch and the special reserve force was pressed into service in this connection. In all 162 police officials and six PCR vehicles were deployed for the combing operation.



One held for causing death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The police has arrested a Sector 37-C resident on the allegations of causing death due to negligence and giving false information in connection with a decomposed body, which was found from his house yesterday.

The police said the deceased, Imtiaz Ahmed, a friend of Victor, the accused, reportedly died on July 19 under mysterious circumstances, but Victor had concealed the death and kept the body in a storeroom of his house.

Imtiaz was a Punjab School Education Board employee posted in Sangrur and had been visiting his friend.

The postmortem examination of the body had been carried out and the report was awaited.

Samples of the deceased had been taken to ascertain the exact cause of the death.

A case under Sections 304-A and 201 of the Indian Penal Code was registered in this regard.

The matter came to light yesterday when Manu, Victor’s nephew and a medical college student at Ambala, saw the body wrapped in a blanket and called the police.

Victor told the police that Imtiaz died on that fateful day after consuming smack.

Asked why he did not inform anyone about the incident, Victor told the police that he was scared.

The police said Victor, the owner of the house, had been alone at home for the past many days as members of his family were away.

Victor further told the police that Imtiaz and his friends were drug addicts and Imtiaz had been taking treatment from drug de-addiction centres at the PGI and in Mohali.



One held for possessing smack
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The local police has arrested a Daddu Majra Colony resident on charges of possessing two grams of smack.

According to the police, Rahul was arrested on Friday. A case under Section 21 of the NDPS Act was registered at the Sector 39 police station.

Vehicles stolen

Mr Dinesh Kumar of Sector 22-B lodged a complaint that his motor cycle (HP-29-0598) was stolen from Sector 35 on July 18. In another incident, Mr Sandeep Prashar of Pinjore reported that his motor cycle (HR-01-L-8412) was stolen from Sector 34 on July 18. Two theft cases were registered.


Mr Hardeep Singh of Sector 21 has lodged a complaint that his servant Ramesh Kumar had stolen cash and gold ornaments from his residence on Saturday. A case of theft was registered at the Sector 19 police station.



Held for assaulting servant
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The local police yesterday arrested Rajinder Singh Bedi , proprietor of Bedi Properties from Sector 35, for allegedly assaulting and seriously inuring his servant, Ravi Kumar.

The victim alleged that the proprietor injured his private parts with a rod following which bleeding took place. After he approached the police, a case under Sections 307, 3232 and 34 of the IPC was registered.

The servant was reportedly being interrogated by the proprietor after some cheques were allegedly found missing from the shop.



Banks told to formulate compensation policy
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
Banks will soon have to lay down a customer compensation policy, and compensate a customer for any loss incurred due to the fault of their employees.

These directions have been given by the Reserve Bank of India , while proposing the Code of Banks commitment for Individual Customers. The new customer compensation policy will include the entire gamut of banking services like savings accounts, term and demand deposits, credit cards, debit cards, foreign exchange, remittances and loans.

The Code has been developed to promote good and fair banking practices by setting the minimum standards in dealing with customers. The idea behind setting the code is to increase transparency in banking services and encourage market forces through competition to achieve higher operating standards. Senior officials in the RBI say that bank customer service norms are set to undergo a sea change with the drastic norms proposed by the Banking Code.

It may be mentioned that the RBI has set up a customer services department on July 1, aimed at protection of customer rights and enhancing the quality of customer service. This department will now bring together all activities relating to customer services under one roof. The objective of this department is to prevent banks from exploiting customers by keeping them ignorant of changes and terms and conditions of products and services.

The RBI had been receiving a number of complaints regarding banks over-charging interest for late payment of credit card bills; remitting money a few days later than the advised date when the market is volatile; debiting and crediting money to an account without the knowledge of customer etc.

The new rules framed by the Services Board of the RBI will require the banks to specify to its customers, within 30 days, about any change in interest rates, minimum balance, service charges etc. In case the banks fail to do so, the customers will have the right to close his account without paying any charges. While turning down loan applications, banks will also be required to furnish the reason, in writing, if the customer so desires. Banks will also be required to display within their premises, the terms and conditions of its products and the service charges levied on them.



MC to auction hotel site at Sec 35
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The Municipal Corporation (MC) has decided to auction a hotel site in Sector-35 once again on September 28. According to sources in the corporation, the hotel site will have a reserve price of Rs 51 crore and will be auctioned on lease for 99 years. Corporation officials took a decision to this effect earlier this week.

The 2.56-acre plot was auctioned before. When the site was auctioned for the first time in the late nineties, the MC had to face a court case for failing to give possession of the land in time to a Delhi-based company, which had successfully bid for it.

The case finally reached the Supreme Court and the MC ended up paying about Rs 16 crore to the company. Last year, the site was put for auction again with a reserve price of Rs 48 crore. Auction, however, turned out to be a flop show, with not many takers.

The corporation then proposed to auction the land for the purpose of constructing a multiplex. This proposal was also brought before the House and was cleared. It was, however, rejected by the UT Administration on the ground that there were not enough parking spaces available in that area.

The UT Administration and the MC did not have a good experience with auctioning properties on lease. According to officials, there would be better chances of the property being auctioned on freehold basis.



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