MC garbage removal plan in bin
Placing dustbins is a big problem as most citizens see the bins more as health hazards than means to keep the city clean
Jotirmay Thapliyal
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, November 5
While Doon residents never tire of complaining about garbage strewn around the town, little cooperation comes from them in facilitating the placing of dustbins, the key link between garbage removal and the dump site.

Placing dustbins has been a big problem in the city. The general tendency is to shun bins near residences. Time and again strong protests have erupted on the issue with locals approaching their councillors, urging that the bins be placed at “ a safe distance from their homes.”

They see the bins more as health hazards than a means to keep the city clean. The public outcry at Tilak Road and Race Course are fresh in public memory. The reason behind such vociferous opposition to placement of bins has been the poor mechanism for emptying of these bins.

Interestingly, the corporation authorities empty these bins regularly but in case of bins in thickly populated segments, the emptying process needs to be done thrice a day with overflowing bins becoming an eyesore.

“ These overflowing bins lead to litter on roads emanating stench, thus discouraging the people from placing the bins in close vicinity to their homes,” says Atul Joshi, a resident of Karanpur.

“ Speedy disposal of garbage is among my priorities and the corporation is open to any kind of public-private partnership to ensure that garbage disposal is prompt and regular,” said Mayor Vinod Chamoli, who has pinned hopes on the solid waste disposal plan under Jawaharlal Urban Renewable Mission to solve the problem.

The corporation dumps the garbage in Sahastradhara trenching ground spread across 60 bighas, which is inadequate for the city. The one proposed at Selaqui can be of great help.

Zonal sanitary officer BS Jayara admitted that the corporation needed to act with speed to contain the garbage challenge. The corporation has 200 bins.

As many as 15 wards are to be made bin-less. These mostly include wards that are thickly populated and generate huge heaps of garbage. But this ambitious scheme is yet to take off.

“ Scientific management of garbage is the need of the hour and awareness among people can certainly deliver the results,” said Jayara.

The concept of bins was visualised for thickly populated wards. The corporation’s pickup vans would go door-to-door collecting garbage from Ward 4 to Ward 25, excluding Wards 8,16,19,20,21,22 and 24.

Dehradun Municipal Corporation limits generate an estimated 257 metric tonnes of solid waste per day and 201 metric tonnes out of this waste finds way into vacant plots, drains and seasonal rivers. 



Getting animated
Umesh Dewan
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, November 5
Considered the “school capital of India”, the city is now a hub of animation institutes too. There are several schools offering animation and computer graphic courses. The opening of another premier animation institute, Frameboxx, has given the students an even greater choice.

Main Courses

Red Boxx I: A skilled super-specialisation diploma in 3D animation and visual effects,

Red Boxx II: A comprehensive Diploma in 3D animation and visual effects

Red Boxx III: A diploma in 3D animation and visual effects using audodesk 3D Max and autodesk Maya

Green Boxx I : A certificate programme in 3D animation using Autodesk Maya

Green Boxx II: A certificate programme in 3D animation using Autodesk 3D Maya. 

“Keeping in mind the interest of those keen on animation, Frameboxx Animation & Visual Effects has opened its centre here in Dehradun. Students of the state will be taught animation, visual effects and gaming in a complete professional manner,” said centre director of Frameboxx, Nitin Surendra.

The institute will be offering five courses with duration period ranging from six to 20 months. “ Age is no bar. Anyone from Class VI onwards can join the institute.

The only requirement is the candidate must have creativity and curiosity to learn animation,” said Nitin, adding that the technical staff is well-qualified with five to seven years of experience.

The high point of Frameboxx is its tie-up with the prestigious Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University, UK, for the accreditation of courses.

“ Also, we offer Frameboxx Incubation Centre, which functions like a simulated production house complete with real world infrastructure and headed by a team of highly experienced industry supervisors.

“ The objective of this facility is to absorb batches of Frameboxx students at pre-defined periods in a year and run them through a four-month drill on actual production task with real clients and deadlines,” he explained.

Speaking to The Tribune, two students at Frameboxx, Abhishek and Nehar, said Frameboxx offered upgraded computer systems, a library, better physical infrastructure and trained faculty.

“ Whether it is 3D movie, PC games, interior decoration, architecture, TV industry or media , animation and computer graphics is in much demand.

And considering the fact that Frameboxx aims at delivering world-class animation and visual effects training, it will be a unique opportunity for those who wish to carve a niche in this industry,”claimed Nitin.

He said at present there were three to four lakh jobs in this industry, but not enough people were trained for the job. In the wake of the huge job potential, making a career in this industry was a good option.

The fee structure at Frameboxx varies between Rs 35,000 to 1.6 lakh, excluding taxes.



Handmade paper products on display
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, November 5
An exhibition of paper products that are environment friendly and attractive is currently on at Inder Lok Hotel. Organised under the aegis of Khadi and Gram Udyog Commission, the focus is on popularising the use of handmade paper and providing a platform to manufactures and traders.

Products on display include table lamps, photo frames, visiting cards, boxes and stationary items. The exhibition will end on November 7.

Speaking at the inaugural function, State Commission (Khadi and Gram Udyog) director Karnail Singh said that as handmade paper is eco-friendly, it can become a viable option in place of plastic that is posing environmental problem in the hill state.

He said that handmade paper industry can benefit a great deal if government institutions and schools encourage the use of handmade paper.

The ancient art of paper making originated in China, while in India, it became popular in the 11th century. Though the demand for handmade is only 0.5 per cent of the total requirement of paper in India.

During the British rule, the craft did not receive much attention. Efforts to revive it began in 1935 at the initiative of Mahatma Gandhi who was keen to revive the traditional ‘kagzis’ engaged in the business.



First Person
Wagtail comes to town
M.K. Joshi

Dehradun: The beginning of October month brings a slight nip in the air, heralding the arrival of winters in Dehradun, and along with it come our regular winter visitors -- the wagtails from the Himalayas.

The wagtails are about 17 to 21 cm in size. They wag their tails off and on, thus getting the name wagtail. The Hindi name for this bird is dhoban. The wagtails are not shy and are not afraid of humans.

They feed on small insects in grass and on ground and have a bounding and undulated curved flight not usually too high.

Wagtails have a loud pleasant whistling call, move briskly on ground and are often seen in small groups, mostly in pairs.

I have seen wagtails in higher hills near Gangotri and other areas deep in the Himalayas in large numbers. There are about 10 species found in India with many sub-species but only three or four are seen in Dehradun. The wagtails are mostly seen early morning and noon and seldom at night.

I have been living in Dehradun for many years and have observed the arrival and departure of wagtails each year. Usually, three or four types of Wagtails come to the valley and plains from adjoining hills. In Dehradun, the usual species of wagtails observed are the white wagtail (motacilla alba) and the large pied wagtail (M. maderaspatensis) while the yellow wagtails (M. flava) can be observed occasionally.

I once observed a large pied wagtail, which had lost one leg, visit my home for three winters at a stretch, its single leg distinguishing it from the others.

It would come quite near me, probably it considered me harmless. I have seen wagtails in far off cities like Lucknow and Meerut a few times which shows that the wagtails can travel long distances.

These winter visitors remain in Dehradun till March and leave for colder climes, mostly in the Himalayas, with the arrival of warm summer days. Wagtails are winter guests and deserve a warm welcome from us.

The writer is a retired DGM, Uttarakhand Power Corpn 



Liquor shops at stone’s throw from Sanskrit university
Sandip Rawat
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, November 5
A liquor shop can’t be opened within 300 metres of the entrance of educational or religious institutions as per rules but two liquor shops lie adjacent to the Uttaranchal Sanskrit University at Bahadrabad-Ranipur Jhal.

The distance between the liquor shops - one serving countrymade liquor and the other English wine - and the Sanskrit University is barely 50 metres and officials say it is under the prescribed limits.

The people of the area had earlier protested against the opening of the liquor shops. Sanskrit University chancellor Sudha Rani Pande said, "Of course, the liquor shop just in front of the university doesn’t augur well for the students."

When asked if she had complained about this matter, she put the onus on the administration. “The wine shop is visible to everyone and this is for the administration to look into. It is beyond our campus so there is nothing much we can do."

Excise inspector Prashant Kumar said that the shop was under the norms laid by the administration and this shop should comply with the rules though the exact location depends on the wine shop owner.

The shop licensee declined to comment stating that his shop didn't violate any norms.

Rameshwar, a social activist, said that the liquor shop should be removed immediately as it was spoiling the ambience of the whole area.

Mohammed Shahzaad, the local legislator, said that it was not right to open a liquor shop within a few metres of educational institutes. "We have been opposing this and will take up this matter with the administration," he added.

The locals aren't too happy either. "As a mother of two girls, I feel uncomfortable sending them in this area, people in inebriated condition pass comments and often misbehave," said Latika Juneja, a resident. 



Traffic: Unbiased approach must

The traffic problem as a result of the partial treatment of government agencies has grown manifold not only from the Clock Tower to Prabhat Cinema but also beyond - towards Kishan Nagar tri-junction and Balupur.

The PWD felled hundreds of old trees to widen the road to ease traffic flow on Chakrata Road, but two huge peepal trees, sheltering a religious place on the right side of the road before Kishan Nagar tri-junction, were not felled.

Similarly, about 20 yards away from Kishan Nagar tri-junction towards Balupur, a mazaar, which fell within the road-widening area, was not removed. Problems like these can only be sorted out only if one acts impartially.

—Ramesh Jatav, Dehradun

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