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‘Dark spots’ to be lit up and CCTVs installed soon: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi government has asked the PWD to light up ‘dark spots’ across the capital and decided to bring a proposal to install CCTV cameras soon, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today.

Delhi government has asked the PWD to light up ‘dark spots’ across the capital and decided to bring a proposal to install CCTV cameras soon, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today.In a meeting of its Cabinet, the AAP government also took a decision to revise minimum wages in the capital and to “blacklist” contractors who don’t follow the norm in this respect.”Delhi Cabinet decides to revise minimum wages in Delhi. HODs must ensure workers get minimum wages. Contractors who don’t pay minimum wages will be blacklisted,” tweeted Kejriwal.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another tweet, he wrote, “Cabinet took two important decisions for women safety – PWD shud lit up all dark spots in Delhi and bring a proposal soon to put CCTV cameras all over Delhi.”In its manifesto, the AAP had promised to install CCTV cameras in DTC buses, bus stands, crowded places to intimidate attackers and deter crime against women.It had also hiked the minimum wages of workers in the unorganised sector in April this year.Minimum wage of unskilled workers were raised from Rs 8,632 to Rs 9,048. Similarly wages of semi-skilled, skilled and graduate workers were increased from Rs 9,542, Rs 10,478 and Rs 11,414 to Rs 10,010, Rs 10,998 and Rs 11,986, respectively.

NGT questions Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland about noise pollution caused by their buses

“All these buses which you have designed, why are they so noisy? DTC is planning to procure 10,000 buses. Why don’t you design such buses where the seat of the driver is at a lower level so that he has greater vision on the roads. This would help in minimising the accidents,” a bench headed by NGT Chaiperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

Delhi Transport Corporation buses

The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday asked Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland, which supply buses to Delhi Transport Corporation, why these vehicles caused noise pollution on roads and directed them to submit details, including their designs.”All these buses which you have designed, why are they so noisy? DTC is planning to procure 10,000 buses. Why don’t you design such buses where the seat of the driver is at a lower level so that he has greater vision on the roads. This would help in minimising the accidents,” a bench headed by NGT Chaiperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said. The green panel also directed both bus manufacturers to inform it about whether they were capable of running high- powered CNG buses which can even ply on hill stations.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The buses which you supply should be smaller in size. Can you supply buses which would be (used as) link buses,” the bench said favouring smaller buses during lean traffic period. The Tribunal had issued notices to Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland companies through their Managing Directors and directed their senior-most officials to appear before it.Earlier, the Tribunal had flayed Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) for running its air-conditioned buses without passengers for a major part of the day. “Unfortunately, we also live in Delhi. Your huge buses ply empty for at least five hours a day. Have you rationalised this aspect? It is shocking that nobody listens in DTC. Your buses are more than overcrowded.”We are thinking about afternoon when most of your AC buses, which have a capacity of 60, are empty. After 9:30 PM, most of your buses which go to airport have only one or two passengers. You are wasting government revenue, creating traffic chaos and causing environmental pollution,” the bench had said.

NCRB data shows Delhi has highest number of rape cases, AAP blames Centre and police

The party said this was an outcome of the “politicisation” of the Delhi Police by the BJP government.

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In the wake of NCRB report, which reportedly says that Delhi has the highest number reported cases of rapes, the ruling AAP on Wednesday termed it as “shameful” and blamed the Centre and state police for it.The party said this was an outcome of the “politicisation” of the Delhi Police by the BJP government. “The Prime Minister should think over the fact that the Delhi Police is busy giving political statements and coming in the way of AAP government’s functions. It has no time for security of women,” the party said in a statement.It added that the Centre was creating impediments in the initiatives taken by the AAP government, like deployment of marshals in the DTC buses and installation of CCTV cameras. “AAP wants to get the capital rid of this tag. But the Centre and Delhi is not cooperating and whatever steps the APP government is taking aren’t showing results because of this,” the statement added. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

CCTV in 5,000 Delhi buses in first phase, Rs 100 crore to be spent

“Government has decided to install CCTV cameras in 5,000 DTC and cluster buses. As per plan, three CCTV camears will be installed in each bus to keep a close vigil on every passenger,” Transport Minister Gopal Rai told PTI.

In an effort to enhance security in city buses, particularly for women commuters, Aam Aadmi Party government has decided to install close circuit television (CCTV) cameras in 5,000 buses in the first phase, besides deploying trained marshals.The government will make a provision of around Rs 100 crore in the upcoming Budget to execute the flagship project for CCTV installation that will cover DTC and Orange-colour Cluster buses.At present, there are around 4,700 DTC buses out of which 924 standard-floor buses (yellow) are all set to be scrapped as they have completed their age.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Apart from that, 1,300 cluster buses, run by Delhi Integrated Multi-Model Transit System (DIMTS), are also plying in the capital.”Government has decided to install CCTV cameras in 5,000 DTC and cluster buses. As per plan, three CCTV camears will be installed in each bus to keep a close vigil on every passenger,” Transport Minister Gopal Rai told PTI.According to the government, installation of CCTVs will help to check any attempt of violence against women or eve-teasing in buses.”CCTVs will be installed in all DTC low-floor buses, including air conditioned buses. All the 1300 cluster buses (orange) will also come under this project,” the minister said.A senior official said that government will make a provision of Rs 100 crore in the upcoming Budget to execute the project.Apart from CCTV project, around five thousand trained marshals will also soon be deployed in all buses to put a check on incidents of eve-teasing and violence against women.”At present, the government is currently providing training to personnel of Home Guard and Civil Defence as marshals to prevent and deter crime, especially against women.”Government will also make a provision of some funds for them separately in the Budget.”These marshals will soon be deployed in the city’s buses plying in the national capital,” the official also said.

Bus driver’s murder: DTC drivers continue strike in Delhi, demand Rs 1 crore compensation

Hundreds of thousands of commuters in the national capital will be hit for a second straight day as Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) staff has refused to relent and will continue their strike to protest against the killing of a driver by a biker in an incident of road rage.

While some DTC buses in South Delhi and East Delhi are plying, there is a complete strike in North and Rural Delhi. Only 1000 of 4500 DTC buses are plying, CNN IBN reported.

DTC driver Ashok Kumar (42) was beaten to death on Sunday allegedly by a youth after his bus grazed the latter’s bike in Mundka area of west Delhi. The police have arrested the motorcyclist for the attack and his mother for instigating the attack.

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Screengrab from CNN IBN

Continuing their protest today, the drivers have asserted that DTC buses will not ply on roads till their demands are met. Even though they have announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the victim’s family, the drivers are demanding Rs one crore as compensation and a job to one of the relatives of the deceased.

The AAP government threatened to take action, but the agitating staffers refused to budge. The Delhi government also said it would bear the cost of education of the victim’s daughter.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi has clamped Essential Services Maintenance Act against the agitating staff.

“Under provision of ESMA, services of striking employees will be terminated if they don’t turn up for work. If any employee disrupts government work then they can be arrested also,” a senior official said. The governemnt has said that arrangement for more buses is being made to facilitate the passengers.

The AAP government further blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party for not only politicising the issue, but also for the strike.

“BJP is doing politics over the issue. BJP has provoked DTC workers to go on strike. We held a meeting with the police officials and have decided to give security to DTC employees who want to operate the buses,” said Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai.

“The strike not genuine, the BJP has provoked DTC workers to go on strike. We held a meeting with the police officials and have decided to give security to DTC employees. We have decided that the next of his relative will be given a permanent job in DTC,” Rai said.

Earlier, the BJP held a candle light march from Parliament Street to Jantar Mantar demanding justice for the deceased bus driver and asked the Delhi government to increase the compensation to Rs.1 crore. Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay gave Rs.5 lakh to the driver’s family.

Family members of the deceased driver have denied that they are being influenced by any party.

“We got to know on Sunday itself about it and then we came here and have been camping here ever since. There is no politics over the issue. We aren’t here under pressure of any party. We are here on our own. We want one crore compensation and permanent job for his son and why can’t government accept our demands. We won’t take the body till the government accepts our demand. More people from our village will join us,” victim’s son Ajay Chikara told CNN- IBN.

“We will not cremate the body till our demands are met. Gopal Rai met us and offered us compensation and then we had told him that we won’t accept this but he didn’t assure us anything,” his brother Satyanarayan told CNN-IBN.

On Monday, most of the DTC’s 4,705 buses went off the roads, with hundreds of drivers and conductors massing at the 45 depots spread across the city, shouting slogans. A small fleet of buses which plied proved inadequate for the nearly 40 lakh people who use the DTC daily to commute, forcing them to largely turn to the already-crowded Delhi Metro. In fact, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) witnessed record crowds.

“The average ridership at 8 p.m. on Monday is 21 lakh, but today it was 22.92 lakh, an increase of 1.92 lakh,” a DMRC statement said.

The strike also affected DTC operations in the neighbouring states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

With inputs from IANS

Road rage in Delhi: BJP to give Rs 5 lakh to bus driver who was beaten to death

New Delhi: Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay on Monday slammed AAP government for “running away” from its responsibility in case of a DTC bus driver’s death and said it will provide a financial help of Rs 5 lakh to family of the road rage victim.

Refuting AAP’s allegation that BJP was behind the DTC strike Upadhyay said “AAP’s allegation was not a new thing. I can also allege that some people are saying that those who were involved in the incident were connected to AAP and Gopal Rai went their to save the accused.”

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Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay. Image courtesy: IBNLive

A delegation of Delhi BJP leaders will meet the family of deceased DTC bus driver Ashok’s family and provide a relief of Rs 5 lakh, he said.

Demanding the AAP government to give Rs one crore to family of Ashok, Upadhyay said ” AAP had promised to provide security in DTC buses for women passengers but even bus drivers and conductors were not safe which raised question over Delhi government’s functioning.”

Attacking CM Arvind Kejriwal of running an “undeclared emergency” regime, he said that “several AAP MLAs were accused in law and order matters but Kejriwal was mum on it”.

“An FIR was filed against AAP MLA Pramila Tokas in SC/ST Act provisions an year ago and now the chargesheet has also been filed. We want to known from Kejriwal if he will = order her arrest and ask her to resign,” Upadhyay said.

Referring to his meeting with farmers hit by unseasonal rain, the BJP leader said “there were several complaints of the farmers who said that survey was not conducted to estimate their losses. Many others complained that there claims of crop loss were ignored by the government.”

Accusing AAP government of curtailing press freedom, Upadhyay charged that “monitoring media content was an attempt to stop media from exposing it and also it was another move to pave way of some more AAP volunteers in Delhi Secretariat.”

PTI

DTC bus runs over school boy: angry residents set it ablaze, vandalise 12 other buses

New Delhi: A school boy was killed after a DTC bus ran over him in Khanpur area today, following which angry residents set the bus on fire and vandalised 12 others, police said.

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DTC bus.

“A boy, wearing school uniform, was mowed down by a DTC bus while he was crossing the road in Khanpur area at around 11 AM.

Following the incident, residents staged a protest and set the bus ablaze and also vandalised 12 others, evoking tension in the area,” a senior officer said.

A large number of police personnel have been deployed in the area to maintain calm.

The body has been sent to AIIMS for post mortem, he said.

PTI 

Fidayeen threat on Delhi-Lahore friendship bus

The bus service between the two countries was started on March 16, 1999 primarily to enhance people-to-people contacts

Dosti bus service, a low-cost convenient way to travel between Delhi and Lahore, has come under terror threat.Following intelligence inputs received from a foreign agency last Friday of a possible fidayeen attack on Dosti bus service, both the countries have stepped up security measures for the bus service that originates from Delhi on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and from Lahore every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.With memories of recent terror attack by Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) suicide bomber still etched fresh in minds, both the countries have taken the intelligence alert seriously and beefed up security arrangements on their respective sides. The bomb attack near a restaurant at Wagah border had killed 55 and injured about 200 people who were returning after watching famous Beating Retreat parade.Sources said under the new arrangement, instead of carrying the full journey in a single bus, the passengers will have to get down at the borders of their respective countries cross over the border on foot and board another bus to reach their destination.The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) will take the passengers up to Atari border near Amritsar from where they will cross over through check point to Wagah and board the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) bus to reach Lahore.Similarly, those coming to Delhi from Lahore will have to get down at Wagah border, cross over and board India’s DTC bus to cover the rest of the journey.Not willing to spell out the exact inputs, sources said the threat could be from TTP and Lashkar-e-Toiba as these organisations want to bring the region into international attention and create terror hype before or during US president Barack Obama’s India visit on January 25-26.”The threat perception is very high on the Pakistan side of the bus route that is about 25 kilometres from Wagah. We have checked our standing operating procedures (SOPs) and found them okay yet we are also beefing up the security,” the source said.