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July 4, 2001 - July 4, 2001

Despite regulation fancy horns abound in city Wednesday, July 4, 2001

By Jahnavi Contractor, The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: Despite their harmful effects, air horns and musical horns continue to remain popular among many city drivers, most of who are often unaware that they flout norms of the Motor Vehicle Act.

ACP traffic Siddharth Khatri says the problem is accentuated when these horns are used even in areas that have been designated as silence zones.

"Our problem is that we do not have enough staff to apprehend them as chasing a vehicle that flouts the silence zone norms is difficult. A more realistic solution to this problem would be public awareness. People should be sensitive to the needs of others and not use horns especially in silence zones," he said.

According to him residential areas in the city too face the problem due to loud and harsh sounding air horns that disturb the old and the young alike. "We have confiscated the illegal horns from many vehicles. But they are still being used," he says.

The Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) regional officer S M Jha said that complaints regarding vehicular noise pollution do not fall under their jurisdiction. The Regional Transport Office and the traffic police have to implement these norms he added.

The regional transport officer D L Pandya said that they undertake checks to ensure that horns that are banned under section 177 of the Motor Vehicles Act are not used by the vehicle owners. According to him musical horns that are used to signify reversing of the vehicles cannot be used. "If such vehicles are found they can be fined," he said.

Khatri said that as fines are nominal, they are not enough to deter the vehicle owners from using horns indiscriminately. We have confiscated many horns that are banned for use. In most cases the citizens are not aware that some types of horns are banned he said.

According to him the city has at least six designated silence zones where hospitals and other institutes are located where horns are banned. But in all these areas this traffic rule is not implemented.

SSG Hospital superintendent Kamal Pathak says though the Jail road is designated as a silence zone, the noise pollution from the road is quite high and disturbs the indoor patients in the orthopaedics wards. According to him the two boards put up to signify the area as a silence zone has not helped much.

Khatri says that they have a force of 250 policemen for the entire city. If we install ten to fifteen constables in the silence zones then we might be able to control the menace, but if that is done then there would not be enough force for deployment in the various traffic islands in the city he says.

"In addition to being harsh sounding the air horns can also frighten or shock a driver into loosing his concentration and might result in accidents. Sometimes youngsters on bikes also use these horns and harass women drivers by honking unnecessarily to attract attention," says Ila Parikh who has to regularly commute on the Jail road.

According to her the GSRTC buses also have loud air horns and the drivers flout norms irrespective of the whether the road they are travelling on is a designated silence zone.

"The traffic police cannot be everywhere. A regular public awareness campaign to dissuade people from using such horns is the only solution to this problem, says Khatri.

News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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JAMNAGAR:::: President's award winner ASI caught accepting bribe Wednesday, July 4, 2001

The Times of India News Service
JAMNAGAR: In a shocking incident, a President's medal awardee policeman was caught red-handed by the officials of anti-corruption bureau (ACB) while accepting bribe here on Sunday.

Dilubha Deepsinh Jadeja, an assistant sub-inspector in the local investigation branch, had demanded Rs 1,800 bribe for giving a favourable report in connection with the issuance of passport. However, the deal was settled at Rs 1,000.

Following the complaint, ACB sleuths laid a trap and caught Jadeja red-handed while accepting the bribe and also recovered the notes spread with invisible powder from his possession.

Jadeja was later released on bail of Rs 5,000 by the local court, ACB sources said.

News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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Vaghela hears people's woes at Passport Office Wednesday, July 4, 2001

The Times of India News Service
AHMEDABAD: Former chief minister and Member of Parliament Shankersinh Vaghela paid a surprise visit to the Regional Passport Office here on Monday with his partymen and listened to people's woes.

Vaghela, accompanied by MP Pravin Rashtrapal, former minister Girish Parmar and others demanded that the RPO should have at least a parking space and other facilities for people's convenience.

They also met passport officer B B Swain and put representations before him. Earlier, Union minister Vallabh Kathiria had paid a similar visit to the RPO to address the problems public faced there.

News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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JAMNAGAR:::: Plea to include Jamnagar in coastal area scheme Wednesday, July 4, 2001

The Times of India News Service
JAMNAGAR: The state government has appealed to the Centre to include Jamnagar in the coastal area development scheme, home minister Haren Pandya told reporters on Friday.

He said the state government has drafted legislation to curb crime and will table it in the assembly soon. To curb economic crime, the law of Gujarat protection of interest of depositors and draft Bill has been prepared and will be tabled in the monsoon session.

In reply to a question about police commissionerate for Jamnagar, he said the government concurred with the need and would decide on it within a year.

The police will be more vigilant against crimes like cyber piracy, cable war, he said and added that to prevent criminals' escape on way to court from jail, prison-van will have toilet. The vehicle will have a capacity of 30 prisoners.

Earlier, Haren Pandya inaugurated one window system at DSP office to provide facility to approach individual to represent their case and provide information about crime directly to the DSP.

Speaking at the inaugural function, he said the government had a three-- pronged strategy to curb crime and had in fact brought down crime considerably. People also are convinced in this respect.

Referring to the figure of national research bureau of crime, he said when the crime ratio in other states is going up five to 10 per cent, Gujarat had shown a decrease. In fact, the crime against SC has come down from 31 to 19 % while crime against women has dipped to 6.2 %.

It was not because the police refused to register complaints as alleged in some quarters, he asserted. Indeed, the government has encouraged the registration of crime at police stations. Auto operated system has been made at Gandhinagar police station to record crime and also to record crime from 1997 to 2000. The ratio of decrease at a rate of 37 % shows the government's efficacy.

Gujarat will be the first state to adopt the new concept to receive people's complaints directly and arrangement has been made for home minister to receive complaints every Monday which from state police chief to DSP level police official can be approached individually by citizens at 12 to 2 pm on working days on telephone.

DSP Satish Verma while welcoming all assured them that one window system for receiving complaints from individuals will instil faith among people about police action.

News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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Keshavanand files defamation case Wednesday, July 4, 2001

The Times of India News Service
RAJKOT: Swami Keshavanand, whom high court had released last week has filed a defamation case in the Jamnagar sessions court against the then collector Sanjay Prasad. The hearing has been fixed for July 11.

He said that a wrong and defamatory complaint was filed against him due to which he got a bad name. He was charged with raping a girl at his Sanatan Seva Mandal Ashram at Dwarka.

He had sought stern action against Sanjay Prasad and Khambhaliya assistant superintendent of police Raman Prakash. However, the rule stated that before filing any complaint against a government servant one had to get a permission under Section 197(1) of the CrPC. So the Dwarka magistrate had rejected his application.

Meanwhile, Keshavanand was jailed. After his release he has filed a revision application.

News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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