Hindustan Times (Delhi) : 2019-02-11

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hindustantimes 02 H I N DU STA N T I M E S , N EW D E L H I M O N DAY, F E B R U A RY 1 1 , 2 0 1 9 htmetro DRUNK DRIVERS ARE POLICE’S NIGHTMARE P06 > Body of 7- yr-old found in park Nobody entitled to free parking outside home IN NIHAL VIHAR Incident fourth such crime against children, women in last 20 days; police launch investigation was crying a lot. So I asked my elder one to accompany her,” said the girl’s mother. But suddenly, the elder girl went missing from the momo stall so the younger one returned home crying, the mother said, adding, “We immediately began searching for her but in vain. Around 10pm, we approached the local police.” Alleging that the police were not responsive, the girl’s aunt said, “Had the police searched for her actively, she would not have been killed.” But the DCP said a kidnapping case was registered at Nihal Vihar police station on Saturday night. “We searched all night but couldn’t trace her,” he said. On Sunday morning, the girl’s family again set out to look for her. “We visited the Nihal Vihar park. We found her body around 6.30am at a garbage-littered spot in the park,” said the girl’s aunt. “Her hands and legs were folded and tied together,” said the aunt. UNSOLVED KILLINGS IN THE CITY METRO MATTERS WHILE CAR OWNERS SHOULD PAY FOR USING PUBLIC SPACE FOR PARKING, SUCH A FEE IN ITSELF MAY NOT DETER MULTIPLE CAR OWNERSHIP January 19 January 27 through residential parking fees in public road infrastructure, particularly to boost walkability and facilitate cycling, could restore some parity. There are lessons from Mexico City, which suffers from similar levels of congestion and air pollution as Delhi. Until 2012, when Mexico City started installing meters called Ecoparq to charge fees for on-street parking, parking in certain neighbourhoods was either free or informally controlled by unregulated valet attendants. According to Institute of Transportation and Development, in the first year, 30% of Ecoparq revenue was reinvested in the same neighbourhoods for building sidewalks, putting streetlights etc. But authorities soon realised that no matter how much parking they provide, it will never be enough, because people keep buying cars. So in 2017, Mexico City scrapped its minimum parking regulation. Today, anyone building more than 50% of the maximum allowable parking spaces, must pay a fee, which authorities have promised to use for improving public transit and subsidising housing, reported Quartz. While car owners should pay for using public space for parking, such a fee in itself may not deter multiple car ownership, which has for long been common in Delhi. There are strict rules practised by cities such as Singapore and Beijing to deter even first-time car purchasers. Delhi can at least consider incrementally taxing the owners for their second cars onward. It is anybody’s guess how far the air quality and road congestion must deteriorate before the authorities muster the political will to take those drastic, decisive steps long overdue. But the least they can do is to set the ball rolling in the right direction by challenging Delhi’s free parking culture. The body of an unidentified girl was found in central Delhi’s Daryaganj. The girl, believed to be 8-10 years old, is yet to be identified. The killer as well as the motive remain unknown. The body of a six-year-old girl, who had gone missing from near her home in outer Delhi’s Samaypur Badli a day earlier, was found inside a sack near her home. The case is yet to be cracked. 302 has been registered at Nihal Vihar, the officer maintained that the probe was still its preliminary stage and there was no clue about either the killer or the motive behind the murder. This is the fourth incident in the last 20 days wherein bodies of girls or women have been found in the national Capital. On January 27, a six-year-old girl’s body was found stuffed in a sack and dumped near her home in Samaypur Badli. On January 19, the body of an unidentified minor girl, with her throat slit, was found in a sack in central Delhi’s Daryaganj. Two days later, dismembered body parts of an unidentified woman was found in an agricultural field in outer Delhi’s Alipur. So far, all four crimes have remained unsolved. Elaborating further on Sun- HT Correspondent [email protected] n SHIVANI SINGH Less than 12 hours after she went missing from her house, the body of a seven-yearold girl was found inside a park in outer Delhi’s Nihal Vihar Sunday morning, police said. While her limbs were tied together and two ropes were found dangling from her neck when her relatives found her, police suspect she died of an injury to her head caused by some “blunt object”. Seju P Kuruvilla, deputy commissioner of police (outer Delhi), said even though the girl’s clothes were found to be intact, the police are waiting for the autopsy report to ascertain whether she was sexually assaulted. Maintaining that a murder case under IPC section NEW DELHI: January 21 February 10 In a city of easy entitlements, the right to park outside one’s home for free is perhaps the most ubiquitous in Delhi. Even though roads and roadsides are public space also meant for pedestrians, cyclists and other lesser commuters, Delhi’s car owners seem to own all of it. For a meagre one-time parking fee and road tax, our cars — whether parked or in motion — hog Delhi’s road space. In December last year, the Delhi government withdrew the order to increase the parking fee by up to 19 times from the present Rs 2,000-4,000, on the grounds of administrative discrepancies and that the hike did not apply to all municipal zones. But the enhanced amount of Rs 6,000-75,000 (depending on the cost of the car) was also too little for a lifetime of free parking. One-time parking fees, experts say, should at least partially recover the cost of the land used for parking a car during its lifetime. In the more competitive market of the National Capital Region, private builders charge as much as Rs 3 lakh for an additional parking space. Last year, the draft parking policy — a first for Delhi — recommended a fee for using public land for parking a car in a residential neighbourhood. It recommended that the municipalities, in consultation with resident welfare associations, would draw up area parking plan, demarcate on-street parking and determine the parking fee. Residents who had built stilt-parking on their ground floors and still parked on public land were to be charged twice the amount. The dismembered body of an unidentified woman was found in an agricultural field in outer Delhi’s Alipur. Some parts of her body seemed to have been eaten by stray dogs and the head was missing. The case remains unsolved. A seven-year-old girl was found tied up and murdered in a public park in outer Delhi’s Nihal Vihar, less than 12 hours after she went missing. Her limbs were tied together and two ropes found dangling from her neck. The crime is yet to be solved. The civic agencies were asked to develop parking lots in open grounds (other than parks) and run shuttle service, charges for which were to be included in the fee. The policy asked for regular enforcement to tow-away illegally parked cars and leave a lane clear for the movement of emergency vehicles. While clearing the rest of the policy two weeks ago, Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot removed the clause on parking charges in residential neighbourhoods, saying that managing the scheme would overburden the civic agencies, and “the money collected in such colonies would go unspent”. The management work, however, could have been easily outsourced, which in fact was a suggestion in the policy. The minister also found the provision of the residential parking charge “unjustified because despite paying a fee, there would be no guarantee that cars would be safe.” But then, the proposed fee was supposed to be rent for public space and not for safekeeping of parked cars. While backing out to avoid imaginary liabilities makes little sense, what probably made the authorities rethink is the apparent futility of trying to tax a mass practice. But even though Delhi has more car users than any other Indian city, the majority of the capital’s residents take public transport, cycles and simply walks to commute. Since the city’s road space is dominated by the private vehicle fleet, investing funds raised was a support to her parents,” the girl’s aunt said. Reminiscing about the fateful 24 hours, the girl’s mother said that her two daughters left for the local market around 8pm on Saturday. “My younger daughter who is five years old wanted momos and day’s crime, police said the girl who was murdered used to live with her parents and younger sister in Nihal Vihar and her father works at a factory. “The two girls were born to the family after lots of prayers. The younger one was born deaf and mute. The girl who was killed Minor’s rape: Probe finds EDMC-RUN schools don’t follow basic safety rules Noida: 15 of baraat fall into drain after bridge collapses › › We have set up an inquiry and will take strict action against those found negligent, including the principal. We understand that we must beef up security at our corporation-run schools and we are working on it. paucity of funds,” Singh said. “The security of about 1.8 lakh students –from standard one to five – is always in danger,” Ramnivas Solanki, general secretary of the MCD teachers’ association, said. When contacted, EDMC commissioner Dilraj Kaur said, “We understand that we must beef up security at our schools and we are working on it.” According to the standard protocol, an official said, every class teacher is responsible for his/her students from the time he/she receives them till the time they are taken back by a guardian. Besides, the principal is supposed to leave school only after inspecting each and every classroom, toilet and playgrounds, making sure they are empty, and locking them in a secure fashion, the official added. Fifteen persons, part of a wedding procession (baraat) that included the groom, fell into a drain when the bridge they were dancing on collapsed in Hoshiyarpur village of Noida’s Sector 52 on Saturday night. Two children were injured. The incident took place around 9.30pm when 15 persons, including the groom, were dancing on a small bridge that collapsed all of a sudden. The bridge, built over a drain, connected the Olive Garden wedding banquet hall’s gate to its lawn. Eyewitnesses said the procession had been dancing for over 10 minutes on the bridge. “We received information around 9.30pm that a bridge had collapsed in Hoshiyarpur village in Sector 52. No case was registered,” Mithilesh Upadhyay, station house officer, Sector 24 police station, said. HT Correspondent NOIDA: [email protected] n Basic student safety protocols, especially those pertaining to female students, are not being followed by teachers and principals in schools run by east civic body. A preliminary enquiry initiated by the East Municipal Corporation of Delhi (EDMC) into the rape of a 10-year-old girl student in its GT Road, Shahdara, school revealed this on Sunday. A senior official at the EDMC, who did not wish to be named, said, “After interviewing several persons concerned, we concluded that the incident took place somewhere between 1.30pm and 2pm on Tuesday. This is after the general shift had got over and all the children had left. “Somehow, no one from her NEW DELHI: BIPIN BIHARI SINGH, EDMC mayor DILRAJ KAUR, EDMC commissioner Security of students in municipal schools has emerged as a big concern. Hindustan Times had highlighted the issue of lack of security guards in these schools on February 6. With this incident, officials said that there is a need to address the security issue. As per EDMC records, out of the 230 schools run by the EDMC, only 15 have closed circuit television (Cctv)cameras. “We are also looking at ways to install more CCTVS despite a family came to pick up the girl. Her teacher waited for a while and then asked a caretaker to look after the girl. The caretaker, in turn, handed her over to a sanitation staff member, suspect Swaraj Singh, and left. The school principal said he wasn’t aware of any child left behind and left,” the senior official said. Bipin Bihari Singh, EDMC mayor, said, “We have set up an inquiry and will take strict action against those found negligent, including the principal.” [email protected] n HTC VINTAGE BEAUTIES RULE THE ROAD The 53rd edition of the Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally was held on Sunday with 94 vehicles taking part in the event. The vehicles participated in the rally under four categories — Vintage, Classic, Post-war and Others, PTI reported. There were 37 cars from the Vintage category, eight from the Classic section, 18 from Post-war section and 31 from Others category. The cars, that were vying for 53 trophies, were evaluated on the basis of performance, maintenance, originality and unique features. n BURHAAN KINU/HT PHOTO Big Bird Day results: 247 species spotted, up from last year’s 238 › Dubai, participated in the Big Bird Day. “At least 359 bird species were recorded from across India this time, with the teams from Hyderabad spotting the maximum number. The most abundant species seen across the country was the blue rock pigeon, followed by plum-headed parakeet, shoveler, coot, gadwall and teal, among others,” Devasar said In NCR, the highest number of species were spotted at Dighal in Haryana, followed by Sultanpur outskirts and Sungerpur in northwest Delhi. At least 165 birds were spotted at Dighal. This year, at least 35 teams comprising 4,000 – 5,000 individuals including birders, forest guards and school students attended the event. This was also the first time that at least three of the teams were led by school students in the national capital region. “Such was the enthusiasm and dedication that one of the teams walked for at least 19km that day for the count,” he added. HT Correspondent The most interesting sightings were of the greater white-fronted goose, pacific golden plover, brown shrike, orphean warbler, shorteared owl, cinnamon bittern among others. THE RESULTS OF THE COUNT [email protected] n The results of the avian species count on Big Bird Day this year, held on February 3, were encouraging, with an increase in the number spotted, as compared to 2017, despite adverse weather conditions. While birders spotted 247 species this year, the number was marginally lower in 2018, with 238 species across Delhi-ncr. At least 267 species were spotted in 2017. “Some of the uncommon and most interesting sightings were of the greater white-fronted goose, pacific golden plover, brown shrike, orphean warbler, short-eared owl, cinnamon bittern and black-headed cuckooshrike among others,” aid Nikhil Devasar, founder of Delhibird and organiser of the event, said. The increased numbers are despite Delhi-ncr being engulfed in a dense fog and the fact that visibility was low in the early morning hours when the NEW DELHI: SPECIES SPOTTED IN DELHI NCR 267 238 247 2017 2018 2019 359 Pan-india count MOST INTERESTING SIGHTS IN DELHI-NCR NIKHIL DEVASAR, event organiser count began. The fog, however, failed to dampen the zeal of bird lovers, who started identifying the birds from their calls, because of the poor visibility. The Big Bird Day is an annual day-long event of bird watching and counting. It was started by Delhibird in 2004. In 2013, the Big Bird Day was organised on a panIndia level with over 160 teams comprising over 1,000 birders. In 2017, 6 international teams, including from Singapore and White fronted Goose Pacific Golden Plover Brown Shrike n n n Maximum number of species spotted in NCR was at Dighal in Haryana 35 teams 4000 – 5000 individuals, three teams led by school kids for the first time Fog was a major challenge this time n PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER Pressreader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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