The Bopal police station on Sunday faced a barrage of questions about moral policing after a notice pasted on the building urging visitors not to come wearing short clothes quickly went viral. When the issue came to the notice of senior officials, the notice was removed.One police official privy to the incident said that a few months ago a youth visited the police station wearing shorts and baniyan (vest) in presence of pregnant police personnel working as a PSO there. After this, police pasted a notice asking visitors not to wear short clothes during visits to the police station.Talking to Mirror, Bopal PI P R Jadeja, who recently took charge of the police station, said, “The said paper was pasted long back. But it was brought to our notice and we have got it removed.”
In Ahmedabad, the shortest wrong side turns are the biggest killers. Yet, Amdavadis fail to control their urge to drive on the wrong side, or take illegal U-turns, to save a few minutes of their commute time whether on a busy road in the heart of the city, or SG Highway and SP Ring Road on the outskirts. But now, the city traffic police have started a drive against the ‘wrong side Rajus’ who don’t care a dime about rules.The drive started on June 5 and will continue till June 11. It will also focus on vehicles that don’t have HSRP (High Security Registration Plates). Mirror had reported extensively about how wrong side commuters put their and others’ lives in danger.The haul on the first day of the drive was big. Traffic police booked 89 people driving on the wrong side, and collected fines of Rs 1.46 lakh from them. Most were vehicles plying on the wrong side, 20 of which were caught in Zone-7 area police jurisdiction that includes Anandnagar, Satellite, Paldi, a major part of SG Highway and Sindhu Bhavan Road (SBR). Zone-2 police jurisdiction, which covers most of the walled city, was second with 15 cases. According to figures, a majority of 38 drivers plying on the wrong side were caught in Traffic-West zone.As for HSRP number plate cases, a total of 595 cases were registered against drivers whose vehicles did not have proper number plates. A fine of Rs 2.23 lakh was recovered from them.Again, most of the vehicles without HSRP, 123 of them, were caught in the western part of the city in areas such as Satellite, Vejalpur, Anandnagar, SG highway, SBR , Anandnagar and SG Highway.What experts sayExperts said both two-wheeler and four-wheeler drivers in Ahmedabad violate traffic rules without thinking twice. For them, traffic violation, to save time and distance, is a way of life. What they don’t realise is that their actions often put them in harm’s way apart from endangering the lives of others.Dr Pravin Kanabar, president of Active Traffic Consultative Committee (ATCC) that works on road safety issues, had observed that accidents and deaths because of wrong side driving are much higher in Ahmedabad than the national average. Even for distances as short as 100 to 200 metres, people ride/drive on the wrong side and risk their lives.As per one report, in India about 75,000 people die within the first 15 minutes of Road Traffic Accidents (RTA). The situation is no better in Ahmedabad. According to another data, 38% of commuters driving on the wrong side die in accidents.Mirror Check had found gross violationTo assess the ground situation in Ahmedabad, Mirror had previously visited Gota crossroads, Bopal crossroads and SP Ring Road T Junction that connects South Bopal with YMCA. What emerged was nothing less than shocking. Commuters had no qualms taking the wrong side lane or illegal U-turns, whether traffic cops were present or not.‘Wrong side drivers will be dealt with strictly’:JCP (traffic)Joint Commissioner of Traffic, Mayank Chavda, told Mirror that people like shortcuts to reach their destination and that sometimes results in fatal accidents. “We have undertaken the drive to educate people how dangerous the consequences of wrong side commuting could be. The drive would become stricter over the next few days,” Chavda said.
The Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) and Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) are at loggerheads over the development of new areas that were merged with the civic body of the capital.Some of the newly merged areas in the GMC earlier belonged to AUDA which had not developed any infrastructure in the same. The GMC later sought Rs 376 crore from AUDA for carrying out the development work which the latter has refused.It is expected that the state may release a special package for GMC to develop the area.The Urban Development Department in June 2000 issued a notification merging Zundal, Koteshwar, Sughad, Amiyapur, Nabhoi, Zundal and Khoraj with the GMC while Bopal - Ghuma municipality, Chiloda village panchayat, Samathal, Bisalpur, Aslali, Geratnagar and Bilasiya were merged with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).The AMC which is not short of funds has already built the primary infrastructure in the newly merged areas while the GMC could not begin work on the same due to lack of funds.Those in the know said it was a political decision to merge the areas with the GMC despite their lack of infrastructure facilities.The GMC wrote to the AUDA asking it to provide Rs376.18 crore of funds to develop infrastructural facilities like drainage, and water supply systems among others. The AUDA put the GMC’s proposal for approval in its board meetings twice which agreed to let the chairman decide on the matter.‘Show us development’In response to the letter, AUDA asked the GMC to first show the development work and that it will take a decision after evaluating the same.This exchange of communication over the funding has been going on for six years as AUDA is reluctant to release the funds.GMC is in dire need of funds as its income from the property and other taxes is not enough to fund the developmental expenditures.“The areas were merged with the GMC even before the AUDA could develop any infrastructure there. Some of the Town Planning schemes for the merged areas are yet to be implemented and they don’t even have roads and so drainage and stormwater systems were also not put in place,” said a source in the AUDA.Sources said the GMC lacks funds to develop infrastructure in the newly merged areas.“It carries out the development work in the existing area through loans from the Asian Development Bank. So now there is a tug off between the GMC and AUDA as to who will pay to develop the newly merged areas,” said a source.The GMC officials are now under pressure to sell commercial plots to raise funds but it will still need AUDA’s Rs 376 crore to build the infrastructure.Meanwhile, AUDA itself is facing a financial crunch.When contacted Gandhinagar mayor Hitesh Makwana did not comment on the matter.The bordering villages of SP Ring Road have been witnessing large scale development of housing and commercial complexes and pressure is mounting on the GMC to improve civic facilities there.AUDA’s skewed developmentAUDA focused on creating infrastructure in Bopal and Ghuma while ignoring Zundal, Koteshwar, Khoraj and Bhat assuming that it too will be merged with the AMC, which has enough funds.But the poorly developed areas were merged with the GMC, which lacked the financial might to fund the development and is now seeking the help of AUDA.
The rising temperature coupled with frequent power cuts, particularly in areas on the outskirts of the city is adding to the summer woes of Amdavadis. Areas like Shela, South Bopal, Bopal, Ghuma, Santej, and Ognaj in Ahmedabad and Raysan in Gandhinagar have reported frequent power cuts in the last two to three weeks. Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) supplies electricity to these places.The constant power cuts are particularly difficult for families with young children and the elderly. It also affects those Working From Home (WFH) as the lack of electricity impacts internet connection.Deval Panchal, a resident of Sakar Country society in Shela said they have been experiencing regular unscheduled power cuts during the day for the last two to three weeks. “It is difficult for families with children and elderly and also disturbs us who WFH,” said Panchal.Areas like South Bopal, Bopal, Shela and others, which have several upcoming and existing housing complexes have also reported frequent power cuts. Raysan in Gandhinagar, which adjoins the knowledge corridor that hosts institutes like GNLU, PDPU and others, is an upcoming residential real estate market with frequent power cuts.Nagendra Rathore, a resident of Silicone Hills Apartments in Raysan, told Mirror that multiple residential schemes in the area face regular power cuts which become unbearable during the summer.“The UGVCL knows that power usage surges during summer then why can’t they plan to deal with the rise in demand in advance and increase the power station’s capacity to handle the overload?” questions Rathore.AC use a major factorNL Kambar, Deputy Engineer of UGVCL in Shela admitted that some areas served by the company faced power cuts. “It is because of overload as power usage rises due to the extreme heat,” said Kambar.Explaining further, he said the excess use of air-conditioners is a major factor that increases electricity usage. “All the households use electricity at the same time. We have sent an application to the headquarters for a new power station based on the request from residents of nearby areas like Talav,” he said.UGVCL knows that power use surges during summer but it doesn’t plan in advance and increase the power station’s capacity to handle the overload–Nagendra Rathore, resident of Raysan
Ahmedabad: A dental student has been booked for allegedly submitting a bogus National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) marksheet to secure admission to the College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre in Manipur near Ahmedabad.The college principal, Deval Mehta, filed a complaint with the Bopal police on Friday. He told police, “The student, Diya, had got 50 marks in the exam but submitted a marksheet showing she had secured 279 marks. The incident came to light when the college authorities were unable to upload the document on the Dental Council of India (DCI) website due to the discrepancy in marks.”Mehta told police that the college has 100 seats for Bachelor of Dental Surgery, of which, 75 were filled by the state’s centralised admission committee while the remaining 25 were to be filled by the college.The complainant stated that Diya was admitted based on the Class 10, Class 12, and NEET marksheets that she submitted. Mehta said, “As per procedure, the documents of 100 students, who were admitted for the year 2021-22, were to be uploaded to the DCI website. The college authorities could upload the documents of only 99 students as they faced an error in uploading Diya’s documents. It was found that Diya had scored only 50 marks in the NEET exam.”Mehta told police, “We sent an email to DCI Delhi and they replied on May 19 stating that there was no technical error. They asserted that Diya had got only 50 marks and sent a copy of the original NEET marksheet.”The complainant stated, “Diya, who is from a scheduled caste community, had also applied and received a scholarship from the Social Welfare Department. She even deposited the freeship card in the college.”The Bopal police have registered a case under IPC section 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document).
A 52-year-old man from Bopal filed a complaint of theft of Rs 20 lakh from his parked car on Thaltej-Hebatpur road.Kamlesh Dave (52), an advocate has an office at Narayan Complex in Bopal. On Thursday, he had received Rs 20 lakh through angadia from his friends in Rajkot and Botad. He had parked his car outside the complex at 5pm and went to have snacks, leaving bag with cash in car.After a while, he heard a woman shout that someone had broken the car and fled with the bag. AM
Ahmedabad:Krutesh Parikh (38), registered a complaint with Naranpura police, stating that unidentified persons stole bag containing laptop, Rs 35,000 cash and passport on April 29. The incident took place at Ankur crossroads around 7.45pm when he was getting inside his car. A person approached him saying that some cash from his pocket had fallen on the road. When he turned around to look for the money, the accused stole the bag from his car.
Ahmedabad: A 70-year-old Bopal resident died after being hit by a white car near Surdhara Circle in Thaltej. According to a complaint lodged by Mehul Patel, a resident of Kadam Flats, his father Bharat was walking past Surdhara Circle when he fell. He was first taken to Sola Civil then to Zydus Hospital. Following his death on Thursday, a complaint of accidental death was registered. However, investigations revealed that he was hit by a speeding white car. tnn
Ahmedabad: A 38-year-old man from Bopal on Thursday filed a complaint with Ahmedabad cybercrime police alleging he was duped of Rs 7 lakh by the “unknown operator of the MyToken app” which promised 5% to 7% monthly interest on investments.Hitesh Patel, resident of Akruti Flats in Bopal, in his FIR with Bopal police that he is a data entry operator for a telecom company and learned about the MyToken app through a Telegram channel.“Someone added me to the official channel of the My Token app where its promoters were promising whopping returns on investment. As they promised 5% to 7% monthly interest, I was lured and downloaded the app,” said Patel.Patel said he first invested only Rs 100 on December 11, 2021, for which he was shown a Rs 90 profit in a week on the app.Convinced, Patel invested Rs 7 lakh between February 19, 2022, and March 14, 2022. He said he was shown a profit of Rs 60,000 on the app ten days after investing Rs 3 lakh. He then invested Rs 4 lakh more, the FIR says. When he could not get any of this back as real money, he sent an email to the promoters. He said he was told that the company’s servers were down so profits could not be paid to investors. On April 4, he found that the app had closed.Patel said there are many persons who were duped by the My Token app promoters. He first approached police on April 2 and an FIR was finally registered on Thursday.
Ahmedabad: Three complaints for betting on IPL matches, involving 16 persons, were registered at Bopal, Vasna and Vastrapur on Monday police stations on Tuesday.At Bopal police station, a case was been registered against eight persons for betting on cricket matches. Police said the eight were taking bets near a temple in the Manipur area. The eight were taking bets on various social media groups. The eight included Dayashankar Kashyap, Gagu, Mayru Savani, Mihir Mehta, Pavan, Pitul, Ilu and Ladu Don.The complaint at Vastrapur police is against three persons for allegedly taking bets on IPL matches. These three were taking bets and had an account on a betting website. The three persons accused are Shailesh Nai, Ravi Patel and Dixit Patel. The third complaint was registered at Vasna police station against five persons. Police recovered five mobile phones which had betting applications on which they were taking bets. The five persons arrested are Harsh Thakkar, Parth Patel, Kushaag Desai, Akshay Shah and Sunil Thakkar.In all the three complaints, the cops had got tip-offs.
A 38-year-old Shilaj resident was assaulted by a man from whom he had borrowed money. An attempt to murder complaint was registered at Bopal police station.Hitesh Thakor (38), resident of Avnish Heights in Shilaj, had borrowed Rs 5 lakh from a Gota resident identified as Viraj Desai. In his complaint, Thakor stated that on Wednesday night Desai demanded Rs 25 lakh for the Rs 5 lakh loan.Thakor said he had taken a loan of only Rs 5 lakh and won’t be able to return it right away. At this Desai threatened to kill him. Desai and his accomplices then attacked Thakor with sticks and snatched his two gold chains worth Rs 4.5 lakh.Thakor has suffered multiple fractures and was admitted to a hospital. Bopal police filed an attempt to murder FIR against Desai and sevenothers who allegedly accompanied him.
Ahmedabad: A moneylender and seven of his associates attacked a resident of the Shilaj at his apartment complex on Wednesday night, over a debt. Bopal police registered a case of attempted murder and are investigating further.Hiten Thakore, 38, in his complaint said that when he got to his house at Avinash Heights near Shilaj Crossroads on Wednesday night, Ankit Pandya and his friends Viraj Desai, Shelu Rabari, Kiran Rabari and four other persons were standing near his building.Thakore said he had borrowed Rs 5 lakh from Viraj a week ago, and Viraj was demanding Rs 25 lakh back. Thakore said Viraj and his men stopped him and demanded the money. Thakore told them that he had borrowed the money for a month and couldn’t return it immediately.The men with Viraj, who were armed with hockey sticks and baseball bats, then hit him on his head. As he began calling for help. Thakore’s friends, Vijay Sharma and Bhura Prajpati, tried to save him, but the accused attacked them both, injuring Sharma.Thakore said he was wearing two gold chains and had a high-end mobile phone, which the accused snatched. They left after threatening to kill him. He was admitted to a private hospital and on Friday lodged a complaint against these persons for attempted murder, robbery and criminal intimidation.
In a major relief to thousands of property buyers, AUDA has decided its NOC will not be necessary to sell properties, residential or commercial, built on plots auctioned by it. Also, from now on NOC won’t be necessary to take loans against such properties.The resolution passed in the AUDA board meeting recently will resolve the two-decade old problem faced by property buyers. It will apply to all the properties built on auctioned plots whose sale deeds have been drawn. For properties built on plots without sale deeds, NOC will continue to be mandatory.AUDA had raked in over Rs 1,000 crore by auctioning off more than 100 plots in the last 20 years. However, owners of properties built on it could not sell it or take loan against it without an NOC from AUDA. People faced difficultiesin getting NOC due to misadministration ofthe staff.An AUDA official said TP schemes areprepared in non-TP areas merged in AUDA. When TP schemes are launched, infrastructure facilities are also developed and plots are reserved for residential and commercial purposes. These plots are auctioned and the proceeds are used for development of infrastructure facilities.Plots sold between 2003-2008 fetched lower prices as Jantri rates were low. Post 2011, the plots fetched higher prices as Jantri rates were revised upwards. At the time of auction, plot buyers used to give a deposit after which sale deed and registration of the plot was completed.In certain cases, however, the registration process remained incomplete.An AUDA official said in 1988 an HIG scheme was built on an AUDA plot in the Vasna area. The buyers had to rush from pillar to post to get NOC.AUDA also constructed houses on S G highway under EWS-LIG schemes. In all, about 35,000 houses are built with a lock-in period of 2, 5 or 7 years before they could be sold off. However, due to the NOC condition these houses could not be even rented out. However, now owners of these properties will get relief as NOC won’t be necessary. Also,the transfer fee won’t apply inthese cases.AUDA to revise base price of six plotsAUDA has decided to auction six plots in Bopal for which base price will be revised. Of these plots, four are for residential and one for commercial purpose. AUDA had advertised an auction of plots in March and bids were invited by June but it was cancelled at the last minute. Though AUDA officials claimed administrative reasons behind last minute cancellation, sources claimed it was done under pressure from builders. In 2019, AUDA could not sell its plots, once each in Thaltej, Bopal and Vejalpur areas. In fact, AUDA has failed to find buyers for its plots in the last four years.
Ahmedabad: The city civic body has asked sanitation workers employed as full-time employees to volunteer for working in Bopal-Ghuma areas. As of now Bopal-Ghuma area, which is a part of its northwest zone and falls under Bodakdev, Thaltej, Jodhpur wards, cleaning is carried out by contracted sanitation workers. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) in a circular has asked the sanitation workers who are on the payroll of the civic body to come forward and volunteer for deputation in Bopal-Ghuma area so that the complaints related to cleanliness and door-to-door garbage collection can be resolved. This issue was also discussed during the standing committee meeting held on Thursday.
Ahmedabad: When Bopal-Ghuma nagarpalika was brought into the municipal fold in 2020, the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA), the apex planning body, refused to transfer 40 commercial plots to the AMC. The civic body had earlier appealed to AUDA to transfer the plots to be monetized for laying infrastructure in the area. “Just when the jurisdiction of Bopal-Ghuma was transferred to the AMC, AUDA appealed to the state government to allow them to keep the 40 plots. This was accepted and the plots were never transferred to the AMC,” said a senior AUDA official. The sheer desperation of the AMC to want the plots is evident from the fact that last year it had auctioned a prime 8,060 sq m plot in Bodakdev for Rs 151.76 crore. This was the highest bid for a single plot that AMC has been able to garner in an e-auction. Earlier, in May last year, a plot measuring 3,569 sq m in Bodakdev was sold to a developer group for Rs 77.04 crore. In 2020, AMC aimed to raise Rs 700 crore by e-auctioning five plots. However, it could only raise Rs 306 crore then.
In Ahmedabad, the shortest wrong side turns are the biggest killers. Yet, Amdavadis fail to control their urge to drive on the wrong side, or take illegal U-turns, to save a few minutes of their commute time. Be it a busy road in the heart of the city, to SG Highway and SP Ring Road on the outskirts, nothing stops Amdavadis from driving on the wrong side. And often in full glare of traffic cops.Experts said both two-wheeler and four-wheeler drivers in Ahmedabad violate traffic rules, thinking it’s legit. For them, traffic violation — to save time and distance — isa way of life. What they don’t realise is that their actions often put them in harm’s way besides endangering the lives of others.Experts say the number of people dying because of wrong side driving in Ahmedabad would be much higher compared to the national average.Dr Pravin Kanabar, president of Active Traffic Consultative Committee (ATCC) that works on road safety issues, said, “The accidents and deaths because of wrong-side driving are much higher in Ahmedabad compared to the national average.” Explaining the reasons, Dr Kanabar said, “People want shortcuts. These short distances are hardly 100 to 200 meters; they ride/drive on the wrong side and risk their lives.”As per a report, in India around 75,000 people die within the first 15 minutes of Road Traffic Accidents (RTA). The situation is no better in Ahmedabad. According to another data, around 38% of commuters driving on the wrong side die in accidents.Mirror CheckTo assess the ground situation in Ahmedabad, Mirror visited Gota Crossroads, Bopal Crossroads and SP Ring Road T Junction that connects South Bopal with YMCA.What emerged was nothing less than shocking. Commuters had no qualms taking the wrong side lane or illegal U-turns, whether traffic cops were present or not.Traffic cops say the violators feel their unlawful act is legitimate. In other words, they don’t feel they are doing anything wrong. Instead of realising they are risking their lives, they fight, argue and at times even assault traffic cops.What traffic cops sayDCP Traffic Tejas Patel said, “Many commuters take to the wrong side driving to cut short their distance by hardly 50 metres. Wrong side driving is life threatening and unlawful. Hence, the police fines violators under ‘dangerous riding/driving’ and collects a fine of Rs 1,500 from scooter/bike drivers and Rs 2,000 from car drivers.”Appealing to citizens to follow norms, Patel said the traffic department will conduct special drives at such spots and fine violators. Traffic police have already identified such spots and CCTV cameras will soon be installed there to catch hold of violators.Many commuters take to the wrong side driving to cut short their distance by hardly 50 metres. Wrong side driving is life threatening and unlawful. Hence, the police fines violators–Tejas Patel, DCP Traffic
An 80-year-old former professor of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad has filed a police complaint against his society member for hitting him after he fed stray dogs in the society.Sasi Misra (80), an ex-professor of IIM-Ahmedabad and resident of Sun City Sector-1, has in an application made with the Bopal police station said the secretary of the building had first questioned him for feeding the strays and then when things escalated, he hit him on his arm on Friday evening.“Secretary Manoj Mohite told me that a resolution had been passed by the society that dogs must be fed outside the society as part of the new cleanliness rule. I had gone to feed the dog Motu who was unwell and not eating,” Misra said.Misra said he told Mohite that dogs are territorial and that there were three dogs in the society of which two were sick. “We had called the dog help organisation Karuna but they were unable to catch the dog to treat him,” the professor said.He said all of the three dogs are neutered and they do not pose any danger to the society members. “I had personally taken the dogs to the veterinarian, along with my friend M L Dey, to neuter the dogs. There has not been a single case of dog bite in the past 20 years in the society,” Misra said.He said there were only six dogs left in sector-1 of Sun City of the total 60. Dey claimed that of the 127 dogs in all the sectors in Sun City only 43 were left.” Our ancestors have taught us to feed stray animals,” Dey told Mirror. He said he lived in the same building as Prof Misra earlier but left the building because of constant tiffs by members who dislike dogs.Misra’s wife Susama Misra (70), and a few other dog lovers in the building, have been feeding the dogs.Manoj Mohite claimed, “I did not beat Misra. There were women sitting in the garden nearby and he had used an abusive word against them. He is my father’s age. How can I beat him up? In fact, the dog in question has bitten two people in the society and a child was saved because she had worn thick jeans. The dog has started biting people. Besides, we have been working with the Jeevdaya to take care of sick dogs. We have even created a corner near the gate of the society to feed dogs. The society has passed a resolution that dogs should not be fed inside.”Bopal police station PI D N Patel told Mirror, “We have received cross complaints from Professor Misra as well as the others in the society. Those opposing Misra have taken a video that they have given to the police as evidence. This is a society matterand I will be calling both the partiesand find a way to reconcile thedifferences.”
The three-day Gihed property show generated maximum inquiries and bookings from those in the age group of 30 to 40 years. The event saw 85,000 to 90,000 visitors, of which 20% went ahead for a site visit or have booked a property through a post-dated cheque.Most of the bookings or site visits took place for two and three Bedroom Hall Kitchen (BHK) projects followed by four and five BHK, said, realty participants.Ankur Desai, founder of Saanvi Nirman Group said they have 2,3,4 and 5 BHK schemes in South Bopal, Central Bopal and Godhavi and got several site visits on Sunday. Desai said most property seekers were in the age group of 30 to 40 years while some were also in their mid to late 20s. Most realtors said appointments were made post-Holi as buyers wanted to wait out the inauspicious period of holastak. Parth Patel, Promoter of Kavisha Group said they got over 600 inquiries where appointments have been made for site visits at their projects in Shela and Godhavi. He said they have projects with two to five BHKs and many of the potential buyers have given post-dated cheques after Holi.“We did not expect such an overwhelming response,” said Patel.Apart from affordable housing, which had the lion’s share in the property show, bookings were also made for plots and bungalow schemes too.Credai Ahmedabad - GIHED President Tejas Joshi said the response to the show indicates that people are enthusiastic about buying real estate. Explaining the surge in footfall at the show, he said with steel and cement prices on the rise, people are aware of the rising construction cost and so over 18,000 visitors have either given cheques or booked appointments for booking a property.Joshi said 65 developers displayed over 250 properties at the show and have decided not to increase property prices till March 31.Realtors seek speedy approvalsThe Urban Summit held as part of the 16th GIHED Property Show culminated on presence of CM Bhupendra Patel on Sunday. CREDAI Ahmedabad GIHED also sought faster CGDCR, RERA, revenue department and environmental clearances for real estate projects. The realtors’ body urged the CM to set up a panel comprising officials and developers to fast track approvals, reducing time for RERA approvals to 3-4 months from 10-12 months at present. Revenue Minister Rajendra Trivedi, MoS Urban Development Vinod Moradiya, Health Minister Rushikesh Patel, RERA Chairman Amarjeet Singh, Principal Secretary Mukesh Kumar, AMC Commissioner Lochan Sehra and AUDA CEO DP Desai also visited the event.
Ahmedabad: A 19-year-old man from Bopal was caught by the Anandnagar police on Saturday evening when he was ferrying 24 beer cans on the footrest of his scooter. According to an FIR field with the Anandnagar police, cops got an input that a man wearing a black t-shirt and jeans was carrying alcohol on a scooter and is travelling between Shalby Hospital junction and Torrent Power Crossroads near Prahladnagar on Saturday. A team of Anandnagar police was deployed and when the said man reached there, they stopped and checked him and his vehicle. The cops did not struggle to find the liquor as the man kept the beer cans in a plastic bag on the footrest of his scooter. Cops have booked the accused, Romil Patel, a resident Bopal, under the charges of prohibition act. tnn
Ahmedabad: A resident of South Bopal on Saturday called up the Abhayam 181 helpline alleging harassment by her neighbour. Helpline counsellors said the man would park his vehicle in the parking slot allotted to the woman.“She reportedly tried to dissuade him and also told him that they had bought the parking space. The man, however, wouldn’t listen. After a few instances, the man reportedly came to her home and started harassing and abusing her,” said a counsellor.A team later reached the spot and looked for the man. He hid himself in the toilet from where he was brought out. He was told that if he continues to harass the woman or her family, he would face a police case.
Claim of providing best e-governance to citizens in Gujarat falls flat when it comes to sub-registrar offices across the state. Poor connectivity (read internet and server issues) forces people to return without getting their work done. If the work is not executed on the day, then citizens have to reschedule the appointment which they usually get after 8-10 days because of the heavy rush.The problem is so grave that on March 2 all the sub-registrar offices in the state remained closed. People and advocates complain that poor connectivity leads to delays of 3 to 12 days in registering properties.There are 14 sub-registrar offices in Ahmedabad city and 10 in the district. Of the 14 offices, two handle registration of only agriculture properties while the rest 12 handle all types of properties. Registration of property is done only after taking an online appointment.The sub-registrar` offices of western Ahmedabad at Polytechnic, Sola, Vadaj and Bopal daily register about 100-150 properties.Frequent outage or server issues lead to backlog, which gets aggravated in March as it is the last month of the financial year.Advocate Dipak Patel of Sola said, “There are always connectivity issues at sub-registrar offices in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. Appointments get cancelled frequently. In some cases, disputes arise as token amounts are paid but registration gets delayed. In case of agricultural land, documents are not uploaded the same day and hence the delay.”President of Title Clearance Association Prakash Shah said, “There are connectivity issues in sub-registrar offices in rural areas. In places like Mandal and Becharaji a record number of land deals have taken place after investment by Maruti. However, the sub-registrar office here remains closed for three days a week, causing delay in registration of properties.”A senior official of a sub-registrar office in Ahmedabad told Mirror, “The Nikol sub-registrar was closed for 3-4 days last month due to connectivity issues. Later, it was found that the cable had been cut off. Dholera sub-registrar office is closed for the past 3-4 days. On an average 30 complaints are filed per month for poor connectivity. Mostly, there is a problem with G-Swan and or the BSNL leased line.”The waiting game…There is a waiting period of 3-7 days for registration of properties in western parts of Ahmedabad and 12 days in Gandhinagar. In Sola sub-registrar office, the waiting period is 6-7 days, in Vadaj 5-6 days, polytechnic 7-8 days and Bopal 4 days. For registration of agricultural land, the waiting is 5-7 days. In eastern parts, for example Odhav, the waiting period is 4-5 days.Issue in Dholera, tooState government has decided to develop Dholera as a smart city due to which land deals take place. However, the Dholera sub-registrar office faces connectivity issues and is closed for 2-3 days in a week.Income from stamp duty (Ahmedabad city and district)
Ahmedabad: Residents of Bopal-Ghuma, Chiloda, and Kathwada who had been receiving property tax bills that were up to four times higher than usual have been given relief by the AMC. The civic body now requires the residents of these areas to pay only one-fourth of the increased amount over and above their last nagarpalika bill. “If residents’ annual bill was Rs 1,000 and the tax bill became Rs 1,500 after their area came under the AMC limits, the residents are required to pay just Rs 1,125 this year,” said AMC revenue committee chairman Jainik Vakil. But he clarified that the tax amount will be increased progressively by adding Rs 125 each year. “In four years, these residents will receive bills in line with those the other property owners get under the AMC limits,” Vakil said.A senior municipal official said that the AMC bills were a shock for residents of the newly merged areas initially as their society maintenance bills and the AMC property tax bills were issued at the same time. “We had a formula for newly merged areas in 2006. So we extended the plan to Bopal-Ghuma, Kathwada, and Chiloda residents,” the official said.Prior to the AMC taking over Bopal-Ghuma, 40,000-odd residents of the area were cumulatively paying Rs 5 crore in taxes. After the AMC issued tax bills, the revenue was expected to go up to Rs 15 crore.“The property tax system used to be fairly haphazard. For example, the owners of flats built over the past four years pay depending on the carpet area,” said a senior tax assessor of the south west zone. “But the owners of other buildings pay a fixed rate under the old blanket assessment approach.” He said South Bopal will be in the ‘B’ category of the municipal tax system, where the land jantri value is between Rs 7,000 and Rs 15,000. The majority of Bopal and Ghuma regions will be in the ‘C’ category.“Normally, the scheme is publicized when areas are placed under the AMC control,” the assessor said. “But the process was postponed due to Covid’s second wave.” The 2006 method is being considered now that property tax bills have been issued, said another senior AMC official.
Ahmedabad: Getting married after eloping with a minor girl does not wipe out the offence under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act, the Gujarat high court observed on Tuesday while denying permission to withdraw a habeas corpus petition filed for a missing girl after the family received the girl’s marriage certificate.In this case, a 15-year-old girl from Bopal eloped with her boyfriend in 2019. Her father approached the high court alleging her abduction and illegal detention. Bopal police registered an FIR against the man under Pocso and launched an investigation.On Tuesday, the girl’s parents asked the court to let them withdraw the petition and supplied a copy of the marriage certificate, which was thrown at their house. The document showed that their daughter has got her marriage registered on February 18 on attaining adulthood. The parents said that in the wake of the marriage being carried out, there is no point in pursuing the litigation. This led the bench of Justice Sonia Gokani and Justice Mauna Bhatt to refuse permission to withdraw the petition and asserted that the man in this case is accused under Pocso. “Whatever happens to him, the offence does not go away with marriage. If this practice continues they will elope with young minor girls and return after two-three years and say that they have got married. This is not done. Parliament has made a law for this,” Justice Gokani said and explained to the girl’s parents that the man’s family would pressure them for withdrawal, but the police would do their job. The court ordered the girl to be produced before the court at the earliest and posted a further hearing on March 8.
Ahmedabad: The civic body will shortly start work on desilting pipelines for stormwater and lake interlinking work in areas falling under its North West and South West zones. “The pipeline network has pipelines with diameters between 450mm and 2,000mm,” said a senior AMC official. “These lines have to be desilted using super-suction machines. We had invited bids for this and the water supply and sewerage committee has finalized the private players.” The official added: “The estimated cost of this work is Rs 18.3 crore.”Ghatlodia, Thaltej, Gota, Bodakdev, Chandkheda, and Bopal fall under the AMC’s NW Zone while Jodhpur, Vejalpur, South Bopal, Sarkhej, and Maktampura fall under its SW Zone.The official said that the proposal to clear this tender will be tabled before the AMC’s standing committee in its meeting scheduled on Wednesday. tnn
AHMEDABAD: The civic body has cleared two proposals for two tall residential buildings — on Bopal-Ambli road and in Shilaj –– to be sent for approval to the state urban development department next week. The two independent residential projects will have one tower each of 119m. A third proposal for a building in Gota is yet to be cleared. Sources in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) said the two projects will be spread over footprints of 5,000 and 4,800 square metres, respectively. “The Science City residential project that was approved by the state government recently had three towers and was spread over 11,000 square meters. The Science City project comprises three and four BHK apartments of 3,500 sq ft, 4,500 sq ft, and 5,500 sq ft carpet area,” said a senior AMC official. He added that in the Bopal-Ambli and Shilaj projects, there will be a 40-foot internal road and margin space around the complex. Between June and September last year, three buildings of 92.4m were given approval on the Sabarmati riverfront. Sources in the AMC said skyscrapers can come up in zones that have permitted floor space index (FSI) of more than 1.2. The new policy allows FSI of 5.4, but the developer will have to pay for FSI over 1.2 at 50% of the jantri value (revenue ready reckoner rates) for non-agricultural land. The tall buildings panel was to review building designs and run simulation studies on horizontal load — how the buildings will act during an earthquake — and wind load. “The proposals after being cleared by the AMC are placed before the three-member tall buildings expert panel,” the AMC official said.
Ahmedabad: The civic body’s standing committee has approved proposals to construct footpaths in various parts of Bopal and also approved proposals for road resurfacing in areas falling under in South West Zone. The civic body will construct paver block footpaths in Bopal at an expenditure of Rs 40 lakh while it will carry out road resurfacing of various TP roads in Bopal at an expenditure of Rs. 12.47 crore. tnn
Ahmedabad: Frequent complaints of roads being inundated during the monsoon have been a regular affair for Bopal and Ghuma residents. This time, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has marked areas that face such issues repeatedly and are going to lay stormwater and drainage lines there. To begin with, in Bopal, the road between Vibhusha Society towards Jain Nagar Society and on towards Ghuma Road will get a stormwater drain. The AMC will also lay a new drainage line for wastewater along the same route. “We are replacing the old sewerage lines laid by AUDA with large capacity ones, after we got complaints of frequent drainage blocks from societies in these areas,” says a senior North West Zone official. The AMC will spend Rs 76.25 lakh on the new stormwater drain and Rs 1 crore on upgrading the sewerage line. A similar plan will be executed with a new stormwater line to be laid along Umiya Mata Temple Road towards Vakil Sahib Bridge, running along the BRTS route before turning towards Meghna Society and Arohi Twin Bungalows Road. “For the last seven years many new societies had come up in these areas and they have been demanding an upgrade of the stormwater line. The budget for this has been approved,” the AMC official said.