AAP govt clears Metro phase IV, six new lines to come up
- The Aam Aadmi Party government has approved the fourth phase of the Delhi Metro that will take the city transportation lifeline to outer parts of the Capital and bolster connectivity to the airport.
- Construction on the fourth phase that comprises six lines will start in 2017 and is scheduled to end in three years.
- The 104-kilometre network will cost Rs 55,000 crore and is expected to see 1.5 million passengers daily.
- Six lines, Inderlok – Indraprastha, Tughlakabad – Terminal 1, Lajpat Nagar – Saket G-Block, Janakpuri (west) – RK Ashram and Mukundpur-Maujpur are proposed.
- These lines, in addition with the 140 kilometres of Metro network added in Phase III, are expected to free up traffic bottlenecks in the congested central and south parts of the city and help passengers from outer Delhi.
- Phase III is likely to be completed by December and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was seeking approval for the next phase for more than a year.
- The new phase will benefit south Delhi as residents will have the option of taking the Metro to go to the airport and other localities.
- The DMRC originally proposed to build a 20-km-long corridor between the existing Aerocity and Tughlakabad metro stations but has now extended it to Terminal 1 station.
- PROPOSED LINES
- Rithala – Narela – (21.73km)
Stations: Rohini Sector 26, Rohini Sector 31, Rohini Sector 32, Rohini Sector 36, Rohini Sector 37, Barwala, Put Khurd, Bawana Industrial Area – 1, Bawana Industrial Area – 2, Bawana, Bawana JJ Colony, Sanpath, New Sanath Colony, Anaj Mandi and Narela
- Inderlok – Indraprastha – (12.57km)
Stations: Dayabasti, Sarai Rohilla, Ahmal Khan Park, Nabi Karim, New Delhi Delhi, LNJP Hospital, Delhi Gate, IG Stadium and Indraprastha
- Tughlakabad – Terminal 1(22.20 km)
Stations: Tughlakabad, Tughlakabad Railway Colony, Anandmayee Marg Junction, Tigri, Khanpur, Ambedkar Nagar, Saket G Block, Saket, Lado Sarai, Mehrauli, Kishangar, Masoodpur, Vasant Kunj (Sec-D), Mahipalpur and Delhi Aerocity
- Lajpat Nagar – Saket G-Block – (7.96 km)
Stations: Saket-G Block, Sheikh Sarai, Chirag Delhi, GK-1, Andrews Ganj, Lajpat Nagar
- Janakpuri (west)- RK Ashram- (28.92km)
Stations: Krishna Park Extn, Keshpur, Meera Bagh, Paschim Vihar, Peeragarhi Chowk, Peergarhi, Mangolpuri, West Enclave, Deepali Chowk, Madhuban Chowk, Rohini East, Prashant Vihar , North Pitampura, Haiderpur, Mukarba Chowk, Bhalaswa, Majlis Park, Azadpur, Ashok Vihar, Derawal Nagar, Rajpura, GG Sabji Mandi, Pulbangash, Sadar Bazar, Nabi Karim and RK Ashram Marg
- Mukundpur-Maujpur – (12.54 km)
Stations: Burari Crossing, Jagatpur Village, Surghat, Khajuri Khas, Bhajanpura, Yamuna Vihar and Maujpur
Home Ministry to disband special task force on women’s safety in Delhi
- The Union Home Ministry has decided to disband the Special Task Force on women’s safety in Delhi, a move which Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) today termed as “highly retrograde” and “anti-women”.
- It appealed to Home Minister Rajnath Singh to review the decision, saying the STF is the only forum in the capital for coordination between the Centre and the state on the issue of women’s safety. The task force was established in 2013 in the aftermath of the brutal Nirbhaya gangrape.
- In light of these horrifying numbers, it is appalling that instead of strengthening the institutional mechanisms for fighting crimes against women in the state, the Home Ministry is disbanding the Special Task Force which is the only forum existing in Delhi for cooperative coordination between the Centre and the state on the issue of women safety,” said DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal in a letter to Singh.
- Maliwal said the Commission has been informed that the Home Ministry, while ordering disbanding of the STF, has requested the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to reconstitute a task force under his Chairmanship consisting of the representatives of the Delhi Police, GNCTD and other related officials, which she said was “strange” as the “LG has once previously failed to heed to a request to set up a committee on women safety in November 2015 and had instead delegated the task to the Chief Secretary of the Delhi Government”
Centre clears deck for IIMC to become a deemed media university
- The Indian Institute of Mass Communication’s (IIMC) bid’s to be counted as a media university — which can award degrees instead of diplomas — has received a shot in the arm with the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry giving it a go-ahead to apply for a deemed university status.
- According to ministry sources, IIMC, an autonomous institute under the ministry, can now seek permission from University Grants Commission (UGC) for a change in status.
- A deemed university status means the institute does not have to seek consent from Parliament for its elevation.
- At present, IIMC offers post-graduate diploma courses, which are not counted as a degree for pursuing higher education, research or a career in academics.
- Information and broadcasting minister Venkaiah Naidu has agreed in principle to the institute’s request. “It has been proposed that instead of introducing a bill in Parliament for seeking an institute of national importance status for it as was suggested earlier, IIMC will be a deemed university with Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI) and the National Centre of Excellence in Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects affiliated to it,” an official said.
- While presenting the general budget for 2014-15, finance minister Arun Jaitley had said both FTII and SRFTI will be accorded the status of institutes of national importance.
- IIMC has been receiving requests from students to offer them a degree as a post-graduate certificate made them eligible for pursuing higher education and government jobs.
‘School teachers shouldn’t be secretaries to MLAs’: Supreme Court
- Supreme Court has ordered that Government school teachers cannot be deputed to work as private secretaries for ministers and legislators in states.
- It noted that this practice in Telangana is one of the factors for “zero enrolment” of students in the 271 schools in the state.
- A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and C Nagapan sought an explanation from the government as to why it posted school teachers as secretaries to ministers and legislators.
- The counsel said there was no one to supervise these school teachers.
- The bench’s order came after receiving a report from a panel it had appointed to inspect the schools in the state.
- The committee is headed by senior advocate Ashok Gupta. The committee had said that “persons hailing from the most impoverished section of the society were found to be clamoring for schools imparting education in English medium.”
- The state government claimed it had taken steps to introduce English in its schools.
- But the Supreme Court bench was not satisfied with the state’s response and it asked the counsel for the government to place before it a blueprint for a scheme on how to improve the education system in the state.
- Noting there were vacancies in schools, the bench said it wanted to know the steps taken to fill up the posts. It also posted the issue for further hearing on September 7.