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New Delhi: Indian Army regiments in the National Capital Region have decided to go for a cracker-free, green Diwali to contribute towards healthier festivities in the pollution-battered city.

Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated to mark Hindu god Ram’s return post his 14-year exile. People of Ayodhya celebrated his return by lighting up earthen lamps filled with ghee. Since then, the lighting aspect of the festival was extended to firing of crackers and subsequently, use of electric lights for decorative purposes. It is said that the lamps attract insects towards the flame and, in a way, the environment gets rid of them as they get killed by going towards the flame. The ghee vapour which is released in the air is known to be a purifying agent.

Delhi is one of the most polluted cities of the country as vehicles, industries and bad practices of civil society pollute the atmosphere with the release of smoke and other pollutants in air, apart from adversely affecting water and soil.

During the time of Diwali, the level of pollution in the atmosphere rises alarmingly, adding to the woes of the residents who suffer from several diseases caused due to the pollution. Apart from people, animals go through a very hard time as well due to crackers bursting out everywhere because they have more sensitive hearing.

This year, the Delhi Headquarters of the Army Cantonment initiated a campaign for Diwali – This Diwali Let’s Go Green.

The initiative is to bring in an environment friendly, pollution free and safer Diwali this year. The campaign was already initiated a week prior to the celebrations starting in full swing.

“The whole idea of the campaign is to ‘say no to crackers’ so as to reduce pollution levels, as the extent of air and noise pollution caused due to bursting of fire crackers is a cause of concern every Deepawali,” Army sources said.

The Army had, over the weekend, organized a ‘Green Diwali’ mela which was inaugurated by Namita Suhag, president of the Army Wives Welfare Association.

Such steps by the Indian Army represent India’s bigger concerns such as environmental amelioration as opposed to the religious aspect, where certain sections would raise the point of Hindu festivals being ‘fiddled with’. This initiative of the Indian Army also recovers the old practice of lighting lamps on Diwali, as ‘Deepawali’ literally means ‘a line of lamps’.

The active steps taken by these men protecting our borders as well as focusing on internal troubles represent their concerns towards the nation on the whole. We, the members of civil society, must follow these initiatives for a healthier and happier Diwali.

 

 

 

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10 little known facts about Delhi Metro which makes it distinct

Delhi Metro is the life line of Delhi. It is one of the easiest and most convenient way of transportation one can find in Delhi.

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The Delhi Metro is Delhites' favourite way of commuting. Wikimedia Commons
The Delhi Metro is Delhites' favourite way of commuting. Wikimedia Commons

Delhi Metro is the life line of Delhi. It is one of the easiest and most convenient way of transportation one can find in Delhi. It is easy and totally hassle-free.

However, it is not full proof. Delhi metro has its own share of vices, it is overcrowded, swarming with pick-pockets, and experiences technical glitches every once in a while. However, despite all the pros and cons, people love to travel in metro because it is one of the most efficient public transportation system in India.

Here is the list of 10 little known facts about Delhi Metro which sets it apart :

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has developed one of the most efficient public transportation system in the World. Wikimedia Common
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has developed one of the most efficient public transportation system in the World. Wikimedia Commons

There are no Power Cuts, only Power Shifts.

What we call power cuts, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) calls them power shifts. The power lapses where lights and AC go off at certain stations are the ‘power shifts’. There are designated neutral zones or sub-stations which supply power to the train, as it can not get the required 25,000 volts from a single station.

There are no dustbins.

You might not have noticed but here are no dustbins anywhere on the stations, apart from those inside the restaurants. However, the DMRC stations and platforms still always manage to look and stay clean. This is definitely something worth being proud of.

Despite no dustbins, DMRC platforms are one of the cleanest.
Despite no dustbins, DMRC platforms are one of the cleanest.

The escalator at the stations have a ‘Saree Guard.’ 

Surprised? Here is the explanation. Delhi metro commuters are always in a hurry and DMRC knows this very well. Apart from the emergency stop button on the escalators, there is also a ‘sari guard’ feature which stops loose clothing material from getting trapped in between the escalators.

It is full of assistance for the disabled.

The yellow tiles with horizontal lines on the Delhi Metro platforms and stations are constructed in such a way that blind people can easily walk on it without any assistance. The stations are also wheelchair friendly with ramps built on every station methodically so that wheelchair bound people can roll around the station more comfortably.

 

Delhi Metros are disabled friendly and provides facilities for the disabled.
Delhi Metro is disabled friendly and provides facilities for the disabled.

The DMRC Dedit Card 

This one is a largely unknown fact, the DMRC and ICICI bank collaborated to launch a DMRC debit card which offers facilities like,  auto recharge and gives 10 % discount on metro fare and shops at the metro stations. It also has cash back offers and reward points, this certainly makes travelling in metro a more fun experience.

The voices behind the announcements

The female voice of Delhi Metro, who announces the stations and instructions in English, is Ms. Rini Simon Khanna. And the  male  Hindi announcer is Mr. Shammi Narang.

Providing bicycles at a cheap rent.

Even after your de-boarding of the train, DMRC has ways of taking care of your journey. A lot of metro stations provide bicycles on rent  for as low as Rs 10 for 4 hours with a valid ID proof.

Delhi Metro is very Environment Friendly.

The United Nations have certified the DMRC as the first rail-based system that gets carbon credits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It reduces pollution levels of Delhi by approximately 630,000 tonnes per year.

Delhi Metro is almost never late. Wikimedia Commons
Delhi Metro is almost never late. Wikimedia Commons

Delhi Metro is always on time. 

The trains  are said to be punctual 99.7% of the times, which is one major achievement, keeping in mind, this is India we are talking about. This punctuality is yet another example of DMRC’s methodical and systematic work settings.

The distance covered will leave you amazed.

The 200 trains of the Delhi Metro network covers a total distance of 69,000 kms every day. That is much more than the earth’s total circumference, which is only 40,075 kms.