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Ever since the lockdown was announced in March 2020 in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, there have been media reports of several accidents of vehicles transporting migrant workers across the country. With roads being relatively free during the lock down, people tend to drive fast, and post lock down, we can expect a definite surge in accidents as many people will be on the roads and will tend to drive fast. Vulnerable road users may be the worst affected. This letter urges the government to release a road safety protocol (letter includes suggestions for road safety protocol), to be followed by road users, and strictly implemented. 

Road Safety - Phase II

Sustainable transportation

Consultant/Agency for making proposed changes to website                            

Scope of Work (not limited to the list below)

The Consultant/agency would effect the following changes on the CAG website. The CAG website runs on Drupal platform. 

  1. Improve the search function and make it more user-friendly: 
    • Introduce drop downs for all input fields. 
    • Create a search function where required 
  2. Ensure external links can be embedded in website 
    • YouTube Videos, CAG websites, media, social media, etc
    • Sync the Google map with Events page; fix formatting issue on this page 
    • Create icons for email, social media and search in place of full text and search box.
  3. Contact us page: include scope for uploading jobs/opportunities.
  4. Reorganise pages:
    • Rename Database as Publications: Include a date input box when uploading documents.
    • Project details page: increase the number of listings on a single page; include provision to go to the next set of listings.
    • Rearrange the list of projects based on start date. 
    • Include Tamil fonts.

Timeline: Three months

Contact: Please write to Padmavathi S at communications@cag.org.in. Please send links/samples of previous projects.

 

About CAG Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) is a non-profit, non-political and professional organisation that works towards protecting citizens' rights in consumer and environmental issues and promoting good governance processes including transparency, accountability and participatory decision-making 

Scope of Work 

The Consultant would develop an interactive map to be embedded in the CAG website*. The map would allow a user to click on each district and view data on road safety in the form of documents and data vizualisations (chart of some kind or heat map, etc). Towards this, the consultant would:

  1. Create a district map of Tamil Nadu which is interactive. Some introductory text will be provided with the map
  2. Upload raw RTI data (currently in pdf), a summary of data (CAG to provide; for all districts), and the data vizualisation (chart of some kind or heat map, etc; some districts)
  3. Create the above mentioned data vizualisations
  4. Integrate the map into the CAG website (runs on Drupal).

*Knowledge of Drupal required.

Timeline: May-June 2020

Interested? Please write to Sumana Narayanan at sumana.narayanan@cag.org.in or opportunities@cag.org.in. Please share your resume and samples of your work.

 

Road Safety - Phase II

Sustainable transportation

Highlights

  • Consumer guide to grid-connected rooftop solar - Part 10
  • Electric Vehicles - Part 8
  • Pay last bill amount for current cycle: TANGEDCO
  • Coronavirus: Major relief measures announced for power sector
  • Consumer Focus - Electricity Ombudsman Order 
  • Energy storage boom stalls in Europe
  • ECC Voice - Success story

Plus Publications/Regulations:

  • Renewable Capacity Statistics 2020, IRENA 
  • Energy Storage Valuation Framework, IRENA
  • Global Electricity Review March 2020, EMBER

The issue also includes the latest regulations and links to interesting events/videos/educational tools and analysis.

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) and Electricity Consumer Network (ECN)

Electricity Governance

This article analyses the nature of complaints registered with TANGEDCO’s CGRF; and further enquires into the efficiency of the institution and the impartiality of its decision making.

Electricity Billing Governance

Electricity Governance

The Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Notification 2020, was uploaded in the MoEFCC Website on March 12, 2020, with a view to receive public comments within 60 days. In this letter CAG requests the MoEFCC to withdraw the draft from public domain in light of the country-wide lockdown to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus Covid 19. The draft can be put out again for public comments once normalcy resumes, and when all stakeholders can afford the required time, access and resources to respond effectively to this Notification. 

Environment and Climate Action

Highlights

  • Consumer guide to grid-connected rooftop solar - Part 9
  • Electric Vehicles - Part 7
  • A year after TN rolled out solar policy, not much has happened say experts
  • Power minister inaugurates eleven renewable energy management centers
  • Consumer Focus - Electricity Ombudsman Order 
  • Scottish Power launches 100% green energy tariff
  • ECC Voice - Success story

Plus Publications/Regulations:

  • India 2020 - Indepth Energy Policty Review, NITI Aayog
  • World Energy Issues Monitor 2020, World Energy Council
  • Renewable Energy Standardisation Cell (RESC) in MNRE, MNRE 

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) and Electricity Consumer Network (ECN)

Electricity Governance

The file contains the letter to Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption and Chief Secretary (GoTN) about irregularities and suspected “match-fixing” in appointment of Member Secretary, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board. The letter requests apex bodies to strike down this notification, and issue a fresh notification excluding the problematic criteria.

Environment and Climate Action

Highlights

  • Consumer guide to grid-connected rooftop solar - Part 8
  • Electric Vehicles - Part 6
  • TANGEDCO asks local bodies not to misuse electricity poles
  • Solar rooftop developers prefer open access for power supply
  • Consumer Focus - Electricity Ombudsman Order
  • Community-generated green electricity to be offered to all in UK
  • ECC Voice - Success story 

Plus Publications/Regulations:

  • Reduction in cost of power due to prepayment by end consumers, Ministry of Power (MoP)
  • Information regarding installation of solar irrigation pumps, Central Electricity Authority (CEA)
  • Power system organizational structure for the renewable energy era, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) and Electricity Consumer Network (ECN)

Electricity Governance