Monday, June 20, 2011

Peoples beware of Fraudsters and Scams; They found a new way now.

It was a dream coming true too fast for Narendraa Dave, a resident of Coimbatore. It was not even a month since he put up an online advertisement expressing interest in adopting a dog when Andrew D’Silva, in response to his advertisement, informed him that he had a two-month-old German Shepherd to give away for free.

Clearly excited with the quick response, Dave quickly followed D’Silva’s instructions for depositing the transportation charges in the account of Parth J Bhatt from Mumbai.

However, the telephones of both the men have been switched off ever since Dave deposited the money on June 11. After waiting for three days to hear from them, Dave finally wrote to Mumbai police’s cyber cell, seeking help to find the missing dog and the men.

“I have been feeling quite helpless since the bankers have not been very cooperative in revealing details of the account holder,” Dave told DNA. According to Dave’s complaint, D’Silva had claimed that he was giving away the dog for free since he was moving to Miami.

On being asked about the transportation of the puppy, Dave was asked to get in touch with Bhatt, who according to D’Silva was a sub agent of Jet Airways Cargo. When contacted, Bhatt claimed to be specialising in transportation of pigeon, cats and dogs.

“Though it was a small amount of Rs2,700, I feel that the duo would have tricked many innocent people if no action is taken against them,” said Dave.

Hope you all remember about the stories about Lottery Scams:

A lottery scam is a type of advance-fee fraud which begins with an unexpected email notification that "You have won!" a large sum of money in a lottery. The recipient of the message — the target of the scam — is usually told to keep the notice secret, "due to a mix-up in some of the names and numbers," and to contact a "claims agent." After contacting the agent, the target of the scam will be asked to pay "processing fees" or "transfer charges" so that the winnings can be distributed, but will never receive any lottery payment.[1] Many email lottery scams use the names of legitimate lottery organizations or other legitimate corporations/companies, but this does not mean the legitimate organizations are in any way involved with the scams.(Souce: Wikipedia)

Be Cautious while approaching/dealing with stranger. If you suspect someone, approach the police station nearby.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

It is no more a metro for Coimbatore, Luckly we will have monorail

The mention in the Governor's address to the state assembly on Friday that the government plans to explore the prospect of building a mono rail in Coimbatore has been welcomed by city residents. Majority of them claimed that the monorail would ease the traffic burden, besides considerably reducing pollution levels in the city.

"It is very heartening to know that the government has addressed our transport problems. Even Mumbai does not have monorail. This is an indication that Coimbatore is being recognised as one of the major cities in the country," said M Krishnan, President, Chamber of Commerce.

With Coimbatore all set to become a major IT hub in the coming years, the vehicle and resident population is expected to increase substantially. However, some residents were concerned that since monorail is a long term project, the government should ensure its completion as per schedule.

"The monorail will help a great deal to ease traffic congestion but then, the project implementation might prove tricky for the government," said R Hariharamoorthy, a city based businessman. A few residents believe that the monorail will help curb accidents. "Surface accidents will be reduced as there will be less vehicles on the roads," said R Kalaiarasu, advocate.

The former DMK government had announced a metro rail project for Coimbatore. Residents have for long demanded that the public transport infrastructure in the city needed to be improved by taking into account the economic potential of the region.

Coimbatore is the urban hub for people of western Tamil Nadu as well as Palakkad district in Kerala. As one of the fastest growing tier-II cities in the country, the city needs better rail connectivity with neighbouring towns, as well as more comfortable travelling options within the city. The attention now shifts from a metro for the city to a mono rail. The point is to build it fast so that the city doesn't get bogged down by a crumbling public transport system.

Call centre for Coimbatotre Residence - Corporation's Grievance Centre

City residents of Coimbatore has one more reason to be happy about. There is a Call Centre open, for grievance redress of the Corporatioin,  with the efforts of our Corporation and Anshul Mishra, Commissioner.

Public can dial 0422-2334455 (with STD code) to reach the new grievance.

City residents can now directly dial the corporation's grievance centre. They will be assisted by trained call centre employees, who will ensure that the complaints are registered with the proper department.
The corporation also plans to incorporate a bulk sms gateway to send notification to corporation tax defaulters to registered residents. The unified grievance centre will be inaugurated on Friday and a special training session conducted for corporation officials.

Local IT firm, KGISL, has been outsourced the task of handling the grievance calls.
"The system is expected to enhance the grievance redress of the corporation. The new unified centre will be located on the ground floor of the main corporation office building near Town Hall," said Anshul Mishra.

As of now the corporation is dealing with more than 100 grievances on weekly grievance days while the offices of the mayor and the commissioner receive about 40 petitions on other days. The unified grievance system will compile and store all grievance petitions received over the phone and track follow up action.
"Action taken by officials will be recorded and senior officials can track and assess its progress," said Jayaraman, deputy commissioner, coimbatore corporation.

Grievances can also be emailed to the unified grievance centre equipped with integrated voice response system (IVRS), which is being set up at a cost of over `35 lakhs. The grievance centre will guide the callers either in Tamil or English. The pending property tax and water charges will also be available to the callers through the system.