Citizens' Issues
Work on 42-km road to start - after 40 years
Work on a 42-km bypass linking the Kerala capital with Tamil Nadu is set to start -- after a wait of 40 long years, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor announced on Monday.
 
A central minister will lay the foundation stone for the project on Tuesday. One part of the stretch will be ready in two years, and the whole road will take four years to be operational.
 
The road would ease the traffic flow into Thiruvananthapuram.
 
"I had to pursue this with two central governments (UPA II and the present NDA government). It took me six years to see this project," the Thiruvananthapuram MP told the media here.
 
"The land for this project was identified and was marked for acquisition more than 35 years back. 
 
"It was from 2009 that I started to pursue the project... The first phase would be over in two years and the second phase in four years," he said. 

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Dahyabhai S Patel

1 year ago

This is the way for all jobs, small and big, to get them accomplished from governments is like to get exited to work unless bitten severely to have perverted sex!!!!!! When an MP of Tharoor's stature takes this much efforts what to talk about an aam aadmi (common man). And why there should be any foundation stone to be laid, it must simply be started!!!

Meenal Mamdani

1 year ago

It would be hilarious if it was not so tragic.
Inordinate delays also hike up the cost of the projects.
The people who are to benefit from this road could keep an eye on the progress of the road work if they are given the information about the contractor, date of expected completion, a website that they can send their complaints to, etc.
Tharoor is IT savvy. He should put up such a website and get a million unpaid "inspectors" keeping an eagle eye on the work in progress.

India's food safety watchdog floats norms for meat products
India's food safety watchdog on Monday notified the draft norms for regulating microbes in meat and meat products, and said they would come into force after 60 days of it being published in the official gazette.
 
It also invited stakeholders to file their comments and objections on the same.
 
"The objections and suggestions, which may be received from any person with respect to the said draft regulations before the expiry of the period so specified, shall be considered by the food authority," the watchdog said in a notification.
 
The existing norms covered the category "Microbiological requirements of food products" and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) now wants to include what are called "Hygiene Indicator Organisms" with specifications on maximum amount of bacteria that can be present, along with other criteria.
 
These criteria include minimum number of samples to be presented for testing, the level above which a lot has to be rejected, the units to be used for analyses, as also definitions of what constitute meat and meat products.

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Bapoo Malcolm

1 year ago

Is this one more way to turn us all vegetarians? Or to make sure the Muslim community is under more pressure? The VP has come out openly today. Targeting only perpetuates the problems and amplifies them.The abattoirs have ample restrictions and checks and balances. I know. I had worked on the Deonar site in the sixties when it was put up by Steel Plant with an Australian firm as consultants. FMC or something like that.

If well implemented, one can have no objections; but to hear some holier-than-thou elements say that their religious leaders have declared that the whole world must turn vegetarian, is another form of permanent terrorism.Cultural terrorism.

This is not a make-in-India government. It can soon be a ban-in-Hindustan regime. It's simpler,easier to destroy something than to make anything.

Why not start with putrid vegetables and fruits? Clamp down on adulterated milk. Ensure that spices are not spiked. Why target meats only?

Ensure clean water, not with worms. Fresh air, not with carcinogenic particles. Then go after the non-vegetarian foods.

By the way, over 70% of the population claims to be non-veg!

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