The demolition of Colony Number 5 was the biggest demolition drive ever conducted in the city. It was good to know that the entire drive had its arrangement made before hand under tight security and no mishap was reported.
The entire drive has been successful till now as most of the land has been cleared,with the fencing process having started already. This government land must be utilised for some good purpose like the coming up of a new university or a government school.
Arshdeep Singh,S A S NAGAR
Power thefts in Colony No. 5,UT should take action
Jhuggies at the recently demolished Colony Number 5 had TVs,refrigerators,ACs,microwaves and other electrical appliances (as reported in Chandigarh Newsline). It is obvious that these were being run on stolen electricity through Kundi connections since none of the jhuggies seem to have had power meters. They were enjoying such luxuries at the cost of the honest electricity bill payers. The Administration should take stern legal action against such power thieves.
It is high time other such colonies are also surveyed for power theft and dealt with an iron hand.
MC must address issue of drinking water quality
Action-packed photographs of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (CMC) published in the local media draw attention of the gullible readers to the Opposition councillors in various modes of protest. A careful scrutiny of the photographs shows bottled water placed in front of every individual. Is it a health care fad or does it confirm that the CMC councillors do not trust the tap water,which is supplied to the polity of Chandigarh? If it is a health fad,then they must buy their own water. Or else,to confirm that the water coming out of the taps is fit for drinking,the CMC must publish a notification stating that water coming out of domestic water supply taps is safe for drinking. A periodic reassurance of this kind is needed. After all the water supply service charges realised from the Chandigarh polity must match the desired quality.
Col K D Pathak(Retd),Chandigarh
Encroachments at booth markets must end
The municipal corporation had decided to conduct inspections in booth markets across the city to check encroachments as well as violations of fire safety norms. The decision is appreciable. There are encroachments in booth markets of Sector 19,22,15 and 46 where booth owners have given space to unauthorised vendors with the blessings of the corporations employees. Also,fire safety norms have been flouted.
The Enforcement Committee should know that the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the corporation to end encroachments in Sector 22 and 26 grain market. The civil body has also decided to videotape encroachments in different parts of the city.
However,the booth owners get information before the checking starts. The MC should think of giving this work to a private concern and provide police protection to them. The electricity should be withdrawn for two months and an affidavit should be taken from the encroachers to obtain a permanent solution to the problem. Otherwise,it would mean that the MC is just looking for cheap popularity.
Gender discrimination in handing out challans?
I would like to ask here why only men are fined/challaned for riding a two-wheeler without wearing a helmet. Why are the women not fined? Whatever be the reasons,the life of a female rider is equally important in the eyes of the law.
Moreover,if the authorities really want to be strict in enforcing the law of riding with helmets,then they should request or even force the Film Censor Board to not depict actors riding two wheelers without helmets. The youth copies actors and does not wear helmets while driving.
Also,the law should be the same for every one in every city,town and village. I am not against the wearing of helmets. I support the law. But the law should be applicable to all sections of the society.
R K Kapoor,Chandigarh