Thursday, April 27, 2006

Chandigarh, has imposed ban on carrying of fire Arms

UNDER SECTION 144 Cr.P.C District Magistrate, Chandigarh, has imposed ban on carrying of fire Arms in the Union Territory of Chandigarh in the interest of public peace and maintenance of law and order, and that immediate action is necessary for preventing breach of peace and disturbance of public tranquility.
Chandigarh Desk

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Where is our park??

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I am first proud citizen of Chandigarh Information park


CISF conducted Mock Anti Hijacking Exercise at Chandigarh Civil Airport

Chandigarh, April 25:- The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) today conducted Mock Anti Hijacking Exercise at Chandigarh Civil Airport to check its efficiency and of various agencies involved in the process. While conducting the mock exercise, the Air Traffic Controller(ATC) of the Chandigarh Civil Airport received a message of hijacking of Air Deccan Flight at 10 a.m. Immediately, the message was passed on to all station units, Aerodrome Manager, Police Control Room etc. According to Deputy commandant, CISF, Ms.Harpreet Kaur, within a response time of 30 minutes all agencies namely, reinforcements, ambulance, PCR Van, SHO concerned, Fire Brigade, Police reinforcement, DSP(IB), Bomb Disposal and Detective Squad, Quick Reaction Team of Chandigarh Police and DSP(South) reached the spot and the exercise was closed at 10.35 a.m. On the closure of the exercise, the CISF officials termed it a successful mock exercise.
Chandigarh Desk

Saturday, April 22, 2006

The Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, has appointed three non-official members of the Chandigarh Housing Board, Chandigarh

Chandigarh, April 22:- The Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, has appointed Maj. Gen. A.S. Kahlon (Retd.), Shri O.P. Datta & Shri Rajeev Anand as non-official members of the Chandigarh Housing Board, Chandigarh, exercising the powers conferred by sub-section (4) of Section 3 of the Haryana Housing Board Act, 1971, as extended to the Union Territory, Chandigarh.
Chandigarh Desk

Friday, April 21, 2006

Wide Area Network for the entire Union Territory of Chandigarh

Chandigarh, April 21:- Chandigarh Administration¡¦s plan for setting up a Wide Area Network for the entire Union Territory of Chandigarh has been approved by Government of India which has sanctioned an amount of Rs.4 crores for the project. U.T. Administration will budget an amount of Rs.3 crores additionally for the project in the next five years. It shall provide the UT Administration and other government agencies with enterprise-wide, intra-state network services and for giving shape to Chandigarh Administration¡¦s vision to improve services to its citizens through efficient and transparent administration. This backbone infrastructure shall be in place for - „« Catalysing IT development in the state „« Reaching the un reached through effective implementation of ICT „« Supporting IT solutions for e ¡V governance & bringing governance closer to public „« Establishing a reliable horizontal and vertical communication corridor for within the state administration to make government more productive and more compatible for electronic transactions „« Bridging the digital divide by implementing state-of-the-art citizen-centric applications. SWAN shall be linking UT Secretariat and all major offices with 2 Mbps leased circuit and integrating this network with the National Informatics Centre¡¦s (NIC) existing network, NICNET, to provide redundancy, fault tolerance & fail over mechanism as well as to provide Internet interface for public access. The network will be a totally IP based, converged WAN interconnecting even last and smallest administrative units in administrative hierarchy. The network topology as conceived for SWAN is based on hub-and-spoke design philosophy, with a ring for major departments/offices for providing redundancy. The proposal for setting up Wireless Connectivity using WiMAX technology is also part of the project. NIC has been entrusted with a responsibility of prime implementation agency for establishment, operation and maintenance of Network as integral part of NICNET. Already, most of the government buildings housing departments which are providing citizen centric services are maintaining their own Local Area Network (LAN) and connectivity with NIC Network & Data Centre (NDC) in UT Secretariat. Some of the prominent buildings are UT Secretariat, Municipal Corporation, Estate office, Additional Town hall building etc. The project will benefit all e-Governance plans of the Administration and will ensure that the connectivity is provided to all parts of the U.T. Chandigarh accordingly. The e-Governance initiative of Chandigarh Administration, e-Sampark ¡V ¡§multi-service¡¨ ¡§single window¡¨ convenience, has a network of 8 e-Sampark centres which are also connected to the NIC Network and Data Centre (NDC). The upcoming Jan Sampark project ¡V information and facilitation services through manned kiosks, shall have 70 Jan Sampark centres connected to the NDC. In addition to it three functionality based subnets Administration (UT Secretariat, MC Office, DC Office, SDM Offices), Medical (GH-16, GMCH-32) and Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA Centre, RLA South, RLA East) have also been covered under the proposal.
Chandigarh Desk

Licenses for the sale of milk made mandatory in Chandigarh

Chandigarh, April 21:- The Director Health Services, U.T., Chandigarh has requested the milk vendors, wholesalers and manufacturers engaged in the sale of milk(loose and branded) in U.T. Chandigarh to obtain licenses for the sale of milk by submitting an application before the Licencing Authority (PFA, Community Health Centre, Sector 22, Chandigarh) by paying prescribed fee. The Health Department, U.T., Chandigarh will carry out a campaign from May 1, 2006 to take penal action against the defaulters by challaning them for not having PFA Licences and samples of milk from various sources will be seized to prevent supply of adulterated/synthetic milk to the consumers.
Chandigarh Desk

Thursday, April 20, 2006

City Beautiful's sandwich of left and right

image by Dinesh Signh Rawat

Environment policy of Chandigarh Administration for Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park

  1. • CTP envisages Tertiary Level of Treatment of Domestic Swage separately at the level of Plots greater than 4 Hectare in size and use of tertiary treated water for recycling within the plot.
  2. • CTP further envisages a Common STP to cater to the need of the smaller Plots and provide tertiary level treatment and recycle the treated effluent within the Campus area.
  3. • Except in monsoons where tertiary treated sewage shall be discharged into public sewer in all other seasons, the domestic sewage shall be treated and recycled.
  4. • No discharge in Sukhna Choe.
  5. • Provision of Sehaj Safai Kendra “Project Sahyog”.
  6. • A sprawling Green Belt.
  7. • Rain Water Harvesting
  8. • Compliance with Provisions of Pollution Control Acts and Rules notified there under
  9. • Noise Management
  10. • Environment Monitoring and Management.
  11. • Use of Solar Street lights.
  12. • Separate Water Tanks for Toilets at Roof Top to use recycled water.
  13. • Use of cement concrete roads based on fly ash based cement.
  14. • Green Auto roots to link CTP.
  15. • Use of Battery Run buses for intro-movement in CTP campus.
  16. • Buildings to be provided with Energy Saving Features.

Chandigarh Desk


Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The statute of City Beautiful

Legislative Assembly Building

Chandigarh Perspective

Chandigarh, April 19:- A Society by the name of Chandigarh Perspective was registered by the Chandigarh Administration under the Societies Registration Act (XXI of 1860) in 1998 to deliberate upon the issues relating to Architecture and Planning of Chandigarh and also to study and research the works of Le-Corbusier and other Architects. The Governing Body and the Executive Committee of this Society having both Official and Non Official members met from time to time to discuss these issues. It was subsequently felt that the functioning of the Society needs to be made more vibrant by including enthusiastic, active and eminent persons in various fields like Town Planning, Urban Development, Engineering, Industry, Education, Health, Banking, Tele-communication and Art and Culture so that the heritage aspects of Chandigarh can be synthesized with the emerging developmental trends and aspirations of the City. Hence it was felt that the scope of the society should be widened beyond the Architectural planning. In response to the emerging developmental challenges faced by modern cities like Chandigarh, a more representative body comprising many individuals with the potential to contribute towards the city’s balanced growth have been included. The following Non Official members have been added to the Governing Body:- 1. Sh.B.N.Goswamy - Art Historian 2. Sh.Prithipal Singh - CMD BSNL (Retd.) 3. President PHDCCI -Representative of PHDCCI. 4. President, CII - Representative of CII In addition, the Director, Punjab Engineering College, the Director, P.G.I. and the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh are the new official members. The Chief Architect and Senior Architect, Chandigarh Administration would be Member Secretary and Joint Secretary-cum-Treasurer of the Governing Body respectively. Some changes in the Executive Committee of Chandigarh Perspective have also been made. The Executive Committee would now be headed by the Secretary, Urban Development. Sh.Prithipal Singh, CMD BSNL (Retd) and the President CII would be Special Invitees on the Executive Committee.
Chandigarh desk

Rural Health Training Centre at Palsora tomorrow

The Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, Gen. (Retd) S.F. Rodrigues will inaugurate Rural Health Training Centre at Palsora tomorrow on April 20,2006 at 11 a.m.
Chandigarh Desk

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Law takes its own course in City beautiful

Image of Panjab and Haryana High court

The Chandigarh Administration has conceived a new park-cum-recreational centre in Sector 23

Chandigarh, April 18:- In its commitment to upgrade and provide new infrastructure in southern sectors of Chandigarh, the Chandigarh Administration has conceived a new park-cum-recreational centre in Sector 23. A site comprising of 22 acres, stretches from Kitchen Garden, Sector 23 to the Grape Nursery adjoining Traffic Park along Sector 23 & 24 dividing road at the back of Sector 23 Govt. Model Senior Secondary School. Features such as interesting walkways, flower beds, landscaping features, labyrinths, foot bridges, small library for children, sand pits, bird corner, rain shelters, refreshment kiosks, water channels, will be added attractions. The natural rivulet passing through the site will also be channelised as part of the beautification alognwith construction of foot bridges across it and new colourful trees will also be planted. The Park will be opened to public within a period of 6 months.
Chandigarh Desk

Monday, April 17, 2006

beauty of city beautiful

Image by Dinesh Singh For abcnewsnetwork

Chandigarh Administration has allocated place to three more international companies

Chandigarh :- Department of Information Technology, Chandigarh Administration through Society for Promotion of IT in Chandigarh (SPIC) has allocated place to three more international companies in its Incubation Facility located at the SPIC IT Centre at the Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. The companies include American Agencies which is a 30 years old company in USA and has its core competency in the collections in the USA. The second company is Accelcia Technologies again a USA based company which would be shifting their back office operation to Chandigarh and the third company is Aptitude LLC a UK based company. SPIC IT Centres Incubation facility has been a major force in developing IT in the city. With this approval the number of small and medium companies located in the SPIC building comes to 8. In all more then 15 companies have benefited from the incubation facilities provided by the Department of Information Technology and these companies have now grown to much bigger companies. Few of these companies have taken up place in the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park or elsewhere in the city.
Chandigarh Desk

City Beautiful faces Power shortage

Chandigarh April 13:-The Union Territory of Chandigarh has no power generation of its own and is entirely dependent upon the Firm/Adhoc allocation (to the tune of 235 MW) from BBMB and various Central Power Projects. The allocation includes 5% allocation from unallocated quota. However at present, only 88 MW to 145 MW of power is available against present peak demand of 186 MW. The present reduction in allocation is due to stoppage of Eastern inflow of power to UT Chandigarh and also reduced allocation out of unallocated quota by Ministry of Power. The Chandigarh Administration has managed to arrange 50 MW of power through PTC @ Rs.4.85 per unit for the period from July to September and 20 - 30 MW of power through NTPC @ Rs.7.25 per unit for the period from April 10 onwards. The rest shortfall in-availability is being managed by overdrawing power at exorbitant rates from Northern Grid. However to maintain grid discipline, NRLDC does not allow overdrawing power from the grid. Accordingly the supply from Nalagarh S/Stn. was switched off on 7.4.06 from 1.36 PM to 2.30 PM thereby affecting power supply to Chandigarh.
Chandigarh Desk

Friday, April 14, 2006

MY part of City beautifuls

This is the image of slum few meters from High defined Rajeev Gandhi Information Technologies Park Chandigarh, so called global window of Future of India. This image is taken by Dinesh Singh Rawat for abcnewsnetwork on 14.04.2006

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The Chandigarh Administration today further liberalized economic policy

Chandigarh April 12:- The Chandigarh Administration today further liberalized economic policy by permitting entrepreneur to shift from one kind of manufacturing to any kind of manufacturing in the Industrial Area, Phase-I & II subject only to environmental controls. As in the case of shifting from one trade to another in the city, no fees or charges will be levied for this. This measure has opened a window for entrepreneurs to move into areas of higher productivity with ease, and also to comply with land use regulations. This decision follows representations made by Chandigarh Industries Association and the Industries Association of Chandigarh to the Adviser. Some procedural changes in the conversion policy have also been made. Submission of building plans alongwith conversion application is no longer mandatory. It has been decided that building plans may be submitted after the conversion from industrial use to commercial use has been permitted. Industrial plots of upto 2 kanals seeking conversion to commercial use will be exempted from architectural controls subject to the provisions of the policy on ground coverage, FAR etc. The Administration clarified that entrepreneurs were at liberty to avail any of the provisions to bring their land use into conformity with the rules, but unauthorized land use would result in resumption proceedings. It was further clarified that entrepreneurs availing the facility of conversion were free to engage in any commercial activity subject only to environmental restrictions.
Chandigarh Desk

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

My Capitol square

Missing water from the Heart of City beautifuls

Chandigarh Administration would undertake complete revamping of its Complaint Redressal

Chandigarh April 11, 2006:- The Electricity Wing of the Engineering Department of Chandigarh Administration would undertake complete revamping of its Complaint Redressal System.Delayed redressal of consumer complaints is one cause of increasing court cases, hence the electricity wing besides ensuring uninterrupted power supply in the city, would also respond and redress promptly to the billing related complaints. Accordingly, it was decided in the meeting that all billing related complaints would be addressed to the SDO concerned of the area who will personally look into the complaints without marking them to his subordinate staff. It was decided that the SDO would redress the complaints within 3 days and after 3 days, the consumer can approach the Executive Engineer concerned and the Superintending Engineer after 7 days. If the complaint still remains unresolved, the consumer can then meet the Chief Engineer. Further it was decided that consumer should be made aware regarding the Departmental Dispute Settlement Committees, which have been constituted if the consumers are not satisfied with the response of the SDO to the billing related complaints. In order to facilitate the SDOs in prompt redressal of complaints, it was decided to provide them with PCs which shall be net worked so that all the billing details of the consumers are available online. The Court cases were also reviewed in the meeting and during discussions, it was found that out of 76 cases decided during last one year, 52 have been decided in favour of the Department.
Chandigarh Desk

Friday, April 07, 2006

End less polio Campaign

The Director Health Services, U.T., Chandigarh, Dr.Inderjeet Kaur Walia has today said that the Health Department is fully geared for complete eradication of polio from the city inspite of the fact that no case of Polio has been detected in Chandigarh for the last three years. While addressing a press conference, Dr.Walia has disclosed that for Pulse Polio Immunization to be held on April 9, 2006 as many as 442 booths and 19 mobile teams manned by 2000 vaccinators have been set up to cover the whole city. She has further added that because of the migratory population it has become imminent to cover each and every part of Chandigarh. The Mayor and councilors of the Municipal Corporation, NGOs, Panches, Sarpanches and religious leaders have also been requested to mobilize people from various sections of the society to get their children immunized against Polio at various Pulse Polio Immunization booths.
Chandigarh Desk

Thursday, April 06, 2006

The private educational institutions running in residential areas have to close with effect from April 2006

Chandigarh April 6: The private educational institutions running in residential areas have been representing through asection of media against their closure with effect from April 2006. Inorder to set the record straight, the Chandigarh Administration once again clarified that it had already granted three yearly extensions to the schools running in residential premises and after making adequate capacityfor admission in government schools, it was decided to close the schoolsrunning in residential areas within the sector grid by April 2006. Since the educational infrastructure and facilities in Manimajra and inthe rehabilitated and unauthorized colonies were inadequate, therefore,one year extension was granted to the schools in these areas. TheChandigarh Administration, keeping its policy of providing schools inthe nearby areas for the tiny tots, allowed running of crèches and playway schools in the residential areas subject to certain conditions sothat the little children are provided schooling in the nearby areas.The lessees of allotted school sites were also allowed to utilize theirbalance FAR (Floor Area Ratio) so that all the children are accommodated in the schools.It should be appreciated that the Administration is bound by the directions of the High Court to stop running of all private educationalinstitutions which are not recognized or which do not fulfill the norms.It is also clarified here that the schools in the residential areas were party to the main case CWP -7923 of 1989 and it was in their knowledgethat these schools have to be closed subject to the extensions granted bythe Administration.
Chandigarh Desk

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

World Health Day at Govt. Senior Secondary School, Dadu Majra Colony

Chandigarh April 5, 2006 –On the occasion of the World Health Day, the U.T. Red Cross society along with the Health Department will organize a free health checkup cum awareness camp on April 7, 2006 at Govt. Senior Secondary School, Dadu Majra Colony from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. The camp will be inaugurated by Home Secretary cum-Health Secretary .
Chandigarh Desk