Wednesday, May 4, 2016

यह इंजीनियर दिलों को जोड़ता है - Navdeep Asija

यह इंजीनियर दिलों को जोड़ता है
Dainik Jagran, Ferozpur Edition, Page 3

अमृत सचदेवा, फाजिल्का 1 May : कोई इंजीनियर मशीनें जोड़ता है तो कोई इमारतें बनाता है। लेकिन, फाजिल्का में एक ऐसा इंजीनियर है जो दिलों को जोड़ने का काम करता है। हम उस इंजीनियर की बात कर रहे हैं जो जन्मे और पले बढ़े तो फाजिल्का में हैं और अब चंडीगढ़ में रह अपनी काबलियत से पूरे पंजाब को लाभ पहुंचा रहे हैं। लेकिन, जब भी फाजिल्का के लोगों को एक साथ जोड़ने, उनमें एकता के बीज अंकुरित करने और सभी को एक मंच पर इकट्ठा करने की बात आती है तो यह इंजीनियर अपने सभी काम धंधे छोड़ फाजिल्का पहुंच जाते हैं। 1यह इंजीनियर हैं ग्रेजुएट्स वेलफेयर एसोसिएशन के महासचिव सिविल इंजीनियर नवदीप असीजा। वह पिछले 10 साल से लगातार फाजिल्का में विरासत मेले का आयोजन करते आ रहे हैं। अब यह विरासत मेला पूरे पंजाब में फाजिल्का की शान बन चुका है। क्योंकि आयोजन में लगातार आ रहे निखार के चलते पंजाब के पर्यटन विभाग ने इसे पंजाब के मुख्य विरासत मेलों की सूची में शामिल कर लिया है। 1इसलिए खास है मेला1इंजीनियर असीजा के अनुसार यह मेला उन्होंने लाहौर की विश्व प्रसिद्ध फूड स्ट्रीट की थीम पर शुरू किया था। लेकिन, इसका उससे अलग और ज्यादा अच्छा स्वरूप सामने आया है। मेले का उद्देश्य शहर को जोड़ना है। उन्हें खुशी तब होती है जब लोग कहते हैं कि अपना मेला कब है। कोई ये नहीं कहता कि आप का मेला कब है। इस मेले में वार्षिक तौर पर यहां की कला, खानपान व संस्कृति के रंगों को उभारा जाता है। विरासत मेले के 10 साल के सफर में असीजा का साथ निभाते आ रहे लोगों में समाजसेवी राकेश नागपाल, मनीष भठेजा, पंकज धमीजा, रवि खुराना, संदीप अबरोल, भूपिंदर सिंह, नितिन सेतिया, एडवोकेट उमेश कुक्कड़, मनोज नारंग आदि शामिल हैं।अमृत सचदेवा, फाजिल्का 1कोई इंजीनियर मशीनें जोड़ता है तो कोई इमारतें बनाता है। लेकिन, फाजिल्का में एक ऐसा इंजीनियर है जो दिलों को जोड़ने का काम करता है। हम उस इंजीनियर की बात कर रहे हैं जो जन्मे और पले बढ़े तो फाजिल्का में हैं और अब चंडीगढ़ में रह अपनी काबलियत से पूरे पंजाब को लाभ पहुंचा रहे हैं। लेकिन, जब भी फाजिल्का के लोगों को एक साथ जोड़ने, उनमें एकता के बीज अंकुरित करने और सभी को एक मंच पर इकट्ठा करने की बात आती है तो यह इंजीनियर अपने सभी काम धंधे छोड़ फाजिल्का पहुंच जाते हैं। 1यह इंजीनियर हैं ग्रेजुएट्स वेलफेयर एसोसिएशन के महासचिव सिविल इंजीनियर नवदीप असीजा। वह पिछले 10 साल से लगातार फाजिल्का में विरासत मेले का आयोजन करते आ रहे हैं। अब यह विरासत मेला पूरे पंजाब में फाजिल्का की शान बन चुका है। क्योंकि आयोजन में लगातार आ रहे निखार के चलते पंजाब के पर्यटन विभाग ने इसे पंजाब के मुख्य विरासत मेलों की सूची में शामिल कर लिया है। 1इसलिए खास है मेला1इंजीनियर असीजा के अनुसार यह मेला उन्होंने लाहौर की विश्व प्रसिद्ध फूड स्ट्रीट की थीम पर शुरू किया था। लेकिन, इसका उससे अलग और ज्यादा अच्छा स्वरूप सामने आया है। मेले का उद्देश्य शहर को जोड़ना है। उन्हें खुशी तब होती है जब लोग कहते हैं कि अपना मेला कब है। कोई ये नहीं कहता कि आप का मेला कब है। इस मेले में वार्षिक तौर पर यहां की कला, खानपान व संस्कृति के रंगों को उभारा जाता है। विरासत मेले के 10 साल के सफर में असीजा का साथ निभाते आ रहे लोगों में समाजसेवी राकेश नागपाल, मनीष भठेजा, पंकज धमीजा, रवि खुराना, संदीप अबरोल, भूपिंदर सिंह, नितिन सेतिया, एडवोकेट उमेश कुक्कड़, मनोज नारंग आदि शामिल हैं।

Monday, April 18, 2016

Fazilka admin awaits funds for heritage buildings

A dilapidated building of Raghuvar Bhawan in Fazilka

Praful Chander Nagpal, The Tribune

Fazilka, April 17

After Fazilka residents held several agitations to save the ancient monuments of the town, the state government had granted the "heritage" status to three buildings by issuing separate notifications in October 2014.

The Culture Affairs, Archaeology, and Museum Department (CAAMD), Punjab, had granted heritage status to Raghuvar Bhawan, the Goal Kothi and the Bangla.

It seems that the heritage status was accorded only on paper. "The CAAMD has failed to restore the structures and the government did not provide any amount for the maintenance of these buildings. The condition of the already dilapidated Raghuvar Bhawan is deteriorating day after day as most of its part has already collapsed," said a local historian Lachhman Dost, who had spearheaded the agitation to get the heritage status for the buildings.

Raghuvar Bhawan, which was constructed in 1901 by a local philanthropist Seth Sunder Mal Bansal, is now on the verge of collapse. At present, the Raghuvar Bhawan is located on the Freedom Fighter Road and is a part of the Improvement Trust colony. Goal Kothi, also known as Bosworth Smith Recreation Club, at the local Government Senior Secondary School for Boys, was constructed during the British regime in 1913. The British officers including women used to carry out recreation activities in Goal Kothi. At present, the office of the District Education Officer (DEO) is being run in this building.

Historical building Bangla (bungalow) was constructed at the behest of British officer Vans Agnew in 1844 on the banks of the Sutlej river and the Badha Lake in lush green area of the town to keep vigil on various kingdoms under the British regime.

The bungalow was later on converted into the Deputy Commissioner's residence. It is a well-maintained building as the then Deputy Commissioner Basant Garg had spent a hefty amount for the renovation of the building in 2012.

Deputy Commissioner, Fazilka, Isha Kalia said no funds had been received for the upkeep of the buildings.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/community/fazilka-admn-awaits-funds-for-heritage-buildings/223895.html
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Farm equipment to be a call away Farmers can rent tractors, other implements over the phone


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  • NABARD has launched a pilot project in Fazilka and Muktsar districts wherein farm machinery will be a call away from the farmers who can't afford to purchase expensive farm implements
  • The rent charged from farmers will be divided between drivers of the equipment and the trust
  • Drivers will pay part of their income to the trust in the form of monthly instalment to settle the cost of equipment so that they ultimately get the ownership of the implement

Maninder Pal

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 13

Farmers having marginal landholdings will soon be able to hire tractors and other agricultural implements much similar the way urbanites hire cabs in cities.

Unlike cabs, where the ownership of the vehicle remains with the original owner, the new arrangement entails the transfer of ownership rights of equipment to the drivers, who will be selected from among landless farmers of various villages.

This would be a step ahead compared to similar such centres being run by cooperative societies, where the ownership of implements remain with the society.

In a first-ever government-sponsored initiative, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has launched a pilot project in Fazilka and Muktsar districts, wherein farm machinery will be just a call away from the farmers who can't afford to purchase expensive farm implements.

The bank plans to replicate the project in other districts and has decided to launch it in Faridkot, Ferozpur and Moga districts this year.

"These services will be available on quite a similar mechanism as is the case with taxi services such as Ola cabs. NABARD has associated with Fazilka-based Jawala Bhai Nathu Ram Trust and sanctioned Rs 25 lakh budget for the project. The trust will purchase pre-owned implements worth Rs 22 lakh. The remaining Rs 3 lakh will be in the form of grant to be used to train drivers," said Dr PM Ghole, Chief General Manager (CGM), Punjab Regional Office, NABARD.

Gohle said: "The trust is already running such services in the Fazilka area for some years and got a good response. NABARD wishes to replicate it in other pockets of Punjab."

The CGM said the trust had contact details of around 3,000 farmers. "Needy farmers can make a call to the trust's call centre and avail themselves of the services," he said.

Another salient feature of the project is the transfer of ownership of the implements to drivers. "Rent charged from farmers will be divided between drivers and the trust. However, drivers will pay part of their income to the trust in the form of monthly instalment to settle the cost of equipment. This will facilitate the transfer of ownership to the driver," Gohle said.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Abohar Centre demarcates eco-sensitive zone, lauds local Bishnois for preserving area - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/ludhiana/abohar-centre-demarcates-eco-sensitive-zone-lauds-local-bishnois-for-preserving-area/#sthash.T1WUQAWm.dpuf

The local Bishnoi community was credited by the government with respect to its immense contribution towards maintaining the area spread over 13 villages of Abohar

Lauding the efforts of the Bishnoi community in Abohar in Fazilka district, the Centre on Friday declared an 186 so km of private and open wildlife sanctuary as the eco-sensitive zone. Notification to this effect has been done under environment protection act-1986, informed DC Fazilka Isha Kalia.
The local Bishnoi community was credited by the government with respect to its immense contribution towards maintaining the area spread over 13 villages of Abohar. The village residents protect the wildlife from poachers and participate in its upkeep.

"With the area declared eco-sensitive, there will be no mining in this area and within 100 metres radius of this sanctuary," said district forest officer Charanjeet Singh. "No new industry that can deplete water quality or cause any type of pollution will be allowed to be established in this area and around."
An Eco-tourism master plan will, however, be made according to which people will be encouraged to visit the sanctuary. "But at the same time, the ecosystem will be preserved and efforts will be made to not encourage hotels and related industry. Tourism will be controlled," he added.

The wildlife sanctuary has over 3500 black bucks, Neel Gai and other wild animals also roam around freely in this private wild life sanctuary.
A private monitoring committee will be made to look into irregularities if any and also to increase the wildlife in this sanctuary, informed DC Kalia.

The area residents have expressed happiness over the Centre's announcement

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Benefits of TAPI Gas Pipeline to Fazilka, Punjab

Delhi 
The Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply today that the on 13th December 2015, the Ground Breaking ceremony to start the work on the Turkmen leg of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline was held at Mary, Turkmenistan. Earlier in November 2014, the Pipeline Consortium, TAPI Pipeline Company Limited (TPCL) was incorporated in Isle of Man, a British Crown dependency. The Share Holders Agreement of TPCL was also signed on 13th December 2015. The shareholding percentage in the TPCL would be Turkmenistan 85%, India 5%, Pakistan 5% and Afghanistan 5%. 

With the Ground Breaking Ceremony on 13th December, 2015 work has begun on the Turkmen leg of the pipeline. The technical study of the TAPI project has estimated an overall project duration of 6? years from the start of the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) process till handing over of the pipeline for commercial operation. 

The Pipeline will enter India at Fazilka, Punjab. The gas available from the project is expected to boost development of industrial and commercial activities in Fazilka district, including start of CNG and City gas distribution and associated employment generation.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sangat Darshan: Punjab govt offers Rs 16-crore grant to Fazilka villages

summary: Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal distributed grants worth Rs 16 crore in 57 Fazilka villages in his day-long Sangat Darshan. This was the deputy CM's first Sangat Darshan in the constituency of a BJP MLA. Fazilka is the constituency of BJP MLA and state Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jayani. Talking with mediapersons, Sukhbir said that state government has waived almost Rs 6,000 from power bills of farmers. Farmers have become a focal point for almost all political parties in Punjab.

Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal distributed grants worth Rs 16 crore in 57 Fazilka villages in his day-long Sangat Darshan. This was the deputy CM's first Sangat Darshan in the constituency of a BJP MLA. Fazilka is the constituency of BJP MLA and state Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jayani. At the event, Sukhbir said his government always stood for the implementation of Swaminathan Commission for permanent solution of agrarian crisis and wants minimum support price of crops to be linked with wholesale price index. He also said that the government is leaving no stone unturned to make it a profitable venture. Farmers have become a focal point for almost all political parties in Punjab. The Congress began its farmer outreach campaign Pagri Sambhaal Kisana, while AAP's national convenor and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal will meet with farmers soon. Talking with mediapersons, Sukhbir said that state government has waived almost Rs 6,000 from power bills of farmers.

He also said that state government is connecting farmers with cashless health insurance scheme under which families engaged in farming would be able to avail free treatment upto Rs 50,000 annually from designated hospitals and its premium would be paid by government. "The state government is giving subsidy to tune of 33 per cent to make available tractors and other agricultural implements to farmers in order to mitigate rising cost of agriculture," he said.. . .

Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/sangat-darshan-punjab-govt-offers-rs-16-crore-grant-to-fazilka-villages/

Friday, December 25, 2015

Ludhiana ELEVATED HIGHWAY PROJECT : High Court issues notice to NHAI

Told to reply on suggestions made by Punjab Traffic Adviser regarding shortcomings in the project


Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, December 24

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to file a reply to the suggestions made by Punjab Traffic Adviser Navdeep Asija regarding the shortcomings in the upcoming Elevated Highway Project in Ludhiana.
The orders were issued by Justice Surya Kant and Justice Ajay Tewari on December 18. Navdeep Asija had filed in the court that the proposal of constructing nearly 10 km elevated highway starting from Samrala Chowk to NH-95 section passing through the city was in violation of the approved mobility plan for the city of Ludhiana. Upon request, the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) and NHAI, ACP, provided the copy of their evaluation of the scheme.
Richa Agnihotri, ACP (Traffic), Ludhiana, had categorically informed about the wrong design of the elevated highway crossing right from the middle of the city to facilitate bypass traffic, which she said would not only create further problems due to limited space, but would add more traffic chaos. Three flyovers on this particular stretch have already added chaos to the situation, the ACP said.
This stretch was chosen for public transport system and bus rapid transport. The elevated corridor will simply restrict any kind of further planning of public transport and the local traffic underneath will face logjam on a day-to-day basis.
Asija pointed out that no developed city of any developed nation had built any elevated highway or expressway right from the middle of the city.
"One elevated highway from Chaura Bazar has already worsened the traffic situation in Ludhiana. In the case of Ludhiana, this ill-conceived proposal will not only add to traffic chaos but will create more health hazard and noise pollution," Asija said.
The Gurgaon-Delhi expressway is an example of a bad design which divided the city into two and increased pollution and road deaths manyfold, he said. Delhi was a recent example, where the National Green Tribunal and the Supreme Court of India gave several directions to stop or discourage heavy commercial vehicles of bypass traffic crossing from the city.
"The present proposal of NHAI to build 10km elevated highways at a cost of Rs 1,100 crore from the middle of Ludhiana city has to be inspected from a design point of view," said Asija. The issue was highlighted by an RTI activist Kuldeep Khaira through Navdeep Asija in the High Court.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Amogh Division commemorates Fazilka Vijay Diwas

ANI  |  Fazilka (Punjab) December 16, 2015 Last Updated at 13:27 IST

The border town of Fazilka, Punjab, held a ceremony in remembrance of the heroism and valour of the brave soldiers who laid down their lives fighting for the motherland there during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war.

The "Saviours of Fazilka" fought the Battle of Beriwala, which raged on uninterrupted for 14 days from December 3, 1971 onwards. It was undoubtedly one of the fiercest actions of the 1971 Indo - Pak war.

In this epic battle, 11 officers, 10 Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and 185 soldiers embraced martyrdom while 19 officers, 11 JCOs and 334 soldiers were wounded on the battlefield. For displaying conspicuous gallantry, a total of one Mahavir Chakra, six Vir Chakras and four mention-in-dispatches were awarded.

The ceremony organised by the Amogh Division of the Indian Army witnessed active participation by the general public. The civil administration came forward to assist the Army in organising and actively participating in the event which also witnessed active participation by the general public .

Due respect was paid to the martyrs by laying of Wreatha at the Fazilka war Memorial. A 'Marathon' was organised wherein people participated with a lot of enthusiasm despite the chilly weather.

Prizes were given out for various categories to the participants of the marathon.

To remember the heroic act and valour of the martyrs, the children of Fazilka put up a mesmerising cultural programme which filled everyone's heart with patriotism.

Events such as painting, debate and various other activities were organised in Schools across Fazilka on the eve of Vijay Diwas and the winners were felicitated.

The General Officer Commanding of the Amogh Division, Major General Bipin Bakshi exhorted all ranks of the division to rededicate themselves to the service of the nation and emulate the devotion of war veterans and martyrs.

The event was also graced by Mrs Santosh Rana w/o Late Major K S Rana of 15 RAJPUT who attained martyrdom during the operations in Fazilka and many war heroes and Veer Naris (War Widows). The mere presence of these 'Veer Naris' and war veterans was a source of great inspiration for the people of Fazilka.

Monday, December 14, 2015

TAPI Gas Pipeline - Congratulations to All

15th November 2004, that was my first small write-up about Fazilka in my city's first Hindi daily news paper Sarhad Kesri on TAPI Gas Pipeline. Almost after 11 years, the historic day arrived when which much awaited pact of TAPI Gas Pipeline was signed between four nations and construction work started. We will be the Future Energy Hub.....The city got solar, energy from waste water, co-generation electricity generation at Sugar mill, the best practice of agro waste/straw management and production of electricity, solid waste management.Gowshalla, promotion of cycle rickshaw, car-free zone are the few other good examples of energy conservation and management...think of any source of renewable energy and we have it in Fazilka. Probably it is going to be the first Carbon Neutral city of the country, which produce more energy from its renewable resources than consumption. Entry of this Gas Pipeline at Fazilka would justify of claim "India begins here". Hope this energy connection will bring peace and prosperity in this sub-continent
Congratulations to All ...

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Patiala peg putting drivers in peril

26 Nov 2015
Hindustan Times (Chandigarh)
HT Correspondent letterschd@hindustantimes.com

UNSAFE Drunk driving kills 23 persons on Punjab roads every month; offenders have a field day due to gross shortage of alcometers and traffic police personnel

CHANDIGARH: In the state that takes pride in its "Patiala peg", drunk driving kills almost 23 persons every month. Drunk driving offences, however, remain grossly underreported in Punjab. Reason: Lack of equipment and shortage of traffic cops.

In Punjab, there are eight traffic police personnel per lakh population.

For around 40 lakh vehicles plying on state's roads daily, the traffic police have just 125 alcometers or breath-analysers.

According to government data, drunk driving resulted in 442 road crashes, leaving 277 persons dead in 2014. Similarly, in 2013, of 4,588 road crash fatalities reported, 1,711 (37%) were either due to drunk driving or speeding. Police, however, booked only 0.6% of violators for these two offences.

"Actually, not even one person per district is booked/challaned for drunk driving or speeding in the state," claims Navdeep Asija, Punjab's traffic adviser appointed by the high court.

Police, on the other hand, claim that tipsy drivers were on their radar. "Traffic cops are working with dedication during night hours. Special nakas are set up to check drunk drivers and strict action is taken against the offenders," claims Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh.

According to doctors and experts, alcohol affects you in a way that changes your judgment, depth of perception, as well as vital motor skills required to drive safely.

A study conducted by University of Texas, San Antonio, reveals that people who have been drinking respond between 15% and 25% slower than when they are sober. This slowed reaction time is often the cause of accidents. Judgment is also quickly affected by alcohol. Even a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.02% can impair a person's judgment.

Apart from lack of alcometers, the state is also grappling with shortage of traffic police personnel. In Punjab, there are eight traffic police personnel per lakh population in sharp contrast to about 60 traffic police personnel deployed against per lakh population in Chandigarh.

HIGHWAY VENDS MAJOR PROBLEM

The cash-strapped state heavily depends on revenue from the booming liquor business.

Liquor vends along national highways in the state have been blamed for most accidents.

The matter is under scanner of the Punjab and Haryana high court after a petition was filed by a Chandigarh-based NGO Arrive Safe Society.

"Liquor vends along highways do booming business. Strangely, the state government, in its affidavit, has claimed that none of the 386 vends along national highways were visible and accessible from the road," says Harman Singh Sidhu, president of Arrive Safe.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Chandigarh should pay more for parking, expert tells HC

CHANDIGARH: An expert appointed by the Punjab and Haryana high court has suggested for hike in parking charges in Chandigarh, pointing out it would help in revenue generation and force residents to lessen the use of vehicles.

The report was submitted by Navdeep Asija, who was also the Punjab government traffic adviser, before a division bench headed by Justice Surya Kant on Friday. The court had asked him to carry out a study on Chandigarh's traffic system.

Asija has said the municipal corporation (MC) proposal made in its meeting on October 29 to increase parking rates on the concept of dynamic parking system was well appreciated and based on scientific transportation engineering principles. Asija asserted parking was a commodity and not constitutional right.

"The MC is meeting only around 34% of its budgetary expenditure through internal resources generation, which was very much on the lower side. Our fixed deposits have dwindled to Rs 250 crore with an annual budget deficit of Rs 154.25 crore. This is further going to decrease as we have to invest around Rs 100 crore in the Jandpur pipeline to bring water into the city. We need to enhance our internal resource generation rather than cutting down resources like advertisement and parking," the report stated.

Criticizing the decision of the MC to disapprove the proposal to hike parking rates, Asija said such decisions only facilitate a few car owners. Referring to various orders of the high court regarding making Sector 17 car-free, Asija said such a move may kill the basic of mobility of Chandigarh.

Submitting the present parking system was highly subsidized for the 25.7% car owner households in Chandigarh, he questioned under which constitutional or legal provision such incentives were being extended to private car owners who transport 1.1 people daily on an average and take around 23 square metre of an urban space

Fund

Revenue generated from parking was used to fund zonal improvements that shift people from cars to walking, cycling and public transport all across the world. Navdeep Asija, the expert appointed by the high court, said revenue generated by 1 km of paid parking was sufficient to pay for footpaths along the same stretch and 10 buses to serve the area. At present, a car owner enjoyed free economic benefits of Rs 3,150 to 3,500 if the vehicle was parked twice in a premier commercial and residential area.

Navdeep Asija, the expert appointed by the Punjab and Haryana high court, said 57.5% households in Chandigarh have bicycles and only 25.7% own cars as per the 2011 census. According to the comprehensive mobility plan of Chandigarh prepared by RITES 2009, 17% of people in Chandigarh still walk, 11% use bicycle, 3% cycle-rickshaw, 11% buses and cars were only taking care of 15% the total trips generated in Chandigarh.

Car parking fees in top cities of the world

(Source: 2011 pricing reported in Michael Kodransky: CSE Parking Reforms for Livable city ITDP).

CITY| EUROS| RUPEES

Amsterdam | 5 | 320

London| 4 | 256

Stockholm | 3.87 | 248

Paris | 3.6 | 231

Copenhagen | 3| 192

Barcelona | 2.85| 183

Antwerp | 2.5| 160

Munich |2.5| 160

Budapest | 2| 128

Hamburg| 2| 128

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Straw Burning Minimised in Fazilka - Vikram Ahuja

‪#‎BrandFazilka‬ - India begins here.

We all are worried about latest satellite image released by NASA on Punjab straw burning in Punjab, red dots showing burning of straw in paddy fields of Punjab. If you notice image clearly, the bottom most corner of Punjab map, which is a district Fazilka and partially Mukatsar is having all Green and there are people who made this impossible possible. Credit for this massive achievement goes to our green crusader Mr. Vikram Aditya Ahuja and team Zamindara Farmsolutions at Fazilka Anu Nagpal. Under his startup venture, he trained educated unemployed youth, imparted training, gave them set of types of equipment Bailer, Rake, Reaper and Trollies. More than 1000 young farming entrepreneurs, covering most the villages in Fazilka and Mukatsar district, now collect straw from nearby villages and send them to nearest thermal plant to produce electricity and make fields ready with direct seeding of the new crop. His work has not only benefited the environment but given employment to many. IIM Ahmedabad included his success story in their MBA program on Agri-Business. Proud moment for all Fazilites. With all that, now Fazilka is becoming a place for all social entrepreneurs. Three cheers for Team Zamindara Farmsolutions and their Team Leader Vikram. Don't worry, we are here to take care Mother Earth.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

सरकारें ट्रैफिक सुधार के नाम पर कुछ करने को तैयार नहीं : हाईकोर्ट

यातायात दुरुस्त करने में सरकारों की कोशिश से बेंच असंतुष्ट
 
अमर उजाला ब्यूरो, 10th October 2015

चंडीगढ़। शहरों में यातायात व्यवस्था दुरुस्त करने में सरकारों की कोशिश से हाईकोर्ट असंतुष्ट है। पंजाब-हरियाणा हाईकोर्ट की डिवीजन बेंच ने कहा है कि पंजाब और हरियाणा की सरकारें ट्रैफिक सुधार के नाम पर कुछ करने को तैयार नहीं हैं। खासकर गुड़गांव के मामले में हुडा की ओर से बेतुके जवाब के बाद हाईकोर्ट ने मुख्य प्रशासक, चीफ इंजीनियर और सुपरिंटेंडेंट इंजीनियर से जवाब तलब किया है। केस की अगली सुनवाई छह नवंबर को होगी।
बेंच ने उक्त अफसरों को निजी तौर पर पेश होने को कहा है। साथ ही संकेत दिया है कि इस मामले में हुडा के चेयरमैन को भी समन जारी किया जा सकता है।
हरियाणा शहरी विकास प्राधिकरण (हुडा) ने जवाब में कहा है कि गुड़गांव को वाहन मुक्त नहीं किया जा सकता। जबकि एक संस्था ने हाईकोर्ट में रिपोर्ट पेश कर कहा है कि गुड़गांव की पुलिस की मदद से प्रत्येक मंगलवार को चार सड़कों पर कारें न चलाकर नो व्हीकल डे मनाया जा रहा है। इससे शहर के प्रदूषण में 20 फीसदी तक कमी आई है। दूसरी ओर हरियाणा और पंजाब की यातायात व्यवस्था में सुधार पर हाईकोर्ट की ओर से लिए गए स्व:संज्ञान के मामले में जस्टिस सूर्यकांत के नेतृत्व वाली डिवीजन बेंच की मदद कर रहे ट्रैफिक एक्सपर्ट नवदीप असीजा ने भी शुक्रवार को जानकारी दी। कहा कि गुड़गांव शहर की चार सड़कों पर नो व्हीकल जोन का परीक्षण सफल रहा है। मंगलवार को इन सड़कों पर चार पहिया वाहन रोके जाते हैं। नो व्हीकल डे पर हरियाणा प्रदूषण कंट्रोल बोर्ड ने प्रदूषण पर रिपोर्ट भी दी, जिसमें पाया गया कि नो व्हीकल डे के दौरान बाकी दिनों की तुलना में प्रदूषण 20 प्रतिशत कम होता है। नो व्हीकल डे के दौरान इन चार सड़कों पर पार्किंग की भी कोई समस्या नहीं आती।
कंपनी को ठेका देने पर भी दिए सुझाव
इस पर बेंच ने सख्ती बरतते हुए कहा है कि एनजीओ ने साबित कर दिया कि यातायात पर नियंत्रण संभव है। बेंच ने यह भी पूछा है कि आखिर मदद की पेशकश करने वाली एनजीओ या एक्सपर्ट्स को ट्रैफिक सुधार अभियान में शामिल क्यों नहीं किया जा सकता। बेंच ने यह मुद्दा भी उठाया कि पिछली सुनवाई पर नवदीप असीजा ने रिपोर्ट पेश कर बताया था कि ट्रैफिक ऑडिट पर हुडा ने दिल्ली की एक कंपनी को दो करोड़ का ठेका दिया है। जबकि एक्सपर्ट व एनजीओ स्वैच्छिक तौर पर हुडा की मदद को तैयार हैं। अब बेंच ने कहा है कि जिस कंपनी को ठेका दिया गया है, उसकी ओर से ट्रैफिक सुधार में और क्या-क्या काम लिया जा सकता है, इस पर विचार किया जाए। इस दौरान ट्रैफिक एक्सपर्ट असीजा को भी साथ रखा जाए।
असीजा को सलाहकार नियुक्त किया
चंडीगढ़। पंजाब सरकार ने ट्रैफिक एक्सपर्ट नवदीप असीजा को यातायात सलाहकार नियुक्त किया है। राज्य सरकार ने शुक्रवार को यह जानकारी पंजाब-हरियाणा हाईकोर्ट की डिवीजन बेंच को दी। हालांकि जानकारी में नियुक्ति की शर्तें स्पष्ट नहीं की गईं। इसी पर बेंच ने नियुक्ति का समय दो साल और अन्य सुविधाएं अपने स्तर पर तय कर सरकार को उचित निर्देश जारी कर दिया है। हाईकोर्ट ने राज्य सरकार को निर्देश दिया था कि वह असीजा को ट्रैफिक एडवाइजर नियुक्त करे, लेकिन इस आदेश का पालन नहीं हो पाया था।
असीजा ने हाईकोर्ट में रिपोर्ट सौंपते हुए बताया था की पंजाब में प्रतिवर्ष होने वाले सड़क हादसों में से 36 हादसों का कारण ओवर स्पीड और नशे में ड्राइविंग है। उधर, पिछले साल किए गए चालानों में इस कैटेगरी के केवल एक प्रतिशत चालान ही हुए। रिपोर्ट में कहा गया था कि इसके मायने हैं कि पंजाब में ओवर स्पीड और नशे में ड्राइविंग नहीं रुक रही है।
रिपोर्ट में ट्रैफिक पुलिसकर्मियों की कमी भी उजागर की गई थी। बताया गया था कि प्रदेश में महज 2200 ट्रैफिक स्टाफ हैं। पंजाब की जनसंख्या के हिसाब से यह संख्या नाकाफी है। पंजाब पुलिस के पास केवल 1245 एल्कोमीटर हैं और सात स्पीड गन।

Way clear for Ecocabs founder to step in as traffic adviser

10 Oct 2015 Hindustan Times (Chandigarh)
HT Correspondent letterschd@hindustantimes.com

HC ORDERS PUNJAB TO GIVE OFFICE, VEHICLE, STAFF TO ASIJA, MAN BEHIND CONCEPT OF DIAL-A-RICKSHAW

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday directed the Punjab government to give secretarial staff and vehicle, besides office space, to road safety expert Navdeep Asija.
The Punjab government had submitted that Asija would be appointed its road safety adviser by Monday but it was noncommittal on giving him other facilities, so the division bench of justice Surya Kant and justice Ajay Tewari had to come out with the direction. Asija, who is pursuing PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, comes from Fazilka in Punjab and is the founder of dial-a-rickshaw (Ecocabs) concept, for which he won the 2011 national award of excellence from the Union Ministry of Urban Development.
Asija, consultant to various governments, also assists the high court on traffic-related issues in Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh. His appointment will be for two years and this consolidated pay would be `75,000 a month. Initially, the government had accepted the high court suggestion of appointing him as adviser but during the last hearing in September, submitted that it had reconstituted the road safety cell and now there was no need of appointing an expert. Miffed, the high court had summoned the home secretary.
On Friday, the state submitted that by Asija would get his post by Monday. In his recent report to the high court, Asija had submitted that the state had only 125 alcometers and seven speed guns to check traffic violations on almost 69,000-kilometre road network. Of 9.9 lakh people caught drink driving and speeding in 2014, only 5,688 (0.6%) had been penalised; besides, the traffic police needed modern gadges and the cities required infrastructure for pedestrians, said the report. Punjab is yet to submit its reply on the report.

HUDA CHIEF SUMMONED
The high court also summoned Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) chief administrator over the poor condition of roads in Gurgaon.
In the last hearing, the court had taken exception to the fact that despite its ordering the state to for technical safety audit of roads under the high court supervision, the work on the 200-km road network in Gurgaon had been assigned to Delhi Integrated Multimodal Transit System at a cost of `2 crore. The HUDA chief administrator was required to submit a reply by Friday, which it failed to. Now, he has been summoned for November 6