AHMEDABAD AMC LAND MORTGAGED FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2011 DAILY NEWS AND ANALYSIS analysis Seema Mustafa Standing committee approves proposal of mortgaging land to HUDCO to authenticate earlier loan PG 3 PG 4 Give Americans an inch and they’ll take 24 lives PG 13 SATISH VERMA TO REMAIN A DANGER TO ACCUSED It appears Congress and the government do not agree on allowing FDI in retail; Sonia Gandhi should make her views clear." —Sushma Swaraj Bogged down by daily traffic snarls? Try sharing a bicycle W ith cycle tracks along the BRTS route being used for all other purposes than the one they were originally built for, it is obvious that the idea of cycling on city roads does not excite Amdavadis. Built at a cost of Rs2 crore per km, these tracks were designed to provide exclusive riding space to cyclists. However, the plan seems to have failed. Cycle-share technical expert at Institute for Transport Development Policy (ITDP) in China, Bradley Schroeder, proposes a new method: Cycle Share along the BRTS line. Schroeder, who has worked in Guangzhou in China -the first BRT to integrate a bicycle sharing system, says, in last two years of its operation, the number of cyclists using the system has increased. Can this be replicated in Ahmedabad, asks Niyati Rana. Sky will be clear Sunset Sunrise Moonrise Moonset 1753 hrs 0704 hrs 1235 hrs NMS Temperature Please explain how cycle share system works with the BRTS? Bicycle sharing solves the 'last mile' problem where a commuter can take a bicycle from a bicyclesharing station close to his home, ride to the nearest BRTS stop where he can return the bicycle at another such station and board the bus. It gets commuters from their origin to the BRTS station and back. Bicycle sharing is for short trips that were previously done by walking or by auto-rickshaw. Is it also possible to run the cycle share system on non-BRTS corridor? Bradley Schroeder rides a cycle near Usmanpura. —Pankaj Shukla.DNA Yes, bicycle sharing replaces many short trips previously taken by bus, BRTS and walking. It serves commuters trips up to five kilometres which can either be the origin and destination of a trip or just a part of a longer trip. Ahmedabad has successfully implemented the BRTS. But cycle usage is not very popular here. What are the challenges in introducing cycle share system along the BRTS in a city like Ahmedabad? Most of the cities where bicycle sharing is popular had originally very low usage of cycling as a mode of commutation. In both Paris and Barcelona, cycle use was very low until the introduction of a bicycle sharing system. Once this system was introduced, trips by bicycle increased dramatically. In Ahmed- abad, 15 per cent of trips are done by cycle which is more than car users. However, the real challenge is providing quality and well-designed safe cycle lanes exclusively for cyclists. With a bicycle sharing system, Ahmedabad will see more bicycle infrastructure. How do you feel cycle share system can help the city cope up with increasing traffic, pollution and other problems? Bicycle sharing plays an integral role in the public transportation system of a city and helps denizens by giving them a healthy, environmentally friendly alternative for commutation. The number of vehicles on the roads is increasing with each day. The problem of traffic congestion, bad air quality and health problems associated with the increasing traffic will continue to get worse unless the government adopts systems that provide equitable, environmentally friendly alternatives such as bicycle sharing. What happens during the hotter days? Bicycle sharing is mostly used for commuting, not sports. Because of this, the rider does not put too much of effort in riding, but goes along at a leisurely pace. With bicycle sharing will come better cycle tracks which will provide a greener and better riding environment. ● Property bazaar Homes in your city now cheaper O Maximum 32.8 C Minimum 18.3 C Humidity 50% Indian real estate industry facing liquidity crunch, say experts; Residex declines for the first time in Ahmedabad O Jitendra Dave Forecast Weather will be mainly sunny in all districts Gujarat state & in Diu, Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli. Rahu Kala 10.30am to 12pm Yam Ganda 3pm to 4.30pm Best period 8am to 9.30am, and 4.30pm to 6.30pm CITY BRIEFLY Bhutanese film fest at NID The National Institute of Design (NID) Film Club is hosting a twoday mini film festival from Friday to showcase Bhutanese films on the campus. The festival has been organised to welcome the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck, who will be the chief guest at NID’s convocation function on December 5. Movies like 'The price of Letter' and 'The Price of Knowledge' and other films by Bhutanese director Ugyen Wangdi will be shown on Friday. On Saturday, five short films from the recently concluded Beskop Tshechu 2011, the first independent documentary and short film festival in Bhutan, will be shown. Nine students caught copying Nine cases of copying were reported on the second day of semester system exam at the Gujarat University. Sharing details about the incident, officials at the GU said that of the total cases, around 7 cases were registered in Malva and 2 in Fatehpura. Letters to the editor The editor welcomes your views and feedback: [email protected] Call it the effect of high inflation and interest rate. Property prices in Ahmedabad have gone down in tune with national trend. However, the posh western part of the city has bounced back after witnessing a dip in the June quarter, while the south zone faced a major setback in September quarter after witnessing phenomenal growth in the last quarter. At the national level, of the total 15 cities, nine are in red and only Chennai, Mumbai and Pune have witnessed considerable growth. Industry experts believe that Indian real estate industry faces challenges and liquidity crunch may slow down construction pace. There is no depreciation in the property rates in the western part of the city This is probably for the first time the city residex has wit- witnessed around 5% price rise in dip of around 25% in realty prices nessed a dip. The trend is re- the second quarter of the year af- taking the index from 157 to 116. vealed by National Housing ter facing 14% correction in June Similarly, east zone also suffered a Bank's (NHB) residex data for July quarter. Moreover, the north zone dip of around 5% in realty prices. Local industry experts believe to September 2011 quarter which showed increase of 10% in propershows that there is price correc- ty prices, which was followed by that interest rate could be the sole tion of around 4%, taking the city central zone with 7% hike in rates. reason for dip in city index and index to 163 in September from The south zone had shown un- purchase of properties in western precedented rise of 38% growth in part is more viable from appreci169 in last quarter. However, posh localities have June quarter, but witnessed major ation point of view. "The demand comes mainly from the middle class customers and increasing interest rates have taken a toll on the common man's budget," said Aashil Patel, director of Re/Max, Gujarat. He was surprised to see appreciation in western part and said that the developers, barring a few, would be forced to sell properties at lowered rates in near future. However, the properties located in posh areas are believed to have gained confidence of buyers. "Almost all the amenities are available in the western part and there are more chances of appreciation here," said Pravin Bavadiya, managing director of City Estate Management. At the national level, only Chennai, Mumbai and Pune have showed considerable price hike, while cities like Kokata, Hyderabad, Surat, Bhopal, Faridabad have seen a dip. According to experts, real estate developers are reeling under high debt and FDI inflows have also slowed down. Residential sales remained slow in major cities in 2011. "Cautious buyer sentiment While rising home loan rates have exerted pressure on buyers, developers have been constrained by the rising costs of construction and debt —Ashutosh Limaye, Jones Lang LaSalle India prevailed due to the adverse impact of the prevailing macro-economic factors such as rising interest rates and surging inflation. While rising home loan rates have exerted pressure on buyers, developers have been constrained by the rising costs of construction and debt," said Ashutosh Limaye, head, Research & Real Estate Intelligence Service, Jones Lang LaSalle India. He said that because of the prevailing uncertainties in the global market and the likelihood of further interest rate hike by RBI in early 2012, sentiments in the residential market will remain cautious for some time. Young better equipped to teach, feel experts at IIT-Gn DNA Correspondent Grey hair is no more the criteria for the best candidate for teaching job. A new idea was discussed at the first ever Academic Advisory Council meeting at Indian Institute of Technology - Gandhinagar (IIT-Gn) on Thursday. The idea was to get the young people to identify other young, talented and passionate academicians. The meeting was held to discuss strategies to develop IIT- G into a centre of excellence in research and academics and saw participation of renowned academicians from India and overseas. Topics like models for faculty recruitment, evaluation of candidates, model for performance evaluation, interpersonal relationships between faculty, improving faculty engagement with the institute, nurturing leadership of tomorrow and techniques in pedagogy were discussed at Meeting at IIT Gandhinagar to discuss strategies for institute's excellence —Kevin Antao.DNA the meeting. Besides, the participants also talked about improving the research culture at the institute and building ties with academia. Highlighting the points of the meeting, IIT-G director Sudhir K Jain said that it was extremely difficult to get good faculties with knowledge and passion for academics. "The first thing I did was to appoint a 27-year-old as recruitment in-charge at the institute. The advantage of having young people in charge of recruitment is that they are well net- Create ‘Hungama hour’ It has become a routine affair for MPs to boycott Parliament or for both Houses of Parliament to adjourn after commotions caused by pretexts like FDI or inflation. This results in a wastage of time and resources. Moreover, important Bills are passed in haste without discussion. Nonfunctioning of Parliament may help political parties but it’s not in national interest. In a lighter vein, if MPs wish to continue disruptions, a ‘Hungama Hour’ should be created in which a time is fixed on a daily or weekly basis in which MPs can make a noise (hungama) on any bill or object to any other matter in Parliament. —Mahesh Kapasi, via email worked, have an eye for quality and can also identify talents in a candidate," said Jain. He added that young academicians help in spreading a good word about the institute and pull bright academicians to the institute. Prof Paul Jennings from the Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA, who was also present in the meeting, said that the young people understand their generation better. "They know what the best research is in their times, just like I understand my generation," he said, adding they have a core team looking for talent through the year. There were also discussions on best practices and suggestions from academicians from other countries. But former director of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad Prof Bakul Dholakia said that getting right people was not enough. Good faculties should be retained as well. salary if I do not work or allow others to work in my workplace? —Prem Menon, Mumbai III II This refers to ‘No work, but MPs want privileges’ (December 1). The wish-list of our MPs goes on increasing though they do not work for days together and transact any business on the floor of Parliament. With an eye on more privileges and perks, they stand to lose the sympathy of the electorate, who voted these representatives to power with very high expectations. Will I, as a common man, be entitled to privileges and a During the last session of Parliament, Opposition parties did not allow Parliament to function. This Winter Session, knowing very well that 31 bills, some very important, were to be discussed and disposed of, the Opposition parties have continued their strategy of not allowing Parliament to function. If the issues was the boycott of home minister P Chidambaram on Day 1, black money was used as an excuses to adjourn the session on Day 2. And on Day 3, the excuse was that the government did not bring up for discussion the entry of Over 700 cops to secure city for India-WI ODI match DNA Correspondent It is not the cricket enthusiasts alone who are gearing up for the One Day International (ODI) match between India and West Indies on December 5. The city police is also putting in place tight security measures to ensure that the match to be played at Motera Stadium passes off peacefully. As part of its security measures, the city police have pressed into service around 700 to 800 policemen, of which four local deputy commissioner of police (DCPs) and three from outside the city will also take part in the security measures. Fifteen assistant commissioners of police (ACPs), three other different companies of security forces, a bomb squad, two Quick Response Teams (QRTs) and one team of Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) will be part of the tight security to be put in place both at the stadium and around the hotel where the players will stay. Commandos will be deployed in and around the hotel where the players will stay. "We have put in place adequate security measures to ensure security both at the stadium and the hotel. Certain areas in the city will also see some traffic diversions as part of these measures," said Shamsher Singh, JCP, special branch. Singh further said rehearsals of the security measures will take place twice on December 3 and 4. Commissioner of police SK Saikia said the police will be on alert even the day after the match, owing to Muhurram. "We are also making arrangement to ensure an eventfree Muhurram." About the diversions he said they have already approached the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation in the matter. SECURITY IN NUMBERS HOME COMING Haj pilgrims reach city airport on Thursday. For family members of the pilgrims, it was an emotional moment of reunion. Pankaj Shukla.DNA Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail. If a child can be punished for indiscipline at home or in school and an employee can be punished for indiscipline at the workplace, why should MPs who disrupt Parliament not be punished. The huge amount of money paid by the taxpayer for the functioning of Parliament should be recovered from those who disrupt its functioning. —Girdhar, via email IV It’s shameful and shocking that our MPs have shut down Parliament's Winter Session for the last eight days. They should be told that "no work means no pay.” Amazingly, MPs from all parties readily agreed to enhance their privileges and perks through the committee of privileges of the Lok Sabha. Is it necessary for MPs to have red beacons atop their cars and an upgrade in the warrant of precedence to number 17 from number 21 (at par with chief justices of high courts)? BJP MP and party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said MPs’ current status needed an upgrade but he has forgotten that MPs will not earn respect with the use of red beacons or increased security but by faithfully serving their constituencies in a dedicated manner. Their status, at present, is so low that no amount of red beacons and warrants of precedence will make people respect them. Parliament should reject the proposal without any discussion. —Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, Faridabad FDI in retail FDI retail is being opposed vehemently not only by the Opposition but also by its coalition partners. The one day strike on Thursday was a success where shops were closed in almost all places in the country. The move to introduce FDI in retail is illtimed. The government should roll it back since Parliament is also being stalled unnecessarily. —NR Ramachandran, Chennai Changing geopolitics This is with reference to the article ‘Pak’s critique of West’s reason’ (December 1). There is no denying that the Nato strike on Pakistan is a setback to Pak-US relations. In a knee-jerk retaliation to the attack, Pakistan closed US supply routes in the Khyber ● 7 DCPS ● 15 ACPs ● 700 to 800 cops ● 1- Bomb Squad ● 2 QRT ● 1 ATS Pass and asked the US to vacate the Shamsi air base in Balochistan. But Pakistan and the US must take into account a former player in the Afghan saga: Russia. Days after Pakistan closed its borders, the Russians hinted at closing the alternative northern route which is under its control too. Currently 60 per cent of Nato’s oil supplies into Afghanistan comes through this route. Russia would like to gain leverage thanks to the closure of Pakistan border. Russia should be worried as an unstable Afghanistan is threatening its sphere of influence in Central Asia. The closure of entry points has far greater implications for every player caught up in the maelstrom of Afghanistan’s decades-old geo-politics. —R Narayanan, Ghaziabad VOL 5 ISSUE NO. 28 > R.N.I. No. : GUJENG/2007/22424. 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