Chennai floods, Government is not the main reason, but the public attitude is the root cause.

Politicians have a general opinion about the public that the public is addicted to the free stuffs and they use such free scheme as a brainwashing tool, exception for mismanaging the government funds. Similarly, public are also selfish, they go any extreme to violate the rules and regulations by indulging in corrupt practices.  

Public’s daily activities and their house construction policies are completely against the basic standards and rules. Especially, related to the encroachments of the roads, river, and the disposal of wastes. 

Road Encroachments :-

1            In my opinion, around 99% of private buildings, shops, and houses  in Chennai have encroachments  on the  road sides. Neither the owners nor the corporation has any discipline in maintaining the control of such drain channels, and the storm water drainage channels. 

2           These encroachments are generally a slope concrete structure used for the car parking, and it is constructed for the reason that, to be used as an access to the high-rise house floor. Since, these slopes are made of thick concrete blocks, equal to the width of plots, ranging from 40 feet to 60 feet stretch.

3            These concrete slopes are making it impossible to clean the drain channels, because under these slopes/slabs. Most of these drains are blocked due to sand and plastic covers blockage.

River Encroachments :- 

1         60 years back width of Chennai river's, like the Adyar, Buckingham, Coovam , and their link canals might have been wider, at-least by double the width of the present size.

2         But, now on both sides it is occupied by the legal and illegal constructions amounting to huge structures like the engineering colleges, star hotels, shopping complexes, slum houses, and unauthorized sheds. 

3         Though most of these river bed encroachments are now legal, they are contradict, violating to the original land classifications records that existed 60 years ago. 

Plastic covers:-

Apart from the flood and water, it is very sad to see that the plastic covers are everywhere. Which reflects the ruthless attitude of the public, and commercial establishments.

1        Whether you agree or not, each family in Chennai disposes at-least  2 to 4 polythene plastic covers in a day. 

2        If accounted, approximately would amount to 600~1000 polythene covers per family per year.

3        50 % these plastic covers, biscuits, and chips covers unorganized disposal strayed in the roads, which gets penetrated with sand and physically blocks the drain channels.

4         While it is a known fact that the waste management system of the corporation is a failure, residents are equally irresponsible in disposing the wastes anywhere and wherever they feel.

Solutions:-

1      Road Encroachment solution:-  Modified Government Order should be issued, which restricts the land owners touching or doing any kind of slopes, apart from their land area. These platforms and slopes should be under the complete ownership of the corporation, and slabs according to the specification of the corporation. None of the construction material should cross the boundaries of the plot, or the compound wall.

2         River encroachment, issue a GO to vacate at least 20 feet on each side. Restore the land classification according to the old records. Ignore the vote bank.

3         Issue a GO to ban the usage of plastic covers with immediate effect. There should not be any excuse.

Conclusion : - While, everyone wish that these solutions should immediately be implemented, but only for others and not for the self.! However, it remains a question, whether Chennai floods of 2015 would bring in any social responsibility to protect the living environment, safety, and health standards in Tamilnadu, particularly the Chennai.

Ayapakkam House blocking the drain 

cement roads are not having proper drains

Plastic, wastes disposed in roads

drain slopes by commercial establishments

Drain encroachment slopes

Parents please stop fighting at home



It is a normal routine of parents to fight most of the time because of their indifferences within themselves,  that too ending up in quarrel, screaming and fighting before the children. Specially, under circumstances when children are still young, and they have something to tell you for the day. Tolerance and blaming behaviour among wife and husband even leads to physical abuse, fighting each other harsh and abusive language.

The social value, we want to promote on this topic is that, such physical abuses and abuse through words would make believe the children they are living in a family where there is no moral value, and fundamental rights!.
 
Most importantly, the children would tend to start thinking that when parents themselves cannot solve their problems, how would they sort the problems of them;the children. This problem even would lead the children to hide issues they face in their daily life. Specially, women children would  hesitate to not to report any sexual abuses they face in daily life.
 
Though, quarrel and fight between wife and husband on daily basis at home  this is going to have long term effects on their future, but not really witnessing anything immediately. Possibly, such fights could even let the children to have an assuming and biased view on any one of the parent.
 
Finally, my suggestion to all parents who fight da and night, morning and evening. KEEP CALM! Show your children that your behaviours are mature, at-least inside home. To keep the moral values of your children! Don't culture gender bias to start at your home.
 
Parents please avoid quarrel and fight. Live happily with what you have got with the beautiful children. Avoid fight!

Please No Horn - India Campaign

no horn please
An effort to bring better driving, road culture, "Please No Horn" Indian roads


Introduction:-

“Please No Horn” campaign:- 

“Noiseless Indian Roads”  
“Awaz na bharathki raastha” (
आवाजनाभारत)
“Sathamillatha Saalai” (
சத்தமில்லாதசாலை


The issue of nuisance on the Indian roads, the unnecessary horning everyone are aware about. Yes, the nuisance by doing it often & unnecessarily. We buy luxury cars, wants to live western life style, but we fail to follow the standards and basics of road ethics, ethics & rules followed by the developed nation citizens? Is it because we don’t have a law and rules?

Even if no law, Couldn’t we use our normal sense? Horn is an unrespect, give respect to other human being.

The need of the hour is to set right the behaviors on the Indian roads,  a needed massive public campaign, educate everyone on the road , roads ethics, no horn policy to be adopted by citizens, we can do it even before the laws are enacted.

Problem:-
India is developing to the pace of developed nation status, a country with culture, but with lack of administrative efficiency and the system. We need to give some focused attention to match the superior administrative systems from around the world, grasp good system models from different countries, effective and efficient policies. Example the United Kingdom government policies and their laws related to the housing, public administration and community improvement.

Every Indian shouldn’t be  surprised to know that, though the cars and motorbikes have horn in the developed nation like in the United Kingdom, nobody uses the horn ever, except in danger situations or may be once in year to test the horn!.  Certainly, they never use that in the daily life ever.  It is not just a theory or it is just in printed books, it is practiced by everyone, even in their sleep.

The only fact of difference between our Indian roads and the roads in United Kingdom is that, we are not using senses to understand the nuisance that honking levels created every second today, at least 100 times per vehicle.


The real problem, responsible & solution,
Yes, there are many justifications, like  why “Horn Ok Please“, “Horn Please” and  people do horn regularly to avoid from accidents.

The real problems are

-          Pedestrians doesn’t have dedicated pedestrian walk.

-          Pedestrians cross the roads wherever they think.

-          Population is high.

-          Vehicle going before, doesn’t give  you a way.

-          Vehicle going before, is very slow.

-          Driver is having habit of horn for no reason.

-          No automated pedestrian crossing signal.

-          There are no lane markings.

-          There are no lane following system.

-          There is no attitude to give way to pedestrians by stopping a while.

-          If we don’t horn, accident can happen?

-          Because the car comes with a horn.

-          Because different sound horn are available?

-          Pedestrian signals don’t have vehicle population tracking and accordingly no automate. pedestrian crossing signal.

-          Shortage of lanes in highways.

-          Turning, blind curve roads.

Who is responsible?

-          The citizen who uses the horn unnecessarily

-          The driver who don’t respect others on the road

-          Pedestrians crossing carelessly

-          The Highways department

-          City Corporation

-          Traffic Police & Signal department

-          Law department

-          Road Transport Department

-          Motor Vehicle department and driving rules.

-          Driving schools not teaching about unnecessary horn

Solution

-          Start reducing number of horning per day

-          Create a culture while issuing licenses

-          Teach students the necessity for horns & it is also a nuisance

-          Place no horn boards on residential areas

-          Vehicle sellers promoting as corporate social responsibility

-          Media(News , Radio, TV) Promoting news and sponsoring

-          Corporate placing free ad with no horn sign boards.

-          You and me stop horning from today

-          Amend the Highway department laws

-          It is nothing to do with Pollution Control Board; it is a road behaviour of the vehicle.

It is psychological:
Arguments would say if no horn then accidents would increase, absolutely not. I think most accidents happen, because drivers using horn drive carelessly, they think they are the father of the road.  It is proportionate, if everyone stops doing horn, the driving alertness will increase and there would be reciprocal signaling through hands and we can really see the Indian roads with not much horn pollution but human interactions.

Legal support:
The following information may give some in depth to the road nuisance that is well eliminated by the regulations of the UK Government and Highway Department Rules.

For example, the Government of UK, Driving & Transport Department has implemented a Highway code.  The Highway Code, describes that Rules (103- 158) [1] about the “General rules, techniques and advice for all drivers and riders”. The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, Section 99. [2]

Conclusion :

I am sure, many ministers and educated  Indian Citizens have visited the developed countries, even would have been blaming about, written articles or  blogged about it. But this time, When Swachh Bharat is happening, we can also do “Please No Horn/ Awaz na Bharath/ Shanti Rastha” campaign. Yes, when British & Westerners can do, why cannot we Indians?

Stop horning today, change Indian roads, earlier than the law regulations & rules[3]. Let’s show we are better like a developed country and have developed good road experience in India.


About the Author:

Devarajan G is a post graduate student in Law, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom.  He hails from Ambharishapuram Village,  Arakkonam, Vellore District, Tamilnadu. He is also a managing trustee of M/S. Saraswathi Foundation for Promoting Education and Environment, which promotes environmental, moral & ethics education. http://www.sarasedentrust.org

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Bibliography

 1 Highway code  https://www.gov.uk/general-rules-all-drivers-riders-103-to-158/other-stopping-procedures-107-to-112 accessed on 20 October 2014

112 The horn. Use only while your vehicle is moving and you need to warn other road users of your presence. Never sound your horn aggressively. You MUST NOT use your horn

·         while stationary on the road

·         when driving in a built-up area between the hours of 11.30 pm and 7.00 am except when another road user poses a danger.

2 Legislation of Government of UK, The Road vehicles (Construction and use) Regulations 1986 <http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1986/1078/regulation/99/made>accessed on 20 October 2014

“99.  (1)  Subject to the following paragraphs, no person shall sound, or cause or permit to be sounded, any horn, gong, bell or siren fitted to or carried on a vehicle which is—

(a)stationary on a road, at any time, other than at times of danger due to another moving vehicle on or near the road; or

(b)in motion on a restricted road, between 23.30 hours and 07.00 hours in the following morning.

(2) The provisions of paragraph (1)(a) do not apply in respect of the sounding of a reversing alarm when the vehicle to which it is fitted is about to move backwards and its engine is running.

(3) No person shall sound, or cause or permit to be sounded, on a road any reversing alarm fitted to a vehicle—

(a)unless the vehicle is a goods vehicle which has a maximum gross weight not less than 2000 kg, a bus, engineering plant, or a works truck; or

(b)if the sound of the alarm is likely to be confused with a sound emitted in the operation of a pedestrian crossing established, or having effect as if established, under Part III of the 1984 Act.

(4) Subject to the provisions of the following paragraphs, no person shall sound, or cause or permit to be sounded a gong, bell, siren or two-tone horn, fitted to or otherwise carried on a vehicle (whether it is stationary or not).

(5) Nothing in paragraph (1) or (4) shall prevent the sounding of—

(a)an instrument or apparatus fitted to, or otherwise carried on, a vehicle at a time when the vehicle is being used for one of the purposes specified in regulation 37(5) and it is necessary or desirable to do so either to indicate to other road users the urgency of the purposes for which the vehicle is being used, or to warn other road users of the presence of the vehicle on the road; or

(b)a horn (not being a two-tone horn), bell, gong or siren—

(i)to raise alarm as to the theft or attempted theft of the vehicle or its contents; or

(ii)in the case of a bus, to summon help for the driver, the conductor or an inspector.

(6) Subject to the provisions of section 62 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 and notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs (1) and (4) above, a person may, between 12.00 hours and 19.00 hours, sound or cause or permit to be sounded an instrument or apparatus, other than a two-tone horn, fitted to or otherwise carried on a vehicle, being an instrument or apparatus designed to emit a sound for the purpose of informing members of the public that the vehicle is conveying goods for sale, if, when the apparatus or instrument is sounded, it is sounded only for that purpose.

(7) For the purposes of this regulation the expressions which are referred to in regulation 37(10) have the meanings there given to them and the expression “restricted road” in paragraph (1) means a road which is a restricted road for the purpose of section 81 of the 1984 Act”

 

3) Our Indian Motor Vehicle Act says under  THE CENTRAL MOTOR VEHICLES RULES, 1989< http://www.tn.gov.in/sta/Cmvr1989.pdf > accessed on 20 October 2014

 119. “Horns.—(1) 307[On and after expiry of one year from the date of commencement of  the Central Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Rules, 1999, 308[every motor vehicle,  agricultural tractor, power tiller and construction equipment vehicle] manufactured shall  be fitted with an electric horn or other devices conforming to the requirements of IS:  1884—1992, specified by the Bureau of Indian Standards] for use by the driver of the  vehicle and capable of giving audible and sufficient warning of the approach or position  of the vehicle:

309[Provided that on and from 1st January, 2003, the 310[horn installation requirements for  motor vehicle] shall be as per 311[AIS-014] specifications, as may be amended from time to time, till such time as corresponding Bureau of Indian Standards specifications are notified.]

(2) No 312[motor vehicle including agricultural tractor] shall be fitted with any multi-toned

horn giving a succession of different notes or with any other sound-producing device giving an unduly harsh, shrill, loud or alarming noise.

(3) Nothing contained in sub-rule (2) shall prevent the use on vehicles used as ambulance or for fire fighting or salvage purposes or on vehicles 313[used by police  officers or operators of construction equipment vehicles or officers of the Motor Vehicles  Department] 314[in the course or their duties or on construction equipment vehicles,] of such sound signals as may be approved by the registering authority in whose jurisdiction  such vehicles are kept.”           

 

 



[2] Legislation of Government of UK, The Road vehicles (Construction and use) Regulations 1986 <http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1986/1078/regulation/99/made>accessed on 20 October 2014

[3] Vide G.S.R. 590 (E), dated 2-6-1989, published in the Gazelle of India, Ext., Pi. II, S. 3,

dated 2-6-1989. < http://www.tn.gov.in/sta/Cmvr1989.pdf > accessed on 20 October 2014

Road safety and basic amenities. Layout planning.

It would surprise everyone to see an effective and efficient administrative system here in UK, visit any town or city.  Last month, I have expressed an article  on the topic called “ No Horn Campaign – India”. It attracted good public attention; wish that in near future, attitude to avoid “doing unnecessary horn” will grow up in the Indian roads.

This month, there is another interesting and concerning topic meant for our country India. A topic on the road planning. In regard to this, I made a recent status update in my facebook and expressed that “Indian Prime Ministers & Chief Ministers are enjoying the buildings built by the British colonial. But, why they fail to follow the effective administrative system from the British”. We see that most of the State Secretariat , parliament, railway stations & University buildings are built by the British rulers and they are enjoying it. But, why do they fail to build a safe and convenient administrative system for the public.?

Further, it also raises a question that is there anything good our Indian elders have contributed to this aspect?. Our elders often say that, they had wonderful culture, system, and they followed a system of living. But, it is a shame to see any strong evidence of having contributed to the development of administrative system in India. Except that “Chalta hai” attitude. They promoted corruption, than demanding any good output from the administrative officials. We all could see that many retired officers belonged to the public works department, metro development authorities, administrative officers have made themselves huge wealth by accumulating properties and money for self and family than anything done good to the society. Particularly, contributing to the development of living system in India. Most importantly, well planned infrastructure to the society.?

Comparing, the administrative system here in the UK and India; UK is very much developed. Citizens are enjoying the fruits from those seeds, planted by their elders. Specially, the residential layouts, roads, water & drainage system. They have given importance to the convenience of the public, and implemented everything in an efficient manner. Free accessibility to handicapped, children, elders, cyclist, motorist and shopping etc. It is marvellous to see the houses and the roads here in Oxford. Traffic rules, signs, pedestrian provisions and fearless commuting is marvellous. I want to see my country and my cities like this. Will that be possible? Do you have an answer?

Here, one cannot find the difference between one house to another. The model of each house, frontage area of each house. According to the Council rules, you cannot build as you like, you can change the interior, but the structure against the rule and basic plan. Everything that is connected to the housing system is perfect. It is impossible to see any Electrical panels and wires on the roads, telephone lines, TV cables crossing the roads. Gas supply to each house, water, drainage and sewage system, perfectly undergrounded.

I feel shame when I think about our system in Chennai or any other metro city? I doubt, whether any system exist in the corporation and Metro City Development authority or not?. Do they apply standards, which are ever in interest of the common man?. Do we have any regulation and monitoring system efectively working?  Convenience to human beings. It is a fact that,  even  metro cities  doesn’t have a complete and integrated administrative system to the households.

I would like to ask some fundamental question to the Administrative officers in India.

  • Does our metro development or other development bodies mention/emphasises about compulsory pedestrian path on both sides of the road?
  • Does the Development Authority has any law to enforce minimum 30 Feet roads and at least 5 feet allocated on each side for pedestrian crossing?
  • Does our Development authority has any control or enforcement to allocate ducting/underground provisions for laying telephone cables, water lines, drainage, sewage, rain harvesting lines?
  • Why there is no co-operation between the Water Body, Road Transport, Cable TV & Telephone lines are not controlled by one authority?
  • Is there any study, measures taken against every road accident that is happening because there is no pedestrian lane on the roads and fatal deaths?

think, no one can be independently blamed for these problems, because our system is corrupted in such way. Both from the Public, Private and Government.

Business companies promoting plots and layouts without prior approvals, basic roads and drainage facilities. Public, as investors still buy such unapproved plots, and houses where there are no basic amenities.

Firstly,

1) we should not a buy properties which does not have atleast 5 feet pedestrian path raised from road; on both side.

2) Don’t buy plots which is not having atleast 30 to 40 feet road?

3) Don’t buy any flat unless the government/corporation/panchayat does not provide water, drainage, sewage, telephone & roads are not laid with minimum requirements. 

4) Don’t take false commitments of the marketing executives and developers, local politicians. Ensure, it is practically available while booking.

Secondly,

Each individual in the respective field they work, should contribute to the society by writing out a suggestions, plans and proposal; which should include, comfort, convenience and safety to every category of the public. Like, children, elder(senior citizens), pedestrian, cyclist, motorist and public transport.

I searched for documents on urban development plan in UK. You might get surprised to see that why and how western countries, the developed nations have good administrative system? 100 years before, the elders have forecasted and made planning and proposals to the road development of the city.

In 1930’s, Committees have been set up to plan the residential layouts, they respectively documented each and every aspect that is connected with the residential layout and common public.

For example.

  • How many main roads and type of roads a layout should have? And how they are connected with highways?
  • Where and how the high way turnings should be located?
  • The size of the roads?
  • Where and how much park lanes to be provided?
  • How much is compulsory frontage to be given between each house wall and to the road?
  • In a large residence layout? On which corner the commercial shops should be allocated?
  • On which location public facilities shall be located?
  • Where the bus station or the main road is located?
  • How distance and how convenient to every one from all the sides of the layout.?
  • Should there be different lanes for each one? Children, Elders, cyclist, Etc.

Precisely, a committee report and planning proposal submitted 70 years ago is what actually we could see on the UK’s administrative system. Whether it is Oxford or London city.

It is our time that everyone in India, particularly the real estate developers, professional in town planning must promote a standards and rules those equal to the developed nation standards, and public shall not compromise on quality and avail proportionate value for the money we pay!!!

While, I am expecting that, above points will raise some questions here. Personally, I will be addressing to each development authority and emphasis the need; with relevant documents from the UK, which helped them to implement a standard in resident layout and roads.

Note: 5 years of my living experience in Chennai Metro City is  a disaster. Lived in 2 different residential multi storey flats, developed by established developers. One could see the mess up of drainage system. Human waste is loaded into lorries and disposed in the city surroundings? with no proper drinking water connection from the Chennai City Corporation, or the Sewage system connections. But still these flats are called CMDA approved plots? I wonder what CMDA is doing and do they have something to do with Chennai City Corporation or the local administrative body? Do they?

 


68th Independence day tree plant donation programme

Saraswathi foundation's founder Ms.Saraswathi & her son Devarajan.G the managing trustee were very happy and proud to donate fruit tree plants to the 6th standard school students of the Mosur Government higher secondary school. A total of 105 mango tree plants of 3 ft height were donated. Event was organised on the day of  68th Independence day of India. 15.08.2014. 

Interestingly both the trustees have studied in the same school around 40 & 30 years respectively. By then the school was only a high school, now the same school has been upgraded to Higher secondary school since the year 2012, approximately 900 students are studying. Most of the students of this school are from the nearby villages such as Mosur, Nammaneri, Ambharishapuram, Jaderi Colony, Chinna Mosur, Mottur, Arichandrapuram & Tiruvalangadu.

School headmaster Shri Magalingam, who just took charge of the school in June 2014, was very pleased by the tree plant donation programme and made it as an inspirational event to the students.   The Mosur village president, Mr.Pichandi retired HM, The honorary president of the Student Parents association,  Mr. Sathasivam, Ex-Councilor, PMK,  The president of student parents association  and Mr.Prabhakaran, Advocate, Madras High Court all have felicitated the event. 

With a motivating and interaction speech,  a message was delivered as a final note i.e "Changing the society is in the hands of teachers, changing the family is in the hands of the Student" - A message well received by the teachers and students with loud applaud. 

Reason for donation

- Promote green environment
- Intuiting responsibility on students
- Instigate ethics and values in life
- Fruit as food. Banganapallee mango variety are very productive and tasty
- Interact with students on the special event of 68th Independence day of India

These plants were transported from Uttukottai, Tiruvellore District. An amount of INR 60/- was spent on each sapling including the transport cost. This event was totally funded by the Saraswathi Foundation for Promoting Education & Environment. Rs.200 spent of print banner.

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