Archive for July, 2011

Parking to Remain Free in Khan Market

Posted by admin On July - 29 - 2011

New Delhi: When nothing comes for free in the nation’s capital, shoppers in Khan Market will still enjoy free parking. Khan Market Traders Association was allowed by Delhi High Court, led by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul to maintain its parking by its own. The court ordered the association to pay Rs 5.34 lakh as monthly fee to compensate the revenue loss suffered by the NDMC due to free parking. Sanjiv Mehra, president of the association in response to the court order said that “We are going to pay the NDMC and keep the parking in our jurisdiction. Parking will be free at least for now”.

Following a direction of the Environment Pollution Control Authority, NDMC decided to charge parking fee in Khan Market from April. Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) stated that charging steep parking fees will make shoppers avoid bringing their cars to shop in the market thus reducing the pollution level in the areas. In response to NDMC, the traders association of Khan Marked replied that parking fee has nothing to do with pollution.

The NDMC urged the High Court to transfer the possession of the land from the traders to NDMC. The HC after hearing a petition filed by Khan Market traders Association transferred the land to the traders. The court gave the traders freedom to charge for parking in areas including the Prithviraj Lane Market. The High Court bench also told the land and development office (L&DO) to discharge around two acres of land near Khan Market area so that NDMC can develop an underground parking later.

Khan Market is ranked as the costliest retail location in India with over 350 shops and since 1950’s parking here has been always free which is managed by some 25 staff. With the court orders, traders here will be spending around Rs 1600 to keep parking free in Khan Market.

After shopping and dining, DMRC plans amusement park

Posted by admin On July - 27 - 2011

New Delhi: With the Metro connecting different corners of the city, the Delhi Metro has definitely made commuting much easier. Delhi Metro stations are also equipped with shops and restaurants and now Delhi Metro Corporation is planning for a theme park near Shastri Park.

Request for Proposal tender has been submitted and a reply is expected by the end of the year. According to sources, the amusement park will be on “O” zone, which will not have any permanent structure or banquet/drive-in cinema halls. This will allow the Delhi Metro to utilize the land properly as well as earn some much-needed revenue. “Since the land is in zone “O”, we wanted to develop it in such a way that utilization could be based on temporary structures. A theme park seemed like a good idea as according to a DMRC source.

The proposed location for the park is on the south-west side of the Shastri Park station and it will be leased for a period of 15 years to a developer. According to a DMRC spoke person, the park will include top notch recreational facilities for children’s as well as various attractions and amenities for families. DMRC is expecting upfront and recurring revenue. The non-refundable entry licence fee for the park is Rs 5 crore plus service tax, as well as an annual fee that will be decided once the developer will be selected.

Though DMRC is planning to lease to developer for a period of 15 years, DMRC holds the right to extend the lease by five years. However, the developer would have to get clearance from from fire, police and land development authorities to run the park.

Since the proposed location for the amusement park is close to the station, visitors will enjoy easy access. The park will have lush landscape with trees and plants. A DMRC official said, “The theme park is part of Delhi Metro’s initiatives to raise resources for funding the Metro operations through non-fare revenues.” If this plans works, DMRC will plan such more projects in the future.

New Delhi:  Located just a short walk from Pregati Maidan and opposite to Matka Peer Dargah is a green structure with a yellow board at the entrance that reads ‘Bagh-e-Bedil’. It may look like any of the unattended parks in Delhi with twigs, over grown treats and empty snack bags yet beneath all this it also has something to do with Abdul Qadir Bedil, a celebrated poet of yesteryears ,

There is nothing fancy in this garden, just five tablets in different languages saying about how deep, dignified and divine his verse were and how the president of the Republic of Tajikistan, Emomalii Rahmon setthe tablets there in 2006.

Abdul Qadir Bedil was a famous Persian poet of the 17th century and today his grave lies in the Mathura Road not known to many. A 1970 gazette of Delhi declared the place to be a ‘Religious Structure which is over 700 years old’. There are hardly any visitors, the only visitors are those who come to pray at the nearby grave of Khwaja Nooruddin. The site has around 30 grave located in various corner of the garden. Mohammed Abul Fazl Misbah, the caretaker of the garden said its really difficult to keep trespassers away and though the garden are take care by cleaners who comes twice a week yet the garden means in a very shabby state yet the grave is still in a good shape.

Abdul Qadir Bedil was born in Azimabad, now Patna in 1644 and was attached to the Mughal Court under prince Mohammad Azam. Bedil was of Chagatai-Turk descent and according to scholars he wrote mostly wrote ghazals and rubayee and  was in the same league as Ghalib. Abdul Qadir Bedil was a forward thinking philosopher-poet, at par with Ghalib, Iqbal and Tagore but unfortunately he never got the same recognition as the other three. Hardly anone has heard of him even in his birth place, Patna.

Though he may not be famous in India, yet Bedil is more famous abroad. Bedil is very famous in Central Asia in countries like Afghanistan and Tajikistan and even today he is still refer as ‘Bedil saheb’ in Central Asia. Abdul Qadir Bedil has influenced many well known poets like Muhammad Panah Qabil Kashmiri, Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib and so on. Dr Waris Kirmani in his book, Evaluation of Ghalib’s Persian Poetry mentions Bedil’s poetry reinvented old metaphors with difficult phraseology.

According to many, Abdul Qadir Bedil remains were taken to Khwaja Rawash in Afghanistan but some experts also state that his actual remains lies underneath the concrete of Mathura Road. Ghazveh said that Bedil had a house here and he built his grave before he died, later the british build a road over it and around the time we got independence a monument was built by member of Afghan community.

Poor patients to get free treatment from PVT hospitals

Posted by admin On July - 26 - 2011

New Delhi: The Supreme Court asked the Delhi government hospitals which are already overcrowded to refer poor patients to private hospitals in Delhi for free treatment, which was finalized by a scheme of the Sheila Dikshit regime.

R V Raveendran a bench of Justices said, Private hospitals will provide them with necessary treatment free of cost and maintain a separate account of the cost incurred”. A bench of Justices said that allowing total free treatment to poor would leave private hospitals bankrupt. A Delhi High Court asked private hospitals to provide treatment to 10% indoor and 25% outdoor patients for free.

Different private hospitals have submitted various schemes to the bench of justices. Dharamshila Hospital told that it was ready to spend 2% % of its turnover on poor patients, while Devki Devi Foundation said it was for providing free bed and secondary level of treatment like free diagnostic tests to poor patients.

The court asked 10 private hospitals, which appealed the court against the High court judgement to implement the direction for free treatment to the poor to submit their scheme to Delhi Government. They asked the government to finalize a scheme with the private hospital within four weeks and submit the same to the court.

The appeal for poor treatment to the poor arose from an agreement between the private hospitals and the government, which agreed to offer land to the private hospitals at cheap rates and as no one was enforcing on the treatment for the poor, an NGO social jurist moved it to the high court.

Ashok Aggarwal, appearing for the PIL petitioner told the bench that most of these private hospitals had not treated the number of poor patients and suggested that the High Court order must be implemented for three months to find out the accountability received by private hospitals.

The court during the last hearing which was on July 5 told that the private hospitals we acting like star hotels and backing away from the promise they made to treat poor which was 25% outdoors and 10% indoor for free of cost. The court said, the hospitals got the land at very cheap rates from the government because of their promise to treat the poor for free. The court told the hospitals to come up with a comprehensive plan within two weeks to give free treatment to poor patients which was agreed or else Delhi Court would vacant stay directing the hospitals not to change anything from the poor.
During the last hearing on July 5, the court had said private hospitals were acting like star hotels and wriggling out from their promise to treat the poor — 25% outdoor and 10% indoor — free of cost. “You got the land at a very cheap rate from the government because of this promise. If you admit a poor patient but ask him to pay for everything, it is not free treatment,” it had said. It had given two weeks to the hospitals to come out with a comprehensive plan to give meaningful free treatment to poor patients under the agreement and if not, then it would vacate stay on Delhi High Court order directing hospitals not to charge a single penny from poor patients.

New Delhi: In a bid to compete with high-end Volvo buses and low-cost airlines, of Shatabdi trains will be installing television screens in all passenger coaches of Shatabdi trains which will originate from the Nation Capital city. Now passengers travelling on Shatabdi trains can enjoy all their favourite TV shows and movies for free of cost on live television.

According to a Northern Railway official, railways are the cheapest means of transport and the Indian Railways is doing everything in their hand to improve the travelling experience of passengers. With this free service, travellers will have more options to kill their journey time by enjoy their favourite movies, shows, cricket matches, news and so on.

The service will be provided free of cost to passengers, but the Northern Railway at the same time is making sure to earn some profit out of this. According to the tender document which was made public state that some 20% of the content presenter by the vendor will be advertised and in return the vendor will be paying the Northern Railways pay a substantial amount.

This facility will be in nine rakes, while rakes 1 to 6 will travel on different routes while the remaining rakes will be on fixed routes. The contract will be for five years the price to reserve for coaches 1 to 6 will be Rs 14 lakh for a year. The licence will be collected on a 6 months basis, the license charge will be increased at 10 per cent after second year, 15 per cent after third and 20 and 25 per cent in the fourth and fifth year.

Railway official said that after a trial run on the Kalka Shatabdi and if it proves successful, the entire Shatabdi network in Delhi will be covered.

An eight inch TV screen will be installed behind every seat in the Executive Class and Chair Cars in six Shatabdi trains originating from the capital. The trains chosen by railway officials for this are Amritsar Shatabdi, Kalka Shatabdi, Lucknow Shatabdi, Bhopal Shatabdi, Ajmer Shatabdi and Dehradun Shatabdi. The cost of development, management and maintenance of the audio, video and so on will be borne by the contractor.

Delhi to go Greener with 1 Million Saplings

Posted by admin On July - 17 - 2011

New Delhi: Delhi is among one of the greenest cities in the world and with an aim to green cover around 33% of the city, Delhi government proposed to plant one million saplings in different parts of the city. Delhi government along with the environment department is planning to tie up with schools, residents’ welfare associations and various Ngo’s for the plantation and the maintenance of the saplings. The project will start from July 23rd, 2011 and as of now 600 RWAs and 300 schools have volunteered to stand with this project.

Project is an annual routine and more than 6 lakh saplings have already been planted in this way. Delhi government stated that this year the government wants to rope in public support and various NGOs, RWAs, parks and garden societies, and schoolchildren along with MCD, PWD and NDMC will work hand in hand to achieve the goal.

Seven lakh saplings have been prepared by the forest department for the drive and some three lakh saplings will be supplied by various parks and garden societies from different parts of the city. Lands in various parts of the city including Salimgarh, Delhi University, Jamia Nagar, Tughlaqabad, Jaunapur, Sahurpur, Bhati Mines, Asola and the Delhi-Noida border have been given by the revenue department for the plantation. A Delhi government official saif that . “The plantation will take place in patches, along roads and in parks. We are hoping for at least a 70% survival rate of the plants. Depending on their growth, we might declare some patches ‘city forests’ in a few years”.

In the coming week, the government is organizing a special Bhagidari meeting to discuss about the plantations and the body is expecting more contribution from RWAs and the government is planning to finish this by the end of September.

Delhi is among one of the greenest cities in the world and it covers around 20% of the city. Various environmentalists along with citizens are of the view that Delhi greenery is slowly reducing because the government is not taking adequate care.

According to Vinod Jain, director, NGO Tapas, Delhi government is planting more and more trees but what about the already existing ones? Most of the trees are slowly dying due to lack of proper care and lack of watering. He also raised a question that how is Delhi government planning to water all these trees?