Anupam Srivastava is a Special Correspondent with Hindustan Times, Lucknow. Has produced exclusive stories in medical, civil aviation, civic, political and other issues for over 20 years.
Articles by Anupam Srivastava
THE LUCKNOW MUNICIPAL Corporation is planning a joint crackdown against ice-cream mafiosi hawking substandard candies around the city without proper licences, quality ingredients and standard norms.
THE LUCKNOW Municipal Corporation (LMC) bosses spent Saturday in damage control, firing structural consultant Colonel SR Prasad for having issued a safety certificate for a giant hoarding that collapsed from atop a house rooftop in the Friday thunderstorm while, an explanation has been called from the Inspector-Publicity (Gomtinagar area).
THE CITY has 3,050 tree guards?officially. Sources in the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) say that the number could be as high as about 15,000. For the LMC, these tree guards make good business sense. Through the business of making the city environment-friendly, the LMC earns about Rs 8 lakh?officially. Unofficially, the figure could be much higher.
Published on May 20, 2006 12:09 AM IST
None | ByManish Chandra Pandey & Anupam Srivastava
THE LIST of unsafe buildings released by Lucknow Municipal Corporation?s engineering department has put bosses into a tricky situation.
ROOFTOP MONSTERS haunt Ganj shopkeepers once again after the Love Lane incident, with LMC bosses getting down to a damage control exercise. A majority of shopkeepers demand the LMC to remove all rooftop hoardings to ward off any such incidents in future.
THE RESIDENTS of South City feel ditched, dumped and duped by the private builder. But, they can?t do anything about it, except living with all odds?-nullah for sewer system, potholes for roads, fluctuations for power supply and dirty drops for water.
Here?s what the proud mothers say about three young achievers of the city:
THE LUCKNOW Municipal Corporation has decided to shift the site of its slaughterhouse and carcass plant to Salempur Patwara village on Hardoi Road. Earlier, it was decided that the slaughterhouse would be set up at Shahpur Bhamrauli near Para village.
VERY SOON city will see MNCs jostling with local contractors to bag clean-up work from the LMC. The corporation has already dispatched letters to the MNCs from Columbia, Australia and the USA to participate in the tenders scheduled between May 18 and 28. These companies have evinced interest in segregating waste, cleaning and brooming of roads, clean the drains lesser than 65 cm in diameter, lift the silt from drain, cut grasses and bushes, dispose of animal carcasses.
KEEPING UP his battle against LMC-contractor nexus, municipal commissioner VP Singh warned his officials against floating fake tenders to claim money. In fact, the LMC boss was surprised to find that even corporation officials were floating tenders as contractors for already completed works. This was causing additional revenue loss to the LMC. He has ordered an office probe to identify such officials.
ABOUT 60 per cent city traders don?t have PFA (Prevention of Food Adulteration Act) licences and are yet selling cold drinks, thanks to the trader-mafia nexus weighing heavy on them. Four attacks on Lucknow Municipal Corporation squads by traders in 20 days are enough to tell what?s scared the LMC sleuths nowadays.
There ARE some areas in the city where Lucknowites stay awake or set the alarm for 1 am just to collect a bucket of water! Residents of Shakti Nagar, Indira Nagar and Brahmpuri areas near Jugauli have no option because the Jal Sansthan supplies water to localities after midnight. Similar is the case in some Old City mohallas of Moulviganj, and Rakabganj.
FIVE POSH city colonies will take a glass of water with a pinch of salt, as 14 out of 15 samples taken from these localities were found unfit for consumption by a joint team of LMC, Jal Sansthan and CMO?s office.
He has painted India on his head and Sachin rules his heart! A diehard fan of Master Blaster Tendulkar, Sudhir Kumar Gautam, from Muzaffarpur in Bihar, is all of 26 and has created a record of sorts by travelling nearly 40,000 kilometres on his bicycle just to watch 14 test matches and more than 30 one-dayers played by the Indian cricket team over the last four years in India and Pakistan.
Published on May 05, 2006 12:09 AM IST
None | ByAnupam Srivastava/Tarun Subhash
IN A fresh bid to crackdown on rooftop hoardings, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) will slap commercial tax on such houses. This time the corporation has adopted a four-pronged approach to address the problem. (a) Identify the houses with rooftop hoardings, (b) Check whether they have a fitness certificate from the LDA. (c) If yes, then does the hoarding or tower exceed the sanctioned weight-bearing capacity? (d) Demolitions in case of anomalies.
THE BIG Bazaar (Big B) challenge has triggered a fresh battle of survival for old city markets. But can the oldies fight on the new stage? If yes, can they really emerge winners?
JAL SANSTHAN and Lucknow Municipal Corporation won?t wake up before there is an outbreak of epidemic in the city.
WELL, IT?S true! If prices kept rocketing at the current pace, moms would get out of the kitchen and demand a 50 per cent hike in the kitchen budget to be able to serve a full dish of dal-chawal-roti-sabji.If there is no upward revision, then the moms would have to go on an austerity drive and trim the daily household diet by half.
WHERE ARE LMC health spies? They were supposed to be on the move to pre-empt outbreak of epidemic. It seems LMC bosses are going by the routine?no epidemcis before July, wake up after seasonal diseases have done the damage! The worst has already begun with some city localities reporting spread of epidemic, killing of one person so far in Luv Kush Nagar.
?THE FIRST of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year? said Mark Twain referring to April 1, the Fool?s Day.
LUCKNOWITES ENDED up paying extra for parking in several areas on Saturday. Though 21 parking contracts are on hold but contractors charged Rs 5 for two wheelers and Rs 10 for cars using old coupons with printed rates of Rs 2 for bicycles, Rs 3 for two-wheelers and Rs 5 for cars.
THE LUCKNOW Municipal Corporation (LMC) may soon bag Rs 5-crore by selling 69,000 square feet of land near Subhash Complex Chowk to the King George?s Dental University (KGDU).
SKY GAZERS went to Indira Gandhi Planetarium and Regional Science Centre to witness the solar eclipse. They were able to watch the celestial event with the help of telescopes, goggles, filters especially distributed on the occasion.
LUCKNOWITES SEEM to be heading for a thirsty summer as the State government has not responded to Jal Sansthan warnings. With the rise in mercury, people in old city areas have started complaining about scarcity of potable water. Chowk, Thakurganj, Napier Road, Tehseenganj, Moulviganj, Birhana, Rakabganj, Mshakganj people are purchasing water from private tankers or collecting it from their taps in the mid night.
FOR THE first time, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation has asked parking contractors to give their attested photographs and an affidavit of their antecedents to discourage mafia from applying for tenders. Like last year, the corporation has also asked contractors to submit their character certificates issued by the DM.
CITY?S PARSI community celebrated Janshedi Navroz at Parsi Anjuman Mirbai Marg on Tuesday. Jamshedi Navroz is a Spring festival which falls on March 21 stated to be the start of springs and also the vernal equinox of the sun. Hence the name was kept as Navroz, which literally means the New Day.
FINALLY, CITY?S parking woes catch the CM office?s attention. In a quick response to Ganj traders? complaint, the CM office has written to the acting municipal commissioner to streamline parking in Hazratganj and Aminabad. The CMO has even suggested construction of underground parking lots in these places to end the problem of parking.
YUMMY CHICKEN tikka, delicious leg piece, mouth-watering butter chicken are back on hotel tables with a vengeance. Perhaps the season of Holi has helped them to stage their comeback on the cuisine list.
SHE CAN keep her crown for just another week more. And, Miss India-World Sindhura Gadde, is thinking about new ways to occupy her time. ?It will be hard to live without the title but everything in life is not forever. I am happy to have been Miss India World,? she says. But she?s not happy with the way models are treated ?by society?, she says, adding, ?Take the Jessica Lal murder case. Models need proper security whenever there are shows and parties. Models are most susceptible to attacks by miscreants.?
THE LUCKNOW Municipal Corporation (LMC) is thinking over a partial rollback in the proposed hike in parking charges after a protest demonstration staged by Aminabad & Hazratganj traders on Tuesday. Sources told HT Lucknow Live, the LMC had, because of the pressure, stalled the process of tenders for the 60 parking lots in the city and held back the notification for the tehbazari contracts at 53 sites in Lucknow.