Times of India | 4 days ago | 23-09-2022 | 05:21 am
AHMEDABAD: In a bizarre incident, a stray cow that was avoiding capture by the civic body's cattle nuisance control department (CNCD) teams, climbed the first floor of a building and then jumped off the balcony. The incident took place in Gomtipur on Friday. Sources said CNCD was trying to capture the stray cow in Gomtipur. However, the bovine climbed a building opposite the main BRTS stand in Gomtipur. Sources said the cow received serious injuries. tnn
AHMEDABAD: The civic body has resolved to carry out a safety audit of all BRTS and AMTS buses operating in the city. According to sources, the AMC has decided to give the job of the safety audit to a Mumbai-based agency that analyzes automobile accidents. Officials said that the same agency was assigned to investigate the reasons for the September 4 accident in which Cyrus Mistry, a prominent businessman, was killed while travelling from Ahmedabad to Mumbai. The decision to conduct the safety audit comes a day after a BRTS bus carrying 25 passengers caught fire on Friday. The bus had gone up in flames just as it docked at the Memnagar bus stand at around 8.30am. The fire once again brought to the fore the crucial issue of periodical maintenance and safety audits of public buses. The civic body has requested the Directorate of Forensic Science Services to investigate why the bus, which runs on CNG, caught fire. The AMC has slapped a fine of Rs 2 lakh on the bus operator, Travel Time. The bus driver was the first to notice smoke emanating from the engine. He raised an alarm and docked the bus close to the sensor-based automatic gates, allowing the passengers to escape immediately. None of the passengers was hurt. Those waiting to board the Route-3 bus also exited the bus stand. Deputy municipal commissioner Arjav Shah said that a technical inquiry has been instituted to examine the fire and discussions are on about the safety audit. "We have decided to conduct a safety audit of all AMTS and BRTS buses," Shah said. "We want to assign this job to the Mumbai-based institute that investigated the accident in which Tata Group's ex-chairman Cyrus Mistry was killed. The agency is known for its research on automobile safety. We may also assign the job to Forensic Science Laboratory, Gandhinagar." There are about 888 buses in the AMTS fleet of which 800 ply every day in the city. BRTS has 350 buses, including electric and CNG variants, of which 300 ply daily. Sources said that 1,000-1,100 AMTS and BRTS buses transport about 7.5 lakh commuters across the city daily. The sources said that most of the BRTS buses are air-conditioned which need extra safety measures as they are susceptible to fire. The sources said that the proposal of safety audit will be sent to the AMC commissioner for approval and after getting his clearance the process of selection will start.
When launched in 2020, the smart toilets marked the arrival of the most basic facility for citizens along with clean and hygienic environs which were earlier missing from public toilets. Built at prominent locations in the city, the 24x7 facility could be used with a drop of a coin with separate toilets for men and women. The free sanitary pads for women was an added bonus.But the inordinate delays in building them or opening them to the public, automatic doors not opening at several smart toilets, disconnected power and water supply and unclean surroundings are the biggest drawbacks. At someplaces, the sanitary pads are missing from the dispensing machine. A Mirror Check at some of the smart toilets revealed poor state of their maintenance.BRTS Stand, near Nehrunagar CircleFor the past six days, the Smart toilet at Nehrunagar BRTS bus stand has faced several problems. The men’s toilet door does not close, the lights and water are disconnected. A notice over the men’s toilet reads “Smart toilet nu kaam chalu chhe (Smart toilet work is on)”.Besides, the caretaker who has been appointed says that he has to drop the garbage at the garbage dump nearby as it is not collected from toilets.The caretaker told Mirror that the toilet has not been working for the past six to seven days and that the door has not been repaired. Besides, power and water connections have been disconnected.places, the sanitary pads are missing from the dispensing machine. A Mirror Check at some of the smart toilets revealed poor state of their maintenance.BRTS Stand, near Nehrunagar CircleFor the past six days, the Smart toilet at Nehrunagar BRTS bus stand has faced several problems. The men’s toilet door does not close, the lights and water are disconnected. A notice over the men’s toilet reads “Smart toilet nu kaam chalu chhe (Smart toilet work is on)”.Besides, the caretaker who has been appointed says that he has to drop the garbage at the garbage dump nearby as it is not collected from toilets. The caretaker told Mirror that the toilet has not been working for the past six to seven days and that the door has not been repaired. Besides, power and water connections have been disconnected.Jodhpur, oppositeStar BazaarSanitary pads, diapers and garbage could be seen lying on the steps of the toilet for males. The general lack of cleanliness at the Smart toilet was evident from the full garbage bin from which an unmistakable stench emanated.A user said the inside of the toilets were adequate but he had to hop over the garbage to take the steps.RC Technical InstituteThe toilet just outside the gate has not been opened to the public despite having been constructed seven to eight months back. The location is ideal considering that they have been placed at intermittent distances on the SG Highway. However, not opening it up for public use defeats the purpose.The owner of a tea stall at the RC Technical Institute told Mirror that the toilet is ready but has not been opened up since the past seven months.Sola Civil Hospital,Opposite RC TechnicalThe male toilet was out of use and the door could not be opened even after dropping the coin. Besides, the garbage bin was full and the sanitary pads in the box were exhausted and not refilled. Dirty water had collected just outside the toilet and mosquitoes and other insects could be seen on the sink.A user said, “I use the toilet often and at most times it is fine, but they need to work at all times or people will start peeing out in the open.”Thaltej, Opposite Triumph motorcycles showroomThe toilet was in working condition but the sanitary pads dispensing box was missing.Sindhu Bhavan RoadThe men’s toilet did not open after being closed. An operator instructed the man through a loudspeaker near the CCTV camera, that the user can use the female toilet if the male toilet door is not opening.Sardar Patel Garden, Behind CIMS HospitalThe construction of the smart toilet here started in 2019 and has been going at snail’s pace. A shopkeeper nearby told Mirror that the water tank was constructed only last week and officials are yet to test the coin dropping equipment. “Many citizens come here but have to return after finding that it is not yet ready,” the shopkeeper said.What AMC saysDyMC in charge of Smart Toilets Praveen Chaudhary told Mirror that there are in all 26 smart toilets of which 21 are working. “Whenever we learn about facilities not working well at any of the smart toilets, we take it up immediately with the agency. Approval has been given for setting up 60 such toilets.”
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday that the Narendra Modi government is spending six times more money annually on the railway network in Gujarat as compared to the previous UPA government.“The Congress government (UPA) in Delhi used to spend Rs 590 crore every year on the railway network in Gujarat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi increased this spending from Rs 590 crore to Rs 3,960 crore between 2014 and 2022,” said Shah, who was addressing a gathering at Chandlodiya locality of Ahmedabad.Pointing out that projects like Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and Sabarmati riverfront have been successful only in Ahmedabad, Shah said, “As far as development is concerned, PM Modi has done a lot of work for Ahmedabad. I have never seen a riverfront like this anywhere else in the country. Weddings, morning walks, boating, and picnics can all be done on the riverfront. Similarly, BRTS has not been successful anywhere else apart from Ahmedabad.”“The (Ahmedabad) metro project is also nearing completion. Once it finishes, people in the city will not have to burn petrol. Like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, they can simply hop on the metro and reach their workplace,” he said, speaking about Phase 1 of the project.On Saturday, Shah inaugurated projects worth Rs 33.29 crore carried out jointly by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and Western Railway. This includes improving the existing platform and building a new booking office at Chandlodiya station, a railway under bridge between Chandlodiya and Khodiyar and three waiting rooms and foot-over-bridge at Sabarmati railway station.In his speech, Shah said during the last three years, 10 over bridges or underpasses have been built in Sabarmati Assembly constituency (part of Ahmedabad city) and thus the government has eliminated the need for railway crossings. “From today, 10 trains, including Gorakhpur-Okha Express, Somnath-Jabalpur Express, Bandra-Veraval, Mumbai-Okha Express, Ahmedabad-Somnath Express, Vadodara-Jamnagar train, will have stoppages at Chandlodiya railway station,” Shah said.The Union minister also asked people of his Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency to plant trees. “There is no doubt in my mind that we will become the most developed constituency in the country. I have made a five-year plan. Covid-19 has punctured it a bit, but still development is on track,” he added.
A 21-year-old youth living in Satellite was knocked down by a BRTS bus on Monday, leaving him with a fracture in the skull. The incident took place while the youth was on his way to office and was walking on the zebra crossing. An FIR was registered against the BRTS bus driver at the N-traffic police station.Bhushan Patil (21), hailing from Maharashtra, lives in a PG accomodation near the Jhansi Ki Rani statue area in Satellite with his friend Pavan Marathe and others. Patil and Marathe work in a private bank. On Monday morning, they were crossing the road near Mangalya society on way to office when a BRTS bushit Patil.The bus driver stopped the bus, but Patil by then had fallen on the ground and injured his head. Marathe immediately took Patil to a nearby private hospital in an autorickshaw. CT scan and an X-ray revealed a fracture in the skull, which also caused a haemorrhage.Patil is admitted in the ICU ward. His friend Marathe said, “He received 12 stitches for the injury. The doctor is awaiting further reports to decide if he will need an operation.”An offence was registered against the BRTS bus driver, identified as Manu Pateliya. He was arrested and released on bail.When contacted, BRTS general manager Vishal Khanama said, “As part of the procedure, a notice has been issued to the contractor and penalty will be imposed for negligence.”
Ahmedabad: As the civic body’s bus rapid transit system (BRTS) is proving a white elephant in terms of revenue generation and has failed to provide effective public transport services, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) now aims to maximise its revenue by renting out its infrastructure.Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd (AJL), the special purpose vehicle of the AMC that manages the BRTS has decided to rent out its optical fibre cable network to private telecom providers.Smart City Ahmedabad Development Ltd (SCADL), another special purpose vehicle of the AMC and the state government, had laid an optic fibre cable network connecting BRTS stations, AMTS depots and zonal offices to AJL’s main data centre at the Usmanpura AMC zonal office and its disaster recovery site at the AMC headquarters in Danapith. The approximate length of this network is 170km. The civic body intends to monetize this dedicated optic fibre cable network to generate extra revenue.Currently, AMC is using part of the fibre for its own services. “However, some of the fibre core pairs are unused. The civic body intends to rent out this portion for a period of 10 years,” a senior AMC official said.The private player will have marketing rights for the optical fibre network and can use it on its own or sub-let it further to private entities.Sources said the leasing procedure will abide by the rules of the department of telecommunication, the official said. The AMC will initially lease out the network for a decade. Depending on the performance of the lessee, it may extend it for 10 more years. The official said it has already initiated the process for inviting bids and expects to complete the selection and finalize a lessee in the next few months.