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Building bylaws for villages
Admn seeks public response
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The Chandigarh Administration has framed building by-laws for UT villages which will be applicable following their merger with the Municipal Corporation. The Administration has sought public response on the draft proposal of "Chandigarh Administration (erection and re-erection of building), building by-laws, 2006" for the planned and regulated growth of all villages.

The by-laws will be applicable to the villages under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation. In the first phase, five villages, including Hallomajra, Kajheri, Palsora, Maloya and Dadu Majra, will be included in the municipal limits.

In the by-laws, special incentives have been provided to encourage a regulated development. These by-laws will be applicable to the persons who erect, re-erect or occupy any building in the specified areas. The by-laws have specified a procedure for submission of building application consisting of site plan and drainage plan with security fees and development charges.

The maximum height of a building will be 34 feet, including ground floor plus two floors. Height permissible will be excluding parapet, water tank and any other structure allowed with permission of the competent authority. No building will have the basement unless that plot is having a front of more than 25 feet and basement is constructed 8 feet away from the adjoining building walls subject to the structure stability, light and ventilation.

Plots below 100 square yards will be allowed full site coverage, whereas plots above 101-250 square yards will be allowed 75 per cent coverage while plots above 251 sq yd will be allowed 70 per cent.

The by-laws also provide for substantial incentives to those residents of existing village ''abadis'' who collectively opt for improving the existing civic infrastructure specially roads and other services. If the residents of an entire street surrender four feet and six inches strip of land on both sides of the street for widening of the street, the owners will be allowed an extra floor subject to the maximum of ground plus three floors with a maximum height of 45 feet from the plinth. This will be applicable for streets having minimum width of 9 feet. The owners will be allowed mixed land use. The residents can also project their balconies up to 3 feet width in their plot area.

Another important feature of by-laws is that the developers, who can acquire a minimum of half acre of land in the abadi area of the village, can construct six-storey flats with a mix of residential/commercial use. The ground coverage for residential areas is 40 per cent while for commercial areas it is 30 per cent; maximum height allowed for residential quarters is 72 feet while the same for commercial quarters is 58 feet; the residential quarters can have six storeys while the commercial units can have four; and the Floor Area Ratio allowed is 1.2.

These by-laws are seen as an effective tool to help inhabitants to improve their living conditions as well as their financial conditions. These by-laws are expected to change the face of villages.


Height of a building will be 34 feet, including ground floor plus two floors
No basement unless the plot is having a front of more than 25 feet
Plots below 100 sq yards will be allowed 100 pc coverage, above 101-250 sq yards 75 per cent coverage and above 251sq yards allowed 70 per cent coverage.
Residents opt for improving the civic infrastructure specially roads and other services be given incentive
Builders can construct six storey flats with a mix of residential and commercial use



Panchkula extension plan approved
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 23
The Panchkula District-Level Development Plan Committee, today, approved the Panchkula Extension-II Township Development Plan along he Panchkula-Barwala highway. This decision was taken at a meeting of the committee chaired by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Brijender Singh, here today.

The Panchkula extension-II would include the development of 24 new sectors to cater to the ever-rising demand for land in the township and its non-availability under the present scheme of things.

The plan is also an effort of the administration to check haphazard growth along the highway and on the outskirts of the city.

The Deputy Commissioner said the committee approved this extension on the Panchkula-Barwala Highway, covering the area of Kot-Billa, Bir Firozari and Bir-Babupur villages along the Haryana border which has a population of nearly 8,000.

The Deputy Commissioner stated that the plan is to cover 6,300 acre of land on the periphery and would consist of 15 residential sectors, five sectors on either side of the national highway as a commercial belt, three industrial sectors, semi-public sectors reserved for institutions, transport and communication sectors and open space for other development ventures.

Mr Brijender Singh said the extension plan had been designed to cope up with the needs of a population of about three lakh.



Couple stands by love
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The family of a recently wed woman showed up at the District Courts to “convince” her to walk out on the inter-caste marriage.

But Uma Aggarwal, the woman, told the Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ), Mr B.K. Mehta, that she was a major and had married the man by choice.

The man, Santosh Kumar, belonging to a reserved category caste, also appeared before the ADSJ for an anticipatory bail on the charge of kidnapping levelled by Uma’s family.

Recording the statement of Santosh and Uma in presence of the Station House Officer, Sector 34 Police Station, Mr Jagir Singh and the Investigating Officer, Sub Inspector Surinder Singh, the ADSJ granted him bail.

Their counsel has also moved an anticipatory bail application on behalf of Uma as her parents have alleged that she had taken away cash and jewellery worth Rs 60,000 while leaving their place.

Uma has refuted the charge. In the evening, the couple appeared before the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Gaurav Yadav, said a human rights lawyer, Mr Arvind Thakur, who would tomorrow move their case before the Human Rights Commission.



Four community centres under police occupation
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, August 23
In utter disregard of the welfare of the public, the police here has occupied four of the eight community centres for its own use, ignoring bookings by residents for social functions.

Two of these centres were occupied by the police last week at the time of the election of the Municipal Council President on August 17 while two others were taken over soon after the formation of the SAS Nagar district.

According to sources, the police had approached PUDA officials for using two centres in Phase V and Sector 71 for a day on the pretext that additional police force had been requisitioned for the elections and the two buildings were required to lodge the additional force.

Even though a week has past since the elections two centres have not been vacated by the police.

The other two centres in Phases VI and XI were already under the possession of the police for the past over four months. It is learnt that only permission for 15 days was taken by the police from the authorities concerned.

Sources said keeping in view the problems being faced by residents, PUDA had written to the SSP, Mr Naunihal Singh, yesterday, requesting him to intervene in the matter and get the centres located in Phase V and Sector 71 vacated as these had been given for use only for a day.

According to the sources, it was brought to the notice of the SSP that the community centre in Phase V had been booked by a number of residents September 1 to December 10. Similarly, the community centre of Sector 71 was also booked from September 23 to October 2.

If the centres are not vacated, the residents would be left at the mercy of private operators like hotels and marriage palaces where charges are heavy.

Mr Naunihal Singh said the centres could not be vacated till alternative arrangements were made to accommodate additional police personnel sent here and keep expensive equipment of the police force. He said over 1,000 additional manpower had been sent to take care of the work of the district.

He said PUDA was to provide 3.5 acres in Phase III-A to the police where temporary arrangements for the force would have been made. Since no land had so far been given, it was not possible to vacate the centres.



Society gives memo to PM over cola issue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh August 23
The Burning Brain Society, an NGO, here has questioned the intentions and rationale of Indian parliamentarians in demanding a ban on aerated soft drinks.

In a memorandum given to the Indian Prime Minister and the Health Minister, the society has asked the government if it has any scientific evidence that cola consumption has resulted in a death over the past 50 years. The NGO raised the point that it was well known that tobacco kills nearly 1 million people in India every year, yet there was no talk in Parliament on banning it.

Mr Hemant Goswami, chairperson of the society, alleged that as per the audited balance sheet of one of the biggest tobacco manufacturer, most of the parliamentarians were receiving money from the tobacco industry in the name of political donation and this seemed to be a reason for their double standards.

He mentioned that according to WHO statistics, even if the present tobacco control initiatives were a success still over a billion people would die globally because of tobacco use and nearly one fifth of them would be Indians. “Are these statistics not enough for the Indian Government to chalk out an eradication plan for tobacco instead of wasting its energy on the cola controversy,” Mr Goswami questioned.



Tribune Impact
Washed away road to be reconstructed
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 23
Villagers of six villages along the Panchkula-Naraingarh road, troubled by a washed away road link connecting them to the highway, have a reason to cheer. The Haryana Public Works Department (B and R) approved the reconstruction of the road and tenders for the reconstruction of the bridge on the highway have also been floated.

Last week, The Tribune had highlighted the plight of villagers of Toka, Shamtu, Rattewali, Tibbi, Khetarpalli and Sabilpur and many other villages. They have been suffering for want of the road which got washed away due to a sudden gush of water in June this year.

Since then, they as well as trucks plying on the highway were forced to detour to a kuchha road made alongside which too was not traversable once it rained. Concerned about the inconvenience the villagers were being put to, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Brijender Singh, visited the area and took up the matter with the department concerned.

Sources in the PW Department (B and R) said immediately after the rains, the road built after the bridge collapsed last year, would be relaid to facilitate smooth flow of traffic on the highway. The department has also invited bids to hasten the reconstruction of the bridge.

“The reconstruction of the bridge will take about seven months or so. We have invited bids for the same, the last date being September 20. The bridge will be in place well before the next monsoons arrive,” an official said.

He said the delay in reconstruction of the bridge took place on account of a change in the foundation plan. “After the collapse of the bridge at Kala Amb, we found that the open foundation was responsible for the collapse. We changed the whole plan under which the open foundation will be replaced by the well foundation which is laid 15 to 30m deep as compared to the open foundation which is only seven to eight feet deep,” he added. 



Overcharging by parking contractors alleged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The Citizens Action Group has protested against the “inaction” of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation in taking action against the parking charges levied by contractors of the corporation, a press note said here today.

Earlier, the group had written to the Mayor that the parking contractors were charging Rs 10 per entry from owners of Innova, Sumo and Qualis instead of Rs 5.

In the letter the group had pointed out that the contractor was fleecing residents. “We conducted an informal survey last week at 18 paid parking lots in various sectors including two parking lots in Sector 35, one in Sector 22, nine in Sector 17, four in Sector 9 and two in Sector 8, and found that, on an average, there were 414 big cars per hour that entered the parking lots. This meant a huge amount of unaccounted money.” it said.



Recommendations sought for Indira prize
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, New Delhi, has invited recommendations to confer Rs 2.5 million Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development-2006.

The prize is awarded annually to a person or organisation without any distinction of nationality, race or religion, in recognition of creative efforts towards promoting international peace and disarmament.

The recommendations for the prize may be submitted by its past winners, former members of the jury, Members of either House of Parliament, Members of the National Parliaments of all members countries of the United Nations, national and international organisations of repute dedicated to the promotion of peace and international understanding and any person or organisation invited or permitted by the jury to make proposal.

The recommendations for the prize may be sent to the Deputy Commissioner.

The last date for receipt of the recommendations by the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust is September 30.



Mohali divided into three traffic zones
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 23
To make the functioning of the traffic police more effective, the town has been divided into three zones and an official of the rank of Inspector would take care of each zone. Phases I to VI will fall in zone I, Phases IIIA, IIIB 1 and 2, Phase VII, Sectors 60, 61, 70 and 71 and Matour village will be part of zone II while Phases VIII to XI and Kumbra village will fall in zone III.

Mr Raj Bachan Singh Sandhu, SP (Security and Traffic), said traffic would be manned by 32 police personnel. Better traffic arrangements would also be made in Kharar, Dera Bassi and Lalru.



Plea on water plant

Mohali, August 23
The Peoples Welfare Association has urged PUDA to install machinery at the water treatment plant so that Mohali could avail its share of water from the Phase IV of the Kajauli waterworks.

Mr S.S. Jaspal, general secretary of the association, said here today that the town was facing shortage of water but the share of Mohali was being availed by Chandigarh as PUDA had not been able to install the machinery. — OC



Mobiles, accessories stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Mobile handsets and related accessories worth around Rs 54,000 were stolen from a shop in Sector 47-D last night. Thieves entered the shop after breaking an iron grill at the back of the shop. The owner of the shop said the thieves took away expensive mobiles and other electronic items. The police has registered a case.

Cyclist dead

A cyclist, who was hit by a motorcycle near Hallo Majra chowk on August 22, succumbed to his injuries in the PGI on Tuesday.

Sources in the police said, Suresh Kumar of Raipur Kalan village sustained multiple injuries in the mishap. The motorcyclist fled the spot after the accident. A case has been registered.


Ms Kamla of Mauli Complex, Mani Majra, has reported to the police that a TV set, a VCD and a ration card along with other articles were stolen from her house on Tuesday. A case of theft has been registered.


Shusma of Maloya Colony has lodged a complaint with the police, alleging that Barinder Kumar and Mukesh, both residents of the same locality, assaulted her on August 13.

She sustained injuries in the attack and was admitted to the Sector 16 General Hospital. The police arrested the accused from Maloya Colony on Tuesday.


The police arrested Masta, Khurshid and Ishar Ahmed, all residents of Bapu Dham Colony, and Amar Singh of Grain Market, Sector 26, for in gambling. The police recovered Rs 1,800 from their possession and registered a case under the Gambling Act.



Two held for flesh trade
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 23
The police has arrested two women for allegedly running a flesh trade racket. According to the police, those arrested are Shahnaz and Lakhpreet Kaur, both residents of Khanna.

Mr Jasdev Singh, DSP (Headquarters), said he had got a tip-off that the women were roaming around Dara Studio in search of customers. A trap was laid to nabs them. Two decoy customers, who were given marked currency notes by the DSP, were sent to them. The women struck a deal and were arrested.

A case has been registered.



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