Delhi Underground: In a sweet spot

Sep 24 2012, 00:28 IST
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SummaryAfter the emphatic victory of the NSUI in the recent Delhi University Students’ Union polls, the Congress councillors in the BJP-ruled North Municipal Corporation distributed sweets in the civic agency’s House.

After the emphatic victory of the NSUI in the recent Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) polls, the Congress councillors in the BJP-ruled North Municipal Corporation distributed sweets in the civic agency’s House. This caught the majority of BJP councillors, including Mayor Mira Aggarwal, in a piquant situation because the party’s student wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), had lost all the three top DUSU posts to the NSUI and has been alleging that the polls have been rigged. Hesitantly, the BJP councillors picked a sweet or two from the boxes, but the mayor managed to wriggle out of the tight spot. Aggarwal politely refused, saying it goes against decorum to have food in the House when a session is in progress.

Stand at ease

They don’t often come across murderers who are former soldiers and haven’t forgotten “military protocol”. A senior Delhi Police officer found out, albeit to his utter surprise, about military discipline when his juniors produced a former Armyman accused of shooting dead a doctor in New Rajendra Nagar. As the retired Army gunner was brought in for questioning, he gave the Additional Commissioner of Police a proper Army salute — stood there with his chin up, chest high and legs together. “I was in the Army and I know the discipline. You are a senior officer and I have to treat you like one,” he said when told to stand at ease.

All clear for VIPs

When it comes to repairing a defective piece of public utility, and in this case the cracks on piers in the central median of Airport Metro Link, there’s more than just a handful of engineers, masons, bricks, mortar and steel that the authorities have to take care of to start work. The other “all-important” aspect is to see that the work does not restrict the movement of VIPs. Precisely. The Delhi Metro wanted more elbow room for the repairs, thus requesting for traffic restrictions on the road passing through Dhaula Kuan. “No,” was the reply. “If the road is blocked, traffic will spill on to Sardar Patel Marg, which is often used by VIPs. As a solution, a carriageway to Karol Bagh will be closed to avoid disrupting VIP movements,” an official said.

A day in the sun

August is the month reserved for the annual convocation of IIT-Delhi. But not this year. There are far too many graduates to fit into the

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