TIMES CITY THE TIMES OF INDIA, JAIPUR THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014 3 Many roads dug Masked robbers snatch `4 lakh in Udaipur Dilapidated house before monsoon, far destroyed in old city, from completion notice sent to others TIMES NEWS NETWORK TIMES NEWS NETWORK Jaipur: Commuting on many arterial roads has become an ordeal for residents as the utility service providers and civic bodies are digging roads right before the monsoon and leaving trenches and ditches behind. With the monsoon approaching, partially completed work on culverts and open pits on major roads are increasing risk ofaccidents. At present , a private telecom company is laying cables and digging roads all over the city. Similarly, JDA has initiated construction ofdrainage work at eight places. However, work is done at a sluggish pace and it looks nearly impossible for the roads to be ready by monsoon. Asenior JDA engineer said, “We cannot complete the work and meet the deadline, however, our target will be to attain safe stage before June 30. The city collector has also issued a notice that digging work on roads cannot be carried out in rainy season and the work will be stopped after first shower.” Though the JDA claim that all digging activities will be closed by June 30 prior to monsoon, the ground reality is starkly different and it looks impossible. Heaps ofdug-up mud, bricks and brick-chips, sand and open pits are found on many areas such as Mooti Doongri, Chomu House Circle, Pareek College and at many places traffic movement is obstructed. The telecom company has also dug roads on Shanti Path and Prabhu Marg which were recently constructed by the civic body. Officials claim the construction work ofdrainage is moving at snail pace as the traffic department has not given consent for one-way traffic on these routes and carrying out work during daytime. PWD yet to hand over land record Continued from P1 Jaipur: It further noted that PWD is yet to handover the complete land record of kilometre-wise availability of right-of-way (ROW). It also mentioned that some roads are having zero ROW and NHAI is facing a lot of resistance from landowners in these cases. Taking a jibe at the PWD, NHAI also claimed that the newly declared NH projects (earlier with the PWD) are in dilapidated condition with absence of cross drainage facility. Some other stretches have shown no improvement even after repeated repairing and the only solution is to reconstruct them. The government on the contrary asserts that NHAI has failed in fulfilling its duty. “It is after their failure to maintain them that we asked for handing back of the project to us. Neither they maintained nor was there any construction. The onus is on us now” PWD minister Yunus Khan said. “About 33 projects of 5,880 km are under NHAI, where work was scheduled to finish long ago but they are still pending. Public ask questions to us and we are accountable to them,” Khan said. Over the issue of handing over the land, he mentioned that everything was under the process of transfer. AJDA engineer said, “Though permission for working has been increased from 8 hours to 12 hours at night, it’s always a difficult task to work in the dark and possibilities of breaking pipelines are high. Moreover, there are many electric cables beneath the surface. ” Udaipur: In a broad daylight robbery, two masked men snatched away a bag containing Rs 4 lakh from an elderly man who had withdrawn money from a bank at UIT bridge here. According to the police, 63-year-old Poorna Shankar, a resident ofPaneriyon ki Madri, who work with a real estate firm, had come to the Axis bank at UIT bridge in the morning hours to withdraw money for his boss alongwith his colleague one Lokesh. After withdrawing Rs 4 lakh, Poorna Shankar had kept the money in a bag and stood outside the bank waiting for Lokesh to get his bike from the parking area. Meanwhile, two masked men came on a bike from the UIT circle direction and within few seconds snatched away the money bag from his hand. The incident was so quick that Poorna Shankar couldn’t even realize what had happened. Raje seeks special package during meeting with Modi Road-Water- Power Network, CISF Cover On CM’s Agenda Jaipur: Criminals are fearlessly taking on policemen in Rajasthan and the number ofcops killed by them in 2013 is only second to those in Punjab. This has been revealed in the statistics reported by the National Crime Bureau (NCRB). In the same year, 182 policemen were left wounded during encounters with criminals, according to the NCRB data. The state witnessed the death ofa total of57 on-duty cops in 2013. Ofthem, 11 were killed by criminals, while 45 died in mishaps. One policeman was killed during riots. Attacks on policemen are reported frequently in the state, especially in Mewat region which comprise Alwar and Bharatpur. Cops are surrounded and attacked frequently when they were chasing criminals in several villages in this region. In 2013, twelve policemen Jaipur: Chiefminister Vasundhara Raje during her first formal meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday demanded that a special package should be earmarked for the state based on its geographical conditions. Raje, who is currently in New Delhi, met Modi and senior Union ministers during the day. In her meeting with Modi, she discussed the prevailing conditions in the state and its demand – requesting strongly for a special package Raje during a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday as additional assistance to the state. modernaisation and strengthening of She said the desert state, which faced in the rural areas ofRajasthan. Earlier during her meeting with the state police and requested that the drought-like situations with less rainfall, depleting ground-water level and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, Centre should ensure CISF security for she had raised the same demand. Raje popular religious places in the state inacute shortage ofdrinking water, needcluding Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Dared additional assistance from the Cen- informed Jaitley that the economy of the state had been damaged during the gah at Ajmer, Brahma Temple at Pushtre to deal with the crises. kar and Srinathji Temple at Nathwada. Advocating her demand, Raje tenure ofthe previous Congress govWith Uma Bharti, she discussed ernment and that the state government brought to the notice ofthe PM that the state was the largest in the country and needed special assistance to stabilize early redressal ofthe inter-state water dispute with Punjab, to ensure that Rathe expenditure here on development it. jasthan gets its share ofwater at the The chiefminister also met Union ofthe hilly terrains and the tribal belts was more than any other state. She said home minister Rajnath Singh and wa- earliest. She also discussed the inflow it was a major challenge to develop ter resources minister Uma Bharti. In ofpolluted water from Punjab to Rajasroad-power-water network connecting her meeting with Rajnath Singh, she than, which has led to damage ofcrops the sparsely populated hamlets located requested for Centre’s assistance for and spread diseases. ILL-EQUIPPED COPS DEATHS INJURED Rajasthan 57 246 Chattisgarh 39 41 Punjab 89 11 Uttar Pradesh 85 125 Bihar 39 9 Maharashtra 107 601 ( (Deaths and injuries in terrorists/extremists operations, encounters with criminals, riots, dacoity operations, border duties and accidents) were killed in public by criminals in Rajasthan while nine were killed in Uttar Pradesh and three in Tamil Nadu. Rajasthan didn’t report a police casualty in terrorist or extremist operations. Nearly 20 policemen were killed in Chhattisgarh while taking on Naxals. Rajasthan was behind only Kerala in terms ofcops being injured while chasing criminals. While 182 policemen were injured in the state by criminals and 50 during riots, encounters with criminals had left 261 policemen wounded in Kerala. Senior police officers said the situation has improved as compared to 2011 when 18 cops were killed by criminals. The figure is followed by 15 in Uttar Pradesh. Chhattisgarh had reported only five deaths, followed by four in Madhya Pradesh and two each in Punjab and Maharashtra. “Due to proximity with Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, criminals in the state are acquiring sophisticated weapons – even automatic guns – in bulk. However, the armors for the police remain more or the less same, especially among the lower ranks in the force. The guns are still to be loaded in a cumbersome manner before being fired. It makes the police teams helpless while carrying out raids in sensitive areas. It should be taken into consideration that most ofthe policemen were killed during confrontation with criminals who used firearms,” a senior police officer said. Besides, supervisory negligence and lack oftraining for handling habitual criminals are also blamed for the problems and death the state policemen are facing. Frequent attacks on police teams in Rajasthan – especially in the state’s Mewat region – have put a question mark over the law and order situation. Illegal mining, dacoit menace and arms smuggling are cited as major reasons behind such incidents. The poorly equipped police force is rendered the cops helpless during confrontation with criminal armed with sophisticated weapons. Now, OPD patients in SMS can get doc consultation cards from e-Mitra TIMES NEWS NETWORK Jaipur: With the increasing number ofpatients coming to the outpatient department ofthe Sawai Man Singh (SMS) hospital, the hospital administration has decided to rope in e-Mitra/Common Services Centers (CSC) to issue OPD registration cards to the patients. The hospital has taken the help ofinformation and broadcasting department and a patient can get aregistration card from SMS Hospital authorities said in 2014, they are expecteing the number of patients in the OPD could go up to 30 lakh the nearest e-Mitra to get consultation and treatment from doctors at the SMS hospital. SMS hospital additional superintendent Dr Ajit Singh said last year (2013), the patients in OPD were more than 25 lakh TOI TIMES NEWS NETWORK Bold & ‘beast’: Criminals kill 57 cops in ’13 TIMES NEWS NETWORK By the time he shouted for help, the robbers had disappeared in the busy traffic. Additional SP Rajesh Bhardwaj, DySP Murlidhar and SHO Amba Mata police station Shiv Prakash rushed to the scene and took details ofthe incident. However, till late, there is no breakthrough in the case. and they are constantly increasing as large numbers ofpatients also come from neighboring states. He said in 2014, the hospital expected that the number ofpatients in the OPD could go up to 30 lakh. The hospital’s arrangements for getting registration from e-Mitra would help the patients in great deal as they would not need to stand in long queues at the OPD counter to get registration or renew it. They could get the registration from the nearest e-Mitra and could take consultation and treatment from the doctors directly in SMS hospital. The new facility ofeMitra has already been implemented from July 1. Arvind Sharma The old building being demolished on Wednesday TIMES NEWS NETWORK Jaipur: The Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) on Wednesday swung into action and razed a three-storey dilapidated building in the Walled City which was making the area unsafe for residents. Before arrival ofthe monsoon, the corporation demolished the old building after issuing notice to the owner situated in Jai Lal Munshi Marg in Chandpole area. “House number 2551 was in apoor condition and it was vacant, however, despite issuing warning to the owner, it was not razed. Demolition charges will now be taken from the owner,” zone commissioner of Hawa Mahal (West), Madan Sharma, said. Following complaints from neighbours, the building was razed by the JMC. Learning from the recent incidents in New Delhi and Chennai where buildings collapsed, the JMC started issuing notices to dilapidated building owners in the Walled City area. “We have identified 13 more such buildings and action will be taken soon. Few owners have started repairing their buildings but the others will be demolished,” Sharma said. According to JMC officials, there are nearly 30 dilapidated Cyber crime graph soars in Raj Jaipur: Setting up of a cyber crime police station has led to registration of more such crimes in the state and the Pink City. In 2013, Rajasthan reported 239 cases of cyber crimes under the Information Technology (IT) Act, up from 147 than last year, according to the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) data. Jaipur also witnessed a jump of about 60% in cyber crime cases with 110 FIRs registered last year. Jaipur has reported fifth highest number of cyber crime cases under the IT Act in 2013 next to Vishakhapatnam, Bangaluru, New Delhi and Hyderabad. Compared to 112 cases of cyber crimes in 2013, only 69 cases were registered in 2012. Cases registered under IPC sections related to cyber crime were 21 in 2013 compared to only 5 in 2012. Senior police officers said investigation into cyber crimes has been stepped up, following introduction of new technology and investigation methods. TNN buildings in the Walled City area which have been declared unsafe. To make the area safe, the JMC has vacated the nearby area. City mayor Jyoti Khandelwal also inspected the spot during the demolition drive. Residents said the drive is commendable as these buildings were serious a threat. “In the past, the authorities failed to take action against such building owners even after continuous incidents ofaccidents were reported. We appreciate the drive,” said Govind Jain, a local resident. During the monsoon season last year, four old buildings collapsed. “After the drive, the residents will take the warnings seriously. We will take strict action this time after the grace period is over,” Sharma said. According to the Rajasthan Municipal Act, the buildings should have precautionary warnings suggesting they are likely to collapse. The municipality is also empowered to demolish such buildings ifthey are about to collapse after an analysis by engineers. “Most ofthese buildings have a background offamily disputes or are occupied by tenants. These people oppose demolition and thereby led to this situation,” the zone commissioner added.
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