Three youths from stone pelting mob killed in Badgam., Kashmir.

I am breaking self imposed refusal to write to  Editor The Hitvada.a local english language news paper.

Dera Sir,
I have been writing to you with a request to publish my letters in Letter to Editor coloumn of your news paper  Mostely they have not been published , most probably as the subjects were controversial and my language quite blunt .
However I do hope that you will publishi this letter , I am sure it represents popular sentiment of majotity of Indians .

Dear Sir
Kindly publish the following in letter to Editor coloumnn.

I am a Fauji . We call a spade a spade .
I must say that I was happy to read news item in your news paper about three youths from stone pelting mob, obstructing anti-militant Operations, being killed in firing by security forces .
The news was welcome. For too long the security forces have been fighting terrorists and militants with their  hands tied behind their back . Due to their inability to deter the local population from obstructing their operations and fear of political backlash in case of injuries / death of even a single civilian casuality..
Chief of the Army Staff had given warnig to all antinational elements of stern action includinf firing against anyone trying to obstruct anti militant or anti terrorist operations .It must be noted by all that the security forces displayed examplry restraint . They first fired teargas shells . When that failed the pellet gin . Firing was resorted to only as a last resort.
It is hoped that the Politicians will not make an issue of this incident for petty political gains and vote bank.  They have already caused immense dagage to the Defence Forces .

PM Velankar 


A People Caring , Friendly Organisation..

My usual blogs are generally about critical of PSUs , Government departments etc which are totally inefficient , callous with no thought to the public convenience .
This blog is about a Govt venture which appears , efficient , with well thought out and planned modus operandi considering  public convenience in operations and seem to be people friendly.

The Government venture I am talking about is Nagpur Metro .

The reasons for my statements will become clear , just read on . 

With increasing health awareness number of people going for morning walks as increased tremendously . Stretch of road between Ambazari and NMC Octroy Post on Hingna Road is Quite popular . This stretch also has one of the longest or rather , the longest stretch of unbroken footpath . This almost a KM long footpath would have been ideal for morning walkers of which I am one . However we, morning walkers ,  could not use this ideal sretch  due to it's pathetic condition full of rubble and the uneven surface due to dug up tiles of footpath . Another reason we could not use it was due to poor street lighting .
Therefore we the morning walkers perforce had to  walk on the road .

See the photos : 

Footpath full of rubble .

Footpath full of garbage and filth .

Dugup tiles of foothpath .

Unserviceable street lights.

Metro Rail started work on this stretch some time back . There was no problem as long as work of soil testing was being carried as the obstruction on road was minimal .
Problems came when pit digging for columns started as obstruction caused on the road width was of considerable length . It created folloeing problems 
1. Footpath was unusable for walks reasons given in  above paras.
2. In-sufficient width of available road on one side , just sufficient for a Bus or heavy duty dumperto pass. On the road there was no safety margin for walkers .

No safety margin for walkers on the road with traffic.

3 Street lights were unserviceable , street lighting poles which were located on the dividers were removed completely rendering the area in darkness .

 For the convenience and safety of people these problems Had to be solved .

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words . So here goes .

Newly installed , serviceable street lights on the footpath .

NOW , Cleaned and walkable footpaths .

NOW , Cleaned and walkable footpaths .

NOW , Cleaned and walkable footh paths .
Even the sapling now have red reflective strip strips foe motorists and two wheelers 

I wish other Government organisations were also as efficient , carrying out well thought out projects , caring for people and as people friendly as Nagpur Metro.

Nagpur Metro , particularly the team wornikg on Hingana Road stretch . 
Carry on the good work and God Bless .