283 challaned on Christmas in Chandigarh but none for drunken driving
Traffic police issued 283 challans in the city on Christmas, but surprisingly no one was penalised for drunken driving.
Last year, the traffic police issued 23 challans for drunken driving on Christmas night. The number was 93 in 2017.
Deputy superintendent of police Kewal Krishan said: “Nakas were set up across the city late till Wednesday night. Besides, 42 mobile nakas were also there to check traffic violations, particularly drunken driving. It was seen that people were moving around in cabs or with drivers so that they are not challaned.”
Road safety activist Harman Sidhu said this points to a change in how people of Chandigarh go out to party now. “Getting stopped at a naka is something that nobody wants. These days, calling a cab takes a few minutes and people of the city have started embracing this change. The harsher penalties in the amended Motor Vehicles Act has acted as a deterrent and people plan out how they’ll get back home when they go out,” he said.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.
Chandigarh received 97mm rainfall between 6am and 8.30am, the heaviest rain in July since 2017, as per the India Meteorological Department. It received another 0.9mm of rainfall during the day. The maximum precipitation till 8.30am was recorded at the Sector 39 observatory (97mm), 49.2mm rain was recorded at the airport observatory, 77.5mm rain in Panchkula and 74.5 mm rain in Mohali.
A flight from Mumbai was cancelled and 19 others were delayed at the Chandigarh International Airport due to inclement weather on Wednesday. Go First flight G8-2506, was unable to take off due to heavy downpour in Mumbai. While 11 flights arrived late, eight departed late. Two Alliance Air flights from Himachal Pradesh were delayed by over an hour due to heavy rainfall in the hill state.
With showers lashing Panchkula on Wednesday, many sectors were flooded with rainwater and cars were seen ploughing through knee-deep water in several areas. Despite the meteorological department's timely warning regarding the arrival of monsoon, the civic body failed to resolve the recurring waterlogging issue, which has been plaguing residents for decades. Just after a few hours of downpour, waterlogging was observed several areas, with Sector 19, the last sector bordering Punjab, the worst affected.
Congress's UT unit on Wednesday organised a protest against the hike in liquefied petroleum gas price by the Union government. Protesters commenced a march from Congress Bhawan in Sector 35 towards the Bharatiya Janata Party office in Sector 33, but were stopped by police, who put up heavy barricades just as the march began. 75% emerging diseases zoonotic: Mohali civil surgeon Mohali Government health institutions across the district observed World Zoonosis Day on Wednesday.