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« on: January 03, 2014, 07:40:13 AM »
PM to lay stones for 4 projects today
 Tribune News Service

Jassaur Kheri, January 2
The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will lay the foundation stones of four projects — Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership, a 710-bed National Cancer Institute, Government College and upgradation of the Bahadurgarh-Badli-Chandu-Gurgaon road - here tomorrow.

He would also address a public meeting after laying the foundation stones. Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad would also be present on the occasion.

Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda would receive the Prime Minister at the helipad constructed near the venue.

Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi said the Prime Minister would arrive at the helipad at 2:30 pm and then he would proceed to the programme venue by road.

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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2014, 07:40:27 AM »
Alert villagers avert major tragedy

Jind, January 2
Some villagers saved the entire Bishanpura village from a devastation today as after smelling leaking gas they informed the government authorities, who swung into action and conducted a raid in the village. But the persons involved in stealing LPG from the cylinders loaded in a truck fled away in their truck.

The gas had started leaking from cylinders during the stealing and refilling in empty cylinders, at the backside of the government school of the village. The truck was coming from HP bottling plant, but the driver had allegedly parked it in the village and started stealing gas and refilling empty cylinders.

“We have informed the administration many times that some unidentified persons, in connivance with the truck driver, have been stealing LPG with a special pipe. But there has been no action so far. It could cause devastation in the village without any fault of the villagers,” alleged Harpal, a resident of Bishanpura village.

Some villagers alleged that they had informed the police also, but they did not turn up. Police personnel, along with the officers of District Food and Civil Supply (DFSC), allegedly reached the spot when the truck driver had already left the place.

“We tried to conduct a raid and arrest the accused. But since the driver had fled, we failed to seize any cylinder. We have got the number of the truck and have started further investigations,” Ashok Kumar, DFSC of Jind, told mediapersons.— TNS

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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2014, 07:40:42 AM »
19,348 trees face the axe for four-laning Karnal-Y’nagar road 
Parveen Arora
Tribune News Service

Karnal, January 2
Development at the cost of life seems to be the mantra of the government. As many as 19,348 trees will be cut for the four-laning of state highways 6 and 7 (Karnal-Ladwa-Yamunanagar road).

The Public Works Department (Buildings and Roads) has been granted permission to cut trees, but there is no mention of how the cutting of trees will be compensated.

The road is accident-prone due to heavy traffic and the two-laned road is being expanded.

“The project will be executed on a build-operate-transfer basis. Approval for cutting trees has been granted by the government,” said PWD Superintending Engineer Neeraj Gupta.

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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2014, 07:40:54 AM »
“The Public Works Department has to deposit compensatory afforestation money with the Forest Department. The problem is land acquisition as the price of land is high. The department is in search of land for plantation to compensate the damage,” said District Forest Officer (DFO) Naresh Ranga.

He added that contract farming was also an option. “We are contacting farmers to promote the policy of plantation on their land. The department will take care of saplings planted for three years,” he said.

“It is a requirement to cut trees for development, but two saplings will be planted after cutting a tree. The government will develop a greenbelt along the road by acquiring land,” said Paryavaran Sarankshan Samiti president SK Arora.

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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2014, 07:41:18 AM »
1,240 water samples from five districts fail test
Parveen Arora
Tribune News Service

Karnal, January 2
As many as 1,240 samples of drinking water in five districts-- Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Kaithal and Yamunanagar-- have failed purity tests in the last one year. They were not found safe as per the parameters.

As per the report of the Intermediate Reference Laboratory (IRL), out of the 2,772 samples collected from Karnal, Kurukshertra, Panipat, Kaithal and Yamunanagar districts, only 1,532 were found fit for drinking.

Dr SL Verma, in charge of the IRL, said these samples were taken by the Health Department of the districts concerned from various sources of drinking water and were examined to detect E-Colie. “E-Coli is a gram negative bacillus, which is commonly found in human gut. The pathogenic strains of E-Colic can cause acute diarrhoea disease and detected by most probable number, said Dr Verma.

Dr Ravinder Sandhu, medical officers, said there were many factors responsible for contamination of water. Due to water leakages in pipes, drain water was getting mixed with potable water and caused water-borne diseases. He added that proper chlorination should be done.

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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2014, 07:41:33 AM »
State govt makes pillar box scheme ‘consumer-friendly’
Now, ‘honest’ rural consumers to get 30 per cent rebate
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh,January 2
Close on the heels of a Rs 200 subsidy to power consumers, the Haryana Government has made the pillar box system more ‘consumer-friendly’.

Under the new system, the government has hiked the rebate in bi-monthly bills for one year to village consumers who have adopted this scheme from 10% to 20%. “Besides, a rebate of 10% will be given to the rural domestic consumers, who have been regularly paying their bills for the past one year, taking the total rebate to 30%”, Anurag Aggarwal, Managing Director of the UHBVN and the DHBVN said here today.

Earlier, the discoms had decided that the scheme could now be implementated in those village where 50% per cent of the total households were having regular connections and the meters were shifted outside the premises (in pillar boxes). The earlier stipulation was 80%.

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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2014, 07:41:49 AM »
Meanwhile, Aggarwal claimed that the pillar box scheme electricity distribution was the best solution to give reliable, safe and qualitative power supply.

Under the new system, complete overhauling/renovation of the distribution system was being undertaken at a cost of around Rs 25 lakh for each unit. A system was being put in place under which naked conductors were replaced by insulated cables and meters were relocated in pillar boxes outside the houses. The discoms have already completed the pillar box system works in 81 villages.

The discoms had started the new system with a view to checking transmission losses and recovering arrears of electricity bills.

The total arrears of both discoms, a substantial portion in the rural areas, were pegged at nearly Rs 4,155 crore. The domestic consumers owed an amount of Rs 3,365 crore to the state exchequer.

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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2014, 07:42:03 AM »
Power utilities to replace defective meters

The power distribution companies will launch a special campaign in the state to change defective meters from January 6 to March 30.

“It will help reduce complaints regarding bills on average basis and the consumption of electricity will be recorded on actual basis, Anurag Agarwal, Managing Director, UHBVN and DHBVN, said here today.

It would be in compliance with the directions by the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission regarding replacement of defective meters, he added.

Pillar box scheme

* Pillar box scheme already completed in 81 villages

* Rs 25 lakh being spent on each village for upgrading infrastructure

* 50% of the consumers must give consent to be covered under the scheme.

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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2014, 07:42:18 AM »
Politicians promoting ‘kundi connections’ worries engineers
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Ambala, January 2
State power engineers have seen red over politicians connecting houses directly to the mainlines.

Lamenting that political interference would torpedo the ambitious power sector reforms that cannot be put into effect unless the Aggregate Transmission And Commercial (AT&C) losses were brought down, the engineers said the reforms in the power sector would get nullified by the politicians, who were openly promoting ‘kundi connections’ to score a point with the electorate.

The Northern India Power Engineers Federation (NIPEF), which has already taken up the matter with the authorities concerned, said power utilities were finding it difficult to check power theft due to political interference. They said it was resulting in under-recoveries of defaulting amounts.

Official figures put the AT&C losses in Haryana at 20 to 30 per cent in the urban areas and 50 to 70 per cent in the rural pockets.

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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2014, 07:42:33 AM »
The engineers said they were capable of reducing the losses, as had been proved by engineers in Punjab, but it was due to political interference that utilities continued to incur losses year after year in Haryana.

Vinod Gupta, secretary of finance, Northern India Power Engineers Federation, said that Haryana politicians were asking people not to pay their power bills.

Gupta said such trends would further dent the financially stability of the power utilities.

The state, till date, had not been able to recover the defaulting amounts because political forces were not allowing the disconnection of default connections. Without disconnection, the arrears could not be recovered.

Proposed power reforms

* Haryana has opted for a financial restructuring plan under which 50 per cent of liabilities are to be borne by the state and the rest will be adjusted by rescheduling the loans and incentives based on performance

* Centre approved power development schemes worth Rs 1,487 crore for 36 towns under the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme

* The implementation of the above schemes depends directly on how the AT&C losses are reduced in the next three years

 

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