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30 July 2010

Public Park Goes Commercial in Ghaziabad, India

- Harish Jharia 

Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has made an extremely beautiful huge public park called Swarna Jayanti Park, at Neeti Khand, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad. It is constructed on a 25 acre public land the cost of which might be more than 10 crores Indian Rupees. GDA might have spent another about 25 crores plus on development, construction, installation of status and plantation of plants and trees in the park out of the tax payer’s public money.

Swarna Jyanti Park
                Main Entrance, Swarna Jayanti Park

Swarna Jayanti Park is a central place for man, women and children for spending leisure time for getting relaxation and to forget the worries of the struggling hard life that they live in the national capital of India. This place is mainly used by senior citizens for taking morning walks, evening walks and meeting other old age friends to forget the solitary lives that they are forced to live in the dusk of their lives. 

Rani Jhansi Statue
        Rani Jhansi Statue, Swarna Jayanti Park

GDA Imposes Entry Fee:
A few months back the people of this place were shocked to learn that GDA has imposed entry-fee on the people who were the sole owners of this park being a public property. 

GDA Imposes Parking Fee:
After another couple of months GDA slapped additional taxation on the people by barricading all the dozen odd parking lots constructed all around the 25 acre park.  In addition, they have handed over these parking lots to private parking contractors who are charging parking fees from the people who come to visit this park.  

GDA and UP Government are well aware that Swarna Jayanti Park is already earning revenues from the Ghaziabad Hat situated right inside the park. In addition, the government is collecting many other taxes from the residents.  The GDA and UP government have many other funds and budget provisions for providing parks and playgrounds for the people of those respective areas.  

As such both of these government bodies need not go for imposing additional financial burden on the people who are the taxpayers; out of the financial contributions of whom, Swarn Jayanti Park has been constructed. 

In view of the above, GDA and UP Government may issue orders to lift all the restrictions, including the entry fees and parking fees, imposed by the concerned authorities on the people for visiting the public park


24 July 2010

How blood pressure should be measured?

How blood pressure should be measured?

- Harish Jharia

Recently I happened to interact with one of my relatives, incidentally a doctor. We had a discussion on hypertension that is commonly called blood pressure or BP in short.  I had a simple question that how a doctor is expected to measure BP of a person? The relative liked the question and preferred to answer in a bit detailed way:

He said that, at the time of measuring blood pressure the patient is asked to lie-down, outstretched on a flat surface extending the arms at sides of the body at the level of the heart. 

Blood pressure is then measured with a small, portable instrument called a Sphygmomanometer or blood pressure cuff. Doctors place the cuff around the upper arm of a patient and inflate the same with an air pump to a pressure until it blocks the flow of blood in the main artery.  The measurement is taken (in mm Hg units) from a scale placed along the vertical mercury column that increases and decreases on inflating or deflating the cuff. 


The pressure of the cuff on the arm and artery is then gradually released by the doctor. As the pressure in the cuff decreases, the doctor hears the pulsating sound-beats by placing the sensor of a stethoscope over the artery at the front of the elbow.  

At a particular pressure the flow of the blood circulation starts. The pressure at which the practitioner first hears a pulsation from the artery is called systolic pressure

As the cuff pressure further decreases, the pressure at which the pulsation finally stops is called diastolic pressure.  

Blood Pressure observed as "Systolic- 120 / Diastolic- 80", commonly expressed as 120 / 80 is considered normal in a healthy young person. 

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12 July 2010

3-hour Rains in Delhi Resulted in 5 Hours of Traffic Jams and 11 Deaths:

Review of The News Item Published in The Times Of India: 

3-hour Rains in Delhi Resulted in 5 Hours of Traffic Jams and 11 Deaths:

Three hours of heavy rains in Delhi left 11 people dead and resulted in 5 hours of traffic jams, submerged roads with knee-deep water and traffic lights blinking. Hundreds of trees uprooted and rainwater entered right inside homes.

A sudden downpour began in central Delhi and subsequently spread towards east, south and north of the NCR. The city recorded 51.4mm rainfall and wind blowing at 82-90 kmph between 5.30pm to 8.30pm. 

Rains are natural calamities but the traffic jams and deaths of innocent citizens are not. They are the results of irresponsible attitude and carelessness of the civic authorities. Let us discuss about them in brief:

11 Deaths: 
As reported in the press these deaths have resulted out of electrocution of the victims when they came in contact with necked live electric wires left unattended on the roads by civic authorities. A couple victims died when high-tension live electric cables fell over them. All of these 11 deaths could have been avoided and the victims would not have been trapped in the deadly accidents had the civic authorities maintained the electric lines and kept them ‘safe’ for the people moving around in those public places. 

5-hour Traffic Jams:
Expect for a couple of incidents of uprooted trees and fallen branches on the roads the traffic jams that prolonged for full 5 hours in many parts of Delhi were due to stagnated water that inundated the roads above knee depth. At some places there were incidents of caving-in of roads as a result of widespread water clogging. 

This water clogging has simply resulted due to clogged drainage pipes that were laid for carrying rainwater to the main drainage system of the city. You may look at any drain ports provided at the sides of Delhi roads and you will find that they are blocked with garbage, soil and rocks. 

The civic authorities should come together and make sure that all the public utility systems are made up-to-date and subsequently maintained properly so that such stalemate can be avoided in the time to come.