Ahmedabad Bopal News

Wrong side drivers coughed up Rs 1.46 lakh fines on Day 1
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 weeks ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 weeks ago

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.

Wrong side drivers coughed up Rs 1.46 lakh fines on Day 1
GMC seeks Rs 376 cr from AUDA to develop new areas
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 month ago

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 development​​​​​​​AUDA 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.

GMC seeks Rs 376 cr from AUDA to develop new areas
Not just summer heat, frequent power cuts roast Amdavadis!
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 month ago

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

Not just summer heat, frequent power cuts roast Amdavadis!
Ahmedabad: Dental student forges NEET marksheet
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

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).

Ahmedabad: Dental student forges NEET marksheet
Bag containing Rs 20L stolen from car
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 month ago

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

Bag containing Rs 20L stolen from car
  • 35k, passport stolen from car in Naranpura
  • Times of India

    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.

Shilaj resident beaten up by money lender, aides
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 months ago

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.

Shilaj resident beaten up by money lender, aides
  • Moneylenders assault Shilaj resident, his two friends
  • Times of India

    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.

AUDA NOC no longer necessary to sell property or take loan against it
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 months ago

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.

AUDA NOC no longer necessary to sell property or take loan against it
Beware, Wrong Side Raju
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 months ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 months ago

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

Beware, Wrong Side Raju
Ex-IIMA prof says RWA secy hit him after he fed dogs
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 months ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 months ago

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.”

Ex-IIMA prof says RWA secy hit him after he fed dogs
Most buyers in their 30s or 40s
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 months ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 months ago

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 approvals​​​​​​​The 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.

Most buyers in their 30s or 40s
Frequent connectivity issues at sub-registrar offices hassle citizens
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 months ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 months ago

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)​​​​​​​

Frequent connectivity issues at sub-registrar offices hassle citizens
Property tax relief for Bopal-Ghuma residents
Times of India | 4 months ago
Times of India
4 months ago

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.

Property tax relief for Bopal-Ghuma residents
Court: Marriage to minor after eloping doesnt erase crime
Times of India | 4 months ago
Times of India
4 months ago

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.

Court: Marriage to minor after eloping doesnt erase crime
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation clears two 119m building plans
Times of India | 4 months ago
Times of India
4 months ago

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 Municipal Corporation clears two 119m building plans