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Rain leaves city roads flooded
Tribune News Service

A man struggles with his cycle as he crosses a flooded road at Zirakpur on Saturday.
A man struggles with his cycle as he crosses a flooded road at Zirakpur on Saturday. Tribune photos: S Chandan

Chandigarh, July 7
The end of dry spell was marked by heavy monsoon rain which provided respite to residents from the hot and humid conditions prevailing for the last few weeks. The city and its surrounding areas received 118.5mm of rainfall today, resulting in the flooding of roads. Water and power supply were also affected.

Starting at around 5 am, the downpour inundated city roads and vehicles of office-goers were stranded in rainwater, especially near roundabouts that had turned into islands. Waterlogging exposed the claims of the MC as road gullies remained blocked.

At the 66 KV substation in the Industrial Area and a CRPF post in Fadian village, a fire engine had to be requisitioned to pump out water. Rainwater also flooded the rehri market of Sector 22.

Several vehicles were stranded at the roundabouts of Sectors 25, 31 and 56. Due to the downpour, power distribution lines were affected and several areas of the city and Mohali were without power for over four hours.

In Palsora village, residents were seen draining out rainwater that had entered their houses. A similar situation existed in Mohali as a fire engine had to be called to pump out water that entered houses of Phase. Water also entered houses in Sector 70 and other low-lying areas of Mohali. Similar reports were received from Panchkula, Zirakpur, Dera Bassi and Kharar.

Temp drops 6 degrees

The maximum temperature witnessed a sharp decline of about 6 degrees Celsius here today after intermittent rain on the second day in succession. The day temperature was recorded at 31.6 degrees, 3 degrees below normal. The Met department said it would be cloudy again tomorrow, with the possibility of rain or thundershowers.



Two boys drown in drain at Ambala City
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, July 7
Two children were drowned when they were crossing a 6-feet deep drain in the Manav Chowk area, at Ambala City this morning. The deceased were identified as Bittu (8) and Suraj (10) residents of a slum colony close to the grain market.

The fathers of the deceased are labourers and hail from Bihar. Dal Chand, father of Suraj and Ram Chander, father of Bittu, were inconsolable.

As per information, the children were crossing a 6-feet deep drain in the Manav Chowk area this morning when the incident took place. Following a heavy shower, the drain was overflowing. The children could not asses the depth of the drain and as soon as they entered into it, they were washed away with the heavy flow of the water.

Eyewitness Ram Dhari said six children of the colony were playing near the drain. Two of them attempted to cross the drain. He said that when he noticed that the two children were washed away, he informed the police. Later, the residents of the colony and other passers by also reached the spot.

The rescue operation was started only after one hour of the incident otherwise the children could have been saved. The operation was launched in a haphazard manner, as no disaster management expert was present there. The fire brigade officials did not have sufficient equipment to deal with the situation. No senior officer except the Tahsildar and the ACP were present there. When SDM Mukesh Ahuja reached the spot, the rescue operation started in a proper manner. After three hours the two children were fished out of the water and were rushed to the civil hospital where they were declared brought dead. The bodies were handed over to their parents after a postmortem examination was conducted.

Meanwhile, there was water-logging in several parts of the city.



Diarrhoea cases continue to pour in
Tribune News Service

Dispensaries to remain open

Officials have decided to keep all the dispensaries of the Municipal Corporation open on Sunday. However, doctors may not be available at all times at the dispensaries since they have been deputed round the clock at Vikas Nagar in Mauli Jagran.

Chandigarh, July 7
As many as 103 fresh patients from Vikas Nagar of Mauli Jagran, including 41 children, today reached the medical camp set up here. With this, the number of people suffering from diarrhoea from the area has reached nearly 2,000.

Nine patients who were in a serious condition were referred to hospitals.

The report of 30 water samples collected by the PGI from the area is expected to come on Monday.

Prof Rajesh Kumar, head of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, said it was diarrhoea was a water-borne disease and they had advised the UT Administration to stop the current drinking water supply to the area and make alternative arrangements.

Officials have decided to keep all the dispensaries of the Municipal Corporation open tomorrow. However, doctors may not be available at all times at the dispensaries since they have been deputed round the clock in Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran and other sensitive areas. Health centres being controlled by the Administration will also remain open tomorrow.



16 Metros planned for tricity
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has proposed to run 16 Metros comprising four coaches each in the tricity in the first phase of the project. The DMRC has stated that 16 Metros would be operational by the end of 2018 in the tricity. Earlier, the DMRC had proposed that the tricity Metro rail would run at a frequency of around 10 minutes during peak hours on the two proposed corridors in the first phase.

A senior official of the UT Administration said the DMRC had proposed to run six Metros on the north-south corridor, which will commence from Capitol Complex and culminate at Gurdwara Singh Shaheeda via Sector 9, ISBT-17, Aroma Chowk, Sector 34, Sector-43 ISBT, Sector 52, Sector 62 and Sector 70. This Metro corridor would have a total of 10 stations, including four elevated and six underground.

On the east-west corridor, the DMRC has proposed to run 10 trains. The corridor will initiate from Grain Market near Sector 21, Panchkula, and will reach the transport terminal via Raili village, bus stand, City Centre, HUDA office complex, MDC, Panchkula, Housing Board Chowk, railway station, Timber Market, Sector 26, Sector 7, Sector 9, GMSH-16, PGI, Khuda Lahora, Sarangpur, Mullanpur and the Air Force Station. This corridor will have 15 elevated and five underground stations.

Work on the 37.573 km-long rail project will begin in 2013 and is expected to be completed by 2018. The DMRC has also proposed a total of 30 Metro stations in the two corridors in the first phase of the project. The Metro will be underground within the sectoral grid of Chandigarh. Outside the grid, it will be elevated. A 37.69-km Metro project has been proposed and there will 12 underground and 18 elevated stations.

The DMRC has also proposed to construct a parking facility at Metro stations in the suburbs. The facility will be provided at the first Metro station and the last Metro stop in the periphery.

Integrated transport system mooted

To make the ambitious Metro project viable and effective in the tricity, an integrated transport system has been recommended by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. The UT Administration, Punjab and Haryana have been asked to jointly develop an integrated transport system which will ensure a well-connected bus service.


pgi inaugural function
Ex-PGI directors felicitated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) authorites felicitated its former directors, as the year-long Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the premier health and medical education institute started here today.

Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources Pawan Kumar Bansal and Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, were the guest of honour on the occasion.

While a documentary related to the journey of the PGI since it was inaugurated by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, on July 7, 1963, was screened on the occasion, coffee mugs, pens and T-shirts were released as souvenirs.

The documentary narrated the story of an eight-year-old boy named Aditya from Ropar district who was suffering from retinoblastoma-a rare cancer of eyes found among children.

Dr SK Jindal, Chairman, Golden Jubilee Celebrations, while addressing the gathering said a commemorative stamp worth Rs 5 will be released to mark the occasion before the celebrations are concluded next year, the seminars, workshops and talks will be organised throughout the year inviting prominent educationists and other eminent people by different departments, he said.

The workshops of displaying the research work carried out by different departments will be organised on August 11 and 12, he added.


It was sheer coincident, that there was a heavy downpour on the morning of July 7, 1963 when the inaugural function of the PGI was being held and 49 years after too there was 118.5mm rain in the city when the PGI organised its inaugural function of the year-long Golden Jubilee Celbrations.



Rain breathes life into Sukhna Lake
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
Rainfall in the city not only brought relief to the city residents, but also to the city's landmark, Sukhna Lake.

The water level in the boating area witnessed an increase following which four-seater boats became operational. An official of the Chandigarh Industrial Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) said as the water level had increased in the boating area, tourists enjoyed boating on two-seater and four-seater boats. He added that they were keeping an eye on the water level and taking decisions according to the water level.

Earlier, four-seater boats had started getting stuck in the shallow water as a four-seater boat was very heavy.

Meanwhile, the UT engineering department has also stopped de-silting. An official of the engineering department associated with the drive said they would start the drive once the area dried up.

Power cuts

Power supply remained suspended to Sectors 2, 16, 27, 34, 44 and 52 today. Sanjay Singh, a resident of Sector 16, said a one-hour power cut was imposed in the evening. Whereas Jagdeep Sharma, a resident of Sector 27, said there was a four-hour power cut in the afternoon.



Rain washes away claims of MC officials
Akash Ghai/Kulwinder Sangha
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 7
Several areas of the town witnessed flood-like situation following 118 mm downpour that lashed the region for about six hours this morning.

Residents in Phase I, III B1, III B2, IV, 11, Sectors 70 and 71 had a harrowing time when the rainwater which was flowing over the level of three feet on streets in these areas, started entering their houses and damaging the household items.

While the residents were blaming the water supply and sanitation department, the officials seemed ‘helpless’ as the natural flow of water had been obstructed by high-level roads, being constructed by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).

“As the natural flow of water has been obstructed, mainly by the Airport Road, the cremation ground road and the main shopping street of the town, we only depend on our drainage system for drainage of storm water from these areas," said a senior official of the Mohali water supply and sanitation department.

To make way for water, the residents broke the newly constructed centre-verge of the shopping street at several points in Phase IV.

The residents sought help from firemen.

Several residents were seen miffed as the household items got damaged after the rainwater entered their houses.

“The rainwater entered our house and damaged our dining table, double beds and other items," said JS Arora, a resident of Phase III B2.

Following the obstruction in the natural flow of water, the sanitation department had spent Rs 3 crore and had laid a 48” pipeline to drain the storm water from Phase III B2, but it had failed to mitigate the problem.

Flaying GMADA for its ‘shortsightedness’ while widening the shopping street, NS Kalsi, a resident of Phase IV, said GMADA had raised the level of the shopping street far too high which now obstructed the natural flow of water from the area and had resulted in flood-like situation here. “Several requests and memorandums by the residents in this regard had fallen on deaf ears," said Kalsi.

The main road separating Phase III B2 and Sector 71 caved in today while two cars got struck in the dug-up portion of the road separating Phases II and IV.

Kuljeet Singh Bedi, former municipal councillor, said the fire brigade could not reach Phase III B2, as there was only one driver who was busy helping residents in other areas.



Obstruction of natural flow worsens situation
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 7
“It’s not that we were ill-prepared to deal with the monsoon, but the flood-like situation arose due to an obstruction of the natural flow of water in the town with the construction of high-level roads without making any provision for the drainage of storm water," said a senior official of the Mohali water supply and sanitation department.

With the construction of the newly laid 200 feet Airport Road, which is higher in level than that of its adjoining area of Sectors 70, 71 and parts of Industrial Area, the natural flow of water has been obstructed.

Similarly, while widening the other two main roads of the town, the shopping street and cremation ground road, the level of these roads have also been raised without making any provision for the drainage of storm water.

Earlier, the water had flown from these sectors to Sohana village.

“This has resulted in waterlogging in these areas”, said the official.

The sewerage system of the town, which was over 40-year-old, also needed to be upgraded," said the official.

Local MLA Balbir Sidhu also lashed out at GMADA for its alleged ‘shortsightedness’ in obstructing the natural flow of water by constructing a road. “In the name of development, crores have gone down the drain," said Balbir Singh Sidhu.



12 villages inundated
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 7
More than 12 villages in Barwala and Raipurrani blocks of the district were inundated during the morning hours here today.

The rain water entered the houses at Mauli Tabra village on the Panchkula-Naraingarh national highway and the people could be seen shifting their household goods to the first floor of their houses.

The ongoing illegal mining and setting up of various colonies in the villages in the two blocks had damaged the drain through which the water got drained out, the villagers alleged. They alleged that no official of the Administration had visited the sites to take stock of the situation. The villagers alleged that even though the mining had been banned in the district, mining mafia was active in the area.

Waterlogging was reported from various areas in the town, including Tawa Chowk, Shakti Bhawan Chowk and Sectors 17 and 18 and low-lying areas such as Rajiv Colony, Ambedkar Colony, Bhudhanpur near Sector 16 and Sector 19. The water had entered many jhuggies.



Over 500 telephone connections snapped in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 7
Over 500 phone lines of the BSNL, cyber cafes and several ATM counters at Sohana village have been disconnected following "unmindful" digging by the local water supply and sanitation department here. As per sources, the digging was done with the help of a JCB along a road connecting Lakhnaur village with Sohana village at night two days ago. A sewer pipeline is being laid there.

The sanitation department had not informed the other departments about the work.

"As a result, the main optical fibre had been cut during the work which in turn disconnected about 500 phone lines, also affecting several cyber cafes and ATM counters," said the sources. When contacted, Nishan Singh, senior SDO, cable maintenance, confirmed that several phone connections and ATM counters had been out of order for past two days. "We are trying to repair the fault, but it will take time," said Nishan Singh.

"We, the owners of cyber cafes, have been suffering losses due to the unmindful act of the officials. For the past two days there has been no work," said an owner of a cyber café at Sohana village.



GMSH Sector 16
Leakage in roof of OPD fee counter
Registration counters shifted; patients a harried lot
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
Chaos prevailed at the registration counters of Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, when the roof of the building began leaking during the rain here today.

Following this, the counters were shifted along with the counters at the Emergency Wing, which led to congestion.

It was in the morning that the roof made of asbestos sheets began leaking and soon the area was flooded with rain water. Following this the work of the OPD registrations, fee counters and diagnosis tests was shifted to other buildings.

“We had informed the UT Engineering department on Thursday about the damged roof, but no action was taken in this regard,” said a doctor.



Medical negligence
Suman seeks more compensation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
After receiving a compensation of Rs 4 lakh from the UT administration, Suman, who lost her foetus owing to negligence of doctors at the Government Multi- Speciality Hospital has sought more amount. The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, New Delhi, has issued notice to the hospital and three guilty doctors, while admitting Suman's appeal for enhancement of compensation. Suman has pleaded that she should be paid an amount of Rs 10 lakh.

The state commission, Chandigarh, had granted Rs 4 lakh as compensation and Rs 50,000 as costs to Suman, in an order passed in March this year.

Pankaj Chandgothia, counsel for Suman, contended that the state commission had erred in assessing and awarding compensation on a consolidated and lump-sum basis. The compensation ought to have been assessed separately under various admissible heads, especially towards death of foetus, pecuniary damages and special damages. The compensation payable on account of death of a full-grown foetus should have been separately assessed.

It was also contended that Suman, who was a victim of negligence by the hospital, was understandably under fear of getting treatment from the same hospital again. Therefore, the order should be modified /clarified to the extent that Suman is entitled to undergo treatment from any of the public hospitals such as the PGI and GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh. Medicines from any authorised medical shop and all such expenses, including those of conveyance should be reimbursed by the hospital.

The Bench of the national commission headed by Justice (Retd) Ashok Bhan, issued a notice to the GMSH, Dr. Kirti Sood, Dr. Navdeep and Dr. Manpreet Kaur for September 5. Meanwhile, the National Commission also rejected the plea of Dr. Manpreet Kaur to stay the order of the Chandigarh Commission, unless she deposited Rs 1 lakh. The GMSH and the other two doctors, Dr. Kirti and Dr. Navdeep have not challenged the orders of the Chandigarh Commission.



Mejie is Rotary president
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
Balraj Singh Mejie was formally installed as president of the Rotary Club of Chandigarh in a function organised at the CII here today. Punjab minister Madan Mohan Mittal was chief guest on the occasion.

Outlining his plans for the year, Mejie said that his focus will be health, hunger and hygiene. Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest lauded the role of Rotary in the betterment of society, eradication of Polio and working to bring peace.

The office bearers of the club installed are vice president Rakesh Mittal, secretary Hiteish Arora and treasurer Ravinder K Garg.



Tricity scan
chandigarh scan
Raids conducted

The meat hygiene wing, medical officer of health, the enforcement wing of municipal corporation, Chandigarh, conducted a joint surprise inspection of unauthorised meat shops/rehries in the Mauli Complex area today evening. The inspection was held under the directions of VPSingh, Commissioner. The raid was supervised by Rajiv Gupta, joint commissioner, and assisted by Dr MS Kamboj, superintendent, slaughter house, MC, enforcement inspector Kashmira Singh and other staff with sufficient police force. During the inspection, 1.5 quintal fish and chicken, unfit for human consumption, openly exposed to dust and flies, being sold in open in Mouli Complex was seized and destroyed. Four meat sellers were challaned and their equipments used were seized for violations of MC regulation for sale of meat, fish and poultry bylaws amendment, 2010. In addition, 20 rehries, table tops and other encroachments were removed and impounded by the enforcement wing

Sahit academy member nominated

The Haryana Government has nominated SD Sharma, an art, culture and literature critic, as executive member of the governing body of Haryana Punjabi Sahit Academy with immediate effect, according to a press note issued here.

Talk on ‘Cancer of Politics’

The First Friday Forum organised a talk on the topic “Cancer of Politics” by Iqbal Singh Kalsi, a petroleum engineer and social activist, during its monthly interaction here today.The speaker traced the horrifying details of political indiscretion which “gifted” the disease of cancer to Punjab. Cancer has claimed over 1,000 lives in the state in the last 10 years. He also referred to Articles 32 of the Indian Constitution which granted the right to life, free from pollution and deadly elements.

Camp on financial services

Client First Financial Services organised a one-day camp to impart information about Permanent Account Number (PAN) and e-filing of Income Tax Returns. Applications for new PAN and for correction of existing PAN cards were also received. Advice on income tax, including processing of ITRs, viewing of Tax Credit Statement (26AS) & e-filing of returns, were provided free of cost. Guidance regarding investments to be made in the next financial year to save tax and amendments in the Finance Act, 2012, was also given. 107 applications were entertained during the camp. The objective of the event was to impart financial information among the masses.

Career counselling session

With the technological revolution in entertainment devices and services, a career in animation is certainly a thing of future. However, to provide the right choice to aspiring students, Zee Institute of Creative Arts (ZICA) had initiated a drive to guide students about the animation industry as a booming career. The institute organised a career counselling session 'Odyssey 2012' for Chandigarh students. At the career counselling workshop, students received guidance on becoming a successful professionals in the field of animation and VFX film making. “It is of utmost importance to understand the industry and the art of effective storytelling. Aspiring youth aiming for a career in animation and VFX filmmaking should have a creative aptitude, a basic requirement in order to excel in the field,” said an expert.

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Faculty development programme

Week-long faculty development programme sponsored by Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, concluded at the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management & Technology. The theme of the faculty development programme was “Research Methodology using Statistical Techniques /Application in Business Management & IT". JS Bedi, chairman, Gian Jyoti Group of Institutions, presided over the valedictory function. The program focused on exposing the participants to the theoretical and practical aspects on quantitative techniques, research methodology, application of SPSS, and the use of latest technology for improving the quality of research.

Office-bearers elected

The following have been elected office bearers of the Mohali Industries Association: Anurag Aggarwal (president), RS Nibber (senior vice president), Yogesh Sagar (vice president),RP Singh (general secretary), Sanjeev Vashisht (joint secretary, IS Chhabra (finance secretary), Khushjiv Singh Sethi, KHS Dhindsa, SC Bhutani, KS Mahal (executive members). — Tribune Reporters



senate elections
Senators claim proximity to new VC
Close connection with new Vice-Chancellor seems to be the latest trump card
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, July 7
Proximity to the new PU Vice Chancellor Arun Grover seems to be the latest trump card in the forthcoming Senate elections. Giving two hoots to all norms and propriety, a self styled 'power group' comprising of teachers and Senators has come up in PU which is not only claiming to be close to the new VC, but is also playing politics, offering a chance to others to get in close contact with the new Vice-Chancellor.

"Ever since his name has been announced, a group of teachers and Senators has been claiming to be either friends with him since his student days or being close to his friends and relatives residing here. They are now offering a 'golden chance' of wining the new VC's good will," revealed an outgoing Senator.

Interestingly, while Arun Grover is yet to set his foot here, the mad race to woo him is already on. A majority of Senators have been regularly visiting the registrar office to review the preparations of the new VC's stay and welcome. Many have even offered to arrange for big hotels.

"This is really not in good taste. The fact that the new VC is not from PU and apparently untouched with the Senate politics was very welcoming. No matter what, the Senators should be barred from such conduct as it is against all norms," said a PUTA office bearer.



Meritorious students awarded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
PML SD Public School organised its annual prize distribution function for sports and academic achievers. A total scholarship of above Rs 1 lakh was distributed among the meritorious students.

The boxers who had won medals in the national championship were also awarded with cash awards. LV Sehgal, principal, Bal Bharti Public School, New Delhi, distributed the prizes among the winners.



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