Tuesday, July 10, 2018

बिजली के फिक्स्ड चार्जस पर लूट की छूट?

जिस शहर का बिजली का अधिकतम लोड या फिर अधिकतम खपत 7,000 MW से भी कम हो और जिस शहर मे बिजली वालों ने लगभग 23,000 MW का लोड मंजूर किया हुआ हो और उसपर वो लोग नई दरों से फिक्स्ड चार्जस वसूल रहे हों तो आप लोग उसे क्या बोलेंगे ? 

क्या इसका मतलब ये निकलता है की लगभग 16,000 MW का लोड सिर्फ़ कागजों पर है और हक़ीकत से उसका कोई भी लेना देना नही है ? और  फिर भी अगर बिजली कोम्पनियाँ उस पर नई दरों से फिक्स्ड चार्जस वसूल रही हों तो इसका क्या मतलब निकाला जा सकता है ?

ज़रा हिसाब लगा कर देखिए कि 16,000 MW या फिर 1,60,00,000 KW पर इन बिजली कोम्पनीओ को कम से कम भी 125 रुपये हर KW के हिसाब से कितना पैसा हर महीने फ़िजूल का मिल रहा है ? 

अब जवाब तो दिल्ली सरकार को या फिर DERC को देना होगा कि आख़िर किस के कहने पर फिक्स्ड चार्जस को बड़ाया गया और किन शर्तों पर इन बिजली कंपॅनियन को भारी मुनाफ़ा दिया गया. 

अब एक ईमानदार सरकार से क्या हम इतनी भी उम्मीद नही रख सकते कि वो जनता के समक्ष सच्चाई रखेगी?

Monday, July 9, 2018

Desilting of drains on the charge of PWD

There are more than 40 Cooperative House Building Societies and Group Housing Societies in the area lying between Karkarimore and Yamuna Sports Complex. These Societies belong to the Central, State Government Officers. The following roads exist in the area and which are on the charge of PWD. 

(I) Vikas Marg (Raja Harish Chander Marg Karkari More to Yamuna Sports Complex
(ii) Manglam Marg from Shanti Mukand Hospital to Hedgewar Hospital
(iii) Vishwas Nagar Road from Dayanand Vihar T Junction to Vishwas Nagar
(iv) Mahavir Swami Marg from T Junction AGCR to Raja Somnath Marg
(v) Kakardooma Village to Cross River Mall 
(vi) Raja Surajmal Marg from Jhilmil to Jagriti Enclave
(vii)Master Somnath Marg from Raja Suralmal Marg to Ram Prasth
(viii) Vikas Marg to Manak Vihar, Sreshtha Vihar via Jagriti Enclave, Anand Vihar, Vigyan Lok etc. 
These roads each have drains on both sides but most of these drains have not been cleaned for years.  There appears to be no Action Plan with the PWD to clean these DRAINS  before the monsoon. No doubt some work has been done but in a half-hearted manner. The road running Shanti Vihar , Kiran Vihar has not been cleaned since the construction of Mundka  Metro line started in this area years back.. Same is the case of drain running from Hans Apats to Anupam Apts near Hedgewar Hospital on Manglam Road. The matter was raised  in the District Development Committee meeting held on 3rd July 2018 but no decision could be taken as an officer from the PWD was present in this meeting. You will please appreciate that this is a health hazard situation and you would not like to continue with it. Any manpower shortage may be met with the engagement of casual staff for the purpose..
We shall be grateful if suitable action is initiated to get these drains cleaned as early as possible so that area don't get flooded during rains. Encroachments, if any,  coming in the way, may  please be got removed. As a matter of fact this a round the year work which needs advanced planning.        

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Voters on Strike i.e. Surgical Strike i.e. NOTA - None of the above !

Don't you think that it's the Turn of the VOTERS now to go on the SURGICAL STRIKE? We the residents are fed up with the tussle between Delhi Govt & Hon'ble LG. All the RWAs of Delhi must come forward to raise the voice that even we too, we the RWAs, we the Residents, we the Voters can also go on the Strike and the meaning of our strike is - Surgical Strike, i.e. NOTA - None of the above. Only by using NOTA, we can teach a lesson to our leaders to SAVE OUR CITY.

RWAs - NGOs - Activists - Offer to Mediate to 'SAVE OUR CITY'



Hon’ble  LG Shri Anil Baijal Ji & Hon’ble CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal Ji,

We the Citizens of Delhi wish to place before you our Pain and Helplessness on witnessing the stalemate in Governance of Delhi. The Theater of the Absurd being played out at Raj Niwas and CM Residence reflects poorly on us Delhites.

As concerned and aware residents of the city and being selflessly involved in matters relating to Civic Governance, we the conglomerate of various RWAs, NGOs & Activists from all across Delhi NCR have a fair understanding of what the true picture and see beyond the Politics. While we do not doubt either of your intentions or your concern for the Capital City, someone has to intervene/mediate in whose presence you could place your respective grievances’.

Please do not take it as an affront, as to who ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ are to offer such mediation. We humbly submit that their lies as much Expertise, Experience, and Wisdom across the High Chair, that persons occupying the chair fail to notice. Collectively we come from all walks of life and have a wealth of knowledge and LOVE FOR OUR CITY to make such a seemingly outlandish offer.

News reports offer a bizarre specter in Delhi, may that be non cooperation of Bureaucracy; Haryana’s threat to first withdraw Court Cases before release of water to Delhi; upkeep of schools being ignored; Statehood of Delhi; Law & Order; Civic & Health Infrastructure etc and on top of it the prevailing emergency conditions due to Dust storm are issues that directly impact our daily lives and NOW WE REFUSE TO REMAIN, MUTE SPECTATORS,.

In your ‘One-up-man-ship,’ the common man bears the brunt of Civic Apathy. We request you to please allow us to intervene and bring ‘you two’ fine gentlemen to a negotiating table, we are sure in our unbiased and apolitical presence you will only place reasonable solutions for the benefit of all.

As concerned Citizens, we seek your indulgence to help ’SAVE OUR CITY’.

In Anticipation,

On behalf of ‘Save Our City’ Campaign
Joint Signatories
On behalf of ‘SAVE OUR CITY’ Campaign
Joint Signatories in alphabetical order:
Anil Sood, CHETNA (NGO)
Chetan Sharma, CONRWA
Pankaj Agarwal, Delhi RWA’s Joint Front
Rejimon, Dwarka Forum
B.S. Vohra, East Delhi RWAs Joint Front
Rajiv Kakria, GK-1 RWA
Anant Trivedi, Ishwar Nagar RWA
Gulshan Rai, Janakpuri RWA
Saurabh Gandhi, Gen. Secy. United Residents of Delhi-URD
Krishan Mitroo, Panchsheel Enclave
BB Tiwari, SJ Enclave

CC: President of India; Chief Justice Supreme Court of India; Prime Minister; Home Minister; Chief Justice, Delhi High Court.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


"A Master Plan is the long-term perspective plan for guiding the sustainable planned development of the city. This document lays down the planning guidelines, policies, development code and space requirements for various socio-economic activities supporting the city population during the plan period. It's an organized set of decisions made by one person or a team of people about how to do something in the future.  It's a collection of all the smaller plans under a common cause so that system works systematically in future. 

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But when we talk about our city, do you think there is any such master plan in existence? Traffic jam and congestion all over, open Dhalav and mountains of garbage at the landfill sites, encroachment and unauthorized construction almost everywhere, massive water logging during monsoon, potholes, and cave-ins as well the drinking water issues during summers, just reflect the genuineness of the so-called master plan of Delhi.

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While there seems no suitable master plan in existence, don't know why the Government is hell-bent to announce certain modifications that will just create chaos as no one is talking about the infrastructure. No one talks about the levels of pollution that kill scores of people while deciding the modifications in the master plan of Delhi. Similarly, no voice heard that how to give a new lease of life to the river Yamuna. 

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The entire exercise is being undertaken to regularise the FAR to get more and more money by way of penalties as well the regularisation charges. Is that the Master Plan of a city that is the most polluted and most congested in the world? 

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Is that the Master Plan of Delhi or the Master Collection Plan, as so many clauses just talk about the regularisation of FAR at certain appropriate charges/levies. 

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

DDA Modifications - Suggestions / Objections - to Save our City Delhi !

9th June 2018

Commissioner Cum Secretary,

Delhi Development Authority,
B Block, Vikas Sadan,
New Delhi - 110023

Subject: DDA Modifications - Suggestions / Objections - to Save our City Delhi !

Dear Sir,

Please refer your Advertisement dated 26th May 2018 seeking suggestions/objections to the proposed modifications in the Master Plan of Delhi 2018. In fact, we are more than shocked to find that your Advertisement for modifications of the MPD 2021, clearly shows that every thing will be regularised on the payment of certain levies :

5.6.2 clearly says that - The existing built-up commercial centres may be redeveloped if need be with enhanced FAR subject to payment of appropriate levies.

5.6.3a clearly says that - such excess FAR shall be permitted subject to payment of penalty charges amounting to 1.5 times of the applicable charges.

5.6.3b clearly says that - Payment of Use conversion charges from Residential to Commercial shall be applicable as prescribed.

5.6.3d clearly says that - additional FAR shall be permitted on payment of additional FAR charges as applicable.

5.6.4 clearly says that - upper floors can be converted to commercial use after paying the applicable charges.

5.6.5 about basements clearly says that - such excess FAR shall be subject to payment of appropriate charges.

Even though they can not provide any parking facility to most of the commuters, 5.6.7 says that One Time parking charges shall be paid either as down payment or in maximum four instalments.

While 15.9 (V) asks for the Penalty, 

15.12.3 (vii) is again subject to the payment of appropriate charges.

Under such circumstances, the Suggestions / Objections being filed by us, as the Joint Resolution of RWAs - NGOs - Activists, to Save Our City, won't have that much impact as the things look pre-decided as well absolutely biased towards urbanization of the City with a clear message that anything can be done on the payment of certain levies.

Strange & Shocking, there is no mention anywhere, that how you will control the Traffic Jam, Congestion, Pollution, Open Dhalavs, Open Landfill sites, Water Logging, Encroachment, etc., due to the excessive load on the infrastructure due to the excessive FAR all over in this city, which is already world's most polluted & most congested. As per WHO, over 30,000 persons are killed every year due to the impact of Pollution in Delhi NCR, but we could not find any modification in the MPD 2021.

The Lifeline of Delhi - The Yamuna river has no more Life in its Dirty Drain water. Clause 9.1, NATURAL RESOURCES of MPD 2021 itself says that, The Yamuna river and the drains are highly polluted; the capacity to treat wastewater is grossly deficient; The actual quantity of wastewater treated is much below the installed capacity; The planned reuse of treated wastewater is minuscule; A large number of the traditional water bodies in the form of ponds, etc. (excluding areas of unintended water logging along railway tracks, highways and canals etc.) have been encroached or have otherwise become defunct. The average annual rainfall in Delhi is 611 mm. However, recharge of groundwater gets limited due to decreased availability of permeable surfaces owing to urbanization, but we could not find any modification in the MPD 2021.

Under such circumstances, the last try to Save our City, lies only in the clause 5.6.10 that says, in case there is no parking facility available in the vicinity, the concerned local body may declare such areas as the pedestrian shopping streets/areas. Public transport authority shall ensure last mile connectivity to these areas.

As almost every locality of Delhi has a market, may be big or small, we are sure that you have done enough surveys for all the areas before issuing the notification for the modifications in the MPD 2021.

1. Therefore, please let us know the areas that have the parking facility suitable to the quantum of vehicles of that area so that we can approach the Local bodies to declare the rest of the areas as the pedestrian shopping streets/areas with immediate effect.

2. Moreover, by yet another modification, the term 'may' above (in 5.6.10), must be changed with the term 'must', to ensure relief to the residents/shoppers.

3. As mentioned above (in 5.6.10), the Public transport authority has to ensure last mile connectivity of these areas. Therefore, please let us know that how long it will take for the public transport authority to ensure the last mile connectivity for all those areas and your approval to the modifications to the MPD 2021 must wait till the last mile connectivity is achieved for all the areas.

4. May we request you to please ensure that all those areas of Delhi without a suitable parking facility are declared as the Pedestrian Shopping Streets / Areas, at the earliest possible. The main benefit of declaring such areas as the Pedestrian shopping streets/areas will be the reduction of congestion & reduction of pollution, that will save the most precious lives of all those who are on the verge of collapse due to various respiratory ailments, heart diseases, Cancer, Brain stroke, etc.

5. But we just could not understand and would like to know that why the Extraordinary Notification Number 149, published in the Gazette of Delhi, on Friday 15th September 2006 / Bhadra 24, 1928, declaring a huge lot of roads as the Pedestrian Shopping Streets, has not yet been implemented? 

6. We would like to know that who are the persons responsible for the non-implementation of this published notification in the last almost 12 years, and what were the reasons for the non-implementation of the notification, that was published in the Delhi Gazette on 15th September 2006?

7.  We would like to know the extent of damages occurred to the Environment of the city, due to non-implementation of the above-said notification, that was published in the Delhi Gazette on 15th September 2006?

8.  You have added in the Clause 15.7.1 that other services which are non-polluting, non-hazardous, and not prohibited by law in the residential area, shall be permitted, but we could not understand that why you have not imposed any check on the number of vehicles that is one of the main cause of Congestion & Pollution in the city?

9. Moreover, Under the Clause 5.6.7, you are asking for the One-time parking charges. But how can you claim such one-time parking charges, until & unless you have identified the Parking space under 5.6.8 as well as under 5.6.9

10. Does it mean that you want to collect the Parking charges, even without having any parking space, even without identifying any parking space, and even though that area is most likely to be declared as the Pedestrian shopping street/area under clause 5.6.10?

11. Please empower the RWAs for some constructive efforts. RWAs have enough brains but no miraculous powers to identify the parking space, where there is no space at all.

Looking forward to your reply as well an invite to the Public hearing, if any, though not expected, as the things look already pre-decided and pre-settled in the favour of Urbanization of the City.

And if that's true, please at least make an ESCROW fund with all the collections done for permitting all the Enhanced FARs, Basements & the collection of Used conversion charges, ensuring to be spent only on the maintaining of Parking (if any in that area), maintaining of the Roads as well as the Pedestrian shopping streets/areas and in providing the last mile connectivity, without any deviation of funds.

With best regards,

B S Vohra

East Delhi RWAs Joint Front - Federation
F-19/10, Krishna Nagar, Delhi - 110051