Tribune News Service
Faridabad, May 12
The Municipal Corporation demolished unauthorised structures of three hotels located in the NIT-1 market here yesterday. MC Joint Commissioner Mukesh Solanki said the operation against the hotels was in pursuance of a directive of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Delight Hotel, Raj Mandir and Raj Mahal on which the corporation’s axe fell are well-known land marks in the city. The six-hour-long operation against the hotels was a smooth affair. Not much police force accompanied MC demolition squad.
However, a strong contingent of the police team was kept on standby in the nearby NIT Police Station as a contingency measure.
The demolition squad raized structures on the third floor of Hotel Delight and on the fourth floors of the other two hotels. Officials said the structures had been constructed in violation of the sanctioned building plans.
Source: Dainik Bhaskar Publish: 24-April-2013
As many as 21 people have been killed in accidents on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway during the first three months of this year.
The reason: poor traffic management and lack of police presence on the speedway.
According to the data available with the Gurgaon traffic police, more than 400 people have been killed since January 2008 in road mishaps on the 18-km stretch of the expressway that falls in Gurgaon. Officials said the number of fatalities could be much higher if the accidents occurred on the 10-km stretch of the expressway that falls in Delhi were included.
Though the number of reported accidental deaths have decreased over the years, motorists claim that traffic rules are being violated openly on the expressway due to lack of police presence.
While 115 deaths were reported in 2008, only 55 people were killed in accidents in 2012.
According to motorists, the police presence on the main carriageway is almost negligible.
“Cars and buses run at an average speed of 100 kmph on the expressway. There is no check on the slow-moving vehicles such as tractor trolley and three wheelers that mix up with the speeding vehicles and cause accidents. Besides, high-speed sports bikes are creating problems on this road,” said Amit Kumar, a resident of Sector 10A.
Police officials say that they do not have enough manpower to regulate the traffic on the expressway.
About 400 traffic policemen are supposed to take care of the traffic in the city having 10 lakh vehicles.
Meanwhile, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda who visited Gurgaon on Tuesday said that the state government was making concerted efforts to check the issue of traffic jam at the toll plaza in Gurgaon.
There is also a plan to extend Delhi Metro to IMT Manesar and for this purpose a detailed project report is being prepared, he disclosed.
The Gurgaon-Faridabad expressway that cuts through the eco-sensitive Aravali ranges is posing a danger to wildlife. Many wild animals which stray out of the forests come under the wheels of speeding vehicles as there is no mechanism to regulate the speed of the traffic on this road.
According to animal rights activists, the frequency of such cases has been alarming ever since the inception of the 30-km long expressway.
“We get at least two to three calls a week informing us about accidents on the stretch. But very rarely that these animals survive. Unlike domesticated animals, wild animals are not accustomed to traffic,” said Amit Chaudhery, president of People for Animals (PFA). The NGO’s rescue shelter is located at Sabhrana, about 45km from Gurgaon.
Activists said most of the accidents take place in the night and early morning and animals such as Nilgai, foxes, mongoose, peacocks and jackals come under the wheels of vehicles.
What adds to the problem is that the expressway doesn’t have streetlights nor a wildlife corridor for these animals to cross onto the other side.
“When the expressway was being built, authorities should have made a provision for a wildlife corridor, either over-head or underground. There was no permission or advice sought from the wildlife department for this project. This was mandatory as it cuts through the wildlife habitat. In any such future infrastructure projects provisions have to be made for the wildlife to avoid them the harm,” said Vinod Kumar, wildlife conservator.
He added that although the concept of wildlife corridor is prevalent abroad, there are no such dedicated tracks for wildlife in India.
In addition, Mangar, a dense forest area where animal presence is high, is just 10km away from the expressway. “There is no chance for a corridor to come up now. The only way out is fencing. The Nilgai is a huge animal and may attack humans also. Usually they go into the forest and die, unlike other smaller animals,” said Sanjay Kaushik, founder of an environmental NGO, Uthaan.
According to experts, accident cases increase during the summer because the animals come out of the forest for water and food. “Central medians on these expressways are irrigated during the peak months of May and June to maintain the greenery,” explained Kaushik.
In an accident at Manesar in 2009, a female leopard, along with two cubs, was hit by a speeding truck. No agency has the count of number of animal casualties on this stretch.
PALWAL/FARIDABAD: RInfra has lodged a complaint with Haryana police for vandalization of its toll plaza on NH-2 where the private builder has undertaken the project of widening of 180-km road between Delhi and Agra. The private concessionaire has also threatened to pull out of the multi-crore project, unless security measures are beefed up.
RInfra was the project concessionaire for the Gurgaon-Faridabad toll road which was widened recently.
Construction and widening of the National Highway 2 has run into rough weather with frequent face-offs between the concessionaire and local villagers, allege RInfra officials.
In the latest incident, officials of the concessionaire have alleged in their complaint filed with the Haryana police about an assault by villagers on April 10 who “beat up officials at the Palwal toll plaza, vandalized and looted the premises when they were asked to pay toll”.
An RInfra spokesperson alleged that locals on the stretch have been refusing to pay for using the road on the pretext that they use the road on a daily basis. “Surprisingly, the villagers even want exemption for the medium and heavy commercial vehicles being operated by them,” the official said.
RInfra maintains that repeated complaints and representations with the National Highways Authority of India have fallen on deaf ears.
Sources at Reliance Infrastructure have hinted that if such incidents continue then there would be no option left with the company but to withdraw all personnel from the sites and stop construction work. “The safety of our personnel is of utmost importance and we cannot risk that. We have requested the authorities to provide us with adequate security, failing which it would be very difficult for us to continue working,” said the source, requesting anonymity.
The NHAI awarded the project for construction and widening of the Delhi-Agra stretch of NH-2 in May 2010 to Reliance Infrastructure Limited-run special purpose vehicle DA Toll Road Private Limited.
NEW DELHI: Fair trade regulator CCI has dismissed the charges of abuse of dominant position against real estate company Universal Buildwell in the market for residential flats in Faridabad.
Competition Commission of India (CCI) said there does not exist a prima facie case for causing an investigation to be made by the Director General “as Universal Buildwell did not appear to be dominant in the market of development of residential space/ flats in the region of Faridabad”.
In a complaint against Universal Buildwell, an individual had alleged that the company had abused its dominant position by imposing unfair and discriminatory conditions in the ‘Builder-Buyer Agreement’ regarding a flat he had booked.
The complainant had alleged, among other things, delay in construction work and that his money was been illegally retained by the real estate company.
Further he had alleged the Universal Buildwell issued him a termination letter in respect of the flat. This according to the complainant amounted to unfair trade practices and deficiency in services on the part of the company.
However, CCI in it order dated April 10 has noted that “the informant in the information merely averred that the opposite party (Universal Buildwell) abused its dominant position, without alleging that opposite party enjoyed a dominant position in the relevant market”.
The fair trade regulator observed that from information available in public domain it was clear that Universal Buildwell “was not the only or a major real estate developer offering residential space/ flats in Faridabad”.
“Presence of other real estate developers offering residential flats also indicates that the informant was not dependent upon the opposite party for provisioning of residential flat,” it added.
Tribune News Service
Faridabad, April 10
After dragging its foot for long, the Municipal Corporation, Faridabad, (MCF) has finally decided to legalise unauthorised water and sewer connections to houses and commercial units in Faridabad.
According to a survey conducted by the MCF, more than one lakh houses have illegal water and sewer connections.
A House meeting of the MCF adopted a resolution to regularise the connections and also fixed the rates for it. The rates are correlated to the size of the plots of the dwelling and commercial units.
The resolution will be submitted to the government for ratification.
The MCF had been mulling on the issue of legalising the connections for the past more than a year. It had to abandoned it on account of resentment against it from quarters of the units.
The general feeling among the MCF officials is that the regularisation would be a win-win situation for everyone concerned. While the civic body would earn handsome revenues, the owners of the units would be free of all anxieties.
The House also adopted a resolution to dispose of the MCF land in Sector 43, 49 and 52 through public auctions for constructing group housing flats. The MCF hopes to mop up about Rs 1,100 crore through th sale of the land.
The National Green Tribunal has directed Haryana to prohibit all non-forest activities in the villages of Kot and Mangar in Faridabad and Roz-ka-Gujjar in Gurgaon. The direction came after it was contended that tourism, commercial and other non-forest activities were going on in the three villages.
A bench headed by tribunal chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said premises sealed by a committee constituted by the Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, as a preventive measure, are “prohibited to carry on such activities and their premises would remain sealed till the next date of hearing”.
“The persons who are carrying on non-forest activities in violation of the provisions of the Indian Forest Act and also violating the provisions of the Environment Protection Act or Air Act should be prohibited from carrying on such activity in future,” the tribunal said.
It directed the committee to “make a general survey of the area in the three villages, namely Kot, Mangar and Roz-ka-Gujjar and report to the tribunal the details of the persons and the commercial/non-forestry activity which is being carried on by them in the forest area. The report shall clearly state as to the nature and the number of structures that have been raised by each of those ventures.”
“This committee shall also report to the tribunal if those ventures are using borewell and generator sets. If the answer is in the affirmative, the extent of its adverse effect on the ground water as well as in the air pollution in the area in question and whether they are causing pollution or not should also be stated,” the tribunal said.
In the case, the applicants had contended that those involved in tourism, commercial and non-forest activities “should be stopped forthwith as they are not only damaging the forest area but are adversely affecting the environment as well. The persons who are carrying on tourism and other commercial activities are using borewells to meet water needs and generator sets for electricity which are not available to them or have been disconnected under orders of the authorities concerned.”
The Haryana government had said that they had already filed an affidavit listing the defaulting establishments where violations of the Forest Conservation Act were noted and that some of these units had already been sealed by the committee.