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.

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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.”

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 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.”

MCG hosts second house meeting; mulls on a host of issues

The second house meeting of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) since the civic elections passed several key projects and proposals.

The meeting saw the clearing of 28 civic projects approved by the Finance & Contract Committee (F&CC) of MCG; formation of sub-committees and a decision on opening a public grievance cell for residents, where they will have the option to register complaints regarding the authorities. Gurgaon News

The F&CC recently approved the budget estimate for 14 civic projects and consented to the allotment of 14 other civic projects to agencies for implementation. The main issues included placing jersey barriers on Rezangla Chowk, Bhagwan Mahaveer Marg and Sector 30/31 dividing road, construction of open-air gyms at parks and building bus depots in sectors 52 and 53.

The formation of 25 sub-committees was also approved. These will be responsible for monitoring the work of MCG and will comprise of MCG councillors and officials.

The issue of water shortage in some areas was also raised. The councillors confirmed the building of a boosting station, which is almost 50 per cent ready.

This apart, there was also a discussion to build a media centre that would answer queries and provide information on matters relating to the authorities.

Gurgaon, Uniworld Garden I: Man falls from balcony and dies on New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve celebrations turned grim at a flat in Uniworld Gardens 1in Gurgaon, when the 32-year-old tenant died under mysterious circumstances on the night of December 31, around 1.30 am.

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The police are trying to ascertain whether it is a case of suicide or murder.

Hitesh Saini, shifted to the Sector 47 society about two months back with his wife, 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son.

As per the police, Saini died after falling from his tenth-floor flat, while his family and friends were present in the house.

The police are yet to register a case in the matter and are awaiting Saini’s sister’s arrival from Guwahati to conduct a post mortem.

According to the police, he had a business selling herbal products and was suffering from depression. He was last seen alone on the balcony around the time of the incident.

The police said his wife, who was inside the flat at the time, noticed a shadow on the balcony and, looking towards it, saw her husband fall.

“According to the family, he was suffering from depression owing to a matter connected with his sister. However, we haven’t ruled out the possibility of a murder, and are awaiting the sister’s arrival for more clarity,” said inspector Vijay Kumar, SHO of Sadar police station.

“Saini was taken to the nearby Park hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. He had consumed large amounts of alcohol,” he added.

The incident comes on the heels of a similar case, in which a 26-year-old IIT Kanpur graduate allegedly committed suicide by jumping to his death from the 23rd floor of DLF Magnolias, on Golf Course Road, on September 25, 2017. He was also allegedly grappling with depression.

Shockingly, there have been similar incidents in April, May and July, 2016, all in Gurgaon.

Can Gurgaon rid itself of open dumping?

To understand the various aspects of integrated waste management in the city, a conference was organised by city-based NGO, Gurgaon First, yesterday at the School of Inspired Leadership in Sector 44, Gurgaon.

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Almost 70 delegates participated in the conference.

“As residents, we cleared out doubts regarding the segregation process and about decentralised waste management,” said Radhika Nath, a resident of South City I.

The city is to develop an integrated solid waste management project, and the concession agreement for it was signed by the Haryana government-appointed Ecogreen Energy. The project is to come up in a village next to Bandhwari.

Ankit Aggarwal, CEO, Ecogreen Energy Pvt Ltd, explained, “We have started a door-to-door waste collection from the city since December 13, and expect to cover the entire city by March 2018. We are in the process of constructing five transfer stations and six mini-transfer stations throughout the city. The idea is to make Gurgaon a city free of open dumping. The waste will not only be used in the production of manure but also electricity.” Gurgaon News

He added, “A three-member project management unit will be set up shortly to monitor the project. As part of the project, we’ll have a drive to discourage the use of plastic.”

MCG commissioner V Umashanker said, “Both centralised and decentralised systems of waste management will continue to co-exist in the city. But this project will cover only solid waste and not e-waste or bio-medical waste.”

The project now awaits environmental clearance.