Friday, July 31, 2015

RWAs meet on Rising Pollution in Delhi !

Dear Mr, B.S.Vohra,

I have seen news item in today HT. In fact I have many points to narrate on the degradation of environment in east delhi. I wrote to DDA against construction adjacent to Sanjay Jheel, Mayur Vihar Ph-I, stinking area at Gazipur. I filed case in National Green Tribunal against tall and sky-rocketing buildings in trans Yamuna which is a seismic zone and its soil not congenial to support such buildings. 

I am Advocate by profession and have done lot of work in environment. I am happy to note that you are taking up this vital issue on which all the politicians are turning deaf ears. In my view the present Delhi Government is also not concerned much about deteriorating environment as none of their plans include any environment protection measures. They may be right on other aspects but they have not declared any concrete plan how to tackle this menacing problem. 

I will join this crusade. My support is available. 



RWAs meet on Rising Pollution in Delhi : Hindustan Times

RWAs meet on Rising Pollution in Delhi !

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Public hearing on hike in power tariffs next month

The tariffs in the Capital are likely to be revised by the end of August. —file photo

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) is going to hold a public hearing for this year’s power tariff revision in the first week of August.

Sources said that the power regulator had completed analysing and verifying the petitions submitted by the distribution companies, and that “dates for the public hearing would be announced soon”.

This means, the tariffs in the Capital are likely to be revised by the end of August. Owing to the delay, the discoms have now urged the commission to expedite the process. The DERC said it was yet to take a decision on hiking tariffs again, which may escalate its confrontation with the AAP government.

The power utilities have sought a hike in tariffs of up to 20 per cent as they have claimed a revenue gap of around Rs. 28,000 crore.

The Reliance Energy-backed BSES discoms have petitioned the DERC for up to 19 per cent hike, while the Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL) has demanded an increase of 20 per cent.

Making a case for hiking tariffs, the discoms have argued that their combined revenue gap due to the absence of a cost-reflective tariff has increased exponentially and the financial position would worsen further if there was no increase in rates.

The total under recoveries of the BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and the BSES Yamuna Power Ltd have risen to Rs. 20,000 crore while for the TPDDL, it has been estimated at Rs. 8,000 crore, according to the discoms.

On June 12, the DERC had hiked tariffs by up to six per cent to compensate the discoms for rise in power purchase cost. The AAP government had strongly criticised the DERC for the hike.

Power experts said the Delhi discoms have to incur 60 per cent more cost on buying power compared to other States because of the long-term power purchase.

The power regulator has completed analysing and verifying the petitions submitted by the distribution companies, and that “dates for the public hearing shall be announced soon”.

with thanks : The Hindu : LINK

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Delhi's Project TOD ....... ToDo or not ToDo ..... Totally Ontogenetic Development

Pls read todays Times of India, Delhi, page 4.

Dear Friends,

The Great Indian Developers and Town Planers in the Government are at it again ......... HAVING MESSED UP DELHI IN THE PAST 65 YEARS ........ they are now selling TOD to Delhites.

But nothing of it in LOOTYENS DELHI ....... I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY DEPRIVE Lutyens of all their BRIGHT IDEAS ????? After all they too deserve the VERY BEST the Countries WORST HAVE TO OFFER.

In the 80's NCR was the Brain Child of those occupying these very offices ....... THE PURPOSE ....... come along we do not have to be judgmental ..... not everything goes right ...... ROHINI, DWARKA, PATPARGANG (Residential) ........ NEHRU PLACE, BHIKAJI KAMA PLACE, RAJENDRA PLACE (Commercial) ......... OKHLA, NARIANA, WAZIRPUR (Industrial) ...... BRT, YAMUNA RIVER FRONT, SPORTS STADIUMS (Civic Infra) .......

On Paper their Planning is precise ....... and these days with the help of Computer Applications they can make artist impressions of future cities look like sets straight out of Hollywood.

Having failed on all fronts mentioned above and leaving citizens to fend for themselves ...... after all their JOB WAS TO PLAN and HELP DEVELOP ...... Providing Basic Facilities is not their job ...... WATER, POWER, TRANSPORT, PARKING ETC ........ that my friends is the job of the respective Ministries ....... 

DID YOU ASK THEM ........ that's not our JOB ......

TOD ...... Totally Ontogenetic Development ........ (Ontogenesis - the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level)

In 2005 the recently departed Justice Sabharwal of the Supreme Court had questioned the Urban Development Ministry ...... HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PROVIDE FOR ALL THE EXISTING DELHITES ........ FIRST PROVIDE and THEN PLAN FURTHER ...... he had said.

Mr. Sabharwal is no more with us nor are the Day to Day SC Hearings ........ leaving Delhites at the mercy of those who can only Plan for the Future ...... FUTURE IS BEST VIEWED FROM HEAVEN .......

Mr. Lutyens ..... pls tell us is this the view you had Planned for Delhi ?????

Warm Regards,

Rajiv Kakria

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Petrol Diesel prices reduced by Central Govt / Increased by Delhi Govt. ?

While Central Govt has reduced the price of Petrol & Diesel by Rs 2 per Lt, in entire India, it's quite strange that Delhi Govt. has hiked the price of Petrol & Diesel by increasing VAT i.e. Rs. 2.70 hiked for Petrol & Rs. 1.83 hiked for Diesel. The surprising factor is that, it has happened on a single day.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Mr Katsushi Inoue, President & CEO, Honda Cars India Limited

Delhi government-appointed panel recommends removal of DERC members

New Delhi: In a major move, a high-powered Delhi government committee has recommended removal of chairman and two members of Delhi's quasi-judicial power regulator DERC, holding that they totally failed to protect the interests of the consumers.
The one-member committee of former Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) chief Berjinder Singh was tasked by AAP government to bring out a white paper on the capital's power sector.
Alleging that there have been "serious omissions" on the part of the DERC, the committee called for "action for removal of the chairman and members who were parties to the tariff orders passed in the years 2011 to 2013".
In its report submitted to the government, the committee observed that when the power tariff should have been slashed between 2011 and 2013, the DERC hiked it several times overlooking consumers' interest.
Alleging that there have been "serious omissions" on the part of the DERC, the committee called for "action for removal of the chairman and members who were parties to the tariff orders passed in the years 2011 to 2013".
Interestingly, under Singh's chairmanship, the DERC in May 2010 had proposed to cut the power tariff by 23 per cent citing healthy financial condition of the private power distribution companies but the move was stalled by then Congress government exercising a special power under Delhi Electricity Act.
Although DERC was strongly arguing for a cut in tariff, the three-member regulator, following retirement of Singh and subsequent appointment of two new members, effected a series of hikes.
Since 2011, the DERC is being headed by PD Sudhakar, a former Special Secretary in the Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs. The two other members of the DERC are JP Singh, a former Health Secretary in Delhi government, and BP Singh, a former director in NTPC.
Sudhakar and the two other DERC members chose not to react to Singh's report. The report said before ordering "hefty" increases in power tariff and creating a large regulatory assets, the DERC did not even verify genuineness of short-term power purchase by the discoms at rates higher than market prices.
"There should have been a case for reduction in electricity tariff during the years 2011 to 2013," said the report which will soon be discussed by the Delhi cabinet.
The report said following numerous billing-related complaints, the Delhi government had asked DERC whether the billing software of discoms was checked but it refused to reply arguing that it was "quasi-judicial" body and will not follow such directives.
with thanks : IBNLive : LINK