Work on four Noida Metro projects likely to begin in May NCERT books to impart lessons in road safety

April 2, 2013

According to sources, Noida authority officials are working hard to complete all the paper work related to the proposed Metro links — a 3.9-km route between Kalindi Kunj and Botanical Garden, the 6.7-km City Centre-Sector 62 link, 30-km City Centre-Bodaki (Greater Noida) line and 7-km Sector 71-Greater Noida West link — by the end of April.Authority officials said Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav will inaugurate infrastructure projects worth R10,000 crore, which include the proposed Metro links and three bridges over the Yamuna, in the first week of May.

“Before the inauguration in May, the Noida authority will complete formalities of memorandum of understanding (MoU) to be signed with DMRC for the Kalindi Kunj-Botanical Garden link. We have sent the file to the urban development ministry for approval,” said a senior authority official.

The detailed project report (DPR) of the City CentreSector 62 route has already been approved by the Noida authority. “An MoU will be signed soon. The authority is also likely to approve the DPRs of two proposed routes — City Centre-Greater Noida’s Bodaki and Sector 71-Greater Noida West,” said the official.

Officials said the chief minister would inaugurate three proposed bridges across the Yamuna — one near Okhla Barrage and one each in sectors 150 and 168 to connect the city with Faridabad.

Soon, students of middle and secondary classes will get lessons in road safety and rules. Taking a leaf out of the books of developed countries such as the US and UK, the road transport and highway ministry has decided to incorporate chapters on road safety in the Central Board of Secondary Education curriculum.

The curriculum drafts have been prepared and the chapters will be included in the academic year 2014, said Sanjay Bandopadhyay, joint secretary of the ministry. “We have sent the drafts to the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for evaluation,” said Bandopadhyay.

According to ministry sources, a chapter on road safety will be included in four subjects — Social Science, Hindi, English and Maths for classes VI to X.

The Internationali l Road d Federation (IRF) and Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) have prepared the draft curriculum with help from a group of school teachers across seseveralerall schools in DelhiDelhi. Sources said the draft committee may take inputs from the Delhi traffic police, if required.

“We have hired a team of experienced teachers from different Delhi schools as well as illustrators to design the chapters coupled with graphics and exercises. Once the ministry gives its approval, these chapters will be integrated into the existing curriculum,” said KK Kapila, chairman, IRF.

The Delhi traffic police have appreciated this initiative. “This is a wonderful initiative for road safety and will provide education for life to future road users,” said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic).

The chapters will edify students on how to cross a street safely and correctly and will also comprise lessons on understanding traffic signs, highway codes, road norms, traffic hazards and safety on roads among others.

Parking lots at Kamla Nagar, Model Town to open in April

April 1, 2013

Parking lots at Kamla Nagar, Model Town to open in April


 NEW DELHI: The BJP-ruled North Delhi Municipal Corporation will finally deliver on the fiveyear-old promise by the unified MCD to provide parking spaces in the district.

The North municipal body has decided to inaugurate its first automated multi-level parking at Kamla Nagar on April 20. A week later, the conventional multi-level parking at Model Town will be inaugurated.

Incidentally, both the projects work would be declared open to the public in the year which is set to witness assembly elections in the city. Both the BJP-ruled civic bodies and the Congress-ruled state government have been in an overdrive to woo voters.

“The Kamla Nagar parking is complete and so is the Model Town parking. Once they are opened, the visitors in these areas will find enough space to park their cars,” said a senior official. The corporation has at least seven parking projects, on which work was on for the past five years.

A host of inauguration functions would be held to woo voters since the assembly elections are scheduled later this year. The civic body has completed the tender process for parkings at Rani Bagh and Ashok Vihar and the projects may be announced to get political mileage.

The Kamla Nagar automated multi-level parking was announced in 2007 and the Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna laid the foundation stone.

The parking project is spread over 3,200 square metres and has seven levels that will accommodate 834 cars and 300 scooters.

Once completed, the project will provide a much-needed breather to the Kamla Nagar market, which currently witnesses congestion as visitors leave their vehicles on the roadside.

“When the project is inaugurated on April 20, it will be thrown open for the public for trial. Parking charges will be imposed only when we are satisfied that the system is properly working,” said leader of the House Mahender Nagpal.

The municipal body may also have to face disappointment as the other two automated multi-level parking in the city are not very popular with the commuters.

Built by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), the Baba Kharak Singh Marg and the Sarojini Nagar parkings are still being under-utilised.

North Corporation is not the only municipal body that is trying to complete its projects before the assembly elections. South Corporation last week announced that work orders for parking projects at Defence Colony, Munirka and Subhash Nagar have been given.


E-challan remains a pipe dream, devices not available

April 1, 2013

E-challan remains a pipe dream, devices not available

 NEW DELHI: After facing several technical shortcomings, the ambitious e-challan project of Delhi Police has now hit an administrative roadblock.
SAARTHAK AURORA/HT FILE1,200 hand-held devices for issuing e-challans are yet to be delivered by the vendor to the traffic police.

The result: the project — which was scheduled to be operational by March this year — has missed the deadline yet again.

During the annual press conference of Delhi Police in January this year, the traffic police had promised that e-challans would become partially operational in January and fully by March.

In January, the traffic police had initiated a trial by introducing some of the devices in Parliament Street area of Central Delhi. However, the gadgets developed a technical snag. Sources said the hand-held device, which was used to issue challans, encountered a problem while working in the sunlight.

According to sources, the vendor Airtel is not ready with 1200 e-challan devices and has sought more time for supplying the gadgets.

“We do not know when the project would successfully be implemented,” said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic).

‘’After the successful deployment of the pilot, we are determined to take all steps towards its successful implementation,’’ said a spokesperson of Airtel.

After running into several delays, the e-challan system had got the final nod of the state government in November. Following this, the traffic police were keen to formally launch the project by making 100 gadgets operational during the special drive against drunk driving on the eve of New Year in Central Delhi.

But the plan never materialised as the vendor was not ready with the devices.

As per the tender agreement, Airtel was to provide 1200 e-challan instruments to cover the entire city by March and also provide technical support for operating the instruments. With e-challan — an electronic format of the challan – becoming functional, there will be a record of all traffic violations against errant drivers and vehicles. This, the traffic police claims, will help initiate a new regime of better enforcement by having higher penalties for second and subsequent prosecutions and ensure point system for supervision and cancellation of driving licences.

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