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Friday, July 6, 2018

Nine months

Exactly nine months from now, India will face another general elections. Nine month is symbolic equal to the labor months of pregnancy. The situation now is of pregnant uncertainty as proclaimed by opposition or of pregnant optimism as proclaimed by incumbents. Though bit away from ground reality lets assess key points which matter.

We start with initial gains and publicity of Scheme like Swattch Bharat Abhiyaan (no past govt even addressed those issue , Beti Bachao, Make in India , Jan Dhan yojana and many more ground level schemes involving irrigation, education, social justice etc. Also there was change in functioning pattern of bureaucracy.

The focus on infrastructure was evident especially visible in Road construction, Railways modernization, electricity, airport modernization etc. Science and Technology missions like those by ISRO, DRDO, Universities and Institutes, healthcare  

Then came big ticket policy of Demonetization. It was a political move. The overnight transformation was almost impossible so a big risk. But men on streets accepted the problem and pain for larger picture. But ultimately things did not result in much significant step against corruption though actual statistics show some significant improvement in govt revenues. Those who suffered were most who had some vested interests, opposition to PM personally due to agenda difference or opportunism.

GST was discussed at all level during previous regime but finally it was implemented in this tenure. There were many technical glitches but finally people accepted and govt revenues improved at Country , state  and local levels. Those opposing were claiming negative imppact on Manufacturing etc which is a fact but reasons is not GST alone there are many global, local , and simple business feasibility factors.

Established and sold media left no stone unturned to create negative perception of govt and people of India. List started with Award wapasi, Anti dalit vs others division led by pro naxal/jihadi nexus of individuals in JNU, Hyderabad, leftist authors, foreign elements. Then there was  Intolerance based on politicization of issues like cow protection lynching, Rape, selective treatment of activist murders etc , Aslo there were political criticism equating PM as a Dictator, lack of his democratic values, lack of team work.

But impact of social media might help incumbents as they have their followers who are more active, techno-savvy and vociferous on most of the popular social media platforms. After having fed up with lopsided coverage laced with bias towards establishment, social media found a relief vent for those who wanted to  be heard and influence opinions.

Alliance with PDP ensured entry of BJP in J& K. Though it complicated matters in the valley, it mattered in Jammu and Ladakh the neglected population. Kashmir problem created by past regimes immediately after Independence need some harsh decisions like total authority to armed forces, constitutional changes in treating it as any other state, focus on tourism and economy, focus on education, infrastructure, rehabilitation of those forcefully displaced.

There are some Allies in NDA who feel they are neglected and wronged be it: TDP, SS, SAD and others. How will that impact depends on influence of each in their region but can emerge as factor to reduction in votes

Now one trend that was set after Karnataka election is so called Opporsition Unity. This is an opportunistic coalition of few very notorious dynastic. Ultra corrupt  national and regional politician. If they manage to avoid ego clashes and field a single candidates then there might be significant impact.

Inflation has hurt back of common people. Be it rise in oil prices, basic household purchases, housing, transport, entertainment and so on. That might bee serious impact issue

One of the biggest challenge before incumbents  were the High Expectations people had from incumbent when they took over. They wanted end to corruption, they wanted better and cheaper living, they wanted strong India in world order. How did they fare on those expectation is relative individual perception which will define votes after Nine months. Interesting all these factors make 2019 election a black box though expressed electronically.


Finally there is TINA effect. There is strong mistrust towards opposition which leaves incumbents as only possible and capable party to govern. TINA stands for There Is No Alternative


Very Interesting Nine months. Nine months is long time in Politics but for now its a literal black box though electronic one.

Author runs a blog http://nayakgiri.blogspot.com

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Your Friendly Neighborhood Detective

This is a fictional story contributed by Citizen Journalist urging importance of community vigilance  in neighborhoods.

Prelude:
I accidentally ran into an alternate occupation which I had I never dreamed. As a child, like a majority of kids, I had dreamed of being a truck/bus driver or wanted to be a policeman. But the events unfolded in the month of March actually found a hidden talent in myself. You can call this entire episode as Serendipity amid ides of March (only for those studying for verbal MCQ competitive tests).

It started with the housing society committee meeting held in August earlier year. I am part of managing committee. Our society is complex of 8 building each having 11 floors and each floor having 6 “luxurious flats with latest amenities and facilities” as published in ads and brochure published by the promoter” . Thus we were a village of 528 families. In first two three years of completion all flats got sold thanks to a new planned 80 ft wide road access and social establishments coming up. So we are one of the prestigious residential complex in the area. Committee meetings are stormy with various issues, personal grudges, egos and rules termed as society by laws which are unclear to most.

In that meeting, we had an agenda of granting NOC of sale of flat which was exactly one floor below that of mine. The current owner an IT professional had his GC filed in US for long term assignment. The buyer was a party from Mumbai. We deliberated with a letter to owner to pay transfer charges, and let us know details of new owner for records. The owner then provided the detailed paid and their registration documents were submitted for records. As per details provided by current owner, Mumbai based party had multiple business interests. This flat purchase was personal investment as and also they were planning to have a unit near Pune in future.

Marching Ahead

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Nostalgia

I have few questions for old punekars

What is status of old movie theaters in and around Pune like Alka,Arun, Jaihind, Hindvijay, Apsara, Vijay, Deccan, apollo and so on. Few still exist. But we Punekars  have memories. Isnt it?

Have you rented bikes esp small ones for learning cycle on roads in summer?

Did you learn swimming at swimming pools like Mandal, SP, Tilak, shahu, Gopal ?

A trip to Sarasbaug Peshwepark followed by bhel was your idea of ultimate happiness?

Did you think that  camp, Deccan were other worlds, kothrud, pashan, hadapsar were villages on outskirts?

Did you attend Vasant Vyakhanmala, majestic gappa?

Were your picnics conducted at Univ campus, empress garden, shinde chatri, aga khan palace?

Did you select ganesha idol for your house and spend whole night to decorate the seat.

Do you still have artis etc by heart?

Were you awake whole night to take a glimpse of dagdusheth rath ?

Did you roam around streets of peth areas watching Ganpati decoration?

Were Udpi hotels only source of eating out experience?

Did you feel proud of travelling by Deccan queen?

Did you count no of tunnels in Ghat?

Did you travel by ST to places beyond katraj Ghat or by those roads in north east of Pune?

Did you attend political rallies prior to elections on streets and grounds?

Did you see children theatre in summer at bharat or tilak or balgandharv?

Did you join a library in summer to read books in a group along with you friends.

Did you stand in  queue for only PMT bus to sinhagad paytha ?

Did you venture out of house during curfew imposed by super popular TV serials?

Were you fan of then established brands like Chitale, sujata mastani, bedekar misal, etc?

Did you wonder why rangpanchami was always close to final exams?

Did you venture to appa balwant chowk as the schools were about to reopen after summer vacations?

Did you shop at laxmi road before Diwali?

Were you the first one to light cracker on Narak chaturthI?

Did you go to sarasbaug on narak chaturdashi mornimg?

Did you prepare clay fort and decorated it with idols?

Did you enjoy eating faral or helping ladies in the family prepare it?

Was watching TV idea to spend new years eve?

There are many and may memories about life in Old Pune. You may add to this list…..

Author runs a blog  http//nayakgiri.blogspot.com


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Contribute

So as this space (blog) got nascent, lets try to do some good contributions on this  forum.

On world front, lot of things are happening at speed mentioned above be it US politics, Brexit, Koreas, Syria, Saudi, Iran, Russia, Mexico, Afghanistan. As world enters few treasured months of summer, these are the issues which impact economy and directly the spirits of masses. Good days for some sectors which not for some. Technology scene is intriguing and promises some key inflection points.

Indian summer has led way to Monsoon on which its economy depends. Indian It also awaits paradigm shift thanks to various trade issues. We gear up to 2019, lot of political activities are shaping up. Only time will tell if the  opposition unity as shown in Karnataka is sustainable? Will it be applicable all over. Kashmir issue has turned more violent as it happens in summer. Pakistan is walking tight rope. There seems to be some sinister agenda on left to divide the nation on caste lines. Govt has taken lot of flak on implementation of aadhar linkup, demonetization, GST. Don’t expect more reforms and brave decisions till 2019.

In Maharashtra, SS is acting strangely just like any opportunist party. Even BJP is unsure to position itself due to tradition issues like separate vidharbha, their need to access keys of BMC, lack of local nuances in western maharashtra, marathwada and Konkan.

Pune having voted out NCP and having BJP in control, has got metro. Law and Order, Roads , pollution, traffic,environment, river cleaning etc issues are still in limbo.  Water issue is still a problem each year depending on Monsoon performance in the catchment areas. That reminds me of beautiful season for outings, trekking, tea, kanda bhaji, vad pav, bhutta…

As world will turn into soccer zone staring 14th june in Russia, indian cricket also has a summer to prove in England…..




Thursday, May 11, 2017

Midsummer Night's Dream


A take on IPL

Searing heat, Holidays for kids so keeping them busy with hobbies, camps and books, Mangoes, Vacations, Guests, Ice cream/beer parties depending upon your age/vices, Swimming, and finally since 2008 IPL made it into rituals of typical summer landscape of lifestyle.
Every night 8 pm was the time to switch on, see the best of international cricketers  in a mix with the new Indian talent hitting "Maximums" , Fours, getting wickets, catching and getting runouts. 
Initially when it all began in 2008, there was MonkeyGate looming after landmark Indian tour down under, so coming at right time IPL diffused tensions and made cricket a gentleman's game again. But that doesn't mean the aggression has died down on field.
There are many naysayers who feel IPL is circus, fixed, over rated, overkill of cricket. corrupt. And add to that wham bam non classical nature of t20 cricket over the longer formats. But for someone like me who has grown up on watching cricket and being a diehard fan (self proclaimed), any ball getting a wicket, or any stroke getting run is cherished. Add to that the drama of asking rates , match situations, brilliant performances, wrong decisions, and on the field tensions. They may say that only foolish watch ipl where players, officials, broadcasters, advertisers , all those who matter make money while we spend it as well as time and efforts. But watching IPL has been fun for last 10 years or so. It's more fun than watching unending serials, talk shows and stereotype movies. Aren't these cliché as well ?
It's been one experience watching in comforts of living rooms but also another to watch it in stadium. It's a big pain , crowd, heat , queues, traffic etc, but still the atmosphere compensates for all this.
There have been issues , controversies, scams, owners problems,  accusations , even murders. But then watching Gayle hitting sixes, AB playing those incredible shots, Virat's skills, Malinga's yorkers, Dhoni's finishing, young players showing off their talent, incredible fielding all makes these issues irrelevant for someone who is focused on cricket. As far as T20 format is concerned its only way cricket can be globalised. Cricket is followed by at least 25% of world population so means something and cannot be ignored.
Uncertainty of results add the intrigue. Any bottom finisher team can upset board leaders on any given day.
Staring with Mcullum's innings, Sachins innings, Gilchrist final innings, Dhoni's sixes in last over, Gayle double century, Pollards hitting , hattricks, Maxwell miller hitting, KKR's consistency there are many memories. Add to that personal memories of get-togethers, parties, public viewing events , those seen at exotic places while on vacation around important memorable matches. It's been an enjoyable experience
Mumbai, KKR, CSK won twice, Hyderabad also did same twice though they had different owners. RR inaugural run under Warne was intriguing as well as conspiracy theory angle. Let's see who wins 10th one.
Please note i am not on BCCI payrolls or of any stakeholder but plain simple cricket fan. But it's been fun all the while. It's now a part of Indian Summer just like Alphonso Mango: Delicious.

Author runs a blog : http://nayakgiri.blogspot.com



Thursday, March 30, 2017

Dream Season for a Die Hard Fan.....

What a season this has been on cricket front as well as for the nation.

It's been a while that  this space had  commented 'on the field' moments on  subject as trivial as cricket. But as everyone knows including the big brothers (Orwellian reference in this age) that this space belong to a blogger.

The season started with 4 tests in WI which was on the road and then home season run of 13 tests. Nevertheless the efficiency of Indian team on its own  shores was always been granted. There were the aberrations as  I recount like 2000 series with SA , 2004 Aus series. These two series were won by pace  which followed  a set trend  by WI wins in 80s (Marshall Holding and others). I remember the terror of these fast bowlers. I remember that series when we grew up to  drinking Thumsup and getting a player picture on reverse of the lid and completing the team to win fun bottles. How fooled we were just after a triumph at the Lords versus WI  when we claimed ourselves world champions on that glorious evening in London in June 03. But it was '85 Melbourne which made us felt like real champions which was followed with Rothmans trophy victory in Sharjah . Only instance when foreign spinners won on Indian soil in my cognizant  cricket memory is 2012-13 England in India . The pitch strategy had to be blamed apart from exceptional skills by Cook, Pieterson, Monty and Swann....

This season has been most memorable acknowledging the winning ratio of Indian team .  To say that it was a team effort is a cliché' but then all stood up when it counted; be it skilful spin of Ashwin, unsung batting heroics of Pujara, Rahul, Rahane , Vijay and most surprisingly pace efforts led by Umesh ( who was exceptional in his bowling ahead of leading pacers servicing their respective teams like SA, NZ , Aus , Eng), Ishant, Bhuvi ( priceless wicket of Smith whom we had no clue of getting out but this bowler had that in final decider innings). Few new comers made their inclusions count like Kuldip, Nair, Jayant . Lost were  the old guards like Mishra (Hard Trier), Rohit and few more .  I would like also to acknowledge the rubbing effects of Captain HOT ( as against reference to MSD) who mattered in all the season with his bat except that the  law of averages caught up in final series where he mattered in a different role  countering everything said against him and his team verbally . We did not miss Dhoni thanks to non fussed Saha behind wickets and scoring crucial runs. And last but not the least it was light and sound show of Sir Jadeja.  Also Kudos to Team Australia and captain smith for their performance and spirit.

It was not just the result of series vs Australia but consistent performance of team against England , NZ and WI ( Not that I discount Bangladesh) that made all fans, who followed Indian cricket religiously since the times of Gavaskar and the great Kapil Dev take a special note. We always will miss the generation of Ganguly, Dravid, VVS, Kumble neither we ignore the impact of greatest SRT in all formats and game patterns. Then Dhoni led us to ultimate glories in WC, ICCT20 and CT. Next Gen comprisng of Sehwag, Yuvi, Bhajji, Gambhir, Pathan  also clicked when it mattered the most. Unsung heroes like Kaif (lords 02), Agarkar (Adelaide 03), Bangar (Leeds 02), Akash Chopra and few more with due apologies for non  inclusion.




But this is pinnacle of history for a hard core fan like yours truly. I hear someone say that victories in away conditions matter most which they do but for now it's the best moment. Then always there is a final frontier for everyone in cricket and life as said by indomitable Steve Waugh . Just to mention that the Final Frontier  is as fictional as star trek for all teams playing now. There were teams like  WI in 80s and Aus in next two decades who managed to dominate everywhere. Wishing that this team does same.  Dil Mange More......

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Come November

Citizen reviews year 2016.

It was really an year of hectic November activities be it demonetization , US elections  and international terror.
Rest of the events were not as important unless if cricket is your religion . I am one of those who admire Dhoni . End of era or baton change. Legal problems of BCCI apart good time to be an Indian cricket  fan but for one semi-final in Mumbai during ICCT20WC.
I am no more fan of clichéd Bollywood but Dangal got one  of the Khans back  on tracks (despite parental guidelines in TZP) . Big B  rules again in Pink.  Year starting with Natasamrat  for Marathi but feel it's time to  get off Ventilator and move on from going wild as in Sairat.  Sorry theatre folks (including those at Happy colony Kothrud sangha) was not there to comment.
On world stage US elections ruled under awe for the incumbent who had defied everything in past but had to accommodate a new comer who deserves a chance despite a surprise. Need a full stop on terror . Lot of expectations for a newcomer.  World had refugee and terror issues (europe , turkey etc) which are still to be solved. Brexit also opened Pandora's box.
On demonetization having debated with all stake holders ,  it was  a  good move . Though could have been implemented better. Point is we have someone who acts despite odds. Being away from action  never helped for  me to comprehend but nothing mattered eventually for those on ground that what ground reality is. Move towards cashless (or less cash) was needed. Opposition got further into abyss and really feel there would have been better leaders to challenge the incumbents. But then few idiots on helm spoilt that . Not good for democracy. State elections in 17 will help us really gauge the winds of change.
Don't want to comment on IT and business these days.  There is a game changer evolving every day. Exciting time to be an entrepreneur. Real estate though needs to reinvent after November.  Make in India story needs impetus  and innovation.
Pune will go to municipal elections in 17 and post November we have seen many equations changing.  Metro and other few important plans have been approved but feel really sceptical about implementation. Thankfully we had good monsoon in 16 which eased out few problems.  Pune no more is as safe it was say in earlier years but still in comparison to peer cities its ok.
Year  2016 experienced  November Rains  but then  only  the time will tell its consequences
Year 2017  is  very important  new year and  has lots in store.  All the best. Lets enjoy 17th year of millennium. Last few years left as a teenager.

 Author runs blog http://nayakgiri.blogspot.com

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Family asks for stationery as offering during Ganeshotsav in Pune

While most people keep complaining about the wastage of food and excessive festivities during Ganeshotsav that only add eyeballs but don’t lend much significance, some have gone ahead and done something different to make the festival more meaningful.
Taking the lead is one family from Aundh, which has asked its guests visiting their home to take darshan of the idol with offerings as books, pencils, pens or any other stationery rather than eatables or flower garlands.
The initiative has been taken by Jignesh and Priya Karia, residents of Sindh Society who started the idea by messaging their friends and relatives a few days ago.
“Every festival we have been trying to reduce the unnecessary fanfare and instead do something meaningful for society as we think we owe to our future generations to set an example. So even on Diwali, rather than having a big puja, we went to an orphanage and celebrated there. This year, it was my husband and son Daiwik who suggested this idea to the family. Every year, we ask guests not to bring along any offerings, but they still end up doing it. So we decided to instead specify to them that we want them to bring stationery, be it a book or a pen,” says Priya.
The response, she says, has been heartwarming.
“It’s the first day, so we don’t know how much we would collect. But whatever we collect at the end of the festival, we have decided to double it with our contribution and give it to students of an orphanage or a municipal school,” she said.
The effect of this small effort has already started showing. One of Priya’s friends is Monica Arora, director of Beacon High School on Moshi’s Spine Road. “I thought why not educate the children of our school to follow this practice. Rather than taking sweets or flowers, why not take stationery as prasad. And that is why we held awareness lectures for students, making them realise the significance of this act. We have asked them to follow suit and also to spread the word to devotees around them,” says Arora.

Friday, May 13, 2016

दोन आठवड्यानंतर ही नगर रोड बीआरटी मुलभूत सुरक्षा व आयटीएमएस अखंडित बीआरटी मार्गिका ,वीज पुरवठा, गर्दीच्या चौकातील बीआरटी दुभाजक गायब,पादचारी सिग्नल-वार्डन

We had written to you twice earlier on the subject.You had promised to meet on 2nd May 2016, yet we are awaiting the appointment.
We again visited for the update on Sunday 8th May 2016.
The condition has gone bad to worse,re NAGAR RD BRT:EVEN AFTER 2 WEEKS

BASIC REQUISITES :
1.SAFETY MEASURES GROSSLY NEGLECTED:

2.ITMS in buses as well as at bus stations missing,nonfunctional,damaged, partly working.Yerwada,Pachva Mail,Tata Guard Room,Chandan nagar,Janak baba,Aaple Ghar,Kharadi byepass,Vimannagar,

3.WARDENS not deployed,not present,not effective, not authorised.Vadgao Sheri,

4.MISSING CONTINUITY of BRT CORRIDOR- TATA GUARD ROOM, APLE GHAR TO WAGHOLI (5kms)

5.DAMAGED DIVIDERS,PUNCTURES,NO SIGNALS at crowded junctions,Shastrinagar,Ramwadi,Vadgao Sheri phata,Vimannagar,

6.Bus station doors, damaged, missing, non functional.Repair work of inferior quality, Rollers damaged uprooted fell in corridor.Ramwadi,Yerwada.

7.Vehicles incl ST Buses,2wheelers encroaching in BRT CORRIDOR etc,etc.,etc.

8.Buses breakdown in BRT CORRIDOR.

9.PMP EMPLOYEE MISSING at Vimannagar ,Wadia Bungloetc.

10.Wagholi is not at all BRT TRANSFER TERMINAL, hardly 30% of the Nagar Rd PMP buses go to Terminal that too only for turning & resting, mere 2-3% commuters go to Terminal for boarding bus.Moreover buses never cometo temperory stand, No information at all of routes.timingsetc. no water,notoilets .

11.70-80% buses & 97% commuters forced to use unsafe dangerous without bus stop sign board or shelter bus stop on NAGAR RD HIGHWAY KESNAND JUNCTION-WAGHOLI.
12.Racing buses in BRT CORRIDOR/JUNCTION.
13.NO ROAD FURNITURE RE NOTICES,WARNINGS AT ENTRY/EXIT OF BRT CORRIDOR,PEDESTRIANS CROSSINGS FOR PEDESTRIANS , BUS COMMUTERS, BUS DRIVERS, VEHICLE USERS etc.
14.noPROPER TRAININGTO BUS DRIVERS, PMP ATTENDANTS, SECURITY GUARDS, TRAFFIC WARDENS.
The photos attached.



दोन आठवड्यानंतर ही नगर रोड बीआरटी मुलभूत सुरक्षा आयटीएमएस अखंडित बीआरटी मार्गिका ,वीज पुरवठा, गर्दीच्या चौकातील बीआरटी दुभाजक गायब,पादचारी सिग्नल-वार्डन च्या गंभीर त्रुटी कायम, मनपा पीएमपी उदासीन (फोटो पहा )
Your urgent attention and action requested before a major mishap takes place, already 5 accidents-5 injured in NAGAR RD BRT in first 5 Days itself.
jugal rathi  vivek velankar  sanjay shitole  satish chitale
P M P  P R A V A S I  M A N C H,  P U N E
qaneez sukhrani

NAGAR ROAD CITIZENS FORUM 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

NAGAR RD BRT:EVEN AFTER 2 WEEKS,BASIC REQUISITES,SAFETY MEASURES GROSSLY NEGLECTED: ITMS,WARDENS,MISSING CONTINUITY,DAMAGED

Dear Sir,
We had written to you twice earlier on the subject.You had promised to meet on 2nd May 2016, yet we are awaiting the appointment.
We again visited for the update on Sunday 8th May 2016.
The condition has gone bad to worse,re NAGAR RD BRT:EVEN AFTER 2 WEEKS

BASIC REQUISITES :
1.SAFETY MEASURES GROSSLY NEGLECTED:

2.ITMS in buses as well as at bus stations missing,nonfunctional,damaged, partly working.Yerwada,Pachva Mail,Tata Guard Room,Chandan nagar,Janak baba,Aaple Ghar,Kharadi byepass,Vimannagar,

3.WARDENS not deployed,not present,not effective, not authorised.Vadgao Sheri,

4.MISSING CONTINUITY of BRT CORRIDOR- TATA GUARD ROOM, APLE GHAR TO WAGHOLI (5kms)

5.DAMAGED DIVIDERS,PUNCTURES,NO SIGNALS at crowded junctions,Shastrinagar,Ramwadi,Vadgao Sheri phata,Vimannagar,

6.Bus station doors, damaged, missing, non functional.Repair work of inferior quality, Rollers damaged uprooted fell in corridor.Ramwadi,Yerwada.

7.Vehicles incl ST Buses,2wheelers encroaching in BRT CORRIDOR etc,etc.,etc.

8.Buses breakdown in BRT CORRIDOR.

9.PMP EMPLOYEE MISSING at Vimannagar ,Wadia Bungloetc.

10.Wagholi is not at all BRT TRANSFER TERMINAL, hardly 30% of the Nagar Rd PMP buses go to Terminal that too only for turning & resting, mere 2-3% commuters go to Terminal for boarding bus.Moreover buses never cometo temperory stand, No information at all of routes.timingsetc. no water,notoilets .

11.70-80% buses & 97% commuters forced to use unsafe dangerous without bus stop sign board or shelter bus stop on NAGAR RD HIGHWAY KESNAND JUNCTION-WAGHOLI.
12.Racing buses in BRT CORRIDOR/JUNCTION.
13.NO ROAD FURNITURE RE NOTICES,WARNINGS AT ENTRY/EXIT OF BRT CORRIDOR,PEDESTRIANS CROSSINGS FOR PEDESTRIANS , BUS COMMUTERS, BUS DRIVERS, VEHICLE USERS etc.
14.noPROPER TRAININGTO BUS DRIVERS, PMP ATTENDANTS, SECURITY GUARDS, TRAFFIC WARDENS.
The photos attached.

Your urgent attention and action requested before a major mishap takes place, already 5 accidents-5 injured in NAGAR RD BRT in first 5 Days itself.

Monday, April 25, 2016

BRT NAGAR ROAD: BEFORE ROLL OUT, ENSURE ; 1.SAFETY & OPERATIONAL READINESS, 2.EFFECTIVE MAINTENANCE & ENFORCEMENT SYSTEMS IN PLACE, 3.AUDIT BY EXPERTS & COMMUTERS 4.EXTENSIVE PUBLIC OUTREACH

BRT NAGAR ROAD:
BEFORE ROLL OUT, PLEASE ENSURE ;
1.SAFETY & OPERATIONAL READINESS
2. EFFECTIVE MAINTENANCE & ENFORCEMENT SYSTEMS IN PLACE,
3.AUDIT BY EXPERTS & COMMUTERS
4.EXTENSIVE PUBLIC OUTREACH
Dear Sirs,
a. TransferTerminal be well designed & fully developed and complete incl,ITMS,Real time passenger information,amenities,off board ticketing/pass centre,etc.
b. Extended corridor to Wagholi Terminal be completed in all respects BRT Ready.
c. Operational & Safety Audit by Experts & NGO/Commuter representatives.  
d. Bus stops were built since 3-4 years;were damaged ,Ensure duly repaired doors functional, seating in good condition,pathway intact, electric fittings etc.
e. Inverter/uninterrupted power supply at each bus station and bus terminal.
f.  Warden recruitment,training,deployment at bus stops,traffic signals,entry/exit of BRT Corridor,pedestrian crossings, physical presence at given destination & time duration;attendence muster on site/nearest bus stop,regular supervision-records, escalation,deterrent action.
g. BRT Trained Drivers only, A list of such drivers, Depo Manager to ensure.For Defaults severe action on Contractors/Depo Managers
h. Drivers talking on mobile while driving, jumping red signal,racing & overtaking within BRT Corridor should be suspended.
i.  Road Furniture;Distinct,Prominent,Safety Notices/Instructions for citizens,passengers,pedestrians,other vehicles at every junction,
pedestrians crossings,& at distance of every 200 meters.
j. Good Illumination at bus stop, Traffic Junctions,Entry/Exit of Corridor,Pedestrians crossings,thru night BRT Operations time.
k. Direct Ticket for Direct Passengers beyond BRT Corridor valid for any bus on the route.
l. Free Bus Travel for One Month & at 50% rates for ticket/passes next 2 months for BRT Promotion and for converting private vehicle users to BRT.
m. Synchronized ITMS to ensure Bus Doors & Bus Stop Doors will not open without proper docking of buses AND Bus will not start without closing of Bus & Bus stop doors.
n. The bus be deployed on route only if checked and ITMS and doors are functional and in good condition.
o. The contractors should be required to maintain 15 % spare buses for  redeploying in case of break downs , doors not operational, ITMS non-functional.
p. Do not be dependent totally on Contractors for BRT Operations.They have held city & lakhs of passengers to ransom by declaring BUS STOPPAGE.
q. PMPML has 650 right side doors JNNURM buses in its fleet. These buses be made BRT READY.
r. The BRT training be imparted to 200 PMPML drivers, who can be deployed on BRT when needed.
s. The Passenger information Display,incl Reserved Seats,Helplines,Bus Numbers,be prominently ,visibly,distinctly displayed at one or multiple locations in buses & bus stops/ terminals , AND if space available, then only, it be allotted to Advertisers. Any violations be dealt with  seriously, penalised and advertisement contractor be blacklisted, and contract be cancelled.(Vishrantwadi terminal)
t. Buses also running in MV lanes and some buses travelling in BRT lane but not halting at bus stations is grossly wrong and ridiculous and be totally banned
No other vehicles be permitted in BRT Corridor.
u. BRT Full length corridor, and ALL announced bus stations must be BRT ready & operational before roll out.
(After 8 months even,Sangvi phata bus station not operational; Break in between BRT corridor, BRT buses use Service road).
Most of above measures suggested are based on our own ill experiences of recently rolled out BRT Corridors(photos available):
i.Sangamwadi-Vishrantwadi. ii.Sangvi-Kivale. iii.Bhosari-Hinjewadi.
v.  Prompt & Effective Grievance Redressal system. Hundreds of complaints registered with PMPML but no effective action.
BRT Nagar Road is delayed for 3-4years , it is essential that it should be rolled out earlier, but
BRT NAGAR ROAD: BEFORE ROLL OUT, PLEASE ENSURE ;
1.SAFETY & OPERATIONAL READINESS,
2. EFFECTIVE MAINTENANCE & ENFORCEMENT SYSTEMS IN PLACE,
3.AUDIT BY EXPERTS & COMMUTER
4.Extensive PUBLIC OUTREACH .
Thanks & Regards,
jugal rathi   vivek velankar  sanjay shitole  satish chitale
P M P  P R A V A S I  M A N C H
sudhir jatar,
Nagrik Chetna Manch
qaneez sukhrani, Association of Nagar Road Citizens Forums

sherna gandhy, Viman Nagar Citizens Forum

Thursday, April 14, 2016

१२०० बस खरेदीतून वाहतूक प्रश्न सुटणार",जाणीवपूर्वक दिशाभूल करणारा,पीएमपी साठी आत्मघातकी निर्णय , कोणाच्या हिताचा ?

Hon CM & Hon Transport Minister, Hon Mayor,Hon MC, PUNE & PIMPRI CHINCHWAD
Hon CMD & Directors,PMPML,Pune
Dear Madam & Sirs

"१२०० बस खरेदीतून वाहतूक प्रश्न सुटणार",जाणीवपूर्वक दिशाभूल करणारा,पीएमपी साठी आत्मघातकी निर्णय , कोणाच्या हिताचा ?
The representation in marathi is attached.
Your urgent attention & action solicited to save only Public Transport available for 65 lakhs citizens of PMC & PCMC  alongwith surroundings, "१२०० बस खरेदीतून वाहतूक प्रश्न सुटणार",जाणीवपूर्वक दिशाभूल करणारा,पीएमपी साठी आत्मघातकी निर्णय , कोणाच्या हिताचा ?
THANKS & REGARDS,

jugal rathi  vivek velankaqr  sanjay shitole  satish chitale

P M P    P R A V A S I    M A N C H

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