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Aussie delegation inspects stadium
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
“The doors of this stadium are low and narrow. I think these need to be made wider as ours is a tall and heavy-built squad,” pointed the Australian delegation on a visit here to inspect Sector 16 Cricket Stadium today.

As per normal practice, Cricket Australia (CA) has sent a four-member pre-visit team to inspect the stadium, where the Haryana Cricket Association (HCA) will host the India-Australia ODI on October 8.

Manager of the Australian team Steve Bernard, cricket manager Geoff Allardice, GM of cricket operations Michael Brown and security expert Reginald Dickson, along with BCCI cricket operations manager Suru Naik, visited the stadium.

Bernard said, “We are here to study the logistics, facilities, hotel and security arrangements, ground and pitch conditions for the match and practice sessions.”

Impressed by the gym, Bernard said, “The gym is reasonably good and the dressing area is quite adequate. This is the preliminary visit and we will pay another visit prior to the official tour.”

HCA secretary-general Ranbir Singh Mahendra informed that the visitors were quite impressed with the facilities available here. “We have informed them about our planning. They did not demand anything as such other than that the seating area of the players to be in an enclosure. I will be in constant touch with the Chandigarh administration to upgrade the facilities.” From the administration’s side, finance and sports secretary S.K. Sandhu, director of public relations Vivek Atrey, director of sports I.S. Sandhu, joint director of sports J.P.S. Sidhu, chief engineer V.K. Bhardwaj and Chandigarh SSP Dinesh Bhatt were also present.

Dinesh Bhatt informed the delegation about the security arrangements and totally ruled out engaging the security personnel from private agencies. “This would be the prime responsibility of the Chandigarh Police to maintain law and order and provide safety to our guests. We are chalking out the security arrangements. We would hire additional force, if need be.”

Talking about the instant plans, V.K. Bhardwaj said, “We are working on the modalities for upgrading the stadium. An electronic scoreboard will come up shortly. There will be refurnished press box. Some more stands will be added at the stadium to increase the seating capacity. We have ample funds and by the time the match is around, this will be a complete world-class stadium.” 



Chandigarh outclass Maharashtra

Panchkula, July 13
Chandigarh girls beat Maharashtra (u-17) in the 4th Sub-junior and 5th Junior Roll Ball Championship, underway at the Tau Devi Lal Complex, Sector 3, here, today. In the girls’ u-14 too, Chandigarh outclassed Maharashtra 1-0.

Results: Boys’ u-17: J&K bt Goa 4-0, Haryana bt Goa 2-0, Rajasthan bt Delhi 5-1; Girls’ u-17: J&K draw Haryana, Maharashtra bt Rajasthan 7-0, Chandigarh bt Maharashtra 2-1; Boys’ u-14: AP bt MP 1-0, Maharashtra bt Rajasthan 4-1, Delhi bt Punjab 3-0, Goa bt Delhi 2-0; Girls’ u-14: Maharashtra bt Rajasthan 5-0, Chandigarh bt Maharashtra 1-0; Mix u-14: Chandigarh bt UP 5-2, Hayana bt Delhi 11-0, Maharashtra bt Rajasthan 6-3; Mix u-17: J&K bt UP 2-0. — TNS



Master Plan
Jurong team to visit Mohali
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 13
A team from Singapore-based Jurong International, which will prepare Mohali’s Master Plan, will be here on July 23. The Congress government had chosen the company to prepare the plan for the 1350-sq km region, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).

The new government executed the agreement with the company last month. According to the agreement, the company will be paid around Rs 7 crore for their work.

Having picked a particular company, the government has left in the lurch over 15 companies, including some from Singapore, the UK and Canada, who had, in response to an advertisement, offered to do the job at reportedly less than half the cost. Now the entire process of short-listing consultants through an open-bidding process has been set aside and the bid offer stands cancelled.

Even the process of choosing a consultant through open advertisement was outsourced to Delhi-based consultant Feedback Ventures by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) two months ago.

This consultant, hired to find another consultant, was paid Rs 4 lakh for the preparation of a ‘request for proposal’ document that was to provide the bidders with ‘information to assist the formulation of their proposal’.

Other than its architects who will be assist the Jurong team, the GMADA will also provide data of the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) of the area to the team. The GMADA has tied up with Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, to compile the GIS images of the area. “The students are going through the last minute grind to put together the data which will be ready by the time the team is here,” said GMADA chief Krishan Kumar.

Jurong International will also prepare the master plans of five other towns - Zirakpur, Kharar, Banur, Dera Bassi and Mullanpur - situated in the GMADA area. The task will be completed within one year of the execution of the agreement.

The outline of Mohali’s Master Plan was prepared in 2001. It was approved in 2003 and amended in 2005 and 2006. The plan had envisaged 114 sectors. Other than this, the department has also finalised plans for 77 villages of SAS Nagar and other areas in Zirakpur, Kharar, Lalru, Banur and Dera Bassi.



Key posts lying vacant, but who cares
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, July 13
Key posts in the administrative complex here have been lying vacant for months reflecting on how serious the government is about the functioning of the year-old SAS Nagar district.

Important posts of additional deputy commissioner (general), assistant commissioner (general), executive magistrate and chief agricultural officer are lying vacant, not only putting additional burden on the staff but also affecting the public.

While the posts of ADC and assistant commissioner are lying vacant for the past three months, that of the executive magistrate is lying vacant for the past nine months, adversely affecting work in the newly formed district.

While residents say they have not noticed much development in the town ever since it has become a district, officials say they are overworked.

The work of ADC (general) is being looked after by Ajoy Sharma, ADC (development), and that of assistant commissioner (general) by Navjot Kaur, assistant commissioner (grievances). DTO Balbir Singh has been asked to take care of the work of three branches while SDM, Jaspal Mittal has been told to monitor work of other two branches.

Arunjit Singh Miglani was appointed ADC (general) after SAS Nagar was formally given the district status by former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on April 14, 2006. He worked on the post for about a year and was transferred on April 2 this year. Since then the post is lying vacant.

Similarly, Parminder Pal Singh Sandhu had joined as assistant commissioner (general) when Mohali became a district and remained on the post till April 11, 2007, leaving the post vacant since then.

The post of executive magistrate, which was occupied by R.P.S. Walia for about six months, is lying vacant for the past nine months.

The chief agricultural officer appointed for the SAS Nagar district retired in October last year. The post was then occupied by another official for a while, but soon fell vacant. Additional charge has been given to chief agricultural officer of Ropar district.

The office of the DTO here has yet to get the required staff. It has only two permanent employees, while four come from Ropar and two from Patiala on different days to make the office functional.

B.S. Tej who represents Citizens Welfare Federation said even though the town had become a district, it still did not have a sessions court, a consumer court, or a zila parishad and as such residents had to face inconvenience.



Allotment of dwelling units
Oustees return empty-handed

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, July 13
Hundreds of residents of Kumhar colony, Colony No. 4 and Madrasi colony today gathered at the office of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) in Sector 9, demanding alternative sites under the rehabilitation plan of the administration.

They lamented that a CHB official had told them that a camp would be held to give dwelling units to the left out persons today. But the official who was to hold the camp was on leave. A similar situation had occurred on two previous occasions.

The protesters lamented that they had been deprived of their daily wage earnings for the day as they had come for the camp.

They also demanded that their structures should not be demolished till they were allotted houses.

Meanwhile, CHB officials had to face the wrath of the residents of Sector 41 when they went to demolish unauthorised construction in four houses.

The residents lamented that they had not been served notice.

However, the officials claimed that the demolition was carried out after giving adequate hearing to the violators.



Tobacco control cell formed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
The Chandigarh administration has constituted a Chandigarh Tobacco Control Cell (CTCC) to act as a focal point for all tobacco-related activities and complaints relating to violation of the provisions of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003.

While home-cum-health secretary will be the chairperson of the cell, the other members include inspector general police, deputy commissioner, tourism director, health services director, pubic instructions director, MC commissioner, head of tobacco cessation clinic, PGI, chairperson of the Burning Brain Society (NGO), Kumar Abhimanyu, Jagwinder Patial, Jagdish Singh Sarpal and A.P.S. Shergill.

The cell will coordinate, superintend and direct all tobacco control related activities in the UT on day-to-day basis. It will also monitor and ascertain that the guidelines mandated for Chandigarh as “Tobacco-Free City” are observed.



Officials told to compound offence

Chandigarh July 13
The administration has authorised food and drug inspectors, and police officers of the rank of sub-inspector or above to compound any offence committed under Section 4 or 6 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act 2003 in the area of the Union Territory. They have been authorised to accept the fine or the compounding fee from violators. — TNS



Anti-dengue camp at Bapu Dham

Chandigarh July 13
An anti-dengue camp was organised by the directorate of national vector-borne disease control programme at anganwari centre at Bapu Dham colony today.

“Fever alert” and operational teams screened sensitive areas of the colony and treated 225 points of mosquito breeding places with larvicide’s and insecticide.

Surveillance and operational teams were deployed in the colony to ensure treatment of mosquito-genic situations.

Inaugurating the camp, MC chief engineer S.K. Bansal advised the residents to handle water carefully and prevent it from contaminating.

Water contamination led to several water-borne diseases like diarrhoea, gastroenteritis, viral hepatitis and cholera, said Bansal. Water stagnation should be avoided in all forms especially in containers and other water-holding utensils for prevention and control of malaria, dengue and chikungunya, said the chief engineer.

Assistant director, health (malaria)-cum-state surveillance officer Dr Rajinder K. Sharma appealed to the residents to clean up their coolers and scrub dry these once a week. A flag march-cum-procession was organised by the department in which officials of the department, sarpanches, panches and residents of colony participated. — TNS



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