Friday March 22, 2019

Delhi marks second car free day and start of ‘Swachh’ campaign

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By Tarun Pratap

New Delhi: Delhi is observing its second car free day on Sunday, November 22. It is being organized between Dwarka sector 3-13 and 7-9 from 8 AM to 4 PM.

On October 22nd, Delhi had its first car-free day and it had successful results as there was 60 per cent decline in Delhi’s pollution.

The other positive was less traffic. People waste so much of time in traffic which is the extra burden on a working person, especially as the traveling time is not counted anywhere.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged people to be a part of the initiative on Twitter. He also declared that next month car free day will be observed in east Delhi areas and on 22nd January, whole Delhi will have car free day.

Today will also mark the start of ‘Swachh Delhi’ campaign. Its mobile app had received 1500 complaints by the morning.

The app was launched to receive complaints. Delhi will have intense cleanliness campaign from 22nd to 30th November. All a user has to do is upload the picture of garbage wherever he sees and the government will take action.

The pollution in Delhi has been a huge problem and with it, comes the rise of many diseases. The city has been reported as one of the most polluted in the world.

The traffic also is an issue, as traveling in Delhi takes up so much of time even though millions are commuting through the metro.

The number of cars parked in any residential area tells the story. Half of the area of the roads is blocked by the parked cars.

With population increasing all the time, it is natural that personal vehicles would increase. However, there are people who possess way more automobiles than they need. It is also the mark of a high class citizen, and the desire to be at higher social status is one reason for rising number of vehicles.

There has been a push to encourage people for carpooling. While, the concerns regarding environment are the priority, but the saved time is the big bonus.

Climate change has been a big topic in the world. Every little effort makes an important difference and the initiative of the car-free day and Swachh Delhi are good steps from Delhi government. All that is required now is that support from the citizen.

Another requirement is a follow-up from the government. It should not happen that for these 10 days the government shows immense pro-activeness and results are seen, but soon after that, things start running in their old ways again. If a plan is initiated then it should be completely taken care of.

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Now The Delhi Government Comes Up With The Food Wastage Check Policy At Social Gatherings

"If the food is surplus due to lower turnout of the guest and resultant less consumption, then it shall be the responsibility of organiser of the social function to remove that food from the social function site, immediately after the completion of the duration of that social function," it says.

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"Further, officers of respective ULB will conduct random or complaint-based inspection. The violations would be noted with proofs by the inspecting officers without the disrupting the function. In the event of violation of any of the conditions, the penalty would be imposed against violators under specific act/rules/orders." Pixabay

The Delhi government has drafted a policy to keep a check on the wastage of food at social functions in the national capital.

All organisers and caterers will have to register themselves with NGOs to manage the surplus and leftover food for distribution among the underprivileged, says the draft policy.

“The caterer should make proper arrangements to handover fresh surplus and leftover food to these NGOs,” reads the Draft ‘Policy for Holding Social Functions in Hotels, Motels and Low-Density Residential Area (LDRA) in National Capital Territory of Delhi’.

According to the draft policy, the owner, organiser, and the caterer must have the necessary permissions including FSSAI license from Delhi’s Department of Food Safety, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to run their kitchens or to sell or serve prepared food for the guest and the consumer.

“They should be registered with some NGO to manage surplus/leftover food by distributing the same among underprivileged. The caterer should make proper arrangements to handover fresh surplus and leftover food to these NGOs.

The food preparation should be according to the ceiling of the number of guests as per prescribed capacity of the motel and LDRA. The number of guests cannot exceed the guest limit approved by the Urban Local Body (ULB) for that function site, it says.

“If the food is surplus due to lower turnout of the guest and resultant less consumption, then it shall be the responsibility of organiser of the social function to remove that food from the social function site, immediately after the completion of the duration of that social function,” it says.

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According to the draft policy, the owner, organiser, and the caterer must have the necessary permissions including FSSAI license from Delhi’s Department of Food Safety, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to run their kitchens or to sell or serve prepared food for the guest and the consumer. Pixabay

The Commissioner Food Safety shall ensure that the above conditions are strictly followed; any violation thereof would invite action from the deployed officers by the Commissioner Food Safety, the draft policy reads.

The rules will be enforced by periodical inspections, which shall be conducted by officers of various state stakeholder agencies.

“Further, officers of respective ULB will conduct random or complaint-based inspection. The violations would be noted with proofs by the inspecting officers without the disrupting the function. In the event of violation of any of the conditions, the penalty would be imposed against violators under specific act/rules/orders.”

“The capacity of the space should be determined by multiplying the total number of car parking available by four or by means the number of persons obtained by dividing the gross floor area of the premises by occupant load factor at 1.5 sqm, whichever is less,” says the document.

It said adding that the total number of days on which a social function can be organised are restricted to 120 days in authorized/approved spaces.

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The food preparation should be according to the ceiling of the number of guests as per prescribed capacity of the motel and LDRA. The number of guests cannot exceed the guest limit approved by the Urban Local Body (ULB) for that function site, it says.
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The draft also said that motels and LDRA should be constructed as per sanctioned building plan.
“Minimum area of LDRA must be equals or more than 2.5 acres. Only such Motel and LDRA houses should be permitted to hold social functions which have proper access to the road from a main road (60 ft wide or more) and the LDRA should not be located at a road which ends in a dead end,” it said.

According to an official from the government, the decision to formulate a comprehensive policy regulating social functions was taken after the direction of the Supreme Court.

“Further, in view of Motel Policy of Ministry of Tourism 1995, policy for holding social functions in Farmhouses of Government of NCT of Delhi, Master Plan 2021(MPD 2021), amendments in MPD-2021 notified in 2013, a comprehensive policy was required to be drafted,” the official told IANS on the condition of anonymity.

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The Chief Secretary has constituted a committee of four officers, including Principal Secretaries of Urban Development and Health, Chief Executive Officer, Delhi Jal Board and Member Secretary, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, to draft the policy.

“Accordingly, the committee after consultation with all stakeholders drafted the policy keeping in mind concerns of Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) and Supreme Court such as stop the use of perennially installed semi-permanent pandals, nuisance of parking on outside road of the venue, safety of guests and general public, stop the misuse of scarce resources like water and stop any kind of pollution or degradation of Environment,” the official said. (IANS)