Chandigarh news: Residents seek to resolve issues of need-based changes in CHB units

Chandigarh Housing Board office in Sector 9. Express

The executive meeting of Chandigarh Residents Associations Welfare Federation (CRAWFED) was held on Sunday to discuss issues about the Chandigarh Housing Board and other issues like dog menace, encroachment of public spaces and the rising crime rate. The meeting was held at the Community Centre in Sector 43.

The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Hitesh Puri and was attended by representatives of more than 83 RWAs. Kirron Kher, MP from Chandigarh was the Chief Guest.

Rajat Malhotra, General Secretary, CRAWFED requested for general amnesty by paying a one-time settlement for the regularisation of need-based changes in the Chandigarh Housing Board units and requested the administration to not charge annual penalties and issue cancellation notices. The regularisation of need-based changes made in CHB flats and the reduction of lease hold to free hold rates was also discussed.

Kher said that action will be taken on ongoing fresh construction which is in violation of the new policy. She added that she had already taken up the issue for resolving matter of old construction.

Speaking on the deteriorating situation of law and order in Chandigarh, Surinder Sharma, Vice Chairman, CRAWFED insisted on the installation of CCTV cameras. The members focussed on the need to review the police system and said that local policemen should be given promotions.

On the issue of stray dog menace, it was suggested that Kher may take up matter in the Parliament to seek a permanent and efficient solution. Kher said that the dog menace was a national issue and that the MC should work more efficiently on their sterilisation.

On the issue of vendors taking up public spaces, it was decided that stern action should be taken on unauthorised vendors occupying public spaces in markets and other places and they should immediately be removed from occupying places.

Hitesh Puri suggested developing vacant land by landscaping it to avoid people from using it as a dumping ground for garbage.

Kher, while responding to certain queries, said that they will have a permanent solution for the Dadumajra dumping ground in the next year and a half.

Rain disrupts power supply in Zirakpur

The residents of many housing societies at Zirakpur and Kharar were without power on Saturday and Sunday as many lines could not be repaired due to heavy rain. The power supply could be restored in many areas after 12- to 13-hour-long power cuts. The power cuts were caused due to breaking of supply lines in many areas.

The executive engineer of the Punjab State Power Corporation, Khushwinder Singh, said that the repair work was delayed due to heavy rain. He added that power was restored in all the areas.

At Kharar, the residents had to face problems due to long power cuts. Residents complained that the helpline number of the power department was also not working and the residents faced tough time to lodge their complaints. Several trees were also uprooted. ENS

Panchkula faces long power outage, water supply gets hit

Panchkula: It turned out to be a rather sweaty weekend for residents of Panchkula, who faced a long power outage that lasted several hours, beginning around midnight on Saturday and continuing till late evening on Sunday. Water supply to many parts of the city too was disrupted due to this long, unannounced cut.
The electricity department blamed the power cut on the heavy rain and storm that led to some trees falling and damaging the power lines. There was confusion in the department as an official attributed the long power cut to maintenance work.

S K Nayar, president of Residents Welfare Association, said he kept receiving complaints from all around the city regarding the outage. The electricity that went out at night did not come back till next morning. As we breathed a sigh of relief, the light went out again. The inverter s battery was drained and imagine the plight of the ones who don t even have an inverter. I don t understand the reason for the outage. Had the electricity and water department worked to their optimal potential, we would not have faced this problem, he groused.

R P Malhotra, a resident of Sector 8, complained that the water supply also got hit by the electricity cut. As soon as the light went off, the water supply stopped as well, he said, wondering why the water pumping stations don t use gensets.

Gopal Bhardwaj, PMO, Civil Hospital, said they had to keep the generators running throughout Sunday. It was a hassle to operate the whole hospital without electricity for 15 hours. Although the OPDs were shut, areas requiring critical care like operation theatres, emergency department among others cannot lose electricity even for a second. Our generators worked the whole day to ensure everything was taken care of.

Sources said the hospital had been cautioned about the outage and asked to make necessary arrangements.

A police official told Chandigarh Newsline that no computer systems worked the whole day. Most of the police stations don t have generators. All work was done manually on paper. He sighed, I am glad the weather was good.

Although the pleasant weather was a godsend, lack of water posed a problem, especially for guesthouses and owners of paying guest accommodations. Veena Gupta, owner of a paying guest accommodation in Sector 7 who has a joint family and 14 women PGs on top floor, said it was struggle to get water to the upper floor. We had some stored water but used it all in the morning itself. The whole day was then spent without water. It was a Sunday and all the girls were home.

Various attempts were made to get in touch with executive engineer, UHBVN, Sanjeev Sharma, but in vain. A junior engineer said the outage was a result of the storm that led to several trees crashing down in various parts of the city. Another official said the outage took place as the system was under maintenance.

33 trees fall in UT

As many as 33 trees and seven branches fell due to storm and rainshowers on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.

Krishan Pal Singh, executive engineer of the horticulture department, said that their teams did remove the fallen trees and branches immediately after it was brought to their notice.

According to the details, trees fell in sectors 46, 47, 32 , 31, 23D, 24C, 20, 45B, 51D, 35, 30A, 29B, 28, 38 West, 9, 7, 15, 41, 40A and one near a stretch leading to Punjab Raj Bhawan.

Also, in parts of southern sectors, there was no power even for over six hours.

Baljinder Singh Bittu, chairman of the Federation of Sectors Welfare Association of Chandigarh, said, In our Sector 21, electricity kept going after a few minutes the entire night. This morning as well there was no power from 8.30 to 10.30 and then again from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm.

An official of the power department said that in several sectors, trees fell and that is why the power got snapped. A fault occurred in several areas only because the trees and branches fell snapping the wires, the official said.

With power pangs, Chandigarh residents faced water crisis as well. ENS

SSP suspends four women police officers for dereliction of duty

Fatehgarh Sahib: In a strict action against women police officers who were not present on their duties, Fatehgarh Sahib Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Avneet Kondal suspended four women Sub-Inspectors (SI) on Sunday. The action was taken when the suspended police officers were contacted by their senior officers for lodging a rape case.

Sandeep Kaur posted at the Fatehgarh Sahib Police Station, Shakunt Chaudhary posted at the Bassi pathana Police Station, Amarpal Kaur posted at the Mandi Gobindgarh Police Station and Amandeep Brar posted at the Khamano Police Station were suspended for dereliction of duty. The SSP added that the officers were posted in the the crime against women and children wing.

On Sunday a rape case was to be registered. Our officers contacted these four officers and they were absent from duty without any information to their seniors or any written orders. The moment it came to my notice, I decided to suspend these officers as I cannot allow anyone to leave their stations in this sensitive time. There is a security high alert in the district and the state government also issued an alert keeping in view the recent flood situation, SSP Avneet Kondal told Newsline.

The SSP added that she deputed SP (Headquarter) Navneet Singh Bains to conduct an inquiry and submit the report within one month for further action on the officers.

Avneet Kondal also told Newsline that the in-charge of the women cell, SI Gurdeep Kaur, immediately reported to complete the required procedure at Fatehgarh police station. The SSP added that she will award Gurdeep Kaur for her work. ENS