Defence Colony Broadcast
July 15-30,  2020

Vol 1 No. 5

 
 
 

Defence Colony Has Again Become a Hotspot of Sex Racket

By Mrs Mehta (D-54 Defence Colony) 

  

It is very distressing that over the years our pristine Def Col has become a hotspot of sex racket and flesh trade business by transgender prostitutes, prostitutes and sex workers of African origin on Lala Lajpat Rai Marg right from D-1 to D-70 and Moolchand Shopping Complex on Def Col side and the entire footpath of Def Col and from Narula's flyover to Moolchand Hospital flyover on Lajpat Nagar side and within the dual jurisdiction of Def Col and Lajpat Nagar.

This entire stretch is encroached at night right from sundown to 5am by them coming from all nooks and corners of Delhi NCR. They rule the road at night and public dare not come on the road out of fear, shame, harassment and danger not only from these criminal elements but also their clients coming from far and wide.

Last year on 31 March a man failing to find sex worker, raped a 61 year old woman in a park near the Lajpat Nagar metro station. 

Seducing and soliciting for the purpose of prostitution in public places  is a cognizable criminal offence under section 8a and 8b of the ITP Act 1956 and obscenity, public display of  vulgarity, willful exposure of body parts in public gaze, violence and terror on road, sexual harassment,  criminal intimidation, criminal trespass etc are all criminal offences under various  sections of IPC. They also become violent and hurl stones on any disagreement with client or objection from residents.

These criminal elements fearlessly trespass into our colony by climbing the boundary wall abutting Lala Lajpat Rai Marg for their sex business and sometimes along with their clients and also to escape from the police.

 We approached the law enforcing authorities and their higher ups. Since there was no response from RWA to approach the Ministry of Women and Child Development I personally along with the help of other association and persons approached the Ministry.

 This resulted in marked reduction of the flesh trade business on Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, increased patrolling on both sides and PS Def Col also filed FIR in August 2019 but later did not proceed beyond that. 

What had been fearless and unabashed flesh trade business on Lala Lajpat Rai Marg died a natural death during lockdown. However, it has restarted full -fledged from beginning of June 2020 in defiance of Law; Disobeying Govt Orders; violating the curfew hours, mandatory norms of social distancing and mandatory wearing of masks; violating the provisions of The Disaster Management Act 2005, and endangering lives.

On reporting this to PS Defence Colony our new SHO has also requested SHO Lajpat Nagar to sensitize their staff about the prostitution problem. 

When police patrols it is a deterrent for them and scares them only till the time police is around and they run into hiding or even jump over the boundary wall and trespass into the Colony. This is a serious health, safety and security hazard for the residents.

On the night of 06/07/2020 around 10/50 pm on seeing the police on Lajpat Nagar side a transgender prostitute came running across Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, climbed the boundary wall and was holding the grill to jump inside. There was no RWA Security guard present. My daughter and l had to ourselves stop the transgender prostitute from coming inside.

There was no RWA Security guard patrolling the front lane till 11/07 pm and arrived only on seeing the PCR van. The PCR Team also scolded the RWA Security guard and told him strictly to make regular rounds. After that the RWA Security guard started making regular rounds on the front lane that night.

The most startling and shocking revelation was when  the RWA Security guard told us that these transgender prostitutes have license to do prostitution on road and in public places. We promptly had to correct him. RWA Security guards are not having correct information and  need to be given proper training and  security instructions. 

The police has to take permanent action and enforce the provisions of law under ITP Act 1956, IPC and  The Disaster Management Act 2005 against the transgender prostitutes, prostitutes and sex workers of African origin as well as their  clients, patrons and pimps for eradicating the malaise altogether.


Further all agencies and elected representatives have to step in to demolish the facilitating factors and take measures like affixing concertina barbed wire over the boundary wall to make it inaccessible, installing  

CCTV cameras on the entire footpath of Def Col, stationing a Police van near Defence Colony petrol pump at night, proper cleanliness, lighting and upkeep of the abandoned dark shady park in front of D-60 Def Col and near Lajpat Nagar metro pillars 25 and 26; fixing of grills on divider of Lala Lajpat Rai Marg to make  Def Col and Lajpat Nagar safe and secure.

 
 

DCWA President Has an Interactive Zoom Meeting with residents

By Anuj Bakshi (D-66, 9810822057)

Another first from the RWA Def Col, the President assisted by Mr Pramod held an interactive Zoom meeting with Def Col residents on 13 July 2020 to discuss, resolve and find solutions to problems faced by the residents.  The meeting that commenced at 1045 lasted for one hour.  A total of 75 members attended despite Kaizala RWA help line group having above 400 members. This was a great platform to interact which a lot of them missed. 

At the outset, President Maj Ranjit Singh in his inaugural address welcomed everyone. During the course of the meeting he spoke about various issues in which some points were also co-related to stories in Samvada Broadcast. Other points he addressed were related to Opening of gates - He stated he was under a lot of pressure from embassies and other foreign institutions to open gates but it was not the right time to do it.

Security issues and society charges - He requested the members to pay society charges as the colony was incurring huge expenditure on security including maintenance and with current scenario the funds would only suffice for two months. 

Regarding roads, pruning and sanitization he spoke about efforts made by DCWA on getting the work done on its own and also writing to the MP for support.  He also expressed his discontent towards the civic authorities.

As we go to our BC our MP Meenakshi  Lekhi has taken cognizance of  the  Letter written to her by the President. The club issue of overbilling was also taken up and it was decided that late surcharge would be refunded. After his address some questions were also taken up from residents. Harjit ji A-block - mentioned about security charges paid by A block as per court ruling. 

Varun Anand D-block stated that residents are moving around in the colony without masks.

Anil Oberai of B block took up the unhygienic conditions outside Nehru hospital (a Covid centre) and asked the president to speak to the director of Nehru hospital.

Manjula Soni Pointed out that car stickers should not be made compulsory and residents should be given stickers free of cost. Mr Pramod replied that they were already giving them a concession at Rs 10  whereas they were costing 50 rupees to the RWA. The president also stated that cars with colony stickers were easily identified leading to lesser car thefts.

 Smriti Puri - Thanked the president for his support during her father’s illness from Covid 19 virus. She stressed on the need for separate disposal of Covid patients waste to which the president replied in affirmative. 

The meeting ended with a thank you note by the Treasurer Mr Pramod. The Zoom was a good initiative to bring the residents on one platform and hope next time the participation by the residents sees an increase.

 
 

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Old Garbage Removal System Gives Way to a Smart Tipper System

RWA Sends Separate Tipper for Covid Patients; An Immense Contribution to Its Success Will Be In the Reduction & Segregation of Our Garbage by All Our Residents

By Subashini Sood (C-251, 9810008134)


The RWA's old garbage removal system has given way to a smart DDSIL contracted Tipper System. No more of a grubby book presented with smelly hands for cash payments by the open cart pullers. The Tipper System under the RWA arranged by the SDMC is free from door to door presently, but will charge later for floor to floor. RWA has smartly implemented a separate Tipper for collecting waste from Covid affected patient.

An amusingly loud blurb heralds the coming of the Van for garbage pick-up, and though garbage bags are ready and residents co-operating, the Tippers are not. Of late a number of issues are being faced by the residents with complaints of ‘They don't even wait for a minute. How can someone run from a second floor to the ground in a second?'  'There's no set time, they come when they want to, stop where they want to. The vehicle is always overfilled, there's no help to lift the garbage bags into the truck.   


'They don't even stop at any gate of the house even though garbage is kept ready at the estimated time, just whizz past 'Sometimes they come only once in 3 days 'And  even though its free service provided by SDMC, the Tippers always expect some money or else they don't pick up bags. On speaking to Shammi Talwar RWA member in charge sanitation of the need to improve the current garbage collection system, has given an assurance that these problems will be solved soon. The RWA will be hiring helpers to put garbage in the Tippers. The biggest advantage of the new system is the sense of overall hygiene, there's no segregation of mountains of rubbish strewn on the roads and service lanes. Dhalaos are cleaner due to Tipper collection. The new system though still in its teething stage has yet to be streamlined and needs all the co-operation from residents to make it successful. An immense contribution to making it successful will be in the reduction and segregation of our garbage by all our residents.

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New SHO Launches Revised Security Plans for Def Col

In an interview with Ajay Kumar (A-440, 9999055994)

After the exit of our last SHO Arvind Sharma, the residents were quite curious about the security plans of new SHO Jitendra Malik who took over last month. I met him to take his first interview to apprise the residents about his new plans: 

Samvada: On behalf of Defence colony, we welcome you on this new assignment as SHO and wish you all the best for a successful tenure. Can you please give details about yourself?

SHO: I am basically from Panipat, Haryana and started my career in 1995 with Delhi Police. During the last 25 years, I was posted in the training division at Dwarka, SHO of New Delhi Rly Station and Tilak Nagar. I have been involved in successfully resolving the issues like car thefts, chain snatchings etc, which is also a concern in Defence colony for many years. 

Samvada: What are your new plans about Defence colony to strengthen security for the residents?

SHO: During the last month, I had detailed discussions with the previous SHO, our police team and few resident groups to know about their security related issues as well as suggestions to improve it to the next level. The following are few issues to be tackled by me and my team on top priority:

Management of colony’s gates by fixing the entry and exit points to check the visitors during the day and night; posting of guards as per the requirements will improve security in Def col:

  • Increase of hourly beats in the colony 24 hrs to strengthen the security system 

  • Management of vendors like Kabadiwala, fruits and veg rehri, chick wala etc 

  • Random checks at various points and especially colony parks, courier and food delivery services 

  • Servant and others to be verified with proper documentation and strict action for defaulters. Training of private security guards to add more ears and eyes for police  

  • Collection of data for senior citizens, widows to provide additional care and security 

  • Regular meetings with the residents in open sessions, park meetings etc to note their issues and suggestions for necessary action. Use of social media to keep the residents informed and cautioned against crime; we will also organize self-protection camps for women and others from time to time  

  • Availability and accessibility of police and SHO at all times for the residents 

Samvada: Any plans to add new security gadgets in Defence colony?

SHO: We understand that there are few CCTV in the colony and market but they need to be monitored by police to act swiftly in case of any incident or any illegal or suspicious movement. We will also request the concerned authorities to add more CCTV in the colony. We also added new bikes with latest gadgets to equip our beat constable to keep track on the entire colony My two senior inspectors will be fully dedicated at all times for Defence colony to keep watch on all activities.

Samvada: Any other details you want to share with the residents?

SHO: As we know that that Defence colony is a posh colony of renowned defence officers, we request all to spread harmony among each other and try to avoid issues of domestic violence, non-verification of new staff, encroachments to give police more time to keep them secure. Our policemen are well equipped and trained to fight any illegal person if required. I shall look forward for support from all the residents and would be available at all times to serve them to the best of my capabilities. Jai Hind!! 

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 Covid Clarification! 

By Anuj Bakshi (D-66, 9810822057)
Harsh Bansal of Bansal store issued a clarification  that  his family, including  the staff of  Bansal Store (Next to Theobroma) are completely fit and fine and are taking maximum precautions along with sanitization of all goods available at the store. The elder son at Bansal Printing Press (Next to Swagath) is infected but has not been to the shop in the last 3 years and had been working independently! Harsh has requested that for any further clarification he may be contacted directly. 
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Driving on the Wrong Side

By Anuj Bakshi (D-66, 9810822057)

There are times when we see wrong things happening but we just turn our head the other way. However, there are certain residents who take it up vociferously. A lady resident took up the issue of wrong side driving round the outer circle of the Gumbad leading to accidents. Drivers especially youngsters riding two wheelers are the major culprits of which 90% are from outside colonies who want to go for an adventurous ride risking other people’s lives. 

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Arya Samaj Mandir the New Center 

By Anuj Bakshi (D-66, 9810822057)

Due to lock down and closing of religious centers the Arya Samaj Mandir in Def Col has been a real help for organizing, first the House Tax Camp and more recently offering its premises for Covid testing of merchant Navy Cadets. There was a long queue and everyone was wearing masks but social distancing was far from visible. The organizers are requested to ensure that cadets observe all protocols while waiting for their turn to protect themselves and others.

 

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Samvada Impact: Action on Both the Issues Taken up in the Last Broadcast

By Anuj Bakshi (D-66, 9810822057)

Two major works have been initiated this month. The area outside the DCWA Club after the first rain got inundated last month. The MCD has started the work of opening and cleaning the water drains and residents hope the cleaning of the drain would give some respite from water logging in the area.  Secondly, the central nallah park was in a bad shape with overgrown vegetation and hanging wires. Courtesy, our area councilor pruning, grass cutting and cleaning work has begun.  However, it’s going to be at a slow pace due to shortage of staff. There have been some issues on pruning of hedges by staff which has been taken up by residents for rectification with the councilor. 

Both these issues were taken up in last month's Samvada broadcast.

 
 

“One donation of yours could save multiple lives”, say Plasma Donors of Gupta Family

By Subashini Sood (C-251, 9810008134)


Consequent to the recent donation of Plasma by Manoj Gupta of Defence Store, elder brother Promod and his son Manik Gupta too did their bit for society. Both father and son, Co-vid survivors donated plasma at the BLK Hospital recently. Manik who had  tested positive for Coronavirus in May 2020 and later tested negative on June 1st. had been under self-quarantine at home for almost two weeks, following which, after testing negative, he resumed his usual daily work. A few days later he received a call from someone in dire need of blood plasma for one of their family members. Manik did not hesitate even a minute and agreed readily, donating the plasma a few days ago.

“A number of people are reluctant to donate plasma, because they fear health issues or weakness post donation. I having experienced the donation first hand would like to tell people that the health risks associated to this donation are basically theoretical and is definitely a leap worth taking considering one donation of yours could save multiple lives!”, noble words indeed from the Gupta family who are shining inspiration unto themselves and to all others in their cause to save others lives. 

 

Obituary

Vinod Khandelwal (A-66, son of Bhanwar Lal Khandelwal) passed away on 17 July.

 
 

Forced Opening of Colony Gates

By Anuj Bakshi (D-66, 9810822057)

The colony gates have been shut for the past four months due to the ongoing pandemic. Earlier during complete lockdown, things were manageable but now with restrictions easing, pressure is being mounted to open the gates.

Due to locked gates there has been forced entry by breaking or dislodging grills at certain gates at C north and C south.  A real shabby job has been done by authorities to repair them at C north by either tying it with wire or placing a cardboard box to restrict entry of trespassers. All these activities are putting pressure on the already overburdened colony guards who are trying to restrict people from using these openings.  We urge the RWA to carry out urgent repair of the gates so that they don’t become easy access for anti social elements.

 

“Help a Big Monkey is inside Our House!”

 Monkeys Continue to Play Havoc

By Anuj Bakshi (D-66, 9810822057)

A resident sent out an SOS on the group “big monkey inside our house. We have managed to get him out to the balcony - not before he opened the fridge, broke eggs and chewed up stationary and now two of them are swinging on the tree outside refusing to leave. Help!

 A message which had been earlier posted on a group regarding monkey menace was re posted as under: ‘Dear residents, this monkey Catcher is arranged by our councillor and presently in Def Col!  If anyone is facing monkey issues, please call him directly or share your address and mobile in the next 30 minutes!  W58s/ Taslim/Monkey Catcher Contactor Mobile 09811708671 .

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 Navigation Boards

By Anuj Bakshi (D-66, 9810822057)
New sign boards have been put up by both associations in their respective areas to guide residents, which are a welcome step. 
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A Memorial Service Dedicated To Lt Puneet Nath Datt

By Subashini Sood (C-251, 9810008134)


A memorial service dedicated to the brave young officer Lt Puneet Nath Datt (Ashoka Chakra, Posthumous) will be held at the PND park on 20 July 2020. Petals will be placed at the memorial and candles lit in the evening. The day 20 July will also be dedicated to the martyrs of Galwan Valley.

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 DCWA stops Paid Testing

By Anuj Bakshi (D-66, 9810822057)

The RWA President has informed residents that while Delhi Govt has been testing for covid 19 free of cost, Mahajan Imagining Clinic of E Block, had started Covid Testing in the Arya Samaj Mandir without proper permission and were charging money for it which has been stopped.

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Happy Birthday!

Samvada wishes  A Very Happy Glorious 100th year Birthday to Brig Ran Singh (D-123) 10 July; Shammi Talwar (A Block) 17 July; Lt Col Devraj Dogra (D-331, 98 yrs) 13 Aug; Mrs Suraj Paul (A -387, 90yrs) 15 Aug; Amrish Trivedi (D-144, 94 yrs) 21 Aug; Pushpa Lal (B-18, 94yrs) 26 Aug; Maj gen PC Kochhar AVSM (93 yrs) 28 Aug; Shiela Chatwal (B-7, 91yrs) 18 Aug. 


Compiled by Subashini Sood

 

For Information of all

By Anuj Bakshi (D-66, 9810822057)

The Survey by Delhi Government through our MCD Clinic will commence on Fri 18 July. The Staff deputed for the exercise will carry identification cards/authority letters as opposed to door-to-door survey on 17 July without ID cards which   made residents suspicious of their intended visit.

Putting all concerns at rest, President Maj Ranjit clarified that they are from the MCD Clinic. The Delhi Government has ordered a survey of all Residents of Def Col who reside within 15 houses of one’s which were quarantined due to  Covid. A Team from the MCD Clinic will be going round for this purpose to assess the status of health of all especially those suffering from other diseases like diabetes and hypertension etc. Since this is for our good, please do cooperate. On their first survey, this team did not carry authority letters but have requested the Doctor in charge Clinic to Issue the same with immediate effect. 

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Colony Being Used As Dock Yard by Private Trucks

By Anuj Bakshi (D-66, 9810822057)

For the past so many years we have been suffering from unauthorised influx of Kotla cars coming and parking in our colony whether near the Gumbad or  in B block. Another problem we face is that Über / Ola cabs are parked near the outer circle of the market.

Recently huge trucks carrying goods for the kotla market are parking near Durga Park and unloading goods into vans and jeeps for Kotla shops. 

In an incident last week, a truck was found unloading tiles to be taken away by small carriers to Kotla. When asked by the colony guards to move it outside the colony, the driver stated that it had permission of the police.

This information by the guards was immediately given to the security supervisor Col Pal. He coordinated with Def Col SHO Malik who deputed his beat constables and with a combined effort of police and colony guards the truck was removed from the colony.

Thanks SHO Malik and Col Pal  for timely  nipping the evil  in the bud!

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About 12 Truckloads of Silt Was Taken Out From the Nallah

By Anuj Bakshi (D-66, 9810822057)

The process of de-silting of nallah was carried out for two days involving six super suckers and 20 labourers by the MCD engineering department. About 12 truckloads of silt was taken out from the nallah.

The councillor and some residents think that this exercise has been an eye wash. According to them these super suckers are not beneficial for a 40 feet nallah. JCBs are required to go inside the nallah through the openings made to clean it up. This issue was taken up in the media and hence the work has been temporarily stopped. 

As per President RWA Maj Ranjit Singh this is a new technology and it should be tried before coming to a conclusion. As per his correspondence with MCD work will again resume in a few days. 

Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope the main purpose of de-silting the nallah is achieved; and it doesn’t turn out be a hoax like the conditions of our colony roads.

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Pathetic Forbidden Back Lane of B block

 President Takes Action within 24 hrs

By Anuj Bakshi (D-66, 9810822057)

Writing this article has been very disappointing for me because of seeing residents letting their colony down in terms of cleanliness and sanitation.  

During these trying pandemic times when masks and gloves are a part of life and cleanliness, a recent post put by a resident of the back lane of B-29 has left many to think if we are living in Def Col. The lane was in a pathetic state, flooded by water, flowing from houses through main pipe or overflowing tanks including from the third floor. The president DCWA personally saw to it that by the   next day the whole lane was cleaned by MCD staff.

The president even wrote to our Area MP Mrs Lekhi to get these residents challaned. After the morning cleaning, by the evening, the Lane was back to its original dirty state with stagnant water and garbage spilled all over.  

The residents should take equal responsibility for keeping their surroundings clean. We can’t keep blaming the authorities for our lack of civic sense. 

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Spraying & Fogging Would Help In Timely Prevention of Malaria Dengue & Other Illness

By Subashini Sood (C-251, 9810008134)


With every rainy season, the increasing surge in mosquito menace gives rise to an overwhelming demand for spraying and fogging in the Colony. And justifiably so, the fear of Malaria, Dengue, Chikangunya and other water borne diseases has been increasingly prevalent year after year.  Therefore spraying and fogging of the Colony ought to be pre-planned as a matter of annual routine monsoon procedure, along with the de-silting of drains, from becoming potential breeding ground for dangerous larvae. This however is only taken up seriously by the authorities once the rains start, year after year! Stagnant water is there in parks drains and overflowing back lanes.

Currently piece-meal requests in large numbers are being made and taken up by the Councillor for spraying of various house numbers forwarded, instead of the Colony and lanes as a whole add to the mosquito misery! When questioned about this, the Councillor's reply is that the NGT has not given permission for fogging of lanes, spraying can only be done inside houses and anti larvae spray in drains outside the houses. Considering that we are already in the midst of one pandemic, it is absolutely essential that we don't add to or become vulnerable to other illnesses as well. The spraying and fogging of the entire Colony would help in a large measure in the timely elimination of mosquitoes and prevention of malaria dengue and other related illness especially at this time of an already existing pandemic.

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Property Tax Camp Organised At JCO Club

By Ajay Kumar (A-440, 9999055994)


After two successful property tax camps organized by SDMC in Def col, as per the request of residents who missed out on these opportunities, one more camp was organized at the DCA’s JCO club on 12-13th July to support more residents. These camps are primarily keeping in mind the senior citizens and ladies who are not tech-savvy and unable to visit the SDMC offices to stand in the long queues. 

The Important issue was to ensure social distancing during the camp which was professionally planned by the RWA team. The residents were issued Token numbers with time slots to ensure only 7-8 residents are in the hall to pay. The air-conditioned waiting room for each batch of 3-4 was available for comfort of the residents. The arrangements for drinking water, hand sanitizers, wheel chairs and disposable pens was made for smooth functioning of activities. Only residents with mask were allowed inside the club to ensure proper hygiene and social distancing at all times. During the two day camp more than 300 residents from all the blocks utilized this opportunity.  

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SDMC Councilor Rocks during Covid-19

By Ajay Kumar (A-440, 9999055994) & P Singh 

The only solace during corona crises for the resident of Defence colony is the availability of the SDMC councilor, who is visible everyday performing various activities in support of the residents. The following are the some of the highlights 

  1. Garbage and malba cleaning from service lanes:  The tippers are now working throughout the day for regular service as well as on case to case basis. 

  2. Repair of street lights within 24 hrs: more than 150 lights were repaired during June’20

  3. Desilting of rain water naalis before monsoon: The cases of water logging were much less in the pre-monsoon 

  4. Sanitization spray every week: this is a daily routine as a huge tanker for sanitization spray is used

  5. Door to door collection of Property tax: besides holding two camps this is a big support for residents who are not able to deposit tax online or at the SDMC office 

  6. Tree plantation on world environment day: more than 200 saplings were planted with the support of residents all over the colony to make it more greener 


The councilor has opened her own whatsapp helpline group where anyone can share problems and can interact directly to lodge the SDMC related issues to get them resolved in no time. All these day to day supports are now proving to be useful. The councilor keeps updating with before and after pictures of all the issues raised by the Defence colony residents on her helpline group. 

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Blood Donation Camps during Covid-19

By Ajay Kumar (A-440, 9999055994)

Due to regular requirements of blood for the corona patients, a first of its kind “social distancing camp was organized on 4 July. The response was surprising quite good as more than 110 people donated blood of various groups to support the patients struggling at various hospitals. Some of them even came forward for plasma donation that was sent to the designated hospitals for plasma donation. The blood donation was done by all age groups including few security guards, ladies, policeman and the youngest donor was Gaurav Malik who just completed 18 yrs and was keen to help the patients requiring blood for operations. One more camp will be organized around independence day in Aug 2020. 

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Tree Plantation Drive

By Ajay Kumar (A-440, 9999055994) 

As the nationwide drive for tree plantation is going on, our SDMC took the initiative to utilize the monsoon season for plantation of samplings of various evergreen trees like Ashoka, Arjun, Neem, Jamun etc with combination of immunity booster like Tulsi in the entire colony to make it more green. 

During the last few years, these plantation activities undertaken by few resident groups have resulted in much better air quality. We also found that now it is not easy to find a place to plant more trees in our colony. After interacting with various resident groups and park authorities approx 200 new trees were planted in the colony. 

Many old trees fell during the last few months, these new samplings will also be used at the same spots. Hundreds of Tulsi plants were distributed to the residents who took them and planted them in their kitchen gardens and boost their immunity during this pandemic. The residents were also requesting for eco friendly plants in the next round. 

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Free Covid-19 Testing Camps In Def Col 

By Ajay Kumar (A-440, 9999055994) 

While the Covid-19 cases were increasing in India, Delhi is still showing an improvement in the no. of cases and recoveries. As the Covid testing was done at exorbitant rates, the government decided to hold few “free Corona testing camps” during July 2020. These camps were organized at the SDMC’s maternity clinic, Arya Samaj and Nehru Homeopathic hospital. More than 500 people were tested during these 3 camps and it has been reported that more such camps will be organized to facilitate more and more residents of Defence colony in near future. 

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DCA’S JCO Club News


By Ajay Kumar (A-440, 9999055994)


  1. Garbage segregation awareness: As an ongoing initiative for garbage segregation A-block RWA organized few sessions of DDSIL for def col resident groups during July 2020. The core team of DDSIL (appointed by SDMC for garbage collection) was invited to educate the residents about the importance of segregation of garbage at the kitchen to streamline the process for the disposal of garbage in a professional and eco-friendly manner. The response was quite positive and all the queries from the residents were answered by the DDSIL team. The SDMC team was also present during these sessions. While all the garbage related suggestions and guidelines were accepted by the Def col residents, the suggestion to charge each resident once again (@ Rs 130 per floor/month) was rejected by the RWA, councilor and residents. It has already been reported that the SDMC is earning lakhs per month from Def col through sale of garbage collected by DDSIL. The current rate as per the councilor was Rs. 18 per kg for the garbage which is huge and the SDMC and DDSIL were requested to provide garbage bags to each household every month (60 per floor to segregate dry and wet garbage as per the guidelines). It has been decided by the residents and RWA of not pay any additional money for the collection of garbage to the tippers. 

  2. Senior Citizen Care: The A Block RWA is maintaining records of all the senior citizens, widows and other ailing residents who are in touch with them regularly. All the seniors are called by few dedicated volunteers regularly to know about their medical and other requirements. If anyone needs/requests for any specific task like payment of bills, purchase of medicines, maintenance of any gadget etc, these volunteers are always available to extend support to the senior residents.  These “calls with care” are resulting in motivation of these important residents who are now not feeling the issues like depression or boredom. They are wished on their Birthdays and anniversaries with a bouquet and pep-talks, which is getting popular with each passing week. 

  3. Cleanliness drive before monsoon in A-block: The RWA chalked out a week wise plan for the sanitation to clean all the rain water drains, back lanes etc to get ready for the monsoon. The residents are now relieved as there was no water logging in A-block during the first few showers in June and July.

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Wow Birdie! Rare Birds Visiting Def Col during Lockdown

By Ajay Kumar (A-440, 9999055994)

As the pollution levels dropped to bare minimum due to lowest movement of vehicles in Delhi, the residents witnessed few beautiful and rare birds flocking around the colony. The rare view of peacock dancing was also seen by few lucky residents during the occasional rains during the lockdown period. The mornings were quite interesting for the residents who enjoyed their morning team in balconies sound of birds chirping and almost daily darshan of few new and colorful birds. The pictures were clicked and shared in various groups which were really interesting. As a nature lover and photographer. I keep taking pictures of these beautiful birds but finding them in our own colony was as awesome experience. Hope many of us witnessed other species around their houses. The following birds were seen by Def col residents -  

  • Indian paradise-flycatcher/Eurasian marsh harrier/Indian Roller/Richard's pipit/Oriental Turtle Dove/Eastern Imperial Eagle/Rock eagle owl/Fire-capped tit/Verditer Flycatcher/Juvenile Shikra/Tree.Pipit/Sirkeer malkoha/White Owl, Scops Owl and other species /The Lesser Kestrel and Peacock were all over our colony 


As this is the best time to enjoy the nature and these rare birds, it is suggested to keep your cameras or say phones ready in the mornings and evenings to click your own treasure of pictures.

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