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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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Trying to cross this Gurgaon road is like stepping foot on a Formula 1 track!

Residents of sectors 27 and 28, Gurgaon, are wary of crossing the road dividing the two sectors, owing to vehicles plying at high speeds.

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The sectors lie on either side of a 1.5-km-long road that connects Golf Course and Galleria. About 500 to 700 cars ply on the stretch daily. Gurgaon News

There have been attempts to slow the vehicles down. Rumble strips were installed right before the intersection to ensure cars slow down. However, it has not made much difference, as cars seldom slow down while driving over them.

“Residents have demanded a traffic signal at the intersection,” said Yogendra Bhatti, president of the Sector 27 RWA. “Just last week, my car got hit by a cab. I’ve just got it repaired.”  Gurgaon Society News

Such accidents are common on this stretch. Sangeeta Das, another resident, said a bicycle rode right into her car and narrowly avoided a major accident.

Commenting on the issue, DCP (Traffic) Balbir Singh said, “We will analyse the traffic situation there and take a call on the traffic signal based on that.”

BREAKING NEWS: No arrest in Armaan case until August 28, says Allahabad HC

In the Arman Sehgal death case, the Allahabad High Court today directed the police to not arrest anyone till  August 28, and has directed the school management to produce some more documents in the next hearing.

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The police had registered a criminal case against the school management for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, and for destroying evidence under sections 304 and 201 of IPC. Following this, the school filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court for quashing the FIR and for granting a stay on any arrest in the case. Breaking News

The case came up for hearing today.

No middle-men in power supply business: NEFOMA

Noida Extension Flat Owners Main Association (NEFOMA) on Friday raised a policy change demand to Mahendra Kumar Singh, City Magistrate, Noida. Member of NEFOMA said the private builders who had taken power supply franchise from Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) had been flouting norms laid down by the power discom and fleecing customers.

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Residents of several residential societies such as Amrapali Zodiac, Amrapali Silicon City, Aditya Urban Casa and Ajnara Grand Heritage met with the official at his office in Sector 19, Noida. Noida Society News

Led by Annu Khan, president of NEFOMA, the residents apprised the magistrate that power supply had become a profit-making business for builders. Despite collecting power tariff from the consumers in advance, they neither share power consumption bills with residents nor provide related services. Builders were even know to disconnect power in some flats. Noida Local News

“We have submitted a memorandum to the magistrate and demanded from him to remove all builders from the power supply business,” said Khan. “The power discom provides power to several sectors in the city and we would urged the district administration to explore the possibility of implementing a similar mechanism in our societies. The government should end all such middle men. Not only will it help us residents but also the government.” Society Management System

To fulfil this resident demand, the UP government will have to renew its policy,  as with the current schemes, supplying power to multi-storey residents builder is not feasible.

Presently, the power discom supies power to the single-storey buildings and residents of such houses pay their bills to PVVNL.
An officer with the power supply department told City Spidey that even though they could supply power to all households, collection of tariff would be a challenge. He had said that the power discom does not have effective mechanism to take readings from each of the meters installed in houses of  high rise buildings and present  them with electricity consumption bill every month.

 The city magistrate assured that he would talk to the officers of the concerned department to look into ways to solve this problem.

These Dwarkaites have made composting a habit

Several residents of Dwarka are no longer dependent on their garbage vendor. While some have been doing waste composting in their homes for a year now, many others have taken up this initiative in the course of the past one month. Educating neighbours on this subject has also become a passion for this enterprising bunch of environment enthusiasts, social workers and housewives.   Dwarka Society News

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City Spidey recently caught up with a few of them. Madhuri Varshney, a social worker and environment enthusiast who utilises her compost in her kitchen garden, says, “I want the entire society to become waste-free and all the wet waste to be converted into compost in people’s homes. You can see the pits that I have made using two plastic buckets. This initiative entails very little money. Composting is actually just a habit that translates to a waste-free home.”Dwarka News

Varshney is always seeking innovations in composting and has been practising the aerobic and anaerobic methods.

Varshney’s success at composting went on to inspire one of her friends, VK Priya, a resident of Ekta Apartments. Priya, too, shared her story with City Spidey. “I experimented with a mixer grinder. I started using it to crush waste and found it very effective. This technique also reduces the composting time. I am learning something new every day and happy that I am contributing to environment conservation,” she shares.

Leena Dabiru, a resident of Defence Officers Apartments in Sector 4, has started composting with an earthen pit. Now the pit is full of compost, which she uses for her plants. “I bought the pit for Rs 2,700 and started putting wet waste in it. Everybody can do composting,” Leena shares. Apartment Management System

Ramanjeet Suri from New Millennium Apartments, Sector 23, has a pit made up of sticks. “Since I started composting about six months back, my entire kitchen waste has been converted into compost. I use that for my plants, and the rest of the compost is given to the green areas of the society,” shares Suri.

Poonam Tyagi, a social activist and a resident of Paradise Apartments, Sector 9, is another composting enthusiast. “Through people like us there is sensitisation in the community. We are tapping into WhatsApp groups to spread the message about the practicality and cost-effectiveness of composting.”

Will 2018 bring sewer lines and drinking water supply to unplanned colonies?

By end of 2018, all existing unplanned colonies will have sewer lines and drinking water supply. The promise came from Delhi urban development minister Saytender Jain during his recent address to the Assembly.

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The minister also said Rs 900 crore has been allocated for the purpose, and the irrigation and flood control department are to look into the work.

If the promise is carried out, even posh colonies will benefit, as their storm water drains from also carry sewerage from unauthorised colonies. For instance, the drains of Vasundhara Enclave, a posh locality of East Delhi — which houses many as 45 co-operative group housing societies (CGHS) — are connected with the sewer drains of Dallupura and Ashok Nagar in the vicinity. Both the colonies lack sewer lines and drinking water supply. Noida Society News

Residents of housing societies have often complained about the same. In the absence of a proper outlet for the sewerage of unauthorised colonies, government agencies have linked them with storm-water drains of the nearby societies. Noida Local News

City Spidey has also reported on the subject a couple of times.

Rishiraj Shrivastava, a resident of Paryatan Vihar B4 Apartments, said, “This is a grave failure of the government, and we are suffering. They thoughtlessly connected the sewer drains to our storm water drains. Sometimes, they block our water supply to provide drinking water to these colonies. How long is it to go on? If these colonies get proper sewer lines and water supply, it would be a great relief for us.” Apartment management System

There are about 1,700 unauthorised colonies in the NCR — most located adjacent to posh colonies.

Let’s hope the government will act on its word.

Gurgaon, Sec 56: Can anybody even walk on these roads!

Residents of Sector 56 in Gurgaon are tired of complaining to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) about bad roads!  Gurgaon News

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It’s been years since the authorities carried out any repair work — the crater-sized potholes bear testimony to their nonchalance.  Gurgaon Society News

 

Those on two-wheelers are the worse off. “We tend to lose balance and fall off. It’s a nightmare really!” complained Vineet Tyagi, a resident.

Speaking to City Spidey, Sudhir Bhardwaj, RWA president, said, “We have reminded the MCG so many times about repairing the roads. But no action has been taken. With the rains in, you can see the condition of the roads for yourself. Our vehicles are also damaged, especially the suspension.”

Sec 62, Noida: Heartbroken lover commits suicide in Shakti Kunj

A 27-year-old software engineer allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her rented house in Shakti Kunj, a residential society in Sector 62, Noida, on Wednesday night. The woman, identified as Shweta, hails from Patna, Bihar.

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According to the police, the woman was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her room.  Noida Society News

Anil Pratap Singh, station officer of the Sector 58 police station, told City Spidey that her roommates were not home when the incident took place. When they returned home from work, they found the flat locked from inside. “After getting no response, despite knocking on the door several times, they called the police. We broke open the door to find Shweta hanging from the ceiling fan,” he added. A suicide note has also been recovered. Noida Local News

The suicide note says Shweta was taking this extreme step after being cheated by her lover, Ankush Gandotra, who was working with her in the same private company. The note further says that Shweta and Ankush were having an affair for the past two years and she was pregnant but Ankush refused to marry her.

The police have informed the parents of the woman about the incident, who came to Noida and She’s body was handed over to them. Her parents lodged a case against Gandotra and his parents under sections 306, 313 and 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Sector 58 police station.

Ankush Gandotra was arrested from his office in Sector 62 at around 6 pm. He will be presented in court on August 11.