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    Community toilets agenda stuck with local bodies department

    TNN | Jun 19, 2018, 11:31 IST MC has prepared a plan to construct 48 public toilets in eight markets

    MOHALI: The Mohali municipal corporation has been unable to attain the Open Defecation Free (ODF) status as at present there are eight markets in Mohali without public toilets. The agenda to construct community toilets outside three colonies is pending with the local bodies department, Punjab.

    MC has prepared a plan to construct 48 public toilets in eight markets at a cost of Rs 97.76 lakh. Sites for the construction of the public toilets have been earmarked. The plan prepared by the engineering wing of MC has been cleared by the house in the recent MC house meet.

    The public toilets, one each, is to be constructed opposite booth market, opposite liquor vend and opposite Bank Colony in Sector 70, in Industrial Area, Phase I market, Phase III A market behind petrol pump, bus stand in Phase VIII, in Sector 57 market and in Sector 68 market. MC joint commissioner Avneet Kaur said, "Now, the tenders will be called for construction of the public toilets. All such public toilets will be six seater with five urinals."

    Superintending engineer of MC said, "MC will also install 122 portable public toilets in three major colonies in Mohali. The colonies are Udhan Singh Colony, Balmiki Colony and Guru Nanak Colony. One public toilet against 30 people is to be installed in colonies with population of 2000 and above."

    68 houses identified without toilets

    Mohali administration has identified 68 houses without toilets in the district. The identification was made during the Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) tagging of the toilets. "30 such households have already been persuaded to get toilets constructed after being told about the government policies," said deputy commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra.

    She said geo-tagging has been done of 6,206 toilets and till date a total of 142,17 toilets have been either constructed or installed in the district.

    Public toilets in parks, rly station locked

    One of the factors that led to failure of Mohali in Swachh Survekshan is locked and stinking public toilets. During a reality check by TOI, it was observed that many public toilets were locked. In one such instance, a public toilet in a park in Phase XI opposite gurdwara was found locked since ages.

    Similarly, a toilet in Phase XI, Industrial Area, and on railway station were also found locked. The scenario is no different at Mohali railway station, where people are forced to use open places to relieve themselves.








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      Flood fear: Mohali scared as MC ready only on paper

      Barinderjit Saluja| TNN | Jun 26, 2018, 10:52 IST On August 27 last year, rainwater flooded the streets and houses of the residents in Mohali


      MOHALI: A report by experts following massive waterlogging in Mohali last year has revealed that the rise in plinth level of roads disrupts the natural gradient, which leads to flood-like situation in the city. But despite the report, Mohali municipal corporation’s preparedness to tackle waterlogging in monsoon has remained only on paper.

      Residents fear that they may have to face the wrath of floods due to rains just like what they went through last year. The experts claim that there was no waterlogging 20 years ago as the roads were not above the plinth level.

      Navdeep Asija, roads and traffic expert, said, “Now roads dividing sectors are above the plinth level of houses, resulting in rainwater flowing into residences. The authorities have been flouting the norms by laying pre-mix without digging up the roads.”

      On August 27 last year, rains caused a havoc in Mohali as water flooded the streets and houses of the residents causing major damage to vehicles, buildings and household items.

      Though MC claims that around 80% of the road gullies and storm water drains have been cleared of blockages and will help in clearing the storm water without flooding, the ground reality has left the councillors worried.

      The concerns could be seen in recent MC House meet when all the councillors raised the issue of flooding due to rains, but mayor Kulwant Singh assured the councillors that this year there will be no waterlogging.

      For the MC, major challenges to tackle waterlogging is the North Choe which bisects major sectors of the city and the wild growth in the choe that causes overflowing of water from the banks.

      Kamaljit Singh Ruby, a councillor from Phase IX, said, “Though the work to remove the wild growth in n-choe has been started, but it is too late now. This must have been started a month ago as we have been pressing the civic body to clean the wild growth in nchoe from the past two years. We fear that the work will not complete as the monsoons is already knocking on the door.”

      Last year, the most affected areas were Phase IV, V, Phase 3-A, 3B1, 3B2, Phase XI, Mataur village, Sector 70, as these areas have major structural flaws in roads which cause floods. At many places in these sectors, the residents have also covered the storm water inlets opposite their drive ways.

      Secondly, many houses in these areas get flooded as they are on low-lying slopes. Residents also blame unplanned carpeting of roads, which raises their level and causes water to collect on the sides.

      Deputy mayor Manjit Singh Sethi said, “No efforts have been made to identify the storm water inlets which have been allegedly covered by residents outside their houses. The MC needs to identify such inlets and get them opened. But now it’s too late.”

      Councillor from Phase 3B2 Kuljit Singh Bedi said his area was most affected as water level had risen to five feet. Many cars were damaged in this phase, said Bedi.

      Bedi said, “The preparation is poor. This year too residents fear that they will have to face the wrath of waterlogging. Some of the residents said during monsoons, they will leave their vehicles and expensive house hold items at other safer places.”










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        Rain lays bare MC's 'monsoon readiness'

        TNN | Jun 27, 2018, 06:19 IST A waterlogged street in Dhakoli, Zirakpur

        MOHALI: The rain on Tuesday laid bare Zirakpur's inability to withstand the oncoming monsoon. Though this Punjab town's municipal council has made tall claims of being prepared for the rainy season, the picture was much different when it started pouring in the morning.

        Residents, when TOI spoke to them later in the day, also complained of the MC's ill-preparedness and said there were nearly no arrangements made in areas prone to waterlogging.




        Residents also claimed that the authorities were yet to give a sloping gradient to roads to avoid waterlogging. On some roads, no gullies have been constructed for draining out rainwater. On highways, the existing gullies have not even been cleaned.

        Locals said the authorities must construct more road gullies for clearing rainwater. During the construction of roads, no such provision was made by the department concerned. Because of this, waterlogging is common in and around Zirakpur every monsoon.

        Shikha Sharma, a resident of Zirakpur, said they were tired of filing complaints to demand regular cleaning of storm drains. "But our requests have fallen on deaf ears. Authorities have not taken any action," she said.

        Satpal, another resident of Zirakpur, said he was shelling out money from his own pocket to clear the storm drain in front of his house and prevent snakes from entering it if there was waterlogging.

        Zirakpur municipal council executive officer Manvir Gill said daily-wagers had been hired for cleaning choked gullies and sewerages. "We have started work across the town. If we receive any complaint, we send staff on priority. We are trying to make proper arrangements for clearing rainwater this monsoon," sail Gill.








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          MC issues 11 challans to COTPA violators

          tnn | Jun 28, 2018, 07:24 IST

          Mohali: A team of the Mohali Municipal Corporation conducted a special driveagainst roadside vendors found violating the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003. The drive was part of healthy Punjab mission.

          The civic body issued challans to 11 persons found violating the COTPA Act. Joint MC commissioner Avneet Kaur said a special cleaning campaign was conducted in Sector 70, Mohali, to engender awareness about the mission.

          She said pamphlets were distributed among people to create awareness about ways to prevent dengue. The Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 prohibits smoking in public places like hospitals, auditoriums, cinema halls, markets, public buses, railway stations, hotels, bars, government and private offices.

          It also says tobacco products cannot be sold to children under the age of 18. Sale of tobacco is prohibited within 100 yards of a school or other educational institution.







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            Mohali dreads waterlogging as causeway construction stalled

            TNN | Jun 29, 2018, 12:43 IST Construction of causeway has been stalled midway

            MOHALI: The residents of Mohali may have to face waterlogging in coming days as the construction of causeway has come to standstill. The causeway was being constructed on the dividing road of phases IV and V.

            It may be termed as a lack of vision on the part of the engineering wing of Mohali municipal corporation that they initiated the construction of causeway on the dividing road of phases IV and V first, whereas the acute need was to construct one opposite Gurdwara on dividing road of Phase V and industrial area Phase VIII.

            The residents of Phase V opposed the construction and approached mayor Kulwant Singh to get the work initiated on the dividing road of Phase V and industrial area, Phase VIII, first as the water discharge from Phase IV side gets accumulated on the dividing road opposite Gurdwara.

            Mayor Kulwant Singh visited the construction site on the phases IV and V dividing road and directed the engineering wing to get work started opposite Gurdwara first. "The residents approached me and their concern was justified. So the engineering wing has been asked to start constructing the causeway opposite Gurdwara first and then simultaneously get the other causeway completed."

            Recently, municipal corporation had decided to construct five causeways on the airport road and other connecting roads to tackle the waterlogging problem during monsoon season. These causeways were to be completed by June end that is before onset of monsoons. But the work is yet to be initiated.

            The causeways are to come up on roads dividing sectors 70, 71, 76, 77, Phase 3B2, Phase VII, Sector 70-71, Phase V, Gurdwara-Phase VIII and JCT crossing connecting Phase VIII, Phase 3B2, sector 70 and 71.

            Last year, Mohali administration had identified key points which are disturbing the natural gradient and restricting the natural flow of water on the Airport Road in Mohali. During rain, many parts of the central and north-western parts of Mohali got submerged under five-feet deep water causing major damage to properties and inconvenience to residents.








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              Mohali MC threatens to move HC

              TNN | Jul 4, 2018, 07:59 IST Representative image

              MOHALI: The Mohali municipal corporation councillors have threatened to knock the doors of high court if the Punjab local bodies department fail to clear the stuck-up agendas. The house passed a resolution in this regard to put Punjab local bodies department on 30 days’ notice for clearing the pending agendas or else councillors will file a petition in the high court.


              MC produced the list of pending agendas in the house meet on Tuesday showing that there are 57 such agendas passed by the house as old as two years ago are stuck-up with local bodies department.

              Interestingly, Congress councillors announced that if SAD-BJP councillors file petition in high court then they are not party to it but they want that agendas must be passed. Senior deputy mayor Rishav Jain refuting all such allegation of pending agendas said, “There are no such stuck-up agendas with local bodies. Only 5 to 6 agendas are pending and that are also in pipeline.”

              Coming down further on SAD-BJP councillors, Congress councilor Kuljt Singh Bedi said, “Out of the list 57 agendas, 16 to 17 agendas are such which were cleared during the previous government tenure.

              It has nothing to do with the present government. The tempers went high when SAD-BJP councillors while commenting at Congress councillors alleged that congress-led Punjab government is sitting on agendas and not clearing from past six months.”










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                CM’s orders against illegal mining ignored: Mohali DC

                Barinderjit Saluja| TNN | Jul 4, 2018, 07:57 IST Mohali deputy commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra admitted that illegal mining was going on in various parts of t... Read More

                MOHALI: Deputy commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra said the mining department has failed to curb illegal mining in the district, pointing out that it was even ignoring the orders of chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

                Admitting that the illegal mining is going on in various parts of the district, Sapra said the department was not complying with her orders as well. She had two weeks ago ordered the installation of over 20 CCTV cameras, but till date there has been no compliance.

                Three months ago, Amarinder had issued strict instructions to the mining department through deputy commissioners of all the districts to come down heavily on illegal mining. The CM issued instructions after he flew past Nawanshahr and Jalandhar area and noticed chunks of land ravaged by illegal mining.

                Sapra said, “It seems that even the orders of the chief minister have no impact on the mining department. They have not complied with his orders.”

                The CM had also ordered a vigilance inquiry into the alleged nexus between top officials and the mining mafia in Derabassi as well. He had also announced the government’s decision to depute one guardian of governance (rakha) at each mining site.

                A team of Punjab vigilance had then inspected the illegal mining sites in Zirakpur. Teams headed by AIG (vigilance) Ashish Kapoor along with mining officer Simarpreet Kaur Dhillon had inspected the site in Kakrali and Mubarakpur areas of Zirakpur. AIG Ashish Kapoor had found that the illegal mining sites had craters as deep as 30ft instead of 15ft reported earlier.









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                  300 mining files disappear

                  Barinderjit Saluja | TNN | Jul 5, 2018, 09:41 IST

                  Illegal mining is rampant in Mohali district


                  MOHALI: The probe into the alleged nexus between mining department officers and builders has revealed that around 300 files of issuance of no-objection certificates (NOCs) have gone missing from the office of general manager (GM), Mining and District Industries Centre (DIC), resulting in heavy losses to the state exchequer.

                  Sources said over 700 NOCs have been issued pertaining to various sizes of the land for levelling and digging of basements. Out of these 700 files, 300 for which NOCs have been issued are missing.




                  The DC office had also received a written complaint against GM Tehal Singh for allowing to dig a basement in a plot measuring 1 acre. Sources said a builder has to pay a fee of Rs 50,000 for 500 square yards to dig basement in plots, or depending upon the size of the plot, and also declare the mode of disposal of the earth excavated. The GM, while allegedly misusing his powers, gave the permission to dig basements without charging the fee, causing losses, said sources.

                  The probe is also inquiring whether the GM gave permissions to dig in cases outside his authority.

                  Deputy commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra said, “According to rule 29 of the Mining Act, the GM is not authorised to sanction NOCs for levelling and digging of basements in plots beyond 500 square yards. The inquiry is being conducted by ADC-cum-nodal officer to ascertain the irregularities found in the issuance of the orders to dig basements by builders. The inquiry officer will ascertain the number of permissions given in the past after which we will find the amount of losses rendered to the government. He has been asked to submit the report by Thursday.”

                  Refuting all the allegations, Tehal Singh said mining officer Simarpreet Kaur “is responsible for the missing files as the NOCs were granted before his joining as GM.” He said, “All such permissions were given before my joining and the files of NOCs are missing at the behest of the mining officer. I have filed my reply with the ADC regarding the matter.”

                  Charandev Singh Mann, additional deputy commissioner (ADC)-cum-nodal officer, mining, during a surprise checking of the office of the GM had learnt about the missing files when he demanded the record register in which details of applications received for permission to dig basements are registered. Mann said the office has also been found sanctioning applications out of its jurisdiction, the powers of which are vested with the director, industries.

                  On June 8, secretary-cumdirector mining Kumar Rahul marked an inquiry against DIC GM after a report submitted by the ADC indicted him of irregularities in sanctioning NOCs for levelling of land and digging of basements beyond his powers. The inquiry was further referred to the DC and is being conducted by ADC Charandev Singh Mann. The report is likely to be submitted by Thursday.








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                    Eight from Adarsh Nagar fall ill after drinking dirty water

                    TNN | Jul 6, 2018, 05:59 IST

                    A team from the health department visited the affected area on Thursday and collected two samples of water

                    MOHALI: As many as eight residents of Adarsh Nagar fell sick after drinking allegedly contaminated water. A team from health department collected two samples of water from the affected area.

                    After receiving complaint, the team from health department visited the area on Thursday. During the visit, the team inspected 30 houses in Adarsh Nagar and found eight persons complaining of vomiting. Resident alleged that contamination most probably occurred as a result of mixing of sewerage water with drinking water.

                    The health department team stated that the sewerage water allegedly mixed with the drinking water as a result of the repair work of a sewerage pipe line nearby. However, the municipal council later shifted the water pipeline. The team distributed 50 packets of ORS and 600 tablets of chlorine to residents in the area.









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                      Water testing lab comes up at Mohali

                      TNN | Updated: Jul 9, 2018, 09:36 IST

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                      MOHALI: National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) approved a state-of-the-art drinking water testing laboratory at Mohali on Sunday. The initiative was undertaken to save the people from diseases arising from consumption of polluted water.

                      Emphasizing the significance of providing clean and potable drinking water, the water supply and sanitation department spokesperson said that testing water quality would be ensured so as to provide clean water amenity to the people without any hiccup.

                      The spokesperson elaborated that water supply and sanitation department is putting all its effort to be an effective tool to make ‘Mission Tandarust Punjab’ — vision of the chief minister, Captain Amarinder Singh — meets success on all parameters. The spokesperson also said that to bring about a qualitative change in the health and living standard of the people, the department is regularising the testing of water quality regarding which the directions to start the process have been issued.

                      Gurpreet Kaur Sapra, deputy commissioner said, “Under ‘Mission Tandarust Punjab’ the efforts are being made to ensure clean and potable drinking water. To achieve this purpose one laboratory to test the drinking water has been set up at Mohali. The idea is to give 24x7 pure drinking water supply especially to villages. The process to provide free water connection to 6.50 lakh rural households in the state is also underway.”

                      Revealing about the measures being undertaken by the department, he said that the Punjab Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Improvement project has been successful with assistance of the World Bank at an estimated cost of Rs 2,200 crore.

                      The purpose of the project is to provide uninterrupted 10 hours water supply throughout each household of Punjab via free connections. The state government is providing free drinking water connections to the 6.50 lakh household in the rural areas. Till now, 126 villages have seen 24x7 water supply being provided to them while the number of villages receiving 10-hour water supply stands at 2,255. A total of 1,13,943 drinking water connections have been installed till date.











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