Here are City Spidey's top five picks from the National Capital Region (NCR):
Noida & Ghaziabad
Now, book e-rickshaw on Ola app: Ola is set to launch its mobile app for e-rickshaw next week. Officials of the cab aggregator say 1,000 e-rickshaws will be registered in Noida soon, while 4,100 will be registered in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Faridabad. Meanwhile, the Transport Department in Noida is yet to receive applications for registration of the battery operated vehicles.
Ban in place, but polythene still ubiquitous: Three months have passed since polythene was banned in UP. But the ban has no impact in Noida and Ghaziabad on the ground. Polythene bags are still being freely used in both the NCR cities. While the Noida administration is planning yet another campaign to banish these polybags from shops and houses, Ghaziabad has yet to act, even as its sewer lines are choking on plastic bags.
Knowledge hub on smokeless tobacco: WHO launched a research project, Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Noida. The FCTC will generate and share expertise, information and knowledge on smokeless tobacco (SLT) at the National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research (NICPR). It will develop a web portal and social media communication interface on prevalence, overall health and reproductive health effects.
Huda can cut trees no more: Huda has forfeited its power to cut trees for widening of Sector 17-18 road. The Forest Department has revoked its permission to the authority to cut trees citing noncompliance of its terms. As per the terms, Huda had to plant five times more trees than 287 it was permitted to cut.
Residents meet top cop over thefts: Members of Gurgaon Citizens Council approached police commissioner of the city on Wednesday with a request to step up security in residential areas. They are particularly disturbed by spurt in the cases of burglary in the city. As many as five burglaries have taken place in a month. They blamed “laidback attitude” of the police for the poor state of law and order.