Sunday, November 23, 2014
Complying with the high court's orders to remove all advertisements along the expressway within 24 hours, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) dismantled 15 unipoles.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh HT, 2nd October 2014
- Navdeep Asija
There is tendency to blame the traffic police for road crashes. That instant reaction is based on the fact that the police are the only department that interacts with the common people every day on roads. But, in our system, there are over 20 departments responsible for overall road safety.
We must note that our eight decade-old legal system for road safety is designed to find faults with humans, not with authorities. Besides the driver, the vehicle and surrounding environment are also responsible for road safety. Research shows that responsibility in 54-62% cases is of road infrastructure and environment, 28-34% is of faulty vehicle and design; and 8-12% human error.
Ideally, a safe road is like a mother who informs, warns, controls, guides and even forgives errant behavior. At present, our road infrastructure punishes us.
As for Chandigarh, the administration a few years ago widened spaces for rotaries along with creation of wider slip roads for smooth flow of traffic. This made dedicated fast-lane rotaries. Rotaries/traffic circles are traffic-calming devices used to slow down the traffic. So, this technically wrong move made negotiation of traffic at rotaries miserable. Thankfully, remedial steps were taken by installing speed tables and other traffic-calming measures.
As for human errors, let me cite an example. In 2012, of the 12 female accident death victims in Chandigarh, five were on scooter and died because of not wearing a helmet. Rules say helmet is not mandatory for Sikh women; but it is difficult to identify women on scooter on the basis of religion. How do you tell? I would reserve comment on such political laws related to safety. But it is high time communities too woke up against unscientific laws.
From vehicle safety to road design, planning or in execution, police are not involved in any step. In all three conditions of road crash — pre-crash, in-crash and post-crash — police have minimal role to play. The buck has to stop somewhere but certainly not only with the traffic police. Terming road crashes as 'accidents' is also wrong in a sense. The meaning of 'accident' is 'something unavoidable'. But road crash is not an act of God. Even the World Health Organization in 2004 adopted the slogan, 'Road safety is no accident'.
Kids zipping on roads is expensive vehicle is not a matter of pride. It's a shame. Songs like 'Tere liye hi toh signal tod-tad ke' reflect our society. Parents must not feel proud if their son or daughter starts driving at the age of 14-15 with a fake licence. In the case of a crash, your kid might survive but it is possible another poor mother might lose her child! At one level, rather than blaming cops, we could be thankful to them for maintaining a minimum level of road safety in our country despite limited resources.
Writer is technical adviser to Punjab State Transport Society, and founder of Ecocabs-India. Views expressed are his personal.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
To me the definition of Smart city would be in which "a Woman alone can come back to her home safely by using public transport, even after finishing her work during midnight hours ".. This one aspect will cover all aspects of "Good n All Inclusive Cities", like crime free, better transport, gender equality, social inclusion and being environment friendly and sustainable..
Friday, August 29, 2014
Entire Genconian clan was divided into five broad categories "Pendu Quota", "Day Scholar", "Delhi Wale","Bhappe" and "Group Wale" . Combination of all was popularly known as "JANTA". Amongst them minority status communities were "Day Scholar", "Delhi Wale" and "Bhappe". For girls, we had only one respectable classification system and that was "BHABHI", which somehow showed our commitment and respect towards them at that time. The minority status communities always remained on our targets because of their close association with "Bhabhi" community. "Tea" was our official drink and that too from "Jatt Tea Stall". "Land Line" phone in girl's hostel was the only technical source of romance and communication for us. Unlike today, technology never supported us and that was the reason we had only one" in house love affair" in entire batch of 198. Speaking in English was treated it as a "serious criminal offence", as if we are not in GNE but in France. Cochran boiler is still mystery to all of us and I had been informed by my seniors that top wire on high transmission electric towers is used to facilitate birds to sit…. Difficult to pen down those beautiful feelings. Thank you Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana for making us what we all are today…salute to the spirit of "being genconian".
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Meet my two friends and the most dedicated teachers from our Fazilka regionLavjeet Grewal and Rakeysh Kamboj..their work can be seen in the pictures below..these are the pictures of the two Government Primary Schools, Dona Nanka and New Salemshah respectively....last two villages on India Pakistan Border...and what they have created in their schools is simply outstanding...24 x 7 power backup, RO water..toilets for boys and girls... their government schools are far better in terms of infrastructure and results...e.g. Dona Nanka Primary School kids won 17 awards out of best 20 in the entire state..people in nearby villages have actually stopped going to private schools, from their own pockets they have made beautiful campus and office...(Red is Dona Nanka and Brown back wall is New SalemShah)...they are certainly in the 1% category of those government teachers, who believes in delivery than protesting...i never found them discussing their promotion, transfers and increments unlike many others....then themselves never climbed water tanks but made their students on the top of the world....they have created all from the same set of resources which are meant for everyone.....Hats off to you..
"Irade nek ho to, sapne bhi sakar hote hai..
agar sachchi lagan ho to,raaste aasan hote hai"
Will introduce you with few more of our champion teachers, who are creating miracles in this border town.....