Saturday, August 12, 2017

For Swachh Bharat: Will Punjab be third time lucky on cleanliness? Schools on test now

22 schools from state are among 643 vying for the first national Clean School Awards

After faring poorly in national rankings of cities and railway stations, Punjab will face another cleanliness test soon — in the schools this time.

Twenty-two government elementary and secondary schools are in the race for the first national-level Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskars (Clean School Awards) expected to be announced by the Union human resource development (HRD) ministry in the last week of this month. They are among the 643 government schools vying for top honours for "excellence in sanitation and hygiene practices". The Centre plans to award 100 schools each at elementary and secondary levels.

Punjab's schools in consideration are located in 12 districts with the maximum number of entries being from Fazilka, at five. Three entries are from Ferozepur, two each from Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana and Tarn Taran, and one each from Nawanshahr (SBS Nagar), Faridkot, Sangrur, Patiala and Mohali.

These schools have been selected by the state education department and the MHRD after they emerged on top in the state on parameters of cleanliness, sanitation, availability of facilities such as toilets, clean and safe drinking water, clean and green campus, hygiene habits among children, and teachers' involvement in ensuring cleanliness.

Puraskar and process

The awards are part of the Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya (Clean India, Clean School) campaign started by the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. The selection process, which was started 10 months ago, saw thousands of schools from across the country submitting their entries and go through a lengthy selection process. Besides Punjab, 25 schools from Haryana, 27 from Himachal Pradesh, 40 from Rajasthan and three from Chandigarh have been shortlisted.

Though Punjab had sent a list of 40 schools to the Centre, 11 primary and secondary schools each have made it to the final round. They are mostly located in rural areas.

Government Senior Secondary School in Dhaliwal Bet village of Kapurthala district, which is spread over four acres and has 350 students, is among them. Principal Mohinder Kaur said her school filled the self-evaluation form online last year. "The school has five parks and lawns with medicinal plants, constant supply of clean drinking water, 10 toilets, and a big auditorium. We take particular care of sanitation," she said.

Hoping for redemption

A school education department official said the HRD ministry has, in collaboration with UNICEF's water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) team, done its own independent assessment of the recommendations sent by the states. "The final awardees will be selected by a national-level committee headed by the Union secretary, school education. We are hopeful some of our schools will do well, but are keeping our fingers crossed," he said.

Maneesh Garg, joint secretary, school education, MHRD, has, in a letter to the state government, asked to complete the process of giving district- and state-level awards by August 15 and inform the ministry.

Under the Swachh Bharat campaign, the state has been a laggard so far. Not a single city from the state was among the top 100 in rankings released this year due to serious shortcomings in solid waste collection and processing and disposal. Barring the Beas railway station, most other stations in the state also did not do well in cleanliness rankings released three months ago. The Beas station, which was among the cleanest stations, is primarily maintained by Radha Soami Satsang's volunteers.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Dastan-E-Azadi : यहां जलती थीं गुलामी के प्रतीक विदेशी कपड़ों की होली -

अमृत सचदेवा - फाजिल्का : यहां का आर्य समाज चौक कभी स्वतंत्रता संग्राम में भाग लेने वाले शहर के अधिकांश सेनानियों का गढ़ था। ब्रिटिश अधिकारी उस क्षेत्र को 'उग्रवादियों का डेरा' बताते थे। इसी चौराहे पर स्वतंत्रता संग्राम की बैठकें होती थी। विदेशी कपड़ों की होली जलाने जैसे साहसिक कार्य भी इसी चौक में हुए थे। आज भी यह चौक स्वतंत्रता संग्राम की याद दिलाता है। 11903 में स्थापित आर्य समाज मंदिर में ज्यादातर आजादी के परवाने एकत्रित हुआ करते थे। इसकी मुख्य वजह यह थी कि आर्य समाज मंदिर के आसपास ही स्वतंत्रता सेनानी लाला सुनाम राय, हरीकृष्ण दास जसूजा, नंद लाल सोनी, दूनी चंद बाघला व पिता जी के नाम से मशहूर गौरी शंकर के आवास थे। इन्हीं के मार्गदर्शन में ही पूरे जिले के स्वतंत्रता सेनानी बैठकों के लिए इकट्ठा होते थे। यहीं पर महात्मा गांधी के आह्वान पर विदेशी वस्तुओं के बहिष्कार के तहत विदेशी कपड़ों की होली जलाकर पूरे क्षेत्र में स्वतंत्रता संग्राम की आग को हवा दी गई थी। लाला सुनाम राय के नेतृत्व में अंग्रेजों को भारत से निकालने के पक्षधर लोगों ने अपने घरों से विदेशी कपड़े लाकर उसकी होली जला ब्रिटिश सरकार को संदेश दिया था कि आर्य समाज चौक से चल रही मुहिम का समर्थन हर प्रदेशवासी कर रहा है। उससे पहले तक अंग्रेज सिपाही जब मर्जी आकर यहां रहने वाले स्वतंत्रता सेनानियों को उठाकर ले जाते थे और जेल में बंद कर देते थे, लेकिन इसी चौक से मजबूत हुए स्वतंत्रता संग्राम ने हर गली मोहल्ले को 'अंग्रेजो भारत छोड़ो' मुहिम का ध्वजवाहक बना दिया। आज भी इस चौराहे पर लाला सुनाम राय सहित अन्य स्वतंत्रता सेनानियों के परिवार रहते हैं और आजादी की लहर को अपने बुजुगोर्ं के जन्मदिन व पुण्यतिथि मनाकर ताजा करते हैं। 1अमृत सचदेवा ' फाजिल्का 1यहां का आर्य समाज चौक कभी स्वतंत्रता संग्राम में भाग लेने वाले शहर के अधिकांश सेनानियों का गढ़ था। ब्रिटिश अधिकारी उस क्षेत्र को 'उग्रवादियों का डेरा' बताते थे। इसी चौराहे पर स्वतंत्रता संग्राम की बैठकें होती थी। विदेशी कपड़ों की होली जलाने जैसे साहसिक कार्य भी इसी चौक में हुए थे। आज भी यह चौक स्वतंत्रता संग्राम की याद दिलाता है। 11903 में स्थापित आर्य समाज मंदिर में ज्यादातर आजादी के परवाने एकत्रित हुआ करते थे। इसकी मुख्य वजह यह थी कि आर्य समाज मंदिर के आसपास ही स्वतंत्रता सेनानी लाला सुनाम राय, हरीकृष्ण दास जसूजा, नंद लाल सोनी, दूनी चंद बाघला व पिता जी के नाम से मशहूर गौरी शंकर के आवास थे। इन्हीं के मार्गदर्शन में ही पूरे जिले के स्वतंत्रता सेनानी बैठकों के लिए इकट्ठा होते थे। यहीं पर महात्मा गांधी के आह्वान पर विदेशी वस्तुओं के बहिष्कार के तहत विदेशी कपड़ों की होली जलाकर पूरे क्षेत्र में स्वतंत्रता संग्राम की आग को हवा दी गई थी। लाला सुनाम राय के नेतृत्व में अंग्रेजों को भारत से निकालने के पक्षधर लोगों ने अपने घरों से विदेशी कपड़े लाकर उसकी होली जला ब्रिटिश सरकार को संदेश दिया था कि आर्य समाज चौक से चल रही मुहिम का समर्थन हर प्रदेशवासी कर रहा है। उससे पहले तक अंग्रेज सिपाही जब मर्जी आकर यहां रहने वाले स्वतंत्रता सेनानियों को उठाकर ले जाते थे और जेल में बंद कर देते थे, लेकिन इसी चौक से मजबूत हुए स्वतंत्रता संग्राम ने हर गली मोहल्ले को 'अंग्रेजो भारत छोड़ो' मुहिम का ध्वजवाहक बना दिया। आज भी इस चौराहे पर लाला सुनाम राय सहित अन्य स्वतंत्रता सेनानियों के परिवार रहते हैं और आजादी की लहर को अपने बुजुगोर्ं के जन्मदिन व पुण्यतिथि मनाकर ताजा करते हैं। 1

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ode to Fazilka - by Dr Meeran Chadha Borwankar

Dear Fazilka

Dear Fazilka, it was a great moment when I visited you after a long time. Yes I agree this was a huge gap and highly avoidable too. Considering what you have done for me and my family, this long wait to befriend you again is unpardonable indeed. I apologies Fazilka.

It was most heart warming to be greeted by citizens and receive a photograph of my father, a Punjab police officer of repute, awarding a student for his brilliant academic performance that saw him through BITS Plani. The student had turned grey and my father is no more. He held the citizens of Fazilka in the highest esteem and valued their bravery, their steadfast fortitude in holding on to the  last inch of land as a sensitive border town. As the commandant of 22nd battalion of BSF, he had steered the border during 1971 Indo-Pak war and watched many of his young colleagues from 3rd Assam and 4 Jat loose their lives. He mourned for them deeply but duty came first for him and his team, so BSF fought the enemy with all its might.

Fazilka town had been evacuated. But soon came back the hardy citizens and took charge of their lives again. While constructing ' Asafwala' war memorial for the martyrs, they restored the prosperity of the region by tilling their land with that extra vigor  for which they are known all over Punjab. I admire you Fazilka, for your capacity to bounce back be it after a border conflict or an agriculturally disastrous year. Your love for innovation in agriculture, in water management,  new crops and cropping patters has earned you the place of pride in the country.  You are most deserving,  Fazilka.

Meeting with my Hindi teacher was overwhelming indeed. She has turned eighty and I have greyed too. But the pride she takes in all her students has made us what we are today. Fazilka, you should be proud of the fact that one of your daughters became the chairperson of Central Board of Direct Taxes. The honesty you grilled in her made her the most efficient tax collector in the country, so that we can invest in our infrastructure and upgrade the lives of poor and needy. As early as 1960s you had believed in equality of genders and invested in educating your daughters, I am so proud of you Fazilka.

How can I forget our teachers who went around house to house encouraging children to enroll in schools and excel in studies! Today if one of your sons has graduated from IIT and Wharton USA and another from Purdue USA it is because of you Fazilka. The culture of rigorous studies and a dedicated teaching community shaped future leaders. The air filled with inspiration, the right balance between studies and recreation was bound to develop versatile personalities. How can we forget our baths on tube wells, open green fields with us running all around, the hide and seek and 'chor sipahi'? The ludo and snake and ladder? You inculcated right values and encouraged creative thinking, credit rightly belongs to you Fazilka.

Can I share a small secret with you? I had cried when my cousins from Delhi mocked  at my vernacular school, calling the building shabby and there being no chairs in our classrooms. We sat on the ground and learnt How was I to understand that it is the quality of education and not mere infrastructure that matters. I was so young. Pardon me for under-estimating you, Fazilka.

But were you not  greener and cleaner? More open too. I did not hear the usual birds chirping in the morning nor the peacock chanting, I was so used to as a child. Where have the birds disappeared? I remember the heaps of cotton and groundnuts on the sides of roads. We would cycle our way to school passing by them. I remember the only cinema hall,  outside which we would buy goodies in paper bags. Women weaving ropes from our house in the BSF campus till the town. Roads were better too and parking not an issue. The area around 'Ghantaghar' was broad; spic and span too. Yes I do remember the bazar with lot many cycles. Why are you choked with polluting traffic today?  Restore your cycles and become pedestrian friendly. Go back to the green, clean town that you once were Fazilka. I am told many young and old are trying to restore the beauty, plant trees and ban plastic, strengthen their hands. Get your trees and birds back Fazilka.

Local industry has done well and shops are full. The enthusiasm is palpable. Fazilka heritage festival showed me the spirit. I saw high energy Bhangra, heard classical music, admired the local art and craft. Met the men and women who are interested in academics and environment, who have formed forums to invigorate the local administration with fresh thoughts and initiatives. Do not let selfish leaders kill your spirit Fazilka. Let the youth take over. Let them revive your spirit and reconstruct your broken roads and electric poles. Shun the selfish and value the ones who love you and take pride in their heritage. They are proud of you, we are all proud of you.

I am sorry I have been so late in showing my love for you but I am sure you were always aware of this deep affection that we all have for you. You are our roots, how can we not value you Fazilka!


Meeran Chadha Borwankar

Former Commissioner of Police Pune. Currently Director General Bureau of Research and Development BPRD, is Maharashtra cadre IPS officer.

The writer (and her family) spent her childhood in Fazilka. Her sister, Anita Kapur retired as Chair Person CBDT

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Fazilka’s Daara, Sikander among country’s big bulls

Archit Watts
Tribune News Service
Muktsar, July 27

Murrah bulls Daara and Sikander from Fazilka district have been selected for the 17th Progeny Testing Programme of the Central Government. These are the only two privately owned bulls in the country to be included in this programme.

These bulls are the offspring of "Rani" buffalo, which had made the record by producing 26.335-kg milk in a day in the National Livestock Championship, 2016, in Muktsar.

Dr Inderjeet Singh, Director, Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes (CIRB), Hisar, said, "Apart from 14 bulls belonging to government-run institutes, two private bulls from Fazilka district have been selected under the programme for the first time."

He added, "To include the bulls in this programme, several conditions were laid, including the DNA test of bulls and milk yield of their mother buffalo. Now, 4,000 doses of semen of each bull will be tried on the farm buffaloes for next about one-and-a-half years. Then calves from these bulls will also be observed."

"Sikander was the young bull champion in the National Livestock Championship-2016, while the younger one, Daara, bagged the award in this year's championship," said Sherbaj Singh, proud owner of these two bulls, who owns Lakshmi Dairy Farm at Chak Vairoke village in Fazilka.

"We have signed an agreement with the CIRB. The CIRB, by including these bulls in the programme, can provide bulls of high genetic record," he added.

Offspring of Rani buffalo

These bulls are the offspring of Rani buffalo, which had made the record by producing 26.335-kg milk in a day in the National Livestock Championship, 2016, in Muktsar
Sikander was the young bull champion in the National Livestock Championship-2016, while the younger one, Daara, bagged the award in this year's championship

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

NGO plants saplings at border, reaches out across to Pak

Jul 18 2017: The Times of India (Chandigarh)
Bathinda:
TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Aiming to improve the micro-climatic conditions and ecosystem on the India-Pakistan border, a Fazilka-based NGO is making efforts to involve like-minded people from across the border to engage in environmental diplomacy. The NGO Graduate Welfare Association of Fazilka (GWAF) is in touch with some outfits and individuals from Pakistan through Facebook and is planning to organize planting of saplings on the border.

The idea is also to create conducive atmosphere by planting trees for security personnel from both countries working in hot and humid conditions, sometimes above 45 degrees Celsius. After the routine `Beating the Retreat' ceremony held in Fazilka sector, GWA planted a sapling with the help of Border Security Force (BSF) at the zero line from where Pakistan is clearly visible, hoping the message would go a long way in preserving the eco system.

"Under prevailing circumstances, people-to-people contact to carry out such environmental activities is not permitted but we are in touch with certain groups in Pakpattan, Haveli Lakha and Depalpur towns of Pakistan Punjab, which are near to Sadqi border in Fazilka through Facebook.We ask each other to plant saplings and want to create a congenial atmosphere. We plan to plant 1,000 saplings on our side of the border and hope of the similar effort from our associates in Pakistan," said GWAF secretary Navdeep Asija.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Area under cotton crop may rise in Fazilka

Praful Chander Nagpal
Mar 7, 2017

Fazilka, March 6 : Fazilka district, which is known for producing quality cotton in North India, is likely to witness an increase in the area under cotton cultivation due to remunerative prices being offered to cotton producers. The raw cotton (narma) is fetching Rs 6,000-6,100 per quintal these days in Fazilka.

Sources in the market committee said they had been getting Rs 4,000-4,500 per quintal in the last few years but after about five years, the cotton prices had touched the Rs-6,000 mark. Cotton was sown in 36,320 hectares last years. As per the recommendations of Punjab Agricultural University, the best period for sowing cotton is from April 15 to May 15. After witnessing financial losses in the last few years, cotton producers are delighted due to remunerative prices of cotton in Fazilka market.

Pawan Kumar, a farmer of the cotton producing belt of Kandhwala village, said he cultivated cotton in 9 acres and sold it at a price of Rs 6,010 per quintal. Farmers said this year the quality of cotton had also improved, resulting in increase in the yield to 8-10 quintal per acre this year as compared to 6-7 quintal per acre last year. Satinder Kaur, Chief Agriculture Officer, Fazilka, said 151 camps would be organised in cotton-producing 145 villages in Fazilka district in March. (Source: tribuneindia.com)

Monday, May 29, 2017

फाजिल्का व्यापार मंडल के नाम एक खुला पत्र

बात सन की हैं 2008 , जब फाजिल्का की ऐतिहासिक धरोहर घंटा घर के पास से निकलना मुश्किल था, कयोंकि दुकानदार भाइयों ने उसे पब्लिक टॉयलेट बना रखा था | पहली बार फाजिल्का के कुछ शहरी आगे आये, बजरंग गुप्ता जी ने नगर कौंसिल का सहयोग दिलवाया और घंटा घर की सफाई कर हवन करवाया गया था | सरहद केसरी परिवार , ग्रेजुएट्स वेलफेयर एसोसिएशन, अमृत सचदेवा , आर्य समाज, सेवा भारती आदि सामाजिक संस्थाए और चंदर रेस्टोरेंट , हरमीत वाच कंपनी , नागपाल बूट हाउस, अदि कुछ घंटाघर की मार्किट के दुकानदार साथ आये | ज़्यादातर दुकानदार विरोध में की अब हम मूत्र विसर्जन कहां करेंगे | इतनी बड़ी दुकाने , कुछ एक कब्ज़े पर भी, पर मूत्र विसर्जन के लिए ऐतिहासिक धरोहर घंटा घर | पहली बार फाजिल्का विरासत महोत्सव के समय घंटाघर को सफाई करवा कर सजाया गया | अनिल सेठी नगर कौंसिल प्रधान बने और इसके बाद इसके काया कल्प की जिम्मेदारी उठाई गयी और आज वही घंटा घर शान फाजिल्का की | जिसपर फाजिल्का ज़िले का आंदोलन हुआ | जब धरोहर को बचाना था तब कहां था व्यापार मंडल और उनके सदस्य ?

नगर कौंसिल की सफाई कर्मचारी सुबह रोज आठ बजे सड़कों की सफाई करके जाते हैं , दुकानदार भाई नौ बजे दुकान खोलते हैं और कूड़ा सड़क पर | मैंने तो नहीं देखा कभी व्यापार मंडल को दुकानदारों को यह आदेश देते हुए की एक डस्टबिन रखो , कूड़ा सड़को पर मत फेंको | मैंने तो आपातकाल बैठक नगर की सफाई के लिए कभी होते नहीं देखी | 

दुकानदार रेहड़ी खड़ी करने के एवज में रोजाना 200 से 300 रुपए लेते हैं , कौनसा नियम कानून यह कहता हैं | अगर गरीब रेहड़ी वाला रोटी खा लेगा तो क्या | नगर निगम की सड़क और पैसे ले दुकानदार | इस गैर कानूनी काम पर कयों नहीं बोला व्यापार मंडल कभी ?

गौशला रोड पे केवल पांच पेड़ , लगाना तो दूर मिट्टी का तेल डालकर उसे ख़तम कर दिया , सत्ता के करीबी थे तो कोई बोल भी न सका , धन्य है , डॉक्टर भूपिंदर सिंह और एडवोकेट जयपाल सिंह संधू जिसने इस पेड़ को काटने से रोका , पर मिटटी का तेल जड़ो में ड़ालकल मार दिया , कयों नहीं बोला तब व्यापार मंडल फाजिल्का | 

पैदल चलने की जगह कब्जे करे आपके दुकानदार , घंटाघर पर शौचालय बनाकर मूत्र विसर्जन करे आपके सदस्य , सड़क पर कूड़ा फेंके आपके सदस्य, पेड़ काटे आपके सदस्य तब फाजिल्का व्यापार मंडल कहीं इसका बहिष्कार करते नहीं दिखा ?

फाजिल्का में 70,000 लोग हैं और शहर केवल 2000 दुकानदारों का नहीं , सफाई , ऑक्सीजन , चलने की सुविधा आपको भी चाहिए ?? आपके बंद से लोग तंग होंगे और कोई समर्थन भी नहीं मिलना है पदाधिकारियों की शान जरूर बन जाएगी | 

पार्किंग ठीक होने से और जाम लगने बंद होने से व्यापार काम हो गया , यह तथय सही नहीं , कुछ अच्छा करने की प्रशाशन ने कोशिश की हैं , कोई कमी है तो मिल बैठ उसे ठीक करो और शहर को आगे बढ़ाओ | रोज रोज बंद की धमकी , फाजिल्का है कोई कश्मीर नहीं | 

ऑनलाइन का जमाना हैं समय के साथ बिज़नेस में क्या बदलाव चाहिए फाजिल्का व्यापार मंडल बैठके इसपर चर्चा करने की बजाये पदाधिकार बंद के आह्वान से दुकानदारों का और नुक्सान | एक यही एक दिन की कमाई से पूरे शहर में डस्टबिन रखे जा सकते हैं | माननीय व्यापर मंडल जी व्यापर और फाजिल्का को आगे बढ़ाइये नाकी नकारात्मक सोच से फाजिल्का को एक सदी पीछे | 

एक फाजिल्का निवासी 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

सड़क सुरक्षा, स्पीड और हम

भारतीय सड़क सुरक्षा इस उदहारण से बेहतर तरीक़े से बताई जा सकती है | हमने सब छोटे बच्चो को एक एक चॉकलेट का पैकेट बाँट दिया और बोला की इसमें से सिर्फ एक ही स्लाइस खाना हैं और अगर ज्यादा खाया तो आप बीमार पड़ जाओगे | इसी बीच एक NGO को फंडिंग करके बोला की देखो भारतीय बच्चे कैसे चॉकलेट खाते हैं | अब बच्चे हैं , कौन एक स्लाइस से मानता हैं , सभी ने पूरी चॉकलेट खा ली | चॉकलेट कंपनी ने रिसर्च वाले को विदेश घूमने के पैसे दिए और बोला जाओ और पूरी दुनिया को बताओ की "भारतीय बच्चो को चॉकलेट खानी नहीं आती" | जब यह रिसर्च छपी तो विदेश से चॉकलेट बनाने वाली कंपनीओ ने रिसर्च, सरकार और NGO के माध्यम से पैसे भेज कर यह बोला की जाओ भारतीय बच्चो को चॉकलेट खानी सिख़ाओ | भारतीय बच्चे तो बदनाम हुए पर चॉकलेट की सेल बढ़ गयी |  अब आप सोचेंगे की इसका सड़क सुरक्षा से क्या लेना देना | सड़क बनाने वाली और गाड़ी बनाने वाली कंपनी कुछ ऐसा ही कर रही हैं | हमारे या दुनियाँ के सभी शहरों में ज्यादातर शहरों में कानूनी गति 50 KMPH है | हम सड़क बनाते हैं 100KMPH वाली और उसपे बनाकर गाड़ी देते हैं 200 KMPH से चलने वाली | गाड़ी और सड़क बनाने वाले रसुकदार और अमीर ठहरे , वह सभी महानुभावों को पैसे देकर बोलते हैं , सेमीनार लगाओ और भारतीय ड्राईवर को गाड़ी चलाना सिखाओ | कभी भी फ़ोकस अपने ऊपर आने नहीं दिया , और यही कारन हैं की सेमीनार पे सेमीनार और दुर्घटनाएं कम होने का नाम नहीं ले रही और गाड़ियाँ बिक रहीं हैं , एलिवेटेड और सुपर एक्सप्रेसवे बनते जा रहे है , जहा सिर्फ पैदल चलने की व्यवस्था की जरूरत थी | और कुछ नहीं तो ट्रैफिक पुलिस को भ्रष्ट बता दो ताकी उन्ही पे सारी ज़िम्मेदारी पड़ जाये | अमरीका , स्वीडन , यूरोप या कहीं भी अगर दुर्घटनाओं में कमी आयी है तो उन्होंने ड्राईवर या चलने वाले व्यक्तियों पर से ध्यान हटा के रोड इंजीनियरिंग अथवा गाड़ी की स्पीड़ कम करने पर ध्यान दिया , नतीजा आपके सामने हैं , स्वीडन देश की आबादी पंजाब जितनी हैं लेकिन वहां पिछले साल केवल 263 लोग मरे और पंजाब में 5077 लोगों को सडक़ दुर्घटनाओं में अपनी जान गवानी पड़ी | हमारी बीमारी का वायरस स्पीड यानी गति हैं , और हम सोचते हैं की शहर के बीचो बीच चौड़ी सड़कें बना कर इस वायरस को मार देंगे | आप वायरस को मार नहीं रहे  आप और बढ़ा रहे हैं इस उम्मीद के साथ की लोग दुर्घटनाओं मैं कम मरेंगे | सरकारे भी एम्बुलेन्स दे कर ख़ुश होती है और कहती हैं की देखो सड़क सुरक्षा पर काम कर दिया , अरे भाई ज्यादा एम्बुलेंस का मतलब यह है की इंजीनियरिंग से लेकर एनफोर्समेंट तक किसी ने काम नहीं किया इस लिए एम्बुलेंस की जरूरत पड़ी | बाकि कुछ कमियाँ देश के कानून में हैं जो केवल व्यक्ति के दोष के ऊपर ही लगता हैं , सड़क के बीच अगर कोई पेड़ या खम्बा हैं तो उसके लिए IPC की कोई सीधी धारा नहीं जिससे दुर्घटना को होने से रोका जा सके | भारतीय ड्राईवर बाकी दुनियाँ से से काफी अच्छे हैं , जो ऐसी निर्दयी सड़कों पर भी गाड़ी चला लेते है | ड्राईवरो को कोसना बंद करके जिनकी ज़िम्मेवारी हैं उनको ज़िम्मेदार ठहराया जाये , सड़क दुर्घटनाओं का आंकड़ा तभी कब होगा , तब तक कोसते रहिये भारतीय ड्राईवर और पुलिस को | 
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Unsafe streets: Mohali zeroes in on 21 accident-prone spots

Diljot Singh
Mohali:

The office of the traffic adviser (Punjab) has conducted a study on the reason behind accidents in Mohali and has identified 21 accident-prone spots.

The death zones are Phase 8 industrial area towards Radha Swami chowk, Phase 7 industrial area towards Spice Chowk, Phase 6 new bus stand towards Balongi barrier, Phase 35 light point, Landran and Saneta Road and SohanaLakhnaur Road.

The traffic advisor, Navdeep Asija, and his student Abhishek Bajaj conducted the study, which showed an increase in accidents. The number of pedestrians and cyclists killed in mishaps shot from 38% in 2013 to 56% in 2015, the study revealed.

As many as 16 accidents happened between 9pm and noon between 2013 and 2015.During midnight to 3 am, 12 people died between 2013 and 2015 in road mishaps, the study said.

The findings revealed that pedestrians and bicyclists were most vulnerable on Mohali roads. Over 50% percent of the victims were pedestrians and bicyclists.The traffic police records corroborate the findings.

Official data available with Asija revealed that 25 people were killed in 24 accidents in 2015 and out of these 25, eight were pedestrians and six of them were bicyclists. Similarly in 2014, out of 25 victims, five were pedestrians and seven were bicyclists. "Car drivers and truckers are the main culprits as they cruise at very high speeds thinking that these roads are racing tracks," said Asija.

Car and truck collisions contributed to 71% of the crashes in Mohali city in the last 3 years. Fifty-three percent of crashes were caused by reckless car drivers, mentioned the study.

Traffic from Balongi barrier to Phase 11-sector 66Phase 9 Industrial Area Intersection, this particular road corridor has caused 19 of 73 road accidents between 2013 and 2015.

"We have also identified the accident zones. Besides the study by the traffic adviser on various parameters also include the flow of traffic, rush hour or peak hours on the roads, length and breadth of the motorway, traffic junction presence, number of accidents on these roads, the presence of streetlights," said SSP KS Chahal.

The study lists some solutions like installation of speed-calming devices to slow down the speed of vehicles.The traffic adviser wants safe and efficient non-motorized transport infrastructure to be constructed in the city.

Another solution envisages that phasing and synchronization of traffic lights according to the volume of traffic. It also proposes timers to be installed at the intersections to avoid the signal jumping. There is also a demand to install global standard road markings and signages to guide pedestrians and motorists.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Poll code curbed number of deaths in road accidents - Punjab

Vibhor Mohan | TNN | Apr 26, 2017, 08.33 AM IST

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab assembly elections early this year had the whole government machinery on its toes and an indirect benefit of it for the general public was a considerable 9% dip in number of deaths in fatal accidents in January.

Data shows that though there has been a consistent rise in number of fatal accidents on the state's roads after the code of conduct came into effect on January 4, the numbers were less in all three months when compared to the previous year. The check on overspeeding due to barricades put up across Punjab, besides enforcement agencies keeping unauthorized flow of liquor under scanner resulted in more safety for commuters.

ADGP traffic M K Tiwari told TOI that it was an encouraging sign and traffic police would take effective steps to ensure that violations such as overspeeding and drunken driving are checked to ensure safety of commuters.

There were 343 deaths in January this year, compared to 374 in January 2016, a dip of 9.4%. After the polling on February 4, the difference in deaths was reduced to 4.9% (402 deaths in 2016 and 383 in 2017) and the gap with previous year further narrowed down further to 3.4% (422 in 2016 and 408 in 2017) in March, as by that time new government was sworn and election process was over.

Otherwise, the graph of deaths in road accidents in the state has constantly been spiraling up over the last three years (see box).

Punjab's traffic adviser Navdeep Asija said overspeeding and drunken driving were the key factors responsible for fatal accidents and intervention in form of police barricades every 30 kilometers and an eye on carrying unauthorized liquor resulted in a check on these violations. "The data can be taken as a pilot study and similar steps can be continued," he suggested.

Majority of the traffic on the core network of highways comprises two wheelers (40%) and cars (30%). Share of tractors in the total vehicle population of Punjab is 9%, but they are responsible for 20% road fatalities, same is the case of trucks and autorickshaws. These modes need special focus and mode-wise related strategies need to be prepared by the government.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government has decided to set up a 'Punjab Road Safety Authority' to study the causes of road accidents and deaths with a view to minimize the same through effective planning. The plan has been approved in the first cabinet meeting of the Congress government on March 19.

Friday, April 21, 2017

PM to honour Janisar Village Panchayat of Fazilka with "Empowerment Award" at Lucknow

Fazilka, April 21, 2017:  On the eve of National Panchyati Raj Divas celebrations on April 24, at Lucknow, Prime Minister, Narendera Modi will honour Janisar Village Panchayat with Empowerment Award.

Janisar village fallses under Jalalabad Assembly constituency having population of 2600 and panchayat headed by lady sarplanch Veerpal Kaur, said Isha Kalia, DC Fazilka.

Congratulating Janisar village panchayat, DC Fazilka said, the other village panchayats should also come forward for over all development of their villages like Janisar village having its new Panchayat Ghar, Civil Hospital, Gym, Stadium, Animal Husbanda hospital, Electricity Sub Station, SC Dharamshala, metalled streets and four-wall of pond.

Surinder Singh Dhillon, DDPO said, in the village, two important places called 'Sathan' have been constructed in the village with special arrangements of solar light fittings besides maintaining cleanliness in the village and village roads, streets are garbage-free.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Groundwater tables dipping in 67% of Punjab

CHANDIGARH: The new Congress government has not hinted at any changing the policy of free electricity to farmers, though the water tables in the state continue to decline in most districts. In the 67% of area of the state, there was a general decline of water levels in 65% of the wells in August 2016, as compared to August 2015.

According to the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) which is going to release its annual report next month, groundwater levels declined in the range of 0-2 meters in 57% of the area, 2-4 meters in 8% of area and more than 4 meters in 1% of the state.

The decadal mean fluctuations (2006-2015) shows decline in 75% of observation wells monitored covering about 81% area of the state. The decline has been observed across Punjab and there is dip of 2-4 meters in 20% of the state's area.

At the same time, says S K Jain, regional director of CGWB, there has also been rise in water levels in 35% of wells monitored, which cover 33% area of the state. "The efforts to convince farmers to delay their paddy cropping could be a factor," he said.

Water levels have risen in Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur, Nawanshahr, Jalandhar, and Mohali. The positive trend is based on data collected in August 2016, and it was also observed in all the districts of southwestern parts of the state.

Irrigation experts, meanwhile, point out that the rise in water table in particular pockets could be due to the poor quality of water, which results in locals turning to other alternative sources. "Unless the state government goes in for some unpopular policy decisions such as removing power subsidy and capping boring of tube wells, things will not improve," said environmentalist.

Very shallow water levels of 0-2 m (causing waterlogging) occur in more than 1% of wells and is spread over 1% of the state in south-western parts in Muktsar and Fazilka districts. Water levels between 5-10 m have been observed in the northern part (Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Hoshiarpur districts), south and southwestern parts (Fazilka, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Muktsar, Bathinda and Mansa districts), eastern parts of Ropar and Mohali districts.

Ban on cobra fencing re-notified in Fazilka to save animals, human lives

Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar
19th April 2017
The Fazilka administration has re-notified the ban on the sale and use of 'cobra fencing' (bladed edged iron wire mesh) in the entire district in a bid to protect wild animals in the open wildlife sanctuary in Abohar, a subdivision of Fazilka district. Three persons and a dozen of animals have become prey to cobra fencing in the past one year.

Due to the installation of the cobra fencing, especially in farms as well as the other landholdings in the area that also has a sanctuary, various animals have been sustaining serious and even fatal injuries. while crossing over.

On April 3 last, one Vinod Kumar. 28, of Seed Farm Colony, Abohar, was killed and his friend Sunehri Pal sustained injuries when the motorcycle they were riding barged into a cobra wire that a farmer had installed around his fields near Jandwala Hanvanta village on the Abohar-Sri Ganganagar road.

The representatives of various animal welfare societies as well as the local Bishnoi community had demanded a ban on the use of cobra fencing near the sanctuary area.

"The district administration had last year invoked powers under Section 144 of the CrPC to ban the sale, purchase and installation of cobra wire fencing around agricultural farms. Yet three persons and a dozen cattle heads had died in such mishaps," said  Nand Kishore Bhobhria, president of the Shri Hanuman Gau Sewa Samiti, an NGO,

"Even presently such wire mesh  is being sold by iron and hardware shops in Mukherjee Market, Gandhi Ground, Circular Road and other markets," said Nand Kishore.

Fazilka deputy commissioner Isha Kalia on Monday re-issued the order prohibiting the sale, purchase and installation of the cobra fencing in the entire district.  When contacted, she said that orders were issued to save humans as well as animals.

"I will seek a report from SSP Fazika regarding the action or cases registered for violation above orders and also ensure the implementation of the order in letter and spirit in future," she claimed.

Last year, the ministry of environment, forest and climate change, considering the environmental resources of incomparable value in the the wildlife sanctuary, issued a notification to declare the sanctuary as an eco-sensitive zone (ESZ), intended to help protect its inhabitants and also promote tourism in the vicinity.Around 100m diameter area of the sanctuary was declared an ESZ under Section 3 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, wherein, inter alia, identified projects or activities would be regulated or prohibited as the case may be, in a site-specific manner.

The sanctuary is known for the highest number of black bucks in India, besides other protected species.

The sanctuary is Asia's largest open wildlife sanctuary with an area of 46,513 acres in 13 villages, reportedly having 1,812 male and 2,120 female black bucks besides 368 kids.

Chinkara black buck is a scheduled animal and highly endangered like tigers and lions. The sanctuary has 3,732 male, 2,486 female and 804 kids of blue bull, besides 5,000 'titars', about 121 peacocks, innumerable rabbits, besides other birds in huge numbers, according to the last count conducted in last March.