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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Neglect of civil responsibility

these pics will tell the story of the sheer neglect of civil responsibility towards we taxpaying public. as earlier mentioned i had to undergo twice the axle repair in my car in past one year due to these horribly damaging roads that connect the entrance to dwarka (from janakpuri) and also when you enter into this road when coming from dabri. both sections are so bad and it has like this for months. why do we pay advance road tax to govt.when they do not give quality roads? curious thing is the actual road has been opened for trial run (trial run for past month!- is not the actual commissioning supposed to be done shortly after the trial runs?) but the 100mtr of connecting stretches on either side is in such poor conditions that we really would like to find one single person who is responsible for this mess and ask him to drive his car himself over & over this stretch the whole day!
pradeep k. ivon

Saturday, April 21, 2007

At airport roundabout, Dwarka-bound traffic to go underground

Determined to make travelling to and from the Delhi airport a smooth affair, civic agencies are coming up with new ideas every day to decongest the approach to IGI.

After the Public Works Department announced its plans to construct a series of three flyovers between IIT and Rao Tula Ram marg, Delhi Development Authority is now putting together a plan to address traffic issues ailing the airport roundabout. The DDA’s plan is to take underground the roads leading to Dwarka from the roundabout.

"The two roads leading to the underpass to Dwarka from NH-8 will be routed under the roundabout. This particular roundabout directs traffic towards the airport and if the Dwarka underpass road goes underground, airport-bound traffic will find it easier to reach the terminals. As per our surveys, the roundabout was facing heavy congestion because of traffic towards and from Dwarka ever since the underpass came up," said R N Mehrotra, Project Manager Flyovers, DDA.

The road coming from Gurgaon towards Dwarka and the one from Dhaula Kuan to Dwarka will go underground near the roundabout and emerge a little distance away. The airport-bound traffic being overland, will have a smooth journey, so will the traffic headed for Dwarka. Around 4,000 passenger car units (PCUs) use the roundabout per hour making movement slow.

The plan has already been approved by the DDA sub-committee and is pending approval from the technical committee, after which the Delhi Urban Arts Commission will examine it.

Estimates for the project will be drawn up once it is approved by the technical committee. The traffic police is also examining the plan.


Thursday, April 19, 2007

Professional football league to kick off from October

Indian football is all set to have a facelift with the launch of Professional League from October, it was announced by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) here Wednesday.

'The executive committee meeting of the AIFF discussed the issue and resolved unanimously to introduce the professional league, which will take the full and final shape by 2009,' AIFF president Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi said at a press conference.

In its inaugural year, the league will have only 10 teams and the professional club criteria would include having at least 14 contractual players, a licensed coach and access to stadium.

'Four out of 14 contractual players would have a two-year stable contract and players' obligation to the club will be permanent.

'In its second year, the professional club would be either a company or a registered society with their own regulation and statute with financial backing of sponsor and the number of contractual players would go up to 18,' Dasmunsi added.

In the third and fourth years, the clubs would be required to have 22 contractual players.

The professional league calendar would be from Oct 2-Feb 28 and state leagues would be held after the professional league ends.

Dasmunsi also said that the introduction of the professional league would not have any bearing on the state football associations.

'During the professional league calendar, no other tournament like Santosh Trophy would be held. There is no obligation for clubs which are not part of this league,' he said.

However, it has been reported that the AIFF in its earlier meeting to approve the professional league faced stiff resistance from the state associations of West Bengal and Goa, who opposed the introduction of the league saying that the tournament will strip the state league much of its shine.

Meanwhile, the federation was in two minds over the participation of foreign players in the professional league.

'There is a debate going on this. Some say increase the number (of foreign players) and some say decrease or abolish. This matter will be sorted out in AIFF's workshop in August this year,' Dasmunsi said.

He also announced that FIFA president Sepp Blatter's visit to India has been rescheduled.

'Instead of coming on April 15, the FIFA president would arrive in Kolkata on the evening of April 14. On April 16, he will visit Delhi and would call on the prime minister apart from attending an AIFF banquet.

'On April 17, he will inaugurate Football House in Dwarka and would attend a special conference at Vigyan Bhawan,' Dasmunsi said.


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Metro train operations extended by an hour

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Monday announced that its train operations would now run from 6 a.m. to midnight when the last train service reaches Kashmere Gate from Rithala.

Beyond midnight

The Metro rail operations, which are being extended by about an hour on Line 1 and Line 3, will for the first time extend a Metro train service beyond midnight.

The last trains for passengers will be available from Shahdara to Rithala at 11 p.m. and from Rithala at 11-45 p.m. for Kashmere Gate.

Passengers can now take the Metro train from Indraprastha at 11-05 p.m. for travelling to Dwarka.

The last train at the Kashmere Gate inter-change station will be at 11-27 p.m. for going towards Shahdara, while the last train from the Rajiv Chowk inter-change station will be at 11-13 p.m. for going towards Dwarka.


The DMRC has announced that in addition, some trains, which were running from the terminal stations to maintenance depots unoccupied earlier, will now carry passengers as per the timetable.

--The Hindu

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Baisakhi Mela & Festival 2007 , Dwarka

Baisakhi Mela & Festival 2007

This year Baisakhi Mela & Festival will be celebrated
on Saturday & Sunday, 14-15 April 2007
( Morning 8-11, Evening 7-10) at DDA Ground, Sector-6, Dwarka.
Contact for painting competition for children & other activities.

A key activity of the institution is managing a Charitable Health Centre. We aim to bring out a Souvenir on the occasion to raise funds to make this Centre fully equipped to serve the needy.

( Donations & contributions in favour of Dwarka Kalibari are exempted from Income Tax under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961)

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Eros Group launches Eros Metro Mall in Dwarka

Eros Group launched ‘Eros Metro Mall’ in the prime location of Sector – 14, Dwarka, right opposite the Metro Station. Eros Group recently purchased two plots of land auctioned in Dwarka Says Avneesh Sood, Director, Eros Group, “Dwarka today is a biggest residential township in Asia.

Property experts had foreseen Dwarka as a booming sector in the realty chapter of Delhi over the coming years. This prediction is certainly turning out to be true. We are glad we are also a part of this boom.” Located in Sector 14, the EROS METRO MALL is reported to be spread over a vast expanse of approximately 3 acres.

With built-up area of approx 170000 sq. ft , the site is placed in the heart of Dwarka on Plot 8 & 9 opposite to sector 14 metro station . The retail space is spread over 5 levels. With 2 levels of car parking and ample ground level parking, the mall offers world-class facilities and conveniences.

State-of-art escalators, glass capsule lifts, food courts and kiosks, central air-conditioning and hi-tech security system are some of the key features available on the well planned floors with a scientific layout and lavish interiors. The mall has been strategically planned out to offer shop spaces catering to a wide range of lifestyle products.

EROS METRO MALL will be the very first ultra modern, all facilities retail park at Dwarka. It has a well-conceived design comprising exclusive retail space built around an atrium. Most significantly, it will offer a contemporary and elite environment along with contemporary conveniences exuding an international experience.

Now that the residential apartments and societies are also emerging in the area, people would definitely look for employment also nearby and this shopping mall would suffice their need. Mr. Raman Sood, the Managing Director, Eros Group feels, “Dwarka’s proximity from the Metro Station, fortunately, makes the location more desirable for a mall. To add to the versatility of the area, recently 6 out of 7 plots have been bought under the Reliance flagship, which is slated to be another reason for the area development in the region.”

With the advent of Metro Rail, the condition of road traffic has improved further. This has rejuvenated the entire West-Central Delhi, East-West Delhi and North-Central Delhi corridors. The potential of economic activity in these areas have improved substantially, which is reflected in the price of hotels and other commercial plots, auctioned recently by the DDA.

The group has named the mall after the name of the metro connectivity only. As the areas will be benefited most with the start of Metro Rail services, this project is also pointed out to pick up gradually and witness sky-rocketed prices in future course of time. The Metro now passes through sectors 13, 12, 14, 11, 9, 10, and 22. This has provided further fillip to prices. The scope of growth is more because Dwarka is at a very nascent stage of development.

Dwarka has been in news recently for Capital’s new diplomatic enclave, India’s largest international convention and exhibition centre, hotels and commercial facilities. After Connaught Place & South Delhi, Dwarka is the most promising commercial destination in Delhi. Sources comply that Dwarka has been vying for attention.

Dwarka has a planned transport system, Shopping / Business Malls, International Trade Centre, Metro Rail, International Corridor and Health Service. And no prizes for guessing that Dwarka’s immediacy from the airport, Gurgaon, C.P, South & West Delhi makes the area more lucrative and talked about.

Heroin worth millions of dollars recovered in Dwarka, Delhi

Delhi Police have arrested an Afghan and a Nigerian national and recovered 1.970 kilograms of heroin from them.

Acting on a tip off, the two were arrested from Dwarka, and the police are investigating the involvement of a bigger international racket.

"We had information about this. On basis of that a police team arrested two foreign nationals, out of which, one is an Afghani and the other was a Nigerian national. They were arrested from Dwarka. We recovered 1.970 kgs of fine quality heroin," said Alok Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Central District.

The drug consignment was brought from Afghanistan by the Afghan and was handed over to the Nigerian.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Metro says committed to protecting green cover

Stung by criticism over cutting of trees for infrastructure projects, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today sought to explain that it has turned a green leaf.

Taking off from growing 10 samplings for every tree cut at an alternative location, DMRC will now focus on growing as many trees as possible in the same area from where they are uprooted for construction purposes.

“To maintain ecological balance we will try to plant at least one sampling in place of a cut tree in any area—under the new ‘one for one’ policy. Also, during construction, the contractor will be asked to maintain the planted trees. We are concerned about ecological balance and the green cover in the city,” said CBK Rao, Director, Project & Planning, DMRC.

Besides conserving the Capital’s green cover, DMRC says it’s concerned about the environmental impact of the metro. A Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) study done for DMRC had pointed out that there was increase in noise pollution along metro’s elevated tracks, as reported by Newsline. DMRC has now re-designed its piers, stations and parapets to address the issue.

“Instead of elliptical and rectangular designs of piers we used for elevated tracks in Phase I, we will now have pier designs with grooves to absorb vehicular noise in the area. The same will go for parapets as well. The aesthetics of Line 1 will be retained in Phase II,” said Rao.

Under the new ‘one for one’ policy, DMRC has already planted 9,882 trees this year, including a thousand at Najafgarh depot and another 500 at Kashmere Gate, Pragati Maidan and Shastri Park station. Additional space is being identified for another 5,000 saplings that will be planted this monsoon.

“Survival rate of the saplings is 97-98 % because we are planting saplings as high as 7-9 feet. Earlier, when smaller saplings were used, there were instances of cattle damaging them. Some 2,000 trees will be planted at the Yamuna bank depot, opposite the parking lot at Dwarka sector 9 station and some100 saplings each will be planted at stations along Line 3 (Dwarka-IP Extension). Also as per the new contract which will be given out for planting of trees, we will add a compulsory one year maintenance clause,” said Karan Singh, DMRC’s horticultural expert.

DMRC’s greening plans include ‘scientific methods’- like growing shrubs under metro’s elevated tracks that will not spread out on the road and obstruct view. Shady trees like Ashok, Alstonia, Pilkhan and Neem will be grown on road sides and shrubs like Bottlebrush, Champa, Gulmohar, Amaltas on central verges.

Rao said though DMRC had permission to cut 15,226 trees for Phase I, they had cut only 9,876 trees, saving 1,900 trees through careful planning. For Phase II, DMRC will be cutting 9,022 trees and transplanting 1,899. Rao said DMRC MD E Sreedharan had issued strict directions to cut trees when absolutely necessary. The MD had several rounds of meeting to save 15 trees in the construction of Race Course station for Phase II’s south Delhi corridor.

- Express India

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