I have a personal thing against owners of SUVs,yes, and I believe no reasonable society should allow these these Shitty Useless Vehicles plying on their roads and hence should be banned. Well, not only because I am almost, run over by these metallic junks everyday. Nor because I am object of these people’s contempt as they sit in their high and mighty position on their bungalow-on-wheels as I try to sneak through some gaps (since gaps are the only thing available on roads), looking down on me as if I have trespassed into their private property. But because, these diesel guzzling huge shoeboxes-on-wheels are converting the roads into a) a death traps for cyclist, motorists and normal people, b) a clogged drainpipe by consuming every available space and are also c) polluting the city like no other private vehicle.
Early last year, I read an ambitious project proposed by the government that aimed at revolutionizing how Indians drove around town. The report suggested that India is planning to go full electric starting with restructuring conventional Public Transport System to an EV based one running on swappable batteries. Though, idea of swappable batteries was soon scrapped, government’s stance on Electric Vehicles appears to be stronger than ever.
Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari announced that by 2030, entire fleet of passenger vehicles will be replaced by electric one. Conform or be bulldozed out he threatens.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, sure. And in a gradually dying earth, such measures are significant. But the question is, in a market like that of India, aggressively pushing for such a scheme, a wise decision?
I believe, the government apart from making an unrealistic market forecast, also are in complete disregard for the environmental effects of operating these vehicles. Now, let me make this clear that I am in no way arguing against EVs. They are great alternatives to what we have currently today. I am arguing against going fully electric. Continue reading
Scan your eyes to start the vehicle. The message was displayed on the front panel of my two-wheeler; I leaned forward and let the machine scan my retina. It has been only a year since AADIA (AADhar aided Intelligent Assistant) has been made mandatory on every vehicle but it feels like an eternity. I don’t even remember how it was like before.
With all phones and social media accounts already been linked with our Unique ID, Government had developed AADIA as a way to ease our everyday interactions. AADIA was the norm by 2020. Today, everything happens via AADIA, everything is known to AADIA, everything is updated via AADIA. We had smartphones enabled via AADIA, tracking everything we do by the end of the decade. Now, we have AADIA enabled smartbands, worn around the wrist, as watches were worn only half a decade back, attached to your body, doing everything that and much more like keeping your health in check etc.
Hi Kumar, You have logged into vehicle linked to your UID, Where do you want to go, a) Workplace or b) Someplace Else? A) Workplace, I commanded into my band.
Calculating shortest route to your destination… Continue reading
The Indian capital ranked as world’s fifth megacity got a blow (Not just any blow, a low blow) to its development agenda when it was ranked the world’s most polluted city in 2015. Already notorious for being one of the most unsafe cities in past few years, Delhi’s problems only escalated with the government being notified by scientists world over that the city will soon be like an inside of a tandoor oven in if they continued with Business as Usual. The inhabitants of this city will be grilled like they grill chicken tikka in bylanes of Khan Market. Sandra Bullock’s tribulations in the movie ‘Gravity’ seems like a cakewalk compared to Delhi’s problems.
Air Pollution index in Delhi has been steadily on rise since past decade or so, but no one really paid any attention to it, be it central or state governments or the average citizen. Now, this was bound to happen alright. Major reason of pollution however can be attributed to the uncontrolled growth of the city devoid of any sustainable policies. But then, almost everything that makes Delhi, a capital city is working against it. The city has all the key factors for converting itself into a smoky Tandoor. Continue reading
Last month Indian Space Agency ISRO put a Space Observatory AstroSat around the Earth’s orbit. It was ISRO’s first scientific mission aimed at deeper understanding of the universe by observing the cosmos. However, India’s interest in space science is not a recently developed passion. From the monumental Sanskrit treatise on astronomy, Aryabhattiya, to the impeccable sundial, Jantar Mantar, India’s affair with astronomy has a fascinating history. Post independence, Indian researchers have been taking forward this legacy with renewed vigor. And they have been doing that with massive telescopes of varied kinds aimed at the cosmos.
Here’s a list of ten fabulous Observatories in India
When it opened in 1999, Kochi Airport at Nedumbassery became a trendsetter by being the first ever Airport to be built under Private-Public Partnership model in India. It sure doesn’t boast of a magnanimous building with glass and steel structures unlike other major airports around the country, but with a simple traditional temple architecture one is sure to feel at home here.
16 years later, raising the bar for other Airports, Kochi achieved a major environmental milestone last August by becoming the first Airport in the world to be completely powered by Solar Energy.
A total of 46000 solar power panels are laid out across 45 acres of land near the cargo area. It is expected to produce maximum 12 Mega Watt of power under optimum conditions. They are providing around 50,000 to 60,000 units of electricity per day significant enough to meet all the Airport’s electricity needs. Continue reading