Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | 06-08-2022 | 06:00 am
Afortnight after the Central Bureau of Investigation filed a chargesheet in the corruption case against Gujarat cadre IAS officer Kankipati Rajesh, now another agency investigating financial fraud has stepped in to probe the matter.Sources said on Friday that the Enforcement Directorate had stepped into the case. The ED had sought custody of the 2011-batch officer from a local court in Ahmedabad. The court on August 5 granted the ED’s request and gave them custody of Rajesh on transfer warrant.Meanwhile, sources at the Sabarmati Central Jail, where K Rajesh has been in judicial custody since July 18, as an undertrial, also said that his custody had been handed over to officials of the ED’s Ahmedabad Zonal Office on Friday.After filing a case against Rajesh, then serving as Joint Secretary in the GAD, and Mohammed Rafiq Memon of Jeans Corner, a resident of Surat, under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act back in May, the IAS officer was arrested on July 12. He was later suspended from government service.On July 18, after one round of remand of the IAS officer, when the CBI had sought 10 days more, the court had refused and sent him in judicial custody. Subsequently, the CBI had filed a chargesheet on July 18.The chargesheet had stated that “on K Rajesh’s instance, Memon and other unknown private persons demanded bribes related to granting of arms licences and allotment of government land and regularisation of encroached government land in the name of ineligible beneficiaries”.
GANDHINAGAR/AHMEDABAD: Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) on Friday began releasing water from the Sardar Sarovar dam. For the first time this monsoon, water was released being at a rate of 10,000 cusecs on Friday from five gates of the dam. As of Friday, the dam was filled to 83% of its capacity and the water level stood at 133.95 metres. The level has been increasing by three to four centimetres every hour. The Sabarmati in Ahmedabad got about 4,000 cusecs of Narmada water on Friday. According to AMC officials, the fresh Narmada water flushed out the stagnant water from the river. "Only 1,000 cusecs was released from the Vasna Barrage," said an AMC official. With the water level increasing steadily in the dam, for the past 20 days, the riverbed power house has been generating about two million units of electricity worth Rs 4 crore daily, according to an official statement. The canal head power station began producing electricity on Friday. According to the officials, about 20,000 cusecs of water will be released for irrigation purposes into the Narmada main canal. With 10,000 cusecs of water being released into downstream areas, the district administrations of Narmada and Bharuch districts have been asked to remain alert. The government officials said that the other 206 dams, barring Narmada dam, have total storage of 65.14% which was 2,695.6 million cubic metres more that the storage last year. The storage in South Gujarat was the highest at 75.30% followed by 70.78% in Kutch. Of the 206 dams, 68 have over 90% storage and another 16 have storage between 80% to 90%.
Citizens of Ahmedabad will get the Navratri gift of Metro. The much-awaited train services are expected to begin by the third week of September. The work on phase-I of the project is nearing completion and trial runs of the trains on the North-South corridor have started.The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) will conduct the final inspection next week. The CMRS team is expected to arrive on August 20 and will inspect the operations on the entire stretch of 40 kms.Once the inspection work is done, the Gujarat Metro Rail Service (GMRS) will have to do necessary paperwork to get final approval to launch the service.The compliance of CMRS can take up to 15-20 days and the services are likely to begin in late September, Managing Director of GMRS S S Rathod said. Work has been affected due to the monsoon. Trial runs are in progress and each train has to complete 320 kms of trial run before the actual operations can start.The project was scheduled to be completed in 2021 but Covid lockdown and some legal hurdles delayed the project. More than Rs 12,500 crore have already been spent on the project. The train will run on elevated platforms except in the Walled City where it is underground. There are four stations in the underground section- Kalupur, Shahpur, Gheekanta and Kankaria East.The phase-1 has two corridors. Corridor- 1 is from APMC to Motera stadium while corridor -2 is from Thaltej gam to Vastral gam, Rathore said. Corridor -1 will have stations at Jivraj park, Rajivnagar, Shreyas, Paldi, Gandhigram, Old High Court, Usmanpura, Vijaynagar, Vadaj, Ranip, Sabarmati Railway station, AEC, Sabarmati and Motera.While corridor- II will pass through Thaltej gam, Thaltej, Doordarshan Kendra, Gurukul Road, Gujarat University, Commerce six roads, S P Stadium, Old High Court, Shahpur, Gheekanta, Kalupur Metro station, Kankaria East, Apparel Park, Amraiwadi, Rabari Colony, Vastral, Nirant Crossroads, Vastral gam.Maximum fare to be Rs 25The maximum fare in Metro trains would be Rs 25 while minimum would be Rs 5. The fares will be in multiples of Rs 5. The maximum fare of Rs 25 in corridor -I would be from APMC to Vastral and Motera to Apparel Park. While in corridor-II, Rs 25 would be the fare from Thaltej gam to Vastral, Nirant Crossroads and Vastral Gam. The fares for different stations would be Rs 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25.
The district administrations of Ahmedabad and Vadodara on Thursday issued flood advisories due to the possible of release of water from various dams following heavy rainfall.In Vadodara, the administration has cautioned the public to keep a safe distance from Narmada river banks and also instructed the administrative bodies of Shinor, Dabhoi and Karjan to be vigilant, as 55,000 cusecs of water was being released downstream from the Riverbed Powehouse (RBPH) of the Sardar Sarovar dam.SSNNL is likely to open the radial gates of the dam for the first time this season, to release a total of 1.45 lakh cusecs of water release by 12 noon of August 12, if rainfall continues unabated in the catchment areas in Madhya Pradesh. The dam was 80 per cent full with water level just six metres short of Full Reservoir Level of 138.68 metres Thursday.The Ahmedabad administration also issued a flood advisory for those living downstream to Vasna barrage as water may be released in the Sabarmati river-Narmada Canal network Friday.In Tapi, Ukai Dam authorities have started discharging over 1.81 lakhs cusecs of water since Thursday morning. Ten gates of the dam have been kept open and on Thursday evening, the water level in the Ukai dam was 334.56 feet, against the danger level of 345 feet.
AHMEDABAD: A city sessions court on Wednesday ordered for the release of Nilesh Joshi, 65, who has been jailed on charge of murdering his son and dismembering him, for him to attend the last rites of his son, which will be performed by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). Last month, Joshi was arrested five days after he allegedly killed his 21-year-old son Swayam, who was purportedly a drug addict, and chopped his body into six pieces and disposed of them at two different places. The retired traffic inspector requested the metropolitan court to release him on temporary bail to perform the last rites of his son, but considering the gravity of his offence, the metropolitan magistrate denied him the permission to go to the cremation ground. Joshi filed an application before the sessions court and sought temporary bail submitting that he has been in jail since July 25. He has no relative here who can perform the last rites of his son. This is because his wife and daughter are in Germany. The AMC is going to dispose of his son's body and he thus asked to be permitted to attend the cremation. He requested a day's release from jail. After hearing Joshi's lawyer, additional sessions judge B S Chauhan said Joshi had shown a genuine reason for grant of temporary bail. The court ordered him to be released with police escort on the day the AMC is to perform the last rites. The AMC has been ordered to intimate the Sabarmati Central Jail authorities in advance when Swayam's last rites are to be performed. Joshi will be taken to cremation ground, and after completion of the last rites will be taken back to jail.
The 12th edition of DefExpo will be held in Gandhinagar from October 18 to 22. The flagship exhibition on Land, Naval and Homeland Security systems will be a five-day event. Live demonstrations showcasing the equipment and skill set of the armed forces, DPSUs and industry will be held during the expo.DefExpo 2022 will be held in a three-venue format across an area of 01+ lakh square metres at Helipad Exhibition Centre; inaugural event and seminars at Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Centre and Live demo at Sabarmati Riverfront. The exhibition is being planned with events such as Bandhan for forging partnerships between companies; seminars and webinars showcasing start-ups/MSMEs, including cutting-edge technology solutions for future battlefield; Artificial Intelligence in defence; student visits and showcasing Gujarat as an investment destination for aerospace and defence sector, etc.At DefExpo-2022, the participants will get an opportunity to showcase their equipment and platforms and also be able to explore the strengths and capabilities of the expanse of Indian Defence industry for forging Business partnerships. The event will help boost investment, expand manufacturing capacities and capabilities, discover avenues for technology absorption. AM