Friday, August 28, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
GURGAON: HUDA has appointed Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) to carry out a safety audit of the 200-km network of roads in Gurgaon. The company has been given six months time to complete the audit at a cost of Rs 2 crore.
Following a report submitted by road safety expert Navdeep Asija, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on its own motion in April had ordered a technical audit of the 200-km road network in Gurgaon in keeping with the integrated mobility plan.
Asija, via the Amicus Curiae in January, had submitted his report to the high court after which during the previous hearings in the matter on February 27 and April 10 the court had insisted that HUDA carry out a technical audit of the 200km of roads in Gurgaon.
In his report, Asija has claimed that the construction of a 16-lane expressway, by means of improvement of the arterial road connecting NH-8 and Golf Course Road, will lead to more traffic jams, instead of reducing them. His report suggests that the court should stay construction of the 16-lane expressway as an interim measure to prevent irreparable damage to the city as in the case of Delhi-Gurgaon expressway.
However, according to HUDA's superintendent engineer, A K Maken, the audit work has been allotted recently to DIMTS. "Following the survey and the report to be submitted in six months, HUDA will undertake planning of improvement of the roads according to the suggestions made by the company," Maken said.
He said that the audit would involve studying the existing network of roads for the need of traffic signals, zebra crossings, increasing width of roads, constructing slip roads, footpaths and cycle tracks to facilitate pedestrian movement, among others.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
"The model of sobriety check posts has been successfully demonstrated in neighbouring Haryana and needs to be replicated. Under-construction stretches of national and state highways need strict vigil to improve road safety during the period the work is on. The court may direct state traffic police to make sure contractual provision or guidelines of the Indian Roads Congress and National Highways Authority of India to ensure `road safety during construction' in the state of Punjab," reads the report.
Traffic police dept understaffed
There are enough traf fic policemen manning the roads in Punjab. For example, Delhi has 30 traffic policemen per one lakh population, Chandigarh has 60, while Punjab has only 8. "It is found that the entire state traffic management in Punjab is being handled by 2,200 police personnel, which include officers at the rank of IG (traffic) and ADGP (traffic). The head office mainly covers rural areas and highways while the city traf fic is largely being managed by respective police commissionerates in Jalandhar, Ludhiana, and Amritsar under ACP (traffic) and at district level by SP (traffic)," says the report.
According to the National Crime Record Bureau report of 2012, police deployment (civil and armed) to handle all other crimes in Punjab is 274 police personal per lakh population, which is far above the national average.Apart from affecting proper traffic management, the absence of cops on roads results in traffic violators not being taken to task with issuance of challans.
"In the year 2014, state traffic police issued 9,88,958 traffic challan, means about 2,700 challan per day, ie, average 100 per day in each district and commissionerates by 2,200 police personnel, including constables and officers deployed on the road traffic duty by the state police. For effective enforcement and traffic management in Punjab, no service level benchmark or police force deployment standards are available," the report points out.
Monday, August 17, 2015
The Times of India (Chandigarh), Page 1
Over speeding and driving under the influence of liquor are two traffic offences that seem to figure low on the priority of Punjab Police. This, when the latest report of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) released in July shows that the number of fatal accidents in Punjab has seen a 22% jump in 2014 as compared to the previous year.In the most accident-prone cities of the state -Amritsar and Ludhiana --the rise was 23% and 71% respectively . But despite the state's worsening road accident record, cops have only seven speed guns to check 40 lakh vehicles running on the 68,879-km road network and 125 operational alcometers to detect drunk drivers. This is part of the report on `Traffic Management in Punjab' submitted to the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday by Punjab's traffic adviser Navdeep Asija, and brings out how ill-equipped Punjab cops are on these two crucial counts. "The available speed guns and alcometers can cover only 25% of Punjab. It means that under the present law, it is difficult to convict anyone driving after drinking or over speeding in 75% of the state," the report points out. Punjab traffic adviser Navdeep Asija's report says, "In the year 2014, state traffic police issued 9,88,958 traffic challans, which comes to around 2,700 challans per day. It was found that out of total only 5,688 challans were for drunken driving and over speeding, which is 0.6% of the total traffic violations. This means that not even 1 vehicle per district was challaned under these two offences."
The scenario becomes more alarming when collated with Ministry of Road Surface and Transport Report `Road Accidents In India 2013' in Punjab,which shows that out of total `4588' road crash fatalities reported, 1711 (37%) of the total were due to drunken driving and over speeding. In view of the financial health condition of traffic police wing of Punjab Police, the report made a case for release of 50% of the compoundable challan fee (Rs 17.4 crore) deposited with state by traffic wing of Punjab Police during the years 2013, 2014 and till June 2015, as per their inter departmental letter dated July 18, 2012. Besides this, there is need for Punjab Police to make online Punjab Road Safety Database management system fully operational (http:www.punjabroadsafety .org) to overcome the quality data issues related to the traffic and its management.
Punjab is a tippler's paradise with aver age consumption of liquor estimated at 11.5 bottles per capita. 34.9% of the population consumes liquor in Punjab compared to 20.2% in neighbouring Haryana. This was highlighted in a recent survey conducted by International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai File photo
Sunday, August 16, 2015
आज़ादी की सालगिरह तो माना ली हम सब ने , अब कुछ समय उनके लिए जिन्होंने हमारे लिए इस आज़ादी को बचा के रखा , "हमारी फ़ौज, हमारा गौरव"। चाहे दुश्मन का हमला, बाढ़ आये या भूकम्प आये, भारत माता से सच्चे सपूत सबसे पहले पहुंचे । जिन्होंने अपना सब कुछ देश को दिया , आज उनको अपने हक़ के लिए आज जंतर मंतर पर जलील होना पड़ रहा हैं । मैं इस देश का वासी और टैक्स देनेवाला हूँ । मुझे अपना पैसा किसी रेप करने वाले बाबा जा दंगे करवाने वाले राजनेता की सुरक्षा पर बर्बाद नहीं करना , मैं चाहता हूँ यह पैसा देश के सैनिको को जाये। I Support One Rank, One Pension.। यह बात सिर्फ़ पूर्व सैनिकों की नहीं, बल्कि देश के स्वाभिमान की हैं| सोशल मीडिया पर अपनी बात रख रहा हूँ, शायद कोई बहरा सुन लें । बाकी देश के सैनिकों के लिए यह पैगाम , आप सभी हमारे दिलों में बसते हों, आप जागते हैं , इसी लिए हम है । Love You smile emoticon
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Friday, August 14, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
अमृत सचदेवा, फाजिल्का1जिस तरह आगरे को पेठे, बीकानेर को भुजिया, नागपुर को संतरे तथा अलीगढ़ को ताले ने पहचान दिलाई है, वैसे ही पहचान ब्रांड फाजिल्का को दिलाने में जुटी हैं फाजिल्का की विभिन्न शख्सियतें। जहां भी नाड़ दहन रुकवाकर पर्यावरण संरक्षण करने, किफायती खेती, बागवानी करने व किसानों को सहायक धंधों से जोड़ने का नाम आता है तो फाजिल्का वालों का नाम पहली कतार में आता है। 127 जुलाई को फाजिल्का के जिला बनने की चौथी वर्षगांठ की पूर्व संध्या पर दैनिक जागरण ने क्षेत्र की ऐसी ही कुछ शख्सियतों के कामकाज पर नजर दौड़ाई है, जो ब्रांड फाजिल्का स्थापित करने में जिला बनने से पहले से ही अपने मिशन में पूरी धुन के साथ जुटी हैं। कृषि प्रधान क्षेत्र में अपने अपने कार्य में जुटी ये शख्सियतें सुरेंद्र आहूजा, विक्रम आहूजा, प्रेम बब्बर, नवदीप असीजा, डॉ. भूपिंदर सिंह तथा विकास राय निहाखेड़ा हैं जिन्होंने ब्रांड फाजिल्का स्थापित किया है।1कर्ज मुक्त किसान अभियान से बनाई पहचान1फाजिल्का वालों ने यूनाइटेड नेशंस आर्गेनाइजेशन (यूएनओ), अफ्रीकी देशों, अमरीका की बिल मिंलीडा गेट्स फाउंडेशन, यूएनओ की इंटरनेशनल फेडरेशन ऑफ एग्रीकल्चर डेवलपमेंट (आइफेड) में अपनी योग्यता का लोहा मनवाया है। जमींदारा फार्मसाल्यूशंस के एमडी विक्रम आदित्य आहूजा व उनके साथ जुड़ी उक्त शख्सियतों ने अब तक कर्ज मुक्त किसान अभियान चलाकर जहां छोटे किसानों को कर्ज उठाकर ट्रैक्टर व महंगे कृषि औजार खरीदने के बजाय किराये पर लेकर काम चलाने, आधुनिक तकनीक से जमीन तैयार कर फसलों में 40 फीसद तक पानी बचाने, पांच हजार से अधिक किसानों को नाड़ दहन से हटाकर पर्यावरण संरक्षित करने की दिशा में बेहतर कार्य किए हैं। 1आइआइएम ने अपनाया फाजिल्का कृषि उपकरण मॉडल1नाबार्ड ने विक्रम आहूजा को अपनी पंजाब कमेटी का सदस्य बनाया है। एशिया के सर्वश्रेष्ठ मैनेजमेंट स्कूल आइआइएम अहमदाबाद ने जमींदारा फार्मसाल्यूशंस के कृषि उपकरण मॉडल को बतौर विषय अपने पाठ्यक्रम में शामिल कर आहूजा के लेक्चर शुरू करवाए हैं। इससे पहले उक्त शख्सियतों के सहयोग से संगठन को पंजाब स्टेट अवार्ड 2009, पंजाब सर्वश्रेष्ठ कृषक अवार्ड 2011, पंजाब स्टेट अवार्ड 2014, राष्ट्रीय नाबार्ड अवार्ड 2014 तथा यूनाइटेड नेशन द्वारा सीसैम की सदस्यता मिल चुकी है। आहूजा अफ्रीकी देशों रवांडा, लाइबेरिया, तनजानिया, यूगांडा व गिन्नी आदि के किसानों और कृषि विशेषज्ञों को फाजिल्का में ट्रेनिंग दे चुके हैं। इतना ही नहीं विक्रम आहूजा की बेटी चंद्रिका का चयन भी कर्ज मुक्त किसान अभियान में विशेष सहयोग के चलते यूनाइटेड नेशंस के रोम स्थित इंटरनेशनल फेडरेशन ऑफ एग्रीकल्चर डेवलपमेंट के मुख्यालय में काम के लिए हुआ है। 1नौ सौ परिवार बनाए स्वावलंबी1छोटे किसान, मजदूर जिनमें कृषि तकनीक का हुनर था, उन्हें संगठन ने चालक बनें मालिक योजना चलाकर आसान किश्तों पर ट्रैक्टर व अन्य कृषि औजार न केवल उपलब्ध करवाए बल्कि उन्हें बड़े किसानों का काम दिलवाकर उनका कर्ज भी उतरवाया है। उसकी बदौलत आज फाजिल्का, फिरोजपुर व श्री मुक्तसर साहिब जिले के नौ सौ छोटे किसान व कामगार ट्रैक्टर व अन्य कृषि औजारों से कृषि सेवा क्षेत्र में बतौर मालिक सेवाएं दे रहे हैं। अब आगामी माह अगस्त में नेपाली कृषि अधिकारी किफायती खेती की ट्रेनिंग लेने फाजिल्का आ रहे हैं।रोम स्थित यूएन के इंटरनेशनल फेडरेशन ऑफ एग्रीकल्चर डेवलपमेंट मुख्यालय के बाहर मौजूद फाजिल्का की चंद्रिका आहूजा। (दाएं) आईआईएमए अहमदाबाद में एचओडी प्रो. सुखपाल सिंह के साथ मौजूद विक्रम आहूजा
Thursday, July 23, 2015
CHANDIGARH: After Delhi's east district roped in transgender people to advise women on safety in public transport last year, the Punjab government could become the first state to hire the third gender as conductors or safety officers in buses.
Navdeep Asija, Punjab government's traffic adviser appointed by the Punjab and Haryana high court on July 9, said he had put across the idea during the hearing of a case on public transport before the high court last week as part of verbal discussions on making buses safer. "I'll move a proposal with the transport department soon," he said.
The case is primarily about safety of kids in school buses but over time it has become more broad-based looking at safety in buses.
The 2011 census figures show that transgenders constitute 2% of the total population of Punjab. In 2010, the Punjab government created a separate category in application forms under which third gender people can apply for government vacancies.
The proposal, said Asija, is in line with the recent Supreme Court ruling which said, "The spirit of the Constitution is to provide equal opportunity to every citizen to grow and attain their potential, irrespective of caste, religion or gender. It gave directions to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs and education in line with other minorities, as well as key amenities."
He added that since ancient times, women have felt secure in the company of transgender people. Besides, they are physically strong to protect them in case of any eventuality in public transport. An IIT-Delhi alumnus, Asija is a road safety expert.
Punjab has had some infamous cases related to women in buses including the death of a teenaged girl in May in Moga after she was allegedly thrown out of a moving bus by the conductor along with her mother.
Punjab government officials told TOI the suggestion was yet to come up as a formal proposal.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
रवि आहलूवालिया संग उच्च शिक्षा डायरेक्टर से मिले नवदीप असीजा
- कॉलेज को आज हो जाएगा अधिकारित पत्र जारी
- अन्य समस्याओं का समाधान भी जल्दी होने की उम्मीद जागी
Saturday, July 11, 2015
A very efficient administration system had been worked out by the British Raj in the form of officers drawn from 'Natives'. During the period 1900-1940, very competent officers drawn from sons of the soil served the soul. Out of many Sardar S. Pertab was best amongst many other officers of this efficient tribe who served the populace without any grudge dispensing government services to all sections without any personal considerations.
A native of Narangwal village of Ludhiana district, he was born on June 1, 1896 at Rewa in the present-day Madhya Pradesh, where his father Col Heera Singh was commander-in-chief of the Rewa state forces. In 98 years of British rule over Punjab, only 11 Sikh officers were selected for the ICS. During this period, British government posted only one Indian deputy commissioner in Lahore. He was S Pertab, ICS, (alias Ram Parsad Singh Grewal). He was deputy commissioner for two stints. He is always remembered for his dexterity and sagacity in resolving the Gurdwara Shahidganj issue in Lahore and restoring it to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. S. Pertab had many firsts to his credit. He was also the first Indian deputy commissioner of Delhi and Shimla.
While doing his graduation from Khalsa College, Amritsar, he opted to serve in the British army as a jawan from 1914 to 1916. After his graduation, he went to Oxford for higher studies. He started his career with North West Railways before he got qualified for Indian Civil Services Cadre 1921 along with his other famous batch mates Neta Ji Subhash Chandra Bose and Malik Hardit Singh. Due to his family background as Army Officers, before joining the Job, he volunteered for army service in First World War (1914-1918) posted in Baghdad.
Mr. Pertab was a popular administrator at all his postings. When he was Deputy Commissioner of Montgomery (renamed Sahiwal in Pakistan), his kindness won the hearts of the people and they named the Gymkhana Club after him. The name Pertab sticks to this day. A garden and a road were named after him. Both carry his name to this day. While in Ferozepur as DC on December 19, 1931, Pertab, along with a British SP, had chased and killed a dacoit and got a kidnapped girl restored to her family. Wherever he was posted, Pertab opened parks, worked for the welfare of the downtrodden and got ladies clubs and hospitals opened. He also undertook massive beautification and restoration work on famous "Ridge" at Shimla.
At Fazilka during his tenure as Deputy Commissioner Ferozpur, an educational complex for girls and a specially laid out garden was installed in the erstwhile spacious Khattianwala Bagh of Fazilka in the area of about 10 acre in the Middle of the city Fazilka. The Municipal Committee Fazilka renamed the Khattianwala Bagh opposite the Civil Hospital for Women (Government High School for Boys Fazilka was located in the southern corner of this very garden before it was shifted to the present campus in 1926) after him as Pertab Bagh in 1930s. Electric powered water pumping was also installed in the existing brick well of the garden. The water from electric powered pump of this campus was supplied to the four sprayers at the periphery of famous Clock Tower Fazilka (inaugurated in June 1939) by an underground pipeline. He died on June 16, 1939 after battling leukemia for two years when he was serving as DC in Shimla. Ironically 10 days later, when famous Clock Tower of Fazilka was inaugurated. The illustrious ICS officer was cremated in his native village on June 17, 1939.
- Singh, Bhupinder (2009), Retired Professor at Mechanical Engineering Department, IIT Roorkee. Officers of High Quality Who Looked After Fazilka Sub Division in 1920's E-mail 8 May
- Kaushik, Ravinder, Retd. IAS. (2012). Lahore's only Indian DC stands out. Hindustan Times, Chandigarh. 22 April.
Monday, July 6, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
As many as 4,863 lives were lost in 6,500 road accidents in Punjab during 2013-14, as per the last National Crime Records Bureau report.
An analysis of road accidents by Punjab Governance Reforms Commission, which has finalized the Punjab state road safety policy, reveals that six major cities of Punjab — Patiala, SAS Nagar, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar and Bathinda — account for roughly 50% of the total accidents in the state.
Death of former Indian women hockey team captain and coach Shashi Bala and three others on the killer highway Ropar-Nawanshahr-Phagwara on Sunday has again highlighted the need for addressing the problem.
Dr Kamaljit Soi, road safety expert and former vice-chairman of Punjab State Road Safety Council, said there is no justification for not treating the black spots in all these years. "In most cases, the excuse of lack of budgetary allocation does not hold water and all that is required is small changes in the alignment of roads to make an unsuspecting driver aware of a dangerous patch ahead. One tends to be less doubtful while driving on a highway," he said.
The present road fatality death rate per lakh population in Punjab is 12 compared to 12.8 of India and 24 of Haryana. Punjab has total of 62,298 kms of road network and state highways claim a high share of 46% of fatal accidents.
Harman Singh Sidhu, member of Punjab Road Safety Council, says, "It starts with lack of transport planning in the first place. New colonies are constructed, mostly by private builders and they conveniently connect the main gate to the existing highway".
"Roads like NH1 is under construction for years, there are short stretches of good road and suddenly (without any warning) a hazardous under-construction zone. The dangerous trend of constructing bypasses and then developing residential complexes along these roads is being witnessed in Zirakpur, Mohali, Kharar and Panchkula," he said.
Figures procured by road safety activists in the state reveal that the state government has not just failed in treating even the black spots identified five years ago, it has failed on the count of enforcement as well. Challaning for offences like overspeeding is limited to the two districts of Jalandhar and Ludhiana, most of the alcometers are non-functional and there are not enough cops to check traffic offences across Punjab.
"There is need to look at risky corridors instead of merely killer black spots in the state as most stretches of national and state highways need to be made safer in the state," said Navdeep Asija, who has been traffic advisor to Punjab