The Mulayam touch? UPA 2 was jolted by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Mulayam bailed it out again The shrewd politiciandespite his differences with the UPAhas ensured dividends for himself at a later stage As the article says: He is cleverer than the competition100 per cent politicianhis openaccessible and thick-skinned style is an added asset? "We all know very well what type of ‘Ram Rajya’ it was.featuring hi-tech storytelling through virtual reality and multi-screen projection willopen forthe public from 2 OctoberMonday,Prime Minister Narendra Modi willinaugurate the museum in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee Vice-President Hamid Ansari and other dignitaries According to The Economic Times one of the augmented reality experiences of the museum will take the visitors back in 1931 Theycanvirtually walk alongside Mahatma Gandhi as he exits the Viceroy’s House after signing the historic Gandhi-Irwin Pact Omita Paul Secretary to the President of India told NDTV that whenthe president took over in 2012 there were clear instructions that the precincts of the Rashtrapati Bhavan must be open to the public Visitors will get to see rare artefacts gifts to former presidents and rare photographs The museum also showcases old and rare horse-drawn buggies and a vintage Mercedes Benz the report added According to DNA the museum will be open six days a week with an initial ticket price of Rs 50 The museum spread over 13 lakh square feet was built at a cost of Rs 80 crore Let me tell you why I think the proposed steel flyover project in Bengaluru is illegal anti-citizen anti-environment and evidently with the malafide intent of some sections of the Government of Karnataka (GoK) Let me also submit that I belong tothe forum named Citizens for Bengaluru (CfB) now representing thousands of concerned citizens with numbers growing by the hour This argument is a collation of many contributions particularly owing to legal and analytical citations by Leo Saldanha of Environment Support Group (ESG) GoK proposes to build a steel flyover starting at the heart of the city next to Vidhana Soudha the home of both the legislature and secretariat from Basaveshwara Circle to Hebbal flyover with connecting ramps on Race Course Road Palace Road Vidhana Soudha Road and Raj Bhavan Road Justice Santosh Hegde director Pawan Kumar Samyukta Hornad and world champion climber Manikandan Kumarwere seen joining and actively supporting the protests Image Courtesy: Facebook/Avinash BM The project envisages a 67 kilometre stretch of a six-lane steel flyover to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 2200 crores that will save even by the Government’s own claim only between 7-15 minutes of travel time bring down 812 fully grown trees and erase heritage memories along one of the most verdant and beautiful stretches of our beloved city GoK as represented by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and the Minister for Bengaluru Development KJ George has declared its intent to go ahead with this project in spite of the widest public opprobrium and disgust expressed in newspapers and TV channels on Facebook and Twitter and a human chain protest that saw the participation of more than 8000 concerned citizens on Sunday 16 October 2016 along the stretch that is proposed for an ugly transformation due of this flyover Nearly 35000 people have signed online petitions against the flyover proposal over 100000 tree lovers have opposed the project by giving a missed call to the an organisation named Jhatkaa a Public Interest Litigation against it has been filed by Namma Bengaluru Foundation in the High Court of Karnataka and thousands of people are putting their names and signatures on ballot papers across Bengaluru saying ‘NO – BEDA’ to the flyover even as this is being typed out The poll ends on Sunday and a final count will be published But in the face of such intense opposition to the project the Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) met on 20 October and decided to issue the work order to the contractor L&T to execute this controversial project Mr George also told media dismissing public anger about the project that he would go ahead with it Our grounds for anxiety 1 The proposed project is being undertaken without due consultation process that is to be followed as required by the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act 1961 The consultation followed by BDA in June 2016 was a sham with the Government claiming 299 responses by e-mail and telephone calls of which 73 percent apparently approved of the proposal The Detailed Project Report prepared more than a year ago itself was released only on 15th October 2016 after widespread public protests with no recourse for pubic opinion BDA in its original notification on 27th of June 2016 neither specified the details of the project including loss of green cover nor the intended public space acquisition So what were the 219 responses "approving" The BDA has not revealed what the responses were saying how many were by e-mail and how many telephonic Many e-mail responses opposing the idea bounced because a wrong e-mail id was notified by BDA and when the correction was made the window of opportunity to respond was less than 48 hours 2 The Government has changed the project after the sham consultation increasing the cost from Rs 1350 crores to Rs 1791 crores On 19 October 2016 BDA put out a new idea extending the proposed steel flyover to be above the existing Hebbal flyover up to Esteem Mall again without public consultation This revision has not been approved by Cabinet and GoK is not revealing whether re-tendering is required In fact it is amending the project on a day to day basis and now it seems the cost estimate is at Rs 2200 crores 3 The flyover project is an illegal project and in Contempt of several Judicial Orders In response to a PIL filed by Environment Support Group (WP 13241/2009) against the Metro project the Karnataka High Court had ruled that "the State Government as also the Bangalore Development Authority shall comply with the procedure contained in Sections 29 30 31 32 and 34 of the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act 1962" The Court had observed that the Counsels for the state and BDA "agree that the provisions referred to hereinabove shall be complied with without any deviation whatsoever" While it was too late to apply this order to Phase I of the Metro the Court had made it explicitly clear that moving forward in case of any violation of this law and the Court’s direction "the concerned officer/official shall be held responsible for his having disobeyed the order passed by this Court as also the prescribed mandate of law" 4 The prescribed mandate of law per the KTCP Act is that planning and development of urban infrastructure projects and concomitant changes in land use plans must involve the wide public at the stage of conceptualisation approval and costing The plans schemes and budgets are to be put in the public domain and due public hearing processes have to be held to ensure there is no violation of statute or corruption in any form The Steel Flyover proposal of BDA pushed through by the Chief Minister comprehensively fails this test is being promoted in abject violation of the law and is an act that is clearly in Contempt of Court 5 The project also qualifies as an Area Development Project per the Environment Impact Assessment Notification 2006 under the Environment Protection Act 1986 What this means is no work can commence until and unless the project is approved by the Environmental Clearance Authority and that too based on comprehensive Environment Impact Assessments and Environmental Public Hearing 6 Another serious statutory violation in aggressively promoting the project is that BDA claims approval of the State Cabinet as a sufficient basis to get going This is an absolutely wrong presumption Since the enactment of the Nagarpalika Act 1992 such projects can only be proposed after due review from economic social financial and environmental angles by the Constitutionally mandated Metropolitan Planning Committee which has been formed already by GoK Upon the approval of the MPC the project can then be forwarded by the State Finance Commission to the State Cabinet for final approval pending other statutory clearances as cited above None of these constitutionally mandated provisions have been conformed with in this case The project has not been placed before the MPC 7 The knee jerk idea of extending the flyover beyond Hebbal lake is alarming It seems that the extension will be right through the lake This would risk the Karnataka Government being in contempt of the Karnataka High Court order in WP 817/2008 (Environment Support Group and ors vs State of Karnataka and ors) in which the Court protected lakes from any further encroachment and also determined that there would be a "no-development zone" 30m from the legal limits of the lake That zone would be extended by 2 metres for every 5 ha increase in lake area beyond the initial norm of 40 ha Such was the concern the Court expressed against encroachment of lakes that it also specifically directed that even walking paths could not come inside a lake 8 No permission has been obtained from the Tree Council set up under the High Court’s order in 2010 for mass cutting of trees The project should not have been formulated without first debating the loss of greenery it would cause and that after placing before the public all the viable alternatives and making a case that this steel flyover and that alone is the right one This decision is in the 7th August 2014 direction of the Karnataka High Court in WP 7288/2011 a PIL taken up Suo Moto by the Court in response to serious concerns raised by then Judge of the High Court Justice Shylendra Kumar over the mass felling of trees in Bangalore In this order apart from many innovative aspects introduced to protect greenery the Court observed "We deem it necessary to direct that felling of trees would be undertaken as an exception rather than a rule and further that the tree officer and tree authority would fully satisfy themselves and certify that all other alternatives have been considered regarding the feasibility of the felling of trees If any objections are received from the public due consideration shall be given by assigning reasons" Several laws and the Constitution are being ignored by the Government in pursuing this project The project is being pursued in haste Green and heritage spaces on this road including the Bangalore Golf Club Carlton House and Balabrooie Guest House are under imminent threat of damage The flyover will not only destroy the aesthetic experience of the drive along the stretch but add to vehicular pollution and is estimated by some experts to raise the heat factor by 2-3 degrees Celsius It will block out sunlight and prevent air flow It will affect the health of the residents There are other safety and security concerns about the proposed flyover expressed by experts that are relevant to vital installations in the city and to the CM’s residence and Raj Bhavan Estimates for the cost of the project with public money as provided by the Governments own officers are far below the cost given in the public domain without inclusion of other costs of acquisition of land and property along its route a part of which are in the domain of the armed forces All of this leads the people who are opposing this flyover to believe that this is both a gross waste of our tax money and the entire process and costing of the same is not bonafide Citizens for Bengaluru will not rest till this tender is cancelled Written by Saurabh Prashar | Chandigarh | Published: May 15 2017 8:21 am Tobacco being sold near Major Sandeep Shankla Memorial in Sector 2 Panchkula (Jaipal Singh) Top News “TEARS TRICKLE down when I see the memorial which was set up in the memory of my son Maj Sandeep Shankla of 18 Dogra Regiment in Sector 2 The condition has never been so pitiable as it is now” says Lt Col (Rtd) J S Kanwar Lt Col Kanwar who resides in Sector 2 Panchkula recently came from Australia after spending three months with his younger son “The memorial was once very clean and well-maintained It has been facing neglect since the responsibility for its maintenance was shifted to local MC authorities” A visit to Major Sandeep Shankla War Memorial narrates the story of neglect The memorial appears not to have been cleaned for a long time as dry leaves are scattered all over the park The fountain area inside the memorial park is dry and stray cattle waste (dung) lies inside the fountain area Two temporary stalls — one of tea and another of cigarettes — have been operating in a corner outside the memorial park for a long time A regular visitor to the park says “Stalls are operated outside the memorial park People smoke inside the park at night These stalls are only removed when homage is paid to Major Sandeep Shankla on August 9 every year” An employee appointed with a water tubewell of public health department inside the war memorial park says “The memorial was well-maintained and it was being cleaned regularly when it was under Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) But things changed when it was transferred to Municipal Council authorities No sanitation employee has visited the memorial for the last more than one month” Sudhir Sharma a local resident of Sector 2 says “We are sad to see the terrible condition of war memorial If it is not possible to clean it every day authorities can clean it at least once in a fortnight” The war memorial was constructed in the memory of Major Sandeep Shankla of 18 Dogra Regiment who had sacrificed his life in a counter-terrorist attack while led to the elimination of nine terrorists and capture of 22 terrorists in August 1999 Panchkula Mayor Upinder Kaur admits that the responsibility for public parks including memorials has been shifted from HUDA to Municipal Council but does not agree that the memorial is not cleaned She says “I will check it The martyr’s father met me a couple of months ago and demanded the installation of dustbins which were subsequently installed I will ask the area councillor to look into it” For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: March 31 2017 9:30 am Game of Thrones season 7 teaser: Expect a big White Walkers twist Related News Game of Thrones season 7 teaser trailer is here and the biggest takeaway is right at the end of the promo that lasts less than 15 minutes Cersei is seen breathing on the Iron Throne and her breath is captured in icy vapours She is in the frozen eye of White Walker… is it the Night King Panicking already We know we are and it foretells an amazing season to come our way To cut to the beginning Game of Thrones season 7 trailer will have the new rulers taking their thrones HBO dropped a new promo called ‘Long Walk’ which sees Jon Snow Daenerys Targaryen and Cersei Lannister strolling towards different thrones as a cover version of James’s 90s hit Sit Down plays in the background The 80-second promo follows the end of series six which saw Daenerys set sail for the Seven Kingdoms while Jon Snow was dubbed King Of The North and Cersei seized the Iron Throne It sees Snow walking through the halls of Winterfell Cersei walks through King’s Landing while Daenerys Targaryen is apparently in her ancestral home of Dragonstone But whatever they are doing is not important for peril is heading their way It is none other than the Night King and his White Walkers The only ones who can stop them is probably a Khaleesi-Jon alliance but with Cersei on Iron Throne that is unlikely to happen The seventh season of Game of Thrones begins on July 17 and will be the penultimate in the popular fantasy series based on George RR Martin’s books What to expect from Game of Thrones season 7 This time there will be only seven episodes while the last season will only have six Showrunner David Benioff said about this earlier: “It’s not just trying not to outstay your welcome We’re trying to tell one cohesive story with a beginning middle and end We’ve known the end for quite some time and we’re hurtling towards it Those last images from the [season six finale] showed that” But the good news is more money is being spent on the remaining episodes Director Matt Shankman told EW: “Daenerys’s dragons this year are the size of planes Drogon is the biggest of the bunch – his flame is 30-feet in diameter” Kit Harington (Jon Snow) also revealed that the new episodes would be to a grander scale He said: “There are [fewer] episodes this year so they spent more money on those episodes So the whole scale of it is up” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsCairo Egypt: An Egyptian F-16 fighter jet has crashed with the loss of its crew during a military exercise the army announced late on Wednesday night Getty Images "An F-16 aircraft has crashed during an exercise killing the crew" the army said in a statement which did not give the location of the incident Egypt has one of the region’s most powerful and well-equipped militaries and was boosted by recent deliveries of F-16 warplanes by Washington and Rafale fighter jets from France The F-16 is manufactured by Lockheed Martin and is used by about 20 countries AFP

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