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Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported by Nitin Jain at indianexpress.com on Jan 25 2011 Mohali : Illegal communication towers in the Mohali urban estate are under threat. As the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has initiated action against 98 such towers identified to be installed illegally in different residential, institutional, commercial and industrial areas of the city, the signals of cellular service providers are likely to blink. After its repeated warnings to operators to adhere to the policy framed in this regard, GMADA has issued showcause notices to the owners of 98 buildings on which cellular towers are standing tall in gross violation of the laid down norms. The communication towers policy prohibits installation of mobile towers in residential and institutional areas while prior permission from the GMADA, after adhering to the safety and other norms laid down in the policy, is mandatory for erecting such towers in commercial and industrial areas. Information procured under the RTI Act revealed that of the total 98 illegal towers, the maximum number of 12 were installed in Phase 3B2 here, followed by 10 in Phase V, nine each in Phases VII and XI, eight in Phase II, seven each in Phase X and Sector 70, six in Phase IX, five in Phase I, three each in Phase 3A and Industrial Area Phase III, two in Sector 71, and one each in Phase IV, Sectors 66, 67, 68, 69 and Industrial Area Phase II. Replying to an RTI query of this correspondent, GMADA SDO (Buildings) S K Bains disclosed that a policy had been framed to allow communication towers in commercial and industrial areas, under which various companies had applied for permission to install them. “While such applications are still under consideration, showcause notices have been issued to remove illegal towers on their own or else face action,” revealed Bains. Action will be initiated after giving a personal hearing to all such violators whose towers are underway, he added. With GMADA aiming to pull down all illegal towers, residents will be freed of the radiation and other hazards posed by them but, at the same time, the signals of their cellular phones are likely to get affected. “We have been left in the lurch ever since a tower was installed in our vicinity, exposing us to electromagnetic radiation, noise and air pollution besides the threat of other casualties,” complained Radhika, a resident of Phase 3B2 here. A Sector 70 resident feared, “There are already signal problems in basements and even ground floors at multi-storeyed buildings. Now if the present network gets affected, cellular services will be hit hard.”
MOHALI: The Punjab State Information Commission has ordered the public information officer (PIO) of Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar to appear before it on May 5 to explain why a Mohali resident was not given information he had demanded under the RTI Act within the stipulated period. Read at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/Mohali-cops-face-heat-for-inaction/articleshow/46857829.cms
Tuberclosis cases and TB-related deaths have been rising in the district in the past few years, according to data provided by the district healthauthorities under the RTI Act. While 1,318 TB cases were detected in 2012, the figure shot up to 1,630 in 2013, showing an increase of nearly 25 per cent. As many as 575 cases of TB have been detected so far this year. The number of TB-related deaths has also been gradually increasingover the years. While 24 persons reportedly died due to TB in 2009, 43 TB patients died in 2013. Around 20 persons have died so far this year. Read more: In Mohali, 1,318 TB cases detected in 2012, number rose to 1,630 last year | The Indian Express
meticulous posted a question in Ask for RTI SupportSo, they have a sucess story section... Here they should have a failure story section to keep a balanced view....As RTI is still not that powerful and it will take years to make it right.... I had filed an RTI for details about my marks...Selection procedure followed...etc..etc from CDAC , MOHALI with refrence to this advt http://recruitment.cdacmohali.in/SSSPB/advt.pdf (its in Punjabi...Post Number :7 ) .... Recruiter : SSSB,Punjab PROCESS CONDUCTOR : CDAC MOHALI Result came ...Process is said to make selection on basis of graduation marks only...here attached below merit list....(IF anyone can understand how selection was made....) http://recruitment.cdacmohali.in/SSSB/Result/Merit_ElectionKanngo_7a.pdf So, RTI was filed for explanation n details... Rply from CDAC, Mohali : Provisional merit list is declared on site for refrence..For More details on marks weightage given /clarification contact SSSB, Punjab....But I cannot find my marks, n my friends marks on list.... Now,last time when SSSB was RTIed...they asked to contact CDAC as CDAC conducted recruitment....Now CDAC asking to contact SSSB...And SSSB wil send me again to CDAC....... Not considering filing First Appeal.....Have plenty on my plate already...... Just wanted to share a failure story ... Moral: If u want to RTI CDAC, Mohali....File TWO RTI's ....One to CDAC , MOHALI....2nd to the Organisation on behalf of which CDAC is conducting the recruitment...
As reported by Nitin Jain —With inputs from Harjeet Singh at www.indianexpress.com on 26 May 2009 Mohali : The future of young impressionable minds in government schools in Mohali district seems to be bleak in the view of the dire straits of elementary education. Boasting of several institutes of national repute, this adjoining district of Chandigarh still has several schools which lack drinking water, toilets, teachers and buildings. The elementary schools are without basic amenities despite the fact that special grants amounting to over Rs 7 crore have been spent on elementary education in the district over the last two years. Atleast 27 Government Elementary Schools (GESs) go without potable water, 115 without toilets and 250 of the total 956 sanctioned posts of teachers are lying vacant across the district. Such is the state of affairs that a single teacher caters to as many as 162 students at one school and a dismal 2 students in another. Of the total 250 vacant posts, 24 are of central head teachers, 61 head teachers and 165 junior basic training teachers. Information procured from the District Education Officer (Elementary Education) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act revealed that Mohali district received Rs 7.78 crore grant under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) for the development of elementary education during 2007-08 and 2008-09. Though a grant of Rs 7.36 crore has been shown utilised under different heads, it failed to provide water and toilets to 142 of the total 249 schools, where 21,959 students are on the rolls. These underprivileged schools include nine in Kharar block (comprising Mohali), four in Majri and 14 in DeraBassi block which are rendered without proper drinking water facility. Schools without toilets include 34 in Kharar, 37 in Majri and 44 in DeraBassi block, where students and teachers have to go to secluded places to answer nature’s call. The GES at Antala village, which is the last village of Punjab on the Haryana border in the DeraBassi block, has 162 students with only one teacher, Jagir Singh. Along with volunteer Gurdhyan Singh, the lone teacher finds it difficult to take the classes of all the five standards in the school besides preparing and serving the mid-day meal. “Not only does the school have only 3 rooms for running 5 classes, its playground is being used by the villagers for dumping garbage,” reveals the teacher, who along with the students is prone to falling prey to some disease with huge heaps of garbage and cow dung dumped in the school. The only water tap in the school has been out of order since long. In contrast, the GES at Sainimajra village, close to Chandigarh, has a single teacher to teach only two students, who are also kept on rolls out of compulsion to prevent the school’s closure, admitted DEO (EE) Prakash Wati before relinquishing charge on Monday. The GES at the DeraBassi sub-divisional headquarter is operating without a building. Ever since the school’s building was handed over to the house tehsil complex in 2004, it is being run on a temporary basis from the building of the Government High School. Three teachers and a volunteer take care of 101 students at the school, which is sans a toilet. “High school teachers do not allow us to use their toilets and we are even ousted from the temporary arrangement for four months every year to accommodate the exams in the high school,” reveals central head teacher Swarn Lata. There is also no arrangement to cook mid-day meals in the temporary arrangement —With inputs from Harjeet Singh DEO HELPLESS “We are helpless as grants have to be spent on specified components. Though we keep asking for funds to fulfill basic needs, it depends upon the government to take a realistic view. Estimates for providing water, toilets and buildings are being made and sent besides moving the request to fill up vacant posts and rationalise the teacher-student ratio.” Prakash Wati, District Education Officer (Elementary Education), Mohali Source: Elementary education in dire straits in Mohali
As reported by Nitin Jain at www.expressindia.com on 11 March 2009 Reply to RTI plea reveals over 30 such buildings operating in city Seven illegal resorts, marriage palaces, country clubs, farmhouses and educational institutes in Greater Mohali area have sought regularisation even as at least 26 other such structures continue to operate without any check. While the applications of Palki Palace, Chashme Shahi Resort (both in Balongi), Mata Sahib Kaur Public School (Sohara), Guru Nanak Dev College (Makkrian), Balbir Singh Sidhu Marriage Palace (Sohana), IPF Bikram India Ltd and Chimney Heights (Dayalpura) are under consideration, no action has been taken against other illegal establishments, mostly owned “benami” by senior politicians and bureaucrats. Official information procured by Newsline from the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) under the Right to Information Act revealed that the Change of Land Use (CLU) procured by Bikram India and Chimney Heights has already been cancelled by the state government. Five other applications pertain to illegal constructions seeking regularisation under a special offer made by the state government in September 2008, wherein applications were invited from structures violating the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) Building Rules outside the municipal limits across the state. With their applications awaiting a decision, charges applicable on the seven illegal structures have not been calculated yet, said GMADA Regulatory branch. According to official information, of the total 29 marriage palaces, resorts and country clubs in Greater Mohali, only two have procured a CLU from the state government. Out of these, the CLU granted to Chimney Heights, a country resort spread over 10.5 acres of land on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway in Dayalpura village, has been cancelled while Vaseela Heritage Resorts has neither got its site plans approved nor deposited the requisite fee. Incidentally, both the resorts are owned by the relatives of former chiefs of the Punjab Police. While Col Rajdip Singh Virk (Retd), who owns Chimney Heights, is the brother of beleaguered Maharashtra DGP S S Virk, Vaseela’s owner M P S Aulakh, who had retired as Punjab DGP (Prisons) in 2005, is the brother of National Security Guard DG N P S Aulakh. The case of the controversial Forest Hill Resorts in Karoran village is also pending before the Supreme Court for alleged encroachment of the forest area and memberships to certain executive and judicial top brass. GMADA Superintending Engineer H S Sodhi said no farmhouse in Greater Mohali has been granted permission by the state government. According to the directive of the state government issued on October 15, 1966, the minimum area required for developing a farmhouse was five acres but the New Periphery Policy notified on January 20, 2006, reduced it to 2.5 acres. The farmhouse owners are required to procure a CLU, for which requisite fee is applicable. However, the RTI information remained silent over the number of farmhouses existing in Greater Mohali or the action initiated against illegal farmhouses. A majority of the farmhouses in Chandigarh periphery, falling under Greater Mohali, are owned by the top serving or retired civil and police officers besides politicians. Though the RTI information revealed that demolition orders were passed against Apsara Resorts in Chhatt village and Amrit Garden Centre for Social Culture at Kambala village, no information was provided on the action against other illegal resorts. Officialspeak “Besides initiating demolition proceedings, we are also recommending FIRs against owners or developers of illegal structures. Illegal farmhouses will also invite similar action as using land for any purpose other than agriculture requires a CLU.” — GMADA Additional Chief Administrator Balwinder Singh Multani Source: Illegal structures dot Mohali, no check - Express India