Chandigarh diary

Published: 25th June 2018 01:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th June 2018 04:10 AM   |  A+A-

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Civic body proposes hike in water tariff
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has proposed to double water tariff. It will come up at the next general house meeting of the Corporation if it is approved by the Finance and Contract Committee on June 26. It is after a gap of 10 years that a tariff hike was proposed. Water tariff hike is being proposed for all categories of consumers. The new proposed tariff is up from C2 per unit to C3.98 from 0 to 15 units (kl), from C4 per unit to C7.90 for 15 to 30 units, from C6 per unit to C11 for 30 to 60 units and C8 to C15 per unit for above 60 units.

Dengue, malaria and chikungunya on decline
As per the National Health Profile-2018, prepared by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence, the number of dengue, malaria and chikungunya cases in Chandigarh were on decline in 2017 as compared to last few years. Last year, the number of malaria cases (provisional) reported in Chandigarh was 114. In 2016 and 2015, the number of cases was 157 and 152, respectively. No malaria death was reported in 2017 and 2016. In 2015, there was one death. In 2014, the total positive cases were 114 with no casualty. There were 1,652 clinically suspected chikungunya cases in 2017 and 2,857 in 2016. In 2017, the number of dengue cases recorded in Chandigarh was 1,094 and it was 1,246 in 2016. 

Fare of heli-taxi hiked
From July 1, the passengers of the Chandigarh-Shimla heli-taxi will now have to shell out C500 more with the new rate fixed at C3,499. The service will be available thrice a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) instead of twice a week. The helicopters will be landing at Annandale ground in Shimla. The service has received a great response with all seats being booked for June. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had inaugurated the heli-taxi service on June 4 from Shimla. It was introduced to encourage air tourism in North India.

Single bill for water, power, property tax?
If all goes well, there will be a single bill for water and electricity charges along with property tax for Chandigarh residents as the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has floated this idea. The proposal will come up for discussion during the House meeting on June 29. At present, there are separate bills for water and electricity connections. If the proposal is approved by the House, then it will be forwarded to the Chandigarh Administration, which will then finally put its final decision and also chalk out a plan for coordination with the Corporation. This is being done to bail the Corporation from its current financial crisis.

Limited operation from Chandigarh airport
The Sunday operations from the Chandigarh International Airport will start from July 1. Initially, there will be limited flight operations on Sundays from the Chandigarh Airport. Currently, the facility is closed on Sundays from last October due to runway upgradation.  To start air operation, six flights will operate from 1 PM to 6.30 PM — three flights will be to Delhi and one each to Mumbai and Hyderabad and Bengaluru. As there will be limited flights on Sunday, the tickets prices are almost double.

Harpreet Bajwa

Our correspondent in Chandigarh

hsbajwa73@gmail.com

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