SHIMLA- On Saturday, to devise ways and means of decongesting roads in Shimla, and to regulate traffic in a better manner, a meeting was chaired by additional district magistrate (law and order) GC Negi, in which officials from other departments also participated. The idea of adopting the odd -even formula for vehicles was also discussed, besides plans to have one -way traffic in Shimla town, and how to deal with congestion caused by tourist buses.
Earlier, the same solution was suggested to reduce vehicular emission based on a European Commission-sponsored study conducted for evaluating greenhouse gas emissions in Shimla town. According to the study, Shimla city has a total energy consumption of 16, 07,996 Giga Joules and the total GHG emission is 218,898 tonnes of carbon dioxide out of which electricity amounts to 59 percent, petrol 12 percent and diesel 28 percent.
The Himachal Pradesh capital is a “fit case” for car-rationing odd-even scheme on the pattern of Delhi because emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses accounted for 35.91 per cent of total emission, had told Deputy Mayor of Shimla Municipal Corporation Tikender Singh Panwar in a statement in April this year.
In December 2015, to reduce noise and air pollution, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had also directed the state government to consider making one-way traffic on cart road in Shimla.
For past four to five years, Himachal Watcher has been trying to create awareness among people in Shimla regarding rising traffic and completely unchecked vehicular emissions. Both the Govt. and public didn’t consider it a critical issue. Media, too, didn’t notice it. Himachal Pradesh Government including tenure of both Congress and BJP should have foreseen eventual rise in traffic and air pollution long ago, but none of them cared to think and plan. They couldn’t foresee that capital will need more parking spaces and widened roads. Apparently, the ministers and politicians lacked vision and bureaucracy enjoyed perks of power, unwilling to move a muscle.
So, now when driving even a small car has become nightmare in Shimla city due to regular, long traffic-jams and vehicular pollution is on rapid rise, the administration is not left with much choices except enforcing odd-even formula, turn major roads like circular road in one way, and slashing additional tax on diesel vehicles.
Moreover, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had expressed helplessness saying there was no further scope of development in Shimla except some widening of the Circular Road.
Government is considering deviating tourist flux by developing new tourist spots, which is a long term project. The administration couldn’t implement beautification schemes in Shimla city only, so there is no question of developing new spots. In brief, Shimla should embrace itself for odd-even and on-way formula. Also, maybe we can expect people to vote and elected better leaders next time, who are actually solution oriented, endowed with vision and are willing to commit to betterment of Himachal.
With Inputs from Times of India and PTI
HPTDC’s Online Service for Ordering Food for Takeaway and Home Delivery Launched
Shimla-An online facility to place orders of food was launched by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation on July 21, 2020. It was informed by the HPTDC, Managing Director Kumud Singh. She said the Corporation has introduced a facility to place an online order of food for takeaway and home delivery at its selected properties.
“The public can place orders for a variety of tasty, hygienic and healthy cuisines at their homes by placing online orders,”
Consumers can place online food orders at these properties by visiting its website (www.hptdconwheels.in). Currently, the orders can be placed from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The HPTDC staff has been imparted special training to take all necessary steps for prevention of COVID-19, she said. The food is prepared by trained Chefs of the Corporation in safe and hygiene environment, she added.
She informed that this service has initially been started at Hotel Peterhof Shimla, Goofa Ashiana Restaurant Shimla, Hotel Kunzam Manali, Cafe Monal Kullu, Cafe Raviview Chamba and Cafe Satluj Rampur. She said that this service will be extended to other properties in a phased manner.
Photo: Himachal Watcher
Fursat Se- Shimla Based Cultural Community to Plant 550 Trees on 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji
Shimla-On the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji, Fursat Se, a cultural community based in Shimla plans to plant 550 trees. The founder of Fursat Se, Amrita Bhasin, is working towards creating safe spaces for promotion of art, literature and open dialogue through the medium of events.
“We invite 550 people (&more) to pledge and plant one tree each and help us initiate a Green Movement by the people and for the people,”
Anyone interested in this, can pick a local tree sapling and plant it in allowed areas of the neighborhood and pledge to take care of it, and send the information on the same with a picture and hashtag #TreeTalesIndia to Fursat Se. For pledging, volunteering and becoming a part of this initiative you can contact them, and Fursat Se will share the pictures from their social media handles.
The initiative is organized by Fursat Se- A Cultural Community in association with- Swach Himalayas, a Himachal based NGO started by Savitoj Singh, that works towards spreading awareness about various environmental issues, undertakes initiatives like regular visits to old-age homes, orphanages through numerous community driven events and Unbox Himachal valley- a Himachal based start-up by Shivee Sirmauri, working towards empowerment of rural women by providing employment opportunities and reviving old cultural handicrafts.
Himachal’s fitness enthusiast shines at Indian TV Reality Show
Shimla: Sachin Sharma, a handsome man of 26, is currently a person who stands in contrast to Himachal Pradesh’s ill-famed youth struggling with drug and substance abuse – a crucial issue that has sounded an alarm in the State. Sachin is the one who joined a gym at the age of 19 – an age at which teenagers are struggling to escape from the jaws of drug/substance abuse, especially Heroin (Chitta).
Sachin, born in a middle-class family of Deha village, Theog, Shimla district, recently appeared in what could be called India’s first fitness reality show “Indian Fitness League.” It wasn’t a bodybuilding show, but the challenge was to undertake tasks designed to check who is the fittest. Sachin was the only one from Himachal to have made through the auditions. He was selected as one of the 40 fittest people of India. He earned the special attention of the hosts of the show as well as among other competitors.
The next episode of the TV show would be telecasted on October 6 on Discovery Sports at 4 PM.
To know more about him, Himachal Watcher interviewed him (Watch Video). We found that his story is inspirational in its own way:
Far from ill and unhealthy habits, he doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink or take anything that would toy with his physical and mental fitness. He definitely doesn’t take steroids. Since last seven years, he has followed a strict discipline in diet and habits. He didn’t compromise with his studies either. He completed his schooling from Dayanand Public School in Shimla.
In 2018 he completed his post graduation in Masters of Business (MBA) from Himachal Pradesh University and had procured a placement for himself too.
He wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth so placement did matter for him. His father Mohan Lal Sharma and mother Subhadra Sharma are both serving with the Crime Investigation Department (CID), HP, as Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) and Head Constable respectively. It wasn’t easy to manage an additional expenditure of Rs. 15,000 – 20, 000 on his protein diet for seven years.
At this point, his decision-making ability was put to test. He had to choose one of the two: job placement and passion for fitness. He listened to himself and decided to seek a career in the fitness industry.
Though Sachin’s body is in good shape, he isn’t actually a bodybuilder. He is a fitness enthusiast, who has trained without a professional trainer or a mentor. He made ample use of YouTube to learn. He didn’t take up fitness as his passion because he was inspired by someone. He was his own inspiration.
He first received an opportunity to get on a stage at annual Mr. Himachal competition. Later he won the Maruti Suzuki Devils Circuit held in Chandigarh.
Now, after his tremendous performance at the IFL, Sachin has received sponsorships and was inducted in the TG Athlete group. Opportunities in the fitness industry have begun to appear before him. He believes that someday, he would extend support and guidance to other fitness enthusiasts of the state, which he could hardly receive for himself.
He is an idol for the youth of Himachal, especially because fitness is an antonym to drug/substance abuse and indiscipline. In the majority of cases filed under the Narcotics, Drugs & Psychoactive Substances (ND&PS) Act, the accused are reported to be between 20-25 years. A couple of days back Shimla Police arrested a 22-years-old local boy with a packet of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) stamps.
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