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MC sleeps as makeshift encroachments cause traffic chaos
Umesh Dewan
Tribune News Service

A view of the makeshift encroachments in markets of Patiala. Tribune photos: Rajesh Sachar

Patiala, May 30
Amid the highly irresponsible attitude of the Patiala Municipal Corporation (MC), the makeshift encroachments on the roads and outside the shops in the busy markets acquiring alarming proportion and subsequently leading to utter traffic chaos in the city. While extending the display counters outside the shops is common in almost every city area, in some areas shopkeepers even encroaches the footpath. Furthermore, the presence of the rehri-phari in every nook and corner of city is good enough to exposes the hollow claims made by the civic functionaries that they are committed to remove the makeshift encroachments and would be penalising the violators.

Notably, despite the tall claims made by the corporation authorities time and again that a concerted drive would be initiated to ensure that no shopkeepers encroaches upon the space outside the shops, a visit to various city areas, including Adalat Bazar, Anardana Chowk, Dharampura Bazar, Lower Mall, Mall Road, Bus Stand Road, Gurdwara Dukhnivaran Market, Model Town, Tripri, New Rajpura Colony, Gurbax Colony Sherawala Gate, Chhoti Baradari, Rajindra Hospital and TB Hospital Road, The Tribune team noticed that showing scant regards to the civic rules, almost all the commercial establishments have set up makeshift encroachments.

Speaking to TNS, city residents said that because of the temporary encroachments, the problem of traffic chaos in the city is aggravating. “Already the roads in the interior city markets are narrow and with rehri-phari people encroaching upon footpaths and roads, the traffic congestion leads to hour long traffic jams, particularly in Dharampura and Adalat Bazar. Furthermore, even the shopkeepers have extended their display counter several feet outside their premises, thereby leaving no space for the pedestrians”, said Jatinderpal Singh, a resident of Chhoti Baradari.

It is pertinent to mention that the Lower Mall road was widened few months back with an objective to ensure the smooth flow of traffic. But contrary to this, the shopkeepers, including electrical stores, aut0-parts, auto repair and many other shopkeepers have encroached several feet of the road on both the sides. “What was the purpose to widen the road, when it was to be encroached by the shopkeepers? The problem can be sorted only if civic body imposes heavy penalty on the violators”, said Sarita Ahuja, a commuter.



A lot needs to be done in Deputy Mayor's ward
Gagan K Teja

Tribune News Service

Garbage dumped on a road in Ward Number 34. Tribune photos: Rajesh sachar

An ill-maintained park in the area.

Patiala, May 30
Despite the fact that the municipal councilor of ward no. 34 Sonia Devi is the Deputy Mayor of the Patiala MC, a look at her ward is enough to tell that it certainly cannot be called a well maintained ward. It’s been maintained only in bits and pieces and a lot needs to be done to improve the condition of the ward.

The main areas in the ward include Topkhana Morh, Baba Dhyana Toba, Kuharan wali gali, Bagichi Mangal Das, Toba Vijay Singh, Agarwal gali, Botlan wali gali, Jajiyan wali gali, Kaintha wali gali,Shastra wali gali and Shiv Chandra Daftari Gali.

Residents rue that shortage of water supply and sewerage are a major concern in the area. Garbage disposal is another concern and one can see garbage heaps here and there as there is dearth of sanitation workers in the area. Many roads have developed potholes and needs re-carpeting.

The parks in the area are ill maintained and many parts have been encroached, which goes unchecked for past many months.

Notably, Sonia Devi had resigned from the post of Deputy Mayor accusing Mayor and Deputy Senior Mayor of financial irregularities. She had alleged that Senior Deputy Mayor Anil Bajaj for acting in dictatorial manner and deliberately creating unnecessary hurdles in the development works in her ward. The government did not accept her resignation and she was later given the grant she had asked for the development of the ward.

Councillor speaks

"I accept that there are certain problems relating water supply and sewerage but I have made every effort to eradicate these problems and the condition is much better than earlier. I have got a tubewell installed to solve the problem of water supply. Moreover, we have re-laid many roads and the work on others is also on. The existing sewerage pipes are very old and thus there is often problem on that front. Though, we have changed few of them, we will be changing the others also in the next term. As far as disposal of garbage is concerned, there is shortage of sanitation workers in the area due to which garbage heaps can be seen in certain parts. The MC has recently appointed many sanitation workers, so this problem will also be resolved soon."

Residents speak

Pawan Kumar: "The condition of the ward is pitiable. Though the councillor claims that she has spent crores on development, still the ward does not even have proper basic facilities, including water supply and sewerage."

Babu Lal: "Though few roads have been re-laid, one cannot see any significant development in the ward. Garbage heaps right in the centre of roads have made life pitiable."



6-yr-old girl killed in accident

Banur, May 30
A six-year-old girl died after she was run over by a truck near Giansagar Hospital on Wednesday. The deceased was identified as Manpreet Kaur, daughter of Sukhbir Singh, resident of Samgouli village. The accident occurred when the girl was going with her maternal grand father. The victim tried to cross the main Rajpura-Chandigarh road. The victim was admitted to the Giansagar hospital where she was declared brought dead. — TNS



Dilawari case
“Nasty letters” written to HC Judge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
Just about three months after the functioning of Chandigarh’s first-ever woman station house officer (SHO) Punam Dilawari came up with the Punjab and Haryana High Court for allegedly playing an unfair role in a Sector-8 property matter, the Bench today observed that “nasty letters” were written to it.

Justice Surya Kant, during the hearing of the case, verbally observed in the open court that “nasty letters” had been written to him and the CBI and the Intelligence Bureau had been asked to look into it.

The high court, during a previous date of hearing, had marked a judicial probe. As the case came up for hearing, a report in a sealed cover by the Chief Judicial Magistrate was placed before the Bench.

The high court had earlier directed the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate to conduct a fact-finding inquiry into the allegation of police connivance. The directions came after the Chandigarh SSP gave a clean chit to the police officials in the case. In an affidavit filed before the Bench, UT SSP Naunihal Singh stated that he visited both parties, but did not find any violation of high court orders.

Dilawari asserted in her reply that the inquiry into the complaints filed by both parties had been conducted impartially. Her affidavit further stated that if the high court considered that she had flouted any order, she tendered an unconditional and unqualified apology.

Snapshots were earlier placed on court record, showing Dilawari standing near the gate of the Sector-8 house while alleged attempts were being made to take over possession of the property in violation of high court orders.

Justice Surya Kant had initially directed that a police officer not below the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police “shall take over the inquiry into the complaint by the petitioner” instead of the local SHO. The directions came on a petition filed by Manavjit Kaur and another. The directions came just over a month after the Chandigarh Police registered a case against Manavjit Kaur and two others at the Sector-3 police station on the allegations of manhandling Dilawari.

The dispute pertained to a portion of house 506 at Sector 8. Its sale was currently under challenge. Two respondents, Satjit Kaur and Girish Pal Singh, were co-owners.

Referring to an order passed in December, 2011, Manavjit Kaur had contended that the possession of the property was not to be delivered to anyone during the pendency of an application, which was directed to be decided within a month.

She had added that it was apparent from the order that the co-owners were restrained from handing over the possession to any party, but on December 24, 2011, Rajesh Kumar of Sector 44 attempted to take possession.



HC relief for Colonel Sandhu
Orders passed by Punjab Financial Commissioner quashed
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
In a major relief to Col BS Sandhu and his Worldwide Immigration Consultancy Services Limited, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has quashed the orders passed by the Punjab Financial Commissioner under the Punjab Land Revenue Act. The orders regarding surplus area proceedings were passed after treating Colonel Sandhu as owner of all property at Karoran and Nada villages.

The development was significant as Colonel Sandhu was the man behind the Rs 100-crore Forest Hill Golf Resort and Country Club, allegedly constructed on forest land at Karoran village on the north-western outskirts of Chandigarh in violation of norms.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had asked the CBI in October, 2004, to form a special team for looking into the matter.

Challenging the orders issued by the Financial Commissioner, Colonel Sandhu's counsel relied on revenue entries, showing the property at Karoran and Nada villages "stood not merely in his name, but in the names of certain societies and companies, namely Dashmesh Educational Society, WWICS and WWICS Private Limited".

The authorities concerned, on the other hand, rejected Colonel Sandhu's contention on the grounds that "on a notice issued to the petitioner to furnish the memorandum of association, they had not been given the copies of the document". Further, investigations revealed that all the property was under "the control of the petitioner only".

Taking up the matter, Justice Kannan asserted, "It is one thing for a government to issue notice to companies and find that the companies are sham entities and the true owner is only the petitioner, but another thing to assume that even without serving notices to the companies and the society that the petitioner must show that the property does not belong to him and that the properties belong to the companies?.

"The appropriate procedure shall be to issue notice to all persons in whose names the property stands registered in the revenue records and then take a finding relating to the respective ownership of the property and determine the issue of surplus area, as provided under the Act. The proceedings cannot go on in the manner undertaken and they shall immediately cease. The impugned orders are per se illegal.

"The government shall take appropriate action after due notice in the manner referred to above. The impugned orders are quashed, but with the liberty to the government to issue appropriate notice and take action in accordance with the law."



HC quashes PU Syndicate orders
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
The Punjab and Haryana high court has quashed the orders of Panjab University syndicate that had disapproved Parvinder Singh’s selection as the Controller Examination in August 2011.

Parvinder Singh, associate professor teaching chemistry at Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, was chosen by the selection committee as the PU’s Controller of Examination; however, Singh’s selection was disapproved by the Syndicate in the meeting held on September 2011. The argument put across by the Syndics was that the candidate did not have any experience in educational administration. The High Court in its judgment has stated that the matter would require to be examined by the Syndicate again in the light of what the advertisement notification specifically provides and more particularly with reference to the certificate given by the principal of the college.

The petitioner had obtained experience in educational administration was brought out through a certificate issued by the principal of the Postgraduate Government College for Girls that the petitioner had been assigned the duty of the Registrar (Examinations) since Sept, 2000. This was itself proof of the experience.

HC in its judgment stated that the decision to reject the petitioner's candidature would stand quashed and the matter is put back before the Syndicate for a fresh consideration. HC has directed the university to place the recommendation of the selection committee before the syndicate in its next meeting.



Local court extends remand of four robbers
Had looted LPG station
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 30
Local court today extended the police remand of all the four robbers, who had looted a LPG gas station at Landran, for two more days. The police today produced the accused, Anil Kumar, Satnam Singh, Balwinder Singh and Deputy Singh, who all are said to be dreaded criminals and history sheeters, and requested the judge to extend their remand.

The police also claimed to have recovered the weapon, .38 bore pistol, used in the crime, with some live cartridges.

Notably, the incident had occurred during the intervening night of May 26 and may 27 in which the accused had looted Rs 10,000 at gunpoint from an employee of the pump.



Three booked in snatching case

Chandigarh, May 30
Three incidents of chain snatching were reported in the last 24 hours from the area under the jurisdiction of the Sector-39 police station.

Charanjit Kaur of Sector 40 reported to the police that two motorcycle-borne persons sped away after snatching her gold earrings near the Sector 38 (West) light point.

Mehar Kaur of Sector 39 reported that two unidentified occupants of a motorcycle sped away after snatching her gold earrings near a park, Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 39.

Raksha Rani of Sector 39, alleged that an occupant of a scooter sped away after snatching her gold earring near her house. — TNS



Manchester United Premier Cup-2012
CFA knocked out in semis
For the first time in nation's soccer history, the team managed to reach the semi-finals of the tournament

Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
After making it to the semi-finals of the ongoing Manchester United Premier Cup-2012 South East Asia Finals for the first time, the local soccer lads of Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) failed in their effort to bring home the trophy in Indonesia today.

For the first time ever in the nation's soccer history, the team reached the semi-finals but failed to overcome Thailand in the knock-out clash. Representing the nation, the Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) team lost to Thailand by 3-0 in the semi-finals of the tourney.

Notably, the team of CFA remained unbeaten through out the Asian cup qualifier of the competition. The team tasted its first defeat in the knock stage of the tourney. The local team became the first national team ever to reach the semi-finals of this edition of the international tournament.

During their league stage matches, the local team registered two wins and played two draw matches. In their first match, the CFA team defeated Thailand by 1-0 in a closely contested match. In their third league match, the team managed to play a draw against strong contender Malaysia by 1-1.With one win and a draw, the team faced host team of Indonesia in their next encounter and successfully managed to beat the team by a margin of 2-0. In their last league encounter, the local lads played a goalless draw against Singapore, to reach the last four.



Harendra, Shankar in joint lead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
Harendra Gupta and Shankar Das of Kolkata came out on top during the second round of the PGTI Players Championship at the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Harendra and Shankar shot scores of 69 and 68, respectively, tying for the lead at seven-under-137. Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka finished third, with six-under-138.

Overnight tied second, Harendra had a great start. He birdied the first two holes. He converted an eight-feet birdie putt on the 11th to move to four-under for the day. He dropped his lone bogey on the 17th.

Shankar fired six birdies, against two bogeys. He chipped in for a birdie on the second and landed it within five feet for birdies on the seventh, 0th and 17th. Mithun had five birdies and a lone bogey in his round of 68.

The Delhi duo of Rashid Khan and Vinod Kumar and Md Islam of Patna finished fourth at four-under-140. Aditya Singh of Delhi made a hole-in-one on the 11th hole.



CLTA courts inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
Pulling up socks for hosting the Davis Cup in the month of September, four re-laid courts were inaugurated at the tennis complex of Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) here today.

Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, along with KK Sharma, Adviser to the Chandigarh Administrator, and Justice SS Sodhi (retd), president of The Tribune Trust, inaugurated the turfs.

The minister also assured that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh would come to the city for inaugurating the international tennis event here. "I will request him to mark his presence for opening the Davis cup tournament here and hopefully he will not deny," said Bansal.

The CLTA will host the third Davis Cup tie here from September 14 to 16. The association previously hosted India-Japan Davis Cup tie in 1990, followed by the second tie between India and Australia in 1993.



Tennis tournament
Akshit, Kriti, Amitoj win titles
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 30
Akshit Chhabra defeated Vaibhav Sahini to win the boys (U-12) title in the Manav Mangal School and Ideal Tennis Academy Lawn Tennis Tournament here today. In the final, Akshit beat Vaibhav by 4-2, 4-2.

In the final of girls (U-14) category, Kriti Soni crushed Inayat Sandhu 4-0, 4-0. Amitoj Singh lifted the boys (U-14) crown after outplaying Saurav Sharma in two sets by 4-1, 4-0.



Coaching camp from June 11
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
The Chandigarh Carrom Association will conduct a summer carrom coaching camp at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, from June 11 to 20. The camp will be organised to nurture the skills of carom players. Interested players can contact Diwan Singh Aithani (9872922514) before June 7 to enrol themselves.



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