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Odd-even: Three-wheeler operators feel the heat of AAP crack down

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New Delhi, April 22 : In an unprecedented swoop against errant auto rickshaws, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Friday challaned as many as 475 three-wheelers fleecing commuters or refusing to go to the desired destinations in the city on the eighth day of the odd-even traffic restriction.

The crackdown on auto operators, known to be a strong support base of the AAP, was undertaken by the Delhi transport department for the first time following a series of complaints.

Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai told reporters: “We conducted a special drive against the auto drivers and challaned 475 autos.” He said the convenience of the commuters was the prime responsibility of the government and any laxity by anyone “be it auto drivers or cabs aggregators will not be tolerated”.

Separately, the transport department booked 285 cars for violating the odd-even restriction.

The action against auto-rickshaws comes after the city government cracked the whip on app-based cab aggregators Ola and Uber for “surge pricing”. The government had impounded 68 app-based taxis for over charging commuters earlier in the week.

The day also saw heavy traffic in parts of central and south Delhi and witnessed a surge in the particulate matter pollution levels after two days of consecutive dips.

Braving scorching heat, denizens had a harrowing time negotiating traffic logjams, which prevailed in several parts of the capital city despite the road rationing scheme in place.

“At 11 a.m. I was stuck in bumper to bumper traffic near the Maharani Bagh flyover heading towards Noida,” Rashmi, a woman commuter told IANS.

Heavy traffic was also reported from Chirag Delhi to Nehru Place and between Dhaula Kuan to Safdarjung hospital in South Delhi during office hours.

Delhi traffic police too acknowledged that heavy traffic was reported during office hours.

The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said that particulate matter pollution showed un upward trend.

The PM 2.5 level increased to 93.8 on Friday from the level of 67.8 a day ago, while PM 10 reached to 234.9 from 206, SAFAR said.

Surprisingly, the AAP government’s pro-active step against erring autodrivers did not get brick-bats from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS)-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, workers’ union.

“We do not mind the challan of any wrong doer,” taxi operator Rajender Soni, who owes allegiance to BMS, told IANS.

However, he said the AAP government has “completely failed” to provide smooth public transport in the capital.

Meanwhile, Rai also announced that in order to encourage private car owners to switch to public transport the city government will soon launch app-based premium bus services in June.

“The prevailing quality and reliability of the bus service in the city has discouraged most private car owners to commute by bus,” Rai said.

The second phase of the odd-even scheme began on April 15 and will continue till April 30. The first phase was between January 1 and 15 this year.

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Karnataka Police to induct 50 dogs at Rs 2.5 crore

According to the commissioner, the police department will hire the services of Amrut Hiranya, a renowned dog psychologist, popularly known as ‘dog guru’.

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Bengaluru, May 26 : As many as 50 dogs will be inducted into the police dog squad in Karnataka at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore to strengthen the force, an official said on Tuesday.

“Fifty dogs will be adopted and inducted into the dog squad at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore to strengthen the state police force,” said Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao.

Inaugurating the newly upgraded Dog Activity Park at the CAR (South) in Adugodi near Kormangala in the city, Rao said the dog squad plays an important role in the detection of explosives, drugs and crimes scenes.

He said that best possible training will be imparted to the police dogs to strengthen the existing canine team.

At the Dog Activity Park, the dogs will be trained under the leadership of CAR South and ACP, Ninga Reddy Patil.

According to the commissioner, the police department will hire the services of Amrut Hiranya, a renowned dog psychologist, popularly known as ‘dog guru’.

Rao said the police department is also planning to appoint female constables as dog handlers in the future.

At the inauguration of the Dog Activity Park, the trained canines showcased their skills such as tackling vehicle hijacking, explosives and drugs detection and anti-terrorist and anti-Maoist warfare tactics.

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Parts of Delhi’s Pillanji Village added to containment zone

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New Delhi, May 26 : The South-East district administration on Tuesday sealed a part of the Pillanji Village in Kotla Mubarakpur here after Covid-19 cases were reported from the area.

In an order issued on Tuesday, the administration directed for containment of the area between house number 1942 and 1945 (Polygon A) and between house number 2027 and 2042, Chopal Wali Gali, (Polygon B) in Pillanji Village, Kotla Mubarakpur, after positive Covid-19 positive were reported from the area.

The South-East District Magistrate also directed all the concerned officials to ensure that basic facilities and necessities are available in the area, and if need arises, the same may be provided to every affected person.

“To restrict public movement within the contained area, sufficient numbers of pickets shall be set up,” the order said.

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Delhi govt orders 28 ventilators, 435 oxygen concentrators

Delhi has 19 COVID Care Centres (CCC) with 5,716-bed capacity. The state has 50,000 PPEs in stock.

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New Delhi, May 26 : Amid rising coronavirus cases, the Delhi Health Department has placed orders for 30,000 PPE kits, 3.5 lakh N-95 masks, 28 ventilators and 435 oxygen concentrators, according to a statement by the Raj Niwas, here on Tuesday.

The Secretary (Health) also presented the ‘situational analysis of Covid-19 in Delhi’ to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.

Up to May 25, there were 14,053 confirmed cases in Delhi. Of this, 6,771 patients recovered or migrated. The case fatality rate in Delhi is 1.96 per cent against the national average of 2.57 per cent.

As on May 25, the Lt Governor was informed, 34 labs were functional for Covid-19 tests. Till date, 1,74,469 cumulative tests had been conducted with the positivity rate as on May 25 being 8.06 per cent.

Adequate supply of medical essentials has been ensured and more ventilators are being procured. At present, 4,462 beds, 429 ICUs, 343 ventilators and 2,632 oxygen supported beds are available in the Covid hospitals.

Delhi has 19 COVID Care Centres (CCC) with 5,716-bed capacity. The state has 50,000 PPEs in stock.

The Secretary also informed Baijal about augmentation of the bed capacity by 25 per cent in private hospitals with 50 plus beds, earmarking of 20 per cent beds for Covid patients in these hospitals, daily health monitoring of the home isolated Covid patients and raising isolation beds in the CCCs.

The Lt. Governor asked the Health Department to review medical infrastructure capacity building and remove bottlenecks immediately. The trend of the past 10-15 days should be analysed for future management, Baijal said and advised monitoring of containment zones on a dynamic basis for focused action.

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