Times of India | 1 week ago | 05-08-2022 | 05:48 am
AHMEDABAD: Several areas of the city received light to moderate showers on Thursday morning and afternoon; till 6 pm the city had received 10.8mm of rainfall. Ramol got 59mm of rainfall, followed by Maktampura with 35mm, Sarkhej with 32.5mm, Vatva with 18mm, Maninagar with 15mm, and Naroda with 13 mm among others. Among the western parts of the city, Jodhpur received 8.5mm, Paldi 5.5mm, Chandlodia 5mm, and Chandkheda 4.5mm of rainfall. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, the city may get light showers on Friday; heavy rainfall is expected at isolated places in Anand, Vadodara and Bharuch. Vadali in Sabarkantha got 114mm of rainfall till 8pm on Thursday, followed by 76mm in Kapadvanj, Kheda; 65mm in Junagadh city; and 63mm in Vadgam, Banaskantha among others.
A 43-year-old resident of a society filed a complaint of cheating against a builder who sold him a flat in a building for which he had an unpaid loan of Rs 15 crore but had claimed that it had clear title.Raju Patel (43), a resident of Floris-41 on Jodhpur Gam road, filed a complaint against Pradip Akhani, resident of Paldi, Haresh Thakkar, resident of Himalaya Calista in Paldi and his wife Priti Thakkar.Patel had booked a flat for Rs 30 lakh from builder Shreeji Bapa Infracon in 2016. The builders, including Navin Thakkar, Harish Thakkar, Nagindas Thakkar and Pradeep Akhani, had assured Patel that the property had clear title. On October 8, 2021, Patel and his wife Nisha started living in the flat.On April 12, 2022, a notice issued by DHFL Finance showed that a project loan of Rs 15 crore was taken for the construction of three buildings, including Floris, and that the amount had swelled to Rs 22.88 crore with interest. Pradeep assured them in writing that the loans were paid. While Harish and Priti Thakkar went away to US. Anandnagar police are investigating the complaint.
AHMEDABAD: Struggling with finances, the city civic body has now begun to unburden itself from looking after its infrastructural white elephants. On Monday, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) approved a proposal to give contracts to run its 41 existing gymnasiums and five upcoming ones on public-private partnership (PPP) model for five years. Sources said the civic body is likely to follow the same model in operating skating rinks and sports enclaves. The civic body's recreational, cultural and heritage committee's meeting on Monday discussed a proposal according to which 41 existing gymnasiums, and five being built in Naranpura, Jodhpur, Vejalpur, Lambha and Vatva, will be given to private players to run. The committee approved the proposal which states that in future, all gymnasiums of AMC would be given to private players to be run on PPP model. The official said that once the standing committee approves this proposal, a tender for the same will be floated. The initial tenure for operations will be five years but if the results are found to be satisfactory, the contract may be extended for three more years. Sources said that these gymnasiums were proving to be white elephants for the civic body as it spends Rs 3.82 crore annually to run them, but the annual income earned does not exceed Rs 55 lakh. Sources said that AMC's revenue from these gyms was Rs 45.96 lakh in 2016-17, Rs 54.88 lakh in 2017-18, Rs 52.49 lakh in 2018-19 and Rs 46.62 lakh in 2019-20. The civic body suffers a loss of Rs 3.27 crore annually, on average, and on top of that it spends Rs 20-25 lakh on installing new equipment. The proposal states that the private player who gets the contract will be able to charge Rs 300 per month for a non-AC gym, Rs 500 for an AC gym, Rs 500 per month for personal coaching in non-AC gyms and Rs 700 in an AC gym. The base annual rental fixed for Vejalpur gym is Rs 3 lakh, for Naranpura gym Rs 4.20 lakh, for Vatva and Lambha gyms Rs 3 lakh each, and for Jodhpur gym, Rs 5.60 lakh. The contracts will be given to the highest bidders.
AHMEDABAD: Vasna police on Saturday booked a woman for allegedly beating two puppies with an iron pipe. The puppies suffered paralysis due to impact of the beating, mentioned the FIR. Deepa Joshi, a yoga consultant from Paldi, said in her complaint that she works for animal welfare and rescue injured animals and provide treatment to them. On Friday night, she got a call from a volunteer who told Joshi that a woman named Ladi Kumawat had hit few stray dogs with an iron pipe and video of the incident went viral. The volunteer told Joshi that when he tried to stop Kumawat, she threatened him with dire consequences. Joshi told her volunteer to admit those two puppies, who were injured in the attack, in a hospital near Panjrapol. During the diagnosis, it was found that both the puppies suffered paralysis because of the beating by Kumawat. She alleged in the FIR that Kumawat has been regulary beating stray dogs. Joshi finally approached Vasna police and filed a complaint against Kumawat under various sections of IPC for injuring two puppies and for criminal intimidation along with the charges of prevention of cruelty to animals act.
Whether it is due to the lackadaisical approach of self-financed private schools to fill up appropriate statistics on the U-DISE portal or an actual lack of adequate number of students, the District Education Officer (DEO), City has identified 57 private schools in city that have 20 or less students enrolled in the primary section.The schools located in various parts of the city may face closure of classes with fewer students or closing of entire schools in view of very few students. The DEO has given the schools seven days to confirm the accurate details of the total number of students they have before action is taken.A circular in this regard will be sent to the schools on Saturday, said officials. The schools listed in the circular include primary schools under DEO City’s jurisdiction in areas like Gomtipur, Vatva, Khadia, Kalupur, Ognaj, Gyaspur, Ghatlodia, Saraspur, Chandkheda, Madhupura, Vastral Saijpur, Odhav, Vasana, Kubernagar among others.Of the total schools listed, 14 schools have zero students listed on the U-DISE portal, followed by 23 schools with students in single digits and the rest of them with students up to a maximum 20. “Like every year, we scan all schools’ admissions and the total number of students they have based on the U-DISE data. At the end of the scan, we have found some 57 schools that have 20 or less students. When private schools have very few students, the studies suffer as the schools do not hire teachers for the few students. This leaves students with compromised quality of education,” said a senior official in the DEO.Officials said allowing these schools to continue with the limited number of students will set a wrong precedent, which is why they have asked them to update and confirm the total number of students. “If the schools do not have an adequate number of students in a specific class or in school, they will face closure and students will be admitted to other nearby schools,” said the official.The schools are asked to submit a copy of the affidavit, consent letter from parents, consent letter from teachers, resolution from the trustees, list of students enrolled under RTE and the school’s permission letter for submitting the details if the school wishes to close classes by next week.
AHMEDABAD: Even as the city reels under an onslaught of seasonal flu, Covid cases and an unusual spike in swine flu cases, threat of vector borne illnesses namely malaria, dengue chikungunya now looks large. Heavy rains in July have led to an alarming spike in mosquito population - the city has average four mosquitoes in a room! This is nearly 60% higher than average of the past four years at 2.5 and is the highest in the past five years. The mosquito density survey was carried out by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to understand the distribution of vectors and prepare for the possible outbreak of vector-borne diseases. Among the areas, Paldi was found to have 24 mosquitoes per room, followed by 13 in Isanpur, 8 in Sardarnagar, 5 in Asarva, 4.5 in Stadium and 3.5 in Vejalpur among others. Experts said that the relative density is higher in western city areas due to factors such as higher share of open areas, terraces with pots and kitchen gardens that give mosquitoes places to lay eggs. Among the months so far, March recorded 1.3 overall density. You may want to allocate a good amount for mosquito repellents in your household budget if you don't want to end up spending a fortune on hospital bills. A record-breaking monsoon is leading to a consequence citizens may be less thrilled about: a huge explosion in the mosquito population in Ahmedabad city. The city has registered the highest mosquito density in four years - now, there are four mosquitoes per room against 2.33 in 2018. The worst-affected areas are in the western part of the city. Areas like Paldi have recorded as many as 24 mosquitoes in a room, while the next highest is in Isanpur in eastern Ahmedabad with a mosquito density of 13.25 per room. In a span of just one month, the city saw a rise in mosquito population. In June this year, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) calculated an average mosquito density of 0.10 per room which increased to 3.98 in July. The mosquito density has been accounted for all species - female anopheles mosquito that causes malaria and falciparum; aedes aegypti that causes dengue and chikungunya; anopheles stephensi and culicines. "The mosquito density will increase further in August and September," warned a senior AMC health official. In western parts of the city, the overall density of female anopheles has been found to be 1.38 per room, while the density of aedes aegypti is found to be an average of 0.39. An AMC health official observed, "Waterlogged terraces and building basements have become a major reason for breeding of mosquitoes," admits the AMC health official. This time around, AMC will be deploying drones to identify breeding spots on terraces and even conduct fumigation of such spaces across the city.