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Neri Panchayat of Shimla district becoming a living hell

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A population of over 5000 suffers due to damaged road, lack of street lighting, and poor garbage management.
HP PWD disposes the complaint saying the road couldn’t be located in Shimla district.

While we walked on the road leading to Sangti, Panchayat Neri, from the lower Summerhill chawk, we captured some images depicting a real lethargic stereotype attitude on the part of both, the government and the public. The road is completely damaged and has not been metlled from years. HW walked through the road 2.5 km towards the girl hostel of the HP University and the whole length tortured us with pits filled with rainwater, muddy, slippery conditions. The shoes and the trousers were all painted with the proof of the quite an adventurous Journey. The major road that connects Sangti to the city is a nightmare even for vehicle owners, taxi drivers and transport buses in the absence of parapets and fences on the roadside.

Then there is no street lighting at all and accidently, if there is a streetlight, it doesn’t work. Now, imagine the road as a pitch-dark length, that the many local residents are forced to use.

In the name of garbage management, there was only a single garbage container to collect trash from thousands of homes. Hence, most of the garbage and other waste materials are disposed by throwing it in the open in the unavailability of garbage containers.

There is a rain shelter too, but it’s more like a garbage disposal alternative.

A local resident had submitted a complaint on E-Samadhan on 12/7/ 2011, a year ago. (Complaint No – PWD/2011895) requesting PWD to look into the matter, but PWD disposed off the complaint saying that they couldn’t locate the road in Shimla district. Further, in the words of the complainant: “The road also acts as a connecting road to other areas of Neri Panchayat besides serving the population of Sangti. The road is almost 60 years old and has been tarred only once, that too about 12 years back, but the present state doesn’t show any signs that it was ever metaled.

Even the Pradhan of the Neri Panchayat, Devender Thakur, doesn’t seem much interested in the matter. Criticizing the government, the system is one of the most frequent topics picked up by the people when they need something to gossip about. However, it’s a bitter truth that the public is equallyresponsible for the condition of their area. How many of the residents ever approached the concerned departments/person to make a complaint regarding the problems they are facing in their society?

If the government has not provided garbage containers, then does that mean the act of polluting the locality with irresponsible garbage disposal is justifiable on the part of the public? Instead of uniting for the good of the whole society, the public chooses to limit itself just to gossips, but no initiative. The signs of a healthy and aware public are altogether missing in our society and we are rather adapting instead of reacting to it. When the public doesn’t care about the problems in their locality, why the Panchayat Pradhan or the government would take the pain to solve it. The lack of awareness, inability to unite, and lethargic attitude of the public are the biggest advantages that encourage the corruption and the sick attitude among the responsible authorities.

HW Community is again forwarding the issue to HP PWD along with the images and proper location. If the HP PWD still couldn’t locate the road or feels, it isn’t their responsibility, then we request the department to clearly mention it in the reply to our complaint.

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 7 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture world around him in his DSLR lens.

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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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