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DISGRACE: 40 cops found travelling in train toilets to avoid penalty for ticketless travel

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

A drive against ticketless travel in trains was launched by railway magistrate, VK Singh. It led to the catching of as many as 40 policemen crouching in train toilets in fear of being caught for travelling without tickets.

As per a TOI report, the surprise check was done on Mahakaushal Express and Chattisgarh Express trains since they are considered to be the most feasible trains to travel between Agra and neighboring district of Mathura.

A team led by the magistrate along with assistant commandant of Railway Protection Force (RPF) and 5 other security personnel imposed a fine on 103 passengers of which 40 were allegedly civil police personnel.  A total of Rs 29,780 was collected as fine, of which Rs 11,990 was collected from the cops.

In what was an embarrassing situation for the unusual suspects, this initiative against ticketless travel has exposed how the keepers of law are indulging in deceitful practices.

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Ganga Jal project in Agra postponed till August

Agra's 20 lakh odd residents are supplied water from two water works. Against the demand for 500 MLD, the supply is hardly 300 MLD. The gap is likely to be met by the new Ganga Jal pipeline which will bring Ganges water to Agra.

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A formal inauguration of the ambitious Rs 3,000 crore Ganga Jal project, to ease water supply situation in the Taj city, has again been postponed – to August.

The 130-km-long pipeline from Bulandshahar’s Palra Jhaal canal of the Ganges was to have been commissioned in November last year.

But it was postponed after the refusal of the UP-Forest Department to chop some trees.

"Agra gets only a trickle. Since there is no storage facility in Agra, the monsoon water goes waste," river activist Harendra Gupta said.
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Members of the Central Empowered Committee instituted by the Supreme Court visited the site in March and sought to know how the lost green cover would be compensated. A vacant stretch in Firozabad district has now been identified where plantation work would start next month.

Agra’s 20 lakh odd residents are supplied water from two water works. Against the demand for 500 MLD, the supply is hardly 300 MLD. The gap is likely to be met by the new Ganga Jal pipeline which will bring Ganges water to Agra.

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According to Jal Nigam officials presently submersible pumps, tube wells and hand pumps are meeting the additional demand for water.

Since the Yamuna water is stored in upstream barrages from Hathini Kund, Wazirabad, Okhla to Gokul, what flows in the Yamuna in the name of water is plain industrial effluents and domestic waste plus sewer.

“Agra gets only a trickle. Since there is no storage facility in Agra, the monsoon water goes waste,” river activist Harendra Gupta said. (IANS)

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