City police top list of corrupt offices
The city police topped the list of most corrupt government offices in the city in 2010.Statistics compiled by the Anti-corruption bureau (ACB), which are a pointer to corruption levels in public offices, show that the Mumbai police had 16 cases of bribery, in which officials were caught red-handed, against its officers in 2010.
Second on the list is the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) with 15 cases registered against its officials.
Although the number of cases against the Mumbai police was higher, the number of officials involved in cases of bribery was higher for the BMC.
While 21 policemen were caught while accepting bribes, the figure for BMC employees was 24. In 2009, 18 policemen were trapped while accepting bribes, while the number of BMC officials was 16.
“It is wrong to assume on the basis of statistics that the Mumbai police or the BMC are the most corrupt offices in the city,” said Niket Kaushik, deputy inspector general of police (DIG), ACB. “Since both the offices are the largest employers in the city, even if a fraction of the strength is caught in the ACB’s net, it will appear big.”
The ACB’s statistics for 2008, 2009 and 2010 show an increase in the number of people caught in graft cases. While in 2008, 69 government officials were caught accepting bribes, the number increased to 79 in 2009. In 2010, it showed a significant increase with 84 officials caught.
“The trend would mean two things. More and more people are coming forward to lodge complaints against corrupt officials and also the success of the traps laid by the ACB,” Kaushik said.
The last year saw two big arrests by the ACB. First, was the arrest of a senior member of the civic high-rise committee, Shailesh Mahimtura on bribery charges. The second was the arrest of Anil Himmatrao Shingane, an assistant charity commissioner, who is a judicial officer, on the last day of the year, for taking bribe.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
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.