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    Four grab elderly couple’s two properties, booked

    TNN | Feb 4, 2018, 07:39 IST
    Mohali: Police on Saturday booked four people for allegedly duping an elderly couple by transferring their two mortgaged properties in their own name.

    The accused have been identified as Prakash, Deepak, Kunal and Sachin.

    Kawaljit Kaur (73), and her husband Daljit Singh, residents of Mundi Kharar, had filed a complaint with Mohali senior superintendent of police (SSP) in October 2017. They had taken a loan of Rs 75 lakh on a commercial unit owned by them and mortgaged their house and taken a loan of Rs 12 lakh for some personal work.

    The complainants had been depositing the instalments regularly, until they learned that a middleman, who helped them get them loan, had also taken a loan of Rs 33 lakh against their properties. The financiers started mounting pressure on the senior citizens to repay the loan taken by the middleman without their knowledge.

    Cops from Kharar police station found the accused had transferred both the properties on their names using documents kept with them by the victims.

    After transferring the property, the accused further took a loan of Rs 87 lakh. The cops informed that the couple lives alone in Kharar, while their son lives abroad.

    The accused were booked under Sections 420 (fraud), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 120-B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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      ‘No conflict of interest in Mohali land purchase’

      TNN | Feb 4, 2018, 08:26 IST

      CHANDIGARH: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday said he had not made any violation of the rules or conflict of interest while purchasing 5.88 acres land in Siswan village of Mohali district. He hit out at the opposition parties for unnecessarily creating a controversy to promote their vested political interests.

      Addressing media, the chief minister said the opposition parties were trying to befool people with baseless allegations of conflict of interest against him. He stated that he had paid higher than the collector rate of property to purchase the land as the owner was not willing to sell the plot at lower prices.

      Amarinder added against the collector rate of Rs 30 lakh per acre, he had actually paid double the amount at about Rs 60 lakh. He said that his purchased land had nothing to do with Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) and he just planned to construct a small farmhouse there as he did not have a house in Chandigarh till now. He planned to plant around 32 varieties of fruit trees there, Amarinder added.

      The CM clarified that there are two khasras of his purchased land covered by the PLPA and he had no intention of using the forest land. However, the remaining land had been denotified by the previous government in 2011. He said these two khasras coming under PLPA would be left without even fencing of any sort.

      Amarinder said he had already purchased 15 acres land in Majri village of Mohali about 25 years ago which was subject to restrictions under PLPA. He made it clear that he would abide by all rules and regulations for any construction on the Siswan land.

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        Trees grow into traffic hazard, Mohali MC however cuts only a sorry figure

        TNN | Updated: Feb 8, 2018, 08:08 IST

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        MOHALI: Pruning the trees has become a headache for the municipal corporation, for it is short of equipment. The residents have to tolerate the overgrown trees, the branches of which hide the road signs, cover the streetlights, and block sunlight.

        Mohali municipal commissioner Sandeep Hans said his office was aware of these obstacles in the path of traffic but the work of pruning was delayed for want of proper equipment. "The workers of the horticulture department are finding it difficult to cut these trees without the help of machines. We have contacted the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to find out how they manage it and to see if they can outsource any machinery to us until we float a tender and hire a company for the cutting job," he said.

        Municipal councillor Sukhdev Singh Patwari said: "The trees at many places have grown beyond 40 feet, and the long branches pose a risk to the commuters. If the MC is unable to trim the branches by a machine, I should get it done manually." Councillor Prem Kumar Sharma said: "Recently, two overgrown trees fell over vehicles parked outside a house in Phase VI. Had those trees been trimmed in time, the accident could have been avoided. The MC should respond quickly before a similar accident occurs."

        The residents of Phases 3B2 and V said the overgrown branches had covered streetlights for months and lodging ab online complaint with the MC hadn't helped. Bhupesh Gupta, who lives in Phase 3B2, said: "The area's roadside trees need quick pruning so that streetlights can illuminate the roads and commuting at night is safer."

        In Phase V, daily commuter Subhash Verma said: "A branch brushed my helmet a few days ago on a road that was dark because the overgrown branches of the trees have covered all the streetlights."

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          No illegal mining in Mohali: DC

          tnn | Feb 12, 2018, 07:30 IST
          Mohali: The city administration has claimed that the crackdown on illicit miners has been successful and they have curbed the mining in the district as the crushers that were operating illegally have been shut.

          Around 60 FIRs were registered against illegal miners in the district last year while only one FIR has been reported in the current year said Charandev Singh Mann, additional deputy commissioner (ADC). The solitary complaint has been registered at Derabassi.

          Mohali deputy commissioner, Gurpreet Kaur Sapara said, "We have been successful in closing the lid over all illegal crushers operating in the district. Now, the crushers which have obtained requisite permission are operating after getting declaration of procuring raw material."

          "All efforts are being made to keep a check on illegal quarrying in Majri and Khizrabad areas in Kharar, Zirakpur and Derabassi which circumscribe around 130 crushers are operating out of which 80% have been regularized with the administration and mining department," said Mann.

          "There are around 29 crushers in Majri block out of which 11 have already obtained work license from mining department and six others have applied for it. They have filed an undertaking in writing claiming that they will procure raw material only from licensed suppliers avoiding any illegal means. We had booked persons in 60 cases for illegal mining and just one this year following complaint. We have taken stern measures to curb any illegal mining activity in the district and acted swiftly whenever any complaint has been recieved." However, the residents of mining-prone areas are still miffed as the mining activities have gone unchecked. Sher Mohammad, former sarpanch of Khizrabad area, said that for long he has been voicing the issue of illegal mining issue even after receiving several threats many a times.

          "Illegal mining is ruining the forest cover and the lands of our village. Deforestation has been carried out at an alarming rate and we have been raising the issue with administration but no action has been taken till date. More than 40 trucks involved in the illegal business of mining are plying every night from Khizrabad area and there is no one to keep a tab."

          Mohali Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra directed the district, block development, panchayat, public health, water supply, sanitation and mining department officers to include the Panchayati lands which have been observing illegal mining.

          "If the officers deputed to check illegal mining do not submit two reports in a week, stern action will be taken against them. Officials have been issued dates to submit their reports after conducting the surprise checkings in their respective areas," she stated.

          Sapra further said that if any complaint regarding illegal mining on panchayati land other than mentioned in the list is received after February 28 then the concerned district, block development and panchayat officials will be held accountable.

          "These officials will obtain proper approval for legal mining in the village, after coordinating with deputy commissioner and SDMs of the district," she asserted.

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            Fortis fined Rs 10 lakh for medical waste

            TNN | Updated: Feb 13, 2018, 08:00 IST
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            MOHALI: The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) on Monday imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on Fortis hospital and directed the management to deposit a bank guarantee of Rs 25 lakh with it as an assurance to ensure compliance of Bio Medical Waste Management Rules, 2016, valid for one year.

            The board on February 2 seized 1-tonne of biomedical waste of Fortis Hospital being delivered to a scrap dealer in Dadumajra.

            The orders, issued by board chairman Kahan Singh Pannu, said the hospital should immediately suspend its housekeeping in-charge Rajesh Sharma and take action against him after an inquiry. The contract of Karan, responsible for lifting of solid waste, should be terminated and an FIR (first information report) lodged against him, the board ordered.

            Pannu said, “We are adopting zero tolerance towards managements violating Bio Medical Waste Management Rules, 2016. Fortis has been found negligent in handling the biomedical waste with callous attitude. After giving a suitable hearing, the hospital has been penalised for the violation.”

            The orders said the conduct of Sharma should also be probed and if his connivance with the contractor in the illegal pilferage of bio-medical waste is established, an FIR should also be lodged against him.

            The board asked the hospital to strengthen its internal mechanism of segregation, collection, transportation, storage and final disposal and provide barcoding system within a month. The hospital was told to install CCTV cameras on final biomedical waste and general waste collection area within seven days to rule out the possibility of pilferage.

            The hospital was also directed to appoint a qualified officer (at least science graduate) as in-charge of biomedical waste, who should also get trained from regional office of the board.


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              Killer Mohali: Every 36 hours, one fatality in road accidents

              TNN | Updated: Feb 26, 2018, 09:03 IST Representative image

              MOHALI: As many as 1,040 people have been killed in 2,065 accidents in last four years in Mohali, indicating that a life is lost every 36 hours on the roads.

              Police data has revealed 34 people lost their lives in December 2017 alone, with a total of 282 deaths and 364 injuries in 512 road accidents last year. Similar was the situation in 2016, when 565 accidents took place in which 284 people died and 423 injured. In January 2018, 19 deaths were reported in Mohali, while six fatalities took place on the airport road alone, said a police official. According to data, out of 282 deaths last year, 36 were at the airport road.

              "Poor road infrastructure, illegal crossings, lack of proper road signages, no checks on speeding vehicles and drunk driving are the major causes of the rising number of fatal accidents," said road safety expert Pavitar Pal Singh Virdi. He said poor infrastructure results in potholes, making driving risky for commuters. Lack of traffic police personnel is cited as a reason for people speeding on the roads. "Cops are missing from various accident-prone spots. District police have only 130 traffic cops to man the roads against a population exceeding 5 lakh," said Virdi.

              Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kuldeep Singh Chahal said, "We are arranging for more force. Alcometers and speed governors are being repaired after which we will increase checking on the roads. People will also be made aware about overspeeding."

              The district police have identified 39 black spots in the district. A black spot, according to police, is a point that could be a road stretch, light point or a roundabout, where accidents occur frequently.

              The most infamous ones are the stretch near Khanpur crossing and Bhagomjra on National Highway 21 on Kharar-Gharuan road, airport crossing on 200ft wide airport road, five spots from airport chowk to Banur-Landran road T-point, PTL crossing, Singh Shaheedan traffic crossing, S-turning on airport road, Zirakpur flyover, Phase III-V traffic light point and Kumbra crossing apart from some spots in Kharar, Zirakpur, Derabassi and Lalru.

              Residents feel the district administration must install caution signages on such black spots warning commuters to slow down. The police had also proposed to the administration to install cat-eyes and warning signboards besides pelican lights, but to no avail.

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                Rs 2.25 crore land fraud: Rana Gurjit's nephew held for

                TNN | Updated: Mar 4, 2018, 06:52 IST
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                MOHALI: Former Congress irrigation minister Rana Gurjit Singh's nephew was arrested by Mohali cops from his Chandigarh house on Friday for his alleged involvement in a Rs 2.25-crore land fraud case pertaining to December 2016. The ex-minister's nephew, Rana Hardip Singh, was booked for cheating and forgery for allegedly selling mortgaged land.

                The arrest comes over a month after Rana Gurjit's resignation on "moral grounds" on January 4, for his alleged involvement in the sand mining scam.

                The FIR in the land fraud case was registered in December 2016 on the complaint of Gurcharan Singh from Milkh village in Mullanpur, Mohali.

                According to the complaint, Rana Hardip had in 2014 struck a deal with Gurcharan Singh for selling 8 acres of land in Fatehpur block in Mullanpur for Rs 5 crore.

                Mullanpur police station house officer (SHO) Ravinder Pal Singh said Rana Hardip was produced in court and remanded to two days' police custody till March 4.

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                  Illegal occupants get eviction notice

                  TNN | Updated: Mar 4, 2018, 00:42 IST
                  Mohali: The Greater Mohali Area development Authority (GMADA) on Saturday pasted eviction notice at 40-odd houses in riot victims colony in Phase XI. According to a survey conducted by the development authority, the said houses have been allegedly occupied by those who are not riot victims .

                  The notice served has triggered protest amongst 40 LIG houses dwellers as they came out on roads on Saturday. Supported by SAD youth wing president-cum-councillor Harmanpreet Singh Prince, the protesters also burnt the effigy of the Punjab government.

                  Princesaid, “The development authority has now ordered the dwellers to vacate their house within 48 hours. While campaighning during the assembly elections, the Congress leaders had promised to stand by the riot victims and by serving this notice they have taken a U-turn and betrayed them.”

                  However, the GMADA notice reads that the 40-odd residents occupying the LIG flats are not bonafide occupants and also not riot victims. The notice termed them as illegal occupants and they have been told to vacate the houses within 48 hours.

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                    Thieves decamp with Rs 25 lakh jewellery, society residents protest against developer

                    TNN | Mar 11, 2018, 09:29 IST

                    MOHALI: Thieves fled with jewellery worth Rs 25 lakh from a flat on the fourth floor in a housing society in Kharar on Saturday, prompting the 200-odd families to stage a protest against the developer for poor security arrangements.

                    Narpinder Singh, a resident of Ruby Towers, alleged the theft occurred at his house at 1.10 pm. The two thieves entered the society in a Maruti Alto car, went to the fourth floor, broke the house door and took away jewellery and Rs 23,000, he said.

                    “When we returned, we saw the main door ajar. We found almirahs had been ransacked and jewellery around 62 tolas amounting to Rs 25 lakh stolen. We have lodged a complaint with the police,” Narpinder alleged.

                    CCTV footage showed the two thieves entering the society main gate in the car bearing Faridabad registration number and going up in a lift and then entering the flat.

                    Later, outside the housing society, residents raised slogans against the developer and alleged the society has very poor security arrangements. Residents alleged this is the third such theft in the society in the past one year.

                    Society president Khushwant Singh Sandhu said, “The entire society is spread in 7 acres and is being managed by just two security guards. We have requested general manager Zora Singh to arrange for at least five security guards many times but he has failed. The CCTV cameras at the main gate are also not working properly and no one is questioned while entering the society. The society is yet to be registered and despite our repeated requests, the developer has failed to hand over the possession to us.”

                    Zora Singh said, “They never came to us with the demand to increase security guards. Now, they have approached me and we will hire more guards. We have been maintaining the records of the entry/exit of every person.”

                    The society has over 400 flats out of which 200 are occupied, said Zora Singh.

                    A police team led by Kharar station house officer Bhagwant Singh inspected the crime scene. He said, “We have registered a theft case. Further investigations are on.”

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                      2 kilometre from city, land sharks flatten hills, laws

                      Siddarth Banerjee| TNN | Mar 19, 2018, 08:26 IST A plot on sale in Krishna Nagar, Nada village, near Nayagaon

                      CHANDIGARH: Welcome to Krishna Nagar in Nada, a village nestled in the Lower Shivaliks right behind Nayagaon — there are houses here, but no roads; there are electricity connections, but no sewerage; there are hills too, but they are being levelled.

                      In spite of a near absence of civic amenities, land is on sale in this ecologically-sensitive zone abutting the Lower Shivaliks, without registry and in violation of land and forest laws. While a 10-marla plot is being offered for Rs 30 lakh, a 125-square-foot commercial plot is available for Rs 12 lakh. As the village is 2km from Chandigarh, land sharks bought vast tracts of forest and agriculture land here some 10 years ago and are now selling these for a profit. Such has been the extent to which the illegal construction has taken place that an entire colony has come into existence and more land continues to be on sale.

                      For fresh constructions, an entire hillock has been levelled and trees on forest land axed. This correspondent visited the village and, while posing as a customer, spoke to a man who called himself Moudgill, an owner of multiple properties in the area. The man pegged the rate of a residential plot at Rs 3 lakh a marla. “You will require Rs 20,000 per marla for getting the registry of a plot, so that will be additional,” he said.

                      When asked about the absence of roads, the man said development would happen once all houses were constructed. “Officially, though, registry has been stopped on directions of the high court,” he said. “But that is not a problem.”

                      The violations which have taken place in the village fall under the Forest Conservation Act, Punjab Land Preservation Act, and Punjab New Capital (Periphery) Control Act.

                      While there is a status quo in place on structures already built in the area as the Punjab and Haryana high court is hearing a case on it, no further construction or sale of land is allowed in the area, said Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (Gmada) estate officer (regulatory) Mahesh Bansal. “As far as such constructions under our jurisdiction are concerned, we carried out a check some time ago and did not find anything amiss. You may ask the municipal corporation. There’s a possibility that the land falls under their jurisdiction,” he said. “If you have proof of fresh construction, you may submit it to us, so that we can take action.”

                      Bansal confirmed there had been a block on registry of property in the area. These unplanned, maze-like, cramped constructions mushroomed in Nada after the state government in August 2010

                      delisted 656 acres in the village from the Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900. The move had come after the owner of Forest Hill Resort, B S Sandhu, had approached the Supreme Court over the government locking his resort, as it fell under PLPA. The Act had locked the use of land in Kandi areas along the Shivalik Range in Punjab. Even as the land was delisted, the state government’s notification, and the Centre’s approval, made it clear that no commercial activity will be allowed on delisted land, and the state government will have to de-mark forest and non-forest areas.

                      Eight years on, however, the exercise has not been carried out, according to IFS officer Harsh Kumar, who has made this claim in a March 1 submission to the National Green Tribunal. When TOI approached Kumar and showed him videos and photos of trees being axed and a hillock being levelled in the area, he said it was a violation of the Forest Conservation Act, 1980. “On land that continues to be under PLPA, there are 120 violations in the Shivaliks in Punjab,” he said. Principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) Jitendra Sharma said it would be wrong to say forest and non-forest lands had not been demarcated. “The exercise has already been carried out in Mohali, and such claims about forest lands not being demarcated are false,” he said. Sharma said they had been continuously acting against violators. “We will continue to do so,” he said.

                      Another major reason is the inclusion of parts of Nada, Karoran, and Kansal villages in Nayagaon notified area committee. While the state government had included these areas for bringing in development, only haphazard construction has taken place. Nayagaon MC sub-divisional officer Jawahar Sagar confirmed illegal constructions had taken place in Nada. “Gmada took action against violators, by issuing notices. The constructions that have taken place along the hills fall under Gmada,” he said. “However, not all constructions are illegal, some have been approved by the MC.”


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