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Ravana’s end costs tricity Rs 80 lakh
Tribune Reporters

A laser show on Ramayana was one of the attractions at the Sector 46 ground. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Time to return home

Muslim artists who prepared the effigies of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhkarna packed their bags to head home with a promise to return next year.

Special effects

  • Fire-spitting effigies of Ravana were prepared in Sectors 7, 46 and Mani Majra
  • Laser, air and cracker show was the main attraction at Sector 46
  • Processions were taken out during the celebrations in Sectors 17, 27 and 29
  • Traffic jams were witnessed at various places after the celebrations were over

Chandigarh/Panchkula/Mohali, October 13
Towering effigies of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhkarna worth over Rs 80 lakh went up in flames across the tricity marking the triumph of good over evil. Dasehra marks the end of Navaratra and the beginning of 20-day-long wait for Diwali, the festival of lights, to celebrate the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after killing Ravana.

Dressed in their festive best, residents attended Ramlilas across the Tricity where artistes enacted the final battle episode of Ramayana where Lord Rama kills Ravana.

As the effigies were set ablaze amid chants in praise of Lord Rama, residents witnessed spectacular fireworks which illuminated the sky leaving many in awe.

The tallest effigy of Ravana — 84 feet — was set afire in Sector 46, Chandigarh. The tallest Ravanas in Panchkula and Mohali were 65 feet and 70 feet, respectively.

Dasehra was celebrated at 40 places in Chandigarh. A large number of residents thronged Sector 46, 17, 29, 27, 7 and 24 where effigies of the Demon King were set afire.

The Sector 5 Parade Ground in Panchkula and the Phase VIII Dasehra Ground in Mohali were the centre of attraction. The average cost incurred by the organisers ranged between Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh.

Elaborate security arrangements were made to ensure that the festivities go without any untoward incident. More than 2,000 policemen were deputed in Chandigarh.

According to reports, more that 20,000 persons witnessed the Dasehra celebrations at Sector 46, which included air, laser and cracker show. A glider showered petals from the sky to welcome the gathering. A 10-minute laser show on Ramayana was one of the major highlights of the celebrations in Sector 46.

The Dasehra celebrations in Sector 17 also attracted huge gathering. Their celebration began with a procession that started from the Sector 23 temple and culminated at the Sector 17 Parade Ground where the effigies of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhkarna were set afire.

It was an all-religion affair at Sector 24. Heads of all religious bodies gave the message of communal harmony and set a 55 feet effigy of Ravana on fire.

Hundreds of people reached at the Sector 27 Dasehra Ground to witness the victory of good over evil.

MP Pawan Kumar Bansal was the chief guest at the Sector 27 Dasehra celebrations.



Demon king Ravana goes up in flames
Our Correspondent

Artistes dressed as demons at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Mohali, October 13
It was a mark of triumph of good over evil when a 70-foot effigy of Ravana as well as the effigies of Meghnad, Kumbhakarna and “rapists” went up in flames at the Dasehra ground in Phase VIII here this evening.

A large number of people went to the Phase VIII ground to witness the setting alight of the demons. This led to traffic snarls at some places, especially near the Phase VII traffic light point. One side of the road leading to the Kumbra chowk got blocked as people parked their vehicles there to participate in the celebrations.

Reports of the celebrations were also received from several other places in the town, including Phase I, Matour and Sector 66. In Phase II, the Dasehra celebrations were organised by Atul Sharma, president of the Balongi Mandal of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.

Over the past three days, various schools, including Lawrence Public School, Shemrock, Small Wonders School, St Xavier’s High School and Paragon School (Sector 71), have been holding celebrations in connection with Dasehra.

Last year, unexpected rain had played spoilsport on the Dasehra eve, damaging effigies. One of the effigies burnt at the Dasehra ground last year was of corruption.



This Dasehra, residents pledge to eradicate female foeticide
Tribune News Service

An artiste aims at the effigy of Ravana at Parade Ground, Sector 5, in Panchkula on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, October 13
Dasehra was celebrated with a difference in Panchkula this year. The entire crowd present to watch the effigies of Ravana and his brothers burning was made to pledge against the “present days Ravana” that is female foeticide. “We found the place a better platform to take such a pledge because we feel that female foeticide is present day’s Ravana (evil),” said Vishnu Goel, chairman of the Mansa Devi Charitable and Development Trust, which is holding the celebrations at Sector 5 parade ground here.

KK Khandelwal, Principal Secretary to Haryana Chief Minister, was the chief guest. Over 80,000 people turned up to see the victory of good over evil at the Sector 5 ground.

Hundreds of visitors were seen sitting on fire tenders and on the roof of the bus shelters. After the Ravana dahan, visitors rushed to take the burnt wooden sticks used in the effigies.

An artiste dressed as Sita drinks flavoured milk; and (right) spectators exchange blows in Panchkula. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

Manhandling also took place between two youths in the process. Many children were seen pushing and jostling to possess the same.

Like every year, parking chaos was also witnessed for about an hour near the Sector 11 roundabout. Traffic congestion was eased out by the police force deployed for the purpose. Effigies were burnt in Sector 15 and Sector 21 and other areas as well.

Residents sit atop a fire engine to watch Dasehra celebrations at Parade Ground in Panchkula. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Meanwhile, the three remote controlled planes which were meant to shower flowers and messages of female foeticide from above in the air could not take off today at the Sector 5 Dasehra ground as the contractor did not find any place of landing and taking off because of the huge crowd present there.



Better Chandigarh
Parking no child’s play as contractors flout norms
Tribune News Service

It is a struggle finding a slot for vehicles in the paid parking lots in the city. Despite paying the parking fee, commuters have to vie for space as the lots overflow with vehicles. In the Part I of the series, The Tribune reporters Amit Sharma and Aarti Kapur report after checking the ground reality.

Chandigarh, October 13
Ishita Singh, who works as a sales manager with a private firm, prefers to park her car at any of the free parking lots in Sector 9. What forced her to take this decision: The service delivered by the parking contractors. “I had a very bad experience recently. It was raining and I had to rush for a meeting. My car was parked in a paid parking lot of Sector 9. When I reached my car, I found another car parked behind it. Despite honking for several minutes, no parking attendant showed up to help me. At last, I had to push the other car out of the way myself,” said Ishita.

Such incidents, which are common at various paid parking lots of the city, keep annoying the city residents. The commuters, in a hope to get a parking space easily, drive into the paid parking lots, only to encounter various problems.

Adding to the woes is the unfriendly behavior of the parking attendants who, on being questioned about their duties, respond rudely to the commuters.

MC rules given a go by

The city has 24 paid parking lots through which the Municipal Corporation earns an annual income of Rs 24 crores. The parking lots can accommodate around 8,000 vehicles.

A month back, the Municipal Corporation did penalise the contractor operating the parking lot at Sukhna Lake for violating various norms: the parking attendants were not wearing uniforms, there were no closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at the entry or exit points, and electronic ticketing machine was absent. The contractor was fined Rs 8,500. The contractor operating the Sector 9 parking lot was also fined Rs 10,000 for violating similar guidelines.

However, a visit to the paid parking lots in Sectors 8, 9, 17, 34 and 35 revealed that the commuters continue to be harassed.

While the MC has laid down strict guidelines for the parking contractors, one of the clauses of the agreement makes it virtually toothless. This clause that states the MC has no power to cancel the contract acts as the saviour for the contractors.

No attendant to facilitate parking every 50 metres

While the terms and conditions set by the Municipal Corporation for parking contractors clearly require the presence of an attendant every 50 metres, a visit to 16 parking lots in Sectors 8, 9, 17, 34 and 35 revealed that not even a single employee was inside the lot to ensure proper parking. The commuters paying for the parking have to locate a suitable space themselves, leading to haphazard parking, which in turn inconveniences a number of commuters. As per the rules, the contractor can be fined Rs 500 for violating the norm each time.

A visitor to the Sector 8 market tries to carve out space to park his vehicle at a paid parking lot.

No staff after 10 pm

The timing for paid parking is between 8 am and 12 pm. The parking attendants should be available at the lot during this time. They, however, are hardly available after 10 pm, except at Sector 35.

No complaint boxes

Every parking lot needs to have a sealed complaint box for the commuters to air 
their grievances against the contractor or attendants, which can then be addressed by the MC. However, hardly any complaint box can be found at the parking lots.

No care for differently abled

A separate space should be earmarked for the parking of vehicles by the differently abled, and no fee can be charged from them. However, during a visit to the parking lots at five different sectors of the city, it was found that not even a single lot had a space reserved for the differently abled. The norms state that if any other vehicle is found parked on the space earmarked for the physically challenged, the contractor will be fined equivalent to 10 times of the parking fee per vehicle.

No CCTV cameras

Every paid parking lot must have a CCTV camera installed at the entry and the exit for recording the registration number of vehicles. The parking lots at Sectors 8, 9 and 17 do not have any CCTV cameras. At Sectors 34 and 35, contractors have installed the cameras, but they are not functional. The rules, however, clearly state that the cameras should be installed within one month of taking the possession of the parking lot.

No attention to attire

The parking attendants need to wear a uniform while on duty. The uniform comprises a light brown shirt, a dark brown pant and a brown belt besides a pair of black shoes. The attendants at most of the parking lots, however, are mostly shabbily dressed. Not even a single attendant at the parking lots visited by The Tribune team were found wearing a complete uniform. On defaulting on this clause, the Municipal Corporation can penalise the contractor. The fine that can be imposed by the civic body if Rs 500.

An empty box where a CCTV camera should have been installed at the entry to a parking lot in Sector 8.
Despite slots reserved for four-wheelers, a two-wheeler parked wrongly at Sector 17.
A parking attendant mans vehicles without wearing a uniform at Sector 17.

No designated slots to park vehicles

A paid parking lot sans lines to earmark space for each vehicle in Sector 8 As per the norms set by the Municipal Corporation, the parking contractors should ensure that vehicles are parked at a designated place. Two-wheelers, however, can be seen parked in the area designated for the four-wheelers at the Sectors 34 and 35 parking lots. The situation is similar at various parking lots in Sector 17. This further leads to space crunch in the parking lots that are already marred by overcrowding.

A paid parking lot sans lines to earmark space for each vehicle in Sector 8.



Stray dogs on prowl, attack 14 in Panchkula in three days
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 13
Stray dogs have attacked 14 people at Sector 15 in Panchkula in three days. This has forced children and elderly to stay indoors. Residents fear venturing out in the morning and evening hours. Five members of a family were attacked by a stray dog that had taken shelter in a park. “My brothers, Sanjay and Vijay and sister-in-law Vimal were attacked last evening within a span of two hours,” said Jai Prakash, a resident of sector 15 Panchkula, who was also attacked by the dog. “Our domestic help Ajay was also attacked this morning,” he said.

A 10-year-old child and a beggar were also attacked by stray dogs on Saturday.

“Ever since my maid has been attacked, I myself go to pick up my seven-year-old daughter. We have also stopped sending our children to play in the park, said Lali Devi, another resident.

Executive officer of the MC, OP Sihag, said: “A dog-catcher tem would be sent to the area.”



Accused played it safe
Sent fake marksheets to home science college with memo of Panjab University
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The accused in the fake marksheets racket had planned it big. He used to send fake marksheets directly to the college with a memo of the university, giving an impression that the marksheets were original. Investigations revealed that the accused charged Rs 40,000 each from two students of Government Home Science College, Sector 10, for getting their compartments cleared.

Instead of handing over the marksheets to the students, the accused sent the same to the college by post with a memo of the PU attached to it.

PU Registrar AK Bhandari confirmed that the memo was attached to the marksheets. He, however, said it was yet to be established that the memo was sent from the university office.

The accused knew the procedure adopted by the university in sending marksheets. The committee constituted by the university is also investigating the case to find whether any insider is involved in the racket. The committee has already recorded the statements of the students.

Sources said the committee was planning to take the help of the police to crack the case. “The university has the cellphone number of the accused from which he used to contact the students,” said an official.



Mansa Devi gets Rs 1.16 crore in donations
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 13
The nine-day Navratra festival concluded today at the Mansa Devi shrine. A total of Rs 1.16 crore was donated by the devotees on the occasion this year. A huge foreign currency was also received in donations. Temple brass bells remained a favourite among the devotees this time with around 108 of them received as donations. The shrine received as many as108 temple bells, 21 ceiling fans, 5 wall clocks, 4 emergency lights during the entire fest. Over 97 fancy sarees, 67 suits and pant-shirts were also donated by devotees.

The clothing, crockery items and dairy products are given to the underprivileged who visit the shrine seeking such items for their wedding or other functions “The sarees, suits and crockery items, are given to the underprivileged as a token of blessing during their wedding. The dairy products are saved for making prashad, but a major portion of the product is also given to them,” said an official of the accounts department.

Items such as temple bells, fans and lights, are kept for the temple, and rest are donated in other hospitals or religious institutions, added the official.

“Devotees usually pledge to donate such items when there wishes are fulfilled,” said Pandit Balwan Bhardwaj.

As many as 127 glasses, 72 spoons and others were donated by devotees. The previous year, an amount of Rs 35,000 was received.

Dr KK Khandelwal, Principal Secretary to Haryana Chief Minister presided over the havan organized on the last day of the Navratra.



Reporters’ diary
Many a slip between the cup and the lip
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Office-bearers of city’s top residential association found meaning in the proverb ‘Many a slip between the cup and the lip’ when they expressed satisfaction on the transfer of the UT’s senior IAS officer from Chandigarh to other state. It was only later that they realised that the officer had been given extension to stay in Chandigarh. In a meeting, the association had even discussed as to how the official was not working efficiently. But after the Ministry of Home Affairs gave extension to the same officer till May next year, the office-bearers of the association are now approaching people, who are close to the officer, to settle down their matter.

Gag on DPR

The newly-appointed Director Public Relations (DPR) had to burn his fingers when he reported in press brief that there was a walkout by syndics in the syndicate meeting held on September 21. Upset with the walkout being reported in media, the syndics are learnt to have barred the DPR from attending the syndicate meeting in future.


After speaking at length over the need for controlling obesity, identifying it as the greatest cause of cancer worldwide,during the inauguration of a cancer workshop in PGI, the Director of Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, had a late realisation. Making attempts to justify his lecture in a jam-packed auditorium, he paused, looked at himself, while standing on the dais, and conceded on a light note that he also needed to lose weight.

Bone of contention

Officers are known to have disputes over major administrative issue. But in Chandigarh, a liquor vend in southern sector of the city saw subtle tussle between two top UT officials, one in favour of opening it and the other one for closing it. While one group approached the top brass to scuttle the allotment of vend, the other one, in favour of the vend had the last laugh.

Cranky sound system

Women who turned up for the celebration of International Girl Child Day function had an awful time as the eminent resource persons who came to deliver the lectures asked the organisers to switch off the fans as they were creating disturbance, as the hall had ineffective sound system. Few participants, who turned up for the event, said when the department does not have a proper sitting arrangement then why do they invite them.

Faulty Alco sensors

With incidents of faulty Alco sensors increasingly being reported, a Union Territory (UT) Traffic policeman, at a barrier last week, was taken aback when he too was detected to be in an inebriated state by the machine. The policeman, who swore he never touched liquor all his life, was shocked to find himself drunk as per the Alco sensor. “Some of these sensors have indeed developed snags and need calibration every three months. I was shocked to find myself drunk when I casually tested myself,” said the police official.

A condemned bus becomes headache for officials!

The Education department’s plan to convert a condemned bus into a library has eventually become a major headache for the concerned officials. The matter was recently forwarded to the DEO office to execute this plan and as a matter of result; the otherwise dull office has become a hotbed for discussions and arguments over its possible makeover of the bus. An official was overheard rebuking the idea of converting the outdated bus in to a library, but since the idea of putting the condemned bus in to some use has come straight from the Governor Shivraj Patil, nobody is daring to oppose it publicly. In fact a field trip is planned shortly to see the bus.

Softy of Sector 17

To motivate Kabaddi players from Ludhiana, who were participating in the recently held Kabaddi championship, the team’s coach was seen saying her players, “Je Jitte tan hi 17 wich softy khilau, ni tan sidha ghar wapsi.” (If you win this match only then I will treat you all with softy from Sector 17, otherwise head back to your respective residences.) Interestingly, the team won their first match. All credits to the Sector 17’s Softy!!

Contributed by Rajinder Nagarkoti, Rajmeet Singh, Ritika Jha, Amit Sharma, Aarti Kapur, Vivek Gupta, Aneesha Sareen and Deepankar Sharda



GMCH-32, PGIMER hostels breed sickness
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
During an inspection of household coolers in the residential areas of the city government hospitals, unhealthy conditions were found prevailing in hostels of resident doctors at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, and PGIMER. The inspection was conducted by the UT Health Department.

An official from the department, on condition of anonymity, said, “Larvae were found breeding in the coolers installed in the hostels and also in the coolers set up in residential areas in both the hospitals.”

“It is crucial to understand that dengue breeds in merely 10 ml of water. One has to be very careful in a residential setting and ensure that even a thin layer of water does not remain stored anywhere,” said an official of the department.

Two months back, the health department officials inspected resident doctors’ hostels in PGIMER. Violations were pointed out then also, but in vain. No action had been taken back then, said an official.

“As per the observations, the water stored in coolers installed in the corridors and rooms of the hostels must have remained unattended for several days,” said an official.

A visit to PGIMER hostel today revealed that some of the coolers even had dirty water accumulated. The larvae were clearly visible in the water and indicated that the water inside the coolers had not been emptied from several days, said an official who conducted the inspection.

Sources stated that doctors work under immense work pressure; hence they fall short of time to empty water from coolers. The PGIMER administration, however, must appoint a cleaning staff to check on such issues.

The previous year, two PGIMER doctors had contracted dengue. This year, so far, 20 dengue cases have been reported.

More than 350 cases of dengue were reported the previous year.



Open House Response
Cycle tracks need immediate attention

The cycle tracks of the City Beautiful are in a poor state and require immediate attention. Cyclists no more enjoy using these tracks as these have become worst. To add to the woes, there are defunct streetlights, making the cyclists feel helpless mostly during nights. Le Corbusier had designed seven kinds of roads for the city. Later, he had added an eighth kind (V8) that comprised cycle tracks and pedestrian pathways.

But even after all these years, the roads remain a nightmare for cyclists. The number of cyclists commuting on the roads is ever decreasing. The city instead of being referred as “cycle-friendly”, be referred as “garbage friendly” as garbage is present in heaps on these tracks. The issue does not bother the authorities.

Arshdeep Singh, Mohali

Encourage cycling

Cycle riding is a good exercise and keeps the body fit, besides its operating cost being ignorable. It saves fuel and ultimately reduces import and saving of foreign exchange. Motivation for cycling is important as youngsters are gaining weight due to less physical work or exercise. Hence, cycle tracks should be maintained in excellent condition to encourage cycling and moreover, this is the only conveyance of poor.

OP Garg, Patiala

Mismanagement by staff main cause

Cycle tracks created with much fanfare along the length and breadth of the City Beautiful at a considerable cost by the UT Administration about a decade ago have been gradually allowed to perish. The reason for this sorry state of affairs is the gross mismanagement by the officials concerned responsible for its proper upkeep for years together.

SC Luthra, MHC, Mani Majra

Regular cycling events needed

It is really disheartening to see the condition of cycle tracks in the City Beautiful, despite it being declared cycle friendly. In the past we have seen cyclothons being organised in the city to encourage cycling habits in residents. This has been done to save the depleting environment and also to save conventional energy sources. But unfortunately this just turns into a mere one-day event. Everything returns to the same the very next day. The recent changes brought about in a rotary near Sector 20 are a welcome step. But it should not remain confined to one rotary only but must be extended to the entire tricity. Moreover, some feedback must be taken from every strata of its user so that leftover shortcomings can also be overcome.

Dr Ranju Gulati, Chandigarh

Streetlights needed

It is a serious matter that has been taken up many times earlier also but neither the Administration nor the Municipal Corporation does take remedial steps in this regard. Cycle tracks constructed at huge costs across the city are lying neglected with potholes that pose grave risk to the cyclists. There is no streetlight on these tracks and cyclists fear using the same during night. Even during the daytime cyclists and rickshaw-pullers use the main roads, making them accident- prone.

I commend the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court that has snubbed the city administration over the poor condition of these cycle tracks and has asked them to provide all cycle tracks with adequate lighting arrangements and get the same updated by repairing wherever it is necessary. Residents must be told that these cycle tracks are safe and comfortable for riding cycles and even rickshaws.

Home guards volunteers must be deployed in adequate strength to see that cyclists use these tracks and not ply on the main roads risking their lives and those of motorists. Those who park their vehicles on the cycle tracks must be fined by sending notice to them by post.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

Cyclists should be penalised for violation

Chandigarh is one of the selected cities in the country where cycle tracks were maintained with most of the main city roads. In my view, before going for any new modification plan, firstly we have to lay down some rules also for cyclists or rickshaw pullers because they are not using these tracks even when well- maintained track is available for them.

Traffic men are issuing challans to every motorists for traffic rules violation. Cycle users and rickshaw pullers should be penalized if they don't use the cycle track.

Shishu Paul, Chandigarh

Vehicle parking should be checked

There is definitely an immediate need to make cycle tracks more user-friendly so that cyclists can make maximum use of the same. Peddling on these tracks is not at all easy. Lot of garbage on these tracks is also not cleared regularly by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. Adding to the woes, the four-wheelers parked on these tracks is also a matter of great concern. Various proposals of construction of more cycle tracks should be immediately taken care of.

Priya Darsh Growar, Mohali

No motivation for cyclists

It is sad that the UT Administration is not paying enough attention to the upkeep of the cycle tracks in the city. No proper mechanism exists or is followed to protect and motivate cycle users. It is at the cost of our health, environment and also the pocket.

The petrol and diesel prices are increasing at regular intervals. People are adding more cars to roads everyday, which is resulting in increase in accidents, pollution, traffic jams.

The common man is the worst sufferer. A cycling culture is needed. The intiative has to come from the top. Let the ministers and MPs start going to their offices on cycles, at least once a week.

Col R D Singh (retd), Ambala Cantt

Symbol of the working class

In fact, bicycle is the symbol of the working class as most of those who use it are daily wage earners, milk and vegetable vendors and newspaper hawkers. In the absence of maintenance of proper cycle tracks, bicycles being a mainstream transport option are therefore under threat today. The cycle tracks constructed in “city beautiful” years ago are in a deplorable condition. One such example is of Sector 40 C which is hardly being used in the absence of proper maintenance.

SK Khosla, Chandigarh

Not serving the purpose

A lot has been talked about safety of cyclists as a lot of accidents occurring on roads involve cyclists. For that purpose, cycle tracks were made where any other vehicles won’t be allowed. But because of the poor maintenance of cycle tracks, they are not serving the purpose they were built for. Cycle tracks in most sectors are poorly maintained.

Dr Shruti K. Chawla, Chandigarh

Open house question

Parking vehicles at any of the paid parking sites across the city becomes a headache due to unregulated parking lots. Neither the MC nor contractors ensure that users fund space to park their vehicles. It has been seen that the number of vehicles exceed the available parking space, leaving the users looking for space. What needs to be done to ensure that the users find proper place to park their vehicles and the MC ensures that the paid parking contract norms are followed. Write your suggestions to openhouse@tribunemail.com



GMSH-16 poised for challenges
Recruits additional staff under NHRM to deal with heavy rush of patients
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Following the alleged failure on the part of local civic dispensaries to cater to patients’ well-being, the Government Multi-specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, is finding itself amidst allegations of medical negligence at the hands of hospital staff.

Even the recently upgraded 100-bed hospital in Manimajra has allegedly failed to divert patient rush from GMSH-16. The hospital was upgraded from 10-bed to 100-bed four months back. However, the hospital caters to as many as 1,300 patients in OPDs everyday.

But in GMHS-16, as many as 117 regular doctors attend to over 3,000 patients in OPDs on a daily basis besides catering to 500 patients indoor.

Having seen more than 7 lakh patients in OPD and conducting over 12,000 deliveries in past one year, the hospital is attending to patients not only from within the city but also from Mohali and Panchkula.

Lightening the burden on doctors, officials announced that they have recently hired additional staff under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), on contractual basis, bringing the total strength of doctors, including specialists and MBBS doctors, to 300.

“We have recruited doctors under NRHM and our overall strength has improved. We are looking forward to providing our patients with improved services from now on,” said the Medical Superintendent, Dr Rajiv Vadehra.



Affixing of HSRPs on old vehicles starts

Chandigarh, October 13
Seven months after starting the job to affix high-security registration plates (HSRP) on new vehicles, the UT Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) has begun the process of affixing the HSRP on vehicles registered in the previous years.

Officials at the RLA said apart from affixing the HSRP on newly registered vehicles, the schedule of affixing the plates on old vehicles was being communicated to vehicle owners through public notices. Starting in a reverse manner, the RLA plans to cover all vehicles registered till 2009 over the next 12 months.

Every month, all vehicles registered under a particular series are being covered under the exercise.

At present, the affixation of the number plates is being done at four offices of the RLA, which includes Registration and Licensing Authority, Sector 17, office of the SDM (East), Industrial Area, Phase I, SDM (South) Sector 42, and for commercial vehicles of the State Transport Authority, Sector 18. The fee fixed for two-wheelers is Rs 79, four-wheelers Rs 183 and for commercial heavy vehicles Rs 189.

Two years’ time has been given to fix new number plates on old vehicles. On procuring the HSRNP for the vehicle, the owner must ensure that the vendor issues him two copies of the HSRNP delivery document, one of which he will keep for his own record. He will then bring a representative of the vendor to the RLA office for fastening of the HSRNP and affixing of the Third Registration Plate (self-destructive sticker) on his vehicle. — TNS



20K new voters to be added to city electoral rolls
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
In the fresh revision of electoral rolls, 20,000 new voters would be added to the voter’s list of Chandigarh. The move follows the deletion of 30,000 votes from the existing list in the last revision of the rolls held in September.

“We presume that the deletion happens after voters change their place of residence. In the new drive, the addition of 20,000 voters would compensate for the deletion,” said Tilak Raj, Joint Chief Electoral Officer.

Apart from the new registration, the Election Department would be issuing smart card as the Election Department of the Chandigarh Administration has decided to replace the existing laminated cards with a driving licence-type hard plastic card. But only the new voters would get the smart cards. The city has over 5 lakh voters.

The task to change the cards has been given to the Haryana State Electronics Development Corporation (HARTRON).

In place of the card with black and white photograph, the hard plastic card would have colour photo of the voter.

The department is also contemplating to allow voters to apply online to get their voter ID cards made.

Residents who want to apply for a new voter ID card or get changes made to an existing one have been asked to submit the relevant documents at the designated polling stations in their the respective sectors till October 31.



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