SDMC starts property survey in Dwarka for digital upgrade

For the purpose of issuing a unique identity code for all taxable properties in the area, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has started a survey to seek details of properties owned by residents.

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Forms for the survey are being distributed by corporation officials. The filled-out forms are to be handed over at the spot to the person conducting the survey. In case the owner is not present, a week’s time is given for filling up the form.

If the individual does not provide the information, he needs to pay a penalty of Rs 100 to the corporation — also, a fine of Rs 20 per day for the delay, as mandated under the Municipal Corporation Act 465.

With the help of the information gathered, a Unique Property Identification Code will be generated for every taxable property in the area.

Talking to City Spidey, SDMC mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat said, “Through UPIC we will ‘geo-map’ the properties in the area. All the current dues and details of the property will be available through that one number. It will make it much easier for residents to pay tax. And, of course, it will increase the taxpayers’ base. This digital system will help in ridding the system of corruption.”

The mayor appealed to the people to cooperate in the survey and provide the details asked for.

Here’s what the residents had to say.

V Selvarajan, secretary of Federation of Cooperative Group Housing Societies, Dwarka, opined, “UPI codes have already been allotted to most flats in Dwarka, and there are cards issued with digital codes. We already have a property identification number — so how does this survey apply to us? Will they continue to use the digital number already issued or allot a new one? We want clarification from SDMC on this duplication.”

He continued, “Also, earlier SDMC would send employees without identity cards. But thank god that’s not the case any more.”

Eminent RTI activist Ramesh Mumukshu welcomed the move and said, “This is a good step — it will help recover tax and expose benami properties [properties purchased in the name of others]. It’ll also curb the practice of illegal construction in Dwarka.”

Mumukshu also raised the issue of constructing extra floors. “I don’t know how the MCD plans to deal with such construction, and how people will provide details for these. This will be a challenge for the authority. Such constructions are rampant in the area. I hope SDMC will take strong steps against this practice.”

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NHAI opens up FASTag lanes at Kherki Daula toll plaza

To speed up vehicular movement at the Kherki Daula toll plaza, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has opened one lane on each side of the highway for FASTag vehicles. These lanes will automatically open the boom barriers after reading the FASTags.

Lane 17 (going towards Jaipur) and Lane 3 (coming from Jaipur) will currently work on the FASTag system. In case a car without a FASTag enters these lanes, there’s provision for exit.

At present, almost 2,000 cars are FASTagged.

“This is a great step — it will certainly help vehicles move faster. In times ahead, it’s important to have such lanes, since new cars are coming with pre-installed tags,” said Pradeep Kumar, who travels from Rewari to Gurgaon every day.

Speaking to City Spidey, Rajneesh Yadav, road safety officer, said, “We have done the testing, and now it needs to be seen how much difference these lanes will make to traffic management.”

Gurgaon: 300 pits being readied to battle next monsoon

To be prepared for the monsoons next year, Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has identified about 300 water harvesting pits in the city that need to be made functional again. These pits will help recharge depleting groundwater levels and prevent waterlogging. Gurgaon breaking news

This and more was discussed at a water conservation meet held yesterday in Sector 34 between MCG officials and environmental NGOs Paryavaran Prerna and Gurugram Action Plan.

The two NGOs are assisting the civic body in the project.

The pits are located in villages, in HUDA colonies, in colonies in the process of being transferred to MCG, and in areas that are already under MCG.

About 180 of the 300 pits identified are currently non-functional, while the ones that are working are fraught with problems.

 A harvesting pit needs to be at least 200 ft deep, but some of the existing ones are just 30-40 ft deep, officials said.

“Till last year, MCG was not aware of the location of rainwater harvesting pits. This year, we cleaned up about 70 per cent of the pits we had identified, and as a result, waterlogging was minimal this year,” said V Umashankar, MCG commissioner.

MCG officials are exploring the option of making engineering changes to the pits to increase their capacity. They are also looking at constructing new pits.

Delhi: Applying for public identity documents may soon be just a call away!

Ever dreaded having to apply for a public identity document, what with all the running around and the red tape involved? You may be in for a pleasant surprise. If the Delhi government is to be believed, by 2018, people will be able to apply for these documents from the comfort of their homes, through a call centre, and even have them delivered to their doorstep.

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It could be a driving licence, death and birth certificates, or even a domicile certificate — it can all be done through a call centre.

Speaking to the media, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the government will introduce a system in the next three months to enable people to apply for all public documents through a dedicated call centre. He added said that the government had planned to hire a private agency to handle the implementation. “The applicant will have to place his or her request by dialling the call centre. Thereafter, the agency will assign a ‘mobile sahayak’, or an assistant, to visit his or her residence with all relevant forms and machines for application, and then finally even deliver the documents when they are ready,” he added.

“The sahayak will come equipped with a biometric device and a camera to the applicant’s house. For home delivery of documents, a nominal fee will be charged, which is yet to be fixed,” Sisodia said.

People will, however, have to visit government offices for documents that cannot be issued without verifying physical presence. They will also be needed to appear for a driving test before applying for a driving licence.

“The service shall be rolled out in two phases. In the first phase, up to 40 certificates will be covered,” Sisodia said. These include caste certificate, income certificate, driving licence, ration card, domicile certificate, marriage certificate, fresh water connection papers, duplicate vehicle RC and change of address in the RC.

Noida and Gzb will soon be able to call a helpline routed to the UP CM

Got a problem? Give a call. By November-end, residents of Noida and Ghaziabad can call up a helpline operated by the UP Chief Minister Office with the help of a call centre.

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The staff of the call centre will receive calls, take down details and forward the matter to the officers concerned. Strict action will be initiated against officers and employees who fail to address the complaint within a given time frame.

The CM’s helpline centre is being developed in Lucknow, and all government offices are being connected to it.

The state government already has an Integrated Grievances Redressal System (IGRS), a web portal where people can directly lodge their complaints. However, the need for a helpline was felt, as many people do not have access to the internet.

According to sources, Uttar Pradesh Development System Corporation Limited, or UPDSCL, is working on this helpline centre. Also, a tender for selection of a call centre has been floated, confirmed officials of Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA). Apartment management system

Rajesh Kumar Pandey, special secretary, called a meeting in Lucknow of officers from all district development authorities, including Ghaziabad, to get an update on the helpline centre.

Ravindra Godbole, GDA secretary, told City Spidey that the centre will have about 500 desks. “It will also take feedback from people. If the complainant’s problem is not resolved, action will be initiated against the concerned officer,” he said.

He added that GDA has appointed Atul Sharma, executive system operator, as the nodal officer for the helpline centre. “Nodal officers will work to tackle the overall handling of complaints, and also make a report on all of them,” he said.

Here’s the GDA’s deadline for redressal of the following problems:

  • 30 days for repair of roads and drains
  • 7 days for repair of streetlights
  • 1 day for water problems
  • 7 days for physical occupation of any plot
  • 15 days for physical occupation of any building

No progress in the murder of the Noida Sec 36 security guard

Noida Police has still made no headway in catching the murderer of the security guard found dead in Sector 36 yesterday. The body of Girish Chandra Sharma was found in the lawn of a three-storey bungalow, with his head crushed by a heavy object on Wednesday morning. The body was discovered around 7 am by a fellow security guard who had come to the bungalow for a shift change. Noida breaking news

Mukesh, son of the victim, says the family does not know who might have killed him and were looking solely at the police for tracking down the murderer.

Noida Police, however, did not have much to say other than that they had some “strong evidence” and would soon arrest the culprit.

This comes as an especially alarming response in the view of rising crime rates in the city.

Dengue can be just a bite away for Amrapali Silicon City residents

Residents of Amrapali Silicon City, in Sector 76, Noida, are living in fear of falling prey to dengue or chikungunya. They say there’s waterlogging in the basement and an open drain in the society, but that the builder is turning a blind eye to it. Silicon City Social Welfare Association has also written a letter to the chief medical officer of Gautam Budh Nagar to conduct an inspection of the site and take action against the builder. A copy of the letter has been sent to the district magistrate and to the developer.

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Rajender Pal, joint secretary of Silicon City Social Welfare Association, told City Spidey that the society had become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. This is especially scary, as there have been more than 10 cases of dengue in the society this year alone.

He also said the developer had to construct two sewage treatment plants but had constructed only one. “There is no proper connection of the society drains; the basement drain, too, is uncovered,” he added.

Residents say the builder is unperturbed, despite several complaints from residents. They add there has also been no fogging by Noida Authority in a long time.

Anurag Bhargava, chief medical officer (CMO), told City Spidey that he hadn’t received any letter from any society yet. “I will inspect the site and take necessary action when I receive any such letter,” he said.