Com­muters de­mand safer trans­port sys­tem

The beat­ing of a city bus driver and con­duc­tor has raised se­cu­rity con­cerns among daily com­muters

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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

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.

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