Saturday, November 30, 2013

BJP opposes DERC move to initiate process to hike power tariff

Opposing the move by  Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) to hike power tariff,  today said the regulator is working in a doubtful manner. 

Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel alleged that the DERC's move was in collusion with the power discoms. 

He said there was no need for an increase as BJP was convinced that power tariff in Delhi can easily be slashed by 30 per cent. 

"The DERC is working in a doubtful manner to hike power tariff in Delhi. The consultants have been appointed and advertisement has been given for the purpose. The BJP strongly condemns this attempt to hike power tariff. The party is committed to reduction of power tariff by 30 per cent, if elected," Goel said. 

He said BJP has been raising the issue of transparency in tariff setting by DERC and also process of tariff determination. 

"The fact that the consultants appointed by the DERC were also either statutory auditors or were working for one or the other discoms, it constitutes a breach of trust on the part of the DERC. There is clear conflict of interests on part of the consultants," Goel said. 

Questioning the move, he said that DERC seems to be in a hurry to hike tariff while the election was around the corner. 

"Whatever policy decision was to be taken regarding revision of power tariff should be taken by the new government. But, the DERC's action reflects collusion between the regulator, which seems to be acting at the behest of the Congress government and the private discoms," Goel said. 

The BJP had raised the issue in March, when he along with Member of State Advisory Committee of DERC Anil Sood and other experts met the DERC Chairman. 

The DERC Chairman then admitted that the regulator committed mistake in the appointment of the consultants and assured the delegation to rectify the mistake soon, he said, adding but, the advertisement released by the DERC on November 28 and appearing in newspapers shows a totally casual and careless attitude of the DERC. 

"On the one hand the discoms were likely to submit the Aggregate Revenue Requirements (ARR) and on the other, it is extending the date for submission of Request for Proposal by the Consultants. This means the DERC was not at all ready to review the ARR and undertake the exercise of True-Up," he said.

with thanks : Business Standard : LINK

Friday, November 29, 2013

Pics with Dr.Prannoy Roy, NDTV

Strange but True !

No tap water for 25% of Delhiites

NEW DELHI: As Delhi heads for polls, some key issues are agitating the common voter although these may not be felt as much by the city's well-heeled sections. One such issue is water. According to Census 2011, about a quarter of the city's 1.67 crore population does not get treated piped water. That's about 42 lakh people dependent on water tankers, hand pumps, tubewells etc.
Delhi Jal Board (DJB) produces 818 million gallons per day (mgd) of water while the demand is 1,025 mgd. That's a shortfall of more than 20%.
Delhiites who do get water supply are only slightly better off. In most colonies, the supply lasts for 2-3 hours. In summers, it gets worse. According to a survey done by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) last year, out of 111 resident welfare associations that responded to queries, 64 received less than two hours water supply in summer and 59 felt that water was unfit for drinking.
For the past 20 years, Congress and BJP have run the state government and the municipal corporations between them. Yet, they have been unable to deliver this basic entitlement to the people.
A deal was signed in 1994 to deliver water Delhi from three dams to be built in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. After 19 years, the dams are yet to be built. Two of them, Kishau and Renuka, have not even got clearances.
DJB has water treatment plants at six places with a combined capacity of 690 mgd. The CAGfound that at Chandrawal, pumps and flow meters were not working properly, the pond was silted with mud and waste water was leaking all over from 57-year-old sluices and gates. The pumps that push the treated water out were connected to pipes with smaller than optimal diameters, making the pumps less efficient.
Delhi has a very imbalanced and unjust water distribution set up. The CAG report points out that the whole water delivery system is mismanaged, inefficient and weighted in favour of some areas. For instance, the water treatment plant at Nangloi produces 40 mgd for a population of 23.47 lakh. That works out to about 77 litres per day per person.
However, the supply ranged from 3.36 litres per capita per day (lpcd) for 2.5 lakh people in Daulatpur to 225 lpcd for 1.9 lakh people living in Nangloi, according to the CAG report. Some areas in Vikaspuri get just 42 lpcd while others get more than 212 lpcd.
While DJB itself supplies about 128 mgd of groundwater through its network, the population left out of its network depends mostly on groundwater. This has led to a serious crisis of quality. According to the Central Ground Water Board's quality checks, parts of several districts have high nitrate, chloride, fluoride and salinity.
In 2009, 400 million cubic metres (mcm) of groundwater was being drawn out every year while availability was 290 mcm. Twenty blocks spread across the city were 'over-exploited' and five were semi-critical. Water table is falling at the rate of 40 to 100 cm per year.
So, not only is safe water unavailable to a large section of Delhiites, the future looks bleak too. Population is expected to grow while supply cannot keep pace, and groundwater is fast disappearing.
with thanks : Times of India : LINK

Water Front : S A Naqvi ji


Bharatiyam, (registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860) a national level society is seeking assistance for their project "check-up with joy".They are in a need of volunteers to support aged and needy citizens of Delhi who are enrolled for CGHS benefits, but are not able to avail the facilities due to their age related and other inabilities. Volunteers can choose CGHS dispensary/hospital and also a day of their choice for providing support / service to the elderly and needy. Please see the following link.

Kindly  directly contact Mr.Ahmad Belal, Project Coordinator, BHARATIYAM , Mobile :9718263037

Thursday, November 28, 2013

strange but True !

No sewers in 2 out of 5 Delhi homes

Here is a statistic from Census 2011 that will leave you shocked : 40% of Delhi's population - about 67 lakh people - lives in homes that do not have closed drains to take away waste water. In fact, they are not connected to the sewerage system at all. Toilets in these homes are mostly connected to septic tanks, and waste water from bathrooms etc flows into open drains.
Where are these people? Most of them live in the vast northern periphery of Delhi. In North East district, 73% of the population lives in homes with open drains. In North West district, 45% don't have closed drains. In the South district too 40% don't have proper drains. It is only in the central core of Delhi that the situation is somewhat reasonable.
Living near open drains, which probably get clogged and overflow periodically is a severe health hazard that hits quality of life. In 2001, 65% of the urban population of Delhi was covered under sewerage network. This declined to 55% in 2011, according to analysis done by National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB).
There is another side to this dismal story. According to NCRPB, Delhi generates about 4,528 million litres of sewage every day but the sewer network manages to intercept only about 2,280 million litres. The reason is fairly straightforward - the sewer network does not reach about half of Delhi's population. So, the unintercepted sewerage flows straight into water bodies or reaches the Yamuna river through storm water drains.
The 31 sewage treatment plants (STPs) in Delhi, which have a combined capacity of 2,475 million litres of sewage per day, actually treat only 1,589 mld. Between 2001 and 2011, the amount of sewage treated has increased from 1,500 mld to 1,589 mld - just 6%.
The reason why these expensive STPs are lying idle is simple. The sewage just does not reach the plants. A recent report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) pointed out that Delhi Jal Board (DJB) spent Rs 2,715 crore building STPs and sewers. The CAG criticized DJB, saying that increasing capacity of STPs was beyond justification.
In 2008, a new idea was floated. If homes could not be connected to sewers, at least some of the sewage flowing in the storm water drains towards the river could be collected and treated. Called the 'interceptor sewer system', it was hoped that by this means another 31% of Delhi's population would come under sewerage system, though indirectly.
What happened next is typical of Delhi's callousness. Engineers India Limited was appointed to prepare a project, which it did. The report said the project could be finished by September 2010. The government sat on the proposal for three years and it was finally awarded in July 2011 to be completed by 2014. Meanwhile, it turns out that STPs may find it difficult to treat the intercepted sewage during monsoon months as a large amount of rainwater would be mixed with it.

with thanks : Times of India : LINK 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Railway Pensioners Welfare Association

Railway Pensioners Welfare Association (Regd.) 7/15, Tilak Nagar New Delhi. 110018, is holding its meeting at Arya Samaj Mandir, Anand Vihar on the 24th. November, 2013 Sunday at 3.30PM. 

Apart from other information for the interest of the Railway Pensioners, we are also releasing 2014 Calender through the benevolent presence of Shri C L Kaw Ex Chairman Railway Board along with other big retired officers from the Railways.  


R K Nanda

First time in East Delhi Saint Morari Bapu's Ram Katha

Dear Mr. Vohra ji,

I would request you to kindly arrange to put it on your website the following for information / guidance of all members of our East Front which has since carved a niche in the East Delhi map and is becoming a popular front all over!

"First time in East Delhi Saint Morari Bapu's Ram Katha will be held from 23rd November to 1st December, 2013 as per programme given below:-

23.11.13 - 11 a.m. Shubh Kalas Yatra from Sri Ram Mandir/Anand Vihar to Katha Sthal
23.11.13 - 4 p.m. onwards Sri Ram Katha by Morari Babu followed by Prasad
24.11.13 to 1.12.13 -  Sri Ram Katha (contd.) from 10 a.m. 2 p.m., daily, followed by Maha Prasad.

Venue: D.D.A. Ground, Near Karkarduma Metro Station, Delhi-92
Organizers: Sneh Darshan Foundation - Phones: 011-22054300; 22054500 Fax: 22527488
E-mail: Website 

27.11.13 at 7 p.m. - Bhajan Sandhya - Shri Vinod Agarwal - Venue: DDA Ground, Near Karkarduma Metro Station, Delhi

Chairman: Shri Pramod Goyal (9811076449) Secretary General: Shri Dinesh C. Gupta(9810006926)"

Thanking you and with best regards,

TK Balu/Anand Vihar

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Vote Delhi Vote. No excuses please !

Supply of contaminated and Yellow Water


Residents of Pocket-C, Mayur Vihar II are complaining supply of contaminated and Yellow Water by BD Block UGR. Fear outbreak of epidemic jaundice etc. Request immediate action.

Complaint already sent through letter on November 8th with copy endorsed to Grievance Cell CM Delhi.

we have sent the Water samples taken from various Flats to The JE (Puneet Kaushik), Jal Board Offiece, Mayur Vihar-II, toady, photo of the samples is attached for your kind refrerence. 

Anil Grover

Resident`s Welfare Society (Regd.No.S/18577(1stJan1988)
Pocket-C, Mayur Vihar-II, Delhi-110091

Monday, November 11, 2013

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

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Winter clothes to the poor and needy !

Dear friends ,

Winter is already in.The cold weather will affect many poor people who need our support to keep them warm and safe .

Can we mobilise our collective efforts to  organise distribution of  winter clothes to the poor and needy so that they are protected from the rigours of the cold climate which takes toll of lives also.

Let us start. I have many clothes to donate.

Prof. S. Sitaraman Senior Vice PresidentAmity University & Amity - Top US Universities Synergy Forum
Professor, Faculty of Management
Adviser Students' Welfare
Adviser, Amity Centre for Guidance & Counseling (ACGC)
Director, Amity Foundation for Ayurvedic sciences
Convener Students Satisfaction & Happiness Mission
Room No. 12, Ground Floor, I-2 Block, AmityUniversity Sec-125, NOIDA

Friday, November 8, 2013

Water Manifesto by NPAWP

National Platform against Water Privatization
Citizens Front for Water Democracy

Dear all,

NPAWP releases its Citizens Manifesto on Water

Water has become a big issue in forthcoming Delhi assembly elections. Even the availability of water is more than its requirement citizens are facing acute water shortage. In Delhi the water availability is 360 Crore liters that means per person availability of water in Delhi is more than 225 liters per person per day still city is thirsty.  NPAWP & CFWD  see poor water governance, management and corruption in DJB a main reason as water is not reaching to peoples tap. CFWD is of the opinion that this scarcity is created rather than real and is deliberate to privatize the people's water. 

NPAWP has decided to raise people's agenda of water during forthcoming assembly elections and hence demanded following from all political parties; 

People’s Manifesto for Assembly Election in Delhi:

The political parties or coalitions of parties which would form the government in Delhi must commit for the following:

  1. Water will be a prime agenda and an obligatory function of their government in Delhi. They would provide an efficient water service with adequate quantity and quality as per BIS norms. The water pricing policy of their government will not be based on the fraudulent World Bank principle of full cost recovery model.

  1. Their party government will provide a minimum quantity of 70 Liters per capita daily (LPCD) free of cost potable water to each family member in order to ensure water security along with the food security under the National Food Security Act 2013. We firmly believe that food security can’t be achieved without ensuring water security.

  1. 70 LPCD of water will be approx. 10 kilolitres (Kl) of water to each household every month without any discrimination and it will be declared as “life line water” for the consumption of drinking, cooking, personal and domestic hygienic requirements without any discrimination of the rich or the poor.

  1. The BPL Families will not be charged for water usage up to 20 Kiloliters per month.

  1. Their party government must commit to set up a network of Piaos (Water kiosk) and install public stand posts in different locations to restore this traditional service to the public in Delhi. The water Kiosks will be meant for the poor, homeless and other destitute communities on the roads or in jhuggi jhopries, as well as for passerby on the roads to ensure availability of free of charge safe drinking water to everybody in Delhi, including those who cannot afford to pay.

  1. Their government will Stop and Rollback Privatization and Commodification of water services in Delhi: The privatization or commodification of water is against the spirit of a welfare state. Private Corporations have no social obligation to provide lifeline water or set up water kiosk. We believe that to ensure water security, we have to re municipalise our water services because water security won’t be possible under the privatized water system.

  1. As explained earlier, there are several instances which indicate that private water projects in Delhi are full of corruption and are not sustainable. Through water privatization and PPP, the Delhi Government is facilitating the corporate control over water in Delhi and a repetition of our bitter experiences of power sector in water which would lead to huge rise in water tariff. Increased water tariff would be unaffordable for the common people, but the private corporations will earn huge profits. Therefore the new government will set up a fair inquiry on all privatization (and outsourcing) projects in Delhi Jal Board and all culprits after fair trail must be sent behind bars.
 Feel free to contact:
 S. A. Naqvi
National Coordinator (NPAWP)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Happy Diwali !



Election authorities had put up a Public Notice on 6 October, 2013 in all the leading News Papers that the provisions of the Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 2007 ( Copy available on POSTER HATAO TIME LINE Notes ) must be adhered to in letter and spirit. A Flying squad has been arranged in each of the 70 Constituencies to ensure this.


Pl call Toll FREE Number 1800111400 and register your complaint, if you see any Hoarding / Poster of any Political Party / individual even if it was put up in the past but still existing. Take a complaint No for following it up.

You can help the Flying Squad in locating the Defacement and then help them to remove the same. You can also request them to remove any other commercial Defacement in the vicinity.


Col Shivraj

210 Munirka Vihar
New Delhi-110067

har dil muskura dena Diwali se pahle, Har gum ko bhula dena Diwali se pahle, 
Na socho ki kis-kis ne dil dukhaya tumhara, Sabko maf kar dena Diwali se pahle, 

President, Pocket A-1,Mayur vihar-3


Aap sabhi ko bhi dipawali,bhaiya dooj,avam chhat pooja ki haardik shubh kaamnaye. 

Rakesh Awasthi,Kailash Nagar(RWA)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Happy Diwali !

Happy Diwali ! Must visit : Sri Ram Katha - First time in East Delhi

Thank you for your prompt reply! Here are the details in a nutshell which you could flash through your valuable and most popular channel!!

" First time in East Delhi - Sri Ram Katha, commencing from 4 p.m. on 23rd November, 2013. From 24/11 to 1/12/2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at DDA Ground, Near Karkarduma Metro Station organized by Sneh Darshan Foundation. Contact No.9971449996 - 

For the time being you could flash the above. Further details could be obtained from website or over phone quoted above. The organizers wish to extend invitation individually by their addresses. Of course, we could arrange to hand over the same to you for onward transmission by any convenient means, which you could suggest. It will be of immense noble service for the ennobling cause!


With deep regards,

TK Balu/Anand Vihar