Saturday, January 24, 2015

Expert to HC: Design flaw killed 300 on Gurgaon expressway in 2014

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: January 24, 2015

The 28-km Delhi-Gurgaon expressway witnessed 300 accident-related deaths last year due to a flawed design that has compromised safety on the highway, a road safety expert told the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday.

Safety expert Navdeep Kumar Asija was quoting from figures with the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. A majority of the deaths were of pedestrians and cyclists, he said.

A special division bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and Ajay Tewari then directed the Haryana government to file its reply on the issue by February 27.

The High Court had sought Asija's help after taking suo motu notice of the issue of developing vehicle-free zones in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. On Friday, Asija told the court that when the expressway was built in 2007-08, necessary infrastructure to ensure safety of pedestrians and cyclists was not built, allegedly to profit the concessionaire.

Asija requested the High Court to start criminal proceedings against the officers and authorities concerned, including the concessionaire and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

Asija further told the court that the expressway had been designed for a 35-year period when it was opened on January 23, 2008.

However, within six years, there is now a proposal to further develop the expressway at a cost of Rs 760 crore.

He said this work is being undertaken jointly by the Gurgaon Municipal Corporation and NHAI.

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PS : Small correction, 300 are the total deaths during period of study by Ministry and not in 2014 alone.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cost of Governance paid by each Punjabi....

Cost of Governance we Pay..

Total earnings Including Central Share in Punjab for the year 2013-14 was Rs 54212.47 Crore. Out of that expenditure on Salaries, Pensions and Interest on debt were Rs 28907.26 Crore, which is 53.32% of the total state's earnings. The present estimated population of Punjab about 2.89 crore, this makes at average Rs 10,000/- per Punjabi is paying annually to the government in the form of direct and indirect taxes as a Cost of Governance. This is highest cost of Governance paid by citizen compared with any other state of Punjab. This is the annual fee which every citizen pays to government in order to get better services like Health, Police, Transportation, Water, Sanitation and Electricity.  Burden of Salary bill which is 53.32% leave almost minimum money with the state government, out of which majority of the chunk goes into Debt repayment and Electricity subsidy (5500 crore).  Heavy cost of governance due to mismanagement left only Rs 700 crore as a budget for all municipal local bodies i.e. for 180 small town and cities within the state. This is not enough money to run a proper sanitation drive and pay electricity bill for a year for all these cities, leave apart street lights, repair of streets, and maintenance of Parks etc.

Right to Service act is a welcoming step in order to assure services to the citizen for which citizen are paying since long.  Now, in order to get these services, we are bound to pay more and with that money state government is hiring the contractual employees in order to save the grace of these white elephant institutes.  This was government part; now let's talk about citizen side and take the example of Education Department.  In a survey we found that 90% of Government School teacher taught their kids in Private school, in which a teacher is getting 1/5th of the salary compared with government teacher and giving better result. Except few, none of the government teacher trusts the ability of the other government teachers in the same community. Fact is they are not delivering for those are paid. We always blame government for not giving us good services, but fact is as a citizen are we discharging out duties honestly.  Take the other example from Police, In Ludhiana district, formally or informally almost 20% of the total district police work for few VVIP's of Ludhiana. The deployment on 100 VVIP is almost double the total manpower deployed by Ludhiana police to manage traffic for entire district. Now, who is at fault, government or "we" as a citizen. Kindly note when you see any stupid VVIP showing high security, don't mind asking them, I am the one who is paying for your showoff and because of you people are getting killed on roads every day.  On similar ground, we can examine all Government institutes like Pollution Control, PWD, and Irrigation etc, who runs on our money and when we approach them for services, citizen are treated badly as if we are their slaves. It is because of government's mismanagement and silence of hopeful citizen.

When government do any strictness or impose new taxes, protest starts, so  In order to cut this heavy cost of governance, In this democratic setup, I feel government left with no choice than following model of Privatization. Blaming government alone won't work. In Simpler words, the salary, which each government employee is getting is our money. Either let's start working together with government by way of ask the accountability of Government servants to make our government institution effective, Inclusive, corruption free and effective else get ready to pay more taxes. 

Navdeep Asija

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Fazilka's 14 accident black spots claim a life every 5th day

CHANDIGARH: There is an urgent need to tackle 14 accident black spots in Fazilka district, which claim a life every fifth day. According to "Road Safety Report And Action Plan 2015" for Fazilka, prepared as part of the ongoing Road Safety Week, there are about 400 accident black spots in Punjab, and 14 fall in Fazilka district.

An accident black spot is a place where road traffic accidents have historically been concentrated. Driver visibility, road signage and marking, faulty intersection design are the key reason for the accidents at these locations.

On an average, five to six people die in road accidents in Fazilka district every month. The past three year trend is such that more road accidents and deaths happen in the months of May, June, November and December as compared to other months of the year, says the document prepared by Graduates Welfare Association Fazilka.

As per the Punjab traffic police, Fazilka has 14 accident prone areas.

A majority of them are on the national and state highways. In post-crash scenario, the entire district has only three primary trauma care centres and three community health centres. The nearest referral secondary trauma care centre is at Faridkot. 108 Ambulance Service is very popular and showed significant impact in post-accident care.

In 2014, 108 ambulance service provided relief in 528 cases, out of which 510 were taken to the nearest hospital and in 18 cases, basic first aid was given, Out of 528 cases, 633 road accident victims (613 hospital and 20 with basic first aid) were provided relief, says the report.

Nearly 3.7% of Punjab's total population lives in district Fazilka. Road fatalities wise it contribute 1 to 1.5% in the total state's accident fatalities. Fazilka district has 1787 km of road network, which includes 113km of National Highway (NH-7) and 247km of State Highways. 80-85% of the accident took place on this core network of National and State Highways, it adds.

There are about 101 types of offences prescribed in motor vehicle act 1988 and rules 1989, four major types of moving violations have serious direct impact on road safety mainly 'drink and drive' and 'over speeding', District police has booked almost 0.1% percentages of vehicles under these categories. This makes overall  traffic enforcement ineffective, points out the report.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Basic Road Transport and Accident Statistics of Fazilka District

         i.            As per the available registered motor vehicle data available with State Transport Commissioner Punjab, for the year 2012-13, an estimated 19,486 motor vehicle registered in Fazilka district signifies about 54 new motor vehicle added in Fazilka district daily. Present estimate about 60-65 vehicle daily added to Fazilka district roads.

       ii.            After every fifth day one person die due to road accident in Fazilka. In Punjab daily average 14 people lose their lives due to road accidents. Average daily two people met with serious accident daily in Fazilka.

     iii.            Population wise 3.7% of the total Punjab state population lives in district Fazilka. Road fatalities wise it contribute 1 to 1.5% in the total state's accident fatalities.

     iv.            Per month average 5 to 6 people die due to road accidents in Fazilka district.

       v.            Last three year trends of road accident shows in the month of May, June, November and December more road accidents and death took place compared to other months of the year.

     vi.            Comparing health burden of traffic fatalities on per million populations (10 lakh), death rate of Fazilka district is about 69 per million populations. From risk point of view Fazilka ranked at 21 positions out of 22 districts in the year 2013 compared to 19th ranking in the year 2012. This is a good indication; however this ranking is changed in 2014 with 72 deaths till November 2014. Fazilka is below state average and considered as safest district, however even a single death is a loss.

   vii.            Fazilka district has 1787 km of road network, which includes 113km of National Highway (NH-7) and 247km of State Highways.  80-85% of the accident took place on this core network of National and State Highways.

 viii.            As per the Traffic Police Punjab, Fazilka district has 14 accident Prone areas. Details of the same are given in next section of the report. Majority of them are on National Highway and State Highway.

     ix.            In Post Crash scenario entire district has only three Primary Trauma care centre and three CHC. Nearest referral secondary trauma care centre is at Faridkot. 108 Ambulance Service is very popular and showed significant impact in Post accident care.

       x.            In the year 2014, 108 ambulance service provided relief to 528 accident cases out of which 510 were taken to nearest hospital and 18 cases basic first aid was given, Out of 528 cases 633 road accident victims ( 613 hospital + 20 with basic first aid) were provided with the relief. On an average two people in Fazilka district meet with serious accidents.

     xi.            Fazilka district has 10 Police station and 1 Police Chowki, none is equipped with proper traffic enforcement instruments like alcometers to detect drink and drive and speed guns to check over speeding.

   xii.            Fazilka district Red Cross society has 67 members who can play an import role in road safety awareness, pre hospital care in order to treat road accidents victims.

 xiii.            No local bodies Municipalities spent any money on Road Safety.

 xiv.            Average 40-45 vehicles are challaned by Traffic Police in district Fazilka daily. This is insignificant compared to state's average of 2775 challan daily with regards to vehicle and population size of the district.

   xv.            There are about 101 types of offences prescribed in motor vehicle act 1988 and rules 1989, four major types of moving violations have serious direct impact on road safety mainly 'drink and drive' and 'over speeding', District police has booked almost 0.1% percentages of vehicles under these categories. This makes overall traffic enforcement ineffective.  Required better strategy.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Army holds free medical camp for border villagers

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ferozpur, January 11, 2015

The Fazilka Brigade of the army organised medical and veterinary camps for residents of border areas at border village of Alamshah in Fazilka district on Sunday.

The medical camp brought multiple specialists for eyes, dental problems and chronic diseases under one roof. Both the army and the district administration pooled their resources to organise the camps. Free medicines were provided by the army, the Red Cross Society, the administration and the NGOs.

The smiling faces of villagers, especially the elderly and the women, were indicative of the much-needed healing touch brought by the effort of the Fazilka Brigade.  

"I was suffering from toothache for the last one year, but did not have the money for treatment.  Finally, I am relieved of this constant pain, courtesy the army," said a visibly relieved Ishwar Chand from Muazzam village.

There were also long queues of the villagers with their animals at the veterinary camp for treatment of ailing animals.

On the occasion, 31 war widows from Fazilka district were also given sewing machines by the Red Cross Society of Fazilka.

Speaking on the occasion, Brigadier VK Sharma, commander, Fazilka Brigade, said that the army "is your army and will work in coordination with the civil administration for upliftment of the local community."

He also urged ex-servicemen to be the representatives of the army in respective villagers and work for development of the border area.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Mechanised cotton farming boosts crop productivity, farmers’ income

Prabhjit Singh, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, January 10, 2015

Punjab has become the first state in the country to adopt mechanisation in cotton farming as a pilot project.

According to government officials, the move has led to an increase in the yield as well as farmers' income, besides resolving the problem of labour shortage this kharif season that ended in December 2014.

About 1,500 acres were brought under "complete mechanisation" in selected villages of Fazilka, Muktsar and Bathinda districts through seed planters and cotton-picking machines imported from China. These were given to farmers on custom-hire basis through cooperative societies.

"There has been 11 to 18% increase in the farmers' overall income through mechanisation. We still have a long way to go in the entire cotton belt of southern Punjab," financial commissioner development (FCD) Suresh Kumar told HT.

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, would be roped in "to improve the packages and practices" required for cotton cultivation under the new mechanised production regime, he added.

Five hydraulic seed planters were provided to farmers at a hiring price of Rs. 4,000 per acre, along with growth chemicals, with a view to fix the plant height at 4.5 ft to suit plucking machines for easy harvesting.

Of the 1,452 acres targeted under the project, 975 were covered in Fazilka district, 375 in Muktsar and 102 in Bathinda.

A maximum of 274 acres were covered in Dutarawali village of Fazilka, where farmers having less than 5 acres' land were also involved, said Umesh Patil, regional executive of the US-based John Deere Tractors, which has been instrumental in the supply of cotton farm machinery manufactured and assembled in China.

A cotton dryer plant has been installed at the grain market in Malout (Muktsar) so as to facilitate farmers and purchasing agencies in speedy procurement of cotton arrivals.

"Although the weather remained inclement, the experiment was successful, leading to a 25% increase in the yield," said Punjab Agro Industries Corporation managing director Kahan Singh Pannu, who drafted the pilot project during his tenure as secretary, agriculture.

Pannu ruled out that mechanisation would hit the interests of the landless peasantry, mainly cotton-plucking women.

Gain time

The mechanisation has led to an increase of Rs. 4,000 per acre in the farmers' overall income, as per a study report of the pilot project that has been submitted to the state government. The study was conducted by PAU and John Deere officials. The crop yield, which is 6-7 quintals per acre through manual farming, has risen to 9-9.5 quintals through mechanisation.

7 ducks, 10 crows found dead in Fazilka village

ABOHAR: As many as 37 ducks and 10 crows were found dead under mysterious circumstances in a village pond near Sitto Guno village, falling under Asia's largest open wildlife sanctuary area in Faziilka district on Friday. 

Animal husbandry officials have sent their swab samples to Regional Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory in Jalandhar in view of the recent death of geese owing to bird flu in Chandigarh. 

Dr PS Danewalia, senior official of Animal Husbandry said he was informed by villagers about the birds. A team of veterinarians was rushed to the spot. None of the dead birds were migratory. 

He added that prima-facie it seems that birds have died due to some poison, but as precautionary measures the swab samples of the dead birds were sent to the laboratory. Earlier, on seeing the dead birds, villagers and activists of Jeev Raksha Bishnoi Sabha blocked the Sitto-Dabwali road for couple of hours. They alleged that the post of veterinary doctor in the Asia's largest open area wildlife sanctuary was lying vacant since long. The dharna was lifted only when Jaspal Singh Brar, Tehsildar, Abohar reached the spot and called veterinary doctors to examine the dead birds. 

Manjit Singh Brar, Fazilka deputy commissioner, said administration had alerted officials to keep a watch on the birds. All residents in villages in the open wildlife sanctuary had been asked to report any such incident to them. 

Meanwhile, wildlife authorities have lifted temporary ban on the entry of visitors and bird watchers to the Harike Wildlife Sanctuary. The ban was imposed in December as precautionary measures in view of the bird flu scare in Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

नेता प्रतिपक्ष सुनील जाखड़ ने रेलमंत्री सुरेश प्रभाकर प्रभु से मुलाकात

जाखड़ ने आगामी रेल बजट में श्रीगंगानगर से वाया अबोहर, फाजिल्का, फिरोजपुर, जालंधर, डेरा ब्यास, अमृतसर होते हुए जम्मू कटरा तक नई सुपर फास्ट ट्रेन चलाने, प्रस्तावित फिरोजपुर-चंडीगढ़ इंटरसिटी ट्रेन को शीघ्र चलाने के साथ ही इसे अबोहर तक बढ़ाए जाने की माग की। अंबाला डिवीजन द्वारा वर्ष 2013-14 में मंजूर किए अबोहर मेंश्रीगंगानगर रोड रेलवे क्रॉसिंग पर अंडर ब्रिज बनाने के प्रस्ताव को आने वाले रेल बजट में डालने की भी मांग की गई।

पंजाब सरकार द्वारा दिए गए फंड से रेलवे की जगह पर बनने वाले स्टील ब्रिज का निर्माण शीघ्र शुरू करवाने तथा इसमें आ रही बाधाएं को दूर करने की माग करते हुए जाखड़ ने रेल मंत्री से इस काम के लिए शीघ्र अबोहर आ कर इसके लिए नींव पत्थर रखने के कार्यक्रम के लिए न्योता भी दिया। जाखड़ ने रेलमंत्री को बताया कि पाकिस्तान सीमा के साथ लगते जिलों फाजिल्का, फिरोजपुर में रेल सेवाओं के प्रसार की अति आवश्यक्ता है।

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Victory March to mark the occasion of 43rd Vijay Diwas - 1971 Indo Pak War.

To mark a tribute to the martyrs of Indian Army who laid down their lives to safeguard ‪#‎Fazilka‬ for their supreme sacrifice in 1971 Indo-Pak war on the eve of 43rd Vijay Diwas celebration, join us for "Victory March" on 15th March 2014 starting from Sanjeev Cinema Chowk at 3:00PM sharp. All are requested to assemble at Sanjeev Cinema chowk.

March will end at Clock Tower 4:30PM sharp. Route is Sanjeev Cinema CHowk – Gowshall Road- Cycle Bazar- Shashtri Chowk- Sarafan Bazar- Clock Tower.
First time in this history families of our all brave soldiers who fought famous 'battle of Fazilka', brought honour to the nation and laid down their lives to safeguard Fazilka during Indo Pak war, are reaching Fazilka and are joining us on this 'Victory March' along with the brave soldiers of Indian Army.

Wife of Major Narayan Singh wife Urmila is also joining us.She was 22 when she lost her husband. Those who are not aware, famous battle of Fazilka or battle of beriwala was held between two Majors; Major Narayan Singh (Indian Army 4 Jat) and Major Shabbir Sharif (Pak Army and elder brother of present Pakistan Army Chief Raheel Sharif) 'man-to-man' combat. It was a very brave and courageous battle between the two. Major Narain Singh, who was commanding a company of Jat Regiment led his men and charged the objective to capture locality in the Fazilka Sector. In this action, Major Narain Singh displayed gallantry, leadership and determination of high order and awarded with Vir Chakra award.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Govt ignoring children with deformities

FAZILKA: In a clear case of ignorance and insensitivity of Punjab government, Teja Ruhela - a small village situated close to the Pakistan border - infamous for children being with deformities like cerebral palsy, visual and hearing impairment, among others does not have a single healthcare facility. This, too, after a staggering number of 36 children are suffering from this problem.

Ironically, the village - with a total population of 3,000 - falling under Fazilka assembly constituency is represented by Punjab health minister Surjit Kumar Jayani. The residents allege that no doctors visit their village and there is no dispensary or primary healthcare facility.

Presence of heavy metals like lead, cadmium, arsenic and uranium in groundwater is the likely reason behind large number of deformities among children.

"With 36 children in severe deformed category, Teja Ruhela has 12 children per 1,000 persons suffering from deformities whereas the international average is 3-4. No extensive survey has been carried to the know ratio of deformities," said Pritpal Singh, who is the president of Baba Farid centre of special children, which is working on deformities among children and its causes.

Meanwhile, health minister Jayani claimed that the problem had diminished after reverse osmosis (RO) plant was installed in the village around three years ago. However, activists differ.

"Though drinking water has improved to some extent after RO plant was installed, toxic effects of water are still there in the local environment due to which the problem of deformities is still grave in the village," said Pritpal.

He added: "It is a case of multi-toxicity as untreated water from Ludhiana and Jalandhar industries passes through a drain which proved disastrous for the area, apart from excessive use of fertilizers and pesticides. Only purification of drinking water is not enough, but effects of multi-toxicity need to be minimized, which is also proving harmful for animals and increasing infertility and impotency among young people."

Members of social outfits working in the area are also critical of the government's lackadaisical approach to tackle the issue.

Baljinder Singh, secretary Border Vikas Front & Shakti and general secretary Border Area Struggle Committee, said: "Governments never bothered to take care of the village where many children have deformities. No medical facility is available in the village and people have to travel long distance for treatment of such children."

Teja Ruhela sarpanch Des Singh is also critical of the state government. "We have taken up the issue of dealing with deformities among children with the previous and current government, but we're not getting the medical facilities as the village is situated close to the border. Further, there is no financial assistance for taking care of children suffering from deformities."


Fazilka, a sleepy border town in Punjab, is filled with excitement as this grateful town gears up to extend a befitting honour to the ‘Saviours of Fazilka’ – Soldier of Indian Army who made supreme sacrifice during Indo – Pak War of 1971 to save the town from falling into Pakistani hands. On the 43rd Anniversary of this historic event, one week long ‘Fazilka Vijay Diwas’, a tribute to the martyrs who laid down their lives to safeguard the town is being co-hosted by Chetak Corps/Amogh Division and the ‘Saheedon ki Samadhi’ trust, an honorary civilian body of prominent residents residents of Fazilka.

 Week long event will include multiple events organized by Indian Army and Citizen Forum of Fazilka to pay gratitude to martyrs and sensitise the youth about the symbiotic relationship between Army and Local Community in this border town. Presentations on Battle of Beriwala and Battlefield Tours are being organized by Army for college/school children to sensitise the young generation about sacrifices made by Indian Army.
On 15 Dec, a first of its kind event in India, a grand ‘Victory Parade’ through the heart of the town will be organized by Citizens and Army to mark the solidarity and close bond between the two and reaffirm the resolve that together they will safeguard the motherland from any misadventure by our adversary. Entire town is expected to converge at historic Clock Tower for this grand event. A Light and Sound Show is also being organized by Indian Army on 15 Dec to bring alive the battlefield of 1971 operations in Fazilka Sector. This will be open to all residents of Fazilka Town.
The grand culmination of ‘Fazilka Vijay Diwas’ events will take place at ‘Asafwala War Memorial’ which is a unique monument revered as a Temple and Shrine by local community. Events will include National Unity Marathon run with expected participation by more than 1,000 runners from across Punjab, Wreath Laying at War Memorial by Senior Army and State functionaries, cultural programme and Bhandara. Entire town will be witness to this ‘Saheedon ka Mela’ at War Memorial and pay homage to martyrs.
Event will be graced by large number of Veteran officers and Soldiers of Indian Army. Mrs Urmila Patyal, w/o Late Maj Narayan Singh of 4 JAT and Mrs Santosh Rana, w/o Maj K S Rana of 15 RAJPUT, who were martyred while saving Fazilka will be the guests of honour on the occasion.

The main function related to Fazilka Vijay Diwas will spread over one week as under:-
(a) Presentations in Schools on Battle of Beriwala. (10 - 14 Dec)
(b) Battle field tour for local youth (13 - 14 Dec)
(c) Victory Parade through Fazilka Town. - 15 Dec
(d) Light and Sound Show - 15 Dec
(e) Events at Asafwala War Memorial  - 16 Dec

(to incl Marathon run, Wreath Laying, Cultural Pgme and Bhandara)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Build public conveniences to display ads, MCG told

TNN | Dec 6, 2014, 04.07AM IST
GURGAON: The Punjab and Haryana high court has asked the MCG to consider building public conveniences across the city to display advertisements in a hearing on outdoor advertisements on Friday.

Advertisement agencies had sought adequate compensation from the MCG for pulling down their outdoor ads. The hearing was attended by the new MCG commissioner, Vikas Gupta. In the last hearing, the high court had asked the MCG to remove all unipole advertisements displayed along the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway and LED advertisements displayed on top of building No. 8 in Cyber City and a building wrap advertisement on a building at IFFCO Chowk as all of them were causing distraction to motorists.

According to sources, when the advertisement agencies sought adequate compensation from the MCG, the court asked the civic body to consider constructing public conveniences across the city on which these advertisements can be displayed.

"The high court has asked us to find out the spots where such public conveniences can be constructed at strategic locations so that these advertisement agencies whose ads have been pulled down since the last court hearing. We will draw up a plan in the coming days and submit the locations to the high court which will then approve these sites and we will construct these toilets," said an official.

A few months ago, the high court had appointed a traffic expert, Navdeep Asija, to give a report about the traffic hazard posed by the existing advertisement hoardings put up by the MCG. Subsequently, the expert informed the court that most of the ads were a distraction to drivers on the road and based on his report the high court ordered the MCG to remove those ads at once. Last week the enforcement team of the MCG removed these ads.

Little help to navigate around in Gurgaon: Report

Times of India, 23rd November 2013

CHANDIGARH: It is difficult to find your way around in Gurgaon with signboards either missing or giving confusing information, besides being installed at wrong places in violation of norms. This has been pointed out in a preliminary report of 'Gurgaon Outdoor Advertisement and Signage Study' conducted on directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court, which was submitted in the court on Friday.

"In general, Gurgaon has more advertisement panels than normal road information signages. For an unknown user, it is almost difficult to travel in Gurgaon due to non-availability of any driving aid in the form of signage," it reads.

"Placement of advertisement hoardings clearly violates the normal policy terms and can be serious road safety threat to road users. Most of the footpaths and sideways are encroached by wrongly placed signage and unauthorised hoardings, which is restricting free and safe movement of pedestrians," adds the report.

The survey was conducted by traffic researcher Navdeep Asija and Anvita Arora on the directions of the court. It has been pointed out that there is no local support from Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) or municipal corporation, Gurgaon (MCG). For instance, advertisement on red lights pose safety hazard and there are wide intersections with no information signs but advertisement boards. At many places, signboards have been placed in the middle of footpaths, obstructing passage.

Because of non-cooperation of local bodies, the exact count of missing signages could not be arrived at as the survey could not be matched with locations that have been identified for putting up of boards on paper, reads the report.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hoardings to be cleared along roads, expressways

Snehil Sinha, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, December 03, 2014

The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has removed several hoardings and wall wraps from buildings near NH-8.

The drive, which started on Monday, comes after the Punjab and Haryana High Court on November 21 passed an order, directing that all advertisements and hoardings — excluding those put up at 77 sites approved by the court-appointed road safety expert — must be removed.

The order was passed to ensure road safety, especially along the expressway. Navdeep Asija, the road safety expert, has suggested removing more unipoles and wall wraps, displaying advertisements.

Wall wraps on buildings, including ABW Tower and Signature Tower, were pulled down on Monday.

"We have removed several hoardings, unipoles, wall wraps and billboards from buildings along the DelhiGurgaon expressway in our day-long operation. The drive will continue till we complete the exercise as directed by the High Court. We have to submit an action-taken report soon," said MCG's chief engineer RK Singla on Monday.

According to MCG officials, wall wraps on around five buildings along the highway and 10 unipoles, displaying advertisements, may be removed soon. The unipoles are located in new Gurgaon areas. Of these, five are located near the Huda City Centre Metro station.

A day after the HC passed this interim order, the MCG had pulled down 15 unipoles along NH-8.

"The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon having accepted the sites identified is permitted to invite tenders subject, however, to the removal of all other illegal hoardings, signages and glow signs, etc," the court order stated.

According to a report submitted by Asija, only 77 of the proposed 200 sites in the city have been approved for advertisements.

The report suggests that advertisements put up on or around NH-8 should be removed immediately in view of the safety of commuters on the high-speed stretch.

"The placement of these advertisements creates obstruction and distracts drivers, especially on fast-moving stretches like highways. There are other strategic locations in the city too where these advertisements can be profitably placed, without overlooking road safety," said Asija

Sunday, November 23, 2014

रोड सेफ्टी के लिए पहला प्रयोग, साइिकल और रिक्शा के लिए एनएमटी ट्रैक

नवांशहर/चंडीगढ़. पंजाब में रोड सेफ्टी के मानक गाड़ियों को ध्यान में रखकर तय किए जाते हैं। लेकिन सेफ्टी के लिहाज से पहली बार इसमें पैदल, साइकिल व रिक्शा सवारों का भी ध्यान रखा गया है। चंडीगढ़ की तर्ज पर पहली बार 'नॉन मोटर ट्रांसपोर्ट ट्रैक' का प्रयोग पायलट प्रोजेक्ट के तौर पर नवांशहर से शुरू होगा। इसके लिए बाकायदा नॉन मोटर ट्रांसपोर्ट (एनएमटी) सोसायटी भी बनाई गई है। इसका चेयरमैन जिले की डीसी अनंदिता मित्रा को बनाया गया है। उन्होंने बताया कि पैदल के लिए फुटपाथ और साइिकल व रिक्शा के लिए अलग से रोड बनाई जाएगी ताकि बड़े वाहनों की चपेट से आने से इन्हें बचाया जा सके। प्रोजेक्ट पर काम शुरू हो चुका है। शुक्रवार को पंजाब सरकार द्वारा जारी रोड सेफ्टी पॉलिसी में भी एनएमटी को शामिल किया है।
फुटपाथ और लग्जरी रिक्शा
पहले चरण में पैदल चलने वालों के लिए फुटपाथ बनाया जा रहा है ताकि मुख्य सड़कों पर भीड़ कम हो। बस अड्डे पर निजी वाहनों की भीड़ कम करने के लिए विशेष रिक्शे चलाए गए हैं। यह लो फ्लोर रिक्शा होगा। इसमें शॉकर्स हैं, जो सफर आरामदायक बनाते हैं। इनमें रेडियम लगा है जो रात में चमकता है। इससे हादसा होने के चांस बहुत कम रह जाते हैं।
यूं लुभाएंगे 
रिक्शा पैसेंजर फ्रेंडली है। सेफ्टी के लिहाज से सीट बेल्ट है। सामान नीचे रखने की जगह है। पहिए कवर हैं ताकि महिलाओं के दुपट्टे न फंसें। 
नवांशहर ही क्यों ? 
नवांशहर स्टेट हाइवे पर स्थित है। शहर सड़क के दोनों ओर बसा है। ट्रैिफक के कारण पैदल और साइकिल चालकों के लिए जगह नहीं बचती। बड़े वाहनों की चपेट में आने का खतरा बना रहता है। 
यूं आया आइडिया: डीसी मित्रा ने बताया कि सड़क पर भीड़ का कारण इन्क्रोचमेंट पाया गया। दूसरी वजह निजी वाहनों की भीड़ और तीसरी वजह पैदल व साइकिल सवारों के लिए कोई अलग रास्ता नहीं होना।
चंडीगढ़ में एनएमटी: चंडीगढ़ में ज्यादातर सड़कों के साइड में एनएमटी ट्रैक बनाए गए हैं ताकि बड़ी गाड़ियों की चपेट में आने से लोगों को बचाया जा सके। यह प्रयोग यहां काफी सफल भी रहा है। इस तरह के हादसे शहर में न के बराबर ही होते हैं। 
नाटक के जरिए पढ़ाया ट्रैफिक का पाठ
अमृतसर. हादसों के खिलाफ चलाया जा रहा भास्कर महाअभियान शनिवार की शाम कंपनी बाग में सैर करने आने वाले लोगों पर भी छाप छोड़ गया। इस मौके पर साई क्रिएशन की तरफ से पेश नाटक ने जहां लोगों को जागरूक किया। वहीं लोगों ने संकल्प भी लिया कि वह ट्रैफिक नियमों का पालन करेंगे। 

साई क्रिएशन की तरफ से कलाकार गुरिंदर मकना लिखित तथा निर्देशित नाटक 'आजा मेरे शहर दी नुहार वेख लै' की थीम चरमराई ट्रैफिक व्यवस्था पर थी। इसमें कलाकारों ने इसके विभिन्न कारणों पर बड़ी ही बारीकी से रोशनी डाली। विकास के नाम पर खराब की गई सड़कें, अतिक्रमण, सड़कों पर बेशुमार वाहन, ऑटो रिक्शा की भरमार, रेड लाइट जंप करना और ट्रैफिक पुलिस में भ्रष्टाचार जैसे मुद्दे दिल को दू गए।
पोस्ट ऑफिस के कर्मचारियों ने प्रेशर हॉर्न न लगाने की कसम खाई
जालंधर/नाभा. दैनिक भास्कर महा अभियान के तहत मेन पोस्ट ऑफिस फोरम के मेंबर्स ने प्रेशर हॉर्न न लगाने का संकल्प लिया। कर्मचािरयों ने कहा, भास्कर ने आम लोगों की प्रॉब्लम समझी और सही दिशा में जागरूकता कैंपेन चलाया है। कहा, हम न तो प्रेशर हाॅर्न लगाएंगे और न ही ट्रैफिक नियम तोड़ेंगे।

नाभा| रेड लाइट को कभी क्रॉस मत करें। हेलमेट पहनकर दोपहिया वाहन चलाएं। घर से निकलते समय गाड़ी के कागज चेक करें। शराब पीकर गाड़ी कभी भी ड्राइव न करें। गांव तूंगा के सरकारी स्कूल में बच्चों ने ट्रैफिक जागरूकता रैली निकाली। हाथ में बैनर लेकर वह पूरे गांव में घूमे। 
बठिंडा: भोखड़ा स्कूल में ट्रैफिक अवेयरनेस को लेकर स्टूडेंट्स की हुई प्रतियोगिता
बठिंडा. ट्रैफिक नियमों से अपडेट करने के लिए मानवी अधिकार सुरक्षा संगठन के प्रोजेक्ट मिशन रीच सेफ के तहत सरकारी सेकंडरी स्कूल भोखड़ा में प्रतियोगिता आधारित वर्कशाप का आयोजन किया गया। ट्रैफिक नियमों संबंधी स्कूल के 40 छात्रों से लिखित टेस्ट लिया गया। मिशन कोऑर्डीनेटर नवनीत दुग्गल ने छात्रों को नियम फॉलो करने के लिए प्रेरित किया। इधर, आर्य मॉडल सीसे  स्कूल में सुबह की सभा में ट्रैफिक अवेयरनेस वर्कशाप लगाई गई। प्रिंसिपल विपिन गर्ग ने बच्चों को सड़क पर चलने के नियमों से अवगत कराया। साथ ही बच्चों से सुरक्षित गाड़ी चलाने की सलाह दी।
लुधियाना पुलिस फेसबुक पर लोगों से मांग रही सुझाव
लुधियाना. सिटी का ट्रैफिक सिस्टम सुधारने के लिए पुलिस सोशल नेटवर्किंग साइट फेसबुक के जरिए सीधे पब्लिक के बीच पहुंच गई है। इसके लिए पुलिस ने फेसबुक पेज Traffic Police Ludhiana को सुझावों के लिए ओपन कर दिया है। इसमें पेज से जुड़ा कोई भी व्यक्ति शहर में ट्रैफिक सिस्टम को ठीक करने के बारे में अपने सुझाव दे सकता है। जिस पर पुलिस अफसर चर्चा करेंगे ।