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Youth thumb down poll
 Those under 20 form less than 1 pc of voters in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 12
Youngsters aged 18 and 19 comprise less than one per cent of the total voters registered in Mohali district with the Election Commission of India. These worrying figures released by the district electoral officer show that, despite regularly conducted enrolment drives, only 4,715 first-time voters have signed up so far. Those who are 18 and 19 years old form only 0.92 per cent of the total 508,382 voters registered in the district whose population is 986,147.

The main reason attributed for the poor voter registration is lack of interest among young people. Alarmed at the poor response the district administration, in a first-of-its-kind initiative, plans to launch drives at government and privately run colleges to enlist first timers there.

Beginning October 4, block level officers on election duty will visit various colleges in their areas to students registered.

To set the ball rolling, the administration on Monday roped in principals of all colleges to drive home the need for targeting young voters through different media, ranging from distributing pamphlets to public functions.

Deputy commissioner Varun Roozam said it was imperative to encourage youngsters to get them enrolled as voters. The Election Commission has also stressed on enlisting young voters.

“Block level officers have been instructed to visit colleges with voter enrolment forms and get students till them out with college principals acting as key facilitators in the exercise”, Roozam added.

‘Awareness’ drive from September 22

To sensitize youngsters about the importance of exercising their voting rights, the district election office will undertake a special “awareness” drive from September 22 to October 4 to involve them in the election process. Efforts will be made to dispel voter apathy in view of the Punjab assembly elections coming up next year.




Bureaucrats pull strings to evade music
 UT Chief Architect’s deputation extended third time
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
When it comes to obliging certain officers with extended tenures in City Beautiful, the UT administration does find a way. But what is surprising is that it uses the same excuse year after year and still no one questions the fact that if a job has not been completed for three long years, what is the guarantee that it will be completed in a year.

The officer concerned here is UT’s Chief Architect Sumit Kaur and the grounds on which her deputation has been extended today for the third consecutive year are that she is working (a) on preservation of city’s heritage architecture and (b) the master plan. While ostensibly both the issues look important enough for justifying her extension, the fact is that these grounds have already been used earlier also.

According to sources, UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas, who also holds the charge of Urban Planning and Development, recommended Kaur’s extension. Adviser KK Sharma had approved the file last week and UT Administrator and Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil gave the final nod today. Interestingly, after receiving the Administrator’s nod the UT administration has sought the consent of the Punjab government on her extension that ends on September 30.

Sources said Kaur had come to the UT on deputation from Punjab on October 1, 2008, for a period of one year. But as things are going, she’ll surely spend a tenure of four years in the city, if not more. Senior officials, who are privy to the case, question the grounds for Kaur’s extension on the plea that while she has been working on the preservation of city’s heritage architecture for three long years, the issue is still hanging fire.

And as far as Kaur’s pending job of preparing the city’s master plan is concerned, officials say she has been at it for one and half years even when the task was to be completed on December 31, 2010, as per the direction of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Though the UT administration was given four months by the court in September, 2010, to prepare the master plan, it has been seeking extension since then. Questions are also being raised on the “haste” adopted by the administration for her extension. Her file was prepared at least a month before her tenure was to end.

However, there are some who justify the extension on the ground that the tasks assigned to her are extremely important to the city.

When contacted, UT Chief Architect Sumit Kaur confirmed that she got an extension of one year but refused to comment.


Cops sit over forgery by HCS officers
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 12
The Haryana Police is tight-lipped over a case of forgery involving two HCS officers. The case pertains to the distribution of compensation for shamlat land at six villages in Pinjore worth crores.

More than four months have passed since the registration of an FIR against the two HCS officers, the then land acquisition officers, and many other revenue department employees, but no arrest has taken place till date. Acting on directions of the Haryana government, the Panchkula police registered a case against former Panchkula land acquisition officers Dinesh Yadav and DR Kairon on April 25.

Besides these two, HUDA tehsildar Ghup Singh, Kalka tehsildar Ishwar Chand Vairagi, Kalka kanungo Singh Ram and HUDA naib tehsildar Surinder Kumar were booked under charges of forgery and criminal conspiracy and under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

These officials were accused of forging documents and giving the ownership of shamlat land to villagers without the consent of the authorities. Though the police registered an FIR against the officials, it failed to arrest any of them.

When contacted, DSP (CID-Crime) Mukesh Malhotra said they had written to the Deputy Commissioner’s office to verify some revenue records, but it had not provided the records back.

Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

The land in question was acquired for HUDA sectors and the Kaushlya dam. Brar had market the inquiry of the alleged embezzlement to the then Kalka SDM Vandana Disodia.

After receiving the SDM’s report, Brar had forwarded it to the Haryana government. Following directions of the Haryana government, a case was registered.

‘Disempower them’

The Haryana Lokayukt, Justice Pritam Pal (retired), had issued directions to the Haryana government in April not to give important postings to two of the accused, Singh Ram and Ishwar Chand Vairagi. The order read, “During the course of discussion, it is also established that Ishwar Chand Vairagi, the then Kalka tehsildar, and Singh Ram, the then Kalka field kanungo, were at the helm of affairs in preparing a list of the proprietors without prior permission. I feel that both officials should not be posted on any important position till the final disposal of this complaint.”



Filling fuel? Be careful
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The police today arrested an employee of Hindustan Petroleum at the Sector-39 petrol station and booked another for withdrawing money of customers by swiping their credit cards twice.

The amount withdrawn the second time was later taken out of the petrol station cash box by the accused. The owner of the petrol station had to refund customers who returned complaining that their cards had been swiped twice.

The police booked Pawan, alias Lucky, of Dhanas for stealing Rs 45,000 from the cash box and Suraj for duping the employer of Rs 60,000 through at least 10 fraudulent transactions.

Gaganjot Singh, the owner of the petrol station, said he got to know of the theft when a number of his customers complained. “I refunded the money to all my customers when they brought their bank statements,” he said.

“I sat down to see CCTV footage yesterday when Suraj, who had joined recently, escaped immediately. It then came to light that he had stolen at least Rs 60,000 adopting this modus operandi over the past six days,” he added. Gaganjot complained to the police. While Pawan was arrested, efforts were on to nab Suraj. 



Welcome to Mullanpur
 It’s official -- green signal to urban estate
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 12
The much-awaited 740-plot phase I of the Mullanpur urban estate will be floated on September 21 and applicants will be given a month to apply under the scheme. The site is located 7 km from the PGI in Chandigarh.

The decision follows approval to the project by the executive committee of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) during a meeting under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Secretary SC Agrawal.

For the first time, applications will also be received online. The draw of lots will be held on November 30. The letter of intent will be issued within a month of the draw of lots.

Allottees will be given 120 days from the date of draw of lots to deposit 95 per cent of the cost of the plot, a decision taken to keep speculators out.

To solve the problem of finance, GMADA is contemplating a tripartite agreement between banks, GMADA and allottees so that the cost can be paid within the period specified.

A senior GMADA official said after past experiences like Aerocity, it was decided to limit the schedule of payment of 95 per cent of plot cost to four months, between December, 2011, and March, 2012, from the date of draw of lots.

The letter of allotment would be issued once the 95 per cent of the cost was paid. In case of Aerocity, over three lakh applicants, mostly from outside Punjab and speculators, had applied and the margin money increased prices to an unimaginable level. GMADA Chief Administrator Sarvjit Singh said he could comment only after minutes of the meeting were issued.

As per the draft, the scheme was for bona fide residents of Punjab and Chandigarh. Employees of the Punjab and Haryana High Court were also eligible to apply. Applications would also be received online this time. This yardstick would apply to future housing schemes as well.

Project at a glance

n GMADA allows end users to buy property straightaway

n Only for bona fide Punjab and Chandigarh residents

n Those who own or have been allotted a plot are not eligible

n 100 sq yd, 125 sq yd, 150 sq yd, 200 sq yd, 250 sq yd, 300 sq yd, 400 sq yd, 500 sq yd plots

n Prices between Rs 15,000 per sq yd (for 100 sq yd) and Rs 19,000 per sq yd (for 500 sq yd)

n 95 per cent of plot cost to be paid within 120 days of date of draw of lots



From kabaddi ground to drug peddling
 Punjab cop-turned-NRI his aide
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 12
One of the drug peddlers arrested by the Panchkula police from a house at Sector 9 here on Saturday night is a kabaddi player who has represented Punjab in matches against Canada and England.

According to sources, the accused, Navjot Singh of Jalandhar, belongs to a well-off family which owns 10 acres. He is also facing a case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, registered at Ludhiana in 2009.

Gurdyal Singh, Sarabjit Singh, Dilbag Singh, Navjot and Sarabjit are the persons arrested. Three-kg opium, a pistol and a revolver have been seized from their possession.

The other accused are also from well-off families. It is being investigated what made them choose this path, says a senior police officer.

Sarabjit and Dilbagh are NRIs. Sarabjit and his two brothers have settled in Canada. Dilbagh is with the Punjab Police since 1999. He went on short leave and left the country for Australia a few years ago.

The other Sarabjit runs a real estate business. All of them had a common link in the name of Mintoo, a resident of Panchkula, who managed to flee from the spot at the time of the raid, said the sources.



No reply at MC complaint centre
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The complaint centre that the municipal corporation had set up with a great fanfare has been without a head for the past one week due to shortage of manpower. An employee who had been tasked with attending grievance calls has been assigned census duty, with the result there is no one to take calls and forward them to the department concerned for resolving the complaint.

A visit to the centre found a peon was telling visitors to submit their complaints in writing to an official. "He’ll look into them whenever he’ll come to the office”, he was saying.

Officials assigned to the temporary flood control centre, situated in the same office room, adopted a “pick and choose” method to answer complaint calls, not bothering to forward even those they did respond to.

Clueless about the situation, MC additional commissioner (II) Lalit Siwach said: “Alternative arrangements will be made at the complaint centre if the employee entrusted the job of taking calls has been assigned census duty”.

Sources close to the civic body said that MC commissioner Prerna Puri was aware a staff shortage had affected the centre’s day-to-day functioning.

According to MC records, an employee has been posted at the centre to take complaint calls and forward them to the relevant department.

However, if he goes on leave there is no other staffer to handle the job. Nominated councillor MPS Chawla, who headed a committee that was 
specially set up address the problem, had recommended two “qualified” employees should be permanently appointed to man the complaint centre in shifts round the clock.


N-choe chronic ailment for Phase-IX residents
Kulwinder Sangha

Foul smell emanates from N-choe at Phase IX in Mohali, that pollutes the environment in its vicinity.
Foul smell emanates from N-choe at Phase IX in Mohali, that pollutes the environment in its vicinity. 

Mohali, September 12
The passing of the N-choe through parts of Phase IX has proved to be a chronic ailment for residents of the area apart from broken roads, improper sanitation and wild growth in vacant spaces.

Residents whose houses fall close to the N-choe have complained that the foul smell emanating from there had made their lives miserable.

The authorities concerned had failed to mitigate the problem of the residents of the area despite endless number of complaints made in this regard over the years.
Uncovered electricity wire can hardly be spotted amid the wild growth, making passersby vulnerable to contact; and (right) water accumulated in a damaged road at Phase IX.
Uncovered electricity wire can hardly be spotted amid the wild growth, making passersby vulnerable to contact
Water accumulated in a damaged road at Phase IX
Water accumulated in a damaged road at Phase IX. 
Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu
Garbage dumped near the PCA Stadium; and (below) stray cattle roam around at Phase IX in Mohali
Garbage dumped near the PCA Stadium; and (below) stray cattle roam around at Phase IX in Mohali

Garbage could be seen dumped in open spaces at some points and it was difficult to pass from there due to the foul smell.

Even though a collection point had been set up near the bridge close to the stadium, garbage could be seen lying in heaps outside the enclosure.

The footpath along the wall of the sports complex, which was under construction, was in a state of neglect.

Parkashwati, former municipal councillor, said that sanitation was in a state of neglect at the backside of the market. Though safai karamcharis came, they did not clean the area properly.

Residents were also facing the problem of low voltage and voltage fluctuation, which damaged electronic gadgets.

Roads in the area were full of potholes and residents had filled these with malba to save themselves from a rough ride as the authorities concerned had not repaired these over the past about seven years, said Mukhtiyar Singh, president of the Citizens Welfare Council. These potholes could also lead to accidents, he added.

Kuljit Singh Aulakh, former municipal councillor, said roads had not been repaired even when funds for the work had been sanctioned.

The area also faced the problem of stray dogs and the civic body had failed to check the menace.




Residents speak

The PCA cricket stadium in Phase IX is located in a very congested area. There is hardly any space for parking vehicles. The area where people used to park their vehicles is being used for constructing a sports complex. Residents also face tough times when matches are held here as their vehicles are not allowed to freely move out of their houses for security reasons. The stadium should be shifted to a bigger area.

Kuljeet Singh Aulakh, former municipal councillor

Water gets collected on certain roads as many road gullies in the area are blocked and roads get damaged. A park outside houses 1092 - 1097 still had water in it even when it has not rained in the past three days.

Mukhtiyar Singh, president, Citizens’ Welfare Council

The open spaces in the market area are full of wild growth, creating problems for shopkeepers. The sites where allottees have failed to construct shops are also full of wild growth. The parking area does not have adequate lighting and both the civic body and GMADA keep passing the buck when requests for mitigatinthe problems are made.

Gurnam Singh Bindra, former municipal councillor

Untreated sullage should not be thrown in the N-choe as it creates lot of air pollution, making the life of residents miserable. Even when Mohali is on the international map, getting fresh air in this part of the town is difficult. We cannot shift our houses from the area as one can make only one house in a lifetime. Efforts are being made to improve the situation, but they are not enough. 

Gurpal Singh, local resident 



From hardcore criminals to chefs
 Dacoits, murderers, thieves to learn the art of cooking in jail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Convicted for the triple murder of an elderly couple in Kajheri and their servant, Rajiv Kumar, facing life term in prison is now learning to cook mouth -watering delicacies. Courtesy a unique initiative by Burail jail authorities in which hard core convicts will be taught to cook, Rajiv hopes to become self reliant once he is released from jail after his term gets over.

Rajiv Kumar is only one among more than 100 Burail jail inmates including murderers, dacoits, robbers and the like who have been enrolled for the one-month long cooking course, which commenced on the jail premises today. The faculty of experts from Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, and also students will be coming on the campus to impart professional training.

“I am happy for having enrolled in the course. This will help me fight my way to normal life and also battle with the social stigma once we are out of the jail. I will begin afresh and with a skill at my hand my fight will become easy,” said Rajiv.

Some of the other convicts who started their training today for the first batch included Nanak Chand, facing term in a dacoity case, Ajit Kumar, convicted for committing robbery, Ravi, convicted in attempt to murder case, Sukhjinder, convicted for the murder of a Nepali national and Dildar, also convicted for murder.

“There is a huge job market for cooking and our basic aim in starting this course is to make the inmates self-reliant once they are released from jail. We will also prepare a strategy so that the inmates get jobs in hotels once they are released from here,” said IG (prisons) Alok Kumar.

Another convict Ajit Singh, lodged in a murder case since 2001, has three years more to go before he will finally get free after completing his life term of 14 years. Adorning the attire of a chef, the convict said, “I have also done training in carpentry but learning to cook is altogether a different experience. I am more excited about this one. It is like beginning my life afresh and I feel very enthusiastic about a trade where I see my possible future”.



tooth Extraction 
Clean chit to doc
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The GMSH-16 authorities today gave a clean chit to dentist Dr Neeta Mahajan, who was accused of extracting a wrong tooth from the jaw of a young girl, Suhani. The inquiry into the incident was ordered after Suhani’s parents alleged that instead of extracting a decayed tooth from the left side of the jaw, a healthy tooth was taken out from the other side. The inquiry, which was conducted by the head of the dental department, found nothing amiss and an eight-page report is likely to be submitted to the Director, Health Services, tomorrow.

Pak spy admitted to hospital

Pakistan spy Kashif Ali, currently lodged in Burail jail, was today rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, in a critical state. The accused was imprisoned last year. He is facing trial for spying while staying in Sector 44 in the city.



Civic body seeks dismissal of PIL
 Stray cattle menace
Tribune news service

Chandigarh, September 12
Seeking dismissal of PIL filed in connection with the stray cattle menace, the municipal corporation today filed its reply in the Chandigarh district courts stating that it was performing its duty to check cattle menace.

The MC in its reply filed before the Court of Pritpal Singh, Civil Judge, Chandigarh, stated that one cattle pound and two gaushalas were available with the MC through which proper tackling of stray cattle menace was carried out within the municipal limits of Chandigarh.

The MC has engaged 37 cattle catchers, who work round-the-clock under the supervision of sanitary inspector-cum-in-charge cattle pound. Two vehicles specially designed to lift stray cattle are also available with the MC. The reply further goes on to say that during the last four years around 8,374 stray cattle have been impounded and Rs 30,31,900 has been realised as fine.

In the PIL, advocate Pankaj Chandgothia and his wife Sangeeta demanded that a special cell be created with representatives from all departments concerned, including the administration, municipal corporation and the police to look into the problem of cattle menace.

They also demanded that a compensation policy should be formulated, wherein the administration should be liable to compensate any person who suffers on account of the stray cattle menace. The police must register an FIR in every such case.



Paver Blocks 
MC choking trees in name of beautification
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The municipal corporation’s policy on laying paver blocks in various sectors has not gone down well with the UT environment department. UT’s Director (Environment) Santosh Kumar says large-scale laying of paver blocks is adversely affecting the green cover of the city.

“On the one hand we talk about ‘Green Action Plan’ and on the other hand we are laying paver blocks which are environment unfriendly’” Santosh added.

Records of the corporation show that in the past three years, around 15 old trees have fallen because of weakened roots due to hampering of growth caused by the laying of paver blocks.

In some areas, even young trees have shown stunted growth due to the haphazard laying of paver blocks by the MC’s engineering department.

Santosh Kumar says the blocks have affected the seepage of water into the ground, which has resulted in the lowering of the groundwater level.

Paver blocks are also affecting the natural growth of trees in the area where they have been laid.

The official says as the concrete blocks are good reflectors of ground heat, these can be a source of discomfort to public.

The MC should instead put “bajri” around trees, he opines.

On internal roads in Sectors 3, 7, 8, 9, 34, 35 and 49, where concrete footpaths have been laid, no space has been left around trees for the proper nourishment of roots.

Even freshly planted trees in these sectors have started leaning for the want of sufficient space to grow.

Prof RK Kohli, eminent environmentalist and former chairman of department of environment studies, Panjab University, says he has submitted a representation to the UT horticulture department against the laying of concrete structures around plantation in the past.

He says it has been scientifically proven that such structures spoil the ecosystem of the soil and also cause the heat to trap around the plantation, thus affecting life.

He further says in Delhi and Gujarat, designer slabs have been laid near the plantation to give proper space around it.

“Wonder why such slabs have not been used by the authorities in the city?” he adds.



Garbage mess: a problem of plenty for tricity
UT top brass pushes, MC moves
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Years of torment faced by residents of living amidst stench emanating from the garbage dumping ground could not move the municipal corporation (MC) as much as a whiff of stench did when it reached the top UT administration officials.

That is perhaps why wheels were set in motion following orders by UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas yesterday. A similar urgency was seen in 2009 when a team was dispatched by former Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar to look into the problem.

Two days ago, a UT administration officials complained of foul smell in various sectors of the city to the MC officials.

A team of officials, headed by MC Commissioner Prerna Puri, visited the dumping ground and garbage plant to ascertain the cause of the stench. After visiting the site, MC officials realised that the garbage dump was the source of the stench.

Two months ago, Dadu Majra residents had protested for over two hours near the dumping ground over the stench.

Additional Commissioner-I Sunil Bhatia along with medical health officer had visited the site and assured people of taking appropriate measures to solve the problem. However, the problem still persists.

The records of the corporation suggest that this is not the first time that the MC authorities have been on their toes after receiving directions from the top brass of the UT administration on the issue.

In August, 2009 former UT Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar had visited the area and constituted a two-member committee of scientists from the Council for Science and Technology to examine the cause and submit a report.

Even instructions were issued to the UT Pollution Control Board to monitor the round-the-clock functioning of the plant for five days and submit its report to the administration.

While residents have staged protests a number of times to see an end to the problem, no concrete measures have been taken by the authorities and the problem recurs every year.



Panels, panels & more panels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Strange as may it sound but it is a fact that reports of all expert committees constituted for improving the functioning of the garbage processing plant located at Dadu Majra are lying in cold storage.

If one goes by the records of the past four years, all Mayors had constituted special committees for improving the functioning of the plant. However, the reality is that the MC authorities have not bothered to follow the recommendations made by these committees.

On November 11, 2008 a sub-committee was constituted by the MC House, under the chairmanship of Congress councillor Chander Mukhi Sharma, to assess the technical aspects of infrastructure and machinery used.

A report was prepared and discussed in the House but no action has been taken on the recommendations approved by the House so far.

In 2009, the MC’s medical office of health constituted a five-member committee to monitor solid waste intake, rejection and dumping of inert, rejects, semi-processed garbage by the plant at the dumping site. Again a report was prepared and submitted to the authorities but to no avail.

Recently, a special garbage committee was constituted by the Mayor to discuss the technical problems of the plant.

However, no member on the panel has technical expertise on the issue. What will be the fate of the committee recommendation when the suggestions of the past four committees have not been taken seriously by the authorities?

Committees constituted so far

Committee Purpose

n Sub-panel by MC House Installation of machinery

n Inquiry panel by DC Functioning of plant

n Panel by Central ministry Machinery, technology used

n Special garbage panel Monitoring of machinery



Little respite for trans-Ghaggar residents
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune news service

Panchkula, September 12
As the Panchkula municipal corporation and the district administration have failed to find a proper site to dump town’s garbage, residents of trans-Ghaggar sectors i.e. 23 to 28 are literally at the receiving end.

The authorities are currently dumping garbage in an open space near Sectors 23 and 25 and have turned this site into an illegal dumping ground, forcing trans-Ghaggar residents to live amidst stench.

Area residents have raised their voice over the issue a number of times and even staged protests, but to no avail.

To solve the problem, the MC in 2009 had identified a site at Bunga village, near Madanpura. However, when the authorities visited the site, they found it to be too small.

The administration had earlier identified a site near Kot-Billa village on the National Highway-73, but as it was located on the banks of a seasonal rivulet, the site was rejected in view of its potential environmental and health hazard.

The authorities are now pinning their hopes on the solid waste management plant at Jhuriwala village to find a permanent solution to the problem. However, the plant will not be ready before December, 2012.

Till that time, the authorities had decided to find an alternative site to dump garbage but without any success.

President of the Joint Action Committee of Sector 23 to 28 SS Gill said it was getting increasingly difficult for them to live in the area due to the stench.

“We had met the Deputy Commissioner last week and she had assured us of taking some action in this regard.”

Panchkula MC executive officer KK Jain said they were levelling the dumping ground and were searching for an alternative site.



Dump recommendations, MC policy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Is the municipal corporation really interested in containing the stench emanating from the dumping ground at Dadu Majra? The question stares the MC authorities in the face, as even after one year, they have not bothered to implement the recommendations given by an expert committee appointed by the UT administration.

In 2009, a team of two independent scientists from the Council for Science and Technology examined the reason behind the foul smell emanating from the dumpsite.

The team submitted its report last year in which it recommended the civic body to inoculate the waste at the dumping ground on a daily basis to minimise smell.

The corporation was also directed to ensure that the landfill be compacted and covered at the end of each working day with soil to avoid smell.

In fact, the corporation was asked to use bags of specific colours, other than those meant for bio-medical wastes, for the collection of meat waste from different parts of Chandigarh and transport them in a separate vehicle to the slaughter house bio-methanation plant for further processing.

However, the corporation is yet to install colour coded bins at vegetable and meat markets for segregation.

In fact, the system of daily collection of garbage from across the city is yet to be strictly implemented by the authorities. 



Mohali solid waste management in nascent stage
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 12
Setting up a solid waste management facility for the town is still a distant dream for residents. For, the process to set up the ambitious solid waste management facility for the Mohali cluster of 19 civic bodies at a 50-acre site in Samgauli village, near Dera Bassi, is in its initial stages — the environment assessment study is under progress.

As a result, the garbage generated from the town is being dumped at an earmarked site near Industrial Area, Phase VIII, here for the past many years, attracting protests from entrepreneurs of the area.

Till the site is developed, the garbage will continue to be dumped at the Industrial Area site.

The Mohali Industry and Commerce Association has also drawn the attention of the Mohali Deputy Commissioner towards the dumping of garbage near the Information Technology (IT) hub in Industrial Area, Phase VIII, here.

Association president Nikhil Saraf, in a representation to the DC, has stated that it is a known fact that a lot of IT companies like Dell, Quark and other small and medium IT companies have set up base in Phases VIII A and B. Though the state government treats this area as a showcase sector for IT in Mohali and Punjab, the local municipal corporation has been dumping garbage right on their doorsteps.

The site at Samgauli village had been identified by a six-member site selection committee, constituted by the state government on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The committee had recommended three sites for the purpose, including the 50-acre site at Samgauli, as it fulfilled the parameters.

Last year, three sites selected at Swara, Rasanheri and Jhanjeri villages were identified for dumping garbage, but none of these could be finalised due to protests by residents of nearby areas.

Earlier, a site near Dairi village could not be finalised, as it did not fulfill the parameters.

A senior official in the local government says the department has been entrusted with the job of finalising bidders to develop the site.

GMADA is heading one cluster of 19 urban local bodies and will manage garbage collection, disposal and other related activities on behalf of these local bodies.

Under the new project, there door-to-door collection of garbage and its transportation will be undertaken. The facility will also be used for power generation, brick-making and generating fuel, he adds.

No part of the land falls under the forest area, no river passes near the site and highways are also quite far away.

The committee is of the view that this site may meet the criteria fixed for the purpose and fit the bill.



Tricity Scan
MEd counselling on October 1

Counselling for admission to MEd (regular) in colleges affiliated to Panjab University and department of education, for the year-2011, will be held from September 27 till October 1 at the law auditorium. Students, who had submitted online applications for admission to departments of anthropology, biophysics, botany, chemistry, geology, UIHMT, UILS, UIPS and zoology, but could not get a seat in the first counselling, have been asked to contact chairperson of the respective departments latest by 10 am on September 15. In an effort towards filling vacant seats, the university has asked the interested candidates to come in person, along with original requisite documents, a passport size photograph and a set of photocopies. Dr SK Jindal, head of the department of pulmonary medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, has been awarded the lifetime achievement award of the Indian Chest Society. He has been recognised for his extraordinary achievements in respiratory medicine in the field of pulmonary sciences. He is the first recipient of the award for his consistent and significant contributions.

850 saplings planted

The local chapter of the Nehru Yuva Kendra and its Youth Clubs have planted 850 saplings during a special plantation drive at Dadu Majra, Raipur Khurd, Maloya, Dhanas village, Khuda Lohra and Khuda Alisher villages. The drive was also carried out at Government Model Middle School, Sector 23-D, and Sector 45, besides certain other places, an official press release stated.

Residents’ problems taken up

A meeting of residents of Chaman Colony, Dhanas, was held under the chairmanship of Sanjeev Verma, district president, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Chandigarh, in which the problems of local residents were discussed at length. Prominent persons, who attended the meeting, included mandal president Thakur Amandeep Singh, general secretary Gulsharan Verma, Rajeev Gogna, Pradeep, Rajeev Kumar, Monu Negi, Madan Billu, PC Dogra, Rahul and the local residents.

NHRC told to submit report

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked
the local police to submit a report on the alleged assault on PC Sanghi, chairman of the Federation of Sector Welfare Associations (FOWAC), on May 15 this year, within four weeks. The NHRC directions came in the wake of a petition filed by the Global Human Rights Council(GHRC). The NHRC has fixed October 8 as the next date of

Grandparents Day celebrated

Cheering up the elderly, Gurukul Global School celebrated Grandparents Day on Monday. Grandparents narrated grandma and grandpa tales in classes. A quiz was held. They also walked the ramp. Managing director Parveen Setya distributed prizes among winners.

Office-bearers elected

The following have been elected office-bearers of the Uttarakhand Yuva
Manch (regd). President: Bhagwati Prasad Kukshal; vice-president: Deepak Aswal; general secretary: Krishan Singh Samant; joint secretary: Charan Singh Negi and cashier: Pradeep Sundriyal. MCM DAV College for Women observed Vanamahotsava in the college on Monday. The NSS unit of the college organised a ‘plantation drive’.

Bridging demand, supply gap

The Punjab Government would endeavour to bridge the gap between productivity and demand by enhancing milk production through cross breeding, disease prevention and by following modern technical farm practises. This was stated by director, animal husbandry, Punjab, Dr Harjinderjit Singh Sandha, while presiding over a seminar on dairy farming organised by ‘Vets Consortium’, an NGO of retired veterinarians of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, here. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sandha said livestock sector was a priority sector in the prevalent circumstances and had a great potential to increase the overall agriculture growth rate. He resolved to seek the technical guidance and expert services of the organisation for help in the planning, execution and appraisal of the Punjab Government schemes and plans.

Seminar on personality profiling

A seminar on ‘Personality Profiling’ was held at the Gian Jyoti group of Institutes on Monday. JS Bedi, chairman of Gian Jyoti Group of Institutes was chief guest. As many as 130 students of BTech and MBA courses attended the seminar. The main objective of the seminar was to give the definition of leadership to the management students for their upcoming professional life. The students were apprised of various parameters of personality.

Papers presented

A seminar on “Recent approaches for the development of higher technical education towards economic growth of the country” was held at SRM Global Group of Professional Education near Raipur Ran here today. Chief guest on the occasion was Dr KM Rastogi, director, NITTT, Chandigarh. Over 100 educationists from various technical institutions from different parts of country participated and presented their papers.

Painting contest

Swasthya Sudhar Foundation, an NGO, organised a painting competition on the theme “Clean earth green earth” for underprivileged students at Government Primary School, Sector 20. Nearly 60 children participated in the event.

600 saplings planted

The House Owners Welfare Association (HOWA) today planted around 600 herbal saplings in Sector10 here today. Bharat Hiteshi, general secretary, HOWA, said 600 saplings were planted in various parks of the sector.

Tribune Reporters



Teachers agree to disagree
 Controversy surrounding meeting
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The controversy surrounding ‘organisation’ and ‘cancellation’ of a meeting at School of Communication Studies, Panjab University, refuses to die down. In an official e-mail addressed to chairperson and all faculty members, Dr Mohanmeet Khosla, a senior faculty member, has asserted that she was telephonically informed by the office this morning that an academic and administrative meeting had been called with immediate effect. “I had a previously scheduled practical assignment with the first year students.

Taking precedence from the fact that the September 9 meeting had been arbitrarily cancelled at the last minute on account of the absence of one member. I requested the office for a postponement on the above-mentioned valid grounds. But still the meeting was held. I fail to understand the logic of this discrimination,”read the mail.

The mail comes days after department chairperson Archana Singh offered to resign for not being taken into confidence for the postponement of board of studies meeting.

Meanwhile, the ongoing tussle between various faculty members has left students harried who claim that the infighting has taken its toll on academics and department environs.

In a circular sent to all department chairpersons today, the PU authorities have stated that the Board of Studies meeting would neither be organised, nor be cancelled or postponed without taking chairpersons or conveners into confidence.



Violation  of rules
Notices to eight schools
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The Chandigarh State Transport Authority (STA) today issued show-cause notices to eight schools for violating traffic rules.

The schools have been asked why action under relevant Section of the Motor Vehicle Act should not be initiated for termination of permits granted to the buses.

In a special drive conducted by the STA, it was found that these schools had engaged drivers who had less than five years of experience. Taking a serious note of accidents involving school buses, the Supreme Court had laid down certain guidelines to be followed by the school authorities. According to the guidelines, a school bus driver should have at least five years of experience.

Name of School Bus Number

St Joseph Sr. Sec. School, Sector 44-D CH04D-0283

Bhwan Vidyalaya, Sector 33 CH04D-94

Bhwan Vidyalaya, Sector 27-B PB-llAQ(T)-9979

Guru Harkrishan Public School,

Sector 40-C CH04D-0173

Kids R Kids, Sector 42-C CH-03X-2188

Mount Carmel School, Sector 47-B CH-04B-83

Manav Mangal School, Sector 21 CH03S-6966

St Stephen’s School, Sector -45 CH04D-250 



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