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Ctrl + Alt + Del = Pune

Load shedding, lack of adequate public transport, no night-life, poor roads, traffic… Pune Inc.’s problems just don’t seem to stop. Cut to Chennai. CM Jaylalitha lobbying for another IIM; Government going all-out to support industry; Prez Abdul Kalam having a “soft-corner” for the state. No wonder IT companies are moving out of Pune for a better deal!

“There have been some incidents,” says Deepak Shikarpur, executive director, Computer Society of India. Even though IT experts in the city say “err… well… there’s nothing to worry about,” they do add “it is not a healthy sign.” The basic problem is infrastructure. Foreign delegations are grieved to see Pune roads. “Look at the university fly-over. I think it’s construction hasn’t progressed at all over the last couple of months. Together with the state of the E Square flyover, it spells chaos. What’s worse is that that’s the only road from the Airport to the Hinjewadi IT park,” he adds.
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Monthly pass, tokens in the driveway

FINALLY, there is some good news on the paid-parking front. Very soon, car and scooter owners need pay only monthly charges to enter the city’s paid-parking zones. And, if the Municipal Corporation has its way, they will also have space numbers allotted to them on their parking tokens.

The committee looking into making the parking system people-friendly has recommended these measures, and the MC is going to implement them shortly. Under the charges that have been fixed, one need only pay Rs 300 for cars and Rs 150 for scooters and avail of the pass parking facilities in almost all the paid-parking zones in Sectors 35, 34, 22, 17, 9 and 8.

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Trader’s daughter booked for rash driving

UT Police today booked Pallavi Kapoor, a Sector 8 resident, on charges of rash and negligent driving. Pallavi is the daughter of Vipin Kapoor, who runs a prominent garment store in Sector 17. The accident took place yesterday afternoon on the Sector 9 A-B dividing road. As per the police, Pallavi rammed her car (CH-03-R-3729) into a cyclist, Meena. Meena sustained severe injuries in her legs and was rushed to GH-16.

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Bhopal hosts Police-Public partnership seminar for better law and

Police forces across the country have embarked on a new methodology of involving the general public for better governance and maintenance of law and order.

Keeping this in mind, The Ministry of Home Affairs in association with Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and Madhya Pradesh police recently organized a seminar on ‘Police and public interface: Making it happen’ in order to better co-ordinate and involve the public in law and order management.
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New trend in two-wheelers!

Bicycles are back and selling big in Mumbai

It’s a new trend in two-wheelers. And the trendsetters are not Yamaha and Honda motorcycles, but Hero and BSA bicycles! Yes, it is true, Mumbai is re-discovering the way to pedal. And an increasing number of people are going in for this cheap, convenient and maintenance-free form of transport once again.The environmentalists are happy with the trend. The automobile associations are encouraging. And the traffic police are smiling benevolently at the idea of lesser vehicles on the city’s congested roads. But the people most thrilled are the cycle dealers in Kalbadevi. For long the hub of the industry, Kalbadevi is suddenly seeing a spurt of activity as at least 25 new customers come there in search of cycles and pedal-off from one of the many cycle shops triumphantly. Ring-ring, they go, rrrrring-rrrrring, there’s no need to even wait for the signal! The cycle stores at Kalbadevi have bikes for everyone, from toddlers to professional cyclists entering races. There is TI Cycles of India’s new range for kids (from three to eight-year-olds) under the BSA Champ brand, a total of eight models in eye-catching and pleasing colour combinations. Prices range from Rs. 1,450 (inclusive of all taxes) for bikes for three-year-olds to Rs. 1,900 for bikes for six to eight-year-olds. For the first time in India, cycles have started coming with in-built board games. They serve as a complete entertainment and physical health package for the child. While the cycle itself retains its basic premise of offering exercise to the child’s body, the in-built games offer higher engagement value thus increasing the time that kids spend with the cycle.
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Road Monsters

The police crackdown on rash driving is on. But motorists call for focus on killer BMTC buses, maxicabs, lorries and call-centre vehicles

When it comes to rash driving, it’s often the bigger vehicles which cause most accidents, especially fatal ones. Last year saw 9,101 road accidents involving the death of 903 people. Many of these accidents were caused by rashly driven BMTC buses, lorries, maxicabs and call centre vehicles. With the traffic police crackdown on rash driving under way, BT looks at the real danger these vehicles pose to Bangaloreans…
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Subir Roy: Backward in Bangalore

School bussing, helmets, seat belts, the list gets long.

Parents of children going to some of the most well-known schools in Bangalore are going through a culture change. They first furiously protested but now appear to be coming to terms quickly with a new directive by the traffic police.

They are not allowed to drop or pick up their school-going children in their private cars and clog the traffic. This is an issue because, these top schools, all venerable institutions, were set up long ago, in what is now the heart of town, on streets that today appear incredibly narrow.
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Centre plans tie-up with EU body for auto research

The ministry of heavy industries is planning to tie up with the Milan-based Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Union for auto research.
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City may soon usher in hi-tech traffic light era

If all goes according to ‘plans’, Lucknow’s traffic management system would soon go hi-tech (computerised) and those white uniform clad figures called traffic policemen would become a rare phenomena.

A proposal to fully computerise 43 of the major crossings of Lucknow has been floated. With this new initiative, these crossings would not require traffic policemen to guide the traffic. ‘‘Traffic lights at these crossings would have timers, as we have in Delhi, to control and regulate the flow of traffic and they would be operated through one centralised office,’’ informed SP (Traffic) Omkar Singh.
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Modern Driver Training Institute opens in Delhi

The most modern institute in Northern India to train commercial vehicle drivers was inaugurated today in the Capital by Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, in the presence of Haroon Yusuf, Transport Minister and senior officials of the Delhi Government. The Driver Training Institute (DTI), Burari, is a joint venture between Hinduja Group flagship Ashok Leyland and the Government of NCT of Delhi, following a MoU signed to the effect in September last.
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Metro spin-off: Pusa decongested

The Delhi Metro is doing more to ease the city’s traffic situation than just giving us a snazzy transport system to travel in. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is also redesigning traffic junctions — like the Pusa Road-Patel Nagar rotary which promises snarl-free drives in days to come. The new pattern has been approved by the Delhi Traffic Police and would be in place by the time the metro section from Dwarka to Barakhamba Road — which this intersection forms a part of — is ready for use.

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Traffic DCP’s car booked, fined!

Traffic police booked the driver of their own DCP’s official car near Sophia High School on Friday morning when some parents,who were protesting the ban on parking of private vehicles near schools, objected to the parking of the DCP’s car on the road near the school.

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Traffic cops in overdrive, 14000 challans a day

Figure this. On June 30 alone, the Delhi Traffic Police prosecuted over 14,000 vehicles for violating traffic rules. And on an average, the monthly figure stands well over three lakh considering a total of 1,810,101 vehicles have been challaned since January 1 this year. All this is done by about 1,800 traffic officials who are out on the roads each day.
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Parents threaten to defy rule

Parents are in a defiant mood. Majority of them have threatened to defy the rule against drop and pick-up which comes into effect from July 1 at 16 centrally located schools.

On Tuesday, parents floated an association for safety of children.

Meanwhile, police seem to be having a re-think. Sources said the commissioner was weighing the option of modifying the rule against parking vehicles within a 200-metre radius to provide some relief to the parents of nursery and pre-nursery children who are apprehensive about the safety of their wards.
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There Are No Small Or Big Stories in Road Carnage

Throughout the past week, Kenya has been staging a campaign called “Make Poverty History – What Will Work?”

It’s primary aim was to generate a “voice” which might be heard at the G8 summit in Gleneagles in a couple of weeks’ time. Not a voice to tell them how bad things are (judging by the public passion for Live 8 in Europe and the thousands set to besiege the Gleneagles gates, the “North’s” assessment of the situation, and horror at it, is already well embossed); more to suggest how misguided some of the previous remedies have been, and what the more effective solutions might be.
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‘People lack road sense’

Police commissioner Ajai Kumar Singh on Monday invited corporate houses to come forward and help in starting a major road safety campaign in the city. Singh gave this call after releasing Getit b2b & b2C yellow pages here. Road sense among Bangaloreans is very low and they are jumping signals and violating traffic rules, Singh said.

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Your SMS can light up city roads

GETTING a non-functional streetlight repaired will soon be a breeze. While driving on a city road if you come across a non-functional streetlight, just SMS a “special ID code” assigned to that pole to a telephone number to register your complaint.

Acting on the basis of a special survey, the UT Traffic Police have forwarded a proposal to the UT Administration to blow off the menace of faulty lights.
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Written test drives licence-seekers away from traffic park

Incredible, but true. In Chandigarh, you have to take a written test in order to get driving licences issued from one place. But you can walk away with it without even answering a single question from another place.

Taking advantage of the discrepancy in the system, a large number of residents are getting the licences without going through the “hassle” of clearing the test.
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Ajai vows less chaos on roads

Residents’ associations poured out their complaints before police commissioner Ajai Kumar Singh at a meeting on Saturday.

And if Singh keeps his word and if his plan takes off, the city will see better-managed traffic in the coming days. The police commissioner assured representatives of residents’ associations that local area traffic management committees would be set up soon to check the traffic chaos.
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Koramangala residents show the way

They began as an egroup to discuss the civic and other issues. Ten months down, their writ petition has resulted in the high court telling the civic agencies what to do.

Now, they have also got themselves a Tiger. A Tiger, as in the vehicle used to tow away ‘illegally’ parked vehicles. But then the 130 families that make up the fledgling e-group called ‘Koramangala Initiative’ believe anything is possible with collective will and action.
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