DTC (Delhi) Bus-Then and Now (1995-2014)

I love to have great heavy Breakfast and  more Quainter the place, the more I love it. So When I got to know that there is an Eatlo Eatup at Cafe Ama in Majnu ka Tila area in Delhi, then me and Gurleen (I’m her Husband) decided to go for it.

Though Gurleen had a meeting at 11am in North Delhi, she still insisted to be part of it.

We went in a single car and decided that I shall take a Metro from Vishwa Vidhyalya Metro Station and come to office after changing the Train from Rajiv Chowk.

 

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The Meal was OK, the Place was Awesome and while we walked to our Car, I realized that Gurleen has a meeting in Shalimar Bagh. Shalimar Bagh is almost halfway to our home so decided that taking a Metro would take an Hour and Auto would not take more than 30 minutes.

On the way till Shalimar Bagh, I thought that I have to go Straight only on Ring Road till Maya Puri Chowk, so why not take a bus, rather than an Auto. As it is, it’s been long that I have not been on a Bus.

And so, Gurleen dropped me at Shalimar Bagh Bus Stand. Somehow I assumed that almost all the buses shall go straight till Mayapuri and hitched on to the bus which came as soon as I got down. While taking the ticket realized that it would not go to Maya Puri Chowk and hence got down immediately at the next Traffic Light and walked back towards the Bus Stand. Thankfully after 6 Buses drove by, a Bus came which would be going via Maya Puri Chowk.  And I hopped on. Bas uske baad hum the…. Aas paas ka Mast nazara tha aur bahut Insights thi, which I absorbed, Clicked, Enjoyed and now sharing some.

Delhi is Beautiful as it is, aur zara Upar se dekho to aur bhi khoobsurat hai. In this case a few feet above Ground, from a Bus.

Some Things I noticed inside the bus….

  • The Seats are very comfortable and even have Seat Belts. (They must Install Seat belts on State Transport buses too)

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  • Lots of Emergency Exits. But sadly one of them needs a Hammer to “Break it”. And there is No hammer in Sight. So, When you hop on a Bus, Ensure you have a Carpenter along :-)

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  • The Conductor did his Job very well and was In Proper Crisp uniform.

  • Earlier, there was fear that someone may Snatch your bag or Pick your wallet & jump from a Moving Bus. But now as the doors are closed, One can heave a sigh of relief…….. Till the doors open :-)

  • There are some people who are doing some great work. For example, this subway down there was Very Colorful, but Dust had covered it and rather than being an Attraction, it has become an eye sore. Shall share this pic with respective authorities and agar Ek mahine mein saaf nahi hota, then shall go with friends and clean this. Atleast once. Some times, One time is all that matters :-)

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  • The Bus Stops are really Clean and Maintained well. Baithne ke liye saaf jagah mil jaye, wohi bahut hota hai.

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  • In case of Fire, The Bus does have a Fire Extinguisher. :-)

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  • I saw this Poster of Arvind Kejriwal inside the bus. No, I don’t think it was Paid for to DTC.

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  • The City is Awesome, Down there was an Under Pass. And on the Surface level was again a Road and  On top of it, was a Flyover where I clicked this pic from a Bus and overhead there was Metro Train running.  Four Levels!! :-)

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I know,  bahut parr liya aapne, so ab aap agar is window ko band kar denge, to mein bura nahi manunga. But if you can spare 165 more seconds, then do read on. May be this becomes the topic of discussion with someone you meet today. Facts to pata hi hone chahiye na :-)

So here it is…..

I have shared some Experiences from 1995 when I used to travel a lot on DTC buses and have compared them with today’s experience.  .

                                             Difference In travelling in a DTC Bus-THEN and NOW

THEN 1995

NOW 2014

in 1996 , The Student pass was for Rs 12.50 Rs and allowed you to travel unlimited times for a month

Today for a 5 Km Distance, I paid the Same Amount

Earlier the Male-Female Ratio was 50-8

Today it was 50-2. Seems, Females Prefer the Safer Metro, even if the time taken is longer some times. :-)

Earlier The Conductor used to sit in the last and we used to first grab seats wherever we got, and passed a 5 Rs coin and asked some one ki Do rupye ki ek Ticket le dena and he would pass it to his piche wala.

Today, The Conductor sits in the centre, and you need to get up and get your Tickets.. Because the gaps between seats has increased, more so between the front seats and conductor’s Seat

Earlier, it was Get up get down anywhere. I remember, getting down from a chalti hui Bus many times. But once I miscalculated and crashed with my full body on the ground. It was not a Busy road and thankfully no traffic was coming piche se :-)

Today the Gates are closed when the bus is moving so not as easy

Earlier Most of the time was spent on seeing bahar or Snoozing or Talking to Co-Passengers. I remember, Once I told a lady on the Bus ki Unke Khaali kaan acche nahi lag rahe. And she smiled and took out her Earrings and wore them usi time. I still think ki usne mujhe channtta kyu nahi maara :-)

Today, It was same as far as snoozing is concerned. But today some people were snoozing while wearing ear phones. Good Way, Jab Gaana chal raha hai to masti ho rahi hai. And Gaana band ho jaye to headphones will cut the external chatter and shor.

Earlier, The Entire route of the Bus was written at the Entry gate and even on Wind Screen of Bus

Today just the final destination is written. Khud soch lo. And issi Wajah se, I got on to a wrong Bus today/ Thankfully it was red Light after the Bus Stand and I got off and walked back to Bus Stand

Thanks for reading through all this. I/m not sure, if you liked reading it. But if you did.. Then through some signal do let me know. It Shall add more Ink in my pen.  The Ways to Signal are… By Liking the Post on Blog, Commenting on Blog, Sharing on Blog and Subscribing the Blog.
Uff.. Seems I’m watching too many TVF Videos. Woh bhi end mein aise hi bolte hai :-)

 

 

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Band Aid creates Bonds!

2014-11-27 14.51.47This evening after Trade Fair ki Sair and Cha Bar ka Khana, Gurleen and me went to Gurdwara Bangla Sahib.

There I overheard these 7 kids who sounded a bit worried and got to know that one of them has hurt his Finger. I always carry a Band Aid in my Wallet and offered to help. Saw his Finger which had some internal injury and small Blood Clot had appeared which would normally be healed with passage of time. But to pacify them, I told them to use a Band Aid and on application they seem to be happy. Probably a Psychological effect.

Now, they had seen me clicking a Pic & asked me to click one of them and I obliged. I asked them if they have Mail accounts. None of them did.

One of them pointing a finger towards a Friend said….. “Isko Bhej do, iske Papa ki Sarkaari naukri hai, wohi net karte hai”

Other pointing to another said “Iska Bhai to bahut net use karta hai”

The Ones in School Uniform were Bunking School and were afraid that they may get caught. But then they said…. “Bhaiya, Isko faceBook par daal dena. Pakkra gaya to bol doonga koi aur hai”
Why am I posting this?
Because these Kids asked me to do so!

Also because, Though I had a very Special Day today, however they made it more special.

They made me Smile, They made me feel happy!

#EkKahaniAisi

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Appy Ending

APP-y Ending!!!!

 

 

After a Long Saturday night doing Research at Ashoka University, Richa was able to go to bed only at 4 am. She placed an alarm to get up at 8 so that she could catch the train to Vidisha. Vidisha is a District in Madhya Pradesh, where Richa and her family belonged to. She was going to meet her parents after 4 months and it was more special because Diwali was 3 days away.

Richa was here in Delhi for a 1 year research program for creating an App that had the potential to change people’s life with regards to any Skin problem they may have.

The App could actually put a Dermatologist out of business. As once completed, this app could make anyone self diagnose any skin allergy, Rashes, Changes in Colour, Pigmentation etc.  that one may have.

One just needs to Switch on the cam, activate the app on their Smart Phone & then try to see the affected area through the screen.

Derma

After 10 seconds of capturing that area, the screen would tell all about the skin. The Colour, The Structure, The Texture, The kind of Allergy, The Cause, time it may take to heal and also the cure and that too only after paying 2 US $ for the download of app which would come with unlimited usage policy.

At least this is what she envisaged.

 

 

She had some savings and most of them had been spent on buying a Laptop and on paying monthly bills of her High Speed Internet back home so that she could surf more You Tube Videos, Read more about Skin & connect with able Professors who would keep sharing their feedback on her progress and once in a while would also come and chat with Skype.

The Only problem she faced was of Devices, which kept changing (read upgraded) every quarter. The devices were costly and she was not able to buy them.

But thanks to the Scholarship from Ashoka University, she could access their pool of assets and use Phone Instruments and experiment any development she made on the app.

 

By 10 in the morning, Richa was already in the Vidisha bound Jhelum Express which would take 11 hours to reach home.

As Richa had a long Night, she slept immediately after she boarded.

And by the time it turned 2, it was also time for Agra Cantt. Station to come, where Richa had planned to get down and grab some Cholle Poori for Lunch.

Once at Station she bought a plate of Cholle Poori and started eating it on the busy platform as she  knew that the train would stay here for another 15 minutes and was hence relaxed.

Once done with the tasty Cholle Poori and hands cleaned by lightly rubbing them against her faded jeans she went to the newspaper stall to pick up the Hindustan Times which was her daily read in the University Library.

What blew up her mind was the Front page ad of Samsung Note 3.

 

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She thought, Combination of a Phone with so many features and a Big Screen would make her app research and development more effective.

The entire journey to Vidisha was now spent thinking about Note 3. Note 3 had created a spell on her but there was no way she could afford such an expensive phone.  All her saved Money was spent on her Laptop. Also the Rs. 3000 she got as stipend barely covered her entertainment expenses, which would be watching Movie Once every week and on her Love for eating Pizzas. And whatever she could save, was spent on Pen Drives, Magazine/Book Subscriptions etc.

So the only option was to talk to her father, which she did after Diwali. But she was told that though they respect her decision of not taking up the Campus Placement last year where she was offered a Job of 12 Lakhs per Annum, but they will not cough up any money for this phone of Rs. 40,000/-. It partly reflected her father’s frustration too, as he thought once Richa’s College would be over, he would be able to get a sigh of relief financially and also get their home painted this Diwali from Richa’s salary.

Home Painting was a decision which was being delayed for past 4 years. And this Diwali it would be the 5th.

Her Dad told him, if she wants the phone, she should take up a job and spend herself.

Taking up a Job was never difficult for Richa. After all she had topped the university back home. But her plans were different.

This Diwali many relatives came to Richa’s house and they all gifted her Rs 100 as Diwali gift.

 

Happy Diwali

On Diwali Night Richa counted it and realized she has 1200 Rs.

This sparked an idea & for the next 2 days she went to every relative she knew of in the city.

She would go and Say, “Hello Uncle jee, was passing by here so, thought to meet you” And since she was going there after a long period and that too in festive season, she never came without Rs 50 or 100 as gift from them.

Though she had already visited 12 Relatives, but she realized that this plan had no punch as the total money did not even cross Rs 2500.

Anyways, with Rs, 4000 in her pocket she headed back to Delhi. The Additional 1500 came from Rs 500 each given by Papa, Mummy and Daadi.

Though she had a great time this Diwali, but she was not thinking of the pleasant time she spent with family, but of the Phone she wanted to have which would make her app more effective and also she loved the phone itself. She called it a “Piece of Art”

Back in University she got back to her research but something unusual happened. She had missed watching movies at Cinema hall. And this was second in row.

She started saving for the Phone, even if it meant giving up her few loves of Life. She had calculated that he may buy that Note 3 Phone in 9 Months at this rate. 9 Months, is actually what takes a Child to be born and herein 9 Months, she would get her Ultimate Joy too.

Thanks fully, some students in the university were not doing well in their exams and approached Richa for Tuitions. She was already saving those 5 hours every week which would otherwise be her Movie time, so she decided to take it up. Main Reason was because it would fetch her Rs 5000 Additional income.

Eventually in the 6th month itself, she could save enough to go to a Samsung Show room in Connaught Place to buy the phone. She picked up a Black one and came back to University and didn’t sleep for 36 hours. Time which was not spent while exploring the phone was spent by just looking at the phone and admiring it’s beauty. More so, because it was HER’s!!!

Now she started working on it, and as she had thought, the App was completed before time and in a more effective way.

She submitted her app at the Google Play Store & planned to go back to Vidisha and stay there till her App got approved.  She would only be back after her App got approved to promote it

Richa always knew that she would not have to do much to promote it. She had to just give some interviews and focus on one Feature which would enable max downloads.

The Feature would solve many issues of today’s Young Women, and that was Acne.

Many Women don’t realize that Pimples are of different kind too and thus requires specific treatment rather than one size fits all, as in practice today.

Anyways, she still had some money saved with her and thought to go to Jhande Walan Mandir in Delhi, so that she could buy Parshaad packets for her relatives back home. Especially for those who had paid her Rs 100 on last visit. It was her way of thanking them. And for them too it would not have been just Rs 10 Parshaad ka packet but a Gift from a sweet niece & blessings from Maa Vaishno Devi.

Around 5 pm Richa left the temple and took a metro back to University. From the metro station she would take an Auto Rickshaw to cover the last mile of 6 kilometers.

Thank fully this metro had 6 carriages instead of 4, so she could have a comfortable space to stand and a have a comfortable ride.

As soon as she exited the metro station, an auto stopped in front and asked his destination.

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The Auto Driver was delighted to hear “Ashoka University” as he was going towards that area only. He stayed in temporary settlement behind the University with his wife and 2 daughters aged 4 and 7.

Once they reached the University gates, Richa paid the agreed amount and came to her room.

This was her last night in the room where she stayed for past 10 Months. She went down the memory lane thinking how she Researched & Developed her App here, gave Tutions, decorated the room with posters of her heroes and also where she spent 2 sleepless nights just discovering her new phone Samsung Note 3.

Phone… PHONE… P-H-O-N-E… Where is the phone…. she Screamed…. And searched it in her pockets….. her room….. And then kept searching wildly…….

She must have checked each pocket of hers 7 times before she realized it was not with her and have probably LOST it.

She went through a flashback trying to reconstruct the last few hours.

The last she talked was to her Father, informing him that she is at Jhandewalan mandir and she is waiting to see them tomorrow night.

So, the possibility of losing it was narrowed down to 4 or 5 places.

Mandir while in Queue or while taking Darshan, In mandir while wearing her shoes, On her way to metro, In Metro, on her Auto Rickshaw ride.

And while her mind was trying hard to figure things out, Her Tshirt was already wet with the tears flowing down her face.

She actually wanted to howl, but controlled as it would disturb other researchers staying next door.

But what could she do now? She had a train to catch at 10 am tomorrow.

She went to her next door researcher and asked for his phone. Then through his phone sent a Whatsapp Message to her own Phone.  “Hi, I’m a student. Please give my phone back, I Shall be thankful. I will give you prize too. I cannot afford to buy a new one. Please call back at 9810668585. I am at Ashoka University” and then better sense dawned on her and she sent the same message in Hindi too. Then on second thoughts replicated the same as an SMS too. All her senses were super active now and she was hoping against hope, but did not want to leave any thread unpulled.

 

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In the meanwhile the man who had the phone with him is reading the Whatsapp messages and SMS too.

While reading the word “Ashoka University” he gave a feeble smile.

He copied down the number from where SMS came. Then he took out Richa’s SIM and installed his own SIM and slept.

Here Richa was hoping against hope and didn’t catch even a wink.

Around 3: 30 am The Samsung Note-3 Buzzed and hearing an unfamiliar notification sound the man with the phone got up and saw the message. It said that the Balance in your account is Rs 229 only. And he felt bad reading it and realized that the person was true that this phone is very dear to them and they can’t afford to buy a new one.  Reading this the man felt depressed and thought to give the phone back.

He unfolded the paper where he had written the phone number and called to inform Richa that Phone was with him. He told her that he stays close to Ashoka University and Richa can pick her phone from Madan Lal Chaiwala’s shop at 7 am.

Madan Lal Chaiwala shop was known to everyone within 10 kms of his shop. He set up base here 20 years back when he set up his Chai Shop after seeing that the labourers like him laying the roads have no place to have tea. So, he left his Job as a Daily Wager and opened his shop. It was only a Co-incidence that Ashoka University opened just opposite his shop and his business saw a Rocket jump in business.

At 6:30 am the man kick started his Auto Rickshaw and headed towards the University gate.

 

Yes, Richa left her phone in the Auto Rickshaw while coming to University.

 

The Auto Rickshaw driver was in a hurry as he had a Routine customer to pick every day at 8.

Auto rickshaw driver reached Madan Lal jee’s  Shop and then he heard that unusual Notification sound again. He took out Note3 from his pocket and checked the message. It was from his customer that he is not well and hence shall not be going to office in his Auto Rickshaw.

This left the Auto Rickshaw driver stunned.

He realized that it was “HIS” SIM card in the Note3 Phone and not of the person who owned this phone. . Also, the Low Balance Message he read while he was half asleep was from HIS bank and not of the person whose phone it was.

He quickly retraced his steps and, Kick started his Auto Rickshaw and rushed back.

 

Meanwhile, Richa was smiling since the time she got the message, but was still a Bit apprehensive too. After all it was too good to be true.

She reached the Tea Stall at 7 and introduced herself to Madan Lal jee and explained the story. Madan Lal jee Listened patiently to what she said and shared his helplessness in this matter and offered her Tea.

Richa sat on one of the benches and kept scurrying around for someone who would approach her or would be looking at her. And all this while…. Her tears rolled down slowly.

 

It was already 8 and she had to rush to the station to catch her train back home, which she did.

At Station she went inside a STD booth to let her parents know that she is boarding the Train and has lost her phone and hence shall not be contactable for next 12 hours.

And when she looked around she saw a Full Service Kiosk of Airtel at the platform.

She approached the person at the counter and shared the information that she has lost her phone and wants a new SIM.

She Paid Rs 25/-, Gave a copy of her ID proof, Filled a form and she was told that the new SIM shall work in 4 hours. She carefully slipped the SIM in her bag and boarded the train

Richa spent those 12 hours, just imagining the wonderful 10 months she had and also on spinning hopes on how her next 10 shall go, especially with her App expected to get approved any time by Google Play Store.

But deep inside her heart she was weeping due to the loss of the phone.

Clock Struck 10 and station entered Vidisha Railway Station. Richa was happy to see her parents there to receive him. Some thing she did not expect.

Also she did not expect that her Dad had brought a Micromax Canvas Phone for her as a Gift. The thought their mind crossed when they heard that Richa had lost her phone.

They wanted her to feel good.

After reaching home they had lots of talks over dinner and then everybody bid Good Night.

It was already 2:30 am. And then Richa realized to put the SIM in her new phone. She unboxed the phone, inserted the SIM, Put the phone on charging and then configured the phone to her Gmail account.

It would have been just a few seconds that she fixed the back cover of the phone and then suddenly Strings of Notifications started coming which ended at 3. When Richa opened the Phone to check, she froze for a moment. Her eyes got struck on 3 Messages

Google Play store

8 : 30 am : Congratulations your App has been approved!!

12:30 pm: Congratulations, with 2000 Downloads in 2 hours, your app is placed amongst Top 5 Paid Medical Apps on Google Play Store

4 pm: Congratulations, Your app has been downloaded 5000 Times.

7 pm: Congratulations your Google Wallet has been credited with Rs 6,01,327/-

 

 

 

 

Some Images have been sourced from www.google.com

 

 

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Building Over 100 Smart Cities in India

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India’s new BJP leading government has extensively and correctly shown its ambition to create over 100 new smart cities in India as satellite townships around the big cities – many of which are along the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) – though not restricted to the area. Developing over 1,000 km, the corridor between Delhi and Mumbai is expected to accumulate over $90 billion of foreign investment to develop manufacturing zones, business parks and new smart cities along a committed rail freight corridor.

The Challenge of Urbanization in India and China:

India is expected to see enormous urbanization along the same lines of what we have seen in China, where urbanization crossed 50 percent last year and is projected to cross 75 percent in the next 5 years. Statistically more people live in cities all over than in rural areas.  Accordingly, there is a bigger need to develop agricultural productivity by lessening manpower on farms and transferring them to areas of higher productivity in industry, resulting in an overall growth in productivity in the economy. After all, assembling Apple  iPhones creates higher added value than growing rice!

This enormous migration to urban areas will be the characterizing feature of the Indian economy in the coming decade – very much in line with the urbanization happening all over the globe. Smart cities need multi-dimensional, unifying thinking, and will not happen naturally. They can only result from a central planning authority. Without any state level interference, current cities will become unlivable and disorganised, given the scale of the migration expected. Therefore, new cities have to be set up – many around current urban areas as satellite towns. This has additional benefits of clustering and benefits of scale in creation of all kinds of urban infrastructure needed for a smart city.

Creation of such new smart cities needs to be closely tied to the concepts of sustainability. This desires these new cities to be “smart,” i.e. creating new types of transport systems to avoid overpopulation that is currently so rampant in many Asian towns, construction using low energy housing materials, newer water harvesting techniques and comprehensive use of IT systems on cloud in running various urban functions and the provision of e-government services to its citizens. Furthermore, such cities should be self-sufficient in being able to create gainful employment for residents so that cross city travel is diminished.

Singapore advantage:

Many countries in the world are moving towards creating such smart cities. Singapore has broadly experimented with and successfully created various smart green corridors/urban townships within its restricted land area of around 700 sq km. Its transport systems, water management, thorough use of IT and land use planning is world class and have won many distinctions over the years and placed it in the top leagues of well-planned smart and habitable cities. Even though it is one of the densest cities in the world, it has created an eco-friendly living environment with parks and gardens around concentrated mini townships all connected with an excellent metro system, which has decreased road congestion.

The Chinese government has made use of utilized Singapore’s skills in such urban planning. In the mid-nineties, it created a model business park-cum-city in a joint venture with Singapore at Suzhou, which became the model for brand new business parks around China. After that, JVs were created via Singbridge for an Eco-city in Tianjin and Knowledge City in Guangzhou. All of these are models of smart cities created as smart towns in massively urbanized environments with sustainability being the principle driver and capability to create employment at the same time. In India, a Singapore government company, Ascendas, has been at the forefront of creating state of the art IT and business parks which have been role models for such facilities in India since the mid-nineties. This experience should be advantaged further in India.

 

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One way to fast track planning and construction of such smart cities is to contain the private sector in India within a given framework for such new townships by the government. This would need to be particular to the creation of such smart cities in designated areas, so that existing and out-of-days laws do not become an obstruction. These activities would need to be attempted by approved consortia, which would assist in conceptualizing, designing world class smart city arrays. Such corporation with well-known Singaporean partners with proven competence in smart city planning and development, would bring the current techniques and would additionally project manage the construction of such smart cities via well-known developers. Creating such corporation is a mandatory to planning and project managing the creation of such world class continual townships. Using Singapore based urban planning groups is recommended given their experience in Asia and its intimacy to India.

India is going down the path to manage its urbanization more excellent via the creation of 100 smart cities. Singapore with its intimacy to India and with admissible skills and experience in creation of smart and habitable cities in Asia is ideally positioned. What it needs to do is to brazenly seize the moment.

Lets Hope 2020 that some work on Smart Cities would be near completion by 2020

The Images have been Sourced from google.com

PS:This is an Experiment we are working on and waiting to see the results :-)

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Can India be Next Singapore or Better after the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”?

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Its been a few days that a lot has been talked about “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”. The Cleanliness Drive started by the PM of India Narendra Modi on 2nd October.

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A tweet by the Prime Minister urging the Citizens to participate.

 

And when we talk about cleanliness in the Asian Continent, Singapore does come into picture as that is the Benchmark for most of us in Cleanliness.

They ensured this initially by Strict Rules and today it has been so much injected into every Citizen and even tourists, that no one dares to spit or Litter on the road at Inappropriate place.

A Lot many friends have been talking on this and I thought to put down my view on the same. And see if it is Possible in INDIA.

 

Let’s talk about some Negatives Plaguing the cause as of now.

  • Someone else shall do it Attitude is quite prevalent

  • Most of the Government officials who are appointed for the Job are a bit relaxed on this.

  • There is No Accountability of any kind.

  • Unorganized Construction in Colonies and Slums negates any effort that is undertaken

  • Lack of Sanitation/ Infrastructure, as a Plot where 4 people lived is being converted to 4 Floors with 4 persons each.

  • Increasing pressure on Cities by New Immigrants making it their Home. A Study conducted a few years ago Suggested that almost 15000 Additional people make Delhi their home DAILY

Though we can add more negatives, but these are the Major Ones.

Now Let’s See the Positives

  • We are really proud Citizens and if that is ignited repeatedly, then awesome results can be achieved.

  • Scope is BIG. We can practically spot littering everywhere; we don’t need to go to specific areas. So a small effort started from a neighborhood would be visible and be very effective and Encouraging

  • We have Systems in place, But Sadly they were not cared for but now Thanks To “Right to information Act (RTI)” “Public Grievance Application”  things have started moving fast. Just an Initiative is required

  • Usage of Social media is playing a big role. One can see Government Agencies/Departments/Ministries like Delhi Police, Delhi Traffic Police, Ministry of Finance, being as much active as Big Brands on Social media & senior officers monitoring them regularly.

 

 A Snip of FaceBook page of Delhi Traffic Police 

Delhi traffic Police

What brings a Sigh of relief, or better said some Smile on my face is the Recent Initiative by the Government “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”  and the New Zeal with which many groups in Bangalore, Delhi and Now even Raipur have taken things in their hands.

Here are Some Pictures from Bangalore, Delhi and Raipur respectively, clicked while a Cleaning Drive was in action. All the Rights of the images stand with the Image owners.

 

Bangalore

 

 

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Bangalore Cleanliness Drive by THE UGLY INDIAN

 

 

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Cleanliness Drive by KAAM AADMI PARTY in Delhi

 

raipur

 

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Before and After Pictures of recent Raipur Drive by a group called New Shanti Nagar Raipur

 

So, my point is… That with Combination of all the points Mentioned above namely. Government Action, Citizens Initiative, Social Media Accountability, we are not very far when we shall have Clean Cities and then also Clean Villages.

So My Conclusion is that yes, we can become better than Singapore as far As Cleanliness is Concerned.

On Second thought, Yes in All fields :-)

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#HarChehraBahutKuchKehtaHai

This Diwali, thanks to Eatlo, we had an Opportunity to Visit the Blind School & do our Bit in whatever small way Possible to add a smile to their faces.

Some Thoughts, Some Images, Some Interactions have stayed with me to Ponder over!

Sharing a Collage of some of the People I met and Observed along with a Poem which I wrote from their perspective.

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Har Chehra BAHUT kuch kehta hai-10

Another one in “Har Chehra BAHUT kuch Kehta hai” Series

@Sharma Chai Corner in Lucknow, We Met this GentleMan while he was selling Children’s Books.

In ke Dil ke Andar chahe Jitna dard ho, but inke chehre par sirf Muskaan thi.

“Probably, he knows that in Public Dealing you should keep your problems to your self & Show your best face to the customer!”

#Lucknow
Har Chehra “Bahut Kuch” Kehta Hai!


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