I sleep through most things, which i consider to be a tremendous advantage and strength, but even i was rudely awakened at 4:30 AM today i.e 26th November with one of the strongest earthquakes i have felt ever, possibly.
A 4.3 on the Richter Scale ,with the source at the Delhi Haryana Border , Delhi University, GT road , hit Delhi in the wee hours of the morning. While i cant comment on other areas of Delhi, Defence Colony had a few people stepping out of their houses and a few car alarms going off.. while the magnitude of the earthquake was not very high , the strength and intensity was much higher owing to the closeness of the epicenter i guess.. barely 20 kms from South Delhi… while ceiling fans shake at the smallest incentive, what did surprise me was that a fully loaded cupboard ended up oscillating….. and this was a first !
While details are still unavailable currently, no injuries or deaths have been reported.
This much awaited change in the industry is finally here. The headlines in Times of Read read that the ministry has given clearance to this proposal after sitting on it for about 2 years and it will be available to consumers shortly.
While this spells a lot of flexibility and freedom for mobile consumers in India , the GSM operators themselves are not too happy. One obvious impact is the fact that they would need to become more “Customer friendly” and offer even more value adds to ensure the subscriber base does not dwindle.
The other reason , it would appear, for their frowns , is this move is being seen as something which has been initiated now to help Reliance out and offer them an easier path with respect to acquiring subscribers and their overall entry into the GSM segment. The service will initially roll out in Delhi , Mumbai , Chennai and Kolkata.
Whether that be true or not, i really dont care, this was a much awaited development which is going to benefit consumers in the long run and offer the freedom of migration which otherwise , or the lack of it, has been one of the primary reasons to not switch operators in the past. What i am apprehensive about is how “easy” in real terms will operators allow subscribers to leave…. would they for example become more stubborn in releasing security deposits, will i need to be wary of the fine print which might , now, include clauses which attempt to hinder this…?
Updated at 4 PM , 8th Oct – The Delhi hig court has asked the government to take action. One – Find out how many politicans own Blue Lines. Second, though i just hear a bit, is that the plan to phase out Blue Lines to be sent in by Thursday this week. Let’s see what develops.
It turned out to be one of those rare Sundays where i actually managed to get some news time in and right from the morning all the way till i went off to sleep at 1 AM , everyone was talking about Blue Line Buses in Delhi.
The enthusiastic coverage had been generated by another accident near Faridabad which resulted in 6 people being killed. The bus was speeding ( 60 kmph in a 40) and ran into people who were getting off another bus. Total death this year , by these buses , is at 93. In typical Indian style the mob beat up the driver, destroyed the bus, police did not do anything and news media started the age old discussion of whether they should be banned and how everyone in Delhi is afraid of them.
After listening for a while i finally got fed up and had to pen this down. The way i see it is that 50% of that 93 probably deserved to die. Most Delhiites have no manners- be it driving or walking. I drive only 2 kms’s to work everyday and 4 out of 7 days i almost end up hitting someone..not because i drive too fast , or dont concentrate but people here tend to spring out onto the road like rabbits, one would almost imagine that they wanted to get hit..maybe its a new suicidal technique…
Last month at 9 PM near the Interstate Bus Terminal 7 cars got involved in a pile up in front of me..why…
While this is yet to be verified by me through anyone else within the RWA as well , if true it stands to do a lot of damage to one one of the greenest, cleanest and best colonies in New Delhi.
The reason the RWA seems to be pushing for this it seems is that a lot of the members with the RWA are developers, land owners who wish to cash in on the demand. The area being considered for commercial approval is along the major roads.For those who are not familiar with the area, imagine a rectangle , all the sides are along major roads , all these sides are being considered for the same.
I am fearful of what this is going to do to the space along these sections. While i will still be protected from the thousands of cars which will pour into the colony i can but imagine the plight of residents along these sections. No privacy, some of them will never see their parking spot again, crowding , jams. And no one is going to come forward to see that a certain amount of discipline is maintained to keep the effect of this at bay.