Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago | 29-11-2022 | 06:00 am
Several stepwells and heritage sites are undergoing restoration as part of a project by AMC’s Ahmedabad World Heritage City Trust (AWHCT). At present, the restoration work at vavs (stepwells) in Vadaj and Bapunagar is underway and so is the fortification of the wall between Nehru Bridge and Ellisbridge. The process involves experts looking for decayed structures in need for restoration. AWHCT will also lend a hand at restoring other AMC-owned sites.Highlighting the challenges of restoration, those in the know said the Bapunagar and Vadaj both are different as far as construction is concerned. The Vadaj Vav is made of a combination of brick and stone and is deep while the Bapunagar Vav is made exclusively of traditional bricks and is shallow. Both the Vavs were filled with debris and solid waste and did not have access to water perhaps because the water table has fallen.Ashish Trambadia, Director, AWHCT said the restoration will help in retaining the structure in a certain way. Giving details of the restoration, Trambadia said the Vadaj Vav will be restored with traditional lime plaster. “Working with lime requires skill. This construction doesn’t have cement which sets fast. Lime plaster on the other hand takes at least a month to set but it is a breathable traditional material,” he said.
AHMEDABAD: The Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) budget for 2023-24 was presented and passed in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) board meeting on Wednesday. The AMTS budget has provisions for Rs 574 crore. It will add 200 regular buses and 100 electric buses to its fleet this year. It will run an average of 1,109 buses daily.The opposition criticized the budget, saying while AMTS has a total debt of Rs 3,870 crore, it is planning to spend more on new buses instead of using the existing fleet properly.
The AMTS has decided to relaunch the Ladies Only bus, a service it had discontinued one and a half years ago claiming a lack of commuters. AMTS chairman Vallabh Patel said they will carry out a survey in each zone and depending on the demand one bus each will be launched during peak hours. Patel said this while presenting the Rs 574 crore budget of the AMTS.The AMTS is also in talks with Metro Rail to launch shuttle routes at important connecting points which will help improve connectivity for commuters. The AMTS has also announced that CCTVs will be installed at all bus terminals including Paldi, Vadaj, Akhbarnagar, Naroda, Vatva, Maninagar and Hatkeshwar. The AMTS will allocate Rs 1 crore from the CM Swarnim Jayanti urban development project for the same. It will also launch service on a new route from Aslali to Sanathal and Vaishnodevi Mandir to Zundal. Disabled commuters will get free passes. Tenders have been floated for 200 new buses. Am
AHMEDABAD: In the limited window of two days, the civic bodies received suggestions from 450 people for its municipal budget. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) had invited suggestions from citizens on what should be included in the budget for 2023-24. In all some 500 suggestions were received, said a senior AMC official. New drainage connections and strengthening of the water supply network were among the more common suggestions. A number of these suggestions came from the Hanspura, Bopal, Ghuma, Vatva, Nikol and Nana Chiloda areas, mainly seeking improved water, drainage and road facilities. Other suggestions were building of more community halls, party plots, libraries, reading rooms, parks, swimming pool and senior citizen parks.
Ahmedabad: City police’s special operations group arrested three men for their alleged involvement in a case of firing in Amraiwadi. The three have several cases of offences against the body registered against them. On Saturday, the three had opened fire in Amraiwadi and a case of attempted murder and other offences under the IPC was registered against them. The three men are Faizal Shaikh, 23, a resident of Bapunagar; Mehkumiya Malek, 19, a resident of Vatva; and Lukman Bhatti, 26, a resident of Ramol. The three were arrested and the pistol they had used was recovered. Police said the three wanted to achieve notoriety in the area and carried out the firing to scare people. tnn
The state government is likely to extend the deadline of applying for regularisation of illegal construction applications by payment of impact fee. The last date for filing applications is February 17 and less than 10,000 applications have been received from across the state. Against this, only 2 applications have been cleared till now.In Ahmedabad city alone, including AMC and AUDA areas, more than two lakh applications are expected. AMC has received 5,065 applications till date and only two have been approved. Two hundred and thirteen people have applied in AUDA areas but not a single one has been approved.The state government had in October announcedthe impact fee scheme according to which illegal constructions made before October 1, 2022, would be regularised by charging fees. The notification was issued on October 17 last year and the deadline for filing the application was February 17. Poor response so far The Assembly passed a Bill to this effect in December. As per its provisions, an applicant will have to pay a fee within two months of filing the application.A senior official of the state urban development department said the response to the scheme is poor and time is needed for clearing the applications. The applications which AMC and AUDA have got are both from residential and commercial categories. Explaining the delay in clearing the applications, a senior AMC official said that initially there was delay in guidelines from the government.Then the staff was busy with election duty. Besides, the staff will have to visit the spot to take measurements and then calculate the impact fee. The effort would require deployment of huge force and time beyond the February 17 deadline. Surat, too, has got poor response. There are many provisions for fire safety, parking and other regulations and the scheme lacks clarity, an SMC official said. So few people are coming forward.The state government has fixed rates for illegal construction ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 18,000 per square metre. For violation of parking rules, the fine would be 15% of jantri rates for residential and 30% for commercial.