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download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Published: October 12,there will be formal introduction of the state office-bearers with Amit Shah, Bajpai said Sources said that Shah will also hold discussion on the probable candidates for LS elections As it will be Shahs first visit to Lucknowthe party is planning to give him a grand welcome Shah being a confidant of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modiwho could be the leader of the partys campaign committeea huge gathering of leaders and Lok Sabha ticket seekers is expected at the party office For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi | Updated: March 10 2014 10:55 am With the model code of conduct in place affordable housing has become a distant dream for slum dwellers (IE photo: Amit Mehra) Related News Conceived as an answer to stop the mushrooming of slums in the capital affordable housing for those belonging to economically weaker sections has been a poll promise made by all political parties Even years after a project is completed no steps are taken to ensure that these houses are allotted to their rightful owners Now with the model code of conduct in place affordable housing has become a distant dream for slum dwellers RUHI BHASIN does a realty check As one approaches Ghoga in Bawana Outer Delhi one is greeted by rows of white buildings huddled together wearing a desolate look These buildings house 3680 flats meant for those from the economically weaker sections Constructed by the Delhi government in 2008 the only human presence here six year later is a lone guard outside the complex still awaiting the arrival of the people these flats were meant for The lack of a government policy regarding allotment of EWS houses has meant that around 13800 EWS flats (including the 3680 flats in Ghoga) have remained unoccupied in different parts of the capital With the model code of conduct in place now these flats will continue to remain empty until a new government is formed and fresh policies are drawn up The Sheila Dikshit government had tried to come up with a policy for allotting these flats The government had formed a high-level committee of principal secretaries to allot low-cost houses to eligible applicants under the Rajiv Ratna Awas Yojna The committee was asked to define the criteria under which applicants would be eligible and finalise the modalities of the allotment process According to the eligibility criteria fixed 3000 of the 8000 applicants were found to be eligible — roughly 45 per cent of the total slum dwellers This meant the government had to come up with a new policy When the AAP government came to power in December last year the then urban development minister Manish Sisodia spoke of a need to come up with a “holistic policy for slum dwellers” “A committee was formed under the AAP government comprising members of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) the Delhi Police and officials of the Urban Development department among others The committee was to come up with a new policy for allotment of EWS houses Deliberations are still on The policy however can only take shape after the Lok Sabha elections” a senior DUSIB official said The six years have taken their toll on the flat complexes in Ghoga Many flats have broken windowpanes the white paint has begun to chip and grass and weed have overrun the complex Where a school should have been is an empty plot “A few guards are stationed in the complex and we have to pay for tanker water There is no water or power connection here We have been asking the government agency to install a gate for the complex but it has not materialised” the guard said The Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) has constructed around 13800 EWS flats in Bawana Bhorgarh Narela Ghoga and Baprola According to the DUSIB another 45000 houses are under construction in areas such as Pooth Khurd and Kanjhawala But the 200-odd families relocated to Bawana Sector-3 during the Commonwealth Games said they regretted moving there DDA The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is already falling behind its target of building one lakh flats under the EWS and low-cost housing categories in three years Its projects were announced in 2011-12 Three years later the land agency is yet to allot a single flat A total of 2300 EWS flats constructed using pre-fabricated technology in Dwarka Pocket-8 Sector-23B have been ready since March 2013 These flats were to be allotted to slum dwellers in Indira Camp 2 4 5 3 and 6 Vikaspuri and Shanker Garden The DDA had earlier claimed that it was carrying out verification of the allottees but according to DDA vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar with the code of conduct in place the verification process will have to wait until the Lok Sabha elections are over “The verification process has come to a standstill and will resume after the elections” he said The Urban Development Ministry has continuously emphasised the need for EWS housing saying the DDA’s most important goal was to develop EWS housing as “this is an area where we fall short” In fact it is seen as an important step to check the rise of slum clusters A DDA project to construct 10000 flats in Rohini has run into opposition from the residents of Barwala village “The villagers are not letting us work This land was acquired from them several years ago But the cost of land has increased manifold since then The villagers are now demanding a higher compensation The Supreme Court has already vacated the stay in this matter but the villagers are still not allowing us to carry out work” Kumar said According to the DDA 17297 EWS flats are being constructed in Rohini and Narela “Up to 285 flats are being constructed in Sector-4 Rohini besides 3060 in Sirsapur and 4655 in Narela Sector-2678” DDA spokesperson Neemo Dhar said “Around 37000 low-cost houses will be constructed as in-situ redevelopment whereby a slum will be relocated to a nearby area while the housing project is completed in its place Such redevelopment will be taken up in Kathputli Colony Kalkaji and Jailer Wala Bagh” an official said But with a large section of Kathputli Colony residents protesting the move to shift them to a transit camp in Anand Parbat the DDA said the future of such projects will depend on the success of the Kathputli scheme “With the model code of conduct in place no new initiative for the residents of the colony can be announced now” the official said According to the DDA vice-chairperson land pooling policy is the only hope to address the present shortage of affordable housing in the city Sector-3 in Bawana has a school building but no teachers Nobody has ever told them about the right to education And even if someone did it means little to the children of Bawana Sector-3 For them school is a dilapidated building resembling a dumpyard outside which they often gather to play This building within the Bawana residential complex has been shut ever since some of the older children took it upon themselves to teach the younger ones in the absence of any school staff The other school in the vicinity is over 2 km away residents said — not an option in the face of lack of transportation in the area “The children who are four to five years old can’t be sent to school on their own What do we do How do we ensure that our children get educated There is only one bus that comes in the morning Though it is supposed to come at 5 am it arrives on most days by 7 am” Rampyari a resident said Her two children aged four and five don’t attend school According to residents a group of older children started teaching the younger ones in the building within the complex But this stopped in 2013 when government officials came and told them that the school would be operated by the municipal corporation “No one has bothered to come here since They just locked up the building and went away” Tej Singh another resident said The school building is rundown its windows and doors broken “Now the younger children mostly while away their time as their parents don’t know how to get them to the nearest government school Very few of us have the money to afford private schools” Singh said Most of the residents here have been relocated from various slum clusters across Delhi in the run-up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games There are 1184 flats in this complex of which only 268 have been occupied so far “The older children who go to school or college in other parts of the city have to wait for the lone bus from 5 am onwards every day The ordeal doesn’t end there It’s even tougher to get back to Bawana from the city Over six hours of a person’s life goes in travelling each day Some of these children are short on attendance due to this” Suresh a resident said “Moving here was the biggest mistake of our lives Our children lead an isolated life There are hardly any facilities here as this is an industrial area — not meant for residential purposes Most people find it hard to make ends meet as most of their money goes in travelling” Rampyari said Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) officials said the civic body would start operating the school from the new academic term which starts in April The North Municipal Corporation claimed it was setting up porta cabins near the Bawana colony to start a temporary school “We were not given any school building but were instead offered empty plots to set up cabins We chose the biggest one and are constructing porta cabins near Sector-3 Bawana to start a school from April onwards” North corporation spokesperson Yogender Singh Mann said The school building meanwhile has been left to rot For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sushant Kulkarni | Pune | Published: November 25 2013 2:27 am Related News To tackle the problem of reaching the place of disaster quickly through the narrow lanes and bylanes of the citythe Pune Fire Brigade had inducted six bikes fully-equipped with modern tools in March last year Much to the citys dismaytheir induction has been of little use as they were used just once in 20 months As staffers pointed fingers at the administration for not letting them use the bikessenior officials blamed the staffers saying they are reluctant to use them?he says,which is owned by Parveen Kumar, 2012 1:39 am Related News Pune city continued to receive showers for the second consecutive day with the Met department recording 3. Bachchan? Multi-agency search operation is underway to fish out the bodies of the victim. Medical Certificate of Cause-of-Death (MCCD), Delhi government had sent a report of a fact-finding committee on the ‘scam’ to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. al-Banna.

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Alonso also said the success of Zinedine Zidane has surprised him in his first year in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu “Of course Zidane has surprised me as a coach I didn’t know how he would do” said Alonso whose final year in the Spanish capital was spent with Zidane as assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti “He was helpful during the Decima year (in 2014) He couldn’t have done better He won the Undecima (11th Champions League title) they have a six-point advantage and they’re dominating” he added Alonso reckoned that Madrid’s presiding “air of superiority” bodes well for Saturday’s El Clasico at Camp Nou while he considers Barcelona to be content with a counter-attacking approach “Madrid have a solidity when it comes to approaching matches In games in which they play well and others where they’re not as good they have the confidence that they’re going to do well” he said “They have an air of superiority in a good way Barcelona are suffering in some games away from home This Barca is better playing on the counter-attack they’ve changed their type of game In Pep Guardiola’s era they were better playing positionally” he said For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsNew Delhi: AAP MLA Somnath Bharti’s ‘Don’ his pet dog was given the clean chit by a city court on Wednesday which said the allegation of the canine biting his wife was unfounded It observed that the recorded conversation regarding the alleged bite and the Labrador’s subsequent examination by the vets reflected versions different than the allegations of Bharti’s wife Lipika Mitra "Perusal of the case diary dated 30 September show that examination of dog Don by the board of the doctors of animal husbandry hospital was conducted and applicant (Bharti) was directed to give commands to Don ie Don come Don bark Don bite.Don sit down etc but dog Don did not respond on his commands" Additional Sessions Judge Anil Kumar said Somnath Bharti’s dog ‘Don’ Screengrab from YouTube He said that status report of police and copy of e-mails exchanged between Bharti and Lipika shows that only after a few days of the incident of alleged dog biting the pet had remained in her house and she was "concerned of the responsibilities of the dog while applicant was not there" "This taking care of dog by the complainant was despite the fact as alleged by her that this dog assaulted her just one-two days before on the command of applicant (Bharti)" the court said It further said "serious allegations made by the complainant are not in consonance with her recorded conversations with applicant Recorded conversation on the point of dog bite and wrist slit reflect different versions" Regarding the injuries on Lipika and her allegation of wrist sliting the judge said "I have gone through the police file also and find no medical evidence in support of the incident of alleged wrist slit of night intervening 27-28 May2015 There is only MLC dated 11 June which only mentions about old cut marks but no external injury" Lipika has alleged that the AAP leader had unleashed his pet on her during pregnancy and even slit her wrist with a kitchen knife Based on these allegation police had booked Bharti for attempt to murder charges under section 307 of IPC and other charges Police had also examined Bharti’s pet to ascertain the allegation after taking it into custody PTI Mumbai: A delegation of DMK leaders on Wednesday met Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao in Mumbai and demanded dismissal of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswamy and some other ministers after tax officials questioned Health Minister C Vijayabaskar in an alleged tax evasion case The party in a memorandum urged the Governor to dismiss the Chief Minister and other ministers allegedly involved in corruption Raj Bhavan sources said The delegation comprised DMK leaders R S Bharathi TKS Elangovan and Tiruchi N Siva Tamil Nadu governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao News18 The memorandum also highlighted some other issues pertaining to Tamil Nadu The Income Tax Department officials had earlier this week questioned Vijayabaskar and actor-politician Sarath Kumar in an alleged tax evasion case It also conducted searches at the official residence and properties owned by Vijayabaskar and at Sarath Kumar’s home in Chennai on April seven The searches at the premises of an associate of Vijayabaskar had allegedly revealed routing of Rs 89 crore for distribution to voters in RK Nagar Assembly constituency where a bypoll was originally scheduled for 12 April The Election Commission has cancelled the bypoll saying the electoral process has been "seriously vitiated" by parties through the use of money power By: PTI | Mumbai | Published: November 14 2016 12:40 pm Music composer-singer Himesh Reshammiya says he is in a position in his career where he does not need to prove his calibre to anyone and just focus on taking his music a notch higher Top News Music composer-singer Himesh Reshammiya says he is in a position in his career where he does not need to prove his calibre to anyone and just focus on taking his music a notch higher Himesh who is up with a new album Aap Se Mausiiquii says with a hit track record of more than 500 songs he now wants to focus on exclusivity than being in the number race with other musicians “Right now I don’t need to prove anything with my music I just need to get it right Till the time I don’t get it right I don’t let it come out in the market I keep working I have a track record of more than 650 hit songs 115 films so there is nothing to prove”Himesh told PTI in an interview “It (the brand) has to be maintained I just have to live up to the expectations of the audience that is the reason I’ve been very choosy” he adds With new singles coming out in the market every month Himesh who has truncated his work over the years does not feel insecure “I don’t feel insecure being exclusive I’ve over the years introduced so many singers and composers That is very important I can’t do 35 films a year which I used to do then It is not possible now The scenario has changed” “You can’t be doing quantity In the initial phase when you have to make a mark you have to do quantity but after that you have to become exclusive” the 43-year-old artist said Himeshhas joined hands with label T-Series for his new album which will have 10 original songs and videos The Prem Ratan Dhan Payo composer says the idea to do this album which is a follow up to his 2006 super-hit Aap Kaa Suroor? Justice Mudgal had earlier told the high court that some directors of DDCA were wilfully trying to “scuttle” the ongoing domestic season and had sought urgent orders to the cricketing body to implement the directions he has issued since August 22. But respectable opinion has been consistently wrong lately.

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