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    Illegal construction material shops mushroom in Mohali

    Barinderjit Saluja | TNN | Sep 17, 2018, 12:09 IST

    An unauthorised construction shop in Sector 78, Mohali

    MOHALI: Despite Gmada's restrictions, unauthorised shops of construction material are on a rise in Mohali. A TOI team found that many such traders were stationed at various new sectors, which fall under the Gmada's preview.

    The sellers stack up building material - sand, gravel and bricks - to sell them further. They also have tractor trolleys, gravel filled tipper trucks and JCB machines to facilitate their businesses.

    The team found that Sectors like 88, 79, 78, 77, 69, 67 and Madanpura crossing, where new constructions are mushrooming, have become a hub of such shops.

    "We were not aware of any such activity. We will check it and remove such unauthorised shops. There are no permissions or provisions to sell building material at non-designated places," Said Gmada estate officer Baljit Walia.

    "It has become very irritating for the residents. The traders operate heavy trucks full of construction material. This not only spills gravel and brinks on the roads but also breaks the roads. Not only this, with unidentified people driving in our neighbourhood, we do not feel safe. We have been complaining to Gmada but no action has been taken as yet," said Sector 79 residents welfare association president Mohinder Pal Singh.

    When the TOI discussed the matter with deputy commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra, she said that she would issue a letter to Gmada's chief administrator and would direct her to take strict action against such sellers.

    "No one is allowed to sell construction material from non-designated places,"She added.

    Sapra said that no such laxity on the part of the officials will be allowed and strict action will also be taken if any official is found negligent in performing duties.

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      Building bylaws sent for toss, encroachers take over govt land

      Barinderjit Saluja | TNN | Sep 18, 2018, 10:18 IST

      The most common violation is that of encroaching upon government land after extending boundary of houses

      MOHALI: Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (Gmada) seems to be dependent upon the complaints filed by the residents to check those violating the building bylaws in the city. Gmada has no count of such violators who have modified their residential structures as per their whims and fancies.

      The most common violation is the demolishion of the boundary wall to include the government’s common green land into their plot area to enjoy more space termed as greenery by the residents. Maximum of such violations are either done by the residents with corner plots or in the backyard of their houses.

      Recently, Gmada had received complaints against three such residents who have allegedly demolished their boundary walls of their plots in the backyards and included the government land for their own personal use.

      Gmada’s estate officer (EO) Mahesh Bansal said, “We have issued 30-day notice to three house owners to amend the modification made in their building lest face further action. The action came after we received complaints against those three house owners for demolishing their boundary walls in the backyard to include the government land in their plot area. Such violations invite legal notices and if the residents fail to amend they may have face resumption notice. We have come to know about four more such houses who have violated building bylaws and soon we will also issue notices to them also.”

      Bansal added that there is no such provision in rules to give permission to include government land in a residential plot and to demolish the boundary wall. It is gross violation of the building bylaws and we will get them checked.

      Bansal said, “First we will serve notice of 30 days asking the violator to amend and notify the same to the authority. If he fails to do so in 30 days then another notice is issued for personal hearing giving 45 days and if still the violator fails to adhere the building bylaws then resumption of the residential plot notice is issued to the owner under question.”

      The violation came to fore in Phase 3A after which the area councillor cum deputy mayor Manjit Singh Sethi has lodged a formal complaint with local bodies department as well as to Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa , cabinet minister cum cochairman for Gmada.

      The complaint has been made against house number 41, 42 and 43 in Phase 3A where the residents have included the government land inside their plot by demolishing the backside boundary wall.

      Manjit Singh Sethi said, “It is good to know that Gmada has issued notices to the three building violators. The complaints were filed with Gmada, local bodies as well as minister in-chage for Gmada Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa against the three house owners. They have made gross violation of building bylaws by demolishing the boundary wall and encroached upon the government land.”

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        Vehicular flow to get ‘smart’ in Mohali with advanced integrated traffic management system

        Barinderjit Saluja | TNN | Sep 18, 2018, 10:13 IST

        The advanced integrated traffic management system includes traffic sensors, high resolution internet portal ca... Read More

        MOHALI: Mohali police have installed advanced integrated traffic management system on a trial basis at three spots. The system is designed in such a manner that it will detect heavy traffic and change the traffic signal accordingly, said superintendent of police (SP) (traffic) Harbir Singh Atwal.

        Atwal said the advanced integrated traffic management system includes intelligent traffic management equipment such as traffic sensors, high resolution internet portal cameras with sensor-based real time traffic volume count technology, which can be synced with cloud to view the traffic status on mobile phones too.

        Atwal said, “Three heavy traffic prone points have been identified where this system will be installed. The unique feature of the system will be that all the PCR vehicles will also be in sync with the system which will send messages to PCRs informing about traffic blockades if any.”

        Atwal said at present the system is being tested at crossings of phase 7/8,10/11and Zirakpur/Aerocity/Chhat village traffic crossings. He added that the system is being put up with a view to make the roads safer for the commuters based upon high resolution cameras with sensor-based real time traffic volume count technology. Mohali is the first in Tricity to put the system on trial basis whereas its counter parts Chandigarh and Panchkula have the project only on papers.

        Chandigarh had decided to put up the system in 2015 and some of the companies also made presentations in this regard but since then the project is yet to see light. Similarly, Panchkula is also planning to install the system but till date the project has failed to take any shape.

        What is Smart Traffic Signal Control System?

        Under the Smart Traffic Signal Control System, the traffic flow on traffic lights is regulated by sensing the gravity of the flow. The sensors will regulate the timers sensing the gravity of the number of vehicles approaching the traffic lights from a particular side. The side with more vehicles will be given more time for flow of traffic. The sensors will differentiate the low populated roads from the thickly populated one. Depending on the density of the traffic, the timers will automatically increase and decrease the timings. This system has a set of various instrumentslike traffic controllers, detection sensors, CCTV cameras, ANPR cameras, timers, solar panels, illuminators, communication network, speed governors and central server.

        The system will also be used for Red Light Stop Line Violation and Detection System (RLSVDS). The stop line violation by a vehicle will be automatically detected by the system enabling the traffic police to send challans.

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          Centre does not give Mohali public toilets ‘clean chit’

          TNN | Sep 25, 2018, 06:35 IST

          MOHALI: A representative of the ministry of drinking water and sanitation, government of India, formerly under the ministry of rural development, inspected public toilets and other related parameters of Mohali municipal corporation under the Swachhata Survekshan with a view to attaining open defecation free status.

          Recently, the central ministry for the Economic Survey 2017-18 had referred to the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) for third party verification or certification of various civic bodies across the country.

          According to sources in the MC, Naresh Mehta, a representative for the central government, inspected almost all public toilets situated in various markets and government schools across the city under MC limits.

          Sources said that the representative was satisfied by the cleanliness and hygiene parameters at public toilets situated in markets but pointed out some shortcomings in toilets at government schools.

          Later, he also raised questions over the provision of public toilets outside various colonies situated in Mohali. The public toilets outside rehri markets were also not found up to the mark, said sources.

          The government representative was accompanied by various MC officials under the supervision of MC commissioner Bhupinder Pal Singh, along with joint commissioner Kanu Thind. The MC team took the representative to various markets, where public toilets were situated.

          On the other hand, as far as the construction of public toilets in eight markets is concerned, the plans of the Mohali municipal corporation still remains on paper. These toilets will be constructed at a cost of Rs 97.76 lakh. The plan for these was mooted in October 2017.

          The MC had prepared a plan and had earmarked a site in the eight markets, where public toilets were to be constructed. The engineering wing of the MC had also prepared the plan and submitted it to the mayor for being taken up for approval in the MC house meet.

          The public toilets, one each to be constructed opposite booth market, opposite a liquor vend and opposite bank colony in Sector 70, in industrial area, Phase I market, Phase 3-A market behind petrol pump, bus stand in Phase VIII, in Sector 57 and Sector 68 markets. All these public toilets will have six seats and five urinals.”

          Superintending Engineer of the MC said that apart from this, the MC will also install 122 portable public toilets in three major colonies of Mohali. These are Udhan Singh Colony, Balmiki Colony and Guru Nanak Colony.

          “One public toilet for 30 people is to be installed in a colony with a population of 2,000 and above,” said superintending engineer. He also added that the municipal corporation would call for tenders to repair existing defunct public toilets in parks and markets.

          Four public toilets in various parks and four in markets are to be made functional which have remained locked for the past many years. The tenders will be floated on September 7, he stated. The sources further said that 68 houses were identified without toilets. The MC after persuading the residents and offering governmental aid got the toilets constructed in their houses, work on which was recently completed.

          Meanwhile, despite repeated call to the municipal corporation commissioner and the joint commissioner, both officials did not respond.

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            Filth around Mohali bins, HC seeks reply

            Barinderjit Saluja | TNN | Sep 26, 2018, 06:20 IST

            Cow dung and filth around a dumpster in Sector 70

            MOHALI: Call it lacking the vision or not foreseeing the consequences, the municipal corporation left big garbage bins all over the city hoping for gradual filling but never imagined it was making dumping zones.

            The idea that people will care about cleanliness and use the bins backfired and heaps of garbage started accumulating around these spots. Accepting that the civic body had not planned for this situation, municipal commissioner Bhupinder Pal Singh said: "The civic body will now remove the bins from these spots and clean up the areas." This after Sector 70 resident Gurkirat Singh Mann moved a contempt petition in the Punjab and Haryana high court, to which the MC commissioner has to file a reply by October 12.

            Bhupinder Pal Singh said: "That issue is about a spot in Sector 70 where the MC had placed large dumpsters, thinking that it will remove these containers once these were full. The vacant plot belongs to Gmada (Greater Mohali Area Development Authority), so it seemed an ideal site there but public missed the point of having a bin and started littering outside, which turned in the spot into a dumping zone in no time. We will write to Gmada for asking it to maintain the plot so that it doesn't become a dumping site again."

            Gurkirpal Singh Mann, on whose petition the high court put the MC commissioner on contempt notice, says: "The MC is yet to file a reply. The residents are in a Catch-22 situation because of the Gmada-MC divide over jurisdiction. We are always confused about which body to approach to lodge our complaint. Sectors 66 to 85 are no one's jurisdiction apparently when it comes to maintenance. Their land belongs to Gmada, while their sanitation is with the MC. The residents remain at the receiving end. Technically, the responsibility of all civil works is of the MC but, for several works, we are being directed to Gmada by the MC officials."

            He said the jurisdiction issue has kept the residents confused. They don't know which agency is responsible for the upkeep of all the sectors. "The level of apathy has forced us to approach the Punjab and Haryana high court in search of relief," Mann said. "There are eight schools, 11 Hospitals, seven health centers, eight banks and 17 different housing societies and colonies in Sector 70. Due to the negligence of the municipal corporation, the sector has turned into almost a small landfill, where even dairy farmers dump their cow dung. They do it right in front of the super market at Mataur village."

            Along with the residents of Sector 70, even the villagers of Mataur face hardships. The village is under ward 48. The villagers complain of sanitation problems, business losses, foul air, diseases because of the garbage dump, cow-dung heaps, flies and mosquitoes, dengue fever, chicken pox, and asthmatic problems due to the dumping of construction waste by illegal building-material shops on the government land near a dumping spot."

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              Property dealer shoots himself in Dhakoli

              TNN | Oct 5, 2018, 07:06 IST

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              MOHALI: A property dealer shot himself on Wednesday after borrowing a pistol from his friend. The police have booked the man who gave his weapon to the deceased.

              As of now, a case of abetment to suicide has been registered against victim’s friend. The investigation in the case is on. The police are yet to ascertain the reason of behind the extreme step.

              “The deceased took a pistol from his Delhi-based friend. We have registered a case against the man who gave his weapon. We have asked the accused to join the investigation,” said investigation officer Harmandeep Hans.

              “The 44-year-old property dealer shot himself with a .9mm pistol at his residence in Dhakoli on Wednesday evening. We have ruled out any property and money-related dispute between the victim and accused,” the cop said.

              The deceased, identified as Vineet Thukral of Spangle Heights, Dhakoli, was survived by his wife and a 14-year-old daughter.

              “We have found a note from the spot. The deceased has mentioned the name of his Delhi-based financer, Yogesh Vohra, in his suicide note. The accused has been booked.

              “The deceased did not mention any reason behind the extreme step. We are checking if the accused has a permit for the weapon,” the cop said and added that the deceased was a native of Gurgaon and had shifted here with his family six months ago.


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                Gmada starts road repairs without submitting report

                Oct 5, 2018, 00:29 IST

                Mohali: A service road that meets Chandigarh International Airport has been repaired by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (Gmada) without submitting a report on what caused the damages. It has been learnt that the road, which gave in at three places during the recent rains, was repaired in haste.

                Although the engineering wing of the Gmada has filled the cavity with gravel and other construction material, a report what caused the damages was yet to be submitted to the chief administrator of Gmada.

                “I was told that the estimated cost to repair the road was approximately Rs 60 lakh. The executive engineer is yet to submit the estimate report. He has also been asked to submit a detailed report after studying the causes of the damage at the service road. I have been told that repair work is nearing completion. I have not received any thing in writing,” said Gmada chief engineer Sunil Kansal.

                The chief administrator of Gmada, Gurneet Tej, could not be reached despite repeated phone calls. Meanwhile, Vini Mahajan additional chief secretary of the department of housing and urban development, Punjab said that she was not aware of the issue, therefore was not in the position to comment.

                Earlier the chief administrator of Gmada had sought a detailed report from chief engineer Sunil Kansal on caved in service road near international airport. The report was to be submitted on or before September 22.

                The report was sought after the eservice road running parallel to the main road that leads to Chandigarh International Airport gave in, posing grave threat to commuters.

                The road, which was meant for taxis and other vehicles approaching the airport, had been closed for traffic and declared unfit.


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                  Raze 200 buildings near airport: MC

                  TNN | Oct 6, 2018, 06:19 IST

                  Buildings falling within 100-meter radius from the boundary wall of the Air Force station in Zirakpur have been identified

                  MOHALI: A team of Zirakpur municipal council on Friday identified as many as 200 residential and commercial establishments that fall within 100-metre radius from the boundary wall of the Air Force station in Zirakpur. The municipal council pasted legal notices on the buildings, directing them to demolish the structures within six hours.

                  The team of Zirakpur MC was led by executive officer Manvir Singh Gill and sub-divisional officer (SDO) Sukhvinder Singh.

                  “We have identified 200 buildings. We have pasted notices that direct them to demolish their structures and notify the same to the MC within 6 hours. These were the final notices. The MC will be forced to carry out a demolition drive after this,” Gill said.

                  The Punjab and Haryana high court has asked the council to file a reply by October 16 on the action it had taken against illegal buildings constructed within 100-meter radius of the Air Force station.

                  “A survey was done to identify high-rise and illegally constructed buildings, falling within 100-meter radius from the boundary wall of the Air Force station in Zirakpur. A notification in this regard was issued in 2002. Since then, many such building have come up but no action has been taken. We are expecting that high court intervention may bring some relief. The movement of defence aircraft must be secretive. As of now, people can easily take buildings on rent here and pose threat of the security of the nation,” said an Air Force officer.

                  Meanwhile, the owners of the buildings here have said that they had inherited the land from their ancestors, who had been living here for the past 150 years.

                  Earlier, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (Gmada) had issued notices to 91 owners of illegally constructed buildings falling in the vicinity of the Chandigarh International Airport situated in Jagatpura village and Kambali village. UT administration had identified 264 such construction, which posed threat to the defence installation.

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                    Mohali civic body struggles to get smart city status

                    The Mohali municipal corporation had plans to spend Rs 97.76 lakh to construct public toilets in eight markets, however, they only remain only on papersTNN | October 07, 2018, 09:24 IST

                    MOHALI: The district municipal corporation is struggling to implement four key things - solid waste management system, garbage segregation at source, Open defecation free surroundings and construction of public toilets - crucial for attaining smart city status.

                    The Mohali municipal corporation had plans to spend Rs 97.76 lakh to construct public toilets in eight markets, however, they only remain only on papers. The idea was mulled in October 2017.

                    MC commissioner Bhupinder Pal Singh said, "All the modalities to fulfill the requirements for attaining the smart city status are being worked out. The projects will be completed one by one."

                    Similarly, the solid waste management system plant, which is proposed on the 50-acre land identified in Samgauli village, Derabassi, is facing a lawsuit as around 27 acres of land belongs to multiple owners. The MC had planned to spend Rs 31.03 crore to set up the solid waste management system plant in Samgauli. As of now, only 13 acres of land is acquired by the Mohali administration.

                    The MC has already completed the process of holding pre-bids for setting up the solid waste management plant. The DPR has been sent for final approval to the ministry of local government.

                    Mayor Kulwant Singh said, "It is up to the government to free the portion of the land. The MC is ready to take the possession as the payment has already been made."

                    Gmada had also released an amount of Rs 28.09 crore through the Mohali MC to the land acquisition collector-cum-subdivisional magistrate, Dera Bassi.

                    The MC has already deposited Rs 3 crore with LAC-SDM, Derabassi for the acquisition of the 50-acre land, but the case is now pending with a local court.

                    The MC has also failed to start garbage segregation at source. Door-to-door garbage segregation is also irregular in Mohali city.

                    "Nothing has been done to shift the garbage dumping site from Industrial Area Phase VIII. As of now, Mohali is not very efficient in waste management, which is leading to various complications. Proper layering of garbage at dumping ground is a must to prevent water contamination," said Darshan Singh, a retired employee of pollution board.

                    Meanwhile, Mohali MC is also not doing anything to curtail open defecation. The MC here has failed to construct public toilets in markets and outside colonies. Doing this would have helped Mohali attain the ODF status for the city.


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                      Paid property tax to MC: Owners

                      Barinderjit Saluja | TNN | Oct 9, 2018, 06:14 IST

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                      MOHALI: Owners of the nine structures demolished on Monday claimed they had been paying property tax to the municipal council (MC) for past four years.

                      The owners questioned if the constructions were illegal, why the MC passed the building plans and registered ownership. The owners said if the armed forces or the government acquires their land falling within 100 metres of the radius from the boundary wall of the airport, they will move out.

                      Questioning the working of the MC, husband-wife duo Charandas Singh and Neelam said, “We have paid the property tax for 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19. We have receipts. Now, the building is declared illegal. If the building was illegal, why the MC accepted property tax? The building plans have also been passed by the MC after accepting the fee legally.”

                      The owners alleged if the MC was aware that all these buildings are illegally constructed, why did they not warn them when the construction was initiated.

                      Charandas claimed after retiring from CRPF, he had constructed the godown, his only source of income, as the pension drawn by him was not enough to run a family.

                      Amrik Singh, Charandas, Harpreet Singh, Jasdev Singh, some of the other owners, alleged the government must compensate them for their buildings and land by paying the current value after which they will move out without questioning. They said, “The government is wrong in demolishing their structures for which they have all legitimate papers.”

                      However, MC officials said all owners had been issued notices earlier.


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