DDA’s ways

The Delhi Development Authority’s Housing Scheme-2008 and allotments made under it are under the scanner of investigating agencies because of irregularities.

I had also applied for the scheme (Application No. 923801). I received the refund of my deposit on January 27 by a pre-dated cheque (No.019561 dated 18-12-08) despatched by Speed Post on January 22, 2009.

Thus they had the money with them for more than three months. As per their terms, in case the refund was to be delayed beyond three months, interest was payable.

In order to avoid paying interest, the deposit money was returned by them through a pre-dated cheque! This is one more irregularity that needs to be probed.

I demand that interest on my deposit be paid for the period the money was with them beyond three months. Prabhakara Panicker,

T. 176/19, Sheel Kunj, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee - 247 667, Uttarakhand.

Travel trouble

I travelled from New Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram by Kerala Express on December 27 and returned by the same train on January 5. Both ways I was an RAC (Reservation against Cancellation) passenger and thus had half a berth and was denied a bedroll.

The bedroll suppliers reasoned that since they got only 64 bedrolls for the entire journey, they could not provide me any. This despite the fact that RAC passengers are charged full fare. I wonder if those who board the train en route would be given used bedrolls, for I was offered one such after my ticket got confirmed. This was, however, on the second night of the journey.

Do the Railways have an explanation for pathetic customer service and awful experiences such as these?

V. M. Kannan,

E-601, Panchsheel Apartments, Plot No.24, Sector 4, Dwarka, New Delhi – 110 075.

A farce

Some universities such as Madurai Kamaraj, Annamalai, Algappa, Chaudhary Devi Lal University (Sirsa) and Shri Vinayak Mission University are offering M.Phil. programme through distance education mode. This is leading to a steep decline in the standards of higher education and research.

M.Phil. is a post-M.A., pre-Ph.D. programme and requires an intensive course-work in research methodology, advance study in a chosen area, project work, and writing of dissertation under the guidance and supervision of a senior teacher in a university department. The programme involves full-time classroom teaching, field/laboratory works, active interaction with teachers and access to a well-stocked library. It is impossible to do M.Phil. through distance mode, where the above-mentioned facilities are not available.

Many universities are tempted to start offering, through correspondence, Ph.D. degrees, whose standard has already been diluted by many universities in the country. The University Grants Commission, which is required to maintain and raise standards of higher education, should ensure that the M.Phil. and the Ph.D. programmes offered through correspondence courses are stopped.

D. P. S. Verma,

(Former Professor of Commerce, Delhi University), QU–285 B, Chitrakoot, Pitampura, Delhi – 110 034.

Restore it

For the past six months we have been requesting various authorities to restore a faulty traffic light in our area but nothing has happened.

The problem was brought to the notice of Delhi’s Police Commissioner and DCP Traffic Police in charge of R.K.Puram. Through a letter dated September 24 we also apprised the MCD Councillor, MLAs and MP of the issue. We also met Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on November 11 and she asked her secretary to look into the matter.

Due to the non-functioning of this traffic signal residents of four housing societies – Nagarjuna, AIIMS, Allahabad Bank Apartments and Indian Express Apartments -- are facing difficulties. The UP Link Road from Akshardham to Samachar to Mayur Kunj and then Noida gate is overcrowded due to heavy traffic most of the time as all vehicles to Noida and Ghaziabad pass through this road.

It becomes almost impossible to cross the road at Mayur Kunj junction. During peak hours, one has to wait for 15 to 30 minutes. On December 15, a Traffic Police inspector along with two personnel from Shakarpur Thana and two others from Keltron Electronics, who maintain this traffic signal, visited the site. They told us that Noida was supplying power to the signal so far but no longer. They took some measurements for laying the cable, but nothing has happened. We suggested to them to take electricity from a nearby street light till a permanent arrangement is made.

We have also requested the Noida Authority to restore electric supply but to no avail.

K. R. Hariharan, M. S. Rawat,

Senior Citizens’ Forum, Mayur Kunj, Delhi – 110 096.

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