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    Mohali MC limps with 73% staff crunch; MC sans town planner

    Barinderjit Saluja | TNN | Mar 4, 2019, 07:15 IST

    Mohali: The municipal corporation of Mohali is facing severe staff crunch and may be working with 73% staff deficit. It has been learned that the fire department is the worst hit of all, with only five drivers for driving 15 fire tenders.

    What is more interesting is that there are only 11 firefighters against 80 sectioned posts. Not only this, the civic body has also been working without a municipal town planner.

    The annual report of detailed posts, which is to be tabled during the upcoming MC house special budget meet, states that the MC is working with 327 employees against of 1,162 sanctioned posts — a visible deficit of 850 employees. The reports also stated that the MC was working without a municipal town planner (MTP).

    Without an MTP, a single assistant town planner has a lot on its platter.

    Interestingly, the municipal corporation has no health worker against 10 sanctioned posts. Also, the MC is without any sever supervisor and it needs 10. Against posts of 10 assistant line men and 11 horticulture supervisors, the MC has no one.

    “We are in the process of finalising a staffing company to hire people. We may add supplementary agenda in the forthcoming MC house meet for the approval,” said Mohali mayor Kulwant Singh.

    The safety of Mohali city, which has over four lakh people, is in the hands of only nine drivers and 24 firefighters, who have 15 fire tenders. The local fire department operates with only one leading firefighter against a requirement of 80 firefighters.

    The municipal corporation (MC) data suggest that against 80 sanctioned posts of firefighters, Mohali is short of 69 firefighters. For a fleet of 15 firefighting vehicles and a booser, Mohali has only 5 drivers. During multiple emergencies, firemen are forced to drive fire tenders and drivers are seen acting as firefighters.

    According to Punjab Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Rules, 2004, the roles of fire fighters and drivers cannot be switched.

    “We have various vacancies for the posts and have sent a demand note to the government. We have called applications to recruit 36 firefighters and 10 fire tender drivers,” said MC commissioner Bhupinder Pal Singh.

    A firefighter, requesting anonymity, said that his team was overworked. “We have to drive fire tenders on various occasions,” he said. At present, the MC fire department has eight fire tenders, a rescue tender, a sky lift, a mini fire jeep, a jeep and two motorcycles. The fire department has only four sub-fire officers and 11 firemen.

    “We are all set to recruit 116 grade C and D employee, which make very important part of workforce. Their under-recruitment leads to hampering the progress of developmental works,” said Singh.









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      Gmada inaction behind rise in illegal PGs: Mohali deputy mayor

      TNN | Mar 4, 2019, 05:55 IST

      According to sources in Gmada, of 400 PGs operating across Mohali, only 25 are registered.

      MOHALI: According to Mohali deputy mayor Manjit Singh Sethi, inactiveness and lack of initiative by Greater Mohali Area development Authority (Gmada) have led to increase in illegal paying guest (PG) accommodations in the city.

      He said despite the authority’s claims to initiate a drive to check non-registered PGs in Mohali, it has failed to do anything. According to the sources in Gmada, of 400 PGs operating across Mohali only 25 are registered.

      The district police have said that they conduct regular drives to check antecedents of people living in PG accommodations, however do not have powers to shut down illegally-run PGs. They said that illegal PGs can only be closed by Gmada.

      “In 2018, in an MC house meet, I had highlighted the agenda to charge electricity and water on commercial rates, but no action was taken by the civic body. Commercialising power and water bills will discourage people from opening PGs. This way the number of illegal PGs will also come down, which further would curb the menace of providing shelter to anti-social elements,” Sethi added.

      To tighten noose on illegally-run paying guest accommodations in the city, the Gmada has made it mandatory for a PG owner to obtain a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the resident welfare association (RWA) of the area. According to Gmada’s policy, people interested in running PGs will need to pay Rs 10,000 fee against a three-year permission.

      Meanwhile, Gmada officials have said that people don’t get their paying guest accommodations registered as they fear paying taxes and extra electricity bills.










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        Mohali DC asks NHAI to expedite work of Kharar flyover

        TNN | Mar 12, 2019, 07:53 IST


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        MOHALI: Mohali deputy commissioner (DC) Gurpreet Kaur Sapra has asked the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to expedite work for the completion of Kharar flyover. The DC has also directed superintendent of police (traffic), Mohali, to divert heavy vehicles from Balongi on the Kharar road, where a flyover is being constructed.

        NHAI and Larsen and Tubro have asked the DC to stop the movement of heavy vehicles on the stretch as it has been hampering with the progress of the work on the flyover.

        DC finding that no action has been taken on her previous instructions to divert the heavy traffic on this stretch has now taken cognisance of the issue and has given special instructions to traffic police.

        Sapra said, "Now the instructions are very clear and straightforward. NHAI has been asked to expedite the work so that the project's deadline can be met. Traffic police have also been directed to divert heavy vehicles like trucks, private long route buses, and other commercial vehicles which lead to traffic jams. School buses, ambulances and state transport owned buses have been exempted from using the stretch. Police have been asked to update the DC office on a weekly basis about the movement of traffic on this stretch."

        Earlier, L&T had threatened to pull out of the project because administration failed to acquire the remaining land to be handed over to NHAI. But, said Sapra, the problem has been sorted out and the remaining land has already been acquired for which the compensations are also being distributed.

        The project has already jumped its deadline twice and now is expected to be completed by August this year. The work on the flyover was started in November 2015 at an estimated cost of around Rs 370 crore and was expected to be completed by December 2018. But, the company has not been able to meet its construction deadline due to the delay in acquisition of land, mostly occupied by shops and other structures, which could push the project back by over one year. The flyover is a vital link to Punjab and Himachal Pradesh from Chandigarh. Delay in its construction is affecting the movement of thousands of people every day and long traffic jams have become a norm on Chandigarh-Kharar road.

        Similarly, to expedite the work of the beautification work of the flyover located in Zirakpur, the Mohali deputy commissioner has constituted a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to carry out the project. DC Gurpreet Kaur Sapra said the SPV will be headed by her.








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          Mohali MC to hold meetings with schoolkids over garbage management

          The municipal corporation here has devised a plan to inculcate a sense of cleanliness among schoolchildren, RWAs, business houses and market welfare associations by motivating them to adopt garbage segregation system.

          TNN | Mar 13, 2019, 14:43 IST


          The MC will conduct motivational lectures for schoolchildren to persuade them to adopt garbage segregation in their houses

          MOHALI: The municipal corporation here has devised a plan to inculcate a sense of cleanliness among schoolchildren, RWAs, business houses and market welfare associations by motivating them to adopt garbage segregation system.

          Giving information regarding the concept, MC commissioner Bhupinder Pal Singh said that the MC would conduct motivational lectures for schoolchildren to persuade them to adopt garbage segregation in their houses."As it is said that if you motivate children in schools they will go back home and persuade their parents to do what they have been taught in school. This way we may be reachable to parents who may adopt the concept of garbage segregation at source to make it a success."

          He said that as far as RWAs are concerned, the MC has persuaded these to adopt mechanised garbage processing system by constructing garbage composting pits in their residential societies or sectors to save environment. He said that, "We are persuading RWAs to construct composting pits in their respective housing societies so that the kitchen waste generated can be composted inside their societies and brought to use."

          Earlier, Mohali municipal corporation had initiated the functioning of garbage composting sites by constructing 10 composting pits at each garbage dumping site in the city. The MC has constructed such pits at three sites in Sector 67, opposite post office in Phase 3B1 and dumping ground, Phase VIII Industrial Area. The process of composting is being supervised by officers of Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company (PMIDC). The sanitation workers will segregate the wet and non-biodegradable waste at the garbage collection points in the city, where such pits are constructed, and the wet garbage will be segregated at the spot, which will be put into the pit for composting.

          In 2018, during the internal survey conducted by the municipal corporation it was found that the RWA of Sector 70, primary school at Mataur, Cama Hotel in Phase III-A and market association of Phase VII were adjudged the cleanest areas in their respective categories in the competition under Swachh Survekshan conducted by the municipal corporation. The civic body conducted a competition amongst RWAs, schools, hospitals, hotels, markets and primary schools for swachh ranking under Swachh Survekshan-2018.

          It evaluated various institutions based upon points computed as per the cleanliness of the area maintained by them under certain parameters. Interestingly, none of the institutions scored 100 marks in the evaluation conducted by the civic body in terms of cleanliness.

          According to the evaluation results declared, the RWA of Sector 70 has topped the list with 88 points followed by the RWA of Sector 65, scoring 68 points, and RWA of Sector 63 with 66 points.

          In the primary schools category government primary school, Phase-VII, was found the cleanest among the primary schools category with 75.5 points.

          The second position was bagged by Government Primary School, Mataur, with 69 points and the third position was bagged by Government Primary School, Phase-II, with 69.5 points.










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            Mohali: Consumer forum directs Emerging Valley to refund buyer's money

            Meera Rawat had filed a complaint seeking refund of the amount paid by her towards the purchase of residential flat, vide provisional allotment letter dated April 25, 2014, against total sale consideration of Rs 18.25lakh. Kamini Mehta | TNN | March 14, 2019, 14:30 IST




            CHANDIGARH: State consumer disputes redressel commission directed Emerging Valley Private Limited to refund Rs 13 lakh and pay Rs 1 lakh as compensation for failing to give timely possession of the flat to a Sector 45 resident.

            They were asked to refund the money along with 12% interest per annum from the date of deposit till realisation.

            Meera Rawat had filed a complaint seeking refund of the amount paid by her towards the purchase of residential flat, vide provisional allotment letter dated April 25, 2014, against total sale consideration of Rs 18.25lakh.

            The project named Premium Trinity Homes by Emerging Valley is situated in Landran Banur Road in Mohali. She said that despite receiving a substantial amount, the builders failed to deliver the possession of the apartmment.

            Rawat alleged that with malafide intention, the builder through a letter dated January 10, 2018, asked the complainant to first get the sale deed registered for the unit in question and only then the possession of the flat will be delivered within three months. On receiving the letter, the complainant visited builder’s office with a request to refund the amount paid, as they failed to fulfil their commitment. But they refused to do so.

            The builder had delayed the reply and the case was adjourned multiple times. The commission, after observing that the matter was being delayed intentionally, imposed Rs 10,000 fine on the builder and

            the matter was adjourned to February 26, 2019. But nobody represented the builder on that day. Taking note of it, the commission ordered to proceed exparte.

            The commission in its order referred to a similar case against the builder by way of documentary evidence. It also stated that if a marketing agency sells out a project, for which, no approvals/sanctions have been granted by the government authorities, the said agency has to face the music and consequences of duping gullible buyers, of their hardearned money.

            It was stated that there is a complete violation of the provisions of the PAPRA and the said violation amounts to adoption of an unfair trade practice, which is glaring and vivid on the part of the builder.

            The builder was directed to refund Rs 13 lakh, along with interest @12% per annum from the respective dates of deposits onwards.

            The builder was also asked to pay a compensation of Rs 75,000, for causing mental agony to the complainant and Rs 33,000 for litigation.









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              Residents in a lurch as NHAI fails to complete demarcation work

              TNN | Mar 28, 2019, 13:37 IST


              Around 17 hectares of land is yet to be acquired for the project.

              MOHALI: Residents, who allowed the administration to acquire their lands for the construction of Kharar flyover are facing issues as the NHAI has failed to demarcate structures that need to be demolished. The locals say that they have no clue as to how much portion of their respective properties will be demolished by the authorities.

              Interestingly, the demarcation work of the structures to be demolished should have ended in 2017, however, the same got stuck in limbo due to delays in acquiring land and started this year only.

              "The SDM office gets five to 10 queries daily, requesting completion of demarcation work, so that beneficiaries know how much part of their structures will be demolished," said SDM Jagdeep Sehgal.

              "NHAI and L&T are responsible for demarcation of structures to be demolished along the highway. The companies were supposed to complete the work in 2017. The work got delayed due to complex land acquisition process," he said.

              Sehgal added that Rs 12 crore have already been disbursed as compensation among 165 beneficiaries. "The list of beneficiaries has increased from 244 to more than 500. The work is in the process. We are actively compensating eligible owners of the acquired land," the official said."

              Meanwhile, sources in the NHAI said that 330 structures acquired by Mohaliadministration were yet to be demolished. "Due to the delay in timely possession of land by the Mohali administration has delayed the project. Two years ago, we had transferred Rs 200 crore to Mohali administration to disburse compensations, but till date no progress has been made," said NHAI project director Ashwani Sachdeva.

              Sachdeva added that around 17 hectares of land was yet to be acquired for the project. "300 structures are still standing and hindering the progress of the project. We hope to get land clearance by March 31. The project will be completed by January next year," Sachdeva said.












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                Last day to pay property tax with 10 per cent fine on March 31

                Barinderjit Saluja | TNN | Mar 30, 2019, 06:05 IST

                Mohali has 52,678 properties, of which 24,406 are taxable.

                MOHALI: The last date to pay property tax in Mohali with 10% penalty is March 31. Thereafter, the defaulters will have to pay 20% penalty, along with 18% interest, on their respective outstanding property tax.

                It has been learned that the Mohali municipal corporation needs to collect approximately Rs 6 crore property tax from 7,826 defaulters, which include residential and commercial properties, industrial units and government-owned buildings.

                Interestingly, Mohali police department and Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (Gmada) top the MC's list of tax defaulters. Old administrative complex building, Gmada head office building and BSNL building follow the league.

                Unfortunately, inter-departmental delays in depositing property tax has slowed developmental works of the civic body. Take Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (Gmada) for example, the department owes property tax to the tune of Rs 50 lakh for three sports complexes.

                According to the civic body's list of tax defaulters, the Mohali police department owes Rs 50 lakh-Rs 60 lakh to the corporation. Similarly, Gmada-owned sports complexes owe the MC Rs 50 lakh and Gmada's head office have Rs 25 lakh to clear. The property tax outstandings of post office buildings in Phases V, VII, VIII, X, XI and 3BI stand at Rs 2 lakh.

                Till date, the civic body has been successful in collecting Rs 4.5 crore from property owners. Government-owned buildings owe approximately Rs 1 crore to the MC.

                The civic body records show that Mohali has 52,678 properties - 41,082 residential, 4,929 commercial, 1,683 industrial and 4,984 vacant plots - of which 24,406 are taxable.

                In residential category, Rs 1.2 crore remains outstanding. In commercial category, the MC needs to collect Rs 2.8 crore and in industrial category, Rs 2 crore is pending.

                In the last one year, the MC has been able to recover property tax to the tune of Rs 2.5 crore from 5,859 defaulters.









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                  Mohali civic body to give garbage segregation project another try

                  TNN | Mar 30, 2019, 11:37 IST


                  Even though the garbage segregation project was launched on trial basis in April 2017 from Sector 71, it faile... Read More

                  MOHALI: After failing to launch garbage segregation project thrice, the Mohalimunicipal corporation is all set to give another try to launch the project in the city.

                  Even though the garbage segregation project was launched on trial basis in April 2017 from Sector 71, it failed to grab the attention of the residents there. Local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu had formally launched the project on June 5, 2017.

                  Interestingly, after the civic body failed to sell dustbins at discounted price, facing poor response from the residents, the provision to purchase 10,000 dustbins was stalled. The corporation could not even sell 200 trash bins in the last two years.

                  Amrik Singh Somal, municipal councillor of Sector 71, said, "The people were hardly aware of the garbage segregation project. Most residents do not follow requirements to make the project a success and are too rigid to shun old practices of garbage disposal."

                  The Mohali MC also roped in students of St Soldier School, Government Schools in Phase I, VI, VII and British School in Sector 70 to promote the concept, but this trick too failed to give the project any boost.

                  Meanwhile, MC chief Bhupinder Pal Singh said that project would soon be a reality. "Efforts are being made to ensure success of the project. In the coming days sensitisation workshops will be conducted so that residents can be made aware of environmental hazards of not segregating the garbage at source," he added.

                  He added that the MC will also conduct educative classes for door-to-door garbage collectors.

                  "Educative sessions will be conducted for garbage collectors and residents to sensitise them about the salient features and benefits of garbage segregation at source. We will also motivate the residents, especially housing societies, to make compost pits to dispose kitchen waste," he said.








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                    Last day to pay property tax in Mohali with 10% fine on March 31

                    It has been learned that the Mohali municipal corporation needs to collect approximately Rs 6 crore property tax from 7,826 defaulters, which include residential and commercial properties, industrial units and government-owned buildings.Barinderjit Saluja | TNN | March 30, 2019, 16:00 IST




                    MOHALI: The last date to pay property tax in Mohali with 10% penalty is March 31. Thereafter, the defaulters will have to pay 20% penalty, along with 18% interest, on their respective outstanding property tax.

                    It has been learned that the Mohali municipal corporation needs to collect approximately Rs 6 crore property tax from 7,826 defaulters, which include residential and commercial properties, industrial units and government-owned buildings.

                    Interestingly, Mohali police department and Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (Gmada) top the MC's list of tax defaulters. Old administrative complex building, Gmada head office building and BSNL building follow the league.

                    Unfortunately, inter-departmental delays in depositing property tax has slowed developmental works of the civic body. Take Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (Gmada) for example, the department owes property tax to the tune of Rs 50 lakh for three sports complexes.

                    According to the civic body's list of tax defaulters, the Mohali police department owes Rs 50 lakh-Rs 60 lakh to the corporation.

                    Similarly, Gmada-owned sports complexes owe the MC Rs 50 lakh and Gmada's head office have Rs 25 lakh to clear.

                    The property tax outstandings of post office buildings in Phases V, VII, VIII, X, XI and 3BI stand at Rs 2 lakh.

                    Till date, the civic body has been successful in collecting Rs 4.5 crore from property owners. Government-owned buildings owe approximately Rs 1 crore to the MC.

                    The civic body records show that Mohali has 52,678 properties - 41,082 residential, 4,929 commercial, 1,683 industrial and 4,984 vacant plots - of which 24,406 are taxable.

                    In residential category, Rs 1.2 crore remains outstanding. In commercial category, the MC needs to collect Rs 2.8 crore and in industrial category, Rs 2 crore is pending.

                    In the last one year, the MC has been able to recover property tax to the tune of Rs 2.5 crore from 5,859 defaulters.








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                      Rainwater harvesting project in a limbo

                      Barinderjit Saluja | TNN | Apr 21, 2019, 14:58 IST

                      Using non-functional tubewells may turn out to be a better option to recharge groundwater, suggest experts

                      MOHALI: It is alarming that the groundwater level has been depleting by 5 to 7 feet annually in Mohali. The project to recharge the groundwater through rainwater harvesting and using non-operational tubewells is in a limbo.

                      The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (Gmada) and the Mohali municipal corporation (MC) worked on a project to recharge groundwater through defunct tubewells in the district, but it seems that the project has lost its sheen with files probably gathering dust.

                      The Punjab government had asked the two authorities last year to explore the idea and study the pros and cons by recharging groundwater through non-functional tubewells. A project report was also prepared by the engineering wing of Gmada, but it didn't work.

                      Additional chief secretary housing and urban development Vini Mahajan directed Gmada chief administrator and Gmada chief engineer Sunil Kansal to prepare a report on finding ways to implement the rainwater harvesting system.

                      Vini Mahajan said: "The idea is to recharge the groundwater level and the most efficient method of doing it is through rainwater harvesting for which Mohali has vast scope. So, directions have been issued to find out ways for using rainwater for the purpose. Using non-functional tubewells may turn out to be a better option to recharge groundwater."

                      Gmada chief engineer Sunil Kansal said Gmada had around 40 non-functional tubewells and the proposal was ready which would be soon sent to the government.

                      Similarly, the MC was also working on the same lines and has identified 42 such tubewells under the public health department which are non-functional. The MC has planned to recharge groundwater by installing rainwater harvesting system on such tubewells.

                      MC commissioner Bhupinder Pal Singh said: "We have planned to install rainwater harvesting system on top of non-functional tubewells instead of declaring them useless. The borewell is already submerged at an adequate depth and we will have to spend very less amount to install upper unit of rainwater harvesting. This way we may bring out good use of defunct tubewells."

                      According to the Central groundwater research report for Mohali district, net groundwater availability for future irrigation development is facing a deficit of 1,379 hectare-metre. The stage of groundwater development for the district is 102%.

                      Ground water level depleting

                      The groundwater level in Mohali has depleted drastically. According to the Central Groundwater Board (CGWB) report, the water level is depleting by 5 to 7 feet annually.

                      Deputy commissioner Gurpeet Kaur Sapra has sent a report to the government and has directed the offices concerned to install roof top rainwater harvesting system.

                      Sapra said: "This is an alarming situation. We will have to make efforts towards recharging groundwater level. We have decided to install roof top rainwater harvesting system on 100 government schools across the district. Plans are being made to check water wastage in the district. The civic body and the public health department have been directed to prepare data where water wastage is being done."

                      Water conservation and artificial recharge

                      Four water conservation and artificial recharge schemes have been taken up by the CGWB in Sailba Majri block, Mohali district.

                      Groundwater recharging wells at Aerocity

                      The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (Gmada) has undertaken work on construction of groundwater recharging wells as well as installation of LED street lights in their prime projects like Aerocity, IT City and New Chandigarh.

                      While giving information, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, minister, department of housing and urban development, Government of Punjab, said the work on construction of ground water recharging wells was being undertaken on Puda Bhawan campus in Sector 62, Mohali.








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