Patel jets around, on inauguration spree
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel is a busy man these days. With the UPA government’s term coming to an end, the minister, on an average, is laying foundation stones or inaugurating terminal buildings every two hours.
All these terminal buildings are part of the 35 non-metro airports that the government has decided to upgrade and modernise by 2010.
Now note this, on Friday, Patel had a packed day as he flew down to lay foundation stones of terminal buildings at Indore, Bhopal, Raipur and Ranchi Airports. On Saturday, he inaugurated the new integrated terminal buildings of Visakhapatnam and Tiruchirapalli and also laid the foundation stone for the new terminal building at the Goa airport.
On Monday, he is scheduled to either lay foundation stones or inaugurate the terminal building at Amritsar, Dehradun, Vadodara and Surat.
“Most of these airports buildings and terminals would be ready by 2010 as per schedule,” a senior official said.
For the uninitiated, Dhan Mill Compound, a former granary and a cluster of warehouses, has morphed into the city’s modish food, fashion, design and lifestyle destination. Its streets are lined with art cafes, home décor outlets, ateliers, art galleries, pottery studios, dance halls and high-end boutiques, whose facades and interiors are as interesting and experimental as the wares they deal in. Interestingly, all of these fancy establishments are housed in re-purposed warehouse buildings, which still have metal roofs.
According to a Delhi government official, a break-up of the total jobs, including the list of employers and the number of people they hired, will be shared “in a couple of days”. Notably, the government portal was launched by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on July 27, 2020, to help entry-level and blue-collar job seekers connect with employers at a time when the Covid-19 induced lockdown left many people unemployed.
“Manufactures, and start-ups which are working on alternatives to single-use plastic have to pay more GST for raw material. Hence, the Delhi government will write to the Centre and request a reduction in GST rates,” Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai said.
Safdarjung, Delhi’s base weather station, recorded 0.1mm of rainfall between 8:30am and 5:30pm on Sunday. The Capital recorded 1.9mm of rainfall on Saturday and 117.2mm on Friday, making the monthly total 119.2mm so far. The normal monthly average for July is 210.6mm, said weather experts.
Monsoon elevates Adam Khan’s tomb into an emergency sanctuary for passersby (and dogs) speared by sudden showers. Perched atop a Mehrauli hillock, the monument overlooks the Qutub Minar, which appears totally bechara and defenceless in the heavy rain.