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Making of a smart city-Karnal


By- JK Bhutani

KARNAL SMART CITY shall be as much a ‘glorious heritage city’ of Daanvir Karna of Mahabharata as it would be, of modern aspirations of youth matching the starry heights of Kalpana Chawla.

The ‘SMART cities’ governed and run by the touch of a touch-screen, are envisioned not only as the face of the development, modernisation and rising economic power of India, but also a mean of fulfilling the aspirations of citizens with the use of information technology and smart solutions in providing clean sustainable environment, inclusive development and rich vibrant urban life.
Besides the provisioning of the potable water, 24×7 power, holistic health, education, skill development, efficient mobility, security and good e-governance with robust IT and connectivity, such cities can emerge as tourism hubs and economic growth clusters.

The SMART makeover essentially consists of rejuvenating the existing developed area (Retrofitting and Re-development), developing the new vacant area (Green field development) and providing smart solutions to exiting built up areas (Pan-city development), thus fulfilling the needs of the maximum  population. The city of Karnal offers opportunities for all these models of smart transformation.


Core Area specific Problems and solutions

  1. The old walled city and surroundings can be developed with heritage and historic rich tourism options (Retrofitting and Redevelopment). The gated walled city designed as a fortress with many gates (Karan , Dyalpura, Jundla, Banso, Kalandari and Mira ghati), along with ‘Karan Taal, Sadar Bazaar, Railway Station’ and ‘The Mall Road’ area can be fitted with connectivity basics, smart power-water-sanitation solutions and other infra structure to develop it as a heritage part of the city in the Mahabharata-Gita belt. The institutional areas of NDRI, CSSRI, NBAGR and DWR can be developed as skill area development centers for the agro-dairy-horticulture industry for rural youth and a futuristic resource for the nation.


  1. The new vacant areas in adjoining villages, medical university area and the relatively new urban sectors (HUDA) and Model Town area can be turned into the ‘model’ of best urban living practices, The new urban estate sectors, the industrial townships and proposed medical university areas can be developed with core basic wire-free power, fibre-optics, embedded systems. sensors and other technology pre-requisites along with renewable energy, water harvesting, and sustainable environment clusters (Green field development)


  1. The whole city, many of the unauthorised colonies (Hansi Road area, Vasant Vihar, Mangal Pur, Rajiv Puram) , nearby villages and ‘post-habitation’ approved colonies must have access to basic needs of water, power, connectivity, urban transport, security, education, health, skill development areas and above all access to e-governance and other common services (Pan-city Development).


Core City problems and Smart Solutions

The fibre-optic networks, a variety of smart sensors and Wi-fi connectivity is fundamental for the smart solutions to city problems and e-governance. The ever increasing need of power, water and quality health and education needs urgent adoption of renewable energy models (Solar and Waste generated), smart electric grid/meters, and recycling of solid wastes/water treatment. The problems of sewerage, rain water drainage, unauthorized colonies and emerging villages need smart solutions.

The old walled city areas (Retrofitting and Redevelopment) offer a unique challenge for providing the fibre-optic network which can be addressed with Wi-Fi networks and hot-spots. The power and water resource pilferage, wastage and optimal use can be achieved with smart grid, metering, sensors and solar energy use. The transport, mobility and parking problems can be addressed with public utilities and ‘outside-the-walled-city’ common parking. The heritage tourism can be boosted by keeping it ethnic, car-free pedestrian/e-rickshaw area  with local food/dialect and other cultural smart shows.

In the case of (Redevelopment and Green Field ) Model the new areas of urban estates, Model Town and Medical university can have solar energy clusters, solid waste treatment areas, and water harvesting smart solutions. The architectural planning of the new area must include wire-free cabling, sensors, actuators, air-quality, motions sensors and security solutions. The city drainage problem has increased after the ‘Mughal Canal’ closure as it provided the natural drain for the old city. The Model-Town area had ‘Cho-drainage’ with many ‘rain-water’ harvesting ponds which can be re-energised with smart solutions.

The ‘Pan-city development’ model can address the common problems of drainage, smart transport, e-surveillance, interactive policing, sensor activated video-surveillance (especially for vulnerable old, children and women groups), online education resource, electronic medical records, telemedicine/video conferencing and uniform ‘state-of-the-art’ health care. The skill development area, e-library and common web-resource areas with the participation of the young citizens in the learning/developing applications in the IoT (Internet of Things), smart apps and the solutions should be encouraged. Making common resource of intelligent ideas, e-library, renewable energy parks, charging areas and kid study/play areas can be a useful asset for learning and sharing for all.

Global/Best practices for Karnal

The ‘Smart Cities’ of the world (New-York, Barcelona, Singapore, Amsterdam, and Dubai) have practiced a variety of smart solutions for efficient transport, parking, solar-smart-electric-grid, crime deterrent video-surveillance and environment-weather coping and enhancements. Karnal offers unique opportunities because of the mixed peace-loving population, fertile land, adequate water and sunshine resource along with the basic infrastructure of power, internet and communication networks. The city of Amsterdam can be a model for Karnal as it has emerged as ‘heritage-education-industrial’ hub with modern amenities.

The smart cities are not built on the edifice of architectural engineering, structure, and material only, but on the co-operation, participation, brotherhood and prosperity of all sections of society. The reach out of the e-governance, policing and public health to each household and citizen is not a utopia anymore, but an attainable goal for us all.

How I will contribute as a Smart-Citizen?

I am a professional medical doctor who has grown with Karnal. The experience of premier institute of PGI, life at Chandigarh and the travels abroad has sown ‘high aspirations and smart solutions’ in us all. I am well versed in the application of technology aided EMR, health delivery and online education portals. My experience in the IT, networks planning and the integration of it with the human resource can be used if required.

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The major Challenge is to make the Youth of the Country Entrepreneurial and not Job Seekers : Venkaiah Naidu

"The challenge for us is to make the youth entrepreneurial, and not become job seekers," Venkaiah Naidu said pointing to the NDA government's various initiatives.

Venkaiah Naidu
Venkaiah Naidu. Wikimedia Commons
  • At a time of tepid job growth and continuing income disparities, the major challenge is to make the youth of the country entrepreneurial and not job seekers, Vice President  Venkaiah Naidu said on Thursday.

“Disparities continue to remain in India and so there is a need for inclusive growth… there is the need to take care of the suppressed, oppressed and depressed,” Venkaiah Naidu said at the Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust’s (BYST) silver jubilee celebrations here with Britain’s Prince Charles as the chief guest.

“The challenge for us is to make the youth entrepreneurial, and not become job seekers,” Venkaiah Naidu said pointing to the NDA government’s various initiatives to encourage youth enterprises like Startup India, Standup India and the Mudra financing scheme for underprivileged sections.

Modelled on Prince Charles’ Trust for business startups, BYST, founded by Lakshmi Venkatesan, daughter of former President R. Venkatraman, is engaged in building rural entrepreneurship — “grampreneurs” — as also enterprise among under-privileged sections, which includes business mentoring. The current BYST chairman is Bajaj Group chief, Rahul Bajaj.

“Without mentoring, it would be very difficult to set up startups, with all the business, marketing and other vital issues involved in the first two-three years,” Prince Charles said in his address at the International Mentoring Summit organized by BYST to mark its 25 years.

“What amazes me are the sheer number of jobs these young entrepreneurs had created. The aim of such a project should be to create a virtual cycle of creating entrepreneurs who can then invest in the future of business,” Charles said referring to his trust.

BYST was officially launched in 1992 by Prince Charles and expanded its operations to six major regions of India.

Out of these six regions, four — Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad — run the urban programme while two regions — Haryana and Maharashtra — run the rural programme.(IANS)

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Quick View on Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Case: 20 Years of Imprisonment enough for a Rapist in India?

15 point guide to know about the latest developments in Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s case

Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim got a jail sentence of 20 years
Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim got a jail sentence of 20 years. Twitter

New Delhi, August 28, 2017: A special CBI court gave jail sentence of 20 years (for a 15-year-old case) to rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim today.

Here’s a 15 point guide about the Gurmeet Ram Rahim  case:

  • Jagdeep Singh, CBI Judge declared 2 sentences of 10 years imprisonment for the 2 rape cases that happened in 2002.
  • Dera chief was also fined by the court for the 2 cases amounting to a total of Rs 30 lakh (Rs 14 lakh each would go to the 2 rape victims).
  • The Dera chief allegedly cried in the courtroom and also begged for sympathy and forgiveness.
  • The defense requested the Judge to be lenient as the Dera chief has worked for the welfare of people in the past.
  • Apart from the rape cases, Gurmeet Ram Rahim is also facing trial in 2 separate murder cases- Dera follower Ranjit Singh and journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati.
  • Protests by Dera followers (after his conviction) in Haryana and Punjab have led to the death of 38 people and crores of damage to public property.
  • A special court was set up in the Sunaria Jail premises in order to avoid any further damage caused by the violent mob. For this Jagdeep Singh, CBI special court judge flew to Rohtak today.
  • Talking about safety measures, Atul Kumar, District Collector of Rohtak said that shoot at sight orders will be issued if any anti-social elements occur which tries to harm the police force or innocent public.
  • Security was increased outside Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana chief minister’s official residence in Chandigarh before Ram Rahim’s sentencing.
  • There was high security around the Rohtak district jail with paramilitary forces and Haryana Police covering the area. The Army was on standby.
  • No movement of people (other than the authorized ones) was allowed within 10 km distance from the jail premises.
  • Panchkula, Sirsa, Uttar Pradesh, neighboring areas were on high alert and to ensure the safety of citizens Paramilitary forces were placed in various areas. There is a curfew in Sirsa and Section 144 is enforced in Rohtak. Sensitive areas of Punjab are being patrolled by security forces.
  • Locals have been asked to stay indoors as a preventive measure.
  • Mobile internet services will remain suspended in Haryana, Punjab and also Internet lease lines in Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters, Sirsa till tomorrow 11:30 a.m.

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Shoot at sight is to be issued immediately if "anti-social elements" are spotted

Sacha Sauda Dera Chief Ram Rahim
Gurmeet Ram Rahim, gestures during the premiere of movie ‘Jattu Engineer’ in New Delhi. voa

Haryana, August 28, 2017: Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s quantum of punishment for his conviction in rape will be pronounced today. As Dera Sacha Sauda followers tore down the city when he was pronounced guilty, here are ten things to know about today’s historic announcement.

1. The Special Court for the decision of punishment is set up in Rohtak’s Sunaria where the convict will be brought.

2. On Monday, Jagdeep Singh who is the same CBI Special Court Judge to find Gurmeet Rahim guilty, arrived in Rohtak by air today at 2:30 pm. The hearing to last for 1.5 hours.

3. Haryana Police along with paramilitary forces have established multi layered security around Rohtak. The army, until further orders, is on standby. 10 km around the prison premises no movement of individuals is allowed.

4. Shoot at sight is to be issued immediately if “anti-social elements” are spotted, said Rohtak DC Atul Kumar.

5. Section 144 is implemented in Rohtak, while Curfew is in the process in Sirsa. Punjab, too, is on high security. As a preventive measure, local residents are asked to stay indoors.

6. Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana CM, and his official residence are also tightly secured ahead of the hearing.

7. Mobile and Internet services remain shut in Haryana and Punjab. Schools are officially shut for today as well.