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Six years on, Panipat dyers await water discharge plant

Panipat :
Members of the Panipat Dyers’ Association are waiting for the approval of a zero liquid discharge (ZLD) plant for the past six years. They alleged that the proposal of a ZLD of 100-MLD capacity had been prepared by HSVP engineering wing but it was stuck in files.

 The Part 2 of Sector 29 was established by the Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP, then HUDA) in 2003, especially for dyeing units. As many as 350 registered dyeing units are operational here while the total plots in the sector are 600.

Bheem Rana, president, the Panipat Dyers’ Association, said dyeing industry was the mother of textile industry. But it was facing shortage of water as it needs approximately 42 MLD of water daily. Only 15 MLD water is being supplied through canal and ground water. As much as 40 MLD water is discharged daily, which goes waste, he stated.

“The problem can be resolved only after installation of a ZLD plant here. We have been demanding one for the past six years and the engineering wing of HSVP had made a proposal of a 100-MLD ZLD two years ago”, Rana said.

The department had also prepared a detailed project report (DPR) of the ZLD and sent it to the government for approval. The estimated cost of the project would be around Rs937 crore and it would be established in around 40 acres. After the ZLD plant, the dyeing industry would become self-sufficient and 98 per cent of the total discharged water can be reused by the industry, he added.

The Union Government is ready to bear 50 per cent of the total cost of the project under Namami Gangey project and the state government has to give 25 per cent of the total cost, said Lalit Goel, an exporter. But the important part is that the government is asking the industry to bear the 25 per cent cost but industries are not in the condition to do so, he said.

Vinod Khandelwal, president, Haryana Chamber of Commerce, Panipat chapter, said a proposal was sent to the ministry around one and a half year ago. The plant is the basic need of the dyeing industry and government has to take up this proposal on priority basis, he added.

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Rewari gangrape accused in five-day police remand

Mahendragarh :
Kanina Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate Piyush Sharma on Monday sent Rewari gangrape case accused — main suspect Nishu Phogat, tubewell room owner Deen Dayal and Registered Medical Practitioner (RMP) Sanjeev — to five days’ police custody and directed the prosecution to produce them on September 21.

No one was allowed enter the courtroom till the time the accused were inside.

The prosecution had demanded seven days’ police remand, pleading that their custody was required for ascertaining the whereabouts of other accused.

Rakesh Lamba, advocate for Deen Dayal, pleaded in the court that the investigation was shoddy and Deen Dayal was being implicated. “Deen Dayal was not present at the spot when the crime was perpetrated. He was in Kosli on account of some domestic work. The tubewell room (where the girl was allegedly raped) does not have any lock. It remains open every time. Hence, there is no question of handing over the keys of the room to the accused,” he added.

Advocate Sandeep Yadav, who represented Sanjeev in the court, said the SIT had deliberately made Sanjeev an accused in the case just to save its skin as two other main suspects were still absconding. He said the victim had not named Sanjeev in the FIR.

Meanwhile, Dushyant Yadav, president of the Kosli Bar Association in Rewari, said the association had decided that none of its member would defend the accused.

A panchayat of 20 villages announced a bandh in Kosli on Wednesday in protest against the incident.

AAP activists protest in K’shetra 
Kurukshetra : Activists of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Jan Sangharsh Manch protested here on Monday against the Rewari gangrape case. They burnt effigies of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and demanded his resignation. AAP organisational secretary Sumit Hindutani said the state government had failed in ensuring women’s safety and there was a sharp rise in the crime against women. They demanded stringent punishment for the accused.

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Chit fund firms in Hisar, Fatehabad under scanner

Hisar :
In view of the recent chit fund scam involving Future Maker Life Care Private Limited, the police have put firms in Hisar, Fatehabad and Jind region, which have come up in the last two years, under scanner.

According to information, at least 10 firms are operational in Hisar, Fatehabad and Adampur town of Hisar district under the names of Trade Mart, Wealth Way, X way, Success Mantra Life Care, VDST, C done, Global Share, RMCL and Malwanchal Private Limited.

According to sources, villagers of the Adampur block are more inclined towards these chit fund firms. They added that villagers of Badopal, Gorakhpur, Chobara, Bhuna, Jandli, Sishwal, Chindarh, Sadalpur, Fatehabad, Hisar and Adampur were the biggest investors.
“Those who earn well later float their own venture after learning the ropes of this multi-chain marketing business. Radhey Shyam, a motivator-cum-agent, also launched his own firm. Another person who also earned crores from Future Maker later parted ways with Radhey Shyam and incorporated his own firm. He has gone into hiding now,” said a Hisar resident, who has been closely following these firms.

Sources said nearly 10 more such firms were expected to be floated in Hisar in the next three months to attract more people.

Meanwhile, the police on Friday arrested a promoter of chit fund firm Trade Mart, Naveen of Bangaon village in Fatehabad, on the basis of the complaint of one Pradeep Siwach.

SP Shiv Charan said the firm had opened two accounts in the Central Bank of India branches in Hisar and Bhatinda and started collecting money from gullible persons. The accounts had been sealed and an amount of Rs 15 lakh had been recovered from him. Raids were being conducted to arrest his accomplices.

Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar said they had failed to procure police remand of Radhey Shyam and Sunder Singh Saini, were still in judicial custody. “Our team is still carrying out investigations in Haryana”, he added.

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After attack on employee, staff block railway tracks in Sonepat

Train services disrupted for 3 hours on Delhi-Ambala section

Sonepat :
Train services remained disrupted for nearly three hours on the Delhi-Ambala section today.

The railway employees blocked the railway tracks here in protest against the brutal attack on one of their colleagues.

According to information, railway trackman Kundan, who was posted at the railway check post near Safiabad village in the district, was attacked with sharp-edged weapons by three motorcycle-borne assailants on night. The assailants had almost chopped off his hands besides, inflicting injuries on other parts of his body.

Sources said an express train coming from Delhi stopped near Safiabad. When the driver did not get signal from the track man, he went to check the status for further journey. He saw the trackman and one more person lying unconscious in a seriously injured condition and informed the railway authorities.

A team from Sonepat immediately reached the spot and brought the victims to the Civil Hospital here. Kundan was immediately referred to Delhi for further treatment.

After receiving information about the incident, the railway employees blocked the tracks at the local railway junction around 10am. A number of Up and Down trains were stopped at different railway stations.

On getting information, Rajiv Dhankhar, Additional Divisional Railway Manager, and the SP, RPF, reached Sonepat and accepted their demands, including arrest of the accused, police security to the trackmen and every possible help to the families of the victims. The protesters lifted the blockade around 1.30 pm.

Preliminary investigations revealed that three motorcycle-borne youths wanted the level crossing gate near Safiabad village to be opened around midnight. When Kundan refused to open the gate as Mury Express was approaching, the youths attacked him as well as his friend Chandan. A case was registered at the GRP station in this regard.

After surgery of more than four hours at Saroj Hospital in Rohini, Delhi, doctors restored limbs of Kundan, a resident of Bishanpura village in Banka district of Bihar.

4 trains reach late

  • Four trains reached late at the Ambala Cantonment railway station due to the traffic disruption on the Delhi-Ambala rail line in Sonepat
  • Paschim Express (12925) got delayed by over two hours, Katihar-Amritsar Express (15707) by over 3 hours, Kerala Sampark Kranti Express (12217) by 34 minutes and Sachkhand Express (12715) by 70 minutes

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Lower 1-time road tax on Haryana vehicles

Levy on actual, not ex-showroom, price

Chandigarh :
Thousands of vehicle owners in Haryana are set to pay lower one-time road tax.

With the state government set to charge road tax on the actual price and not ex-showroom price (which includes taxes such as CGST, SGST and cess) of the vehicles, substantial financial relief is in store for the vehicle buyers.

“The matter has been considered and a proposal for charging motor vehicle tax on actual price of the vehicles, excluding tax, has been approved by the government and will be finalised soon,” an undertaking filed by the Office of the Transport Commissioner before Chander Prakash, State Information Commissioner (SIC), said.

Prakash had earlier issued a show-cause notice to the Transport Department on an application filed by Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate Kanwar Yuvraj Singh. He had moved the SIC against the department’s failure to provide him information under the RTI Act.

The government decision to charge road tax on the actual price and not ex-showroom price would correct a major anomaly and provide relief to vehicle owners.

During his representations to the Transport Department, Kanwar had contended that under the predecessor Punjab Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1924, and the current Haryana Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 2013, the road tax on motor vehicles could be charged on the actual cost of vehicles and not on the “ex-showroom” price.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate had asserted that in neighbouring Punjab and Chandigarh, the authorities were charging road tax on the actual price of vehicles.

Will the government's decision bring relief to the public?

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