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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Water crisis in Indore

Well newspaper headlines are screaming this. But this water is very murky because

1. The day election got over suddenly media woke up to reality of water shortage. During election time no one asked this question to politicians while everyone knows from July august itself that less rain this year will lead to a drought

2. During whole time leading to election and even before that focus of IDA, IMC and state government was on roads, roads and roads only. No one gave a rupee for water (apart from constructing overhead tanks ,which are useless without water). It seems construction of any sort is what politicians care about

3. I have always wondered how much decentralization in an administration is good. Obviously one can not decentralize defense or currency to local units but in this case I don't think even water should be transferred.
IMC invented a term on their own called 'water emergency'. there is no such term in statues even if it meant nay sincere effort or imposition of restriction of usage of water then it made sense but it was just gimmick

4. This is not first time we are facing water problem ,this has become an annual ritual still there is no mechanism to control digging of bore wells or before granting permission for a new building ( housing or otherwise) - to see whether local water tank can serve so many people or ground level is capable of taking additional load.In many areas old wells and bawadi have become dysfunctional due to digging of deep bore well in vicinity .
A clear case of suffering of many to convenience of few

5. There is ground water board on state level (http://cgwb.gov.in/NCR/GWmonitoring.htm) but their data is old ,stale , does not have required geographical resolution. e.g. no one knows how many bore wells or wells are there in city and what is their spatial distribution and usage pattern. No water map exist of city which real estate planners or normal public can refer to before embarking on construction.

6. digging of new bore wells and laying of new connections in in progress without any hiatus. A simple way is to ask all bore well diggers give info about their clients and all pipe sellers info about their sales destinations in last month. But everyone seems to enjoy a water crisis. Councilor gets huge ego massage when they direct tankers in lanes and distribute water forgetting they are legislatures not executive.

7. Now it has got political overtones also. Already one BJP councilor shot another for water and wonder of wonder police did not catch any of them. In one Muslim locality people from other area were attacked when they came to get water. I am sure more such things will follow

8. Areas like Niranjan pur and Kabeet kheri which have good water level are being exploited like there is no tomorrow nad no one seems to care

9. So called 'har khet main talab' scheme of Shivraj Singh has obviously failed and huge money siphoned in it. Rule about water harvesting being compulsory is also not being implemented.

10. To top it all Narmada 3 stage is behind schedule and no one seems in a mood to ask question to contractor or bureaucrats.

11. All ponds in city limit have got their channels blocked and are dying a slow death but interest of politicians of both parties in real estate prevent them from doing anything.

12. At last public is least interest in paying bill. IMC is not capable of monitoring or putting water meter on each tap. So on one hand you do not have water on other hand you can not recover dues for whatever water you are supplying.

13. And lastly a scam is waiting to be exposed.
Large number of private vehicles are being hired for water transportation on ad hoc basis and no one seems to know if leasing them or buying them is a good option.Is any tendering is being followed in renting tankers? are tankers actually owned by politicians and the are deciding in IMC to rent them? Who is allocating tanker to different areas and on what basis.

Did anyone say privatization of water supply

In this case at least I support it

Friday, February 20, 2009

Exploitation of minor by Sindhi godman in bhopal

भोपाल। लाल साई बलात्कार कांड में आरोपों से घिरी राजधानी पुलिस की मुसीबत कम होती नहीं दिख रही है। पुलिस मुख्यालय ने पिछले आदेश की अनदेखी करने पर भोपाल एसपी से जबाव मांगा है। वहीं एसडीओपी खुद को पाक साफ बता रहे हैं। उन्होंने शुक्रवार को पुलिस मुख्यालय जाकर सफाई भी दी।

लाल साई उर्फ लाल बूलचंदानी के हाथों यौन शोषण का शिकार छात्रा ने गुरुवार को एडीजी अजाक वीके पवार से गुहार लगाई थी। इस मामले में उन्होंने पिछली बार ही जांच अधिकारी एसडीओपी शशिकांत शुक्ला को हटाकर किसी एएसपी को जांच सौंपने का आदेश एसपी भोपाल को दिया था। इसके बाद भी जांच अधिकारी नहीं बदलने पर उन्होंने नाराजगी जताई। अब इस मामले में एसपी भोपाल जयदीप प्रसाद से स्पष्टीकरण मांगा गया है। मुख्यालय ने गुरुवार को फिर से जांच अधिकारी बदलने के आदेश जारी किए थे।

इस मामले में जांच के घेरे में फंसे एसडीओपी श्री शुक्ला ने शुक्रवार को पुलिस मुख्यालय जाकर सफाई दी। उनका कहना था कि पुलिस ने अपनी तरफ से छात्रा के बयान बदलने की बात नहीं की है तथा छात्रा ने उन्हें एक टाइप किया बयान दिया था। इसमें उसने खुद ये मामला वापस लेने की गुहार लगाई थी। ज्ञात रहे कि इस मामले की जांच शुरू से ही शक के दायरे में है। पुलिस ने आरोपी को बिना गिरफ्तार किए ही उसके आश्रम के ताले खोल दिए, साथ ही उसका सुपुर्दनामा भी किसी और को दे दिया। छापे के दौरान मिले कई साक्ष्यों की अनदेखी की गई।

महिला थाना प्रभारी को निलंबित कर जांच के आदेश

इस मामले में महिला थाना प्रभारी टी. जोईसा दास की भूमिका भी संदिग्ध रही है। उन्होंने इस गंभीर मामले की जांच में एक लाइन भी अपनी तरफ से नहीं लिखी। अजाक एडीजी ने उन्हें निलंबित कर उनकी विभागीय जांच के आदेश दिए हैं। इसके अलावा एसडीओपी को भी चार्जशीट जारी की जा सकती है।

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bhopal case get murkier

New York: A US judge has rejected a request to order mediation to help resolve a long-running pollution lawsuit stemming from the 1984 Bhopal toxic gas leak in India, after objections from defendant Union Carbide Corp.

Bhopal residents have sued Union Carbide, now part of Dow Chemical Co, over water and soil pollution allegedly caused by the gas leak at the chemical company's now-shuttered pesticide plant. Union Carbide says responsibility for the environmental conditions around the site lies with Indian authorities.

Well-known US attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who oversaw the compensation fund for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, last month had offered to serve as a court-appointed mediator in the case for free at the request of the plaintiffs. Union Carbide opposed calls to appoint a mediator.

Judge John Keenan of US District Court in Manhattan said in a written ruling dated Monday that in light of Union Carbide's opposition to the request and its stance that mediation in the case would be useless, "it would be counterproductive to use Mr Feinberg's proffered services."

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Thousands of people died in the aftermath of the 1984 gas leak, called one of the world's worst industrial disasters.

People of Bhopal and environmental groups say many more people have been harmed since then by pollutants seeping out of the plant site into ground water, which they contend have caused health problems for nearby residents including cancer, growth retardation and dizziness.

Union Carbide paid $470 million in damages to the Indian Government in 1989 for victims of the gas leak.

The US pollution lawsuit got new life in November when it was revived by a federal appeals court in New York, which said the district court made a mistake by throwing it out.

The case is Sahu et al v. Union Carbide Corporation et al, US District Court, Southern District of New York, No 04-08825.