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No birth, death certificates issued for 2 days

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, July 24, 2014
First Published: 12:31 IST(24/7/2014) | Last Updated: 12:43 IST(24/7/2014)

This is the consequence of the July 21 evening fire that is certainly making residents sweat it out and make endless rounds of the office of the Registrar (Birth and Death) in Sector 17 here. The supply to the registrar’s office has been disconnected since the July 21 (Monday) night fire at the first floor office of the Directorate of Industrial Training, Haryana, located at the 30 Bays building, Sector 17.

The office has thus failed to issue certificates and even take applications for the same with the public being greatly inconvenienced.

Power had not been restored till the filing of the report.

The office of the department has not been supplied power as the electricity department has asked the building owners to provide a test report of the building, certifying that the wiring is in good condition.

The registrar’s office was also asked to give an undertaking to the fire department that in case of any mishap due to fire, the electricity department would not be responsible.

Power to most departments near the fire spot has not been restored, two days after the incident.

Narinder Singh, a resident of 42, who wanted to get a birth certificate, said: “It is strange that the department does not even have a generator. I visited the office for two days to get a birth certificate, but came back empty-handed each time.”

When contacted, municipal corporation medical officer, health, Dr Parminder Bhatti, said, “Residents had a tough time as there was no power supply in the office. We hope that the supply will be restored soon.”

UT superintending engineer MP Singh said: “We have told the authorities to provide us with the test reports of power and then only we will restore the supply. We have asked for a report for the building and not any
department. We cannot take any risks now.”

A senior municipal corporation official said: “This is certainly not the right way of asking for undertaking from a government department. It is strange that only this government building is being asked to give an undertaking. The fire norms in other buildings also need to be inspected.”

The office issues around 100 certificates a day and a similar number of applications are accepted.

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