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Public crying for a patch of road for over 3 years

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Rajhana Panchayat devoid of ambulance and taxi services due to badly damaged road. Local residents forced to spend from their pockets and work as laborers themselves to maintain the road.

Residents of Rajhana Panchayat tried and waited for over 3 years to get the attention of MC Shimla and government towards the maintenance of the completely damaged road leading from Sector-4 New Shimla to their panchayat. Many complaints were made and a few people even approached the local City Channel with a recorded footage depicting thewretched condition of the road.

The clipping from City Chanel:

As you might have guessed, no one bothered to listen to their grievance. Every day nearly 2000-3000 people use the road and as the rainy season is on, the conditions have become worse than before. The road is damaged to such an extent that even the ambulance, HRTC taxi and private taxi drivers black listed the route. Now the panchayat stands devoid of these important services. When all complaints and efforts to wake MC Shimla proved to be useless, local residents collected money for the raw material and started working to improve the condition of the road themselves.

All Video clips was recorded using a cellphone camera and sent to HW by a local resident

Total length of the road is merely somewhere between 600- 700 meters. Out of this total patch, near about 500 meters is under MC Shimla and remaining length is in Rajhana Panchayat.

HW tries to be unbiased in criticizing or submitting complains regarding the relevant issues, which affects the lives of many in our society and try not to use inappropriate language. However, after watching the images and video clip recorded by the complainer, lethargic and ridiculous attitude are two words that would come to anyone’s mind about the concerned government department and state government itself.

Video clip was recorded using a cellphone camera and sent to HW by a local resident It’s over 3 years that people have been approaching MC Shimla, requesting them to have mercy on the distressed and suffering public of the panchayat. It’s an absurd reality of our democratic policies that the public don’t even receives a patch of road in spite of regular requests. Those employed in the service of the citizens of a state don’t even bother to listen to their requests.

HW is again forwarding the complaint to MC Shimla and if still it’s not enough, then HW won’t hesitate to find legal grounds to support the distressed and suffering public of the Rajhana Panchayat.

Note: The name of the complainer has been kept confidential on request.

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Video: New ISBT Shimla to Tutikandi Crossing road blocked after landslide

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SHIMLA-After heavy rains in capital Shimla, a portion of road at the Tutikandi-Dhali bypass crossing, adjacent to under construction parking and shopping complex, went down with a landslide on Thursday at about 3 PM. No causalities were reported. Road between New ISBT Shimla to the point of landslide was closed for traffic. Long traffic-jam on Shimla-Chandigarh highway is troubling people. The administration was working to find a solution by creating an alternative deviation to resume the traffic. However, it’s not clear as to when the traffic will be resumed.

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Two videos show the moment it happened. While administration blames heavy rains, hailstorm and thunderstorms for the landslide, it is noticeable that excavation work for under-construction ropeway and parking-cum-shopping mall was underway for a long time now. The construction company seems to have failed to count such side-effects of digging and excavation in hilly region such as Shimla. Also, that the administration didn’t bother to monitor the site and spot such loopholes.

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Shimla city gets Rs 60 crore Parking Complex near Lift, Can accommodate 700 cars

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SHIMLA- Struggling badly with traffic congest, Shimla City hopes to received some relief from parking trouble as the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today inaugurated first phase of multi-storey parking near lift constructed under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. It would have capacity of parking as many as 700 cars initially.  Govt. said that the Rs. 60 crore project will help to reduce idle parking and further facilitate the visitors.

The parking has been given on lease to M/s Shimla Tolls and Projects Private Limited for concession period of 30 years. The concession fee would be rupees one crore per annum with an increase of 10 percent every two years, to be paid to Municipal Corporation Shimla.

The construction work of other two phases of the parking is underway, which will probably accommodate more than 1700 cars, said PK Sood MD of M/s Shimla Tolls and Projects Private Limited.

Chief Minister also inspected the site of under construction Circuit House near All India Radio and gave necessary directions.

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Despite loss of a life, No lesson learnt, Key-Men in Shimla continue to work in risky conditions

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It has not been very long since a key-man lost his life near Sanjauli while performing his duty in the absence of proper light and worn-out condition of the ladder connecting the tank.

SHIMLA- It is said that cry, forgive, learn and move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness. After finding the corpse of missing Yug in Shimla Municipal Corporation’s water supply tank, people of  the Shimla city seem to have followed partially aforesaid; as they just cried and moved on without learning a thing from the horrific incident.

The tears failed to nurture the seeds of future happiness as there is a continuous threat to lives of individuals (key-men) who inspite of not serving on the LOC still juggle to return home safe after providing people with water.

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It has not been very long since a key-man lost his life near Sanjauli while performing his duty in the absence of proper light and worn-out condition of the ladder connecting the tank.

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While personal visit to Sandal water tank (situated near district court) and Tavi (Chakkar) the lack of facility was quiet evident. Road leading to both tanks had absence of proper road and absence of light. Safety railing of both tanks are such that they can never help a person from falling down in broad day light where key-men are expected to work during wee hours.

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It is surprising that Tavi tank is situated very close to power house and have easy access to power supply yet no one ever thought about installing a street light.

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Leakage in Shimla MC Water Tank

It has been nearly three years since when Sandal tank is leaking and water is getting wasted without any reason.

Absence of street light and fencing inspite of promise by the responsible authorities to be taken care of long ago has not been taken into account.

We are facing water problem as there is always scarcity of water. It gets very difficult. We have never complained to the higher authorities about the leaking tank, it duty of line man to come and check, said resident of the locality.

However they all acknowledged the fact that there is no light and monkeys have made the condition of ladder worse. They also say that threat of leopard and other wild animals  is always there for the person who has to wait for opening the water supply under the open sky at late hours.

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On the way to a tank, No lighting provided

Other tanks situated in areas, may that be Tara Devi, Advance Studies, Nabha or any other to name, also face the same problems. The condition in Kamna Devi is worst where even water tanker fails to reach due to its difficult trail.

It won’t be wrong to say that nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity and that the greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge which seems to be ruling the situation.

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Risky condition of ladder

Authorities have full awareness about the problems yet they failed to provide any solution so far. Last month it was assured by the authorities that fencing and lighting issues will be taken care of  but still there is nothing visible in this direction. It seems like that their tomorrow will never come and key-men will continue to serve risking their lives.

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