Friday, August 18, 2017

शर्म आनी चाहिए - वो आपका कोई चहेता होता, तो आप के दिल पर क्या बीतती ?

शर्म आनी चाहिए दिल्ली वालों को, कि तरक्की की आड़ मे इतने बे गैरत हो गए कि दिल्ली के एक व्यस्तम चौराहे पर, एक आक्सिडेंट विक्टिम, 12 घंटे तक दर्द से तड़प्ता रहा और किसी को भी नज़र ना आया ? उस पर किसी की भी नज़र नही पड़ी, सिवाय उन चोर उचाक्कों के, जो सिर्फ़ उसका बॅग, उसका फोन और उसका पर्स निकाल कर भाग गए. 

वो बंदा 12 घंटे तक उस जगह पर तड़प्ता रहा, सिसकता रहा, जिधर से LG साहिब का घर सिर्फ़ मिनटों के फ़ासले पर है, जिधर से ट्राउमा सेंटर भी सिर्फ़ कुछ मिनटों की दूरी पर है. जिधर से एक बड़ा अस्पताल सिर्फ़ कुछ कदमों की दूरी पर है. जिधर से हर पल ना जाने कितने लोग गुज़रते हैं. 

किसी को भी तरस नही आया कि अगर वो खुद उसको उठा कर अस्पताल नही ले जा सकते तो एक फोन ही कर देते. यक़ीनन शर्म आनी चाहिए दिल्ली वालों को, क्योंकि ऐसा आक्सिडेंट विक्टिम तो कोई भी हो सकता है, किधर भी हो सकता है. कल्पना कीजिए कि वो आपका कोई चहेता होता तो आप के दिल पर क्या बीतती ?

Isn't it a #SHAME for #Delhiites #Delhi that an accident victim lies on road for 12 hours  ? 

Where were the authorities : Police, Traffic police, MCD, Sanitation workers ? 

Where was the humanity ? 

It may be any one, any day, anytime, anywhere. Don't you think so ?

B S Vohra
pic used with thanks to HT

Delhi accident victim lies on road for 12 hours, people steal phone, Rs 12

Isn't it a #SHAME for #Delhiites #Delhi that an accident victim lies on road for 12 hours  ? Where were the authorities : Police, Traffic police, MCD, Sanitation workers ? Where was the humanity ? It may be any one, any day, anytime, anywhere. Don't you think so ?

The victim was crossing a road near Kashmere Gate bus terminal when he was hit by an unidentified speeding car around 5pm.
The notorious lack of empathy of Delhiites towards accident victims was witnessed again on Wednesday as an injured man lay on the roadside for over 12 hours with nobody helping him. Worse, people stole from the helpless man.
People made away with the victim’s mobile phone, a bag containing clothes and even Rs 12 in cash that was in his pocket.
However, unlike many similar victims of public apathy, 35-year-old Narender Kumar survived the accident. He has received injuries to his neck, legs and spinal cord and is undergoing treatment at Safdurjung Hospital. Police said he will survive.
Kumar works as a driver in the native Bijnor in UP. He was returning home from Jaipur on Tuesday evening and was crossing a road near Kashmere Gate bus terminal when he was hit by an unidentified speeding car around 5pm.
“I was flung on the footpath because of the hit by the car. Unable to move because of the injuries, I lay on the roadside through the night,” Kumar said.
Many people approached him on seeing him lying injured, but no one cared to help. “Instead, people stole his mobile phone and bag which were lying on the roadside. Someone even stole Rs 12 cash from his pocket,” alleged Kumar’s brother, Rajkumar.
Police said a passerby finally made a call to the police control room on Wednesday morning after which a PCR van was sent to the spot.
He was first moved to Sushruta Trauma Centre before being referred to Safdurjung Hospital.
Police have registered a case of rash and negligent driving and of causing hurt and were contemplating adding sections pertaining to theft in the case. Neither the car, nor the suspected thieves who stole from Kumar have been identified.
with thanks : Hindustan Times : LINK

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Vande Maatram - India TV Conclave

Very hectic schedule this week, with an AAJTAK show, India TV Conclave - Vande Maatram and the Independence day celebrations. The great moments captured in memory will remain there for a longer duration. Had the chance to meet and listen certain great personalities of India, that included, Finance minister, Home minister, Gen JJ Singh, Baba Ramdev, Kumar vishwas, and many others.

The most interesting part was a very serious talk show between Sambit Patra, Shabnam Lone & Abhijit - famous singer, on the Kashmir issue. The hot and burning discussion showed the strongest face of BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra on the one side and the pro hurriat face of Shabnam Lone, a Supreme Court Lawyer, on the other. But the talk show took many interesting n curvey turns, with Abhijit in his melodious voice supporting Sambit Patra. 

Another interesting news was the announcement of birth of Baby girl NEHA, by his father Babul Supriyo, famous singer as well the State Minister in the BJP Govt. He said that this birth took place 18 years after the birth of his first daughter, Sharmila. He sang two songs for both of his daughters.

Monday, August 14, 2017



Happy Independence Day !

Dear Vohra ji,

What an yeoman and selfless service to the residents of East Delhi! It is highly acclaimed and greatly appreciated!! May God bless you and your family for a long, healthy and useful life forever and ever!!!

In the wake of our 70th Independence Day we convey our greetings and best wishes to all our affiliates and subscribers and helpers in your noble mission!!!

With deep regards and best wishes,
TK Balu/Anand Vihar


Saturday, August 12, 2017

DERC's view point on the issues raised by us ?

Secy DERC,
Viniyamak Bhawan, 
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

We had attended the Public hearing held on 19th July and had raised our issues in that.

Though we have started getting replies from DISCOMs, we are still awaiting YOUR VIEW POINT on the issues raised by us. We want to understand that how seriously you take our issues as well how you OPINE on our issues.

We are sure you will revert over the issues raised by us, at the earliest possible.

Thanks & with best regards,

B S Vohra
East Delhi RWAs Joint Front - Federation

Expecting the reply from our Readers : Please revert over the issues raised by Sh Balu ji

Dear Mr. Vohra ji,

You are fighting for the benefit of 'aam aadmi' on all fronts with the Govt. and other agencies. Your relentless and consistent positive approach should pay dividends to appreciate and applaud efforts!!

Can you enlighten us on the following specific and burning issues:-

1. What is happening to the policy decision relating to payment of property tax? Residents are anxious to know!
2. Fogging by the EDMC in all colonies to fight against all seasonal diseases, as was done in the past!!
3. Cleaning of storm water drains, stagnant water is over flowing on the streets.
4. Maintenance of EDMC parks, plantation, pruning of wild growth of plants and watering.

Can you enlighten us on all the above issues to inform our local residents in Anand Vihar colony?

Awaiting your reply anxiously and with deep regards,
TK Balu/Anand Vihar

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

DERC’s tariff hike plan threatens to jolt AAP’s power play : The Hindu

How can DERC hike the power tariff without answering our issues, that we raised at the Public hearing on 19th of July. Our issues covered a whole lot of things, such as Regulatory assets, Carrying costs, ROE, AT&C as well Distribution losses, O&M expenses, Surplus sales and a lot more. Though we have started getting replies from various DISCOMs, we are still awaiting a reply from Hon'ble DERC.   B S Vohra

Monday, August 7, 2017

Automatic Systems to maintain Utilities at Delhi

HE Anil Baijal Ji,

​1. App should be developed for the following services so that the citizens can send the photo / details to one central point to get the Utility in order.

1.01 Street Lights
1.02 Traffic Lights
1.03 Leakage of water
1.04 ​Defacement
1.05 Potholes on the Roads 
1.06 Encroachment on Pavements
1.07 Encroachment of Public Places
1.08 Wrong Sign Posts
1.09 Waterlogging specially during rains.
1.10 Women related events
1.11 Dhalaos

2. The WhatsApp No and the email ID should be promulgated.
3. The citizens of Delhi want to help the authorities to make Delhi a Capital which every countryman shall be proud of.

Without blaming anyone, we want to discuss across the table to identify the bottlenecks and the plan of action to overcome the same.
You are the Executive Head of Delhi and control the Delhi Police, Delhi Government and the Civic Agencies.

 We have a network of RWAs across Delhi.

About 15-20 active citizens across Delhi would like to call on you to discuss the same.

Please give us some time and set up a meeting.

Col Shivraj
Poster Hatao Campaign

DERC’s tariff hike plan threatens to jolt AAP’s power play

After almost two years, the power regulator is considering revising the rates despite the disapproval of the Arvind Kejriwal government, which came to power in 2015 on the promise of cheap electricity and water supply

Is your monthy power bill making you break into a sweat this summer? Get ready to shell out some more as the power regulator, Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC), is considering a tariff hike after almost two years. Power rates in the city were last revised in 2014, when the tariff was hiked by 6%.
In 2015, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came to power promising cheap electricity and water supply. Since then, the government has not allowed revision of power tariffs.
However, sources said that this year the DERC is considering a tariff increase of up to 5% as the three discoms -- BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL), BSES Yamuna Power Ltd (BYPL) and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDPL) -- have showed a combined revenue gap of ₹21,624 crore. BRPL has given an aggregate revenue requirement (ARR) of ₹9,052 crore, TPDDL has demanded ₹7,680 crore and BYPL ₹4,892 crore.

Revenue shortfall

The discoms reportedly told the DERC that the revenue shortfall is a result of a non-cost reflective tariff over the past many years.
An announcement regarding tariff hike, which was supposed to be made on Friday, has been put on hold after pressure from political parties and Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs).
The residents have strongly opposed the move, stating that there is no point in increasing power rates as the discoms have done nothing to improve the services in the city. During peak power season, between May and August, several localities, especially unauthorised neighbourhoods, experience outages lasting up to 12 hours.
“The only consolation is that the bills are not very high. We will be forever grateful to the Arvind Kejriwal-led government for this. Before this, we would rarely get electricity during summers but still the bills would be high,” said Sonia Kumari, a resident of south Delhi’s Sangam Vihar.

Not all benefit

At present, electricity rates in Delhi start at ₹4 per unit for consumption of up to 200 units, going up to ₹5.80-₹5.90 per unit for 200-400 units, and ₹7.30 per unit for 400-800 units and higher for more consumption. The exact rates vary based on the electricity provider.
Those living in rented accommodations, however, claim they are yet to benefit from the lower rates. According to the 2011 census, around 38% of all families in Delhi live in rented accommodations. “The slashing of power tariff has made no difference in our lives. Our landlord charges us ₹9 per unit. If the rates are further hiked then how will we pay for other things?” said Sharmila, a resident of Raja Garden.
The Delhi discoms were privatised in July 2002. The distribution firms are joint ventures with Delhi Power Co. Ltd, which owns a 49% stake in each. The other discoms in Delhi are Military Engineering Services (for Delhi Cantonment) and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).
In a short-lived previous stint, the AAP government had offered to take over the functioning of the distribution utilities and also suggested the appointment of its officials as administrative officers for the utilities.

In the dark: During peak power season, between May and August, several localities, especially unauthorised neighbourhoods, experience outages lasting up to 12 hours.   | Photo Credit: Shanker Chakravarty

Trouble for AAP

The two discoms had also earlier sparred with the AAP government over tariff, with the then government announcing a 50% cut in electricity tariffs for households consuming up to 400 units of power per month.
The president of the East Delhi RWAs Joint Front, B. S. Vohra, said that there are many issues that need to be resolved before the regulatory authority considers a tariff hike. “Problems with regulatory assets, carrying costs, return on equity, surplus sales, operation and management expenses, Aggregate Technical and Commercial losses as well as distribution loses, have to be taken care of first,” he said.
“Unless the services are improved the DERC has no moral right to hike the power tariff,” Mr. Vohra added.
If the DERC decides to revise power tariffs, it will come as a huge blow to the ruling AAP government. The party’s manifesto in 2015 had promised reduction of electricity bills by half, CAG audit of discoms, Delhi’s own power plant, introduction of competition among discoms and Delhi as a solar city.

Trying their best

While the first promise was fulfilled within 11 days of the party coming to power, the CAG audit of power discoms is sub-judice and since 2002 only two discoms continue to provide power to the entire city, without competition.
The promise of making Delhi a solar city is gradually being fulfilled with the government notifying the ‘Delhi Solar Energy Policy, 2015,’ in June 2016. But it is yet to release the list of empanelled companies so that domestic consumers can get solar panels on their rooftops and avail 30% subsidy offered by the government.
“We have been in talks with the DERC and have clearly stated our disapproval for the tariff increase. There seems to be major interference by some outside elements in the functioning of the DERC. But we will not allow the people of Delhi to suffer because of the greed of the BJP,” said Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain.
with thanks : The Hindu : LINK 

Happy Rakhi !

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Happy Friendship Day - Friendship with the Mother Nature !

Small Kids as Rag pickers on the Vikas Marg (?) Delhi

Shocked to find small kids as rag pickers in the knee deep waters of Delhi with a rikshaw on the Vikas marg that always has massive traffic. Moreover, it was Monday, which means they were not the schoolgoers. Sad & Shocking. Govt must do something to look after such kids.

Friday, August 4, 2017

10 Sawal - Mr Arvind Kejriwal - on Power Tariff, DISCOMs & DERC : Question 1

Mr Arvind Kejriwal,
CM, Delhi 

Subject - Section 61 of the Electricity Act - 
Competition & Safeguarding of Consumers interest

Dear Sir,

Section 61 of the Electricity Act talks about the competition as well Safeguarding of the Consumers interest, as below : 

Section 61. (Tariff regulations): The Appropriate Commission shall, subject to the provisions of this Act, specify the terms and conditions for the determination of tariff, and in doing so, shall be guided by the following, namely:- (a) the principles and methodologies specified by the Central Commission for determination of the tariff applicable to generating companies and transmission licensees; (b) the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity are conducted on commercial principles; (c) the factors which would encourage competition, efficiency, economical use of the resources, good performance and optimum investments; (d) safeguarding of consumers' interest and at the same time, recovery of the cost of electricity in a reasonable manner; (e) the principles rewarding efficiency in performance; (f) multi year tariff principles; 1[(g) that the tariff progressively reflects the cost of supply of electricity and also, reduces cross-subsidies in the manner specified by the Appropriate Commission;] (h) the promotion of co-generation and generation of electricity from renewable sources of energy; (i) the National Electricity Policy and tariff policy: Provided that the terms and conditions for determination of tariff under the Electricity (Supply) Act, 1948, the Electricity Regulatory Commission Act, 1998 and the enactments specified in the Schedule as they stood immediately 1 Subs. by Act 26 of 2007, Sec. 10 [w.e.f. 15th June 2007]. The Electricity Act, 2003 before the appointed date, shall continue to apply for a period of one year or until the terms and conditions for tariff are specified under this section, whichever is earlier.

Sir, BYPL became operational in July 2002 and received a License for Distribution and Retail Supply of Electricity, issued by the Hon’ble Commission in March 2004, which is valid for 25 years. Similar is the case for BRPL & TPDDL. 

Sir, Out of these 25 years, more than 50% of the time has already passed till March 2017. But till date we have not heard anything from DERC, about the COMPETITION amongst the DISCOMs, which was very primarily mentioned in section 61 of the Electricity Act, 2003, for safeguarding the interest of the consumers. 

May we request you to please ask from DERC, that what has been done by DERC, to promote competition amongst the DISCOMs, in the Last 13 years ?

Looking forward for your valued reply. Rest of the 9 Questions will follow soon, one by one, covering various important issues on the Power Tariff, DISCOMs & DERC.

With best regards,

B S Vohra @RWABhagidari
Social Activist & President,
East Delhi RWAs Joint Front - Federation