Ratlam (Madhya Pradesh): At least 14 passengers were killed when a bus fell into a trench filled with water near Namli on the Neemuch Road, about 10 km from this district headquarters earlier today.
According to district police sources, the ill-fated 50-seater bus was heading from Namli to Jaora when the mishap occured around 10.30 am. Relief and rescue operations began immediately and the bus had been pulled out of the pond by 2.30 pm.
According to available reports, a tyre burst led to the accident. Its actual cause will be known only after a thorough inquiry but the circumstances point to the critical issue of enforcement when it comes to the authorities ensuring fitness of vehicles plying on our roads. It will have to be ascertained whether or not the vehicle involved in today’s accident was carrying the valid fitness certificate under the Motor Vehicle Rules.
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged the people to contribute their maximum and join hands with the government to build a “golden Madhya Pradesh”.
The chief minister was addressing the people after unfurling the National Flag and taking salute at the Republic Day parade at Ratlam on Tuesday.He expressed confidence that the State will maintain the high growth rate even this year. The chief minister asked the people to conserve water and save electricity, educate girls and take a pledge for de-addiction. He underlined his vision saying we should take pledge to make Madhya Pradesh the most prosperous state not only in the country, but in the entire world.
The Chief Minister sought people’s cooperation and said all should connect with the Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Campaign) and resolve to keep their houses and the environment clean. He said that toilets have been constructed in 50 lakh households till December 2015. A target has been set to make all 52000 villages in the State open defecation free.
Bhopal : Rising prices of daily commodity such as pulses forced the district administration to take cognitive steps resulting in rounding up of hoarders and confiscation of huge stocks of pulses from the central region of India, with particular reference to cities like Ratlam, Neemuch and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, as a consequence after state government imposed control order on pulses in Madhya Pradesh due to spiraling prices. The state government declared that wholesalers could stock pulses up to 2000 quintals in cities with over 10 lakh population. The order came after skyrocketing price of pulses. In Bhopal, Tuar dal traded at almost as high as Rs 197/kg in the retail market.
District administration sprung into action and conducted raids in many establishments which wrer hoarding pulses in the cities of Bhopal, Neemuch and Ratlam on Sunday and seized large amounts of pulses from their godowns and business establishments. In Bhopal itself, raids were conducted on establishments of six suppliers of pulses, from where 2100 quintals of pulses were confiscated from a mill and around 18.10 quintal pulses was seized from a mart, from raids done at late midnight of Saturday, and carried forward to Sunday.
District Food Controller in-charge, Vivek Saxena confirmed – after Madhya Pradesh Essential Commodities Trade Stock Limit and Restriction of Hoarding order 2015, we have raided at six places. At two places, we found pulses more than limit. We have seized the pulses. He further added that raids would continue to dissuade illegal hoarding of pulses.
Neemuch and Ratlam district administration conducted search operations at pulse godowns and seized large quantity of hoarded pulses on Sunday. From Neemuch, they seized 774 quintals of pulses stocked by two traders, while in Ratlam, the team confiscated 503 quintals of pulses from seven godowns.
Flustered with this swift action taken by government agencies, traders began to raise slogans and registered their protest against the order. Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) state president Vivek Sahu said, ‘This order will promote inspector raj in the state. The prices have increased nation-wide and it’s not a local problem. Now, traders will have to face trouble. The condition of trade will deteriorate.’
The recent raids have brought some relief to the consumers and it is expected to clamp down rising pulses’ prices in the short term, and would thereby make way for a stable priced retail trade in the medium to long term time period.
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh certainly has taken a big leap towards maintaining and upgrading State highways in recent years but the advantage of the transport sector, which is an important component of the economy and is crucial for development and all-round progress has been undermined by allegations of illegal mining against some companies that have bagged the contracts for building these roads.
A typical case in point relates to KCC Buildcon Pvt. Ltd. This company,incorporated with the Registrar of Companies (Delhi and Haryana) in 2009, claims to be one of the fastest emerging construction companies in India. The company has taken up projects across many different states, including Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and West Bengal. Some of the major clients of this company are NHAI, MPRDC, WBHDCL, HSRDC, HSIIDC, DSIIDC, State PWDs, CPWD, GMADA, HUDA, and MES.
In Madhya Pradesh, KCC Buildcon’s projects include the development of Lateri-Tyonda (NH-86), and major district roads under Package ‘V’ for MPRDC at a contract value of Rs.156.83 Crore. Another MPRDC project undertaken by this company at a contract value of Rs. 116.03 crore is the widening and reconstruction of Pachor-Jirapur-Soyat Road.
A random check with regard to the status of illegal mining by Newsroom24x7 revealed that KCC Buildcon was allegedly involved in illegal mining of stone from the forest area for a road project in Dhar district. As a consequence two dumpers loaded with illegally mined stones and a poclain machine allegedly working for KCC Buildcon were seized by the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department on March 8 this year and a case (forest crime no. 118/25, range case no. 10/15-16) was registered. Sources in Dhar district administration informed that the process has been initiated to confiscate the dumpers and the poclain machine involved in this case. At present KCC Buildcon is facing a serious charge but the company will have the option to go in appeal even after confiscation of its property.
In Ratlam district, one came across an abandoned stone quarry barely about 3 kilomtres from the notified area of Amba in the Sailana Kharmor (lesser florican) sanctuary. spot was being used to illegally quarry stone for a road project and the illegal extraction of stone was stopped following the intervention of the forest authorities.
An imposing hill visible from a long distance touching the Dewas by-pass road that connects the Mumbai-Agra road is also being exploited ruthlessly for last several years. The big question is whether or not the mining lease for this site allows the destruction of a hill on such a massive scale.
The Asian Development Bank has assisted MPRDC (the state Road Development Corporation) in preparing the project reports and also in terms of financial assistance for building and upgrading the State highways. To meet the safeguard requirement of ADB in projects involving the international lending agency, environmental assessment for the road projects is carried out under relevant laws, regulations and also keeping in focus ADB’s Environmental Assessment Guidelines.
While the landscape is being mutilated recklessly on the pretext of development, one also comes across in the state vast tracts of revenue and forest land continuously being encroached and brought under agriculture. This activity is possible only with the patronage of those in authority. This trend appears to be rampant. On close observation, it was apparent that those engaged in grabbing land were racing with time to bring the maximum area under agriculture before the onset of monsoon. This was starkly visible along the highways as one drove through a couple of districts in western Madhya Pradesh during this week.