Sunday, August 12, 2018

DDA-Delhi Destruction Authority..... Issues Notice to Relax Norms for Industries in Residential Areas

Not Satisfied with the Supreme Court calling it ‘Delhi Destruction Authority’, DDA now actually wants to live up to its GIVEN NAME. On 25th July a few days after DDA Vice Chairman and SDMC Dy. Commissioners were made to appear before the SC for going slow on Sealing, DDA came up with another Public Notice inviting Suggestion/Objection to Relax Norms for running Industries in Residential Areas.

Sad but such are the tough times we are living in, there is no hope of Political Support coming as NOTE BANKS matter more both as voters and pandering to Migrant Voters who are here only to make a living. ‘SAVE OUR CITY’ Campaign (SOC) was launched by concerned RWAs, NGOs & Activists and have presented their concerns over the deteriorating Environment, crumbling Infrastructure and general Quality of Life.

SOC is Grateful to the SC-appointed Monitoring Committee which has diligently placed the concerns of Citizens in the Hon’ble Supreme Court. Suggestions/ objections were earlier invited by DDA regarding Modifications in MPD 2021 in Feb. 2018. However Petition of SOC was in most part ignored and no explanation given, in the absence of a Speaking Order.

We expected that after Five Months of SC Hearings and umpteen oral and recorded Observations of the Hon’ble Judges, DDA will factor in the issues that have been flagged therein. DDA did not include even those Points that they had promised in their earlier Affidavit to the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

The bizarre changes being contemplated by DDA in the Proposed Amendments in MPD-2021 to Relax Norms to run Industries in Residential Areas will make it impossible to retrieve the sorry state Delhi has been rendered into. All Residential areas being turned into Shopping Complexes; Trees being Chopped by the Thousands to create more commercial space in the guise of Housing for Babus; Industrial Norms being Relaxed to accommodate Industries that were supposed to have been relocated ...... WHERE WILL THE MADNESS END........ WILL THE CITIZENS RISE???

Rajiv Kakria

Monday, July 30, 2018

Delhi CM Kejriwal tearing up report on CCTVs a political gimmick, says Opposition

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday tore a report on CCTVs prepared by a special committee constituted by the L-G and said that his government would start installing the cameras without a licence from the Delhi police.

Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal’s office issued a statement on Sunday evening saying that some misconception was being spread about the draft rules for regulation of installation of CCTVs after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tore a copy of the draft rules and said the government was going to go ahead with the cameras without seeking licences. The Opposition too criticised the chief minister’s “mega meet” and called his act of tearing the report a “political gimmick”.
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“It is reiterated that the draft rules put out for public suggestions/objections/feedback by the committee have only prescribed a reporting mechanism not a licensing mechanism....The rules have been put out in public domain for suggestions so that a proper framework for installation of CCTV in the city can be evolved,” the statement said.
The L-G office said that in the past there have been instances of misuse of CCTVs for intrusion and for invading the privacy of individuals and stressed the need for a framework for installing and operating the cameras.
Kejriwal, late on Sunday night, replied to L-G in a tweet and said “Sir, we r not putting cameras in people’s bedrooms. I fail to understand what purpose wud be served by making police license mandatory for CCTV cameras?(sic).”
Leader of opposition at Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta too said that tearing the draft report was a “political gimmick” and the meeting was a “political rally”.
“In the last three-and-a-half years, the government has failed to govern and not delivered promises like WiFi, Lokpal, Swaraj Bill or CCTV. On one hand Kejriwal tears the draft report but on the other hand Satyendar Jain writes to L-G to extend the last date seeking comments on the report,” he said.
East Delhi RWAs Joint Front, president, BS Vohra said that the event seemed like a”political rally.” Vohra said volunteers were ferried in buses from different areas. “The CM just spoke what he wanted. There was no one to one communication with RWA as what they wanted,” he said.
With thanks: Hindustan Times - Online Version

Friday, July 20, 2018

Soorma - A living legend viewed his own movie sitting along with us at INOX

It was a sudden and surprise invite for us, to be a part of the event, that was the release of the new Hindi movie - SOORMA, at the INOX, Nehru place. The movie is based on the life of the Indian Hockey Captain, Sandeep Singh and the pleasant part was that he himself was present at the picture hall on the release of his movie. A living legend viewed his own movie sitting along with us. 



It is a true story that how he was selected in the Indian Team and while he was moving by train on the 21st August 2006 to join the rest of his team for the 2006 World cup, he was accidentally shot at by a police Jawan sitting in his compartment. That accidental gunshot hit a Sandeep Singh’s lowest rib, that was fractured, his pancreas was punctured and there was some damage to kidneys and liver. His backbone was flaked too. 



After the gunshot injury & due to the profound bleeding, he went into a COMA and on revival found that his lower part of the body was paralysed. It was the most difficult time of his life, but Sandeep Singh did not lose hope and after a massive mental & a physical struggle of 3 years, he came back on the ground in 2009 and became a winner again. 



Besides the great victory, he was also declared as the Fastest Drag Flicker in the world with the speed of 145km per hour. and has been nicknamed as the Flicker Singh. A world-class player who faced a life-threatening accident was truly a source of inspiration for all and thus the movie on his life has been named as "SOORMA', i.e. Great warrior. 



Please view the small interview with him as below:

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'

RWA’s - NGO’s - ACTIVIST’s
‘SAVE OUR CITY’ CAMPAIGN


OFFER TO MEDIATE

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

DDA PUBLIC HEARING - DO YOU CALL IT A MASTER PLAN ?

"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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DDA PUBLIC HEARING - DO YOU CALL IT A MASTER PLAN ?