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MC House to take call on parking rates today
Rates likely to remain same for first 4 hours

MC House to take call on parking rates today

Will allow free 5-minute pick & drop: Panel chief16 Sep 2019 | 7:40 AM

CHANDIGARH: Whether or not the rates of the 26 paid parking lots, including the Sector 17 multi-level parking, in the city will be increased and whether 64 more lots will be converted into paid ones will be decided at a General House meeting of the the Municipal Corporation tomorrow.

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Sandeep Rana

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15

Whether or not the rates of the 26 paid parking lots, including the Sector 17 multi-level parking, in the city will be increased and whether 64 more lots will be converted into paid ones will be decided at a General House meeting of the the Municipal Corporation tomorrow.

The Congress is set to oppose the agenda. “We are going to fully oppose it. During the elections, MP Kirron Kher said she would not let the parking rates be increased. Now, with what face are they bringing the agenda to the House meeting. The BJP is unnecessarily burdening people with additional taxes,” said Leader of the Opposition and senior Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla.

However, senior BJP councillor and parking committee chairman Arun Sood said, “We are not going to increase the rates, only hourly parking rates will be levied. For the first time, we are going to provide the facility of five-minute free pick and drop at all paid parking lots.”

The MP has maintained that she will present her views in the House only. An ex officio member, Kher is expected to join the discussion. Earlier, she was in Delhi for the Parliament session due to which the issue was not taken up in the previous House meeting.

Mayor Rajesh Kalia had formed a committee, headed by former Mayor Arun Sood, to recommend the parking rates and the terms and conditions for the allotment of the parking lots.

At present, Rs 5 and Rs 10 are charged for two-wheelers and four-wheelers, respectively, at the parking lots. Now, there is a proposal to double these. Earlier, Rs 10 and Rs 20 used to be charged for two-wheelers and four-wheelers, respectively, on an hourly basis as the parking lots were with a private company under the smart parking system.

After the firm left, the corporation took over the lots and the rates were halved. However, now it is being planned to hand these over to a private player and enhance the rates.

Besides, new parking lots have been identified in Sector 7, 19, 22, 23, 24, 36 and on Madhya Marg, which may be converted into paid lots by the MC.

Rates likely to remain same for first 4 hours

Sources said it had been decided by BJP councillors, who have a majority in the House, and the MP that the rates for the first four hours would remain the same — Rs 5 and Rs 10 for two-wheelers and four-wheelers, respectively. However, after four hours, these will be doubled. The councillors were of the view that the same prices should be charged in the proposed new paid parking lots.

We are going to fully oppose it. During the elections, MP Kirron Kher said she would not let the parking rates be increased. Now, with what face are they bringing the agenda to the House meeting. The BJP is unnecessarily burdening people with additional taxes. — Devinder Singh Babla, Cong councillor

Cops thwart protest in Mohali

Cops thwart protest in Mohali

16 Sep 2019 | 10:30 AM

MOHALI: Elaborate security arrangements thwarted attempts by supporters and members of the Kashmiri Kaumi Sangharsh Samarthan Samiti, Punjab, to enter the town and stage a protest against the abrogation of Article 370 and 35 A in Jammu and Kashmir.

Probe report submitted to SSP, to be examined today‘Assault’ on nursing officer by DSP (Traffic)

Probe report submitted to SSP, to be examined today

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

CHANDIGARH: A day after a 32-year-old nursing officer, Shiv Nath, alleged an assault by the DSP (Traffic) at the Kiran Cinema light point in Sector 22, the local police submitted a report of the incident to the SSP (Traffic).

UT mulls underpass in Industrial Area

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Administration is considering constructing an underpass to connect the Industrial Area, Phase 1, with the Industrial Area, Phase 2, here.

City to see 221-foot-tall Ravana effigy this Dasehra

City to see 221-foot-tall Ravana effigy this Dasehra

16 Sep 2019 | 11:19 AM

AMBALA: The Shri Ramlila Club, Barara, is all set to break its own record of making a 210-foot-tall effigy of Ravana by increasing its height by another 11 ft this year.

MC must cut expenses, not add to residents’ burdenOpen House: Is entertainment tax on movie tickets reasonable?

MC must cut expenses, not add to residents’ burden

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

Cinema is one of the best source of entertainment for people to ward off their stress. It is indeed shocking that Chandigarh already has the highest tax on movie tickets as compared to other cities.

Drug peddler arrested with 1 kg of charas

Drug peddler arrested with 1 kg of charas

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

MOHALI: The local police have arrested a drug peddler with 1 kg of charas from near TDI City here. The suspect has been identified as Om Parkash (38), a resident of Balongi village.

Dumping site may give way to cricket, football grounds

Dumping site may give way to cricket, football grounds

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

CHANDIGARH: MC Commissioner KK Yadav today said the feasibility to develop the open area near the waste dumping site as a ground for playing cricket will be checked.

Police to keep watch on history-sheeters during Haryana poll

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

PANCHKULA: An inter-state police cooperation meeting, aimed at maintaining law and order during the forthcoming Assembly elections in Haryana, was held at Gymkhana Club, Sector 1, here today.

Punjab engineers to donate day’s salary for flood victims

Punjab engineers to donate day’s salary for flood victims

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjabi Engineers’ Welfare Society (PEWS) today celebrated the 52nd Engineers Day at the Law Department auditorium in Panjab University.

Over 8 months on, MC yet to form ward committees

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

CHANDIGARH: It seems that the local Municipal Corporation (MC) is not much bothered about public participation as over eight months have passed and the civic body is yet to form ward development committees.

Raising day: Tributes paid to martyrs at Western Command

Raising day: Tributes paid to martyrs at Western Command

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

CHANDIGARH: The 72nd raising day of the Western Command, the frontline operational command of the Indian Army, was observed with a wreath-laying ceremony wherein Lt Gen RP Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, paid floral tributes to martyrs at the Veer Smriti war memorial in Chandimandir today.

Ex-HMT staff await pension plan

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

PANCHKULA: Retired HMT employees have been waiting for the Haryana Government to formulate a plan with regard to old-age pension promised to them during the previous assembly elections.

Mandal submits objections over ban on plastic

Mandal submits objections over ban on plastic

16 Sep 2019 | 9:00 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) has submitted objections over the proposed ban on single-use plastic in the draft policy.

Saving humanity — in life and death

Saving humanity — in life and death

16 Sep 2019 | 11:30 AM

CHANDIGARH: “God has a purpose for your life. I think my wife Surinderjit Kaur Bhatia came into this world to save the lives of others. A blood donor for 48 times, she must have enhanced lives of hundred critically ill patients.

BENCH MARK: Law and Order

Of judges and judicial communication

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

A judge speaks through his judgments, but the judiciary as a whole needs to make a statement about its functioning by putting to an end “shall we talk” predicament and indulging in direct judicial communication.

25-yr-old woman dies of suspected dengue

25-yr-old woman dies of suspected dengue

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

PATIALA: Manpreet Kaur (25), a resident of Sai Mandir area, Samana, died of suspected dengue on Saturday night at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.

3-day polio drive kicks off in district

3-day polio drive kicks off in district

16 Sep 2019 | 9:01 AM

PATIALA: On the first day of three-day migratory pulse polio round, the Health Department administered polio drops to 13, 290 kids on Sunday.

Ticket checking drive

Ambala division gets richer by Rs 3.25 crore

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

AMBALA: During August, Ambala division of the Northern Railway recovered Rs 3.25 crore through the ticket checking drive which is 29.6 per cent higher than the corresponding year. Last year, the penalty amount recovered stood at Rs 2.52 crore.

Renovate or raze washrooms, demand irate Kharar traders

Renovate or raze washrooms, demand irate Kharar traders

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

KHARAR: Washrooms constructed under MPLADS funds given by former MP Prem Singh Chandumajra near the Block Development and Panchayat Office in Kharar are in a shambles.

10L kids to be administered polio drops: Health Minister

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

MOHALI: Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu launched a three-day Sub-national Immunisation Day (SNID) drive by administering polio drops to children in Balongi village today.

School principals get power to transfer teachers within cluster

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

PATIALA: The Punjab Education Department has given the authority for transferring the teachers within the cluster to the principals of the senior secondary schools.

Rs 1-lakh compensation for death due to stray menace

Rs 1-lakh compensation for death due to stray menace

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

PATIALA: A victim of stray animal attack will now be compensated with a maximum of Rs 1 lakh as per the Punjab Municipal Registration, Proper Control of Stray Animals and Compensation to the Victim of Animal Attack bye-laws adopted by Municipal Corporation in a general body meeting on Friday.

Shuttlers Garima, Anushrav shine

Shuttlers Garima, Anushrav shine

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

CHANDIGARH: Garima Singh of the Coaching Centre, Sector 38 Sports Complex, was declared the best player in the women’s category while Anushrav Garg of TSBA was named the best in the men’s category on the concluding day of the Rs 2 lakh Chandigarh State Badminton Championship, organised by Chandigarh Badminton Association, here today.

Ton against Pak high point: Arjun

Ton against Pak high point: Arjun

16 Sep 2019 | 11:24 AM

CHANDIGARH: A month after he turned 18, Arjun Azad couldn’t have asked for a better gift. Azad was part of the Indian team that won the ACC U-19 Asia Cup Trophy by registering a five-run win over Bangladesh in the final in Columbo, Sri Lanka, on Saturday.

Rashid finishes joint runners-up, city's Aadil claims fourth spot in international golf championship

Rashid finishes joint runners-up, city's Aadil claims fourth spot in international golf championship

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

CHANDIGARH: India’s Rashid Khan notched up a joint runner-up finish to secure his Asian Tour card for the 2020 season, while city’s Aadil Bedi ended his campaign at fourth position at the inaugural Classic Golf & Country Club International Championship at Nuh (Haryana) today.

Paddlers Vadya, Vaani triumph

Paddlers Vadya, Vaani triumph

16 Sep 2019 | 7:43 AM

CHANDIGARH: Vadya and Vaani won boys' and girls' U-10 titles respectively on the concluding day of the 32nd Cadets and Sub-Junior Chandigarh State Table Tennis Championships for Gurukul Global Trophy here today.

Nidhi gets Indian carrom team call

Nidhi gets Indian carrom team call

16 Sep 2019 | 7:45 AM

CHANDIGARH: The All India Carrom Federation today announced the selection of Nidhi Gupta for the India-Maldives Juniors Test Series, to be held from October 5 to 12 in Maldives.

Nayar brothers win laurels in Asian Masters

Nayar brothers win laurels in Asian Masters

16 Sep 2019 | 7:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: Chandigarh's Vikas Nayar topped the podium in the fourth Asian Masters Squash Championship held at The Kowloon Cricket Club Hong Kong, China, from September 5-8.

Punjab Half Marathon on September 29

16 Sep 2019 | 7:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: The 6th Punjab Half Marathon will be held here on September 29. According to the organisers, the marathon will be flagged off from the Chandigarh Club, Sector 1, at 5:30 am.

SCHOOL NOTES

Gurukul Global, Chandigarh

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

GURUKUL GLOBAL: Students of Gururul Global School collaborated with UB-LOON International School, Philippines, for an international school exchange programme.

Briefly

Theft of mobiles at petrol pump

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

CHANDIGARH: A thief reportedly made off with six mobile phones from HP Petrol Pump in Sector 20 on the intervening night of September 13 and 14.

City suffers due to MC's apathy

City suffers due to MC's apathy

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

Paver blocks across Chandigarh are broken, giving a shabby look to the City Beautiful. The MC, which is already facing financial crunch, is not bothered to take care of necessary tasks in a mannered and financially-viable way.

Woman dies of suspected dengue

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

PATIALA: Manpreet Kaur (25), a resident of Sai Mandir area, Samana, died of suspected dengue on Saturday night at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.

Voluntary disclosure scheme gets good response

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

PATIALA: The Voluntary Disclosure Scheme’s (VDS’s) of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) for agriculture, domestic and commercial consumers has been getting an overwhelming response in the state.

Now, timely redressal of power consumers’ plaints

Now, timely redressal of power consumers’ plaints

16 Sep 2019 | 11:54 AM

CHANDIGARH: Now, the power consumers will no more have to wait endlessly for the decision on their grievances as the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has fixed time frame for grievance redressal by the Consumer Grievances Redressal Forum (CGRF).

Art & Culture

Hindi comedy play staged

16 Sep 2019 | 7:39 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Soft Power Art and Culture Group staged a Hindi comedy play, ‘Ek Ladki Paanch Deewane’, during the ongoing Hasya Natya Mahotsav at Tagore Theatre here today.

Punjab Police thwart protest by group against abrogation of Article 370 provisions

Punjab Police thwart protest by group against abrogation of Article 370 provisions

15 Sep 2019 | 8:22 PM

CHANDIGARH: A group of protesters tried to defy prohibitory orders imposed by Punjab’s Mohali administration to enter the city on Sunday for holding a protest against the withdrawal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status but were sent back by police.

PSPCL conducts raids to check power theft in state

15 Sep 2019 | 8:04 AM

PATIALA:In a bid to curb power theft, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has been conducting raids throughout the state.

Over 2K cases settledNational Lok Adalat

Over 2K cases settled

15 Sep 2019 | 8:04 AM

PATIALA:As many as 2054 cases were settled in the National Lok Adalat (except non-compoundable criminal cases) today.

Man robbed at gunpoint, 4 booked

15 Sep 2019 | 8:04 AM

PATIALA:A city-based resident was allegedly robbed at gunpoint by unidentified people on Friday night.

Two killed in separate road accidents

15 Sep 2019 | 8:04 AM

PATIALA:Two people lost their lives in separate road accidents on Friday.

Khaki immune to Health Dept advisory on dengue

15 Sep 2019 | 8:04 AM

PATIALA:It seems that the Patiala Police do not care two hoots about dengue menace in the city.

COLLEGE NOTES

Engineer’s Day celebrated at CGC

15 Sep 2019 | 8:04 AM

Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC), Jhanjeri, celebrated Engineers Day in remembrance of Bharat Ratna Sir Vishwasaraya, the greatest engineer of India.

Car hits scooter, Kharar man diesIN BRIEF

Car hits scooter, Kharar man dies

15 Sep 2019 | 8:04 AM

Kharar: A resident of LIC Colony here died when his scooter was knocked down by a car (HR-05V-7262) near Mundi Kharar on the Mohali road on Friday.

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