Break builder-MC nexus: Zirakpur residents The municipal council has issued completion certificates to many builders, even though much of the work is unfinished, allege residents.TNN | July 31, 2017, 11:30 IST

ZIRAKPUR: Residents wonder how they never come to know about the inspection of housing societies but builders never miss it. They see no other explanation but a nexus between real-estate developers and the municipal council employees.

“The builders are fully informed by the MC never includes us in inspection,” a resident at the TOI roundtable conference said. “The municipal council has issued completion certificates to many builders, even though much of the work is unfinished.” Interacting with legislator Narinder Kumar Sharma and MC president Kulwinder Singh Sohi during the interaction session organised by Times of India on Sunday, residents of Zirakpur came down heavily on the two and the working of the MC employees.

Sushma Elite Housing Society president R K Sharma and residents Umesh Thakur, Chandra Kant, Subhash Ahuja, Ritesh Gupta, and others condemned the MC’s habit of not including the residents in inspection. “But you take along the builder. Residents alone can give you the true picture of the living conditions,” R K Sharma said.

“Mostly the inspection is so secretive that we come to know only when the inspection team is about to leave. Many completion certificates to builders can be questioned,” he said. Ritesh Gupta of Maya Gardens apartments said: “The MC inspections are mere eyewash. They do not include residents to hide the true picture. We need to break this nexus between the MC officials and builders.”

Reacting to the allegations, MC president Kulwinder Sohi said: “I will get this verified and direct the MC employees to inform the RWAs before every inspection and include the views of residents also in the inspection report.” Subhash Ahuja of South City enclave raised the problem of illegal construction and slaughterhouses. He said: “The builders even sell the land under illegal occupation. Illegal meat shops have also come up.”

Sohi tried to wriggle out by saying he will get it checked. “If any completion certificate was issued in contravention of the rules, I will take action,” he said. Kuldeep Kaur of Silver City and Gurpreet Kaur of Badal Colony said the paver tiles fixed in their housing societies are slippery, and often cause two-wheeler to skid. N K Sharma said Badal Colony came up before the MC “but I promise a solution”.

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  • Zirakpur housing societies discuss concerns at formal meet Representatives of the societies, who had gathered in Maya Garden for their meeting discussed their first agenda to form a single forum where the issues of all societies will be taken up to the higher authoritiesTNN | August 14, 2017, 16:00 IST

    ZIRAKPUR: Representatives of various residential societies, who attended the TOI In Conversation event two weeks ago in Zirakpur, held their first formal meeting at the VIP Road and discussed issues related to Zirakpur on Sunday.

    Representatives of the societies, who had gathered in Maya Garden for their meeting discussed their first agenda to form a single forum where the issues of all societies will be taken up to the higher authorities.

    Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA) and its guidelines were also discussed in the meeting. The names of the offending builders were brought up and a list of problems including poor elevators in the societies, allowed entry of outsiders inside the societies’ clubs and maintenance of the societies were also discussed. Issue of garbage collection, power cuts, poor maintenance of roads, lack of street lights, problem of sewage and drainage system and parking issues were brought up.

    President of Host Society S K Chawla said, “RERA has become important these days and every builder should follow its guidelines so that consumers are not affected later.” Girish Jain, a resident of Shushma Green Vista said, “Parking is becoming an important issue at the VIP Road and it needs to be maintained properly. Fresh ideas to bring down traffic is required now.”

    Rise in crime rate in Zirakpur was discussed as well, following which a decision was taken to meet the local station house officer in this regard. Rakesh Bansal, a resident of Maya Garden Phase II said, “The growing incidents of crime in the city needs to stop. Cops must increase patrolling, especially during night time, when miscreants roam around the roads violating traffic rules.”

    Navjit Singh, a private firm employee and a resident of Maya Garden, said, “We will hold one meeting every month with all the representatives of the societies at different places on VIP Road to discuss and ensure a meeting with the concerned officials.”

    Representatives of various societies including Maya Garden, Maya Garden Fitness, Jaipuria, Springdale Towers, Surya Towers, Penta Homes, Sushma Green Vista, Host Society, among other societies attended the meeting.

  • Zirakpur belt to become logistics hub Sanjeev Verma| TNN | Updated: Jan 23, 2018, 08:02 IST
    The state government plans to develop the Zirakpur-Tepla- Rajpura belt as a logistics and warehousing hub

    CHANDIGARH: Looking at the service sector's 50% contribution to Punjab's gross state domestic product (GSDP), the state government plans to develop the Zirakpur-Tepla- Rajpura belt as a logistics and warehousing hub. This will boost the development of Mohali as an industrial hub.

    In Mohali's periphery, the state government is also going to build an integrated manufacturing cluster at Rajpura on 1,000 acres under the Amritsar-Kolkata Industrial Corridor (AKIC). Rajpura is also being developed as a knowledge hub. In its industrial policy of 2017, the state government has also committed to building cargo logistics centre or custom-bonded warehousing in future industrial estates.

    Zirakpur's strategic location as the intersecting point on the Shimla-Delhi-Patiala highway makes the state government believe that it can grow as a natural hub for warehousing. Zirakpur already has many warehousing and logistics units that serve the industrial units of the region.


    The Punjab industries and commerce department considers Punjab a net consuming state, so after the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST), the warehousing sector is poised for an enormous expansion. Punjab industry and commerce secretary Rakesh Verma said: "This will encourage the hub-and-spoke model of warehousing. The Zirakpur-Tepla-Rajpura belt can be a primary logistics and warehousing hub for the catchment areas of Punjab, Shimla, Baddi, and Delhi." The state government will give infrastructure support for the development of this belt.

    The state government also plans to build a dedicated logistics development cell manned by professionals. The cell's task will be to attract investors and executing the broad strategy for the development of a logistics hub. Mohali Industries Association general secretary and Synergy Metals director Rajeev Gupta says that until Punjab develops Mohali and Chandigarh as a railway hub like Ludhiana for the transportation of raw material and finished products, industrialists' concerns will not be addressed. "We may have a dry port at Dappar (in Derabassi) but it helps only domestic transportation. It should also develop the export facility," Gupta says.


    The Punjab government has assured the central government of building an Integrated Manufacturing Cluster (IMC) at Rajpura, in Mohali's neighbourhood, under the Amritsar-Kolkata Industrial Corridor (AKIC) on 1,000 acres. The Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) has identified 206 acres for the first phase of the IMC, while the department of rural development has issued the orders for the transfer of 206 acres for a consideration amount of Rs 33.32 lakh per acre.

    Officials of the state industries department say that the central government will provide funds for the development of land to match the cost of acquisition by the state. Punjab is also expected to benefit, as the central government plans laying Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) through the state.

    Mohali Industries Association president and Ardisons Associates director Gagan Chhabra says: "The Amritsar-Kolkata Industrial Corridor is welcome but it has been delayed due to bureaucratic hurdles. In such a situation, industrialists will lose interest." He suggests developing any industrial or logistics hub, and says the state government should consider giving concession in land price to entrepreneurs.

  • Zirakpur society residents clear a neighbourhood mountain of waste Arsh Behal| TNN | Updated: Jan 25, 2018, 08:09 IST The residents of Nirmal Chhaya Towers, Zirakpur, have hired this JCB to clear the VIP Road spot and dump the s... Read More

    ZIRAKPUR: The residents of Nirmal Chhaya Towers on the VIP Road here have set an example by clearing an enormous amount of domestic waste and debris from a large plot without any help from the civic body.

    They had to convince the plot owner and the nearby shopkeepers and restaurant businesses to let them use a hired bulldozer and three trucks to clear the heaps of garbage, construction debris, and kitchen waste that come from these restaurants, shops, and nearby housing societies.

    The work started on Tuesday with the participation of eight residents, who have scooped the filth and swept it to the rear of the plot, where it was dumped in a large pit that has been dug to accommodate all the garbage from the plot. "This place had become an eyesore for us and we did not know what to do," Nirmal ChhayaTowers president Asish Mathew said. Lying next to Gate 1 of the society, which is near a market, the plot is along a road that the society residents take daily.

    The smell from a mountain of garbage that had built up was a constant source of discomfort. Even the tall grass and thick undergrowth had added to the problems. People used to urinate on the spot and, after sunset, drunkards used to gather there. "We couldnt wait longer to take action," Mathew said. To prevent further dumping of domestic waste at the spot, the restaurant workers and shopkeepers joined the society guards in patrolling the plot after dark.

    The residents also installed signs around the plot to tell the public that the dumping of garbage at the spot is forbidden. The mouth of the road has been cleared of food vendors who used to cause traffic logjams. Speaking to TOI, Mathew said: "We are now thinking of asking the plot owners to get the land fenced and turn this spot into a children's park eventually or a parking lot. The lot will help reduced the congestion on the VIP Road." The residents expect the cleaning of the plot to finish in two or three days.

  • How many marriage palaces of Zirakpur fire safe? MC has no data

    TNN | Feb 6, 2018, 07:54 IST
    Mohali: The Zirakpur Municipal Council and the fire department of Derabassi are not in sync with each other, as the civic body has no data of the safety certificates the latter has awarded to the 40-odd marriage palaces in the township.

    The marriage palaces operate from both open and closed venues on the Zirakpur-Kalka national highway. Zirakpur civic body executive officer HS Grewal said: "We have no data relating to the fire NOCs (no-objection certificates) issued to the marriage palaces of Zirakpur. The fire department has never cared to share these figures with us." The fire department also failed to produce any data relating to the fire NOCs to these wedding venues. Sources in the Derabassi fire department said that none of the marriage-palace owners had approached it for the certificate.

    A major tragedy was averted on Sunday night when just an hour before the arrival of the bridegroom, the 'pandaal' (marquee) at Aura Garden marriage palace in Zirakpur was destroyed in a major fire. "The fire broke out because of short-circuit," Zirakpur station house officer (SHO) inspector Pawan Kumar said. The guests were yet to arrive, or there would have been major causalities.

    The fire tenders arrived 30 minutes after the call, even though the nearest fire stations at Derabassi and Panchkula are just 9 kilometres from Zirakpur. The fire department blamed the delay on heavy traffic.

    Taking a serious note of Sunday's fire incident at a marriage palace in Zirakpur, deputy commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra has marked an inquiry to Derabassi subdivisional magistrate (SDM) Paramdeep Singh. He is required to check the fire-safety compliance of all marriage palaces in Zirakpur and submit a report within 10 days. All three SDMs will check the fire NOCs in respective jurisdictions. The marriage-palace owners not adhering to the norms will be warned to upgrade their premises or face legal action

    Pabhat to get fire station

    During the Zirakpur Municipal Council house meeting on Monday, the agenda items for a new fire station as well as a stray-dog sterilisation centre were cleared unanimously. House president Kulwinder Singh Sohi led the proceedings in the presence of Derabassi legislator N K Sharma and the councillors. The 20-point agenda passed unanimously included building a fire station at Pabhat village. Sohi said: "There is an acute need for a fire station at Zirakpur, since even in case of a small fire, the town is dependent on help from Derabassi, Mohali, or Panchkula." Legislator N K Sharma said the station was a long-pending demand of his constituents and now that the house had approved it and land had been set aside, "we will get the project approved from the local government department of Punjab and be quick with construction".

  • Zirakpur roads are river again TNN | Updated: Feb 13, 2018, 07:33 IST Those waterlogged sections of last year have reappeared on the national highway and internal roads of this tow... Read More

    ZIRAKPUR: Those waterlogged sections of last year have reappeared on the national highway and internal roads of this town’s Gazipur and VIP Road areas. Again, the streets and the complaint boxes of the municipal council are flooded after rain.

    The problem has stood for years. Manoj Das of Gazipur said the potholed internal roads became riskier after showers because it was difficult to spot the dented surface under murky water. “When the potholes are a clear risk to the two-wheeler riders, why don’t they finish road repair before the annual predictable cycle of spring and monsoon rains?” he said. “Where do they spend taxpayers’ money?

    Zirakpur resident Mohit Gogia said the road condition had not improved in a year. “The main issue for this damage is that a drainage system is not in place. When water gets no exit, it accumulates and breaks the surface,” he said. “After every downpour, our roads become rivers.”

    Sakham Gupta of Zirakpur said one of the worst flooding was on a cut on national highway near Sighpura, where logjams are routine. He said the residents had filed many futile requests for proper sewerage to clear the water quickly. Complaints about water accumulation were also received from the Burail village of Chandigarh.

  • VIP Road: No pedestrian paths leave residents’ lives at risk Aarti Kapur| TNN | Feb 13, 2018, 07:30 IST
    Zirakpur: Pedestrians in Zirakpur are feeling left out in the absence of a proper path for walkers. The municipal council while designing roads ignored the most important aspect of setting up paths for the safety of walkers. As a result, the residents are forced to use vehicles while commuting to their nearby markets or risk a walk on the road side.

    A a visit to various areas in Zirakpur revealed that no pedestrian paths were constructed along the internal roads. Even in areas with vacant lands, residents threw malba and stones and converted them into dumping areas of construction work.

    Residents of VIP road informed TOI that a senior citizen met with a serious accident few months ago after he went for a walk on the road side in the night. Badly hit by a car, he was in ICU for 41 days with serious injuries. They added that due to absence of pedestrian paths, people avoid walking on roads. While the road was being constructed, residents requested the concerned authorities to construct pedestrian paths. They tried to reason them out saying walking on the road side is a tough proposition with vehicles parked leaving them with hardly any space to walk on to.

    Navjit Singh Miglani, a social worker and a Zirakpur resident said he wanted to walk down to the nearby market in the evening but since there was no pedestrian path, he took to his vehicle to visit the market.

    Asif Chaudhary, a resident of Zirakpur said authorities should plan to construct pedestrian paths while working on a road.

  • Zirakpur posting its grouses on fake sites Aarti Kapur| tnn | Feb 15, 2018, 07:30 IST
    Zirakpur: Be careful as you report the town’s civic issues online, as the civic body has two fake pages on Google that misidentify this municipal council as “municipal corporation”.

    The civic authorities, meanwhile, are unaware that not only somebody is running websites in their name but also the residents are positing their civic issues on these portals. The sounding board of the Municipal Corporation of Zirakpur websitefeatures 20 complaints related to blocked sewers, water overflow, non-functional street lights, encroachment, dumping of garbage, and the shifting of a cremation ground—which people have posted in the hope of quick redress.

    Another fake page operational online carries only the address and the picture of the municipal council office but with a title that says: “Municipal Corporation Zirakpur”, along with a mobile number that does not exist, if you try. Even the original website of the Zirakpur Municipal Council is not visitor-friendly. Zirakpur resident Navjit Singh Miglani said: “The portal is, so far, only for filing property tax. Its complaint section is still in under construction and yet to go online.”

    Resident Gopal Bhatt, who posted a complaint on the fake “Municipal Corporation Zirakpur” consumer page on December 27, 2017, said that his petition was yet to be entertained, while the situation in his area had become worse. He was shocked to know that the page on which he had posted his complaint did not belong to the civic body. He said: “It is strange that the government keeps no check on misleading webpages.”

    He lives in Shanti Enclave of Dhakoli near the Nimantran banquet hall and wants streetlights in his area. “It becomes a problem for the women to go out at night, since the streets are dark and stalked by drunken miscreants who make vulgar comments at them. We do not feel safe there,” he said.

    Zirakpur a satellite town of Chandigarh in Punjab’s Mohali district is situated in the foothills of the Shivalik range as part of the Derabassi tehsil. It includes the Chandigarh airport, besides the Baltana, Dhakoli, Lohgarh, Pabhat, Nabha, Ramgarh, Bhuda, Peer Muchhala, and Dyalpura.

  • Civic mess plagues Gazipur as residents cry for facilities Aarti Kapur| TNN | Feb 18, 2018, 11:30 IST

    ZIRAKPUR: Bumpy roads, no garbage collection system, nonavailability of sewerage and drainage system, non-functional streetlights and no beautification of the northern areas have plagued the tax payers of the 16 societies of Gazipur in Zirakpur.

    The confederation of resident welfare associations (RWA) in Zirakpur (north) during the Times of India Round Table on Saturday said with the passage of time the list of issues regarding civic amenities has increased manifold but the authorities and the elected ward councillor have not taken any step to resolve the said issues.

    The issue of the lack of a proper garbage collection system in the area was raised due to which the residents depends on the mercy of privately hired sweepers, who are usually clueless about where to dump the garbage.

    Chairman of the confederation P K Sharma said even after the formation of municipal council in the area, the residents are still required to run from pillar to post to get their grievances redresssed as there is no demarcation available about the powers and responsibility of the council.

    Another serious issue which was raised during the discussion was non-availability of proper sewerage system and drainage in the area. Executive member of the confederation S K Wadhawan said before every monsoon they approach the authorities to get the existing sewerage system and drainage cleaned hoping for some relief from water logging .

    Besides this, traffic chaos because of the absence of service lane in front of various societies was yet another issue raised by the residents in the meeting. Joint secretary of confederation Chain Singh Kapoor said the residents are in a fix regarding whom to approach to resolve the issues of constructing service lane as there are societies which have exits on national highway.

    Absence of police surveillance in the area has given a rise to anti-social elements, who fearlessly roam on the streets. Memeber of Women Cell of the confederation Annu Chaudhary said they receive several complaints from the women of various societies regarding stalking and eve-teasing.

  • Slum dwellers grab land around Dhakoli society

    TNN | Updated: Feb 21, 2018, 10:32 IST

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    ZIRAKPUR: A delay in removing encroachment from Dhakoliarea of this town has inconvenienced residents of eight housing societies that are tired of complaining with the deputy commissioner and executive officer (EO) concerned.

    The unified welfare association of these eight societies met on Wednesday and decided to take a fresh representation next week to the authorities concerned. Unified association president K R Sharma said while sharing the details of the meeting that: "Three major issues concerning the residents were discussed. Nearly 150 slum dwellers have encroached upon public land near Solitary Divine society in Dhakoli and the residents had reported it last November. The dwellers have illegal electricity and water connections also but they aren't being evicted."

    The EO had assured the association in December that all encroachment would be removed after the demolition squad is able to get the police cover that the subdivisional magistrate has asked for. In Tuesday's meeting, it was decided that the issue will again be taken up with the authorities concerned. Another issue was the lack of water at the cremation ground, which also has no boundary wall.

    An open sewer near the cremation ground is a constant source of stink, and on top of that, the residents have started tossing garbage into it. The gutter gets choked and the residents have to time and again approach the authorities concerned for its cleaning. Sharma said the MC had cleaned it only recently but again it had got clogged a few days ago.
  • Zirakpur's vacant lands turn landfill TNN | Updated: Feb 21, 2018, 10:27 IST Garbage on streets

    ZIRAKPUR: Due to the absence of a proper dumping site at Zirakpur, all vacant land near the residential societies has turned into a giant trash can.

    It is hurting the residents to live at the mercy of the sweepers, who collect this garbage at leisure. Asked why they don't dump the waste away from the residential areas, they say they don't have a place to do it. Complaining about the situation, the residents recalled instances when for a week, the door-to-door collection of garbage had stopped because the sanitation workers did not turn up in any residential society.

    The municipal council has no created a place outside the societies to dump the town's garbage. A visit to the area revealed slums and empty plots around Zirakpur's residential areas where a mountain of waste was dumped. The residents also accused the civic authorities of not making a policy of fixing the garbage-collection rates, due to which they have to pay the collectors what they demand, even if the latter dump the waste somewhere nearby.

    Confederation of Zirakpur north resident welfare association chairman P K Sharmasaid: "Until the municipal authorities earmark an area as dumping zone, this issue will not be resolved. For the past five years, it has become a practice with the sweepers to dump all the garbage at vacant spots in Zirakpur. When the residents protest, they find another place." Confederation vice-president Pardeep Sharma said that the residents had raised the issue with the council many times but all in vain.

    Recently there was complaint from the Royal City that garbage collectors had not turned up at this housing society for an entire week. It had left the residents facing a lot of problems in the disposal of garbage. Zirakpur resident Abhijit Bose said that the old Ambala-Kalka road that had been widened a year ago "is turning into a garbage dump gradually on both sides, which needs to be checked".

    Social worker Navjit Singh Miglani, a resident of Zirakpur's VIP Road, said all vacant surroundings of the area had turned into landfills and the municipal authorities had turned a blind eye to it.

  • PSPCL will install poles to support loose wires in Zirakpur Aarti Kapur| TNN | Mar 15, 2018, 07:57 IST
    Zirakpur: Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) will soon repair all the loose wires and give proper support to the existing high, medium and low tension wires in Zirakpur . The decision came after TOI reported that loose live wires are passing from the houses in various area.

    During a meeting, which the PSPCL officials held with the area residents on Wednesday, it was informed that a grant of Rs 5 crore has been released under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana. The authorities are planning to utilise this for to provide a much required facelift to Zirakpur. The officials told the residents that they have chalk out the plan to repair all loose wires in the area and also, install poles to support the wires that are hanging low. Officials assured the residents that the work will commence soon.

    President of Zirakpur municipal council Kulwinder Sohi said the grant has been made available now and the work will be started soon.

    On March 7, 2018, TOI reported that the residents at Dhakoli, Zirakpur, are facing an issue with the medium and low tension wires, which are hanging low enough to harm any passerby. Hundreds of complaints had been made by the residents of Dasmesh Enclave but to no avail.

    During a visit to the residential area from house number 185 to 187 and from 309 to 311, it was found that the medium and low tension wires were hanging at a distance of 7 feet to 8 feet. Residents complained that they themselves had made arrangements to get them tied so that no children or the family members met with accidents due to these live wires.

    The situation near the house number 309 was worst as the electric wires were at a height of 6 feet to 7 feet and the children were seen trying to climb it to use them as a swing. Parents residing in the area said they had to remain cautious while their kids are out for playing and keep a close check that they do not use those wires as swings.

    Residents said the problem in the area increases during rainy season, as these wires act as a threat to the lives of the commuters and residents of the colony. People bear a chance of getting electrocuted by these

    Rajesh Pathania, a resident of Dashmesh Enclave, Dhakoli, who attended the meeting said the officials have informed the residents about the project of repair work.

  • Zirakpur residents take 8 problems to civic body Aarti Kapur| tnn | Mar 22, 2018, 07:32 IST
    Zirakpur: The residents of this town took an eight-point agenda to a meeting with the municipal council officials here on Wednesday and sought to know the status of various civic works.

    They told MC executive officer Manbir Gill that the absence of an official dumping zone in Zirakpur had turned all the vacant land near the housing societies into landfills. In various residential areas, even slums have come up on the vacant land to add to this garbage. The civic authorities have not marked the official dumping zones, which has led to all these problems. Gill promised the residents a solution in three to four days.

    The municipal council has decided to give a company 4 acres in Lalru to build a plant for free-of-cost processing and lifting of garbage. “The draft proposal is in the final stages. The processing plant will make waste management a lot more convenient for the residents,” the executive officer said.

    Residents complained against the lack of operational streetlights on the Gazipur and Old Ambala roads. The women from various housing societies, especially, have reported incidents of stalking and eve-teasing, which have increase since there is no streetlight the area. Gill promised to get all the streetlights examined and repaired. Since most of the newly laid roads have crumbled, the residents wanted the contractor concerned to be called to the spot and asked why he had used inferior material.

    They want orders for him to repair the road before monsoon (season of rains). Residents said the government had promised to lay a 60-foot-wide road in Gazipur village but its width, so far, was less than 30 feet. Gill promised to look into the matter. Another issue the residents raised with the officials was about the unavailability of a public or community toilet in this town of more than 3 lakh people (going by the 2011 Census). Zirakpur also has a big floating population that takes this national highway to Patiala, Panchkula, and Himachal Pardesh.

    Gill said the civic authorities had approved 24 public and 24 community toilets for this area recently. “The construction will start once a company is hired. At present, they idea is to build these toilets with concrete material. Similar toilets in various areas of Chandigarh and Mohali are made up of pre-fabricated material.

    Reacting to the demand for speed-breakers at various spots where a lot of accidents happen, Gill promised to create these features soon. The residents also pointed out the danger to commuters because of trees in the middle of road at a spot each at Gazipur village and on the old Ambala-Kalka road. They want these trees removed for the safety of the residents. Gill agreed to take up the matter with the authorities concerned.


    Issues raised

    Garbage collection and disposal

    Repair of streetlights

    Road repair

    Installation of speed-breakers

    Drainage inspection

    100-acre park

    Removal of mid-street trees

    Construction of public toilets

  • Around 50% of Imperial Garden buildings in Zirakpur under scanner This means the builders had sold the flats without fulfilling all the norms. As people are staying in these buildings, the local administration has ordered structure stability test of all the towers in the locality spread over 10 acresBarinderjit Saluja | TNN | April 16, 2018, 13:30 IST

    MOHALI: Around 50% of the 15 to 16 housing towers at Imperial Garden in Peer Muchalla, Zirakpur, where a four-storeyed building collapsed on April 12, have not attained completion certificates from the authority, a preliminary investigation has revealed.

    This means the builders had sold the flats without fulfilling all the norms. As people are staying in these buildings, the local administration has ordered structure stability test of all the towers in the locality spread over 10 acres.

    Mohali deputy commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra said, “Derabassi sub-divisional magistrate is conducting a magisterial probe. Strict action will be taken against the builders if they are found negligent in their work. The SDM has been directed to ascertain the status of completion certificates of the towers already sold and to get structure stability tests reports of the buildings.”

    Residents have alleged that the municipal corporation is registering their flats in their names, but the promoters have neither got completion certificates nor building plans approved.

    Ajay Kumar, one of the residents said, “How can MC register or transfer flats in our names when the promoters have not completed the formalities. There is a nexus. We don’t know how safe the towers in which we live are?”

    The main cause of the under-construction housing society building was sinking of the retaining wall supporting the main structure because of poor foundation. The retaining wall was at the farther end of the building adjoining the edge of the Ghaggar river bed.

    The SDM said, “We are checking all the angles, including the attaining of completion certificate, building plans approval as well as stability tests. Everything will be made clear in the inquiry report.”

    Police have booked then councillor Ajaib Singh, then estate officer, SE, SDO, architect, building plan approval officer and building inspector.

    Builders are still on the run as the Mohali police have booked 11 partners of Imperial Garden Housing Society on charges of endangering life or personal safety of others, negligent conduct with respect to pulling down or repairing buildings and cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property against a group of 11 builders of Imperial Garden housing society, said investigating officer sub inspector Jagjit Singh. The FIR has been registered against OP Singla, Mandeep Singla, Amit Singla, Pawan Aggarwal, Parveen Kumar, Sunil Aggarwal, Pushwinder Goyal, Suresh Singla, Vinod Kumar and two more persons said the police.

  • Chandigarh: Sidhu gets case registered against builders of collapsed building The incident of building collapse took place in Peer Muchhalla area in Zirakpur area of Punjab, adjoining ChandigarhIANS | April 20, 2018, 16:00 IST

    CHANDIGARH: Punjab's Local Government Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday inspected the site of a building collapse and got a case registered against the builders responsible for the construction of an illegal building.

    The incident of building collapse took place in Peer Muchhalla area in Zirakpur area of Punjab, adjoining Chandigarh.

    Sidhu, who took a serious note of the incident, went to the police station in the area to get the case registered. He handed over all the documents pertaining to the building to SSP (senior superintendent of police) Mohali, Kuldeep Chahal.

    No casualty was reported in the collapse of the buildings which took place last Thursday (April 12).

    "As per the record of the department, out of the six collapsed buildings (No. 139 to 144) the licence of five buildings had expired in October 2017 while that of the remaining building expired on March 31, 2018 which makes it clear that the builders had constructed the buildings without certified licence," Sidhu told media.

    The minister said the builders were constructing flats without approval because the approval was accorded for houses and not flats.

    He said that he had asked for the registration of a case against the builders under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for violating the Punjab Municipal Act 2011 building bye-laws.

    He said that a probe was being conducted into the entire matter and no one found guilty would be spared.

    Sidhu said that he has decided to conduct a tour of the state to inspect all the buildings and ensure that no building is being constructed without proper approval and licence.

  • Dumping staff seek police assistance Aarti Kapur| TNN | Updated: Apr 24, 2018, 12:35 IST

    ZIRAKPUR: Deadlock between the municipal council and Bishanpura villagers over garbage disposal is still not allowing the sanitation staff to use a government-owned landfill near this residential area.

    The municipal council has sought police assistance for hassle-free garbage disposal on the panchayat land owned by the Punjab government. Two days ago, the area residents who resist dumping in their backyard had forced a trash trailer and sanitation team to go back.

    In the complaint that Zirakpur sanitation inspector confirmed Rajinder Singh lodged with the Bishanpura police on Friday (April 20), he reported "serious obstacles in disposing of garbage on the MC land because nearby residents create trouble". Police called up the alleged ruckus makers near the landfill to counsel them. Rajinder Singh confirmed that he had made the complaint. He said: "I mentioned in it that the MC had been dumping garbage on this site for the past 15 years."

    He said that two days ago, a few residents had tried to attack the sanitation team accompanying the garbage trailer in Bishanpura. "The team was forced to retreat and dump the waste at another site," the sanitation inspector said. "For the past 17 days, the sanitation department has not collected garbage from the residential and commercial areas, since the MC doesn't have a dumping site."

    The villagers of Bishanpura complain that they were forced to resist the sanitation team because the MC wasn't making arrangements to level the landfill and bury the waste under soil and chemicals to avoid an epidemic. A villager said: "The state government has hired a company named Max to collect the garbage from the area. A land allocation issue has kept the company from starting the process." The MC made temporary arrangements for garbage disposal in Bishanpura, while the waste-garbage processing plant of Lalru is not operational.

    The garbage lying near Vishvakarma Mandir in Lohgarh was burned,