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2018: Rapid, 315- rank rise on cleanliness ladder
A coordinated effort by several government agencies, spearheaded by Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC), has resulted in Ghaziabad being named the fastest moving big city in Swachh Survekshan 2018, results of which were declared by the Union housing and urban affairs ministry.
Ghaziabad moved up to rank 36 from 351 in 2017, in the pan-India exercise conducted by the central government across 4,203 cities to assess cleanliness in urban areas. A year before, in 2016, the city was ranked 67 among 73 cities, till thousands more cities were included under the survey in 2017, pushing its rank further down.
A lot remains to be done, though, as proximity to the national capital means the city should strive to benchmark itself with the leaders. But the task might get more difficult in the coming years, as it is easier to move up the ranks when you start from a low base, than when competing with the best.
According to GMC, a number of initiatives undertaken over the past year, has resulted in this quantum leap. These include introduction of door-to-door garbage collection using 335 vehicles with GPS tracking in 82 wards since June 2017, construction of 100 community toilets with 417 seats across the city, and renovation of existing toilets.
In 2017, the civic body had also introduced night-sweeping in 24 areas to reduce pollution, and to pick up garbage from 100 points. Over 300 unauthorised garbage dumps were sanitized and the areas cordoned off for beautification. The civic body also imposed massive fines for littering, and collected around Rs 50 lakh in penalties.
The city generates around 850 metric tonnes of solid waste daily, of which, 200 tonnes is sent to a waste-to-energy plant in neighbouring Pilkhuwa for conversion into electricity, while around 100 tonnes is used for composting in around 250 parks in the city.
The Pratap Vihar dumping ground receives 300 tonnes of waste, some of which is sent to a waste-to-compost plant in Kavi Nagar.
“We’ve roped in an NGO, Chintan, whose staff segregate recyclable material at source. This reduces the total amount of solid waste at the disposal point. Night-sweeping has been outsourced to private firms. Around 100 points have been earmarked in busy areas, including Vaishali, Raj Nagar District Centre, Kavi Nagar, Vasundhara and near Kaushambi metro station, from where garbage is picked up by vans,” municipal commissioner Chandra Prakash Singh told TOI.
Six automatic sweeping machines were also deployed across the city. GMC has also employed online measures like the Swachhata App to register complaints. “There was manpower crunch, but we roped in government employees from even other departments. The next challenge is to ensure the system works without rigorous supervision, and to extend the services to the remaining 18 wards,” said Singh.
GDA intends to take the mission further by making Indirapuram housing societies adopt a solid waste management model in high-rise housing societies. GDA is already in talks with Federation of Apartment Owners’ Association (FedAOA) to rope in the societies for the purpose, so that some composting and segregation happens at source.
Several good practices of other civic bodies are being implemented, such as construction of five solid waste sorting-cum-transfer stations in the district in the first phase, and 10 in total. “Once functional, solid waste will be brought here for segregation and compression, then transferred to the landfill site, to reduce costs involved in their transfer. Around Rs 90 lakh will be spent on constructing one such transfer station,” Singh added.
Crime in Ghaziabad
Gzb shamed: Crimes against women rise
Rape, Molestation Cases Almost Routine
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
The Times of India 2013/07/27
Ghaziabad: Acid attacks in Ghaziabad sadly represent only a fraction of the crimes against women. Rapes, molestation and harassment have almost become routine. Even though police say they’re doing their best to prevent such incidents, the frequency of crimes against women speaks for themselves.
According to senior cops, a rape takes place every week in the city and many go unreported. While cases of ‘molestation’ are common, chain snatchers exclusively target women. “The situation is so bad that one fears getting out of the house after it gets dark. The police is barely helpful, and in some cases, they are at fault,” said Renu Sharma, a Delhi University student who lives in Indirapuram.
In Vijaynagar alone, where Friday’s acid attack took place, five girls have been raped in the past 20 days. On July 23, a 6-year-old girl was assaulted by a constable’s teenager son. On July 20, a 16-year-old girl was gang raped after allegedly being sexually assaulted by a constable. Three more incidents of rape, all involving 6-year-old girls were reported in the last week.
Police, however, say that they have been unable to provide the required services due to a shortage in their force. In Ghaziabad, there are only 3,700 policemen to protect a population of 46 lakh. In the adjoining Gautam Budh Nagar district, the strength of police force is a mere 1,500.
UNSAFE IN NCR (factsheet)
SEXUAL ASSAULTS IN VIJAYNAGAR, GHAZIABAD in July 2103
Jul 23, 2013 | 6-year-old girl sexually assaulted by the 14-year-old son of a Delhi Police constable
Jul 20 | 16-year-old gang raped by three men; her friend claims a police constable molested her in two separate incidents in the same day
ATTACKS ON WOMEN IN GHAZIABAD
Jun 6, 2013 | 15-year-old girl from Delhi gang-raped and filmed in the nude by two men
Mar 2 | Delhi-based BCom student abducted from near a mall in Indirapuram and gang raped in Masuri by three men
Mar 4 | Tutor raped by one of her former students in Kavi Nagar
Jan 17 | 18-year-old nabbed from Sahibabad for allegedly raping and having unnatural sex with 8-year-old girl
Nov 2012 | Two pre-nursery girls molested by caretaker of a leading public school in Indirapuram
Sept | 6-year-old girl sexually abused by the driver and conductor of a bus attached with a leading school in Vasundhara
May 4 | 21-year-old engineering student gang raped inside parking lot of Mahagun Metro mall in Indirapuram
May 7 | 40-year-old woman gang raped in Shalimar Garden, Sahibabad,
Ghaziabad raises a stink
Neha Lalchandani | TNN
Its proximity to the Capital might have actually caused more damage to Ghaziabad than good. While it was busy dealing with its own pollution mess, a large part of Delhi’s unorganized small-scale waste recycling units shifted base there after Delhi government’s drive against defaulters. Result: Ghaziabad is not just one of the two most polluted cities in UP but also among the most polluted in India.
The city’s air pollution levels have violated most parameters. The biggest problem is particulate matter that is several times more than the desired level of 60 micrograms per cubic metre. The Sahibabad Industrial area and Bulandshahr Industrial areas recorded an average particulate matter levels of 243.2 microgram/cum and 239.1 microgram/cum respectively in 2009. Large-scale development work, Metro construction and heavy vehicular traffic have only worsened the situation.
Officials point out that rapid development in the city violated all land use norms with many residential complexes mushrooming around industrial areas. “The city spread really fast and industries that were earlier away from the main city have now become the centre of residential clusters. We are trying to now provide CNG or liquid gas to industries that are coal based,’’ said a UP pollution control board official.
The area is known for its dyeing plants, electroplating units, paper plants and waste and scrap plastic recycling sectors, many of which dump their waste just about anywhere they please. Officials say that about 300 such units have been shut down but since there are no records of the extent of activity, it is very difficult to crack down on them.
Ghaziabad’s Hindon river is now choking with the city’s filth. The city has two sewage treatment plants with a capacity of 129 million litres per day to treat its 160 mld sewage. Three STPs are being set up and another two have been proposed.
Flyover from UP Gate to Raj Nagar Extn
FASTER DELHI RIDE: UP CM Yogi Inaugurates Six-Lane Elevated Road Over Hindon
NCR’s longest flyover, a 10.3km, six-lane elevated road that connects Raj Nagar Extension in Ghaziabad with NH-24 at the Delhi border, opened to traffic on Friday morning, nearly three months after it was completed but had to wait for environmental clearance.
The road is the secondlongest in the country to be built on viaducts — after the Kanpur bypass on NH-2 (23km, approximately) — and reduces the journey time between UP Gate and Raj Nagar Extension to just 10 minutes from 45-60 minutes that it normally took in peak traffic before the road opened. The rod has a speed limit of 80kmph.
It also greatly benefits those headed for Meerut, Haridwar and Dehradun by allowing them to bypass busy Ghaziabad traffic. Since it has been integrated with NH-24, whose widening up to UP Gate is almost complete, it basically gives Delhi-Ghaziabad traffic a signalfree ride between Sarai Kale Khan and Raj Nagar Extension, a distance of 25km that can now be covered in half an hour or less, depending on traffic.
However, the flip side is that the road cannot service traffic headed for Indirapuram and Vasundhara from Delhi. That’s because the ramp on the UP Gate-Raj Nagar Extension carriageway is only meant for incoming cars headed in the direction of Raj Nagar Extension.
The ramp cannot be used for exit. The ramp on the opposite side can, however, be used for exit but only by cars coming from Raj Nagar Extension that want to enter Indirapuram.
The flyover, called Hindon Elevated Road, or elevated road, which runs along Indirapuram’s Hindon canal, was inaugurated at 11.15am on Friday by chief minister Yogi Adityanath, almost three and a half years after construction started in 2014 when the state was under Akhilesh Yadav’s rule. Eager to take credit for it, a group of Samajwadi Party workers had even done an “inauguration” of the bridge earlier in March.
The CM and his entourage, as well as senior BJP functionaries that included Ghaziabad MP and former Army chief V K Singh, were the first commuters on the road as they took a 3km ride before proceeding to the Ramlila ground in Kavi Nagar to address a public rally. After that, the road was thrown open to traffic from the Raj Nagar Extension side.
Kuldeep Ahlawat, an associate manager (IT) with Perfetti Van Melle in Gurgaon and one of the first commuters, said, “The biggest benefit will be that commuters will now be able to save 30-40 minutes of their journey to Delhi. We will also save on fuel which is wasted waiting at several traffic signals otherwise.”
The road has the potential to change Ghaziabad’s fortunes and lift the status of its real estate, both in trans-Hindon townships like Vasundhara and Indirapuram as well as Mohan Nagar and Raj Nagar that have always been in the shadows of Noida. With the Red line extension of Delhi Metro, via Mohan Nagar up to New Bus Stand, also nearing completion, residents of these areas will see a quantum improvement in connectivity with Delhi and the rest of NCR.
But there was also concern about possible bottlenecks that traffic headed towards Raj Nagar Extension would face. Sarvendra Kumar, delivery head with Salm Solution, said, “We have been waiting for the opening of this road for a long time. It will help us reach Delhi in the shortest possible time during peak hours. But Raj Nagar Extension will face a huge traffic inflow from nearby areas.”
Pramod Dhankar, general secretary, RWA federation (Ghaziabad), said, “The Raj Nagar Extension crossing will face a massive jam due to traffic from Meerut and Modinagar from one side and Raj Nagar, Kavi Nagar and Govindpuram on the other side. A few alternative roads were planned by the civic bodies, but are yet to be commissioned. Let’s see how police and civic bodies deal will this issue.”
A TOI team also travelled on the flyover from Raj Nagar Extension to UP Gate and back on Friday afternoon. It took us nine minutes one-way at a speed of 80 kmph. However, there at least three possible traffic bottlenecks that will worry Ghaziabad police — at the entry point to the flyover in Raj Nagar Extension, the exit to NH-24 underneath UP Gate flyover and at the foot of the mid-point exit ramp at Kanawani (Mohan Nagar Link Road) in Indirapuram.
There was a jam at the Raj Nagar Extension entry at the newly installed traffic signal in the absence of monitoring by cops. Vehicles travelling in the opposite directions from Raj Nagar Extension and from GT Road side merged into each other at the rotary. The U-turn that the GDA is constructing near the Raj Nagar Extension rotary will take about three months to complete and the traffic signal installed as a stop-gap arrangement will be done away with. The signal, however, needs to be manned by traffic cops, especially during peak hours, because of a tendency to break rules.
At the Kanawani exit ramp in Indirapuram, descending traffic will run straight into vehicles on the Hindon canal road. Police have planned to make this stretch one-way.
Near the UP Gate exit, vehicles taking a U-turn below the UP Gate flyover or travelling towards Kaushambi are merging with each other in opposite directions.
Hyderabad-based Navyuga Engineering Company, which built the road, has its maintenance for the next five years after which it will be handed over to the GDA. Of its total length of 10.3km, 9.3km is elevated. There are 3,497 conjoined segments supported by 287 single pillars or piers with an average height of about 10 metres.
The pillars are concrete structures buried about 32 feet into the ground.
Built at a cost of Rs 1,147 crore, it is expected to see a traffic load of about 4,000 vehicles per hour during peak hours. A patrolling team will carry out round the clock survey of the road and, in addition, will also provide 24-hour ambulance services with paramedical staff to attend to any accident victims on the stretch. Heavy vehicles are barred from entering the elevated road as of now.