Commuters demand safer transport system
The beating of a city bus driver and conductor has raised security concerns among daily commuters
A recent horrific incident in which some anti-social elements went on a beating spree inside a bus has sent shivers down the spine of daily commuters. And, it is because of this incident that demand for security inside the buses and at bus stops is gaining ground. “We demand security of the passengers and also the drivers and conductors”, said Ram Asray, State Secretary of Haryana Roadways Workers Union.
“Our demand is deployment of guards inside the roadways buses and also at bus stops in view of the recent incident”, he told HT, adding, “Although deploying guards inside the buses may sound illogical, but officers at all bus stops has become necessary.”
Haryana transport service was affected the day after the incident as drivers and conductors went on strike to protest against the beating up of two of their colleagues. The police registered a case against eight persons and one person was arrested on the spot. The incident occurred when two youth entered into a heated argument with the driver and conductor In order to bring transparency to the working of the excise and t axation de par t ment, t he Haryana government has introduced e-tendering for the allotment of liquor outlets in the state. In Faridabad and Palwal districts, the new process has generated a lot of enthusiasm among the applicants.
“Generally, we see a huge crowd at our offices every day when we invite applications for o f a r o a dw ay s bu s n e a r Badarpur. As the bus started, the two called their friends who rushed on motorcycles towards the by-pass road.
The youth stopped the bus near Tigaon road in Faridabad at around 8 pm and started beating both the driver and the conductor. The bus hit an electric pole due to which there was commotion inside the bus with the passengers crying for safety.
However, t he conductor caught hold of one of the youth, who was minor and handed him over to police. A case was registered against eight people under section 148, 149, 186 and 332 of IPC at Ballabgarh city police station. The seven others fled the spot after allegedly snatching the cash bag and mobile of the conductor.
This incident triggered protests among the roadways employees who demanded immediate arrest of the accused liquor outlets. The applicants are usually accompanied by relatives, friends at the time of filling the application and also at the time of draw. The process of e-tendering, introduced for the first time, has changed the whole bidding process making it more transparent and convenient for the bidders,” said a senior excise officer.
Whether the bidders find e-tendering process easy or not, it will be known soon, but the excise department’s helpline is besides registration of an attempt-to-murder case against the accused. The roadways buses remained off the road due to which the commuters had to face lots of problems, but the service resumed after senior officials intervened.
“We are on the hunt for the other accused”, said Narinder Rao, SHO Ballabgarh Sadar THE PROCESS OF E-TENDERING HAS MADE THE BIDDING PROCESS TRANSPARENT AND CONVENIENT. proving to be quite helpful for those who are not net savvy.
The excise and taxation department of Haryana government invited e-tenders for the police station. “It is confirmed that some anti-social elements beat our driver and conductor due to which there was a strike by the drivers and conductors”, said JS Ahlawat, General Manager, Haryana Roadways.
“This incident has made us think twice before travelling in public transport”, said Vijay Mattoo of Sector 21, adding, allotment of groups of retail outlets of country liquor and Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), individually and separately for the year 2015-16 a few days ago. In order to submit e-bids, every prospective bidder is required to obtain a unique system generated ID and password through the sign up process. The bidders are expected to register themselves with the department using this unique ID. As per the notification, for the purpose of registration, one “Travel during day time is OK. But during late night it is difficult to face the goons who hold sway in some areas.”
When Mr Ahlawat was contacted on March 11 to seek his comments on the demand for deployment of officers at bus stops and inside buses, he said, “I am on leave and cannot comment on current status of the issue.” photograph of the applicant is required to be uploaded online. The remaining documents like ID Proof, caste certificate and other relevant documents, if any, shall be submitted in the office of deputy excise and taxation commissioner (excise) concerned.
The e-bids shall be placed online through the departmental portal www.haryanatax.com.
The licenses will be granted for a period of one year i.e from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016. Faridabad is as an industrial hub. The township got its name from Sheikh Farid, or Baba Farid, as he is commonly known. And now, it got a new identifying feature on National Defence Day on March 3 — the world’s tallest Tiranga.
The ceremony of unfurling the tallest Tiranga was jointly done by national president of BJP, Amit Shah, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar as the audiences from Faridabad and nearby areas got together to be part of the ceremony.
As the tallest Tiranga was unfurled, the Town Park reverberated with patriotic songs. Speaking on the occasion, Shah said that this was a proud moment for the people of Haryana and a great opportunity to remember our soldiers and pay respect to the families of the defence personnel.
Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar added that though Haryana constitutes just 2% of the total population of India, but 10% of the Indian defence forces are from Haryana. “Our government has introduced many new schemes aimed at developing opportunities for the youngsters. The idea behind these schemes is to make the youth physically healthy so that they come forward and join the armed forces to serve our mother land.” Khattar said.
Khattar also said that he was extremely happy to be part of this historic moment of unfurling the tallest Tiranga in Faridabad. Standing tall at a height of 250 feet, the 96ft by 64ft tricolour, Khattar said the flag has been included in the Limca Book of Records.
Renowned Bollywood composer duo Sachin and Jigar, who were present on the ocassion, set the tone for the event, where 20 war widows were honoured whose kith and kin had either sacrificed their lives for the nation or had participated in operation like Indo-China war of 1962, Indo-Pakistan war of 1965, Indo-Pakistan war of 1971, in operation Meghdoot, Operation Vijay, operation Rakshak etc. Besides some freedom fighters, gallantry awardees were also honoured.
Actor Ranbir Kapoor, who also graced the event, said,“To be part of the hoisting ceremony of the world’s tallest Tiranga is a rare opportunity. Together, let us take this progressive nation to greater heights and give full support to our Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat, Women Empowerment and Make in India campaigns.”
BJP MLA from Faridabad, Vipul Goel, said, “On its launch, the Faridabad Navchetna Trust has also become part of the nation’s historic moment by installing the world’s tallest Tiranga in Faridabad. The trust is dedicated towards the transformation of the social and cultural life of Faridabad.”
The roadways buses remained off the road due to which the commuters had to face lots of problems, but the service resumed after senior officials intervened.