Friday, September 25, 2020

RWA BHAGIDARI LIVE CHAT - Coronavirus spread in Delhi

An informative discussion on the #coronavirus spread in Delhi with Dr. V K Monga, Dr. Karun Jain & B S Vohra, President, East Delhi RWAs Joint Front.


Monday, September 21, 2020

SAD Stage Massive Protest In Front Of Pakistan High Commission For Immediate Release of Minor Bulbul Kaur Abducted By Muslim Youth

DSGMC demands our daughters must be returned back to their families in Pak or we will be forced to take this matter to UN.

New Delhi, September 21 : The Shiromani Akali Dal today staged a massive protest in front of Pakistan High Commission here and demanded immediate release of Bulbul Kaur minor daughter of Head Granthi Panja Sahib who was abducted by two Muslim Youth.

Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) President Mr. Manjinder Singh Sirsa and the Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi Unit President Mr. Harmeet Singh Kalka and other leaders addressed the protesters. They said that Bulbul Kaur should be immediately released and handed over to family. Father of girl Head Granthi is totally disturbed over this abduction and he narrated the whole incident to community members while he was crying all along.

They said that it is shocking to see that 17 year old minor was abducted by two Muslim youth and after 12/13 days she rang her family to tell that she had been kept in a Madrasa and was being forced to change her religion.

 They said that Sikh girls are specifically targeted. First daughter of Head Granthi Nankana Sahib and now daughter of Head Granthi Panja Sahib has been abducted only to give a message that daughters of Sikhs are choosing to adopt Islam on their own. 

Mr. Sirsa said that former Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) Chief gave statement in favour of Sikhs, a case of treason was registered against him. He had only said that when our daughters aged 12/13 go to school we are worried whether they will comeback or not.

Others prominent present on the occasion included Ranjit Kaur President Istri Wing, Harinder Singh KP, Paramjeet singh chandhok, Jagdeep singh kahlon, Sarabjeet singh virk, Bhupinder singh bhullar besides others.

News Courtesy,
Mr.Sudeep Singh
Honorary Media Advisor

Pics Credit ,
Mr.Manjinder Singh Sirsa ,President,DSGMC
Mr.Harmeet Singh Kalka ,General Secretary,DSGMC

B S Vohra in Action - some old vids on different news channels

B S Vohra, Environment Activist, Influencer, Blogger, President, East Delhi RWAs Joint Front - Federation

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Dabbling Poetry Through StoryTelling : A Fairgaze Webinar by Harleen Kaur Vohra

The study of poetry helps students having a passion for writing poetry develop skills that are necessary to succeed both in school and in their future careers.

Join this exciting webinar session. Save the date and time.

RWA Issues - MPD2041 - B S Vohra, East Delhi RWAs Joint Front

Coronavirus | Increase RT-PCR testing capacity as COVID-19 cases increase every day: Delhi High Court


The Delhi High Court on Wednesday suggested that the AAP government increase the RT-PCR test capacity to the maximum possible to detect COVID-19 infection, as Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) were only 60% accurate.

The high court asked an expert committee, set by the Lieutenant Governor, to convene a meeting on priority basis to consider the extent to which capacity of testing by RT-PCR should be ramped up.

Also read: Coronavirus | High Court reduces physical hearings as cases rise in Delhi

At present, the sanctioned strength of conducting RT/PCR is 14,000 per day in Delhi. The high court expressed concern over continuous rise in COVID-19 cases, with nearly 4,500 new infections reported on Tuesday.

“Having regard to the fact that results of RAT are 60% accurate, leaving grave doubt about infection in those who are asymptomatic, we are of the firm view that RT-PCR should be the way forward,” said a Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad.

“In our opinion, Delhi government ought to focus on shoring up the capacity of testing through RT-PCR so that testing is increased through RT-PCR as much as possible,” it said.

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The court directed the Delhi government to file a status report along with a report of the committee in this regard and listed the matter for further hearing on September 30.

The Bench also noted that in the week from September 8 to 15, the testing done through RT-PCR was less than one fourth of the total number of tests and rest was done by the RAT process.

It asked the Delhi government to place on record before the next date of hearing, the results of the third sero-survey conducted by it in September along with the comparison report with the previous two surveys.

The court was informed that out of 435 mohalla clinics in Delhi, 400 were functional and 50-60 of them were conducting COVID-19 testing after completing their OPDs.

The Bench said it was of the view that not only mohalla clinics, but community centres shall also be roped in for setting up testing facilities as cases of COVID-19 are shooting up on a daily basis and on Tuesday 4,473 fresh cases have come up in Delhi, taking the tally to more than 2.25 lakh.

During the hearing, Delhi government counsel Satyakam assured the court that the authorities will consider increasing testing through RT-PCR but also defended its process of conducting more RAT saying it gives quick results.

The court said as RAT mostly gives false negative reports, why the government should wait for it and then go to the next level of RT-PCR. Instead, it should shore up to RT-PCR capacity.

Mr. Satyakam said the government has a guideline which provides for the way they have to proceed and assured the court that they are not falling short of RT-PCR capacity and have enough capacity.

The court suggested that the testing by RT-PCR should be at least 50% of the total testing numbers. The Delhi government counsel claimed that the testing done in the city was the best in the country and they were doing the maximum number of tests.

To this, the high court said, “Modesty is not your virtue. To say you are the best should come from the residents of the city and not from the State itself.”

The Bench observed, “This is for sure that there is no cure for this disease till the vaccine comes. We have to ensure that the person who has this infection does not spread it further.”

In pursuance to the court’s September 8 direction, the Delhi government has now issued a notification that doctor’s prescription is not mandatory for those voluntarily going for RT-PCR test to detect COVID-19 infection in the national capital.

People need to carry Aadhaar card for Delhi address proof and fill a form as prescribed by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for COVID-19 testing, it said.

Before this, it was mandatory for a person to have a doctor’s prescription or symptoms to get tested for the virus.

In pursuance to the court’s order, the Delhi government has also set up COVID-19 testing camps at Inter-State Bus terminals (ISBT) Anand Vihar, Sarai Kale Khan and Kashmiri Gate and Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station and New Delhi railway station.

The court was hearing a PIL by advocate Rakesh Malhotra seeking increasing the COVID-19 testing numbers in the national capital and getting speedy results.

with thanks: The Hindu: LINK

Thursday, September 17, 2020

RWA issues for the DDA/NIUA Public Discussion under MPD2041

17th September 2020

Kind Attn.: MPD2041 Team, DDA & NIUA, New Delhi

Subject: Public Discussion under MPD2041

Dear Sir/ Madam,

The first session of the meeting is over & you have heard the comments of various RWAs of our City. We at East Delhi RWAs Joint Front (EDRWAJF), now want to know about your plans for the city under the MPD2041, i.e. How you will make it a World-Class City,  how the issue of multiplicity of agencies can be resolved& How you are going to manage VERY BASIC ISSUES, presently concerning our city, which has become a concrete jungle all over:

1. What are your plans to improve the Air Quality of our city which is amongst the Topmost polluted cities in the world?
2. What will be the status of Public/ Private transport, i.e. the Mix/ Ratio of both? 
3. What will be the share of Green Vehicles by that period to check the pollution levels?
4. What will be the status of the Parking problem prevailing in Delhi? 
5. What will be the status of Encroachment by 2041?
6. What will be the status of Pot-holes & Congestion on Delhi roads?
7. What will be the average speed of vehicles in this city, by that time?
8. What will be the status of the Right of walkability as pavements are already occupied by shop keepers or the parked vehicles?
9. How you are going to clean the river Yamuna which has truly become a dirty drain?
10. How drinking water issues will be resolved, i.e. supply of neat & clean potable water to all the residents?
11. What are your plans to stop waterlogging all over the city, which converts into a dirty water lake city on the onslaught of monsoon every year?
12. What are your plans to incorporate Rain Water harvesting?
13. What are your plans to improve the drainage system, which starts back flowing every now & then? 
14. How you will manage the separation of Rainwater & drain water?  
15. What are your plans for the Disposal of Sewage?
16. What are your plans for the Disposal of Garbage?
17. What will be the status of unbearable Open Dhalavs in every mohalla, which adds to the chaos at every strike of sanitation workers on non-payment of salaries?
18. What are your plans to remove the Garbaze mountains of Delhi?
19. What will be the status of Governmental Health facilities in the city?
20. We have absolutely failed to combat the #coronavirus in our city due to inadequate health facilities. What are your plans to combat any future Pandemic?
21. What are your plans to check the unauthorized constructions?
22. What are your plans to check the growth of unauthorized colonies?
23. What are your plans to manage the migrants?
24. What are your plans to check the city for Density & Cleanliness?
25. What are your plans to check the massive commercialization? Mixed Land use must be redesigned after considering all the anomalies created by it in various residential localities.

Your questions in the Google form:
Many residential areas have over time changed to mixed-use, this has increased pressure on existing infrastructure and also in many cases lead to a rise in parking-related issues. How can these areas be improved? *

Isn't it surprising that while Delhi has over a Crore of Vehicles, there is no parking available, even for a Lakh?  Who is responsible for all the mess? Where the Tax collections on the sale of vehicles have gone? Where is the money collected specifically on the name of Conversion & Parking charges from the shop keepers? Even the Mixed Land use must be redesigned after considering all the anomalies created by it in various residential localities.

If you are an owner of a small plot with minimum light/ ventilation, poor access to greens, urban services- would you be interested to pool your plot and go in for redevelopment? *

A Redevelopment is a good option, but things Depend upon the terms & conditions of the Pool agreement.

Many smaller plot formats lack parking within their site itself along with increased commercialization within certain areas has led to haphazard on-street parking. How do you feel these issues can be mitigated? *

While the vehicles were being sold & huge collections were being made on the name of Sales Tax, VAT, CST, Excise & now GST, Govt never thought that it can create huge parking issues in Delhi. In fact, our Govt itself is responsible for all the mess. Now it must provide parking facility to all those vehicles at reasonable charges at the nearby vacant spots.

One of the main issues Delhi faces is Air Pollution owing to vehicular emissions. If you are currently using a four-wheeler/ two-wheeler to commute in Delhi, what are the issues with respect to shifting to public transport? How can access/ connectivity to Public Transport be improved in Delhi? Also, do you feel over time the need for increased parking can be reduced if a larger shift to Public Transport is made? *

The best option is to shift to Public Transport as soon as possible, but Govt must provide suitable facilities keeping in mind, the ease of travel for all the classes of persons. Moreover, Last mile connectivity must be there for all.

Do you segregate solid waste at your home, if not what are the issues you face with respect to implementing segregation of solid waste at source? *

Yes. But Govt must form suitable norms so that it could be done with 100% success.

What are your views on re-using wastewater at the plot / RWA level? *

Water must be conserved & must be re-used, but RWAs without any empowerment, without any authority, can not do anything. Surprisingly, various agencies expect a lot from the RWAs but hesitate to empower them.

What are your views on shifting to solar energy for powering your building? *

Must be done immediately by providing suitable subsidy to all types of consumers.

Thanking you & Looking forward to your valued reply, though doubt about the success of MPD2041 will always remain in mind as the fate of our earlier Master plans is known to one & all. 

B S Vohra
East Delhi RWAs Joint Front - Federation