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Why Do We Need Piped LPG?

If all goes as budgeted  by 2015 eleven cities in Rajasthan will get LPG (Cooking Gas) delivered to their homes by pipeline. The eleven cities are Bharatpur, Alwar, Nimrana, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Bhilwara, Bhiwadi, Jaipur, Sriganganagar, Jodhpur and Ajmer. I am sure the authorities have studied the issues regarding the  safety and the  price of the  gas to the end-user in-depth and seeing no downside  are going forward with the proposal.

Bottled LPG is familiar to all of us it is more or less safe and more or less easily available.  An infrastructure is in place and functioning more or less well. So why do we need to spend millions of rupees  on putting in place  a new delivery system which will be as useless as the system it is replacing as soon as we run out of CNG. As we all know the CNG supplies are finite. They will be gone soon enough and who knows what fuel or technology we will be using to cook our food by then.  Further more the new gas delivery system will make a lot of jobs redundant. What will they work at? There is little need to ape the west in all it has done. There will be many studies showing where they went wrong. Why not take it from there? By pass their mistakes and adapt the technology to our local needs.

If a bloc of Flats wants to opt in for piped gas let them do so thru their society and bigger tanks. These societies will  be vigilant about the safety of  their own homes.

We ought to have more CNG and LPG fueling stations in Jaipur for our vehicles. It might improve the  city air some.

Every Jaipur resident’s main concern is the supply of water to the city. What happens when the tubewells  run  dry? Now is the time to plan for that eventuality. Why not use the funds from the piped gas project to improve the prospects of  water supply to the city and to improve and broaden  the existing LPG distribution network.

Why not encourage people who keep animal husbandry to put up   bio-gas plants  to supply bio-gas as cooking fuel to    nearby localities. That should get rid of bio-degradable waste and also produce manure. Milk giving animals are any farmers   prized possessions. They will be cherished even in their old age if we can find a use for having them around even  after they stop giving milk.

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The Smoking Lounges of Jaipur

Numerous Coffee bars & restaurants of Jaipur where teenagers of today gather are offering Sheesa or hooka to their young  patrons. It is the new in thing to have a hooka on the menu. Some friends gather around a hooka with sweet-smelling mild tobacco and enjoy smoking it. The rationale is, it is so mild, it smells so nice, you are among friends,they are all doing it, it is not habit-forming,what is the harm. What the children do not realize is the insidious nature of the smoke. Once hooked, first they will come to the joint more often for the sheesha, next they will call it a wimps past time and look for some other means to get on a high. Once a friend graduates to smoking cigarettes, cigars or other products of tobacco. They will follow him or her as the case maybe as the girls are not far behind boys in smoking sheesha. And in no time they will be addicted.

I am have much appreciation for the   Indian governments efforts to ban smoking by  educating the public about the harmful effect of smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products. But how do you educate the young people about the harmful effects of a fashion trend as smoking moves out from the neighbour-hood thadi  into their trendy  hangouts disguised as sweet-smelling milder version of the  real thing.

If  I remember correctly first we started on the mentholated versions and then later on to the real things and then on to the cigars or pipes or jarda or pan masala before starting on the nicotine  gum before quitting for some time.  And then starting the process again to maybe quitting one day,God willing. All the die-hard tobacco fans know it is not easy  to quit. Most of the people who quit mostly do so after getting  a choice from the doctor- either you kick the butt  or you kick the bucket. By then it is too late. So much money and healthy living down the drain.

I  am not a big fan about regulating everything  and having  the government do a parents  or a schools job  but in this case when there is regulation about smoking in public places how can you allow sale of a tobacco product to teenagers below eighteen. All of us have to take a serious look at this matter today before it is too late. It is in ever body’s interest because we all have children.

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