Ahmedabad AMC (Amdavad Municipal Corporation) News

Post-measles, kids getting pneumonia
Ahmedabad Mirror | 4 days ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
4 days ago | |

With the measles outbreak count in Ahmedabad now at 420 cases and the number of suspect cases at 949, doctors in public sector hospitals in the eastern part of the city are seeing former measles patients now coming back with post-measles complications like pneumonia, some of who are having to be admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs).Two and a half year old Adnan* (name changed) has been admitted to three different hospitals at different times and been shown to four doctors in just one month for several complications after he was treated for measles. After his measles infection, the child got fever and swelling all over his body. His abdomen swelled due to the swelling in the liver, whose function had become impaired. With the parents having poor understanding of the child’s condition, coupled with the dismal condition of medical records, Post-Measles Pneumonia was diagnosed only by doctors at Shardaben Hospital after an X-ray a week ago. But his condition ultimately turned out to be much worse.Adnan’s father, a casual labourer, told Mirror, “He first got rashes on the skin which turned black in some places. Then the stomach swelled so much that he began crying all the time. He suffered from constant vomiting and diarrhoea. He is better now.”Pneumonia 15 daysafter measelsDr Hetal Vora, HoD of Paediatrics and Superintendent of the hospital, said, “The child suffered from multiple conditions coupled with Severe Acute Malnutrition, together indicative of Kwashiorkor. The child suffered sudden nutritional loss and the synthetic functions of the liver were impaired. While we have seen several children coming in with pneumonia within 15 days of measles treatment, we have seen this much more complicated case of Kwashiorkor for the first time.”At Shardaben Hospital, which has seen more than 300 measles patients, the highest in the city, doctors said that at least 7-10% of their former measles patients returned to the hospital within a fortnight with pneumonia infection. While the numbers may appear low, doctors said the rate of Pneumonia infection in children who are in post-measles remission is higher than that seen in the community, thanks to lowered immunity and malnutrition, exacerbated by the measles infection.Pneumonia is a well-known complication of measles, which, according to the US CDC, affects 1 in 20 measles-affected children and is the most common cause of death.At LG Hospital, which has seen about 140 measles patients in just the last 2 months, doctors said that the incidence rate of Post Measles Pneumonia would be at about 5-10%. However, further analysis and collation of data is pending due to the load of measles patients which, Superintendent Dr Leena Dabhi said, has required an expansion of the isolation ward. While doctors at the centre of the measles outbreak in eastern Ahmedabad are still attempting to gauge the scale of the problem, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) seems not to have yet taken note of the issue as there is no central data regarding Measles Associated Pneumonia. However, Dr Bhavin Solanki, Medical Officer of Health (MoH) for AMC said, “There have been no serious cases of pneumonia or of deaths due to measles inthe city.”

Post-measles, kids getting pneumonia
  • Measles cases in city at 367; cases high in 3 zones
  • Ahmedabad Mirror

    Vaccine hesitancy or complacency to the second dose of the Measles Rubella (MR) vaccine, coupled with children not give their periodic dose during the Covid-19 pandemic, is being blamed by officials as the major reason for the drastic rise in the number of measles cases in children in Ahmedabad.The city has reported a total of 367 confirmed measles cases in 2022, with more than three quarters (75%) of these cases being reported in the last three months. It started in the second half of September when the number of cases crossed 60, and in October when the case count touched 111, and November when another 111 confirmed cases have already been reported to the civic body till date. Officials told Mirror that they are expecting more cases of measles in December, even as the number of suspect cases in Ahmedabad has reached 907 so far.Health officials have identified 20 outbreak centres in Ahmedabad centered around three zones of the city - South, North and East. Major areas reporting confirmed cases of measles are Behrampura, Sankalitnagar, Sarkhej, Gomtinagar, Vejalpur, Danilimda, Asarwa, Narol, Rahial, Kalupur, Amraiwadi and Piplaj.Speaking to Mirror, DyMC for Health, Praveen Chaudhary said, “Two major reasons for the measles outbreak affecting these areas of the city — with 80% of cases being reported from these 20 centres — is that many families had been left out of MR immunization during Covid-19 pandemic, and also the vaccine hesitancy seen for the second dose of this vaccine. The first dose is given at 9 months, and second at 1.5 years.”Mirror also learnt that AMC Commissioner M Thennarasan on Friday conducted a detailed review of MR vaccination at the 2,100 Anganwadis under the city jurisdiction, asking ANMs and the ICDS teams to concentrate on areas seeing resistance against vaccination.

  • What the measles outbreak in India reveals
  • The Indian Express

    A measles outbreak in Mumbai has raised concerns amongst the country’s public health authorities. The city has reported more than 200 cases in the past two months and at least 13 children have lost their lives. This is a big jump from the last few years — 10 cases and one death in 2021; 29 cases and no death in 2020; and 37 cases and three deaths in 2019. Other areas in Maharashtra, including Nashik and Yavatmal, have also been affected. By all accounts, the outbreak seems to have been precipitated by a backslide in the universal immunisation programme during the pandemic. According to the state government data, only 41 per cent of the eligible children have been inoculated against measles in Mumbai. Overworked public health professionals, including ASHA workers, have also had to combat vaccine hesitancy. Parents, reportedly, are showing a disinclination to continue the inoculation regime for their children after they developed fever on being administered the first jab. Such after-effects are par for the course. In the past, health departments in most parts of the country would anticipate the worries of parents and find ways to reassure them. The Mumbai outbreak indicates that the pandemic may have disrupted such efforts.In recent years, the Centre’s Mission Indradhanush project has improved vaccine coverage and reduced delays between shots. But WHO and UNICEF studies have shown that immunisation programmes — especially those focusing on DPT (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus) and measles — have taken a hit in low and mid-income countries, including India, in the past two years. Early in the pandemic, the National Health Mission’s information system reported that at least 100,000 children missed their shots because of the restrictions on movement. Anecdotal reports do indicate that India’s universal inoculation programme picked up during the later part of the pandemic. But measles is a highly contagious disease. Experts had cautioned that even a 5 per cent fall in the vaccination rate can disrupt herd immunity and precipitate an outbreak. The surge of the disease in Mumbai indicates that their fears are coming true.In the past week, a rise in measles cases has also been reported from Ranchi, Ahmedabad and Malappuram. The Centre has reportedly sent teams to help state health authorities frame control and containment measures. It has also rightly asked states to consider administering an extra dose of vaccines to children, aged five to nine, in vulnerable areas. But the time has also come to look beyond emergency measures and provide the country’s public health services its long-overdue boost. The gains of the Universal Immunisation Programme should not be overturned by health emergencies.

  • Ahd: Central team to assess upsurge in measles cases
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: Three-member teams will be deployed in Ahmedabad, Ranchi in Jharkhand and Malappuram in Kerala to assess the upsurge in cases of measles, according to a release by the Union government on Wednesday. 'The teams will assist the state health authorities in instituting public health measures and facilitate operationalization of requisite control and containment measures,' mentioned the release. While the state health department remained in denial mode about the surge, city-based pediatricians confirmed that they have been witnessing steady stream of cases involving toddlers and slightly older kids in age group 3-7 years. Experts from PHO, Mumbai, Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital (KSCH), New Delhi and Regional Office of Health and Family Welfare (RoHFW), Ahmedabad will comprise the central team to Ahmedabad. The teams will also undertake field visits to investigate the outbreak and assist the state health departments in terms of public health measures, management guidelines and protocols to manage the increasing cases of measles being reported in the three cities. Dr Chetan Trivedi, a city-based pediatrician and member of the executive board of Indian Academy of Pediatrics, said that he sees 5-7 cases daily. "I believe that one of the reasons could be skipping the vaccines during the Covid period. These children were also not exposed naturally to the virus due to closure of schools and outside activities and did not develop resistance," he said. Dr Nirav Benani, a city-based paediatrician, agreed with the observation, and said that majority of the kids with the symptoms are non-vaccinated. Measles is acute viral respiratory illness characterized by fever, cough and conjunctivitis. Rashes appear in some of the children's bodies, said experts.

  • Centre to deploy team in Ahmedabad to assess upsurge in measles cases
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: Three-member teams will be deployed in Ahmedabad, Ranchi in Jharkhand and Malappuram in Kerala to assess the upsurge in cases of measles, according to a release by the Union government on Wednesday. 'The teams will assist the state health authorities in instituting public health measures and facilitate operationalization of requisite control and containment measures,' mentioned the release. While the state health department remained in denial mode about the surge, city-based pediatricians confirmed that they have been witnessing steady stream of cases involving toddlers and slightly older kids in age group 3-7 years. Experts from PHO, Mumbai, Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital (KSCH), New Delhi and Regional Office of Health and Family Welfare (RoHFW), Ahmedabad will comprise the central team to Ahmedabad. The teams will also undertake field visits to investigate the outbreak and assist the state health departments in terms of public health measures, management guidelines and protocols to manage the increasing cases of measles being reported in the three cities. Dr Chetan Trivedi, a city-based pediatrician and member of the executive board of Indian Academy of Pediatrics, said that he sees 5-7 cases daily. "I believe that one of the reasons could be skipping the vaccines during the Covid period. These children were also not exposed naturally to the virus due to closure of schools and outside activities and did not develop resistance," he said. Dr Nirav Benani, a city-based paediatrician, agreed with the observation, and said that majority of the kids with the symptoms are non-vaccinated. Measles is acute viral respiratory illness characterized by fever, cough and conjunctivitis. Rashes appear in some of the children's bodies, said experts.

Textile firm Ashima moves Gujarat HC for discharge pipe
Times of India | 5 days ago | |
Times of India
5 days ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A year after its closure and that of many other textile units in the city following the Gujarat high court prohibiting the discharge of treated effluent into the civic body's sewerage, Ashima Ltd has approached the HC, complaining that Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) is not responding to its request for a pipeline to discharge effluent into the Mega pipeline, which takes industrial effluent to a common effluent treatment plant (CEPT). The HC banned the discharge of treated effluent into sewers because sewage treatment plants (STP) could not process it properly and untreated wastewater was being discharged into the Sabarmati river, increasing the pollution in the river. Last year, the HC had taken up the cause of cleaning and rejuvenating the river. Ashima told the high court that the mega pipeline had agreed to accept its treated discharge. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has also granted permission for right of way to connect a pipeline to the Mega pipeline. The high court's order expressly said that such an option could be explored. The company further submitted that after getting AMC's permission to lay a pipeline from its unit to the Mega pipeline, it made an application to GPCB on July 7, requesting it to permit the connection. GPCB did not take any decision, saying the case is still pending in the court. The company's lawyer complained that the unit has been closed for nearly a year and some 1,300 workers are jobless. The bench of Justice Sonia Gokani and Justice V D Nanavati sought GPCB's reply on this issue by December 2.

Textile firm Ashima moves Gujarat HC for discharge pipe
Impact fee sees NO IMPACT in city
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 week ago | |

The impact fee regulation introduced by the state government in mid-October to regularise illegal constructions by levying a penalty has received a lukewarm response.Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) are barely getting one or two applications daily. AUDA has received only 15 applications while AMC has also got less than a dozen after a month of ordinance.The AMC is expecting around 1 lakh applications from the city, deputy municipal commissioner I K Patel said. Admitting that the scheme had got a poor start, he said, “There’s still four months to go. We assume people are collecting documents and preparing applications.” The applications have to be made online and the AMC is training its staff to calculate the fees.AUDA has so far got only 15 applications. One of the main reasons is that the land in AUDA is mostly in the agriculture zone and there is no provision to collect impact fees on it, CEO D P Desai said. However, there are many constructions in Shela, Godhavi, VIP road and surrounding areas and the number of applicants is expected to increase, he said.Surprised at the poor response to the “attractive” scheme, the urban development department held a meeting of officials of all the local bodies last week.Under the new law, all illegal constructions in all municipal corporations, nagarpalikas and local self-government bodies will be covered. The civic officials were asked to promote the scheme and ensure maximum participation.A senior official of the department told the officials that they must ensure that the scheme gets widespread response. The government might bring some stringent laws for those who do not avail the scheme, he said. Local self-government bodies have been asked to organise special camps to make the scheme successful.The BJP government had launched a similar scheme in 2012 and had got a good response. However, this time there are few takers.The cut-off date of the scheme is October 1, 2022, which means all illegal constructions till the date would be regularised. The government has clarified that all funds collected through impact fee will be credited to “Infrastructure Development Fund” which shall be used by designated authorities for improvement or creation of infrastructure.There’s still four months to go. We assume people are collecting documents to make applications. The applications have to be made online–I K Patel, Deputy Municipal Commissioner in the AMC

Impact fee sees NO IMPACT in city
NOCs must to regularize construction in Gujarat
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

AHMEDABAD: While the urban development officials have started accepting applications for regularization of illegal structures under the new impact fee rule, it comes with a rider. The state urban development department has clarified that applications without no-objection certificates from Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Services (AFES) and health department will be rejected. The state government had announced the new impact fee policy on October 17. Sources said that in the rules laid out, the state government has stressed on provisions prescribed in Fire Prevention and Life Safety Regulations 2016, Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010 and the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016. Sources in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) said that residential buildings (taller than 15 meters) and all commercial buildings will have to take NOCs from RERA, AFES and the health department. This, to ensure that the buildings applying for regularization have fire exits, have installed fire equipment and there is enough space for the fire tenders to operate. However, regarding the NOC from the health department, there is no clarity as to which health department will issue it. While the AMC has its own health department, the areas falling under urban development authorities such as Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority or Gandhinagar Urban Development Authority don't have health departments; here health-related matters are taken care of by the panchayats. An AMC official who did not wish to be named said that the state government has started accepting applications for regularization of illegal structures, but the scrutiny is pending due to ambiguities. Any clarity will emerge only after the assembly poll, he said. He said that the RERA and health department officials have been asked to ensure that there are no pending RERA related issues and that the hospitals and clinics have fully adhered to the Clinical Establishments Act.

NOCs must to regularize construction in Gujarat
Ahd: No policy for sticker ads on rickshaw hoods
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The city’s autorickshaws have been force multipliers during poll campaigns for major parties — be it the BJP, the Congress or the AAP. The parties have hired hundreds of autorickshaws to improve voter outreach with the ‘autorickshaw hood campaign’. Stickers of leaders have been pasted on the rexin hoods of autorickshaws across the city. But the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) now realizes that the stickers are “illegal” as these not part of standard advertising protocol of the advertising policy followed in the city. “The AMC’s advertising policy does not have rules pertaining to stickers on autorickshaw hoods and therefore these can be called illegal,” explains a senior AMC official. There are more than one lakh autorickshaws plying on Ahmedabad roads. It is worth mentioning here that advertising on vehicles is an expensive affair. In Ahmedabad, the monthly licence fee for advertising on pedal rickshaws is Rs 25,000. In case one hires a three-wheeler and mounts an advertisement board on it, a licence fee of Rs 57,000 is charged per month. In the case of a four-wheeler, the licence fee is Rs 88,000 per month. To put up the ad board on a matador, the licence fee charged is Rs 1.71 lakh per month. “Since the code of conduct is in force, only microphones are allowed on the autorickshaws. We are yet to take account of the stickers on auto rickshaw hoods. Our advertisement policy does not consider the rexin hood stickers,” says a senior AMC official.

Ahd: No policy for sticker ads on rickshaw hoods
Civic issues bother voters in BJP stronghold Ellisbridge
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 week ago | |

The Ellisbridge constituency in Ahmedabad has been dominated by BJP which has won the seat consecutively since 1995. However, this time people have been raising issues related to civic, health and redevelopment in many of its areas.Issues related to waterlogging, effective solid waste disposal, control of vector-borne diseases apart from civic infrastructure problems are bothering people of the constituency.Daniyal Delhiwala, who lives in Prabhu Park Society near NID, said, “Development work can be seen, like the building of the Sabarmati riverfront and a sport complex which is ready and waiting for inauguration, but there are also civic issues that are a regular concern for residents in our area. For the past eight months, street lights aren’t working and in spite of complaints in AMC. Even potholes on roads are a recurring problem in every monsoon.” Delhiwala also pointed out that till date no political candidates have come to their place.Echoing similar concern, Saumil Bhatt of Ambawadi Apartments in Ambawadi, said, “Our flats are 45 years old and we have been requesting government, AMC and other departments to help us in getting the society redeveloped. But the AMC hasn’t addressed the issue, nor our MLA, Rakesh Shah. Irregular water supply and garbage collection issues are also of concern to us. In the last 19 years, no councillor, MLA or MP has visited our society to knowour issues.”What the candidates saidAmit Shah,BJPThere was an issue about roads at one place where the AMC has laid a stormwater line, which is addressed. According to me, there is no issue about solid waste management, but if people have issues then they should tell us, we will resolve them. As far as redevelopment is concerned, it is an internal matter of housing societies. We can’t prevail upon societies.Bhikhu Dave,CongressRains cause water logging problems for residents. It takes at least four hours for the rain water to subside. There are also concerns of vector-borne diseases, which the AMC has failed to address properly. I have been working in the constituency for the past 10 years and we have seen that BJP MLAs and councillors do not visit people to find out their issues.What incumbent MLA said​​​​​​​Rakesh Shah, (BJP), MLA, EllisbridgeI am currently busy with the party meetings, hence won’t be able to talk at this moment.

Civic issues bother voters in BJP stronghold Ellisbridge
Ahd civic body to build Army quarters in other towns
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: For the first time in civic history, an AMC-run company will construct residential quarters for the armed forces beyond its jurisdiction, in Bhuj and Dhrangadhra. The project is being undertaken in lieu of the 70,000 square metres of land that the Army Cantonment has provided on lease to the AMC on the riverfront banks for the second phase of the Sabarmati Riverfront project. Tenders for the residential quarters have already been floated by Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation Limited (SRFDCL). The tenders state that the residential quarters in Bhuj will cost Rs 24.27 crore while the project in Dhrangadhra will be constructed at the cost of Rs 15.9 crore. SRFDCL officials have confirmed that the Army will not charge any sum for the land leased for the riverfront project. A meeting was held on October 20, in which the SRFDCL board approved the second phase of the riverfront project. The need for the Army land had come up in that meeting. The land acquired from the Army under the lease agreement will be essential in constructing a road link between Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium, located within the Sardar Patel Sports Enclave, and the riverfront. “The process of purchasing land from the Army Cantonment at market rates is complex. It was then decided to acquire the land under a lease agreement by the officers of the Army Cantonment and the ministry of defence,” said a senior official of the SRFDCL. “We are constructing a 5.8km road running along the riverfront and the Army land was needed for the road link,” the SRFDCL official said. Currently, the riverfront has an 11.5km road stretch on each of its banks. The 5.8km road stretch towards Indira Bridge will be part of the second phase of the project.

Ahd civic body to build Army quarters in other towns
Govt, AMC inform HC about plans to curb stray cattle nuisance
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The state urban development and urban housing department and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) have informed the Gujarat high court about the plan they have chalked out to curb the stray cattle nuisance on public streets and the action undertaken till date. Upon the HC’s directions to draw long-term and short-term plans to deal with the cattle menace, top officials of the government, the police department and the AMC held a meeting on November 5. They have decided to intensify the ongoing operations to deal with the problem and fixed responsibilities of the officials for various tasks. For Ahmedabad, an awareness drive has been planned through rickshaws in all seven zones to prevent people from throwing garbage and leaving their cattle open on roads. To make this campaign more effective, AMC will give publicity through hoardings, LED boards and mass media. The insistence is on making cattle owners complete registration of their animals and carry out tagging and RFID chipping of all registered animals. The administration plans to form more teams to prevent stray animal menace during peak hours. The surveillance will be made intensive around 96 hotspots as suggested by the Gujarat State Legal Services Authority (GSLSA) in Ahmedabad. In an affidavit, the AMC has informed the HC that it has paid Rs 5 lakh compensation to the family of Bhavin Patel, who was killed in an accident involving a cow in Naroda area. The HC had asked AMC to increase the amount from Rs 2 lakh as decided by the civic body. The AMC has stated that its cattle nuisance control department (CNCD) has intensified efforts by deploying 21 teams for round-the-clock patrolling, eight bikers for monitoring and informing the teams about presence of cattle. In a bi-monthly report, AMC stated that total 9,092 cattle were impounded with highest 2,216 from South West Zone. It has recovered Rs 51 lakh toward administration charges from cattle owners. At present, there are 2,277 cattle placed in Danilimda cattle pound and 1,590 at Bakrol. The HC is likely to hear the issue on Tuesday.

Govt, AMC inform HC about plans to curb stray cattle nuisance
AMC teams find mosquitos breeding in 10k houses
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: As part of the city civic body's drive to make the city mosquito free, the health department teams conducted checks in around 1.54 lakh homes and found mosquito breeding spots at 10,661 of them. The highest number of mosquito breeding spots, 2,655, were found from houses located in the east zone of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). A health department statement said that breeding spots were found in 2,025 houses in the central zone, in 819 houses in the north zone, 1,409 in the south zone and 1,429 in the western zone. In the north-west zone, the health department found mosquito breedings in 1,233 houses and 1,091 houses located in the south-west zone. AMC statement said that 3.66 lakh spots were checked including air conditioners, flowerpots, terraces and water tanks. The newly appointed civic chief M Thennarasan had recently asked the health department to begin a drive to make Ahmedabad city mosquito free. Following his orders, the health department started a drive named Dry Day Thursdays. Under this campaign the health department teams randomly conducts checks at residential and commercial buildings across the city on Thursdays. Ever since Thennarasan has taken charge as the new commissioner, he has been paying unannounced visits to various municipal facilities. On Friday, the commissioner had paid a sudden visit to a water pumping station at Helmet Crossroads. He had found that the staff members present there were less than what the contractor who had been given the job of operating and maintaining the station had agreed to in the tender. Following this, the commissioner had ordered the vigilance department to carry out checks at all 200 water pumping stations in the city.

AMC teams find mosquitos breeding in 10k houses
BJP gives ticket to five former councillors
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 weeks ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 weeks ago | |

BJP has allotted seats to five former councillors of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. They are former Mayor Amit Shah from Ellisbridge, former Standing Committee Chairman Amul Bhatt from Maninagar, late Ashok Bhatt’s son Bhushan Bhatt from Jamalpur-Khadia, AMC committee member Kaushik Jain from Dariapur and former Deputy Mayor Darshana Vaghela from Asarwa SC seat.Amit Shah is a Jain and a councillor for three terms. He was also president of the Ahmedabad unit of BJP and a party observer for Anand seat. He is popularly known as “Tyson” because of his robust build.Amul Bhatt has strong RSS connections and was made Standing Committee Chairman after Bhupendra Patel was elected to the Assembly. He was councillor for a single term and will now contest on the Maninagar seat, one of the safest seats represented earlier by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was the CM of Gujarat.Bhushan Bhatt, who was a councillor from Khadia, a seat represented by his late father Ashok Bhatt, has been given ticket from Jamalpur-Khadia. After delimitation, Khadia constituency was merged into parts of Jamalpur that has a Muslim majority. Congress has been winning the seat for the last two terms. Bhatt had first demanded ticket from this constituency in 2017 but it was turned down.Kaushik Jain, a former councillor from Shahpur, was in various committees of AMC. He has a contract for providing buses to the AMTS and BRTS and is said to be close to Amit Shah. Darshana Vaghela was a councillor from Dudeshwar and was elected as Deputy Mayor. Later, she was made Chairperson of the Gujarat Safai Kamdar board.

BJP gives ticket to five former councillors
Ahd: 107 dengue cases in first 5 days of Nov
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: According to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) health department, city hospitals registered 107 new cases of dengue in the first five days of November. A statement from the health department said there were also 10 cases of malaria, seven of falciparum and nine of chikungunya in this period. Some 118 cases of diarrhoea, 98 cases of jaundice and 98 cases of typhoid were also reported in these five days. AMC data shows from January 1 to November 5, the city has registered 1,135 cases of malaria, 128 cases of falciparum, 2,079 cases of dengue and 244 cases of chikungunya. Sources said the number of dengue cases in this period is slightly lower than during the same period last year. Three people have died of dengue this year. Waterborne diseases also increased this year. In the January 1 to November 5 period, the city has registered 5,786 cases of diarrhoea against 3,610 cases in all of 2021. Similarly, there have been 1,930 cases of jaundice this year against 1,439 cases in all of last year.

Ahd: 107 dengue cases in first 5 days of Nov
  • Ahmedabad: 107 dengue cases in first 5 days of November
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: According to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) health department, city hospitals registered 107 new cases of dengue in the first five days of November. A statement from the health department said there were also 10 cases of malaria, seven of falciparum and nine of chikungunya in this period. Some 118 cases of diarrhoea, 98 cases of jaundice and 98 cases of typhoid were also reported in these five days. AMC data shows from January 1 to November 5, the city has registered 1,135 cases of malaria, 128 cases of falciparum, 2,079 cases of dengue and 244 cases of chikungunya. Sources said the number of dengue cases in this period is slightly lower than during the same period last year. Three people have died of dengue this year. Waterborne diseases also increased this year. In the January 1 to November 5 period, the city has registered 5,786 cases of diarrhoea against 3,610 cases in all of 2021. Similarly, there have been 1,930 cases of jaundice this year against 1,439 cases in all of last year.

Air pollution dire, GPCB sends legal notice to AMC over Pirana
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 weeks ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 weeks ago | |

With the onset of winter, even as the air quality in Ahmedabad dropped to ‘Poor’ on SAFAR monitoring board, registering a concentration of PM 2.5 at 215 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m3), with two areas in Very Poor range, the Gujarat Pollution Control Board on Monday issued a legal notice to the AMC, stating that the situation was in contravention of the environment protection law.The bad air quality in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, with the concentration of PM2.5 at a whopping 307 µg/m3 (Very Poor), was recorded at Pirana, which houses the largest garbage mound in the city and state.The legal notice, accessed by Mirror, slams the civic body, stating that multiple inspection reports have found that the continuous burning of legacy solid waste at Pirana shows higher levels of particulate matter than the rest of the city, making it a “major point source” of air pollution in Ahmedabad. The impact of this is not only on the health of the populace but reduced visibility on Vasna-Narol road.Further, the latest inspection by the Regional Officer of the GPCB had just a week ago on November 1 found several violations and inadequate measures taken by the civic body. Among these, fresh garbage had been deposited at the site behind Excel Industries, the AMC had not provided a sanitary landfill site at the location, it had not provided adequate leachate facilities and also not put up a boundary wall around the dump site.The notice states that there is also no approach road to control the emissions from Pirana, no fire hydrant system to douse these fires.Mirror spoke to residents of societies living in the Bombay Hotel area just behind the Pirana dump site, who complained that in spite of claims by the civic body, the garbage and the smog from the burning garbage had crept closer to their societies while being cleared along the main roads.The legal notice from the GPCB stated that the AMC is in violation of the Solid Waste Management Rules 2016, as well as provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act 1986.The GPCB notice asked the AMC to provide fire tenders to stop garbage continuously burning at the dump site, provide foggers, cover the periphery of the bio-mining site with 5-metre high sheets, and carry out continuous wetting and mechanised cleaning of the Vasna-Narol road to avoid suspension of dust.The AMC has been asked to reply to the legal notice within 15 days.Mirror spoke to Deputy Municipal Commissioner C R Kharsan, OSD for Solid Waste Management (SWM), who said, “While we have not yet received the legal notice, I can say with certainty that the bio-mining work at Pirana is going on at full speed. We have already cleared 45 acres of land in the last one and half years.Kharsan said, “After the new Commissioner took charge, we have increased the bio-mining capacity from 7,000 Metric Tonnes to 12,000 Metric Tonnes per day by repairing and putting spare machines to work.”

Air pollution dire, GPCB sends legal notice to AMC over Pirana
‘No BU, No vote’
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 weeks ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 weeks ago | |

Eight years after they took possession of their homes, residents of Sankalp Green, a residential scheme at Jagatpur, are still waiting for the Building Use (BU) certificate. They also allege that the builder is attempting to construct commercial shops in the parking area of the building.The residents have now threatened not to vote in the upcoming election if they don’t receive the BU certificate. The residents’ battle cry is, ‘No BU, No Vote’, after appeals to the AMC, RERA and other authorities have fallen on deaf ears.According to building members, only Block C of the five blocks at Sankalp Greens have BU permission while the rest - A, B, D and E - do not have BU permission.Recently, Pintoo Vanzara of Shree Shakti Realty Limited, who built the five residential blocks, in a meeting told residents that the maintenance and other advance payments made by them have been exhausted. This means there are no funds to be passed on to the members when they are given the management of the building. Besides, the building is shown as an under-construction site despite residents getting possession of flats in 2014. Building members suspect this has been deliberately done to allow the builder to sell the parking space as shops and believe that the AMC officials are complicit in the matter.“For the past eight years, since we have been handed over possession of the flats, the builder has failed to give us the BU permission,” said Devang Chavda, a resident. He said the builder continued to waylay them every time by giving them a six-month time frame, but now he has run out of excuses. “Besides, his failure to hand over members’ deposits resulted in the water pump power connection being disconnected by UGVCL. Twice the building members had to pay out of their own pockets to get the water connection restored,” Chavda said. He said they are unable to sell the property due to lack of BU permission, despite payment of property tax and possessing property cards. “He even sold off the terrace to whoever could pay for it. The building is shown as being under construction from 2011 onwards when the construction first began,” Chavda said. He added that the complex lacks security, and the CCTV in the building is non-functional.Paresh Trivedi, another member of Sankalp Greens and a VHP member, told Mirror that if the BU permission is not given to them before elections they will not vote. “Most members here are BJP voters. I don’t know how banks gave loans to members when the building did not have BU permission,” said Trivedi. He said they also contacted the local corporator who turned his back after initially promising to resolve the problem.Mahesh Bhati, a building member, claimed that the builder promised him BU permission within six months when he took possession of the flat in 2015. “It has been seven years now. He has exhausted his excuses and the deposits as well,” said Bhati.The women residents claim lack of security means they have to be with the children when they play within the compound in the evening. Kesar Kamziya, a member of C block that has BU permission said the building is unclean because of a lack of sweepers, the garden is unkempt, there is no security and maintenance deposits have not been handed over.“Every time the electricity is disconnected for non-payment of bills, everyone is forced to shell out money to get it restored,” said Kamziya. Society members have sent letters to the builder and his company, the AMC, the police commissioner, the Union Home Minister and the Minister of State for Home about the matter but to no avail.Builder’s responseVanzara told Mirror that he will get the BU permission in the next two months. “AUDA conditionally approved the Sankalp Green project in 2011 and members were aware that BU will only be available once the buildings are listed on the revenue record,” claimed Vanzara.He said many members who brought homes in the project even had problems getting loans sans BU and the builder had stepped in to justify their cases for a loan and helped them get it. “We gave possession to 80% to 90% of members between 2014 and 2018 and the land is in the name of the housing society and the maintenance has been legally deposited in the maintenance account,” he said. Vanzara said he has 14 unsold flats and their maintenance has also been deposited in the account. “I was a member of the building. The bills for common electricity and lift and other maintenance were being paid from the maintenance account and not a single cent has been misappropriated,” he said. Vanzara claimed to have additionally spent Rs 5 lakh from his pocket for maintenance.

‘No BU, No vote’
One Ahmedabad ward elects 5 MLAs, 4 MPs
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The people of Lambha, a municipal ward in Ahmedabad, have a problem of plenty. This 44 sq km area elects four MPs, five MLAs, and four councillors! It appears that too many legislative cooks spoil the development broth. The ward is divided into multiple assembly and parliamentary constituencies, so voters are confused about which door to knock to have their grievances redressed. Parts of Vejalpur, Daskroi, Danilimda, Vatva, and Maninagar assembly constituencies jut into Lambha. Moreover, swaths of Kheda, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad West, and Ahmedabad East Lok Sabha constituencies fall in Lambha. Kalu Bharwad, an independent Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) councillor from Lambha, said his is the only ward in the city divided among these many assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies. “These divisions cause a lot of trouble to citizens as they don’t know which MLA or MP to approach when they have a problem,” Bharwad said. He added that the jumble of lines of authority deprives people of the benefits of government schemes and MLA and MP grants, as smaller areas usually do not get priority. Rahul Parmar, 24, a resident of Jyotinagar Society in Lambha, said: “Our ward was roughly 58 sq km when it was brought within the AMC jurisdiction in 2007. But that year, a boundary delimitation ahead of the assembly election reduced its area to 44 sq km.” Parmar added: “For a decade, basic amenities including roads, sewers, and water networks have not been laid properly in the ward.” He went on to say: “Roads don’t get repaired regularly. We still do not have a complete sewer network, since a large portion of the ward is an industrial zone.” Ghanshyamsinh Parmar, the Congress president of Lambha ward, said: “Lambha is the only ward which is overrepresented by politicians, but in terms of civic facilities we have nothing in place.” He added: “Shahwadi, Ranipur, and Narol villages were initially merged into Isanpur in 1989 but have been in Lambha ward since 2010. These new areas do not have proper sewer network, water supply, or roads. Where do local residents go for redress?” The problem appears to be a tangle of jurisdictions. For example, Gyaspur in Lambha lies within the Vejalpur assembly seat. Twenty-two Lambha polling stations, including Indira Nagar sections 1 and 2 and Lakshmipura Gam, come under the Daskroi assembly seat. More befuddling, the Daskroi assembly seat areas are covered by the Kheda Lok Sabha constituency. Five polling stations — including Saijpur, Piplaj, and Ganeshnagar — are part of the Danilimda assembly constituency. A major part of Lambha, with 52 polling stations, is under the Maninagar assembly seat. Perplexingly for the voters, Ahmedabad West Lok Sabha constituency spans Danilimda and Maninagar.

One Ahmedabad ward elects 5 MLAs, 4 MPs
AMC scrubs off political graffiti at various places, but it resurfaces right back in hours
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 weeks ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 weeks ago | |

Posters and hoardings of political parties continued to be displayed at several places in the city despite a time limit of 48 hours given to remove them after polls were announced for Gujarat on November 3. The two main parties, BJP and Congress, along with AAP are all guilty of defacing walls and public places with political advertisements and not adhering to the deadline.While the AMC’s estate department deployed considerable manpower to remove the posters — almost its entire staff — and used large quantities of paint and primer to remove the wall paintings, posters reappeared at several places while some went unnoticed or got ignored at other places.At the overbridge at Helmet crossroad, BJP posters with its leader’s images reappeared at three places apparently after previous wall paintings were erased by the AMC. A similar poster has been put up on Sahjanand College wall leading towards Azad Society. Posters of BJP leaders with messages greeting people on the Hindu New Year appear at the Bodakdev party office and extend to other places.The Congress is as guilty when it comes to putting up posters. It has stuck posters on the wall outside Kalupur Swaminarayan Temple. A flex banner of the BJP has been put up on an electricity pole near the Gheekanta Metro station. At Panjrapol, the Congress has put up several posters on the outer wall of Prakash School while the BJP has posters and party symbols painted on residential buildings. At Ranna Park in Ghatlodia, the BJP has put up its posters.Ahmedabad collector Dhaval Patel told Mirror, “Advertisements on government properties and AMC properties have to be removed forthwith as per legal provisions. Those on public places are to be removed within 24 hours of the announcement of elections while private advertisements have to be removed within 48 hours. In case of violation, people can complain. Such ads wiil be removed within 100 hours.”

AMC scrubs off political graffiti at various places, but it resurfaces right back in hours
Only 11 of 434 food samples fail Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation test
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: In the past two months, the flying squads of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s (AMC) health department collected and sent 434 food samples for testing in the laboratory. Only 11 samples failed the test. AMC data shows that 11 food samples that failed the test were unfit for consumption, misbranded or substandard. Sources in the civic body’s health department said some of these failed food samples were collected ahead of the recent festive season. AMC sources said the results of these samples are usually expected two or three weeks after they are sent for testing. “The results of food samples taken days before the festive season arrive a month or two later, which does not serve any purpose as Amdavadis have already consumed the food,” said one of the sources. Health department data showed that in September this year, the civic body had collected 170 food samples from various sweet marts, grocery shops and food processing units. Of these, 166 food samples passed the test, while four failed. In October, the civic body had taken 264 samples, of which 212 samples passed the lab test while the remaining seven failed. The civic body said that the results of 45 samples are awaited. Officials said, between October 29 and November 4, 22 food samples were sent to the lab for testing. They said this month, the health department teams checked 31 units and destroyed 8kg of solid food items and 4 litres of liquid food items, which were found unfit for consumption. The department collected Rs 20,000 in fines.

Only 11 of 434 food samples fail Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation test
EXPOSED! 100 light poles where accidents can happen
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 weeks ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 weeks ago | |

The BRTS route from Bopal near Vakil bridge to Ghuma Gam has more than 100 streetlight poles on both sides of the stretch, but barring a few poles, live wires are hanging out from open boxes at most places, which have become a cause for concern. This can lead to electric shocks, and a risk to people’s life. Also, open wiring leaves the streetlight poles vulnerable to electricity theft.A local resident said, “The boxes have been in this state for the past two months at least. They must be covered as exposed wires are a risk for BRTS commuters. These can also be misused for electricity theft. Some of them even have TV cables in them.”Electricity poles in the area arein the series of SFBR, UTBR, PNBR, ICBR, BUBR, NDBR, RTBR, TRBR with numberings from 82349to 82514.Sejal Patel, 38, a housewife, said, “I occasionally use BRTS to travel to Maninagar. The open wires on the poles can be a threat to life. Kids can knowingly or unknowingly touch them and can get an electric shock. They are a risk for birds. I feel these should be covered immediately.”Jigar Bharwad, 23, student and UPSC exam aspirant, said, “This shows the callous approach of the authorities. At times, there are cows also on the roads. It can harm them too. Open wires can also be very hazardous during unseasonal rains, causing electric shocks. The BRTS railing is made of iron and the current can flow on it unrestrained.”At some places even cable junction boxes on the streetlight poles are open.Sajeeb Nair, 38, who works in a logistics company and travels by BRTS to Lal Darwaza, said, “Looking at the condition of the electricity boxes, it seems some work was going on. But I am surprised that wiring on the entire stretch is open and incomplete. If they are open for repairs, the authorities must ensure that workmen close and seal the wire boxes after repair work is done, and officials must check this.”Hetal Rajput, 29, a software engineer, said, “This clearly reflects the carelessness of the authorities. They should fix such issues immediately. It can be dangerous for anyone.”Another local resident said, “Before Bopal-Ghuma areas were merged with AMC, we could file a complaint over such issues to the agency the nagarpalika had contracted for repairs.”When contacted, an official from the AMC’s streetlight department said, “We will look into the matter immediately. I am informing the authorities concerned to cover the boxes.”

EXPOSED! 100 light poles where accidents can happen