Ahmedabad AMC (Amdavad Municipal Corporation) News

HC directs state govt, AMC to remove glass facade
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 days ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 days ago

The Gujarat High Court on Thursday asked the state government and AMC to take immediate steps to remove glass facades from buildings which become hindrance to vent smoke in case of fire and also fix responsibility and accountability for the fire that broke out at Dev Complex recently. The court observed that such incidents of fire have been occurring due to non-compliance of the statutory norms in the fire-related law.On December 15, 2020, the HC had issued directions including housing the Intensive Care Units of hospitals on the ground floor, removal of glass facades, maintaining wide staircases and keeping buildings fully ventilated so that smoke does not become a hindrance in case fire breaks out. The court has asked the state and AMC to comply with the order.Fire broke out in Dev Complex near Parimal Garden on June 25 and the matter reached the Gujarat High Court seeking compensation for the affected and action against officials who did not comply with HC directions on ensuring fire safety. Seventy-five persons including 11 children were rescued during the incident.An application was filed in the HC by advocate Amit Panchal who had in 2020 filed a PIL seeking compliance of fire safety norms in high-rise buildings, hospitals and schools across the state. Panchal had filed the PIL after fire in Shrey Hospital in 2020 claimed the lives of nine Covid patients.The lawyer also sought imposition of penalty and recovery of compensation from the erring persons before depositing it in the registry of the high court.

HC directs state govt, AMC to remove glass facade
Ensure compliance with hospital fire safety order: HC to state govt
The Indian Express | 3 days ago
The Indian Express
3 days ago

The Gujarat High Court Thursday directed the state “to take immediate steps” to ensure compliance of its detailed order of December 2020 which had issued a number of directions to ensure fire safety in “hospitals, especially for the ICUs”.The court, which was hearing a public interest litigation on fire safety, issued the directive following a fire incident at a commercial building in Ahmedabad on June 25, where 75 persons were rescued, including 13 newborn babies housed at a neonatal hospital in the building.In the order dated December 15, 2020 in the same PIL, a division bench of the Gujarat HC had issued directions such as servicing of heavy load equipment such as ventilators, air conditioners once a month.With respect to fire safety in ICUs, the bench at the time had directed that the “ICU should preferably be located only on the ground floor and have alternate exits wide enough to roll the beds out in the event of necessity” and “glass facades to be removed forthwith and staircases shall be fully ventilated above the parapet wall” and that glass facades of the hospital buildings “should not be permitted in any event”.The bench had also held that certain officers should be fixed with accountability and responsibility.The bench of Chief Justice Aravind Kumar and Justice AJ Shastri on Thursday directed the state “to take immediate steps to ensure compliance of the order dated 15.12.2020 and the AMC (Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation) is also directed to state in its report as to whom the responsibility is fixed or accountability is attributed for the fire accident in question.”Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxThe bench observed, “It is not only the steps that would be taken after such accidents occur but also preventive steps which should be of utmost importance. These accidents are occuring due to either there being no proper compliance to the statutory requirements as required under the Gujarat Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2013, or the unwillingness of the authorities to implement the Act in its true spirit…”“Hence we direct the state to take immediate steps to still such buildings which are either not complying with statutory requirements of the Fire Act or which do not possess the BU permission or there has been complete violation of building plan or buildings having been constructed in utter violation of approved plans,” the court noted.The HC also called upon the state and AMC to furnish a report with respect to the fire accident at the commercial building, by the next date of hearing, now scheduled for July 22.

Ensure compliance with hospital fire safety order: HC to state govt
Kharicut canal to get Rs 1,200 crore uplift
Ahmedabad Mirror | 4 days ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
4 days ago

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation will be developing the Kharicut Canal at a cost of Rs 1,200 crore, covering the length of around 12,760 metres, starting from Naroda crematorium till Vinjol.The details of the Rs 1,200 crore project were shared by AMC in a meeting on Wednesday. The state government’s irrigation department will foot half of the bill at Rs 600 crore. AMC will manage the funding from internal resources as well as the World Bank grant.As part of the development of the canal, AMC will be constructing two Precast RCC boxes of 2.5 metre width each and two storm water boxes of 6 metres and 3.3 metres.As per an estimate, the precast RCC and storm water boxes are designed in such a manner that the water will be able to flow with the speed of 73.63 cubic meters per second through it. The project will also include laying a drainage line beneath the canal and developing roads on both sides of the canal. This will help nearby residents and commuters. There will also be street lights on the canal roads.Moreover, with the development of the roads on both sides of the canal, it will come in the level of the current available roads on both sides of the canal.Since the canal is passing via AMC wards like Naroda, Noble Nagar, Odhav, Nikol, Thakkarbapa Nagar, Virat Nagar, Arubuda Nagar and IndraPura, the latest project will solve the long pending drainage issues in these areas too.

Kharicut canal to get Rs 1,200 crore uplift
Pearl-36: Illegal portion removed
Ahmedabad Mirror | 5 days ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
5 days ago

The AMC has completely demolished the illegal construction in residential scheme Pearl-36 Apartments located behind Rajpath Club.The civic body recently completed the task after giving the society members three months’ time, following a High Court’s judgment passed on March 23 which had directed AMC to take action against the illegal construction based on a petition filed.In mid-May, AMC had issued a notice to the residents and officials of Pearl-36 society about illegal constructions, and began the demolition process of the illegally constructed built-up area in the society premises. However, on the request of the society members that they would demolish it themselves, the city body had stalled the demolition work.Mirror had reported about the irregularities in the society like an illegal swimming pool on the terrace of the society chairman, creating a risk for other residents in case of calamities like earthquake; illegal construction of theatre and gym in the area allotted for visitors’ parking area on the ground floor; workers’ quarters and storage rooms in the basement parking area, etc.As per the reports, the illegal swimming pool on the terrace of the society chairman had the capacity to hold 26,000 litres of water.According to AMC sources, the corporation’s North-West Zone’s (NWZ) team went to the society along with the police to take action against the illegal construction that was not part of the original development plan of the society.Following the HC order, AMC’s NWZ estate department had served the first notice to the society on April 25, followed by the other notice in mid-May. They had given them an ultimatum to remove the illegal construction before the due date.When contacted, NWZ’s Deputy Municipal Commissioner, Praveen Chaudhary told Mirror, “We have removed all the illegal construction which wasn’t part of the Building Use (BU) permission. We had given them enough time to remove it themselves. However, they didn’t adhere to the HC’s order and AMC’s notices. Therefore, we sent our team to do the needful.”A resident, pleading anonymity told Mirror, “There are two-three residents who are in the construction business. They were under the impression that they would manage the issue. However, their efforts went in vain. We are having to pay for the mistakes of the original builder – Virendra Girish Patel and Gopi Virendra Patel of Virgo Infracon — who had developed the society by violating the GDCR (Comprehensive General Development Control Regulations) rules.” Another resident said, “We had bought the flat at a very high price, in crores in 2012. However, because of these illegal constructions and court cases, the value of our property has not appreciated.”

Pearl-36: Illegal portion removed
Khokhra’s bridge to nowhere is cause of chaos, endless rerouting
Ahmedabad Mirror | 6 days ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
6 days ago

A new bridge connecting Khokhra with Maninagar was supposed to ease the commuting woes of the residents in the area. But for the last three years, the under-construction bridge has ended up forcing the residents to take longer routes and battle traffic congestion at every turn.The Khokhra-Anupam Bridge used to be a lifeline connecting the area with Maninagar but was closed three years ago so that a new one could be built. But the new four-lane bridge being jointly constructed by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and the Railways is far from being built. The civic body says the construction will be completed in a month.The original decades-old bridge was pulled down after it exceeded its design period. Recently in April, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel also visited the under-construction bridge to know about its status.Khokhra resident Blesso Christian an advocate said it has been three years but the bridge is yet to be built even after the chief minister visited to know about its progress. “Since there is no bridge, commuters have to take the long route and it also results in heavy congestion on the other bridges during peak hours. In the evening it takes an additional 30 minutes to reach home due to the traffic. Now that schools have started students too face the same issue,” said Christian.Another Khokhra resident Dr Kamini Patel said they have to take the other bridges which are always overcrowded during peak hours.“There is the option to take the Guruji Bridge but that means driving for an additional five to six kilometres,” said Dr Patel.Congress has alleged gross mismanagement on the part of the AMC has resulted in the project delay.Leader of Opposition in the AMC, Shehzad Pathan said several representations were made demanding that the project be quickly completed. “The work is not complete even after the Chief Minister visited the construction site in April this year. This shows the gross mismanagement in the project. Both the AMC and the contractor are hand-in-glove with each other,” said Pathan.AMC DyMC projects RA Merza said the bridge will be inaugurated next month. As for the delay, he said some work by the Railways was pending as the project is being executed jointly.PRO Ahmedabad Division, Western Railway RK Jayant said the part of the bridge that the Railway has to construct is 92 metres long.“At present, the work from our end is being completed and the rest is to be addressed by the state government,” said Jayant.

Khokhra’s bridge to nowhere is cause of chaos, endless rerouting
130 trees uprooted, vehicles damaged in thunderstorm
The Indian Express | 6 days ago
The Indian Express
6 days ago

Over 130 trees were uprooted and around 10 hoardings fell, damaging over five vehicles, in the thunderstorm that lashed Ahmedabad late Sunday, with most of the damage in Jodhpur and Bodakdev areas, according to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). However, no casualty was reported.AMC city engineer Harpalsinh Zala, said, “Over 130 trees were uprooted in Jodhpur, Bodakdev and SG highway due to heavy winds. Hoardings on the roadside also fell, causing damage. Water-logging was also reported due to leaves of fallen trees getting stuck in the manholes. The blockages were cleared immediately.”The hoardings fell on three cars and two autorickshaws parked on the roadside, damaging the vehicles, he added.India Meteorological Department (IMD) regional director Manorama Mohanty said, “It was a thunderstorm activity that was reported across Gujarat, barring the South Gujarat parts.”As per IMD forecast issued Monday, there are five synoptic situations that are developing over the region, including an offshore trough, low pressure area over the Arabian Sea, cyclonic circulation and a trough from cyclonic circulation over central parts of Madhya Pradesh and neighbouring areas.Heavy rain with thunderstorm is expected across the state in the coming days as well, she added. The state has recorded seven per cent rainfall.The weather department has issued a heavy rainfall warning for Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Dahod, Chhota Udepur, Bharuch, Dang, Tapi, Surat, Valsad, Navsari and in Daman, Dadara Nagar Haveli; in the districts of Saurashtra namely Amreli, Bhavnagar, Gir Somnath, Junagadh from June 28 and 30 as well as July 1 and 2.Sunday’s rainfall brought down temperatures across the state, majorly in areas like Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Rajkot and Surendranagar that reported a drop of 5-8 degrees.

130 trees uprooted, vehicles damaged in thunderstorm
Citizens forced to pay for water
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 week ago

Water tankers supplying drinking water are a common scene across Smart City Ahmedabad during the summers. But this time, the shortage of water tankers supplied by the AMC has resulted in people being forced to pay for water from societies that have installed a private borewell.The water woes are mainly being reported from Sarkhej- Makatampura- Juhapura- Gyaspur and Pirana areas all of which lack a proper water supply system. Residents in these areas are forced to shell out money for water which is provided for free in other areas.Earlier the AMC used to supply water through tankers in these areas but of late the number of tankers supplying water has gone down.At the peak of summer, this has forced residents to beg, borrow and steal for water. The residents, most of whom are poor, are also forced to buy water from private providers.Residents of the Maktampura area near Azim Park and Fatehwadi have 12 borewells all of which are community borewells as a group of people have funded them. The residents then share the cost of the borewell and its maintenance and share water from it. Residents of other societies also get water for a price.The residents had to shell Rs 5,000 to lay pipelines from the borewell to their house and in addition pay Rs 500 as a monthly charge for the water.In case the borewell fails they have to shell out Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 for repairs. Repeated representations to the civic body have fallen on deaf ears.Recently a frustrated Maktampura councillor Haji Beg broke down in the general board meeting while detailing the trouble faced by the people in the area. He alleged that civic officials were hand in glove with contractors, which prevented civic work, including the laying of pipelines, in the area.Beg said at a time when people have lost jobs and are fighting inflation, they are forced to borrow money at a high rate of interest to construct borewells to get water.“Fights break out over water whenever the tanker comes. There is no solution,” he said. Interestingly, the water problem runs deep literally as now residents have to dig borewells as low as 500 ft below the ground to draw water.Residents had to switch to private borewells as the AMC was unable to provide sufficient tankers.

Citizens forced to pay for water
Making a mockery of AMC sealing drive
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 week ago

By Oajs Mehta and Jignesh Vora​​​​​​​Gujarat High Court may have given stern orders to seal commercial and high-rise buildings that have failed to install fire safety systems. But for those who have offices in the building, it was business as usual, with little concern for the disaster that awaits them in case of a fire mishap. Their only concern seems to be ‘dhandho’ (business) even if it risks their own lives and that of others they employ.The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation had sealed four commercial buildings in Paldi and Ellisbridge areas after midnight on Friday to ensurethat there was no undue resistance from office and shop owners having businesses there. The buildings that were sealed include Heritage and Pratiksha in Paldi, Sanidhya building and Saroj Chambers in Ellisbridge area. However, while shops that were separately sealed remained closed, seals at Sanidhya building and Saroj Chambers were broken open.​​​​​​​When Mirror checked in the morning, people were casually walking in and out of Sanidhya building and Saroj Chambers.The AMC, which had sealed the buildings the night before, did not bother to check if the orders were followed or flouted on Saturday.AMC official unawareOn contacting an official associated with the sealing operation, he said he was unaware of this and expressed shock. “We have sealed four buildings in the Paldi-Ellisbridge areas,” he said. But said he had no idea that the seals were broken. When asked what action will be taken against the offenders, he said, “We will file a police complaint if we find that they have broken the seals. It is for the police to decide.”Punitive action likelyAbout any action likely under IPC 188 for violating prohibitory orders of a government official, he said, “We will file a complaint against the violation under IPC 188.”AFES Chief Fire Officer Jayesh Khadia said, “We have sealed the buildings. If we find that the building has violated the seal, we will file a police complaint and initiate legal process against them.”

Making a mockery of AMC sealing drive
First batch of 139 students enrolled in ‘Signal Schools’
The Indian Express | 1 week ago
The Indian Express
1 week ago

The first batch of ‘Signal Schools’ run by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) saw 139 children enrol in the presence of Gujarat High Court Chief Justice Aravind Kumar and Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Saturday.‘Signal Schools’ is an AMC-funded project that aims to convert public buses into mobile schools for out-of-school-children at traffic signals across the city.Chief Justice Aravind Kumar said the idea to start such schools came to him while he was stuck at a traffic junction in Karnataka.“Let me share with you as to how this idea of Signal Schools came to me… while I was the judge of the Karnataka High Court. One day, while coming to the court, my vehicle was stopped at the signal. I saw a small girl with a baby in her hand. She came begging before me…I wanted to give some money. Suddenly, I remembered that there is an act that prohibits children from begging,” said CJ Kumar“I called the parents and asked why you are not sending your child to school. He said they do not have money…I called a meeting of chief secretary, principal secretary, social welfare department and director of municipal administration and municipal commissioner… When we interacted with the parents, they agreed that if the school is conducted at signals (where the parents work), they will send the children. So this concept made me to start signal schools ,” he further said.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxKumar said the signal schools were started to facilitate children of labourers working at key traffic junctions.“After a few months, I was elevated as the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court. When I shared this idea with the chief minister, he readily agreed and we started this programme on March 6, 2022, by insulating signal schools in Ahmedabad,” he said at the formal event.CM Patel said signal schools will be started across Gujarat in places that require such facilities. Talking about the improvement in the state’s education system during the last two decades, Patel said dropout ratio in the state have successfully reduced from 37.22 per cent to 3.39 per cent.The duo also distributed school kits to children at the event held at Bodakdev.Patel said Saturday was the third day of “Shala Praveshotsav”. “I have enrolment figures for the last two days, where a total of 1.88 lakh girl children have been enrolled in schools. In these two days, the total enrolment is 3.83 lakh,” he added.

First batch of 139 students enrolled in ‘Signal Schools’
5k struck by heat in May, but AMC reported only 77
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 week ago

Even as temperatures in the city hovered above 40 degree Celsius in May this year, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation reported just 77 heat-related cases, when the actual number of patients who suffered due to heat could be up to 65 times more than this official figure.Data from GVK-EMRI emergency ambulance service shows that a whopping 5,055 patients suffering from Heat Related Emergencies had to be transported to hospitals in Ahmedabad in May 2022 alone – an average of 163 patients shifted to hospitals daily in May.These included those suffering from abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea, high fever, severe headache, fainting episodes and the most severe effect – heat stroke.Why such a vast difference?AMC’s data includes only cases from civic and government hospitals. It does not take into account the hundreds of private hospitals and clinics run by corporates, trusts and private practitioners. Dr Tejas Shah, Deputy Health Officer at the AMC in charge of HAP confirmed that private hospitals had not shared data in spite of appeals to do so this April.What went wrong?After Mirror reported on April 8, 2022, that the Heat Action Plan (HAP) has a major flaw in statistics even 10 years after it came into effect in Ahmedabad, the AMC issued circulars to public and private hospitals across all wards to begin active reporting of heat-related cases and deaths. Mirror reported this action too, on April 20, 2022.However, in spite of efforts, the same issues that had prevented case and death reporting over the last decade, did so this year as well – lack of heat-related ailments being mandatorily notifiable and the civic body not having a formal reporting system in place.The matter of surveillance was taken up during a workshop of the National Programme on Climate Change and Human Health (NPCCHH) held by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Ahmedabad on June 9 and 10. AMC officials said that they had raised concerns about lack of reporting by private hospitals leading to a paucity of important public health data that can be used to improve mitigation measures, build resilience and prevent deaths in light of rising temperatures.An official on condition of anonymity said, “Currently it is very difficult to obtain data on heat-related ailments because there is no mandatory reporting. While still public sector officials are being asked to streamline this process and send data from April to July, it is a far cry to expect that private hospitals would do so voluntarily.”Currently, the AMC uses all-cause mortality to calculate the impact of heat on public health in absence of concrete and completedata from hospitals.So, while the countermeasures taken against rising temperatures in Ahmedabad under HAP have been hailed nationally and internationally, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 5 asking all the states to formulate their own HAPs, there is hardly any concrete data to flaunt its outcomes.National DigitalSystem for Heat Health Surveillance​​​​​​​Delegates who attended the NPCCHH meeting told Mirror that the NCDC is currently in the process of developing a national digital system to report heat-related ailments and deaths, particularly heat stroke.Sources said that nodal officers across the country had complained about manual reporting of cases becoming a burden, which is why a simplified system was deemed necessary to make sure heat-related ailments are reported from every district to the Government of India.

5k struck by heat in May, but AMC reported only 77
Blinding billboards are too harsh on commuters in city
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 week ago

The number of LED billboards in the city is on the rise as A’bad tries to upgrade itself to be a smart city. However, the billboards that display digital advertisements in video format are blinding the commuters literally.The bright lights of the billboards make it difficult for commuters to drive particularly at night. Take the case of Lalit Shah, 67, a resident of Sabarmati who said he usually avoids driving in the evening due to such billboards.“Sometimes I have to venture out during the night. At that time the bright lights from the digital billboards bother me a lot. There is this one particular billboard at the Nehrunagar crossroad which throws light all around blinding us. I get nervous driving a two-wheeler at night due to such billboards. Such billboards should be removed,” said Shah.Meanwhile, Vejalpur resident Neha Doshi said the billboards can be a terrible distraction while driving. “One is tempted to look at them during the night as the bright lights are very attractive. It is dangerous for commuters who drive at night as vehicles often go at high speed during the time and there is a fear of collision,” said Doshi.Naranpura resident Samir Patel said the billboard near Navrang circle is a nightmare for him. “The bright lights on the billboard create a blind spot and driving is too risky at the spot. Since the billboard is also placed low it affects commuters. The police or AMC should do something about such billboards,” said Patel.AMC Smart City DyMC Praveen Chaudhary said they have received several complaints about the billboards at particular junctions. “The billboards have a facility to reduce the intensity of the light and we reduce it at junctions where we receive complaints,” said Chaudhary.​​​​​​​

Blinding billboards are too harsh on commuters in city
Societies’ devpt proposals pile up as govt chokes funds
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 weeks ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 weeks ago

The state government’s ambitious scheme drawn up to provide financial assistance to housing societies to have basic facilities is in doldrums as the government has not released funds to the civic body. Facilities like RCC roads, drainage and streetlights are provided in private societies under the scheme. As part of the Swarnim Jayanti Chief Minister’s Fund, the scheme has a participation formula of 70:20:10, where 70% grants are given by the state government and 20% is borne by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. Societies have to pay the remaining 10%.The AMC has asked for Rs 145 crore grants for the scheme, but the government has failed to give that. This has resulted in files of nearly 2,000 societies remaining pending. The scheme was launched in 2012 under which development works worth more than Rs 800 crore have been done till date.The government had also made a provision that an MLA and councillor of an area can contribute 10% of the funds. This is meant to reduce the burden on the governmentcoffers but has not changed thesituation.More than 11,500 societies have taken benefit of the scheme, but files of 2,000 are pending due to the government not releasing its share of funds. As many as 462 societies in South Zone, the highest number, have taken benefit of the scheme, followed by West Zone where facilities have been provided in 412 societies. The Central Zone has the least number of societies opting for the scheme. The figure is only 32.Despite several reminders and delegation visits, the government has not been releasing funds, a senior AMC official told Mirror. A team of officials visited the state urban development department last week, but nothing has moved.On the other hand, officials of the urban department claim that they clear files from their end but the finance department is not releasing the payment. “We have communicated to the finance department to release the payment,” a senior official said.Leader of opposition in AMC Shehzad Pathan said that BJP is fooling people in the name of such schemes. He claimed the government does not have any money, and it is said that the scheme will be discontinued after elections. No files are being cleared and societies are forced to carry out works themselves, Pathan said.

Societies’ devpt proposals pile up as govt chokes funds
Waste processors at 27 gardens getting wasted due to disuse
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

Ahmedabad: Process this: Four years after Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) installed 28 organic waste converters at public gardens to process biodegradable waste and convert it into compost, the machines are turning into junk due to disuse. Each of these cost around Rs 4.5 lakh. The city civic body, which has been asking residential societies, restaurants and party plots to set up OWC machines, had received the machines in 2019 from private firms as part of their corporate social responsibility obligation. While most of these waste processors are not in working condition, some have not been used as electricity connections were never provided to run them. One of the machines has even disappeared. The machines were installed at Prahladnagar Garden, Law Garden, Parimal Garden, the garden near RC Technical College and Devki Garden in Kankaria among others. AMC sources said that while some of the OWCs were used initially, they stopped working due to lack of maintenance. Of the total 28 OWCs, only seven are in working condition but are not being used; seven others don’t have electricity connections, 13 are not in working condition and one machine that was installed at Vora Na Roja at Naroda has disappeared. In 2018, 2019, and again in December 2021, AMC had said that residential societies, commercial buildings and party plots that produce over 50kg of solid waste per day will have to bifurcate the same into three categories -- biodegradable, non-biodegradable, and domestic hazard waste. The biodegradable waste, it was said, will be processed by the buildings and establishments on their own for which they could install an OWC or choose an agency that could do it for them. In 2018, the AMC had engaged a mobile agency which collected segregated waste from 25 societies as part of a pilot project and then treated the organic waste with bacteria to turn it into odourless compost. The agency kept 30 per cent of the compost and returned the rest to the housing societies to be used in the gardens.

Waste processors at 27 gardens getting wasted due to disuse
BJP councillors unhappy with monsoon preparations
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

Ahmedabad: During a review meeting on Tuesday, the elected wing of the city civic body conveyed their displeasure at monsoon preparations and told officials to be available on the phone 24x7 to attend to emergencies. The opposition leader in the civic body accused the civic body of issuing tenders for desilting worth crores when the monsoon has already set in.At the meeting presided over by the mayor, Kirit Parmar, Hitesh Barot, the standing committee chairman of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) told all officials to be prepared to attend to emergency calls at any hour for the entire monsoon season.The standing committee also instructed officials to take immediate measures to deal with rain-related contingencies. The committee ordered the setting up of monsoon control rooms, speeding up monsoon preparations in newly added areas, clearing of catchpits and desilting of drainage lines so waterlogging can be prevented.The committee asked officials to be prepared to address waterlogging complaints, especially in underpasses, and to resolve them as soon as possible. Civic officials were also told to check if utility companies have completed road repairs after opening roads for works such as laying of gas pipelines and optical fibre networks. Officials were also instructed to check if street lights are working and to check the base strength of light poles and trees to thwart accidents on rainy days.Shehzad Pathan, the Congress councillor from Danilimda and leader of opposition in the AMC, said that according to the rules, the civic body must finish preparation two months before the onset of the monsoon. “They have floated tenders worth crores when the monsoon has already set in,” Pathan said.

BJP councillors unhappy with monsoon preparations
CCTV complaint from even ex-minister in AMC blind spot
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

Ahmedabad: If you feel helpless about the AMC’s inaction on your complaints, you could consider the plight of the former Gujarat minister of state for home — his request to improve CCTV coverage after a deadly accident lies ignored six months on.A man had lost his life in a hit-and-run at Hathijan Circle and during the investigation, police could not obtain CCTV footage of the crash. When investigators inquired about the footage, they were told that the CCTVs were not yet connected and were thus not working. Soon after the accident, Pradipsinh Jadeja, the ex-minister who is a BJP MLA from the Vatva constituency, wrote to the AMC. He said the cameras should be connected to the Integrated Control and Command Centre (ICCC). No action was taken so he repeatedly sent reminders to the civic body. But even today, the killer circle remains a blind spot.“Soon after the fatal accident at Hathijan Circle, I had written to the deputy municipal commissioner requesting that they connect the CCTVs there,” Jadeja told TOI. “When I asked if they had taken action, I was told they are yet to connect the cameras.”A senior AMC official blamed BSNL for the delay. “We could not give the CCTV footage to police as BSNL, which has been given the contract to connect the CCTVs on a stretch of 2.5km there, has not done so,” the official said. “We have given notices to the service provider and also slapped a fine but it is yet to complete the work.” The official added that after receiving the letter from Jadeja, the AMC wrote many letters to BSNL to expedite the work. The AMC and the city traffic police had launched the Safe and Secure Ahmedabad (SASA) project for which Rs 314 crore was provided. About 6,200 CCTV cameras and 126 VMD (video motion detection) boards were installed across the city under the SASA project.

CCTV complaint from even ex-minister in AMC blind spot
Seal buildings, cut power supply if fire norms not met: Gujarat HC
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 weeks ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 weeks ago

Gujarat High Court on Tuesday asked the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation to take strict action and seal the buildings that do not have a fire safety system, and also against residential buildings that have not renewed their fire safety NOCs. The court noted that merely issuing notices has yielded no result.The court said that the AMC should take action against erring building administrators instead of them being repentant after a fire mishap. The court also noted the fact that about 85% buildings in the state have violated Building Use (BU) permission norms and asked the government to take action and place a report before it.A bench of Chief Justice Aravind Kumar and Justice A J Shastri was hearing a PIL filed by advocate Amit Panchal by appearing as party in person. He drew attention of the court that such litigation has been going on since as far back as 2000. The AMC lawyer, on his part, submitted that they have filed criminal cases in the court against erring persons in case of fire safety. It was brought on record that 1,126 residential buildings, 259 residential cum commercial buildings and 26 commercial buildings have not got fire safety NOCs.The chief justice opined that the civic body should disconnect the water and electricity supply line of the residential buildings. In the case of residential cum commercial buildings, they should seal such buildings for violations. The CJ also recalled the recent incidents of fire in the city. He was concerned about the safety of the occupants of residential buildings in case of fire.The AMC lawyer replied that they are motivating the administrators of residential buildings to get fire NOCs renewed, and in some cases issuing notice and warning them of criminal action yielded result. However, the court was of the view that merely issuing notice would not yield results, and strict action including disconnecting water and power as well as sealing the buildings needs to be taken.85% of buildings violated BU normsThe AMC as well as the state government had filed affidavits detailing figures about compliance of the high court order. The Urban Development and Urban Housing department had conducted a survey of the buildings across the state, which revealed that 85% of buildings did not comply with the Building Use permission norms. The court asked them to take corrective steps and file a compliance report. The court also asked the government to take action to install fire safety equipment in schools and colleges for the safety of students.Meanwhile, the AMC has written a letter to the chief metropolitan magistrate in the city to designate a special court to file criminal cases against owners and administrators of erring buildings. The chief justice ensured the proper steps are taken to direct the CMM for establishing designated courts.

Seal buildings, cut power supply if fire norms not met: Gujarat HC
  • Seal 26 highrise bldgs sans fire NOC: Gujarat HC
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court on Tuesday directed the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to take concrete action against 26 highrise commercial buildings, including sealing, as they do not possess fire NOC. The high court also ordered the civic body to take action against 1,128 residential buildings and other 259 highrise buildings which are used for commercial and residential purposes. It has given two weeks' time to the authorities with hopes that the civic body would take concrete action against three categories of buildings and come up with a report by June 30. Meanwhile, the HC took notice of the state government's survey of 2,160 buildings in municipalities, out of which 1,833 - 84.86% buildings were found existing in violation of building byelaws, without BU permission. The court has asked the government to find out a solution to this issue in five weeks. tnn The Gujarat high court on Tuesday directed the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to take concrete action including sealing against 26 high-rise commercial buildings that do not possess fire NOCs as they failed to get their fire prevention systems audited in time. The bench of Chief Justice Aravind Kumar and Justice Ashutosh Shastri ordered the civic body to act against 1,128 residential buildings and 259 other high-rise buildings used for commercial and residential purposes. The court has granted two weeks' time to the authorities with hopes that the civic body would take concrete action against three categories of buildings and come up with a report by June 30. AMC submitted that its filing of criminal complaints has yielded positive results and there was a rush for renewal of fire NOC by defaulters. But the court said, "Mere initiation of criminal prosecution or taking action by initiating a process other than not sealing the premises would not yield immediate results." The court said that AMC has got powers to seal the buildings in the absence of valid fire NOCs. The court further said, "When there are 26 commercial buildings without fire NOCs, it is high time that AMC not only initiates appropriate action to make them obtain fire NOCs but also seals such buildings." The court said that this was required to avoid any untoward incident or risk to the lives of occupants. "It would be most appropriate for the corporation to prevent such incidents rather than repenting after such an incident occurs," the court added while directing the civic body to take stringent action to make the buildings comply with fire safety rules. The petitioner in this case, advocate Amit Panchal, urged the HC for quick action because the issue has been at large before the court in different litigations for the past 22 years. He also alleged that the criminal complaints are being filed against a certain set of people. The AMC informed the HC that of the 10,468 highrises and community buildings, 1,416 were without fire NOCs. It had filed 45 criminal complaints against defaulters till date and urged the HC to direct the chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM) to designate more courts so that the AMC could file complaints against buildings without fire NOCs. The judges said that they would issue necessary instructions while directing the CMM to immediately look into AMC's request for more designated courts. The government also submitted that out of 1,362 government schools across the state, 14 were without fire NOCs and 34 of the 78 government colleges did not comply with fire safety rules. It promised the HC to ensure they adhered to the rule within two months. The chief justice suggested that a huge penalty, 10 times more than what was imposed previously, could be imposed on the defaulters, "but the state has to come up with something", he insisted. The petitioner complained that the state government did not place details about its survey regarding violation of building bylaws in corporation areas.

Ahmedabad civic body to tally RTO data with vehicle tax
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

AHMEDABAD: The city civic body is in the process of getting access to the database of the Regional Transport Office (RTO) so its tax officials can cross verify vehicle tax data against vehicle registration. According to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) revenue department, the owners of 50,217 new vehicles registered in 2019 and 2020 did not pay vehicle tax. The department received this information from the RTO and verified with its records. The outstanding sum is around Rs 15 crore. “In 2019, 35,717 people registered new vehicles at the Subhash Bridge and Vastral RTOs but did not pay vehicle tax. In 2020, there were 14,500 such defaulters, for a total of 50,217. We have issued demand notices to 40,000,” said Jainik Vakil, chairman of the AMC revenue committee. He said the civic body asked for access to the RTO’s online system so registration and tax data can be matched. “We are about to get access. Once we do, we will be able to retrieve RTO data and match it with our own,” Vakil said. “Vehicle tax is usually included in the new vehicle bill at the dealership. People do not check their bills, which is why this situation has arisen. We appeal to people to check if vehicle tax is included in the bills when buying a vehicle,” Vakil said. He added that there’s no provision for penalizing vehicle tax defaulters. “We are considering introducing a penalty now,” he said.

Ahmedabad civic body to tally RTO data with vehicle tax
After 5 months, CETP project to link 732 units resumes
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

Ahmedabad: After a logjam of over five months, one of the most unorganized chemical clusters in Ahmedabad, involving hand screen printers and textile processing units in the southern part of the city, have finally begun laying pipelines to pump their effluent into a common effluent treatment plant. President of the Ahmedabad Hand Screen Printing Association (AHSPA) Arif Pomchawala claimed that 672 units in Behrampura-Danilimda area, which employ around 1 lakh people, have been closed for the past six months due to pollution issues. The work on almost 96% of the Rs 112 crore CETP project has taken place, but the contractors of the project had demanded additional funds be made available to complete the civic works within the plant. The CETP is being set up for the Ahmedabad Hand Screen Printing Association (AHSPA), a conglomeration of 732 units, which includes textiles and hand screen printing units as well as a few dyeing, dyes-blending units in the area. “The units used to let their effluents into domestic sewage lines prior to the CETP proposal, which has now stopped after the HC’s direction. But the project hit a roadblock after July 2021 following AMC’s refusal to part with any extra sum, saying it was just a nodal agency appointed by the central and state government to oversee the implementation of the project. The association had to bear the cost of laying the pipelines to bring the effluent outflows from 732 units into the CETP,” said a senior Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) official. Though the plan was mooted in 2009, it was not until 2019 that the central government approved funds for the project. The 30 MLD CETP plant can be expanded to up to 45 MLD and will treat industrial effluents from its member units. “The CETP will discharge the treated wastewater into the Pirana sewage treatment plant (STP),” he said. Pomchawala said, “Only 4% of work on the CETP project is pending now. It is delayed because of grant issues. We have so far completed the pipeline work for around 250 factories and the rest will be completed after receiving permissions from the local authorities.”

After 5 months, CETP project to link 732 units resumes
Ahmedabad: Food lab detects 0% unsafe sample
Times of India | 3 weeks ago
Times of India
3 weeks ago

AHMEDABAD: Why does the public health laboratory of the civic body, boasting of the most modern food-testing facilities, have a dismal record of almost a 0% when it comes to concluding that food samples are “unsafe”? The civic body collects thousands of samples from food outlets, vendors, and food processing units each year but it seldom flags food unfit to eat. The AMC’s public health laboratory report may indicate that Amdavadis are mostly contracting waterborne infections at home! In 2021 and then in the first six months of 2022, the rate of “unsafe” samples detected under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, by the AMC has been 0.001% and 0% respectively. This is when, in 2022, 695 food samples were collected, while in 2021 the AMC collected 2,369 food samples during the whole year. But during these two years the AMC recorded 2,111 jaundice cases, 2,803 typhoid cases, and 5,990 cases of vomiting and diarrhoea. The disease count is based on the data the civic body gathers from 150 private and AMC-run hospitals. An important issue to be highlighted here is that 2,369 samples were collected under the FSS Act, but only 56 cases were referred to the Ahmedabad collector for fines under “misbranding” and 37 for “sub-standard” food material. However, the AMC referred just three samples to the collector over food contamination or the presence of a dangerous adulterant. These three samples were categorized as “unsafe”. This year, till June 2022, of the 625 food samples collected, none was found “unsafe”.

Ahmedabad: Food lab detects 0% unsafe sample
AMC to rope in more pvt hosp for 3rd dose
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 weeks ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 weeks ago

As Covid cases surge and Amdavadis continue to be lax about getting the booster dose, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) may involve more private hospitals to increase the number of centres offering the precautionary dose of the vaccine. Sources said at present hardly 10 private hospitals in the city offer Covid booster doses. Of the 140 new Covid cases reported in Gujarat on Sunday, Ahmedabad accounted for nearly 60% of the cases (81). State health department data said only 4,984 precautionary doses of the vaccine were administered across the state as of Sunday, including Ahmedabad.Ahmedabad Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (AHNA) president, Dr Bharat Gadhavi said they are in talks with the AMC to increase the number of private hospitals offering booster doses to help them achieve the target for the same.“At present 10-odd private hospitals offer booster dose services in Ahmedabad. We feel that more hospitals should be involved in helping vaccinate people as Covid cases are on the rise. We will also send a memorandum to the AMC about the same,” said Dr Gadhavi.Private hospitals meanwhile are worried about stocking Covid vaccines which often go waste as people are not coming forward to get vaccinated since the end of the third wave. Doctors said those who are contracting the disease this time are mostly showing mild symptoms.Additional Chief Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department, Manoj Aggarwal told Mirror that they recently had a meeting with the municipal commissioners and district officers to ensure that citizens get the vaccination facility at a reachable distance. “As part of the vaccination drive 2.0 har ghar dastak we are covering children below 18 years and elders above 60 years for a free vaccination. The rest (18 to 59 years) have to pay for the booster dose and we have kept the vaccine prices at a minimum,” he said.

AMC to rope in more pvt hosp for 3rd dose