Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Delhi Parking Policy - Why they won't Talk to RWAs?????


Governments love EXPERTS.....  Who suggest ways to increase revenue while SEEMINGLY TRYING TO GIVE SOLUTIONS.

One set of Experts suggest how to earn more by collecting ONE TIME ROAD TAX, another suggests a Cess on Fuel,  yet another suggests Conversion Charges, in a latest an Environmental Group suggests restrictions on Parking and heavy fees......

GOVERNMENTS LOVE IT and Lap it all, as they have done over the past Decade........  THEY WON'T LISTEN TO OR INVITE RWAs, as they demand answers on what have they provided in the name of all the Taxes, Cesses, Conversion Charges etc.....

ZERO......  so where has all the money  collected over the past 15 years gone ????? ...... financing the 5th, 6th and 7th Pay Commissions and Parliamentarian PERKS.

CITIZENS ARE MADE TO BELIEVE, that they are responsible for the mess so they must pay for the SOLUTIONS OFFERED BY SO CALLED EXPERTS.

WE ASK......  where are the Parking Lots that were to be developed, where is the 24X7 SAFE & SURE Public Transport, where is the Last Mile Connectivity, where are the Footpaths,  where are the Policemen or the CCTV camera's....... NO ANSWERS......  therefore NO PUBLIC HEARING.

Finally will you bring in the Rules for Authorised Colonies only or will it be across the board.....  VOTE BANKS INCLUDED ?????

Food for thought....
Regards,  Rajiv Kakria

Pay more for peak - hour parking from Oct : TOI

Monday, September 18, 2017

Who is responsible for the loss of 6 to 9 years of life of every Delhiite ?

Mr Arvind Kejriwal, CM, Delhi

Subject : findings of the University of Chicago on the Air quality levels of Delhi NCR.

Dear Sir,

The report says, "National Capital Region residents are losing out on almost 6 years of life because of the dangerous air pollution levels. If WHO standards were met in NCR, people would live 9 years longer. In Kolkata and Mumbai better air quality would translate into almost 3.5 year longer life spans". The report says,"4.6 billion life years would be added in the country by complying with WHO standards".

We would like to know from you, that :

1. Who is responsible for the loss of 6 to 9 years of Life of every resident of Delhi / NCR ?

2. Leaving aside the WHO standards, why we are unable to comply, even with the Indian standards ?

Please revert,

With best regards,

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

pic used with thanks to : HT

MUST READ : Delhiites Can Live Longer If the Air Quality Improves: University of Chicago

The University of Chicago's Air Quality Life-Index has found 

India to be one of the most polluted countries in the world.

Undeniably, air pollution is one of the biggest threats to human health. The World Health Organisation links close to 7 million premature deaths to air pollution. "This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world's largest single environmental health risk," noted WHO's latest release. The release also established a correlation between high levels of indoor and outdoor air pollution and an increased risk of developing a range of non-communicable, lifestyle diseases like cardiovascular ailments, stroke, respiratory disorders and even cancer.
The University of Chicago's Air Quality Life-Index has found India as one of the most polluted countries in the world. The report noted if WHO's air quality standards are met by the country, Indians can add about 4 more years to their lifespan. "If the country reduced pollution to comply with its national standards, its people could live more than 1 year longer on average," noted the report. Some of the greatly impacted cities would include Delhi where an average person can add around 6 years to his/her lifespan if the country meets the national air-quality standards and up to 9 years if WHO standards are met.

The study takes air borne particulate matter pollution, PM 2.5, into account and extrapolates it to see what impact any reduction in its volume would have on the life span of people. Accordingly, it says that if the PM 2.5 quantity in Delhi's air meets the WHO annual standard of 10 micrograms per cubic metre (ug/m3), people can live up to nine years longer and six years longer if it meets the national standard of 40 ug/m3.

Products of vehicular and industrial combustion, PM 2.5 are air borne ultra fine particulates, measuring less than 2.5 microns, which can cause irreparable harm to humans by entering the respiratory system and subsequently the bloodstream.

"The AQLI reveals that if India reduced its air pollution to comply with the WHO's air quality standard, its people could live about 4 years longer on average, or a combined life of more than 4.7 billion years.

"Some of the greatest gains would be seen in the country's largest cities, such as Delhi. There, people could live 6 years longer if the country met its national standards, and 9 years longer if the country met WHO standards," the study says.

Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai - the mega cities of the country - are among the highly polluted cities in the country. Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Agra, Allahabad, Lucknow, Jaipur, Patna, Chennai are others in the list of polluted Indian cities among others.

Strengthen your respiratory system naturally
In case the air quality in your area is not too good, you can try natural ways to strengthen your lungs and the respiratory system. Indoor plants such as Areca Palm, help in purifying air inside your house. Rugs, carpets, curtains, cushion covers, mats and mattresses are some of the things that harbor dust and other air contaminants. Clean these regularly; use an air purifier if needed. Wear a mask before stepping out.

Yogic breathing techniques may go a long way in making your respiratory system stronger and capable to withstand the damaging effects of air pollution. Bhastrika, Kapalbhati and Agnisar Kriya are few breathing techniques that are good to combat air pollution. You can try nasal rinses and saline gargles to clear your nasal passage and throat.

Vitamin c is your best bet; it strengthens immunity and builds resistance. "Vegetables like coriander leaves, chaulai ka saag, drumsticks, parsley, cabbage and turnip greens are good sources that you should load up on," notes Dr. Rupali Datta, Chief Clinical Nutritionist, Fortis Escorts, New Delhi.

Inputs from PTI

with thanks : NDTV : LINK

Friday, September 15, 2017

Is this called a One Country, One Tax ?

Please go through the News uploaded by us a day ago - Simplified Calculation Chart for Petrol & Diesel Prices in New Delhi - (24th August 2017) on the Blog. 

It clearly shows that First of all we are paying Entry Tax. Than there is an Excise Duty of Rs 21.48 /- Litre on Petrol & Rs 17.33 /- Litre on Diesel. After that we have to pay a VAT of 27% on Petrol & 16.75% on Diesel, i.e. Rs 14.64 /- Litre on Petrol & Rs 8.44 /- Litre on Diesel.  

It comes to 21.48 + 14.64, i.e. Rs 36.12 /- on Petrol + Entry Tax &  17.33 /- + 8.44 /-, i.e. Rs 25.77 /- on Diesel + Entry Tax. It clearly shows that more than HALF of what we pay for Petrol, goes to Government as TAXES, and almost half of what we pay for Diesel, goes to Government as Taxes. 

Shockingly, they still keep on hiking the Petrol & Diesel prices, causing severe hike in consumer goods, which again results into huge gains for the Govt by way of hiked taxes on the hiked prices of the Consumer Goods.

It's being said that Under GST  rules, the Tax can be levied at 12% only and hence there can be huge reduction in the price of both Petrol & Diesel. Unconfirmed reports have stated that the price of Petrol can come down to Rs 38 /- per Litre, under GST. Why don't they implement it and bring the Entire country under One Tax regime, for the benefit of masses ?

snapshots with thanks to AAJTAK

Petrol, Diesel Prices Continue to Rise; Will Government Bring Fuel Under GST?

Mumbai, Sept 15: The prices of petrol and diesel in different cities across the country rose yet again on Friday, September 15, under the dynamic pricing of fuel. On Friday, petrol price went up by Rs 0.04 per litre, taking the cost in Delhi to Rs 70.43 per litre and to Rs 79.54 per litre in Mumbai. Amid rising fuel prices each day, questions are being asked as to whether fuel will be brought under the ambit of Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had earlier this week said that GST was the only way of having rational prices for fuel, even as he refused to interfere with dynamic pricing. However, he said that the final decision to bring fuel prices under GST was in the hands of the Finance Ministry.
However, former oil minister S Jaipal Reddy has said that bringing fuel under GST is “desirable”, but not feasible as the states would oppose it, but the Centre can cut excise duty on them. “While putting it (petroleum products) in GST is advisable, desirable, it’s not a feasible proposition because state governments…Of the BJP also, will not agree,” the senior Congress leader told PTI in an interview.
According to reports, if fuel is brought under GST, petrol price can come down to Rs 38 per litre from Rs 70 at 12 per cent GST. As of now, petrol prices also contain other elements like Centre-imposed excise duty, state-imposed VAT and dealer’s commission. It now remains to be seen whether Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will pay heed to the concerns put forth by Pradhan and bring fuel prices under GST.
with thanks : yahoo news : LINK : for more details

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Simplified Calculation Chart for Petrol & Diesel Prices in New Delhi - (24th August 2017)

Petrol Price *Diesel Price Calculation *
International Price of Crude Oil with Ocean Freight (as on 24th August 2017)50$ or Rs 3210 per Barrel50$ or Rs 3210 per Barrel
1 Barrel of Crude Oil159 Litre159 Litre
Crude Oil  - Cost per LitreRs 20.19 per LitreRs 20.19 per Litre
Basic OMC Cost Calculation
Entry Tax, Refinery Processing, Landing Cost & Other Operational Costs along with MarginsRs 6.03 per LitreRs 6.38 per Litre
OMC Margin, Transportation, Freight costRs 3.31 per LitreRs 2.55 per Litre
Basic Cost of Fuel after Refining CostRs 29.53 per Litre Rs 29.12 per Litre 
Additional: Excise Duty as Charged by Central Government
Rs 21.48 / Litre on PetrolRs 17.33 / Lit on Diesel
Pricing Charged to Dealers before VATRs 51.01 per LitreRs 46.45 per Litre
Calculating Dealer Retail Price - Base Location Delhi
Commission to Petrol Pump DealersRs 3.23 per LitreRs 2.17 per Litre
Fuel Cost Before VAT (rounded off for approximation)Rs 54.24 per LitreRs 48.62 per Litre
Additional:VAT (Varies from State to State - 27% on Petrol & 16.75% on Diesel + 25p as Pollution Cess with Surcharge)Rs 14.64 / Lit on PetrolRs 8.44 / Litre on Diesel
Final Retail Price as on 24th August 2017 -(calculation)Rs 68.88 per LitreRs 57.06 per Litre

* - Prices as on 24th August 2017
Source : mycarhelpline : LINK 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


What else we can expect from the Authorities ? Huge lot of Taxes, but nothing for the city. Say something, atleast now, for uploading on the RWABhagidari Blog & for forwarding to all the concerned. We must ACT now before its too late. Please revert.

With best regards,

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

with thanks : Hindustan Times Dated 12.9.2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Open letter to the Education Minister of Delhi, for the safety & security of our children !

Mr Manish Sisodia,
Dy CM & Education Minister, Delhi

Dear Sir,

We are sad and shocked on the instances happening at various schools in Delhi & NCR, be it a death at Gurugram, a rape at Gandhi Nagar, or an accidental death at Ghaziabad. These all are the clear cut examples of the negligence on the part of the School management.

We hereby request you to please issue immediate instructions to all the schools in Delhi (both Private as well as Government), to :

1. Deploy a responsible person / staff, separately, to look after, all the security lapses, or any other safety & security issues, concerning the students of the school, on daily basis.

2. He must Look after the Screening of the Staff, at the time of appointment, must check the papers & documents of all the buses, drivers, helpers, contractors, vendors, and must go for the Police verification in each & every case.

3. He must file a daily report on all the issues, as above, with the management of the school & must forward it by an E Mail to the Education department on daily basis.

4. He must file an Action taken report by an e mail with the Education Department, who on their side must have special staff to correlate all these issues.

5. Parent Teacher Association must have the suitable representation of the parents as well the local RWAs & must be authorised to view the Lapse report as well as the Action taken reports of the school, must have the power to verify the facts and must report to the Education department, by an E mail.

6. Any pending issues must be notified on the notice board of the school and must be shared with the parents at the PTM by the PTA of that school.

7. There must be clear cut instructions that any negligence will be strongly dealt with and in case of any heinous crimes, molestation, rape, murder, all the affiliations, licenses, grants of the school will be withheld, till probed & reported.

Looking forward for an immediate action from your office as all of us are parents and truly concerned with the safety & security of our children.

With best regards,

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

Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhaskar, Delhi

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Must cancel its affiliation as a lesson for all. Don't you think so ?

These Slaughter homes just want MONEY & nothing else. Must cancel its affiliation as a lesson for all. Until & unless Authorities take it seriously, we can never feel, that our kids are safe in these schools. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

East Delhi RWAs meet - on one of the very important issue !

A meeting of the RWAs from East Delhi is being planned for the next Saturday / Sunday. Details of the exact date / timings / agenda / venue, will be shared soon. Those willing to attend may please feel free to mail us, with the Contact details at : rwabhagidari@yahoo.in


B S Vohra,
East Delhi RWAs Joint Front - Federation

Monday, September 4, 2017

WAR AGAINST GARBAGE - it's the time now to START ACTION !

Who will allow, a would be disastrous, landfill site, in the neighbourhood, while Authorities have NO concrete plan, to deal with the garbage, and to implement waste management seriously ? 

We dont want alternate sites any more, instead we want a permanant solution now. 

ITS AN EMERGENCY AND We have to begin immediately from our home and this message must reach to one n all, be the residents, be the authorities. 

Delhi Govt and Municipal corporations, must announce TODAY ITSELF that no more garbage will be picked and dumped at dhalaos, if its not segregated. 

Come on, it's the time now to START A WAR AGAINST GARBAGE, it's the time now to START ACTION. 

Social Activist, President, 
East Delhi RWAs Joint Front - Federation

Re : A vicious circle of Disaster

Dear Mr. Vohra ji,

Your piece is thought provoking but at the same time shocking! Don't you think that we always plan (unknowingly) for disaster now and in future too! There is no long term plan, except on paper, not in practice and implementation and wise-people's advice, like you, is not taken for consideration! The bureaucrats and the politicians in power always think that they are wiser than aam aadmi and they give a rosy picture, which is given wide publicity at the cost of people and then forgotten for lack of resources, will power and man power, which are their normal excuses for non-implementation!! This is the usual drill which goes on and on and forever and any new incomer announces a 'grand plan' in public which fades away in thin air with the passage of time and people also forget, as the latter's memory is always short!!  I have seen all this and more during my life time in Delhi over 5 decades and will continue to remain the same unaltered making people continue to suffer and suffocate with pollution, water and electricity problems, added civic menace throughout the year!! I strongly and firmly of the opinion that if they (administrators, including politicians at the helm of affairs) wish to do something good for the people they could do it unhampered but 'chalta hai' attitude creeps in and the their subordinates do not carry out their wishes, as there is no punishment that could be inflicted upon them, as otherwise, they will threaten to go on strike, which is their biggest tool in their hand, encouraged by outsiders who are also politicians to enjoy the menace and criticise the administration and politicians in power through so media who is always ready to give wide publicity through the visual media unendingly and repeatedly ad nauseum!!! They pay scant attention to Court's orders as the miscreants have always a higher court to appeal and drag the cases for decades, which we have seen in day to day life.

Of course, some times the Courts also without realising the ground reality give orders which go against the wishes and aspirations of larger number of people, but a very few get the benefit out of them! I can quote with authority at my command that recently the Delhi High Court had given orders, as I understand, to remove all 'speed breakers' which had been provided on the inner roads etc. by the Societies at enormous cost to safeguard the people residing in the colonies, where serious accidents had happened due to their absence, but at one stroke of the High Court's order on a PIL by some one (individual)'s petition to remove all the speed breakers installed, which were all done with the tacit approval and knowledge of the Police authorities but removed by the EDMC, without any fore-warning and realising any consequences which would occur dut to their absence! The authorities in power do damage quickly but don't do anything for the safety and security of aam aadmi who are facing the problem on a day to day basis! This is the highhandedness of the authorities concerned for all to see!

Yet an another example, I quote, again with all powers in my command, that we had built a huge overhead  water tank in concrete a few decades back when the Colony came into existence at the behest of the authorities concerned to supply water to Anand Vihar and its neighbouring colonies as well but became disused with the flow of Ganga water in East Delhi and still remains as such with cracks which have developed endangering the life and property of neighbours at any point of time, as and when it collapses on fine morning/night time! This huge  over head water tank remains unused for the last over four decades and it may crack further and fall anytime! This has been brought to the notice of the authorities (DJB) concerned several times and even cautioning them that if any calamity takes place they would be held wholly and solely responsible for any catastrophe but they are still in slumber but once the unfortunate thing happens, all will rush in and throw blame on each other at a huge cost to the residents over here!!

Still an outstanding example, I wish to quote herein. The EDMC are reported to be short of funds. If so why they have not yet decided about the levy of property tax so far! They could have by now collected a huge amount from all owners and reaped the interest too on the amount collected but alas, this is yet to be decided!

The EDMC have taken no action so far to desilt the storm water drains which are overflowing in the colony, as was done in the past before the onset of monsoon and did not do any fogging despite repeated pleas and requests by the RWA!  

The green-lung in the shape of parks for the benefit of residents are not maintainted at all while the mallies are receiving their salaries on time! Who are to blame? Are we? 

With deep regards,
TK Balu/Anand Vihar

Sunday, September 3, 2017

A vicious circle of Disaster management !

A vicious circle - Disaster occurs - People wake up - People shout - Leaders awake - Leaders come forward - People expect action - Leaders promise - Leaders assure - People go back - People sleep - Leaders go back - Leaders sleep - Leaders vanish - Everyone waits for the next disaster - and the vicious circle of disaster management continues & keeps on rotating. 

It's going on since last many, many years. One accident leads to another, one disaster leads to another, leaders come, grow and go, things remain same. Nothing changes. Huge promises to fool the public, and public prefers to be fooled by the leaders. Nothing constructive ever happens to resolve the issues. 

Yamuna will be cleaned. WhenTraffic jams will go. How ? Pollution will come down. When ? Encroachment will be removed. How ? Disaster management will be strengthened. When ? Just huge promises year after year, but without any answers.

Ghazipur to Bhalaswa, Bhalaswa to Rani khera / Ghonda, yet another environmentally disastrous landfill sites into making. Though Rani Khera was selected two years ago, no one ever planned to clean the SMOKING MOUNTAINS of garbage at two prime spots, causing very serious environmental issues. 

Don't you think that they must come forward with constructive decisions and a very serious long term planning, for waste management, disaster management, pollution, encroachment, traffic jam, potholes, cave ins, water logging, parking etc., and so on. 

But the problem is, every such issue just induces the leaders to impose yet another cess or tax for more collections. It's been heard, that hefty parking charges are to be imposed for parking your own car, in front of your own home. Up to 28% GST on almost everything in the market, and they have levied 3.75% additional cess on the Electricity bills, in the name of the pension. Strange & Shocking.

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

pic used with thanks to quickbooks.in

Friday, September 1, 2017

लो कर लो बात, अब तो दिल्ली मे कूड़े के ढेर भी गिरने लगे

लो कर लो बात, अब तो दिल्ली मे कूड़े के ढेर भी गिरने लगे. गाज़ीपुर की लॅंडफिल साइट के कोलॅप्स होने से लगभग 2 लोगों की मौत. लेकिन ये अपनी तरह का पहला हादसा नही है. इससे पहले. एथीओपिया मे भी इसी तरह के हादसे मे 82 से ज़्यादा लोगों को अपनी जान देनी पड़ी थी. चीन मे भी इस तरह के हादसे हो चुके हैं, लेकिन वो कूड़े का ढेर ना होकर, मलबे के ढेर थे, जिसने काफ़ी जाने ले ली थी. अभी हाल ही मे एप्रिल 2017 मे श्री लंका मे भी इसी तरह के मॅन मेड डिज़ास्टर मे लगभग 29 लोगों की मौत हो गई थी.

It happened earlier at Ethiopia, China, Srilanka, but seems no lessons learnt from such instances and the concerned authorities just kept on waiting for it to happen at ghazipur in Delhi. Sad n shocking. We elect them to work for the city and they create these man made disasters that trap innocent persons towards death.

Mr Dewani just commented on my FB, that why dont they make manure out of it. But the problem is, they dont have the will to do anything, so they dont find the way.

B S Vohra

Social Activist, President,
East Delhi RWAs Joint Front - Federation