Residents come up with new plan
The residents of Faridabad, who are facing threat of displacement due to coming up of Metro rail in Faridabad, have presented a novel ideal to the top brass of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Haryana government, including the chief minister.
They want the laying of Metro track from Badarpur to Faridabad via Bypass Road.
As per the existing plan, the Metro link to Faridabad is supposed to come parallel to National Highway 2 (Mathura Road). As the DMRC and Haryana Urban Development Authority (DMRC) are in the process of finalising the Metro yard in Faridabad, a large number of residents of Sector 20A and 20B are opposed to the setting up of Metro yard in their areas fearing displacement.
“We have submitted a 10-point charter of demands to the managing director of DMRC, administrator HUDA, Faridabad, besides chief minister of Haryana, laying thrust on realignment of Metro line parallel to Bypass Road,” said Narveer Singh, who is spearheading the agitation for the residents facing threat of dislocation in case Metro yard comes up in Sector 20A.
Explaining their logic behind realignment demand, Narveer Singh said, “Metro line proposed in the middle of Delhi-Mathura Road will create more hurdles in the movement of traffic on this road.
“If the Metro is realigned parallel to the Bypass road, behind the large number of existing sectors will prove to be a boon. As there are no hazards in construction at that site because the acquisition of land is complete and the whole patch — right from Badarpur border to Ballabgarh — is almost clear”, he added.
In the coming days, since there are about two-dozen sectors coming up with multi-story residential complexes, this area will be balancing the population of Faridabad with the present one on the western side of railway line, he said.
Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B Chavan appealed to people not to sacrifice cattle for the Bakrid festival while warning of stern action against the offenders. The Minister emphasised the Cow Slaughter Prohibition Act has already been in force in Karnataka. Generally, during the Bakrid festival, there is a tradition of sacrifice, for which livestock such as cow, ox, calf and camels are also used, said Chavan.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.