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Anupama succumbs to PGI’s negligence
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
A week after getting injured in a bus accident and undergoing amputation, 16-year-old Anupama gave up and lost her battle for life at the PGI today.
The alleged delay in treatment led to the spread of infection in her body and after remaining in coma since July 20, when her leg was amputated, doctors declared her dead at 4.46 am today.

July 17

  • A Chandigarh Transport Undertaking bus runs over Anupama’s leg near Tagore Theatre. The girl is admitted to the PGI at 2.45 pm

July 18

  • She is sent to the preoperative hall at the operating theatre complex of the Advanced Trauma Centre for surgery. The surgery is postponed due to rush of patients 

July 19

  • Anupama’s condition deteriorates at night, following which she is taken to the operating theatre. She is found intolerant to anaesthesia and is brought back to the hall 

July 20

  • Doctors find her infected with gas gangrene, amputate her leg. She slips into coma 

July 24

  • Anupama dies at 4.46 am 

The tragedy that could have been averted had the CTU driver been careful and the PGI acted on time. Anupama’s death has ruined the world of helpless couple Amit and Kanika Sarkar, who were on the bedside of their only child when she breathed her last. Her blood pressure dipped and her heart failed. Doctors could not revive her and she died.

The death of Anupama was almost imminent when she got infection of gas gangrene during her three-day stay in the preoperative ward waiting for surgery. Doctors attending upon her told that the infection had spread to her upper body parts and her chances of survival were assessed a mere 20 per cent after the surgery.

Anupama, a student of Class XI at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, was injured on July 17 when she fell while boarding a CTU bus. Her leg got crushed under the tyre of the bus.

Doctors treated her wound and after putting a dressing on it informed the family that she had to undergo a surgery that night only. However, doctors kept on postponing her surgery till July 20.

The dressing on her wound was never changed which finally led to the spread of gas gangrene leading to amputation of her leg. This ultimately proved fatal for the hapless girl, alleged her parents.

Despite a fracture in her leg, Anupama was perfectly fine and even doctors found her fit enough to postpone her surgery and take care of more serious patients, said her father Amit Sarkar. The doctors did not pay attention to her till her condition started deteriorating on July 19 night, he said.

That night she was taken to the operation theatre, but due to excessive bleeding during previous two days, she could not bear anaesthesia and fell unconscious.

The next day, it was detected that she had developed gas gangrene due to which her leg was amputated and she was went in a coma.

Admn announces Rs 3 lakh ex gratia

An ex gratia of Rs 3 lakh has been announced by the UT Administration for the family of Anupama. Earlier, the CTU has given a compensation of Rs 31,000 to the girl’s family during her treatment. The erring driver of the CTU bus had given Rs 10,000 from his personal savings. Meanwhile, senior officials of the UT Administration said they were saddened with the untimely demise of Anupama. The administration has decided to conduct training programmes for drivers and conductors to ensure proper and responsible conduct while on duty and to check reoccurrence of such incidents. 

Driver suspended

The UT transport department suspended Atul Kumar, the erring driver of the CTU bus that crushed Anupama’s leg leading to her death. The department had earlier charge-sheeted the driver and had initiated disciplinary action against him. After Anupama’s death, the police has added section of death due to negligence (304-A) of the IPC in the case of rash and negligent driving (Sections 279 of the IPC) registered earlier against the driver. Legal experts say that in cases of death due to negligence, the maximum sentence was two years or certain amount of fine or both. But the accused in such cases is released on bail. 


Parents wanted to donate her eyes

Anupama’s parents wished to give the gift of sight to two persons after having lost their bundle of joy. But the wish of the devastated parents to donate her eyes could not be fulfilled. Doctors said her eyes could not be transplanted as she had developed sepsis (better known as blood poisoning). Severe sepsis occurs when an infection (bacterial, viral, fugal or parasites) resulting from trauma, surgery, burns or cancer cascades down the immune system responses which can lead to acute organ dysfunction and often death. “Immediately after her death I decided to donate her eyes, but our wish could not be fulfilled,” said Anupama’s father.



‘We’ve lost everything’
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Anupama’s parents were wailing as the body of their only child reached home in Mauli Jagaran on Tuesday around 2 pm.
The grief-stricken grandmother rushed to see Anupama. “Manti (Anupana’s her nickname) come back. I would not live without you,” said her grandmother while wailing inconsolably.

Kanika Sarkar, Anupama’s mother, was in a state of shock. She was incessantly crying. Inconsolable and devastated, she kept sitting beside her daughter screaming her heart out only to realise later that time had come to bid final farewell to her daughter.

Anupama’s father Amit Sarkar said: “Whenever I came back from my office, I always found her at home and we would talk for hours. But now all that has been lost,” he rued.

Breaking down in tears, he said: “My wife and I did not think of another child after Anupama was born. We have lost everything.”

The body was taken to the cremation ground at Mani Majra where her father performed the last rites. Many from the UT Administration and Anupama’s school staff attended the cremation.

One of Anupama’s neighbours, Anand, said: “If a VIP’s daughter was involved in an accident, she would have been treated immediately. But nobody cared for Anupama,”

Others were heard saying that she was a well-behaved girl and she never came out her house without her mother’s permission. A bright future was put to end, they said.

Her Aunt, who came from from Kolkata a few day ago, said the doctors did not changed her dressing, forget about the immediate surgery. 

Old friends visit hospital

Earlier in the day, Anupama’s former schoolmates from Panchkula reached the hospital to handover some money they saved from their pocket money to help the family, but they were shocked to hear about her death. “Anupama was a brilliant and disciplined student. We did not expect her to go like this, said Ajit, deceased's classmate in Class X.



‘Doctors humiliated me at PGI’
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Why did Anupama have to die? Was there a possibility for her to survive? The answer is in the affirmative if certain orthopaedic experts in the region are to be believed.

Going by the chronology of events, delay in treatment was the only reason behind amputation of her leg followed by her death.

Orthopaedics, who do not wish to be named, say had the surgery been performed on her soon after she was admitted to the hospital, not only would she have survived, but amputation too could have been avoided.

Her mother Kanika Sarkar made a shocking claim that she had been requesting doctors from the moment her daughter was admitted to the PGI at 2:45 pm on July 17 for urgent medical attention as she was writhing in pain.

“But I was humiliated by doctors on duty. They told me in an indifferent tone that there were many other patients like my daughter in the hospital,” she said.

Her surgery was not performed in time and her dressing was also not changed for three days altogether, she claimed.

It was only on July 20 when she was found suffering from gas gangrene that doctors panicked and she was wheeled in to the operation theatre only to breathe her last today due to the infection, she said. Even the PGI authorities in an official statement have confirmed that her surgery had been put off. Anupama was brought to the PGI at 2.45 pm on July 17 and was not operated upon the same day due to prior pending open fractures and complex trauma cases, the PGI has claimed. After initial dressing, she was shifted to the trauma preoperative ward. However, she was not operated upon the same night. The PGI justifies it to a huge rush of patients, who the hospital authorities claim were more serious than her.

She was left unattended on July 18 and she bled throughout the night. The statement issued by the PGI even states the haemorrhage was noticed only on July 19. She was given additional compression dressing over the already dressed wound.

Experts believe this additional compression could have led to gangrene due to blocking of oxygen supply. Anupama was transfused one unit of blood. Shockingly, she had lost so much blood on July 17 and 18 that she needed blood, but the premier medical institute did not seem to care.

Her dressing was changed on July 20, a fact admitted by the PGI. It was on July 19 morning that hemorrhagic soakage of the dressing was noted and additional compression dressing over the dressing was done to control the blood. The PGI authorities, however, preferred to remain silent over the question that why the dressing was not changed on July 18 and what stopped the staff to change the dressing on July 19. On July 20, the patient got infected with gas gangrene which developed into sepsis leading to her death. 

Patients should expect delay

The PGI receives a large number of patients with severe problems as well as those requiring first aid. Under such circumstances, those coming to the hospital should expect delay. We have limited space and resources, so every new incoming patient affects the treatment of the already admitted patients~

— Dr Mandip Dhillon, head, department of orthopaedics, PGI 



We couldn’t have done more: PGI

In a statement issued on Tuesday, a PGI spokesperson said Anupama was admitted to the PGI Emergency on July 17 at 2.45 pm. She had a runover injury on her left lower limb (open injury grade IIIb).

She was resuscitated, the wound was thoroughly washed, dressed and splinted. After initial stabilisation, X-rays were done which revealed a supracondylar fracture of the left distal femur with intercondylar extension and fracture proximal tibia.

Two units of blood were transfused on her. She was shifted to the trauma preoperative ward pending surgery by the same evening after resuscitation and stabilisation.

At that time, there were nine seriously injured patients with open fractures already waiting for surgery (this is in addition to many cases of closed fractures and polytrauma awaiting surgery). She was put on the OT list as per the priority.

She could not be operated upon the same night due to prior pending open fractures and complex trauma cases. Her wounds were dressed. In the morning of July 19, during rounds, hemorrhagic soakage of the dressing was noted and additional compression dressing over the dressing was done to control oozing. She was also transfused one unit of blood.

She was taken for surgery on the night of July 19. However, during induction of anesthesia, she became haemodynamically unstable and was subsequently resuscitated by the night OT team. Her surgery was deferred due to her unstable condition and her splint and dressings were reapplied.

She was monitored through the night and she maintained her blood pressure and saturation. Three units of blood were arranged and transfused. An ICU call was made for the takeover. However, due to unavailability of beds in the ICU, she was kept under observation in the wards.

She was taken for surgery the next day and underwent amputation of left hip in the afternoon. Intraoperatively, she became haemodynamically unstable and was started on ionotropes and ventilator support. An ICU call was again made for takeover, but due to unavailability of beds, she could not get an ICU bed. She continued to maintain her vitals, but with medication. After she developed anuria, a nephrology consultation was sought and peritoneal dialysis was carried out. Again, an ICU call was made for takeover, but no beds were available. General surgery consultation was sought by the day team. The general surgery-unit II saw the patient in the night and advised that the patient may need debridement again when stable.

At 4.46 am she suffered from a cardio respiratory arrest. Despite resuscitation and the best of our efforts, the patient could not be saved.



‘Madam, will I survive?’
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
“Madam, will I survive?” This was the heartrending question of Anupama to her schoolteacher Meena Walia, who tried to help her soon after the accident near the school last week. With moist eyes, Meena (52), a teacher at the Government Model Senior Secondary for Girls, Sector 18, recalled that soon after the school was over, some girls came to her and told her that Anupama had fallen off a bus.

“After I reached the spot, I was shocked to see her in a pool of blood. As I was talking her towards my car, she was repeatedly asking me whether she would survive. I responded her affirmatively, not knowing then that she would never come back,” the teacher said.

A resident of Mauli Jagran, Anupama (16), had recently joined the school in commerce stream after passing her 10th standard examination from a Panchkula school. Her classmate Niharika said the whole class was shocked to hear the sad news of Anupama’s death this morning.

“Even though we did not know her much because the session had recently started and Anupama had attended just five-six classes before her accident, all of us in the class extremely felt bad for her. We did not expect it,” she said.

Another of her classmate Shivani said no one in the class was in a mood to talk to each other. “But, her death should not go waste. The administration should start new buses for school students and if possible separate buses for girls so that others don’t meet such a tragic fate. The CTU bus drivers should be warned that they must drive buses carefully,” she said Her class teacher Gurvinder Kaur said she was calling her attendance everyday in the hope that she would come back. She even called her in the class today. “Hearing the news of her death completely saddened me. I will be pained removing her name from the attendance register, she said.

Other members of the school staff, including Principal Nirupama Krishan, too, had sombre reactions. Another schoolteacher said they did not expect her to meet such a tragic end at the PGI. “We thought she will lose her leg at the most. Her death is unfortunate and the loss can't be justified,” she said.



Praying lips and helping hands for Anupama
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
While Anupama was fighting for life, there were helping hands and praying lips that left no stone unturned to save her.
Starting from her teacher, Meena (52), who rushed her to the PGI in her car, there were several others who came up to help her.

Trauma faced by Anupama and her family moved many persons, including students in the tricity, who thronged the hospital with their contribution to help the poor family.

Anupama's father Amit Sarkar is employed with a private firm and earns about Rs 6,000 per month. He had to borrow money from his friends for the treatment of his only child.

However, learning the plight of the family, the employees of Infotech, where he used to work earlier, collected Rs 50,000 to help him. Another woman also deposited an unspecified amount with a chemist at the PGI so that medicines can be bought for Anupama.

Another good Samaritan contacted The Tribune offering to pay for her treatment at a private super specialty hospital. The former schoolmates of Anupama at Gyandeep School in Sector 17, Panchkula, also collected Rs 19,000 for her treatment.

Today also some school students reached the PGI to handover Rs 4,000 to his father, only to be told that she was no more. The CTU staff also collected Rs 31,000 for the help of the poor family. The driver of the bus from which she fell also contributed Rs 10,000. 


Visiting PGI a nightmare
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Even as the PGI has remained the only premier health institute in the region for the last 50 years, visiting it has proved to be a nightmare for a majority of patients or their attendants.

In addition to standing in long queues for hours at different departments, they are compelled to walk almost a kilometre to get a blood sample tested or procure a ‘no dues certificate’.

Attendants of indoor patients admitted to Advanced Eye Centre, Cardiac Care Centre, Advanced Paediatric Centre and the Nehru Hospital building, requiring the diagnosis of endocrinology blood samples, are first need to go to the laboratory on the third floor of the research block B, located at a distance of over half a kilometre.

The harassment of the attendants does not stop here. The fee for this test is to be deposited at the fee counters at the Nehru Hospital building, which is situated at a distance of over 200 metres. The long queues at these places only exhaust the patience of the already harassed attendants.

For getting a discharge slip one is required to get a ‘no dues certificate’. And to get this certificate, attendants, including elderly persons, are expected to walk all the way to the Nehru Hospital building. And they can count themselves lucky if they are asked for a photocopy of the certificate, for which they would have to walk further to the adjoining building of the new OPD. With no effective internal transport system available, the attendants have no option but to walk the long distances, even in inclement weather.



Data of 6,000 students sent to CTU
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Anupama’s death, it seems, has woken up the authorities out of their slumber to take stock of the ground-level situation.
Though it is too early to comment upon the changes it will bring to the overall system, the UT education department today sent the data of around 6,000 students, who travel by public transport, to the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) to assist it in streamlining various routes for students.

The CTU officials said while the students in the city would be their main focus, since they comprise a large chunk of commuters travelling by CTU buses, they would also cover the city’s peripheral areas so that the students coming from there would not face much hassle in reaching their schools or colleges.

While mourning Anupama’s death, CTU GM SP Parmar said her death was a big human mistake and they were taking many steps to avoid such a tragedy in future. Foremost among them, he said, was that they were planning to advance the timing of around 30 or 40 buses by half an hour, both in the morning as well as in the afternoon.

Besides, the frequency of the bus routes will also be increased wherever it is required, he added.

Parmar said: “Routes have not been finalised yet since we have received the data today, but hopefully the whole plan will be chalked out soon.”

As the driver’s negligence is said to be one of the reasons behind Anupama’s death, he said from next week we will be making sure that all the CTU drivers get their proper medical check-up done within six months. We have also plans to send a batch of five or six drivers every week to Tata’s driver training centre at Lucknow where they will be taught various aspects of driving, including how to behave with the public.

“The department is also in the process of procuring 98 buses, and the deal is at final stage,” he added. He said the department was also thinking of introducing passes for the air-conditioned buses at a bit higher cost so that those who could afford it could avail themselves of the service. This proposal would be discussed with the higher authorities soon, he said. He also did not decline the possibility of starting separate buses for girl students

Meanwhile DPI (Schools) Upkar Singh said the department had planned a joint meeting of cluster heads of schools, CTU officials and NGOs on July 26 which would be followed by another meeting the next week to chalk out the strategy to adopt safety measurements for students.

New plans

  • CTU to cover the city’s peripheral areas
  • Plans to advance the timing of around 30 or 40 buses by half an hour, both in the morning and in the afternoon
  • Frequency of bus routes will be increased
  • All the CTU drivers to get their proper medical check-up done within six months
  • Drivers to undergo training at Tata’s centre at Lucknow
  • Passes for air-conditioned buses to be introduced



Drivers find it difficult to handle low-floor buses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
The tragic death of 17-year-old Anumpama, a student of the Government Model Senior Secondary School for Girls, Sector 18, whose leg was crushed under the rear wheel of a low-floor bus of the CTU, has put the spotlight on the fleet of around 200 green and red low-floor buses procured in 2010.

In the last one year, 145 low-floor buses have been involved in minor and major accidents on the city roads. Last year in October, Vikas Kumar (13), a class-VI student, was crushed to death under the wheels of a CTU bus at Colony Number 4.

“In the fleet of 200 low-floor buses, the accident rate was alarmingly high. On the other hand, around 35 front-engine buses being plied in the city and on long-distance routes have been involved in accidents,” pointed out an official of the transport department.

Enquiries reveal that apart from a lack of training to the drivers to handle these low-floor buses, handling of the 13 metre-long buses had emerged as the primary reason for the accidents. Officials admit that in many cases, the accidents take place at traffic junctions and rotaries while manoeuvring the long buses. A number of such congested points have been brought to the notice of the engineering department in the past.

Another major design problem, which is proving dangerous for passenger while boarding the low-floor buses, is the position of the entry gate ahead of the rear wheels. “The entry gate should be after the read wheels,” said Bhupinder Singh, president of the CTU Workers Union. The union has been pointing out several flaws in the design of low-floor buses. 



CTU bus victim who was saved by PGI
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service
Kanika Adlakha.
Kanika Adlakha. Tribune photo: parvesh chauhan

Chandigarh, July 24
Anupama's was not the only incident involving a CTU bus and a student of Government Senior Secondary School for Girls, Sector 18. Last year also its student Kanika Adlakha, a resident of Sector 19, fell off a bus while boarding it at Sector 17 bus stand. Though she survived, she had to undergo as many as three surgeries after the rear wheel of the bus crushed her lower body.

Recalling the incident, the 15-year-old class XI student said: "I was saved by the PGI. Just like Anupama, I fell off the overloaded bus soon after I boarded it from Sector 17. I was immediately taken to a hospital in Sector 16 from where I was referred to the PGI. I spent more than four months in the hospital, had several fractures in the leg and underwent three surgeries," she said.


Speaking out

The blame of this unfortunate death falls upon the CTU bus driver and the PGI doctors.

Pankaj Chandgothia,  a local lawyer

If the PGI authorities do not take any lesson from this incident such mishaps will continue in future also and we will keep losing brilliant students.

Subhash Chawla,  Congress Councillor

I know mere words may offer little comfort at this tragic time, but my deepest feelings of sympathy lie with her family.

Raj Bala Malik, Mayor,Chandigarh.

Negligence can not be expected at a health institute like the PGI. The authorities must take steps so that such incidents are not repeated

Surinder Singh Baiji, A sportsman 



Power plays hide-and-seek
Residents forced to spend restless days, sleepless nights in Mohali
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 24
With the imposition of four scheduled power cuts from yesterday, residents are forced to spend restless day and sleepless night.
If the town witnesses a six-hour long scheduled power cuts i.e. from 4 am to 5 am, 8.30 am to 10.30 am, 2 pm to 4 pm and 8 pm to 9 pm, the residents also reel under at least three to four hours of unscheduled power cuts.

HS Boparai, additional superintending engineer, said, “The power cuts are being affected due to a gap between the demand and supply. However, he added that only scheduled power cuts were being imposed in the town. On the other hand, the residents claimed that there was no electricity for at least 10 hours yesterday. Even during the night, the power remained suspended for at least three hours. As the power was playing hide-and-seek, we spent sleepless night, said Paramjit Singh Kahlon, a resident of Phase VII.

Like many, Sneha from Phase IIIB2 complained that due to the repeated power cuts, their inverter, too, gave up last night. The power scenario is worst these days, said Sneha.

The residents also complained of power fluctuation, resulted into damage of several electrical equipment. Similarly, the situation is worst in the peripheral areas of the town. Notably, the miffed residents of Balongi and Kharar had come down on roads last week and blocked the Chandigarh-Kharar highway during night due to the long power cuts.



Youth ends life
Claims depression as reason in suicide note

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Claiming "mental tension" to be the reason behind the extreme step he was about to take, a 21-year-old student of Khalsa College, Sector 26, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his recently vacated house in Sector 41.

The deceased, Himanshu Rai, is son of Jagdish Rai, joint registrar at the Punjab and Haryana High Court. In a suicide note, recovered from his pocket, Himanshu claimed that he was under mental tension for the last few days.

Himanshu was a second-year BA student of Khalsa College. When he failed to return to his Sector 22 residence last night, his parents lodged a missing report in Sector 17 police station. His parents had rented a house in Sector 41 and it was vacated only two days back. Himanshu went to that house yesterday and allegedly tied a nylon rope to a ceiling fan and hung himself.

Parents of the deceased, initially, claimed it was a case of murder, but the police has ruled out any foul play as the door of the house was locked from inside and a suicide note was also recovered.

"We are investigating. It is a clear case of suicide and we are finding out the exact reason," said Inspector Charanjeet Singh, SHO, Sector 39 police station.



Infotech fails to take action against erring officials
Site allotted without taking minimum earnest money, amount deposited later forfeited
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
A recent order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, directing the state-owned Punjab Information and Communication Technology Corporation (Infotech) to refund the forfeited amount of around Rs 4 crore paid by a bidder to purchase a commercial site in Mohali, has put the spotlight on the erring Infotech officials who conducted the auction last year.

The officials allowed the bidder to bid for the site without depositing the minimum 10 per cent earnest money. Against the earnest money of Rs 6.20 crore, the bidder had deposited Rs 4 crore.

After the bidder failed to deposit the remaining amount, Infotech forfeited the bid money deposited by him. When the bidder went to the court contending that the act of forfeiture by Infotech was contrary to rules, the corporation stated the bidder had violated the contract and the forfeiture was justified.

In its meeting held in August 2011, however, the board of directors of the corporation had decided to initiate a disciplinary action against the erring officials who had auctioned the 1.52-acre freehold commercial site at Information Technology Park in Sector 67, Mohali, without accepting appropriate earnest money. Despite the court ruling, the corporation has failed to initiate any disciplinary action against its officials.

As per standard practice, 10 per cent of the bid money has to be deposited at the fall of hammer. If the 10 per cent money is deposited at the time of auction, the auction has to be declared null and void.

Incidentally, the corporation had brought down the reserve price from Rs 60 crore to Rs 45 crore in the second bid and then to Rs 35 crore in the final auction. In the end, the site was sold for Rs 2 crore more than its original reserve price.

The district president of the RTI Activist Federation, Kuljeet Singh Walia, said the officials and the bureaucrats responsible for the anomaly should be taken to task and a vigilance probe should be conducted. 


Not the first time

It is not the first time Infotech has been protecting its erring officials. In a case of major irregularities in the allotment of sites at Information Technology Park in Sector 67, Mohali, the corporation had cancelled the allotment of six large-size sites that had been allotted in alleged contravention of the laid-down selection criteria in March 2011. The allotment of the sites, each valued at Rs 1 crore, was cancelled on the directives of the Punjab Chief Minister after it was found that there were irregularities in the allotments. But no action had been initiated against the officials responsible for the allotment.



Road gullies lie chocked despite Mayor’s visit
Mayor took stock of various areas along with MC officials on July 20
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Despite the assurances given by Mayor Raj Bala Malik during her visit to Sector 40 to take stock of the cleanliness of road gullies, the condition in the area remains deplorable.

On July 20, on the Mayor's visit to various sectors of the city along with MC officials, residents of Sector 40 showed her various spots in the area where water had accumulated and road gullies were choked. Following this, the Mayor ordered the accompanying officials to drain out the water and clean up all such gullies at the earliest.

General Secretary of the Resident Welfare Association of Sector 40 SK Khosla said the moment the Mayor left the area to visit other places in the city, the officers and labour accompanying her left too.

"Despite several requests to the authorities concerned, nobody turned up to clean the road gullies and they remain as they were before her visit," Khosla said, adding, "This proves how seriously the orders of the Mayor were taken by the officials."

This is not just the story of Sector 40 but of other sectors too where the Mayor paid recent visit. Most of the road gullies had not been cleaned by the civic body. 



Auction for vanity numbers on August 3
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 24
An open auction for vanity numbers in the new series, PB65 R, would take place at the district administrative office complex, Phase I, on August 3. Giving details, district transport official (DTO) Karan Singh said they had fixed the maximum reserve price of Rs 10,000 for PB65 R 0007, while for two digit numbers of the series, the reserve price would be Rs 3,000.

The reserve price for the rest of the vanity numbers would be Rs 1,000.

Half of the reserve price of any number has to be submitted in the shape of a bank draft in favour of the DTO, SAS Nagar, at the office till 5 pm to participate in the auction, said Karan Singh.



Ban on truck operators’ unions sought
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 24
The Mohali Industries Association (MIA) called for a ban on truck operators’ unions as per the Punjab Industrial Policy, 2009.
A delegation of the MIA protested to Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam about the steep hike in charges by the truck operators’ unions. They submitted a memorandum in which they stated that industrial unit owners were allegedly facing harassment due to the problems created by members of the truck unions.

MIA president Anurag Aggarwal told Roojam that “gunda raj” had allegedly been unleashed by the unions who had raised transportation charges between 50 per cent and 70 per cent.

The Deputy Commissioner asked district transport official to look into the matter and take necessary action.



Mohali to be developed as model city
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 24
“There would be no scarcity of funds for the developmental works in the district,” said Harbhajan Mann, chairman of District Planning Committee, Mohali, today.

Presiding over the first meeting of the committee, Mann exhorted members to meet people of the area to get their suggestions before starting any work. We have to work according to the growing need of the people, so their suggestions would enable us to do better job,” said Mann.

He added that as Mohali was the gateway of Punjab, it would not only be beautified but also developed as the model city with all modern facilities.



Mohali administration removes encroachments
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 24
Taking an action, the Mohali administration today removed encroachment from the panchayati land worth crores of rupees from Landran village here today.

According to sources, encroachers have grabbed the land after filling a pond of the village. On complaint of some residents of the village, Mohali Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam deputed officials, including naib tehsildar Vivek Nirmohi and BDPO Nishan Singh, to act on the complaint.

Today, the administration’s team along with police force reached the spot and removed the encroachment. “It was a peaceful drive”, said Roojam, adding that strict action would be taken against the encroachers.



Havan marks beginning of new session

Chandigarh, July 24
The new academic session at the MCMDAV College for Women, Sector 36, started amidst "bhajans" and a "havan" ceremony today.

College Principal Dr Puneet Bedi said the ceremony was aimed at infusing a sense of devotion into the students and to introduce them to the value system of the college. — TNS



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