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Why are all these vehicles parked in front of East End’s Gate No 2?

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Residents of East End Apartments in Mayur Vihar Phase I Extension are worried that the road outside the society’s Gate No 2 will soon turn into a congested parking lot. The problem emerged about six months back, when it was decided that a parking space behind the New Ashok Nagar Metro station would be converted into quarters for the Metro staff.

The plot, which was so far being used as parking space, falls under the jurisdiction of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). DMRC has now constructed a residential society for Metro officials in its place. In the absence of a parking space nearby, outsiders, auto-rickshaws and rickshaw pullers have started parking in the area.

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JP Verma, the general secretary of the East End Apartments managing committee, said, “The situation is still under control, but soon the area will be crowded with parked vehicles. DMRC should have provided a parking space prior to converting the old one into quarters for the Metro staff. Several people park their cars and bikes here, and take the Metro to reach their destination. We have discussed this issue several times and have decided to write to DMRC about it.”

When City Spidey got in touch with DMRC officials to discuss the matter, a senior public relations official said, “The department does not have any land to allot for parking now. We have asked Delhi Development Authority to provide some space for parking.”

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Dwarka ghats readied to host Chhath Puja crowds

Preparations are on full swing for the two-day Chhath puja celebrations at Dwarka’s Chhath Ghat to be held on November 26 and 27.

Authorities are anticipating a bigger rush this year, and have increased the number of ghats in the locality that have been readied.

One of the largest Chhath festival congregations in this part of the city takes place at Sector 11. It is organised by Dwarka Social Religious and Cultural Association. Other major Chhath puja venues are at Sector 8 and Dada Dev Mela Ground, which is organised by Palam Chhath Puja Committee, at Dabri Mor, Bharat Vihar, Kakrola and other places.

All the ghats have been repaired and cleaned. Some new ghats have also been constructed in view of the expectation of a greater rush of devotees this year. What is new this year is that there are some theme based ghats too.

Robin Sharma, president, Dwarka Social Religious and Cultural Association, told City Spidey, “This year, we have four new ghats, and total number has gone up to 20. The number is increasing every year as the popularity is rising.”

All the ghats have changing rooms, toilets, rooms for priests, storing facilities.

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The ghats have been given names of places of historical importance in Bihar, where Chhath Puja is the biggest festival.

There will be an exhibition where Bihar and its culture would be showcased. “This is being done to bring communities together and expose the Delhites to the rich cultural heritage of Bihar,” he said.

At Sector 8 and Dada Dev Mela Ground, preparations are already completed. According to the Puja committee, the ghats will be filled with water tomorrow.

Today, Palam Puja Chhath Committee held a review meeting to take stock of preparations at its ghat at Sector 10. Its president, Amrendra Singh, said, “Today, all the preparations are over. Only decorations and lighting are being done now. Once these are completed tomorrow, water will be filled in.”

At this venue, five new kaccha (temporary) ghats have been prepared. These are in addition to the eight pucca ghats that are already there.

The Delhi government has come out in full support of the Chhath Puja celebrations and has sent enough workers to complete the tasks ahead of time. The municipal corporation from its side has distributed Rs 25,000 to each of the registered Chhath Puja committees.

Inside certain societies, such as Radhika Apartments in Sector 14, the society Chhath Puja committees have made temporary Chhath ghats. In other areas too, such ghats have already been prepared and the committees are busy in arranging other facilities for the devotees.

In Delhi, all will have to pay user fee for waste disposal services

From the next financial year in April, Delhi residents will have to cough up a user fee for waste disposal.

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The quantum of the fees will be fixed by the municipal corporation after the Delhi High Court reviews a report submitted by Delhi State Legal Service Authority (DSLA) that was tasked to frame guidelines for the new solid waste management (SWM).

The SWM is expected to start in Delhi from April 2018.

The DSLA report recommends the imposition of a user fee on all waste generating units, which include households, cooperative group housing societies, small shops, eateries, fruit and vegetable vendors, and dwelling units in unauthorised colonies. The DSLA, which has listed out all the waste generating units in its report, has not fixed the quantum of user fee.

“The DSLA was given the task to identify waste generating units and fix the role of different authorities. The committee has prepared the report with the help of government authorities and has submitted it to the High Court. The new SWM rule will come into effect from April 2018. Households and approved colonies will have to ensure that wet and dry waste are segregated at the source level. The High Court will examine our reports and then the MCD will be asked to fix the amount of user charges,” Sanjeev Jain, a member of the DSLA, said.

According to the DSLA report, managing waste generated in unauthorised colonies has proven to be a big challenge for the civic bodies. The committee also identified as major waste generating sources roadside waste by street vendors and a complete lack of on-site waste management in a number of vegetable and fruit markets.

The DSLA also pointed out that even in posh residential colonies, the response for waste segregation programme was poor. But poor infrastructure of municipal bodies was proving to be a hindrance in making the campaign successful.

“To encourage on-source waste segregation, the DSLA has recommended that municipal bodies introduce an incentive-based plan. But the final call has been left to the MCDs,” Jain said.

Gurgaon, Sector 23A: Toxic fumes spell breathing trouble for residents

Thick smoke emanating from a burning garbage dump had nearly 10,000 residents of Sector 23A completely chocked on Friday evening. On inspection, it was found that some unscrupulous elements set fire to the garbage dump, located near The NorthCap University, or NCU. This dump had significant quantities of plastic that burnt and released toxic fumes causing breathing problems for the residents.

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A six-acre vacant plot near the university has turned into a dumping ground for garbage in the locality. “Initially, we thought it was dust and pollution, but then we saw this fire near our house and it was unbearable. I had to use an inhaler since I am an asthmatic patient,” said Rajni Sehrawat, a resident of the sector.

Another resident Rajeev Dayal added, “The smoke was hurting our eyes and we all were constantly coughing. We closed all windows and doors and switched on the AC.”

The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram, in the meantime, will challan the culprits and a new dumping site will soon be identified.

Garbage dumping chokes Dwarka drains

Residents of Dwarka in different sectors are in a bind over garbage dumped in drains that’s choking the water flow and adding to the toxic content of the area. It’s posing a serious health hazard for residents living along the drains in sectors 3, 5 11 and 12.

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Floating garbage mounds in the drain present an ugly picture and puncture the claim of civic authorities and their cleanliness sloganeering, say some residents, who complain that no official was responding to their complaints.

Consider this Palam drain that goes through the sectors 3, 5, 11 and 12, or the one called Trunk Drain 5 in sectors 3 and 13 – one can see garbage piles floating in the catchment area of the drain and choking the drain in the process.

A huge mound of garbage can be seen next to a petrol station at sector 11. Several complaints by the residents of flats and societies nearby have failed to yield desired results. “The civic authorities are passing the buck instead of acting on complaints,” said Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of sector 13.

“Behind societies such as Metro View Apartments, Netaji Subhash Apartments in Sector 13, there’s the TD 5, which is full of garbage and filth,” he said adding, “Even the garbage collectors find this place easy to dispose the garbage.”

The civic bodies should act and stop this nuisance, Kumar said.

Durga Pooja Apartment residents called on the mayor of South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), Kamalijeet Sehrawat, who gave them a patient hearing, but informed them that drains did not come under her jurisdiction. “But she promised help. She said she could act on the grounds of sanitation, which came under her jurisdiction” said RWA president of Durga Pooja Apartments, Ajay Chawdhary.

“Mayor assured us that she would raise the issue of garbage with the concerned officials in the DDA flood division and see if barricading of the drain could be done,” Chawdhary said.

The residents complain that the councillor never visited their area and they were unsure as to whom to approach.

Similar is the situation in societies along the Palam drain. Former general secretary of Adarsh Apartments in Sector 3 of Pocket 16, Uma Shankar, told City Spidey that the issue should be taken up seriously as the practice of dumping garbage has increased. “Authorities must take urgent steps to improve the situation,” he said.

The condition of the Palam drain near a bridge in Sector 11 is a constant source of worry for the residents near the locality.

Sunita Chawla, a resident of sector 11, said, “This is making the already toxic water more toxic and poses a health hazard and damages environment too.”

Civic authorities are making a joke of the Clean India campaign, she said, adding that different bodies continue to throw the ball in each other’s court rather than act while people suffer.

 

Palam Vihar, Sector 21: Residents mull protests for civic response

The residents of Sector 21, Palam Vihar, Gurgaon, are extremely unhappy and annoyed with the civic authorities for the very poor condition of the roads in the neighbourhood. For the past several days, they have made many complaints to the municipal corporation, but with little or no response.

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So far, there has been no concerted action on the ground, residents allege. Which is why, they are contemplating stepping up protest, like the residents of Park View Residency did. But they want to wait for some more time for the corporation to respond to their pleas before stepping up their stir for better roads.

Four out of five pockets in Sector 21 are pockmarked with huge potholes that make driving difficult. Especially hit are the two-wheeler drivers, who are at constant risk.

Instances of pothole related deaths in Bengaluru have only heightened the fears of the residents.

Umed Singh, RWA president of Sector 21, told City Spidey, “We highlighted the problem several times, but authorities are yet to act. Other than giving oral assurances, they have not taken serious action on our complaints.”

The residents, he said, were fed up and were thinking of stepping up the agitation. “Now, we need to resort to a serious protest to get our issues sorted out,” he said.

The grouse of the residents is that they keep paying property taxes on time, but they don’t get even the basic facilities. “The potholes are only increasing in size and numbers due to constant traffic on the roads,” said a resident of sector 21.

Virender Yadav, the newly elected MCG councillor, promised action very soon. “I have already highlighted this issue at the district redressal meeting presided over by the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. We are expecting MCG’s action on the same soon,” he told City Spidey.

The residents, however, want to see results on the ground.

UP Energy Minister unveils power packages for Ghaziabad

The top brass of Uttar Pradesh power distribution and energy sector unveiled a host of amenities for residents of Ghaziabad in a mega inauguration event held in Indirapuram today. Uttar Pradesh energy minister Srikant Sharma, unveiled two 400kva power substations in Ghaziabad along with Urja Mitra a power-cut management cum notifications platform and a RFMS (Rural Feeder Monitoring System). RFMS essentially will assist in energy audit and measuring transmission losses in the power supply to rural areas.

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While the substation located in Indirapuram shall supply electricity to the entire trans-Hindon area (Vaishali, Kaushambi, Pratap Vihar and Indirapuram) and parts of Noida, the substation in Ataur village shall supply power to the rural areas of Ghaziabad.

The Urja Mitra platform is a first of its kind in Uttar Pradesh and is both a mobile app and web based application. The platform will provide real time information regarding power-cuts in the consumer’s respective area and the reason behind them. It will also keep track of the duration of outages. Consumers can also lodge complaints via the platform.

The new substation has two 400/220-kV transformers, which are of 500MVA capacity each, and three other 220/33-kV transformers of 60MVA capacity each.

Before it had been powered up, the substation in Indirapuram had faced a host of hurdles and missed several deadlines. The construction of the powerlines, which connected the substation to the generation source in Sonbhardra district had faced resistance from farmers in Morta who were resisting land acquisition. Problems again surfaced when the CISF camp near NH 24 in Indirapuram refused to provide land for a transmission tower. However, the matter was sorted with the intervention of union minister, Gen. VK Singh. The project also saw resistance from locals who had taken the matter to the National Green Tribunal citing environmental pollution.

“It was a tough task to build this power highway all the way from Sonbhadra. However, the volume of the supply should be sufficient to satisfy the demands of the next five years,” said Kamran Rizhvi, CMD of UPPTCL (UP Power Transmission Corporation Limited).

Addressing the gathering of residents from across Ghaziabad, Srikant Sharma, the energy minister of UP maintained that complete urban and rural electrification (including illumination of the remotest villages of the state) was the motto of the current Adityanath Yogi led UP government.

Sharma also took a jab at the previous Samajwadi Party led state government and alleged that the government had done nothing substantial in the domain of electrification. “The discoms of the state government will strive to provide electricity with minimum power cuts,” he added.

Ironically, by dusk as the ministers, MLAs and top notch officials left the venue the entire township of Indirapuram got shrouded in a veil of darkness. No street lights were working and pedestrians were navigating their way in the light filtering from nearby shops and passing vehicles.

Gurgaon’s La Laguna residents turn waste into wealth

The RWA and residents of La Laguna, a condominium on Golf Course Road, Gurgaon, have  installed a compost plant to process and turn waste into manure. For starters, the process begins with segregation of garbage and waste through a disciplined system of waste collection. This is followed by a waste management process that turns garbage into manure.

Conceived early this year, the initiative is now fully operational and has begun yielding results. While the daily waste is segregated into wet and dry, E-waste is collected separately.

The condominium processes 4,500 kg of wet waste

The RWA initiative was welcomed wholeheartedly by the residents, some of whom are enthusiastic participants in the whole programme and have spread awareness about waste segregation within the society members.

Kavita Bansal, a resident of the society, told City Spidey, “Our waste collectors collect both types of waste. Kitchen waste along with horticulture waste is converted to rich compost in 20 to 25 days in the plant by natural process.”

“The compost plant located inside the society generates nearly 400 kg of manure from 4,500 kg of kitchen waste that is collected in a month,” she added.

For the  E-waste, there are separate bins that collect electronic items. The bins are kept at two locations inside the complex.

“Residents throw unusable electronic items into these bins. Once they are filled up, E-waste is handed over to an authorised E-waste recycle professional,” Kuldeep Kohli, RWA president said.