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The day BCS junction stood still for all-woman police station inauguration

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SHIMLA- Today morning life in Shimla, BCS and adjoining areas to be specific, came to a standstill for public, only VVIP were on the move. It was the occasion of inauguration of the first all- woman police station (at BCS) by the honorable chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, Shri. Virbhadra Singh.

The traffic police was ultra- active due to the VIP movement towards BCS. The IPS, HPPS, the Mayor of Shimla, Deputy Mayor, all awaited the arrival of the CM under heavy deployment of police on multiple spots on all roads leading to BCS. BCS bus stoppage was just not for the public today, hundreds of policemen were seen hurled vehicles anywhere and anyhow they could.

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One of the cops was seen literally pushing passengers into a bus asking them to climb-in hastily. The rain-shelter, opposite the police station, accommodated the Himachal Police Orchestra while the public were stranded on the road.

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The scenario was such that the bus stoppage was transformed it a area of utter commotion and the public was found completely zapped.

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The whole area was looking cleaner, properly swept, and even the usual garbage heap on the routine waste disposal spot was also missing,which is otherwise an ugly sight, always stinking. The MC did not take notice even after HW had wrote regarding it many time along with some readers who had posted recent images of the condition. Take a look at the image above.

The policemen were in hyperactive state, around 8-9 of them restlessly cleared the traffic like their hands or head will be axed on possibility of any mistake. They are trying to show the best of their allegiance less towards the CM but more towards the person who holds the chair. The common crowd turned into insects crawling in the way of VVIPs, and nothing more.

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When asked from the cops at Vikasnagar as why the traffic was disabled towards BCS, they simply denied having any information regarding it. That’s a very lame excuse!

Later, the whole traffic including public transport was brought to complete halt as the CM neared the destination. Vehicles on the way towards BCS from Vikasnagar or Chota Shimla (via Broc Hurst) were asked to stop and queue up in middle of Vikasnagar and BCS until the CM is done with the ribbon cutting and the pooja.

People started taking to the road on foot (to their offices and schools) as public transport was disabled. It’ll be useless to protest against the organization of unnecessarily exaggerated ceremonious inauguration of a police station, but we wonder why the inauguration was scheduled at the busiest hours of morning when Shimlaites are gearing to reach their offices, colleges and schools.

To us, the whole thing about inauguration in the busiest hours seems completely absurd. The politicians and bureaucrats are concerned about the pomp and show, they’re obsessed to make it into the inauguration news that the newspapers would carry on the following day. For them, such inauguration and shows off ceremonies are always worth a shot to impress the public.

How the CM would ever experience what it feels to move in the traffic of Shimla during the busy hours when the traffic of whole Shimla is brought to halt to facilitate his movement? There is no respect for common man’s time, but the VVIP’s time is always given preference. In democracy, the public is the real ruler; therefore, the public should be put on the top, and then comes these representatives they elect to serve them. But, seriously, the public has no sense of it at all. They are ruled instead.

Their representatives have secured VVIP status, fleet of luxury vehicles with police sweeping the routine traffic out of their way, heavy security arrangements, and even the public transport is checked to make sure that these VVIPs don’t have to spend even a second in the traffic.

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Why this inauguration wasn’t organized on Sunday or at the later hours of the day when the traffic dilutes? This ceremonious affair caused huge discomfort to the public. Wasn’t it necessary to keep in mind that this inauguration show off doesn’t cause inconvenience to the public? Wasn’t it necessary to keep in mind the fact that the BCS chowk is one of the busiest spots in Shimla, and therefore, the event should have been wrapped up in a simpler way?

Well, the police isn’t at fault. Who would not fear the man (the CM) who had ordered on the spot suspension of CMO on seeing the name of health minister Kaul Singh, his political rival, on the inauguration board? Take a look at the video:

The VIP and VVIP culture is one the most unwanted privilege that is entertained in the name of dignity towards Indian constitution and on the cost of public inconvenience. Will India ever see a day when the deserving common men would get invitation for inaugurations instead of these VVIPs? Nothing seems to have changed in India even in 21th century. Now the caste system is being replaced by the lines drawn on the bases economical status or on the base of any power a group holds and enjoy in the society. The gap between the group of common men and that of VIP and VVIP categories is widening. The modern India is growing more discriminatory, but this time, it’s happening in disguise of VVIP culture.

To get the read beacons back, the HP MLAs are trying to play on sentiments associated with the Indian constitution. They talk of preserving the dignity of their highly responsible position while inside the assembly they behave no better than irked monkeys growling on the opposition, they take off their clothes in the parliament, use paper spray, brandish knives etc. About what dignity they talk about then.

More than the Govt., the public need to awake and question the preferences made up for the convenience of a few groups. Our society doesn’t need show offs. It needs decent, persistent efforts to serve the public on the part of its administrators and public representatives.

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 9 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 the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Himachal: Cloudbursts, Landslides Claim 9 Lives in 48 Hours, 7 Still Missing, Met Issues Alert Till August 1st  

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Shimla-Monsoon continues to pummel Himachal Pradesh with deadly ferocity, leading to more cloudbursts, landslides, and flash floods. Several rivers and rivulets are in spate. Incessant rains could bring more destruction as the HP Meteorological Department has forecast widespread heavy rains till August 1st. While a red alert was issued for July 28, an orange alert has been issued for July 29 and July 30 and a yellow alert for July 31st and August 1st.

An advisory has been issued for locals and tourists to not venture near the river banks and avoid unnecessary travel as incessant rains could lead to more landslides, flash floods, and uprooting of trees.  However, tourists could be seen resolutely ignoring these warnings and partying near river banks and water bodies.

As devastation unfolds, the death toll due to monsoon induced calamities has reached nearly 200, while damages to property were assessed to be in hundreds of crores. Over 350 roads, including Manali-Leh, Pathankot-Chamba, and Shimla-Kalka, were blocked due to landslides.  Half a dozen bridges, as many as 30 houses and several vehicles were destroyed. Hundreds of tourists were reportedly struck in Lahaul.

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After a flash flood in Dharamshala, a massive landslide in Shahpur constituency, and a horrid rockslide in Kinnaur district that killed nine tourists and injured four people, a cloudburst triggered a flash flood in Lahaul-Spiti district on Tuesday that washed away over a dozen of people, who were said to be labourers.  

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According to the Director of the State Disaster Management, Sudesh Kumar, at the time of writing this report, seven bodies had been recovered while four others were missing. The cloudburst occurred over Tonzin nallah in the Lahaul region of the tribal district. Rescue operations were in progress to trace missing persons.

A team of the National Disaster Response Force, which was on its way to Lahaul-Spiti through road, remained stuck in Mandi for several hours.  

On Wednesday morning, cloudburst was reported in Kullu district resulting in deluging of Bhramhaganga – a tributary of Parvati river. A  tourist, a 25-year-old mother along with her 4-year-old son, and a hydropower official came in its spate and were yet to be traced. Beas river was also in spate and people living in shanties on its bank were evacuated. 

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Rackham area in Kinnaur district also reported heavy losses due to a cloudburst on Wednesday morning.

While a rockslide killed one person in Chamba’s Saluni, a helper tagged with a JCB deployed for clearing Bharmaur-Pathankot National Highway was swept away by gushing waters of a nullah on Tuesday night. His body was recovered on Wednesday.

In Shimla, a landslide between Vikasnagar and Panthaghati crushed a vehicle and caused damaged to some others. Gumma khud in Chirgaon was also in spate and reportedly swept away a bridge and about four vehicles. 

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Dharamsala received the highest 122 mm of rain, followed by Una 119 mm. In Solan district, Kasauli and Nalagarh also received over 105 mm rain. 

This widespread destruction has worried climatologists and environmentalists who are linking increased instances of landslides and cloudburst to environmental degradation and destabilization of hills due to developmental projects, including cutting of hills for widening of roads, construction of four lanes, hydropower projects etc. 

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Kinnaur: Massive Landslide Caught on Camera, Kills 9 Tourists, Injures 4, Destroys Bailey Bridge

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Kinnaur: A massive landslide in Batseri on Sangla-Chitkul road in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday killed nine persons and injured at least four others. Huge boulders rolled down the mountain following the landslide and destroyed an iron Bailey bridge and many vehicles parked along the road within a few seconds.

A tourist vehicle, which was reportedly carrying about 11 tourists from Delhi NCR, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Chattisgarh, was hit by boulders near Gunsa, killing nine tourists. A couple of videos of this heart-wrenching incident went viral on social media. In the video, some people can be heard whistling and shouting to warn others.

“Nine people died, and three were injured after boulders rolled downhill due to a landslide in Kinnaur district. Batseri bridge collapsed in the incident. A rescue team is present at the spot,” Superintendent of Police (SP), Kinnaur, Saju Ram Rana said.

The intensity with which boulders hit could be assessed from the fact that the iron bailey bridge on the Baspa river collapsed instantly. 

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On receiving the information, teams of district police and Indo-Tibetan Border Police rushed to the spot and initiated a rescue operation. The district administration was also assessing the situation. As per reports, rocks sliding down from the hilltop made the rescue operation difficult for the teams.

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As per initial reports, a request was made to make a helicopter available to aid rescue work, which was yet to be fulfilled.

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Chief Minister Jairam Thakur also expressed grief over the incident. An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh was announced for the deceased while injured would be given Rs. 50 thousand.

The exact cause behind the landslide was yet to be ascertained.

The deceased were identified as:

  1. Pratiksha Sunil Patil (27) from Sadhbhawna Nagar, Nagpur, Maharashtra
  2. Deepa Sharma (34) from Jaipur
  3. Amoghi Bapat (27) from Korba Darri in Chhatisgarh
  4. Umrab Singh (42) of Tagore Garden West Delhi
  5. Kumar Ulhas vedpathak (37)
  6. Anurag Biyani (31) from Sikar in Rajasthan, his mother Maya Devi Biyani (55) and his sister Richa Biyani (25)
  7. Satish Katakbar (34) from Chhatisgarh.

Those injured have been identified as Shiril Obroy (39) from West Delhi, Naveen Bhardwaj (37) from Kaharar in Mohali and Ranjeet Singh (45) from Batseri in Sangla.

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Himachal Reports Rise in Covid Deaths, No Vaccine for 18-44 Age Group Till July 22

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh has reported a rise in daily casualties during the last three days. While 437 new cases were detected, 10 persons succumbed to the infection. in the last three days. According to the HP Health Department, state’s positivity rate for the last week – from July 5-July 11- was 1.0. Compared to a total of eight deaths in the entire week, Himachal has reported 10 deaths in the last three days of the ongoing week.

The State’s Covid death tally has now reached 3486. The number of active cases was 1150 on Thursday. The daily sampling remains between ten 10,000 to 15,000.

The state government has further discontinued vaccination for the 18-44 age group till 22 July. However, vaccination of other groups will continue. 

Himachal’s tourist spots continue to receive a large number of visitors daily. During the last month, after the HP government lifted all restrictions on inter-state movement, tourists had been over-crowding popular tourist destinations, especially Dharamshala, Shimla, and Manali, to such an extent that the Union Health Ministry, as well as, the Prime Minister had to warn states over the violation of guidelines regarding the “Covid-Appropriate Behavior”.

As both locals and tourists were observed to have become carefree and caring a little about social distancing or creating large gatherings, the state government on July 14 issued a fresh advisory to follow the “Covid-19 Appropriate Behavior” (CAB) to mitigate the third wave.

However, a widespread lack of awareness has been reported, due to which the public is not taking the warnings of the third wave and CAB guidelines seriously.  

In several instances, the state government found itself helpless in preventing large gatherings and violation of CAB guidelines. Over-crowded buses and carriage vehicles, for instance, is a common scene against the permitted capacity of 50%. The health experts had been insisting that successful implementation of SOPs at the mass level is not possible without the co-operation of the people. However, the current methods of the state government for creating awareness has failed to appeal to the majority of the people, which is making compliance of guidelines next to impossible. 

 

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