Feedback can add to Gurgaon’s rank in the Swachh Bharat Survey

The MCG (Municipal Corporation of Gurugram) has recently concluded a training for its sanitation department. The training included several parameters that are integral in terms of improving the hygiene levels of the city.

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The sanitation department was also trained to educate residents about the importance of lending feedback (on its cleanliness drives/initiatives) through the Swachh Bharat app, the Swachh Bharat website or through the telephonic survey conducted by the Ministry of Urban Development. Gurgaon News

Of the total 4000 points covered during the training module, 1400 points revolved around feedback alone. In 2016, when feedback had not been actively encouraged in the interactive sessions between sanitation workers and residents, Gurgaon had ranked 36th (out of 73 cities) as far as the Swachh Bharat Survey is concerned. However, the score improved in 2017 with an emphasis on feedback. In 2017 the city ranked 112th out of 434 cities.

By encouraging feedback, the sanitation department is also urging residents to increase their participation. “We want Gurgaon to be ranked high in terms of civic hygiene and this can happen only if the residents engage actively in the initiatives. Our workers are reiterating the importance of feedback and hence this year the scores should further improve,” said SS Rohilla, public relations officer, MCG.

In the course of the feedback garnered last year, 11% of the residents said that the city is always clean, 13% said they are able to find dustbins easily and 31% said that there is daily door-to-door collection of waste. Moreover, 13% residents felt that public toilets are spaced within distances of 500 metres while 9% felt that there is basic infrastructure available at public and community toilets.

The Swachh Bharat Survey this year will cover as many as 4041 cities and will reach Gurgaon in February.

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With the attack on Raheja Mall, Gurgaon residents are reeling under shock

On Monday evening, a group of masked men barged into Raheja Mall (situated on Sohna Road) and started vandalizing the mall’s property outside the cinema hall. They also damaged a few shops and told the hapless shopkeepers that they will not allow the release of Padmavat. Gurgaon News

The incident occurred in the late evening hours when the mall was buzzing with people. The security company quickly called the police who arrived with extra staff and took charge of the mall. Subsequently, perceiving the danger to other cinema halls and malls, police forces were stationed across the malls and movie halls of the city.

Needless to say the people who were in the mall at the time of the incident were shocked and stirred. “I was with my wife and baby when the masked men suddenly appeared and started attacking the mall. I ushered my family into an electronic shop and started praying that the assailants stay away from this shop. I witnessed terror very closely” said Naveen Saini, a resident of South City I.

Mahendra Pandey who sells paan outside the mall said, “These goons entered with rods and damaged the property inside. And while leaving the premises they threatened me and even broke my shop and fridge.”

An employee of a leading shoe brand spoke to City Spidey on the condition of anonymity. In his words, “The security guards were helpless and could not stop them from destroying property. The police came much later.”

People across Sohna Road are in a state of shock.  “It was a Monday so we were not at the mall. It is a regular joint on weekends for my family. I take my children aged six and eight to the children’s entertainment section. I shudder to think what if the assailants had struck on a weekend. I am not visiting any mall till this issue dies down” said Poonam Choudhary, a resident of Uppals Southend.

While the police is investigating the case, footfalls across malls in the city are bound to suffer in the coming days.

Did you attend this unique car rally in Gurgaon today?

On a sunny winter morning, 35 cars participated in a unique rally, in which the visually impaired acted as navigators for drivers, and the deaf and mute as the traffic marshals. The navigators in each car guided the drivers on the best routes to complete the rally, taking them through landmarks with the help of a Braille map. The aim of the rally, named Gurgaon On Saturday, was twofold — awareness of traffic rules and interaction with the differently abled.

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The 48-km rally went through Faridabad road, Mangar village, Sirohi, Dumduma, Badshahpur and Gurgaon. The traffic marshals were assisted at every step by volunteers of Uthaan, an NGO based in Gurgaon. Gurgaon News

Speaking to City Spidey, Ajit Kumar, a 12-year-old navigator, said, “It was a great experience to guide the driver. I got to learn so many new short forms such as NH [National Highway].” An enthusiastic athlete, Kumar wants to be a cricketer when he grows up.

Dimple Chopra, the driver being guided by Kumar, said, “It was a beautiful experience, as he shared details of his life with me as well. He spoke of his interest in sports and how he was fond of radio jockeys. His clarity of thought impressed me.”

Sharing his experience, Sanjay Kaushik, founder of Uthaan, said, “The rally turned out to be a success. We wanted people to interact with these kids and learn from them the spirit of life. Further, awareness of traffic rules was also an aim, which was well achieved.”

Gurgaon Police decides to relaunch Operation Durga

In the wake of the recent gangrape of a college student in a moving car and the abduction of a 12-year-old girl, Gurgaon Police has relaunched Operation Durga, a public-safety vigilance campaign through which police constables keep a vigil on public areas to ensure women’s safety.

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Operation Durga will be implemented in three districts to check the rise in cases of sexual harassment, rape, molestation and other criminal offences against women in public spaces, particularly in bus stands, railway stations, colleges and other institutions.

In a meeting with senior officials, Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar, IPS, has discussed a slew of measures to curb the rising instances of crime.

According to Khirwar, once a criminal case is registered by a woman against someone, the police officials will display zero tolerance to the offender. As a first step, the police will document the different kinds of complaints that are registered, along with their respective areas.
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“This has been done so we can deploy adequate forces in crime-prone areas,” said Khirwar.

Within a year, Gurgaon Police is aiming to establish new police stations in Dwarka Expressway, the Southern Peripheral Road and the new sectors of Gurgaon.

A vintage car rally from Delhi to Gurgaon… You cannot miss this!

In a bid to promote “motoring tourism” and give collectors an opportunity to drive out their vintage collection, 21 Gun Salute Heritage and Cultural Trust will hold a vintage car rally on February 17 and 18 in Delhi. The rally will be flagged off from Lal Qila and end at the Ambience Island in DLF Phase III, Gurgaon.

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More than 100 vintage cars will participate in the rally and celebrities from the global motoring fraternity and titans of the automotive industry will grace the occasion. Thousands of private collectors and connoisseurs, national and international, will be present at the venue. Gurgaon News

Addressing a press conference, Madan Mohan, founder and managing trustee, 21 Gun Salute Heritage and Cultural Trust, said, “The 8th edition will present rare and legendary 1939 Delage D8 120- USA, 1922 Bentley – Australia; 1908 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn & 1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud – UK; RR Phantom James Young Edition – Singapore; 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS ZagatoAprile – Italy; along with other fine handpicked vintage cars such as the 1933 Cadillac V-12, the rare 1930 Cadillac V-16 [the only one in India], the 1922 Moon, the 1949 Buick Roadmaster and the 1942 Packard 180 Limo”

Gurgaon: Second accused in Farukhnagar rape case nabbed by police

Gurgaon Police has arrested the second accused in the horrifying rape incident that took place in Farukhnagar on January 15. The cops have also seized the car in which the accused had allegedly raped the college student.

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The accused had allegedly abducted the victim in a

Swift Dzire car while she was returning from college. They had taken turns to rape her while driving around in the city. However, the victim, who had gone into trauma, had reported the matter only on Thursday.

The police have registered a case against the two accused, identified as Pawan and Lalit based on the description provided by the rape survivor. The police had already arrested Pawan on Thursday, while Lalit was nabbed today. Both men were produced before the district court. Gurgaon News

The police are now investigating the case. The car, too, has been seized. The CCTV footage of the area is being examined for further clues on the case.

‘Gurgaon on Saturday’: A car rally with a vision

This is going to be a car rally with a difference — visually impaired people will act as navigators for drivers, and the deaf and mute will be the traffic marshals.

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Gurgaon On Saturday, as the rally is called, will be flagged off this Saturday at 11 am from Manger village police post on the Faridabad-Gurgaon road leading towards the government deaf and mute school behind 32 Milestone. Gurgaon News

All navigators taking part in the rally will use Braille to check the routes from a route chart that will be given to them before the flag-off. The traffic marshals will monitor the entire route to check whether or not the participants are following rules.

The rally is being organised by Gurgaon-based NGO Uthaan in collaboration with a Noida-based manufacturer of semiconductors. More than 50 people have registered for the rally, which has attracted the attention of residents from across the NCR.

“The rally is an off-roader, and we are using the village area of Manger to organise it. The routes are challenging and the drive will be fun. About 20 participants are joining from Noida and the rest are from Gurgaon,” president of Uthaan, Sanjay Kaushik, confirmed.

Shalini Bishnoi, one of the organisers based in Noida, added, “The idea is to provide an opportunity to the visually impaired, as they do not get a chance to enjoy exciting events like we do.”