Dwarka: Peace march to observe International Day Against Drug Abuse

Sahaj Sambhav, an NGO working in the field of rehabilitation and de-addiction, organised a peace march on the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse (June 26) today. Participants wore black to observe the day.

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People from various sectors and societies participated in the march, which started from Kakrola Mod and ended at Sahaj Sambhav centre in Patel Garden.

Rekha Jhingan, general secretary of Sahaj Sambhav, and a resident of Peepal Apartments, Sector 17, said, “Drug addiction is big problem in the society. The youths are mainly the victims of drug abuse. We have tried to spread awareness through our march.”

The awareness campaign in progress at Sahaj Sambhav centre in Patel Garden

Members of Sahaj Sambhav, including Rekha Jhingan, Preetima Khandelwal, Shanu Wadhwa, Neelam Prashar, Ankita Trikha, IM Khanna, Madhulika Goyal, Sarita Bhatia and many others, were present during the march.

After the march, an awareness programme was organised at the Sahaj Sambhav centre.  Drug addicts under treatment shared their experiences.

On the occasion, newly elected councillor of the area, Raj Dutt Gehlot, former councillor Shashi Tomar and others were present as guests.

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Dwarka: Why won’t the authorities listen up!

Civic apathy continues in Dwarka. This time it’s a vacant plot behind Maxfort School in Sector 7. AK Parashar, a resident of Sri Agrasen Apartments, narrates his experience to City Spidey.

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Parashar recalls, “Today, at about 9.15 am, I was walking down the lane when I noticed smoke from behind Maxfort School. On reaching the spot, hardly 500 m from my society, I found the garbage on fire there. I immediately tried to reach out to all senior officers of the corporation, but to no avail. Finally, I managed to talk to South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) DC Sanjeev Kumar, who promised immediate action.” Dwarka News

He continues, “I got a young man to help me, who brought water from his house on his scooter. I tried dousing the fire. In the meantime, officials of SDMC reached the spot, but they hadn’t thought of informing the fire brigade, which arrived on the spot at 10.40 am, followed by the police.”

Though Parashar has tried to draw the attention of senior civic officials to the problem of open burning of garbage, nothing has changed. He says, “It’s a sad situation. The mayor, the MLA, the counsellor and senior officers of SDMC — all — are busy playing the blame game.”

What Parashar narrated is a scene that unfolds in almost every party of the sub-city, despite residents, RWAs and social organisations speaking up against the practice.

The NGO, Green Circle, has written on the matter to different agencies.

Green Circle member V Selvarajan is a resident of Diamond Square Apartments of Sector 6, and also the secretary of Federation of CGHS. He laments, “There have been several cases of garbage burning in blatant violation of NGT (National Green Tribunal) directives. We had registered our complaint — dated 31.3.17 — against open burning of garbage by SDMC workers in municipal dumping sheds. Subsequently, we took up the matter with the ministry of environment. Our complaint was closed by them without specifying any reason.  But when we persisted, we learnt that the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had forwarded the complaint to Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), which was forwarded back to the SDMC. I feel the only way out is mass protests.  And we’ll not hesitate to initiate such a step if open garbage burning doesn’t stop.”

Munish Kundra, a resident of Brahma Apartments in Sector 7, too, has raised his voice against burning of garbage near his society. He has also written to Dwarka administration, but there has been no response so far.

Pulkeet Mehra, a resident of Appu Enclave in Sector 11, shares a pertinent point. He says, “In one particular incident, I had called the fire brigade and they, surprisingly, did not know a very popular landmark close to their own station. There’s a dire need for training and improving response time.”

G-towners enjoy free parking now!

Here’s good news for Gurgaon residents. Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has waived off the property tax for 45 commercial spaces and malls on MG Road and Sohna Road in lieu of free parking to the public.

The move came four months after the MCG decided not to levy property tax on commercial spaces that lease their basement for parking free of cost. It was done after reviewing the central government’s notifications on property tax for commercial spaces.

The step is expected to free up the service lanes, hitherto encroached by cars of visitors to the malls. People usually avoided parking vehicles in malls and office parking, and preferred to leave cars in service lanes.

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The residents of various condominiums, such as Essel Towers, The Heritage City, can now enter and exit their condominiums with ease, as visitors to the malls can now leave their cars parked in front of the main gates.

The normal parking rates in all these complexes varied from Rs 40-100 during weekends. It was fixed at Rs 40 for three hours during weekdays, and Rs 60 for weekends.

Riddhima Sharma, a resident of DLF Phase II, which is close to the commercial complex First India Place, said, “If I have to just go and drop a cheque , which barely takes five minutes, why should I unnecessarily pay Rs 40?”

However, people are still not aware of the MCG move. The service lane in front of Grand Mall, on MG Road, was still seen encroached by vehicles yesterday.

DCP (Traffic) Balbir Singh said, “This move will greatly ease traffic. We have been implementing tow-away zones to clear the service lanes, but it hardly makes any difference. People continue to park their vehicles in service lanes.”

MCG spokesperson SS Rohilla said, “We have uploaded a list of spaces offering free basement parking on our website http://www.mcg.gov.in. If owners are found charging a fee at these 45 places, they can be reported to the MCG.”

The list includes several malls on MG Road and Sohna Road. The prominent ones among them are DLF City Court shopping centre-cum-office, First India Place, Grand Mall, Mega City Mall, Vipul Agora Mall on MG road; JMD Megapolis, JMD Galleria and Ninex City Mart on Sohna Road.

 

Civitech Sampriti residents stuck in lift for 2 hours

Seven senior citizens living in Civitech Sampriti, a residential society in Sector 77 of Noida, were stuck in the lift of Tower A for two hours. They were on their way back home at about 9 pm on June 25 after a party. noida local news

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Vineet Pratap Singh, a resident of the society, told City Spidey that the residents trapped in the lift called maintenance team for help, who sought the fire department’s support in the matter.  noida news

“The fire department officials after an hour and took another hour to rescue the residents,” he added.

Residents alleged that the guards had no clue how to open the doors of the elevator. “The developers should ensure that the guards know these basic skills,” said the residents. “We have been facing problems with the lifts ever since we moved in. We have lodged several complaints with the society’s maintenance department but it has not been able to solve the problem.”

Palam Courts Apartments hosts environment awareness campaign

Palam Courts Apartments in Sector 19B of Dwarka hosted an environment awareness campaign held by Association of Neighbourhood Ladies Get-together (ANHLGT) as part of the environment awareness month on Sunday.

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Two prominent residents of the apartments, Nisha Sood and Suresh Kumar, helped the association organize a series of events, designed for the children and bring them up to date on environment issues in a fun-filled manner. dwarka news

There were many activities for the children – drawing competition, elocution, singing, crafts competition and the like. Ladies and children participated in all the activities with great enthusiasm. A visibly happy Nisha Sood said, “Children were at their creative best in translating environment themes in works of art that highlighted concerns of the community. It was a successful event and everybody enjoyed it.”

Winners of the different competitions were given prizes by the president of ANHLGT, Cicily Kudian. She later told City Spidey, “we organized a series of environment awareness programmes over the month. In June 12 programmes were held in which hundreds of people participated. Involving the entire community was our aim and we are glad we achieved it.”

She further said, ANHLGT had been making efforts for development and welfare in Dwarka for a long time. “We work on social issues and try and make the community responsible and responsive. This is our concept,” she added.

Express Zenith alleges substandard construction, protest

Residents of Express Zenith, a residential complex in Sector 77, Noida, protested outside the developer’s project sales office on Sunday after plaster began peeling off in the building. noida local news

Some residents complained to City Spidey that the developer had used substandard construction material due to which plaster in the building has started falling. noida news

Sanjeev Kumar, one of the residents, alleged that a portion of balcony on seventh floor in residential tower-F fell down. It damaged some flower pots kept in the balcony of the floor immediately below. “This is not the first time that plaster has fallen. I had narrow escape when a similar incident occurred on May 24. It fell just a foot away where i was standing below the tower-F,” Sanjeev Kumar said.

Residents of D and F towers of the complex too had similar complaints. But the developer has just ignored all the complaints and instead has blamed the residents of damaging the walls themselves.

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Nitin Sharma, another resident, said, “when we gathered this morning to bring the issue to the builder’s notice, the staff present in his office pretended as if nothing has happened. The head of the sales office, Rajeev Pandey, Nithin Sharma said, felt that minor incidents like that keep happening which at best should be ignored.

Pandey said he was very polite in dealing with the residents. “We were very positive while responding to residents’ complaints. This is the reason that we have started repairing of the damaged portion of the balcony.  I don’t know why they have been complaining despite our efforts to rectify and repair damage to the extent possible.”

The residents, meanwhile, said they were angry at the response of the builder, which they felt was not satisfactory.

Vineet Tripathy, another resident said, they will sit down to discuss the next course of action as there are several other issues that have to resolved. He said, “we will approach the Noida authority with request of solving issues in the complexes.”

Flyover at Barapullah flyover to miss May 2018 deadline too

Once again, commuters wanting speedier passage from Mayur Vihar to South Delhi via Barapullah flyover near Mayur Vihar Phase 1, will have to wait for more time as work on the flyover across Yamuna has been held up. The project is feared to miss the May 2018 deadline too just like the previous deadline too. delhi local news

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The project delay is due to the failure to acquire the land necessary for project as individual farmers were not targeted with a proper procedure and policy.

Already, several pillars have been constructed on Mayur Vihar side, but Public Works Department (PWD) is still scouting for land to set up pillars on the Yamuna floodplain area. Eight acres of land falling under Yamuna floodplain area on Mayur Vihar side

Several pillars in Mayur Vihar side have been constructed and Public Works Department (PWD) requires land to setup pillar on Yamuna floodplain area. Land here belongs to individual farmers. The Delhi government is yet to put in place a proper procedure to acquire land under the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Settlement Act.

Manoj Trivedi, a project engineer (PWD) said that around 40 per cent of the project has been completed so far. “For constructing a bridge over the Yamuna, we require space to construct as many as 12 pillars for its foundation. Though, construction work is still on at Mayur Vihar, we cannot start work on Yamuna side until the government gives us permission.”

Several rounds of meetings between state government and the farmers failed to yield results, as the farmers were not happy with the compensation offered.

As reported by City Spidey earlier, the Barapullah flyover will be connected with the existing flyover on Noida- Delhi link road near Mayur Vihar Pahse 1 Metro station.