Friday, March 28, 2008

Bicycles are in, macho bikes out

The oldest medical institute in the Northeast, Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh, has shunned the trendy bike for the humble bicycle.

It all began as a step towards ensuring discipline, but the students are now discovering the joys of pedalling. “Initially it felt awkward, but I am now taking pleasure in using the bicycle,” one of the students said.

“It is a very good idea, more cost effective and eco-friendly. And we get our regular exercise by just pedalling,” said another. Such has been the enthusiasm that 20 students from the new boys’ hostel purchased bicycles recently.

However, this simple mode of transport has also raised apprehensions since the discovery of a bicycle bomb in Lower Assam.
The Telegraph -

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Keep Fit Body and Clothes by Eco friendly Combo from GO Green BITS, Pilani, Students

Washing Machine driven by Bicycle:

Market is flooded with combos of the itunes-ipod kindHDTV-Digital Frame kind etc to cater to the high end of the consumer segment and its high time to care for the huge middle class segment in urban areas and rural areas.

In the present scenario, power cut is a common problem in all parts of India and at the same time due to very hectic life schedule; health is also a major area of concern.

To address these issues, a working model of a washing machine driven by bicycle has been designed and fabricated. It was successfully demonstrated at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani Rajasthan "APOGEE-2008", which is one of the top ranking technical festivals in India today.
The washing machine driven entirely by muscular power, apart from its main purpose of washing clothes also provides an added benefit of physical exercise to the user.
This machine operates without electricity hence Eco-friendly and safe to operate. The machine serves the dual purpose of washing machine and exerciser.

It is cost effective as the total cost incurred in fabricating the working model is about Rs.4000/- while the conventional exerciser costs around Rs.3500/- and washing machine around Rs.8500/- with electricity charges extra.
This could be a real boon to the rural areas where electricity is a rare commodity and to the urban areas where keeping fit and energy saving are top issues.
Chancellor Dr KK Birla who visited the Pilani campus on March 14, 2008 appreciated the efforts of the team.

The combo model also won the First Prize under the Environment category in APOGEE 2008.

This model has been developed by Proud to be BITSians Mr. Ganesh Soni, Mr.Haribabu Gurram and Ms. Seema Sharma under the guidance of BITS Faculty Manoj Soni for whom Energy Research is a Mission with Passion from Mechanical Engineering Department of the Institute.

Several alumni of the Institute have shown keen interest in this down to earth thinking project.

About BITS Pilani: Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani Rajasthan which has set the industry university collaboration bench mark in India today is one among the top ranking universities offering degrees in various disciplines presently at Pilani, Dubai, Goa campuses and in the short future at Hyderabad campus apart from an array of work integrated learning programmes for HRD of a vast spectrum of Indian corporates. The alumni of the Institute are spread across the globe from Australia to America.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Back to the Future: A visit to Pune's Landfill Urli Devachi

Our bus, full of environmentalists, technocrats, PMC officials and civic activists, dodges between mounds of old dirt. Some of us have grabbed our kerchiefs and saree pallus to stop the suffocating stench that breezes towards us. The horizon has mounds and mounds of colorless waste scattered over 6 acres which land movers are ploughing and leveling. Welcome to Urla Devachi, the landfill that houses all the waste that you and me created year after year

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Monday, March 3, 2008

Pune transport policy - an attempt to resolve Pune's traffic woes and improve transport system

Pune Municipal Commissioner, Pravinsinh Pardeshi, said that it was an attempt to assess and evaluate city’s transport system to determine the bases for different modes of transport feasible for the city.

"The Pune Transport Policy is based on the national urban transportation policy. It is a base document to set transport norms for the city." Pardeshi said that one of the objectives of the policy was to enable movement of people instead of movement of vehicles.

"With abnormal growth of private vehicles, there are more vehicles on roads than people. Our focus is on improving footpath network and non-motorized transport."

Pardeshi said that another area that needs attention is public transport. "We have tried to identify public transport corridors with higher flow of traffic and also which corridor should have what kind of transport."

When asked what would be the difference between the transport policy and the comprehensive mobility plan, Pardeshi said the transport policy would be a base document concerning the objectives of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) in terms of improving transport system in Pune.

Some of the important proposals tabled in the policy are increasing the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) bus fleet to 1,650 buses, which will include low floor, super fast and air-conditioned buses.

In order to improve the financial condition of PMPML, parking charges for personal vehicles are proposed to be increased and revenue would be generated from giving advertisement rights on PMPML buses.

It has also been proposed that every road should have footpaths.
-The Times of India

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