Tuesday, December 17, 2019

A meet on the Master Plan of Delhi

An official meeting with RWAs to be held soon to talk about the Master Plan of Delhi. The details will be uploaded on this RWA BHAGIDARI BLOG very soon. 

Please update us with your FRESH CONTACT DETAILS, i.e. Name of the RWA, Address, Contact Person, Mobile Number, Email ID at the earliest, so that your Invite is not missed.

Our Email ID: rwabhagidari@yahoo.in

Saturday, November 30, 2019

CM Arvind Kejriwal shared pics of his visit to Gurudwara Krishna Nagar

CM Arvind Kejriwal at Gurudwara Krishna Nagar

A hug with the CM Arvind Kejriwal - Celebrating 550th Parkash Purab of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal visited Krishna Nagar Gurudwara to Celebrate 550th Parkash Purab of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal visited Krishna Nagar Gurudwara to Celebrate 550th Parkash Purab of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Monday, November 4, 2019

Election Manifesto must mention a Solution to Pollution in a Time bound manner, else face a boycott of your candidates

4th November 2019

Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, Mr. Manish Sisodia,
Dr. Harshvardhan, Mr. Vijay Goel, Mr. Manoj Tiwari,
Mr. Subhash Chopra, Mr. Ajay Makan, Mr. Arvinder Singh Lovely,

Subject: Your Election Manifesto must mention a Solution to the Pollution in a Time-bound manner, else face a boycott of your candidates in the Delhi Assembly Elections 2020.

Dear Sir,

The SUNDAY, that we just passed yesterday, was an absolute NIGHTMARE for the entire population of Delhi. While the smoke & smog was touching the earth, it was a MEDICAL EMERGENCY in the Air. It was truly a CAPITAL PUNISHMENT for the residents of Delhi for no-fault. It was HORRIBLE to breathe in that severely polluted Air, knowing it may lead to severe Lung infection, but had no option, as none of us can stop breathing, how faulty the Air may be.

We have faced such a similar situation in the earlier years also and we just want to know from you all that would you like our Delhi to be the Cancer Capital - Lung Cancer Capital of the world?

We are already the most polluted capital of the world & surrounded by the Top 5 most polluted cities. In such a situation the only hope of the residents lies with you as you are or will be in power in the coming days.

Enough is enough, Elections to the Delhi Assembly are around the corner now and we have a Clear cut demand from all of you: Your ELECTION MANIFESTO MUST MENTION A SOLUTION TO THE POLLUTION IN A TIME BOUND MANNER. No more Blame games. No more unnecessary talks. No more fooling of the masses. You still have two months to decide your course of action to check the Pollution.

We want a Clear Cut Solution to the Pollution in the City, in your Election Manifesto, in a time-bound manner - Be it Parali of Haryana & Punjab, Traffic jam issues, Congestion, Encroachment, Vehicular Emissions, Road Dust, Potholes, Waterlogging, Land-fill sites, Open Dhalavs in the Localities, or a check on the number of Vehicles & parking woes, etc., else we are going to boycott your candidates in the Delhi Assembly Elections to be held in January/ February 2020.

If you want to meet us to discuss the issues, please let us know & our delegation will be there, but please do not take it lightly anymore. 

With best regards,

B S Vohra
Environment Activist & President
East Delhi RWAs Joint Front

The Pioneer Delhi - Our story on odd even - B S Vohra

इंसान तो इंसान, दिल्ली के परिंदे भी है परेशांन

Polluted Delhi - Open Zym - City under medical emergency - 2

Polluted Delhi - Open Zym - City under medical emergency - 1

A #Selfie with #Smog #Pollution #Polutants in #Delhi - Part 2

A #Selfie with #Smog #Pollution #Polutants in #Delhi - Part 1

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Ashutosh Dikshit is no more ! Sad News.

Team Delhi has today lost 
one of its precious Gem 
and a great warrior - 
Ashutosh Dikshit - due to 
Lung Cancer. Team RWAs 
& the Civil Society of Delhi 
will always miss him. RIP.

B S Vohra
East Delhi RWAs Joint Front

RIP ASHUTOSH DIKSHIT...... Delhi City as indeed humanity has lost a well-wisher....... There is much to say but words fail me, he was a special friend and will miss discussions we had before firming any opinion on a cause. RIP Ashutosh, your wisdom will continue to guide.
Condolence to the bereaved family...  
Rajiv Kakria

दिल्ली की ने आरडब्ल्यूए का सही मायने मे आज सबसे मिलनसार व सबको साथ लेकर चलने वाला एक जूझारू आरडब्ल्यूए लीडर आशुतोष दीक्षित (CEO-URJA) अलकनंदा आरडब्ल्यूए के फाउंडर अध्यक्ष को खो दिया, मेरे जीवन में एक आदर्श की तरह जिस आरडब्ल्यूए लीडर की आज तक इज्जत रही और जिसके साथ काम करके बहुत कुछ सिखने को मिला वो एक साथी इतनी कम उम्र में हमारा साथ छोड़ देगा इसकी उम्मीद नहीं थी। मैं भरे मन से अपने इस मित्र को समस्त यूआरडी की ओर से आशुतोष दीक्षित जी को भावभीनी श्रद्धांजलि अर्पित करता हूं। व ईश्वर से प्रार्थना करता हूं कि उन्हें अपने चरणों में स्थान दें और उनके परिवार को व URJA के सदस्यों को दुःख सहने की शक्ति प्रदान करे ऊं शांति ऊं.
Saurabh Gandhi. URD.

Diwali Crackers impact in Delhi - HT

Diwali Crackers impact in Delhi - HT

Diwali Crackers impact in Delhi - Dainik Jagran

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Parking charges or the EMI for the Parking space?

Don't know why..... but we are getting the impression..... that Delhi Government has not proposed the Parking charges for the city..... instead its the EMI for the Parking Space.....

At last, the Local Government looks serious about combating pollution in our city. Of course, it was the negligence and non-performance of its predecessors, which has lead to this alarming situation.  In spite of collecting all the taxes, they had not created the required infrastructure. Roads not widened. Parkings not constructed. Encroachment not removed. Potholes not repaired. Traffic cops and Traffic lights missing at almost all the inner stretches.  Public transport not compatible............

But it's quite shocking that a city with over 1,00,92,000 vehicles has the parking space for only 72000 vehicles and they now want us to pay the parking charges at the exorbitant rates, else our vehicle will be towed away as all the rest of the areas have already been declared as the illegal for parking. 

Can you just calculate the Cost of parking at these proposed rates for the Road Side Parking for the Non-Peak, & Non-GRAP period?

1. Base Fare Rs 10 for Car & Rs 5 for a bike.
2. These rates will be double for the Street Side Parking i.e. Rs 20 for a Car & Rs 10 for a bike.
3. For the main market areas, this will be multiplied by 3 such as Connaught Place, Lajpat Nagar, etc.
4. So the Price for the First hour for a Car will be Rs 60 & for a Bike Rs 30.
5. for the 2nd and 3rd hours, rates will be base x 1.5 times, i.e. Rs. 10x2x3x1.5   =  Rs 90 per hour for a car and Rs 45 for a bike.
6. for the 4th and 5th hour, rates will be base x 1.75 times, i.e. Rs. 10x2x3x1.75 =  Rs. 105 per hour for a Car & Rs 52.5 per hour for a bike.
7. for the 6th to 10th hours, rates will be base x 2 times, i.e. Rs. 10x2x3x2 =  Rs. 120 per hour for a Car & Rs 60 per hour for a Bike.

                   with thanks to HT

Don't know why..... but we are getting the impression..... that Delhi Government has not proposed the Parking charges for the city..... instead its the EMI for the Parking Space.....

So better try to compare the above parking charges with the cost of OLA / UBER for that specific ride, after adding the cost of Petrol/ Diesel & Depreciation charges of your own car/ bike and take a suitable decision.

You can also compare the cost of parking with the Toe Away charges, maybe that will be a cheaper option if you have to park for a longer duration. But in that case, you must have all the required documents handy else there are so many penalties too.

You can also check the possibility with the Delhi Government in case it can announce that all the parking charges will now onwards be paid by the Delhi Government as it gets pleasure by distributing the freebies.

We can also go to the banks for checking the viability of the Parking Charges Loan, if available.

No, we are not kidding. 

We are very serious about this issue. We are more than willing to come forward to combat the Pollution but not at this Loot. 

Why don't they declare all these stretches as the No Parking Zones, except for the Emergency vehicles, so that no one even thinks of moving in own car?

Why don't they attach every vehicle with the Pan & Aadhar so that there are no more unwanted vehicles on the roads?

Why don't they announce the norms of One Family one Car to ease the situation?

Why don't they announce a Congestion charge of any specific amount for entering any such locations, so that people just avoid coming by own transport, except in emergencies?

We must also consider the second phase of this parking policy where they will start collecting parking charges from the residents for parking their own cars outside their own homes. With a base price of Rs 10 per hour, it comes to Rs 240 per 24 hours, without adding the Peak & the GRAP charges.  

Just calculate your parking charges for a day at the above rates. Add the Peak Charges & the GRAP impact in it. Multiply it with 30 days of a month. And the outcome will be much higher than even the EMI of your vehicle. 

Just that's the reason..... we are getting the impression..... that Delhi Government has not proposed the Parking charges for the city..... instead its the EMI for the Parking Space.....

Think again & raise your voice, before its too late. 

with best regards,

B S Vohra
East Delhi RWAs Joint Front - Federation

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

India Slips To 102nd Rank In Global Hunger Report 2019, Behind Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh

India trails at a miserable 102nd among 117 countries in the 2019 Global Hunger Index (GHI) released on October 15.
The rank is significant because the country seems to have regressed from its 95th rank in 2010 and stands way below its neighbors and BRICS' peers.
Alarmingly, India was the worst performer when it came to child wasting (age appropriate weight), clocking a dismal 20.8 percent. Among infants aged 6-23 months, merely 9.6 percent received the 'minimum acceptable diet'. The child stunting rate at 37.9 percent, was also termed 'very high'.
India's neighbors, Sri Lanka (66), Myanmar (69), Nepal (73), Bangladesh (88) and Pakistan (94) fared better on the annual index, which calculates the levels of hunger using four indicators – undernourishment, child stunting, child wasting, and child mortality.
LINK for more details

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

RWAs: Please share your contact details to discuss the MPD 2021

NIUA & DDA are collaborating for revising the MPD 2021 for the horizon year 2041. In this regard, they plan to engage with RWA's and Joint RWA representative groups in order to understand civic issues faced by citizens of Delhi and see how MPD 2041 can address them. 

We thus request you to please share with us the latest list of RWA's of your areas in Delhi (NCT) along with addresses/ contact details. Also, it would be useful if you can share details of any joint RWA groups or collectives.

Your contact details will be forwarded to the concerned persons immediately. Our Email id is rwabhagidari@yahoo.in

Thanks, & with best regards,

B S Vohra
RWA Bhagidari Network

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Distribution of Cotton Shopping Bags in Priyadarshini Vihar !

Priyadarshini Vihar RWA celebrated the 150th Jayanti of Rashtrapita Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd October 2019; and supported the Hon'ble Prime Minister's campaign "No Plastics" by distributing cotton shopping bags free to its residents and urged them to develop a habit for using these bags for shopping. Our area MLAShri Nitin Tyagi launched the bags and distributed to some residents. Mr. Tyagi also explained about the proposed "Cash in Account" policy of the Delhi Government.  Residents also asked questions about various developmental works, such as street lights, CCTV cameras, roads, etc.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Is it finally time to ditch your car?

Please go through views expressed by B S Vohra, President, East Delhi RWAs Joint Front - Federation. With thanks: The Hindu News Paper, Delhi Edition 30.09.2019

Sunday, September 29, 2019

How they can make the entire city, a 'No Parking Zone' - Part 1

The new Parking Policy for Delhi has been notified by the Delhi Government. Shockingly, it has added certain clauses that were not there in the draft notification. It has declared the entire City as the 'No Parking Zone', except the notified places. It says, "Any area or spot that is not notified and physically demarcated as a parking site/spots shall automatically be considered a 'No Parking Zoneand relevant penalties shall be applicable".

It further states that, "All illegally parked vehicles, including those parked in No Parking Zones, and overstaying in authorised parking areas, shall be seized and removed and penalty shall be charged under the provisions of Motor Vehicle Act 1988.

Sounds absolutely shocking as Delhi has 1,00,93,470 number of Registered vehicles in the city, while the actual & notified available parking is just for the 72,423 ECS. Does it mean that for the rest of the vehicles, there is no parking available in the city & as the entire city has been declared as the No Parking Zone, if these 1,00,21,047 number of vehicles move out, they will definitely be parking or stopping on the No parking Zone, and as per the new notified parking policy, it is illegal & hence liable for the penalties.

The penalty for this illegal parking has been fixed at the rate of Rs 1/- per kg, for the total weight of the vehicle parked illegally, as per the notified policy. In such a case if your Car weighs 1000 kg, you have to pay a penalty of Rs. 1,000/-. 

Shockingly, they have collected all kind of Taxes on the sale of 1,00,93,470 number of vehicles. They have collected Road Tax for this number of vehicles. They have collected Insurance charges for this number of vehicles. They have collected Income Tax from the Buyers as well as sellers of all such vehicles. But they have created the infrastructure, only for the parking of 72,423 ECS in the city. 

Since a long time, we have been demanding to introduce the policy of ONE FAMILY ONE CAR. We have been asking to attach the Vehicles with the Pan card & the Aadhar card. We have been asking to ask for the proof of parking from all the vehicles in the city, be it a new one or a second hand. 

The issue is that if they have not planned properly, if they have not done their duty in a responsible manner, how they can now declare the entire city as a No Parking Zone for the harassment of the residents, and that too with an eye on the hefty collections that can be made using this notification, by way of huge penalties?

B S Vohra,
East Delhi RWAs Joint Front - Federation


Rajiv Kakria says -What Mr. Vohra says is correct, allow me to add to the list...... We have been dead against Mixed land Use, increasing FAR and further densification of Delhi..... The Government has been collecting Conversion charges and one time Parking for additional FAR but has failed to create requisite Parking lots...... Whare has the money gone....... WHY SHOULD CITIZENS PAY FOR GOVERNMENT'S INCOMPETENCE...... Personal Vehicles are not a Luxury, where is the Safe, Secure, Sure and non Feecing Public Transport???.....

Neha Sood Puri says -And they haven't stopped selling more vehicles. There is no junkyard for old vehicles that litter our colonies and have become homes for stray dogs and a dumping area.

B S VOHRA says -They wont stop selling more n more vehicles as they are getting huge revenue. Moreover they have now an eye on the parking - to make it a yet another huge source of income.

Yashpal says -Yadi Govt. ney as per required , Sasti , suvidhajanak public transport provide karai hoti to aaj itney vaahan roads per nahi hote.

Sachin Rastogi says -Truly agreed, why we always suffer with your own mistakes.

Dr Dhani Ram says - True.

R N Gupta says - The above content is self explanatory.

B S Vohra says - True. Its shocking that while they dont wanna perform the duties for which they were elected, they just keep on finding the opportunities for more n more revenue even if the aam aadmi has to suffer.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

RWA’s Happy to Throw Open Colony Gates……. BUT will POLICE & SDMC Do Their Job

RWA’s Happy to Throw Open Colony Gates……. BUT will POLICE & SDMC Do Their Job

When it Suits them both POLICE and SDMC encourage RWA’s to put up gates as it reduces their workload tremendously. But both have shied away from framing a sensible Policy for installation of gates. In places the Guidelines from both differ, creating ambiguity.

It has been a long-standing demand of RWA’s to frame a Policy keeping the current reality in mind, in terms of feasibility and manpower requirement of both RWA’s and Authorities.

Gates are the quintessential CHICKEN & EGG STORY…… Why did the need to put up gates arise ??? The simple answer is BECAUSE POLICE FAILED TO PROVIDE SECURITY; SDMC FAILED TO STOP SQUATTERS & DDA ALLOWED MIXED LAND USE DESPITE RWA OBJECTIONS. RWA’s are Happy to do away with gates PROVIDED the Police and SDMC perform their duties, for which citizens pay Taxes.

Every now and the arguments such as passage to Fire Brigade, Medical Emergency, New Visitors etc are touted, but has anyone pondered……

1.      The Fire Engines get stuck more due to haphazardly parked vehicles and not the gates
2.      Medical Emergencies, most intersections and trisection on arterial roads have been closed and every vehicle has to take long detours or take U-Turns under Flyovers, therefore, having to cover longer distances.
3.     New Visitors...... Google Maps, Mobile Communications have changed the way most people reach their destinations.

While understanding the gravity of the situation, it also has to be understood that some CURBS AND DETOURS ACTUALLY CUT TRAVEL TIME, THOUGH A LONGER DISTANCE IS TRAVERSED. In an emergency, time is of essence and not distance traveled. It is a mindset issue we are grappling with, Courts give Judgment based on laid not Rules & Guidelines and not what is Needed or Ground Reality.

Recently, an RWA in GK-I had to throw open all Gates on Court Orders because a disgruntled Resident and the adjoining Market Association wanted access to the rear entrance of Shops & Restaurants in the wee hours of the night. ONLY LAST NIGHT AT 4 AM COUNTER FIR'S HAVE BEEN FILED AFTER A VERBAL BOUT, EVEN LADIES WERE NOT SPARED.


Now, whose Rights do we Protect, Residents or Late Night Revelers using colony roads for thoroughfare, parking, making merry 24X7 or drunken brawls at 2 am? Pubs operate well beyond closing time with authorities turning a Blind Eye and complaints falling on deaf ears of Police and SDMC.

When RWA’s protest against conversion of Residential Areas into Commercial, no heed is paid. Because authorities are only interested in Revenue Generation through Conversion Charges. Forced to take steps to Secure themselves RWA’s get support from Police and SDMC but they won’t frame policies that will protect RWA’s from Court’s Wroth.
EPCA ALSO NEEDS TO BE BLAMED, they are only concentrating on how to regulate traffic and find Parking. They have not gotten to the root of the Problem…. BAD MPD-2021.

IN THIS CHICKEN & EGG STORY ……. RWA’s Will Gladly Throw Open The Gates ……. BUT AUTHORITIES WILL END UP WITH EGG ON FACE …… As It Is Their Duty To Maintain Security and Civic Order. AMEN.


Rajiv Kakria

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Pollution Under Control ?

@10 vehicles an hour, only about 100 vehicles can be issued PUC Certificates by the most Efficiently Working Operater, with no Portal hangover issues.

Delhi has 1000 centers, means 1 lakh a day. Delhi has 1.16 crore registered vehicles of which 60% need to get PUC done every 3 months, 40% yearly or twice in a year.

You do the math, even if working efficiently and constantly for 3 months there will a backlog and the vehicles will be back for repeat PUCs, adding to the backlog.

Despite best intentions, 100% of citizens cannot get PUCs for lack of infrastructure so WHY SHOULD THEY BE PENALISED for not possessing a useless piece of paper. WHY USELESS ???

PUC was an employment-generating scam to give crumbs to loyal nepotism, just as the Crane Service was introduced to fill up pockets of relatives of Police Officials, have the cranes reduced Congestion..... NO.

PUCs never fulfilled the purpose, as no one checked the quality of fuel for adulteration, nor improved the road condition/potholes nor road engineering nor encroachments, non-functioning traffic lights, etc.

the real causes of traffic jams that cause the vehicles to idle in stop-go traffic, therefore causing pollution.

In all the years I have got my car checked never once has the reading come even close to critical......

Ever since BS-IV has come the reading is in beyond 2 decimal spaces.

PUC rate for petrol is Rs. 80/- plus 18% Luxury goods GST..... The balance of Rs. 5.60 is never returned... For Diesel it's Rs. 100/- plus GST.....


For a start, Private Vehicles with BS4 engines should be EXEMPT for 5 years. That will bring the numbers down significantly.

Also, make Automobile Service Centres accountability to mandatory issue PUC after every Service.....

Thereafter increase the checking centers, AND FOR GOD'S SAKE BRING THE GST DOWN TO 5%.....


Govt bhi khush Citizen be khush...... 

Think of ways to reduce manmade hurdles for public good.....
In Hope of Some Sanity,

Rajiv Kakria

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

आप अपनी समस्या के बारे में हमें लिखें

दिल्ली के हर इलाके में कोई न कोई समस्या जरूर है। कहीं सड़कों में खड़े हैं तो कहीं सड़कें ही टूटी फूटी हैं, कहीं जल भराव होता है तो कहीं  पीने को भी जल नसीब नहीं होता। कहीं कचरे के ढेर मिल जाते हैं तो कहीं खुले ढलाव बदबू के मारे जीना मुहाल कर देते हैं। कहीं ट्रैफिक जैम है तो कहीं एन्क्रोचमेंट। कहीं पोलुशन के मारे दम घुटने लगता है तो कहीं अस्पतालों में ढंग की ट्रीटमेंट के लिए भी जेब खाली करनी पड़ती है। ऐसे में अगर आप अपनी समस्या के बारे में हमें लिखें तो हम उसको RWA भागीदारी ब्लॉग और RWA भागीदारी नेटवर्क में अपलोड करके आपकी समस्या को लाइम लाइट में लाने का प्रयास करेंगे। कृपया फोटो या वीडियो जरूर भेजें और अपना नाम, मोबाइल नंबर भी जरूर लिखें।


B S Vohra

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

RWA Bhagidari Blog is now amongst the Top 50 Social Work Blogs WorldWide on the FeedSpot

We are pleased to inform that our RWA Bhagidari Blog has been added in the FeedSpot List of the Top 50 Social Work Blogs worldwide. This RWA Bhagidari blog was launched on the 25th of November 2009 and merely after 3 more months, it will complete 10 years while serving the RWA community. We will soon start sharing the sweet memories of these 10 years on the Blog.  

Launch of this blog was followed by the Launch of our RWA Bhagidari Website as well as the East Delhi RWAs Joint Front - Federation, which is now, mostly, the Talk of the Town, on various civic issues, concerning the residents. The very recent achievement of our Network was the Roll Back of the Fixed Charges of Electricity for which we had fought a battle with Delhi Government for 16 months.

Thanks to all of you for the support.

Best regards,

B S Vohra