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- A website that gets 150 new petitions every week
GURGOAN: Providing a platform to citizens to start such petitions free of cost are websites like change.org. This website alone gets at least 150 new petitions every week from across the country.
"We get all sorts of petitions and as such there are no specific categories to start an online petition. It is an open platform and anybody can start it from anywhere, however the important thing is that people should know and identify who the decision maker is, who can actually bring the desired change. There are already half a million users in India and in the past one year alone we have witnessed 22 major impacts," explained Avijit Michael, country director, Change.org.
This is how an online petition works - to start it a person needs to explain briefly why the petition is important, who do they want to petition and what do they want that person or organization to do. They also have to provide the email address of the decision maker. Once a petition goes online, every time a person signs in support of the petition, automatically a email is sent to the decision maker.
However, just to ensure that the decision makers' inbox does not get flooded, the authorities have taken some steps.
"The idea is to engage the decision maker rather than to irritate him. He or she might get annoyed if so many mails land up in their inbox and therefore to ensure that they do not get annoyed, what we do is we send the first 100 emails individually and after that we merge other mails and every time we reach 100 emails we send them together. We do not entertain petitions that are fraudulent or violent in nature. Of late most of the petitions we have received revolve around women's safety and rights," he said.
A website that gets 150 new petitions every week - The Times of IndiaCommentQuote0Flag
- Govt wakes up, to pump in more money for city’s development
Despite earning the maximum revenue for the state exchequer, the Millennium City has always got a raw deal when it comes to infrastructure or development.
The recently-announced budget for the 2013-14 fiscal, however, is indicative of the changed stance of the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Haryana government. The chief minister has allocated a lion’s share of Rs. 605.48 crore for Gurgaon of the total Rs. 890 crore for various districts in the entire state.
Residents, however, feel that the move is part of the pre-poll sops ahead of the general elections in 2014.
Realising the potential and need for growth in Gurgaon, Hooda visited the city more than a dozen times in the last six months. The government has drawn a lot of flak for neglecting the southern part of the state for years.
The new projects focus mainly on road maintenance, flyovers, storm and sewer drains, and railway overbridges among others.
The state has also given green signal to a flyover project at Subhash Chowk and strengthening of the existing Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road (Iffco Chowk to Delhi border) at a cost of Rs. 60 crore.
During his latest visit to Gurgaon, Hooda instructed officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) to repair all city roads — internal and external — adding that there was no dearth of funds.
“Only roads where the CM visited have been repaired. Why do instructions to repair roads come just ahead of elections? This is sad,” said VK Srivastav, a resident of South City.
The CM office, meanwhile, refused to buy the notion. “This is wrong. The government had issued instructions last year to tighten the noose around contractors. Assembly polls are two years away while the Parliament election is next year,” said a spokesperson.
Some respite for ‘Gaddha Lok’
Rechristened by residents as ‘Gaddha Lok’ due to potholed roads
After HT highlighted the problem of potholes in Sushant Lok-1 and how residents had rechristened it as ‘Gaddha Lok’, the developer swung into action and repaired some patches in A Block.
On March 2, angry residents put up several banners against the developer of the upscale locality for failing to maintaining the colony roads.
“The developer called us for a meeting and assured us that all potholes will be fixed in all blocks and repairs will be carried out wherever required. We are happy that the developer has finally woken up and is taking action,” said Anil Sharma, general secretary, Sushant Lok, RWA.
He added that some roads around Sushant Arcade and Gold Souk are still in a bad state and the developer has been urged to repair them too.
Residents attributed the action to the HT report. “Action is taken only if the media highlights it or when elections are round the corner,” said Harsh Lohit, a resident of Laburnum Apartments.
Smooth drive only for VIPs
Gairatpur Bas village
Main road repaired ahead of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s visit
Residents of Gairatpur Bas village are enjoying a smooth ride on the main approach road these days, thanks to a visit by Congress president Sonia Gandhi last week. She was here to inaugurate a centre for autism patients.
A road patch of nearly 500-metre, which remained unrepaired for over ten years despite appeals by the village panchayat, was fixed ahead of Gandhi’s visit.
Govt wakes up, to pump in more money for city
“Three days before her visit, the administration repaired the entire road and took all care to ensure a smooth drive for the Congress chief. We appreciate the act but we condemn it too. Why do road repairs have to wait for a VIP visit. Isn’t it the government’s responsibility to maintain roads as per standard norms?” fumed Radheshyam, a resident.
“The elections are scheduled for May next year and the administration wants to woo voters,” he added.
The neglected village was pleasantly surprised by the flurry of activity.CommentQuote0Flag
- Parking woes: Govt eases building laws
Taking note of the lack of space for parking of vehicles in private colonies, the Haryana government has relaxed the construction norms for residential buildings and allowed stilt parking in commercial and industrial premises.
As per the new norms, the maximum height limit of a residential building has been increased from 12 metres to 14.5 metres.
Individual plot owners can now leave space on the ground floor for parking instead of parking their vehicles on the road and use rest of the floors for residential purpose. The new policy also allows stilt parking for the commercial and industrial buildings measuring 151.75 sqm and or above. Earlier, the stilt parking was allowed only in group housing schemes as per the Punjab Scheduled Roads and Controlled Areas Restriction of Unregulated Development Rules, 1965.
According to the officials of the town and country planning department, the rule has been amended to tackle parking problems in urban areas.
Car users face parking problems in residential areas as well as around the commercial buildings such as malls and office complexes. Lack of parking space also cause traffic jams at several places.
“Therefore, the department has decided that stilt parking will be allowed in all licenced colonies and CLU (change of land use) can be granted to plots meant for all purposes (except farmhouses) of 151.75 sqm and above. The stilt height measuring 2.4 metres below the roof beam shall be allowed in case of residential plots and other commercial buildings except industrial buildings. However, in case of industrial buildings, the stilt height shall be allowed as 2.75 metres minimum and 6 meters maximum,” read a letter circulated within the town and country planning department.
This maximum height of stilt is kept in view of the height of single axle truck which can be easily parked below the stilt. An undertaking will be taken from individual plot owners that the said stilt will not be used for any purpose other than parking, the letter said.
Parking woes: Govt eases building laws - Hindustan TimesCommentQuote0Flag
- Faulty billing cost discom Rs. 53 lakh: CAG
Power distribution company Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has lost Rs. 52.68 lakh as it billed less amount to a Gurgaon-based commercial consumer by applying a wrong tariff plan, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has said.
As per the CAG report tabled in the Haryana assembly on Monday, the Unitech Business Park Ltd in 2003 applied for an electricity connection with 2,700 KW load for its Unitech Trade Centre in Sector-43, Gurgaon. The connection was sanctioned in 2006.
“Since the premises of the consumer was being used for commercial purposes, the consumer should have been classified under non-domestic supply (NDS) category. However, the DHBVN sanctioned the load under bulk supply (BS) category. The release of connection in wrong tariff category caused the loss of Rs. 52.68 lakh from January 2007 to March 2012,” the report said.
During a conference in September 2012, the additional chief secretary, Power, had said that the connection was given under bulk NDS category and not under BS category. The CAG said that the reply was not tenable as the NDS-BS category includes military engineering services, other military establishments, railways (other than traction), CPWD, hospitals, schools, colleges, educational and other institutions which are of governmental and service nature.
“It does not include premises to be used for commercial purposes. Since the premises of Unitech Business Park were being used for commercial purposes, the connection should have been released under NDS category which is applicable to all non-residential premises,” the audit report said.
Faulty billing cost discom Rs 53 lakh: CAG - Hindustan TimesCommentQuote0Flag
- CAG raps HSIIDC for selling Gurgaon land at low rate
CAG raps HSIIDC for selling Gurgaon land at low rate
Government auditor CAG has rapped the state-owned HSIIDC for accepting the undervalued rate of land which was sold to real estate giant DLF Ltd for setting up a recreational project in Gurgaon leading to a financial loss of Rs 438.91 crore.
In its latest report on Haryana's PSUs for the year 2011-12, CAG while auditing Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (HSIIDC) observed that the valuation of the property which was to be developed for recreation and leisure activities in Gurgaon was wrong.
ILFS Infrastructure Development Corporation, which was appointed as consultant for assessment of land cost (in March 2008), valued the land cost by using a mixed approach which means multiplying average market rate of land with average District Collector (DC) rate.
"The value of property was worked out at Rs 1,683.58 crore (by consultant) whereas the valuation of the property by considering average factors of 2.79 times for residential area and 3.105 times for commercial plots works out to Rs 2,142.11 crore," CAG said.
However, HSIIDC approved the reserve price at Rs 1,700 crore for bidding on the basis of the consultant's valuation while the government accepted the DLF's bid at Rs 1,703.20 crore.
"The company (HSIIDC) by accepting the consultant valuation without any analysis and study suffered a loss of Rs 438.91 crore," CAG noted. HSIIDC invited bids for sale of 350.715 acres of land in Gurgaon in January 2009 for setting up recreational and leisure project. DLF Limited submitted the bid at Rs 12,000 per square meter, though it sought clearance of legal and procedural complexities.
The bids were again advertised in July 2009 for the same project. Then Haryana's Town and Country Planning Department decided that additional Floor Area Ratio (FAR) at the rate of 20 per cent of area should be allowed to the successful bidder. In the second attempt, three bidders including DLF, Country Heights Holding Berhad and Unitech showed interest in the project. But HSIIDC rejected the bids of Country Heights Holding Berhad and Unitech for not fulfilling minimum criteria.
The project ultimately went to DLF in February 2010. The HSIIDC management in the exit conference stated that the bid parameters along with the benefit of extra 20 per cent FAR were revised before the re-advertisement and expenses on getting clearance was the liability of DLF, and no financial burden accrued to HSIIDC.
"The reply was not convincing as HSIIDC had fixed the reserve price of the land on the lower side due to wrong costing of land," CAG said. CAG also recommended that ILFC IDC should be debarred from entering into any business with HSIIDC.
Besides, the auditor has also found the transfer of 253 acres out of total land of 350.715 acres of land under the proposed project in violation of Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA).CommentQuote0Flag
- 'How Will HUDA Recover Money?'
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- Will Use Scrapped SEZ Land For Industry, Says HoodaCommentQuote0Flag
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- VALUATION OF 350 ACRES OF LAND IN GURGAON
HSIIDC refutes CAG’s contentions
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, March 13
The Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) has challenged the findings of the Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG) with regard to the valuation of 350 acres of land in Gurgaon. The HSIIDC Chairman, Tarun Bajaj, has said the CAG report is not based on facts and the observations are misplaced.
Bajaj said the valuation taken by CAG, in all probability, is based on the final value of the land after it is fully developed. Situated in Wazirabad village (Gurgaon), the HSIIDC has transferred the land in favour of DLF which is yet to be developed as a “Recreation and Leisure Project”.
A decision was taken to invite bids from the private sector through international competitive bidding. The consultant (M/s IL&FS IDC Limited) was appointed for carrying out valuation of the project land that based it on market prices and valued the project land at Rs 1,683.58 crore.
He said the pricing of raw land cannot be compared with the developed residential plots. Three factors are important: (i) the statutory charges (e.g. CLU, License fee, EDC and IDC etc.) payable to the government (ii) the cost incurred on development of infrastructure (roads, water supply, electricity, sewage, drainage, open spaces and all other related services and infrastructure), and (iii) the net plotted area which becomes available for sale.
However, the CAG has taken all the above factors and added them to the raw cost, thereby suggesting that the land has been given away at a price far below the actual. The contention of the CAG is wrong and the matter would be taken up with the Committee on Public Undertakings (COPU), Bajaj said.
Bajaj said for comparing the price of developed plots with the land sold in the instant case, various cost components (i.e. CLU/ License fee/ EDC/ IDC etc. and land for compensatory afforestation) are to be added to the bid amount. It is only then that the value/cost of land sold in the instant case can be compared with the market value of similarly located plots/land. In the said case, the value realisable by the Haryana Government/ HSIIDC/ HUDA from the bidder comes to Rs 2,572.06 crore (bid amount Rs 1,703.26 crore + statutory charges Rs 800 crore + cost of land for compensatory afforestation Rs 68.80 crore) which is considerably more than the value calculated (Rs 2,142.11 crore) by the audit.CommentQuote0Flag
- Land record of 73 Gurgaon villages goes online
Tribune News Service
Gurgaon, March 13
From now on, only computer-generated copies of jamabandis (land record) will be given to residents in 73 villages of Gurgaon district
After reviewing the progress in computerisation of land records in the district, Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner PC Meena said there was no pendency of mutation in these villages.
District Informatics Officer Anjali Dhingra informed the meeting that the jamabandis of all villages in the district could be viewed on http://jamabandi.nic.in, the official website of Haryana land records.
Revenue officials have been directed to integrate the Haryana Registration Information System (HARIS) with the Haryana Land Record Information System (HALRIS) pertaining to land records of all villages in the district as early as possible.
This will help in checking fraud in sale of land in the district because the registration of sale deed of any immovable property or piece of land will be automatically reflected in the jamabandi. After this, incorporating the names of the buyers in the mutation register would be simplified. Presently, the buyers of land usually do not go for entry of mutations of that land in their names after the registration of sale deeds.
It is for the first time in Gurgaon that land record has been successfully integrated with the computerised registration system.
The 73 villages where HALRIS has been integrated with HARIS include 14 villages of Gurgaon Tehsil, 19 villages of Manesar Tehsil, 20 villages of Farukhnagar Tehsil, 7 of Sohna Tehsil and 13 villages of Pataudi Tehsil.
The villages are Samaspur, Baskusla, Hamirpur, Aklimpur, Sarhol, Bashariya, Bindapur, Dharampur, Kanhai, Dhana, Shahpur, Fatehpur, Adampur and Tikampur of Tehsil Gurgaon and Rajupur, Faridpur, Garhi Nathekhan, Sarbasirpur, Bakainka, Shekhpur Majri, Dhanawas, Jhund Sarai Viran, Tajnagar, Mokalwas, Daboda, Palri, Joniawas, Mushedpur, Fakarpur, Gugana, Jarou, Birhera, Allimuddinpur and Jarola village of Farukhnagar tehsil.
Similarly, the land record of Naurangpur, Sahrawan, Rathiwas, Bilaspur, Bhora Khurd, Noorpur Bhora, Parasoli, Bhonkarka, Hasanpur, Darbaripur, Pathredi, Udaypuri, Langra, Chandla Dungarwas, Fazalwas, Gwaliar, Kherki, Sihi and Naharpur Kasan villages in Manesar tehsil has been integrated with HARIS.
In Sohna tehsil, the land record of Khatrika, Chuharpur, Mohammadpur Gujjar, Pullawas, Hariyahera, Bhogpur and Khuntpuri villages has gone online. In Pataudi tehsil, Beer Khurd, Haliaki, Brahamanwas, Khalilpur, Gagli, Bapas, Safeda Nagar, Dadawas, Mujphara, Baraheri Rahanwa, Baijpura, Mubarikpur and Lohaka villages areCommentQuote0Flag
- Police officers’ apartments inaugurated
Tribune News Service
Gurgaon, March 13
“The matter may not be in our jurisdiction but we are ready to help the Punjab police in probing Vijender Singh’s role in the Mohali drug haul,” said Haryana DGP SN Vashisht.
Vashisht was in the city today to inaugurate the newly constructed Police Officers Apartments in A Block of Sushant Lok.
About the deteriorating state of security of women, Vashisht said the department was planning to open four new women police stations in the state.
Acknowledging the increasing crime rate in the city, Vashisht said, “We accept that in terms of women's security, Gurgaon is a sensitive district and we are giving our best here.”CommentQuote0Flag
- New housing scheme for weaker sections
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, March 13
The Haryana Government has launched a scheme Priyadarshani Awaas Yojna (PAY) to provide housing facility to the weaker sections of society.
Ram Niwas, Principal Secretary, Haryana Rural Development and Panchayat Department, said this after reviewing the progress made under various schemes of the department in a meeting with the Ambala Divisional Commissioner and other officers of the division today.
He said the Priyadarshani Awaas Yojna was aimed at facilitating delivery of houses in the rural areas to the eligible families under the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) and other families who had been allotted plots of 100 square yards each under the Mahatma Gandhi Gramin Basti Yojna, having no house or kutcha house. Financial assistance would be provided to each identified family in a phased manner. Initially, about 2 lakh families were envisaged to be covered in a project of two years span that is 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 at a cost of Rs 1,350 crore.
He said the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) would identify the beneficiaries and each of the beneficiaries would be given financial assistance of Rs 81,000 by the Haryana Rural Development Authority (HRDA) for the construction of a new house. In addition, assistance of Rs 9,100 would be provided to each of the beneficiary for the construction of toilets in convergence with the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA). Besides, each of the beneficiaries being assisted under the IAY would also be supplemented by providing financial assistance of Rs 11,000 over and above the financial assistance provided under the IAY in order to maintain parity with the PAY, he added.CommentQuote0Flag
- सौंदर्यीकरण में देरी पर मांगा जवाब
Mar 14, 2013, 08.00AM IST
एनबीटी न्यूज ॥ गुड़गांव
हूडा सिटी सेंटर मेट्रो स्टेशन के पास सौंदर्यीकरण में देरी पर हूडा ऐडमिनिस्ट्रेटर ने इग्जेक्युटिव इंजीनियर को नोटिस भेजकर जवाब तलब किया है। इसमें पूछा गया है कि यह काम अब तक पूरा क्यों नहीं किया गया है? इसे कब तक पूरा किया जाएगा। उनसे दो दिन के अंदर रिपोर्ट मांगी गई है।
सौंदर्यीकरण का काम पिछले साल जुलाई माह में अलॉट किया गया था, जिसे 6 महीने के अंदर पूरा करना था। 2 महीने की देरी काम चल रहा है, जिससे लोगों को असुविधाओं का सामना करना पड़ रहा है। इस प्लानिंग पर करीब डेढ़ करोड़ रुपये खर्च किए जा रहे हैं। प्लानिंग के सिरे चढ़ने से ट्रैफिक में काफी सुधार आएगा।
हूडा सिटी सेंटर मेट्रो स्टेशन के आस-पास जुड़ी 3 मुख्य सड़कों पर स्लिप रोड तैयार की जा रही हैं। एक स्लिप रोड र्फोटिस हॉस्पिटल के पास, दूसरी सेक्टर-31 ट्रैफिक सिग्नल से सिग्नेचर टावर की तरफ, जबकि तीसरी सिग्नेचर टावर से हूडा सिटी सेंटर मेट्रो स्टेशन की तरफ बनाई जा रही है। माना जा रहा है कि इसके बनने से ट्रैफिक की मूवमेंट स्लिप रोड के माध्यम से होगी, जिससे मुख्य सड़क पर ट्रैफिक का दबाव कम हो जाएगा। अब तक सेक्टर 31 रेड लाइट से सिग्नेचर टावर की स्लिप रोड तैयार की गई है, लेकिन इसके बीच में भी 2 पेड़ आ रहे हैं। अन्य स्लिप रोड का कार्य अभी 50 प्रतिशत ही पूरा हो सका है। इस कार्य को पूरा होने में अभी कम से कम 3 से 4 महीने का समय और लगेगा।
ऐडमिनिस्ट्रेटर प्रवीण कुमार का कहना है कि इग्जेक्युटिव इंजीनियर को नोटिस भेजकर कहा गया है कि काम जल्द कराएं। अब तक कार्य पूरा नहीं होने को लेकर जवाब भी मांगा गया है।
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- नई प्लानिंग से कहीं जाम न हो जाए राजीव चौक
Mar 14, 2013, 08.00AM IST
दीपक आहूजा ॥ गुड़गांव
हूडा ने एनएच 8 पर राजीव चौक के पास जाम को कम करने के लिए जो प्लानिंग बनाई है, उससे जाम कम होने की बजाय बढ़ने की आशंका ज्यादा है। खुद हूडा ऐडमिनिस्ट्रेटर ने इस बात को माना है। बता दें कि इस प्लान के तहत टेंडर अलॉट कर दिया गया है और 15 दिनों में काम शुरू होने की संभावना है। हालांकि इस प्लानिंग में खामियां हैं। अगर इन खामियों को दूर किए बिना ही प्लानिंग पर काम शुरू कर दिया जाएगा तो राजीव चौक के पास दिल्ली व ताऊ देवीलाल स्टेडियम की तरफ से आ रहे वाहन आपस में टकराएंगे। इससे सड़क दुर्घटनाओं की आशंका तो बढे़गी ही, जाम कम होने की बजाय और बढ़ जाएगा।
फ्लॉप हो गई थी हूडा की पहली प्लानिंग
पहले ताऊ देवीलाल स्टेडियम (सेक्टर-32/38 डिवाइडिंग रोड) पर स्लिप रोड नहीं थी। यहां वाहन राजीव चौक या सोहना रोड को लेकर सीधा नैशनल हाइवे आठ पर चढ़ते थे। यहां दिल्ली की तरफ से आ रहे ट्रैफिक से इन वाहनों का टकराव होता था। इस वजह से जाम लग जाता था। एनएच 8 पर यह कट, राजीव चौक से करीब 200 मीटर की दूरी पर है। ट्रैफिक मूवमेंट को स्मूद करने के लिए 5 महीने पहले हूडा ने एक एनएच 8 से करीब 30 मीटर पहले स्टेडियम रोड पर 50 मीटर लंबी एक स्लिप रोड बना दी, जो पहले कट से 50 मीटर आगे जाकर एनएच 8 पर मिलती है। इस स्लिप रोड के निकलने से राजीव चौक के पास ट्रैफिक जाम और बढ़ गया। इसको देखते हुए ट्रैफिक पुलिस ने इस नई स्लिप रोड को बंद कर दिया। इसको बनाने पर करीब 20 लाख रुपये खर्च किए गए थे।
नई प्लानिंग में भी हैं कई खामियां
अब हूडा ने इस स्लिप रोड का विस्तार करने का प्लान तैयार किया है। इसके अनुसार स्लिप रोड को करीब 150 मीटर और आगे बढ़ाकर राजीव चौक तक लाया जाएगा। 7.5 मीटर चौड़ी इस स्लिप रोड को सोहना रोड से भी जोड़ा जाएगा। हालांकि इस प्लान में खामियां हैं। अगर यह स्लिप रोड बन जाती है तो दिल्ली से आ रहा ट्रैफिक सोहना रोड पर मुड़ने की सूरत में इस स्लिप रोड से राजीव चौक की तरफ जा रहे ट्रैफिक से टकराएगा। इससे यहां सड़क दुर्घटनाओं व जाम की स्थिति और बढ़ जाएगी।
इस तरह की प्लानिंग से ट्रैफिक जाम और बढ़ जाएगा। मैं खुद इस मामले को लेकर मौके का मुआयना करूंगा। उसके बाद ही प्लानिंग को मूर्त रूप दिया जाएगा। कोशिश होगी कि ट्रैफिक जाम को कम किया जाए।
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