Ahmedabad Bopal News

Ahmedabad: 41-year-old objects to being photographed, attacked
Times of India | 5 days ago | |
Times of India
5 days ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A 41-year-old man from the Shela area of Ahmedabad on Friday filed a complaint with Bopal police, alleging that two men attacked him after he objected to the wife of one of them clicking a picture of him. Piyush Vadher, a resident of Samatva Bungalows in Shela, in his FIR said he saw a woman named Astha Kadu, a resident of the same society, clicking pictures of him on November 22. Vadher alleged that when he stopped her from clicking pictures, she threatened to slander him. On hearing the fight with Vadher, Astha's husband Sangram Kadu intervened and began threatening Vadher. He alleged that Sangram told him to come down to the parking area while threatening to damage his car. When Vadher went to the parking area, Sangram hit him with an iron rod the face, leaving him severely injured. Sangram's friend, Mahesh Prajapati, also hit Vadher with a stone on his forehead. Vadher said his father tried to rescue him but the two attacked him as well. Later, the two accused threatened to kill Vadher and left. Vadher said his wife and other residents took him to a private hospital in Bopal, where a medico-legal case was filed. Bopal police registered a case of causing hurt, criminal intimidation and abetment against Sangram and Prajapati. Bopal police have begun recording statements of witnesses and gathering CCTV footage of the incident.

Ahmedabad: 41-year-old objects to being photographed, attacked
  • Man objects to being photographed, attacked
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: A 41-year-old man from the Shela area of Ahmedabad on Friday filed a complaint with Bopal police, alleging that two men attacked him after he objected to the wife of one of them clicking a picture of him. Piyush Vadher, a resident of Samatva Bungalows in Shela, in his FIR said he saw a woman named Astha Kadu, a resident of the same society, clicking pictures of him on November 22. Vadher alleged that when he stopped her from clicking pictures, she threatened to slander him. On hearing the fight with Vadher, Astha's husband Sangram Kadu intervened and began threatening Vadher. He alleged that Sangram told him to come down to the parking area while threatening to damage his car. When Vadher went to the parking area, Sangram hit him with an iron rod the face, leaving him severely injured. Sangram's friend, Mahesh Prajapati, also hit Vadher with a stone on his forehead. Vadher said his father tried to rescue him but the two attacked him as well. Later, the two accused threatened to kill Vadher and left. Vadher said his wife and other residents took him to a private hospital in Bopal, where a medico-legal case was filed. Bopal police registered a case of causing hurt, criminal intimidation and abetment against Sangram and Prajapati. Bopal police have begun recording statements of witnesses and gathering CCTV footage of the incident.

Ahmedabad: Another FIR against Patel brothers
Times of India | 5 days ago | |
Times of India
5 days ago | |

AHMEDABAD: One more case has been filed against Raman Patel and Dashrath Patel, the promoters of Popular Builders, for allegedly occupying a plot in Godhavi, Ahmedabad district, in 1983, using forged documents. Ramkrushna Acharya, a resident of Green Leaves Apartments in Sola, in his FIR filed on Friday at Bopal police station, said that Raman and Dashrath along with an unknown man, Saryudasji Bava, forged papers for the land deal in the name of Ramkrushna's grandfather, and occupied the plot measuring around 63,772 square metres. Ramkrushna said that his grandfather, Shatrughnadasji, had only one son named Gordhandasji. Shatrughnadasji died on February 4, 1991. Gordhandasji did not get the Godhavi plot transferred to his name. Recently, Ramkrushna checked the revenue records and found that the land in Godhavi was first owned by Saryudasji who later sold it to Raman and Dashrath. Ramkrushna said that the land documents suggested that Raman and Dashrath had aided Saryudasji in transferring Shatrughnadasji's property to his name by showing Saryudasji as Shatrughnadasji's son. This plot was transferred to Saryudasji's name on November 13, 1982. Later, Raman and Dashrath got the plot transferred to their name on August 5, 1983. Ramkrushna alleged that the land document said that his grandfather Shatrughnadasji had died in 2001, whereas he had actually died in 1991. According to the local crime branch (LCB) of Ahmedabad rural police, Ramkrushna had filed a petition with the special investigation team (SIT) of the district collectorate which investigates land grabbing cases. The SIT found irregularities, after which an FIR was filed. An LCB team will investigate the complaint filed by Bopal police for forgery, cheating, producing forged documents as genuine and criminal conspiracy. Legal trouble started for the promoters of Popular Builders in August 2020, when Raman Patel's daughter-in-law filed a complaint of attempted murder and molestation against Raman and accused his son Monang Patel of domestic violence. In October 2020, the income tax department raided 26 premises . The same month, a paint manufacturer filed a complaint accusing Raman and Dashrath Patel of Rs 3 crore cheating.

Ahmedabad: Another FIR against Patel brothers
Dead for 12 yrs, notary still ‘stamps’ land papers
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: When Bharatsinh Solanki, a resident of Shahpur village in Gandhinagar, got a court notice about the sale of his 30-bigha ancestral plot, he was shocked. He had never signed any such deal. He approached the police, and the investigation revealed that the papers for the land deal had been forged. And, the deal had been authorized by a notary who has been dead for more than a decade. After the police came across a second case where the dead notary’s seal was used to grab land in the Ahmedabad district, they havecast a wider net to check for more such cases. Both the land deals had taken place in 2022, and the documents were stamped by a notary, B B Gandhi, from Rajkot, who died on February 23, 2010. The first case came to light in July 2022 when the fraudsters tried to grab Solanki’s plot in Dabhoda village of Gandhinagar. According to the investigation, Solanki’s childhood friend, Suman Patel from Naroda, promised him a job as a security guard and made him sign some documents. Dead notary’s name used for fake land dealsIn December 2020, Solanki received a notice from the Gandhinagar civil court showing him as a respondent in a land deal case. Surprised by this, Solanki approached the Gandhinagar district collector and a special investigation team (SIT) probing forged land deals began an investigation. The probe found that Patel had sold the land to a man from Unjha for Rs 2 lakh. The police found that Gandhi, whose stamp was on the documents, had died 12 years ago. The second case was reported from the Ahmedabad district after an NRI couple’s land measuring around 1,310 sq m in Lapkaman village was sold using the dead notary’s stamp. On December 30, 2020, the couple’s son Brijesh Patel, 46, spotted a notice regarding title clearance of the land and filed a complaint with Bopal police. He alleged that builder Hitesh Patel from Detroj had forged the land documents in 2020. The forged documents showed that Brijesh’s father, Ramanlal, who was in the US since 2016, had sold the land to Hitesh for just Rs 13 lakh. Bopal inspector A P Chaudhary said, “We are investigating to find out who was involved in using Gandhi’s name to seal fake land deals.” Sources in the police and Ahmedabad district collector's office said that various political leaders had allegedly notarized their election affidavits in the 2007 assembly poll and 2009 Lok Sabha poll through Gandhi. Following this, several land mafias began using his seal to authorize fake land deal documents, said a source.

Dead for 12 yrs, notary still ‘stamps’ land papers
Gandhinagar: Dead for 12 years, notary still ‘stamps’ land papers
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: When Bharatsinh Solanki, a resident of Shahpur village in Gandhinagar, got a court notice about the sale of his 30-bigha ancestral plot, he was shocked. He had never signed any such deal. He approached the police, and the investigation revealed that the papers for the land deal had been forged. And, the deal had been authorized by a notary who has been dead for more than a decade. After the police came across a second case where the dead notary’s seal was used to grab land in the Ahmedabad district, they havecast a wider net to check for more such cases. Both the land deals had taken place in 2022, and the documents were stamped by a notary, B B Gandhi, from Rajkot, who died on February 23, 2010. The first case came to light in July 2022 when the fraudsters tried to grab Solanki’s plot in Dabhoda village of Gandhinagar. According to the investigation, Solanki’s childhood friend, Suman Patel from Naroda, promised him a job as a security guard and made him sign some documents. Dead notary’s name used for fake land dealsIn December 2020, Solanki received a notice from the Gandhinagar civil court showing him as a respondent in a land deal case. Surprised by this, Solanki approached the Gandhinagar district collector and a special investigation team (SIT) probing forged land deals began an investigation. The probe found that Patel had sold the land to a man from Unjha for Rs 2 lakh. The police found that Gandhi, whose stamp was on the documents, had died 12 years ago. The second case was reported from the Ahmedabad district after an NRI couple’s land measuring around 1,310 sq m in Lapkaman village was sold using the dead notary’s stamp. On December 30, 2020, the couple’s son Brijesh Patel, 46, spotted a notice regarding title clearance of the land and filed a complaint with Bopal police. He alleged that builder Hitesh Patel from Detroj had forged the land documents in 2020. The forged documents showed that Brijesh’s father, Ramanlal, who was in the US since 2016, had sold the land to Hitesh for just Rs 13 lakh. Bopal inspector A P Chaudhary said, “We are investigating to find out who was involved in using Gandhi’s name to seal fake land deals.” Sources in the police and Ahmedabad district collector's office said that various political leaders had allegedly notarized their election affidavits in the 2007 assembly poll and 2009 Lok Sabha poll through Gandhi. Following this, several land mafias began using his seal to authorize fake land deal documents, said a source.

Gandhinagar: Dead for 12 years, notary still ‘stamps’ land papers
Ahmedabad: AQI around 300 in Pirana, Bopal
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The air quality index (AQI) in Ahmedabad city on Monday was the second highest of the four cities monitored by SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research). Track the pollution level in your cityWhile Delhi was the worst with an AQI of 331, the Ahmedabad city AQI was 176, worse than Mumbai and Pune. In Ahmedabad, Pirana and Bopal registered a PM2.5 (particulate matter of 2.5 micron diameter) reading of around 300 micrograms per cubic metre of air. Only in Satellite and GIFT City were PM2.5 levels satisfactory, 98 and 93, respectively. In Raikhad, Rakhial and Lekhawada, PM2.5 levels were ‘moderate’. PM2.5 levels in Pirana (308), Bopal (297), Navrangpura (247) and Rakhial (204) were ‘poor’. Officials said PM2.5 is a concern for people’s. These tiny particles reduce visibility and cause the air to appear hazy when levels are elevated. Officials said the movement of vehicles in Bopal, Rakhial and Navrangpura add to the high levels of pollution. The officer said, “It is possible that with train movements on the Sabarmati to Sarkhej stretch could be adding to the increased level of PM2.5 pollution. Every time a train passes, railway crossings in the western parts of the city are closed for about 10 minutes. This could be a reason for the elevated level of pollution in Navrangpura.” Four trains pass on this stretch every day. About Bopal, he said vehicle density on roads in Bopal as very high and the are has narrow roads which are often blocked by parked vehicles occupying half of the road width. In Pirana, he said the high level of pollution was due to the garbage mound, which is major contributor to pollution in the city. Dr Bhavin Joshi, additional health officer with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, said, “Bopal is a developing area and with the Ring Road passing through it, vehicle movement is high. This could be one reason for higher pollution there.”

Ahmedabad: AQI around 300 in Pirana, Bopal
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
Man killed in Ahd for refusing to fetch water
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A 28-year-old man allegedly clobbered his 58-year-old roommate to death after the latter objected to being told to fetch water. The murder took place in Ghuma area of Ahmedabad on Wednesday. Jitu Kataria was arrested for allegedly killing Jaykishan Panchal after the deceased's son Punit filed a complaint with Bopal police. Punit, who is employed as a driver with a transport company in Vadodara, said in his FIR that his father worked as a security guard at Green City Society in Ghuma and had been living in a small room there for the past 15 years. On Wednesday afternoon, Punit received a call from Panchal's roommate Bhupendra Bhadauriya who informed him about the attack. In his FIR, Punit stated that he and his friend reached the community health centre in Ghuma, where Panchal was taken to after the attack. However, Panchal was declared brought dead. Punit, in his complaint, said that Bhadauriya narrated what had transpired on Wednesday morning. Kataria and Panchal were cooking but there was no water in the room. Since they did not have a water connection, Kataria asked Panchal to fetch water from one of the houses in the residential society. Panchal objected to being ordered about and this led to heated arguments and exchange of blows. Enraged, Kataria picked up a bat lying in the room and clobbered Panchal before punching him in the chest. Hearing Panchal's screams, Bhadauriya, who was standing outside, came running. By then Panchal had fallen unconscious. Bhadauriya took Panchal to Ghuma CHC where doctors declared him dead. Soon after the attack, Kataria fled but was later nabbed from Ghuma. Bopal police have registered a complaint of murder and begun probe.

Man killed in Ahd for refusing to fetch water
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation housing projects among 100 that breached deadlines
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Not just private construction companies, even state government's social housing projects have been breaching deadlines, thus inviting punitive action. The Gujarat Real Estate Regulatory Authority (GujRERA) recently issued notices to 100 residential projects in the state, which have breached their deadlines, including three social housing projects for economically weaker sections (EWS) and low-income groups (LIG) undertaken by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). These projects in Bopal, Thaltej and Makarba areas will not meet their 2021-22 deadlines and will thus not be able to give possession documents to beneficiaries. "AMC has already received show-cause notices from GujRERA as to why project completion documents cannot be provided on time for its EWS and LIG housing projects and why punitive measures should be not initiated against it," a senior AMC official said. RERA documents with TOI reveal that AMC was supposed to finish building 406 homes under the EWS-50 scheme in Thaltej on June 16, 2022, but the deadline has not been met. In Makarba TP Scheme 84A, 924 houses were to be built under the EWS-38 scheme by April 23, 2022, but this project is also delayed. The deadline for construction of 1,190 houses of EWS-43 in Thaltej was September 7, but that too has been breached. In the case of social housing projects within the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) jurisdiction, deadlines have been breached repeatedly. At the recent AUDA board meeting, the contractor for the Bopal EWS-2 houses was given a deadline extension for the third time. The first deadline was April 2021, and the second of September 2022 was also breached. "GujRERA had approved two extensions for the Bopal EWS project. Now we are seeking a third extension till September 2023 and will soon apply to GujRERA for it," said a senior AUDA official.

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation housing projects among 100 that breached deadlines
Water charge by usage in Bopal soon
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Residents of Bopal, Ghuma, Godhavi and Shela will soon have to pay according to the volume of water they use. These areas were brought under the ambit of the 24x7 metered water supply scheme a few years ago. On October 7, the board of the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (Auda) unanimously passed its "Water Distribution System Policy", which will charge domestic, commercial and institutional water connections according to their consumption. The policy allows Auda charge a deposit for water meter installation and to issue monthly water usage bills to its consumers. According to the policy, Auda will supply 22,500 litres per household per month, without extra charge. Such consumers, however, will have to pay the basic annual water fee that comes with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) property tax bill. If a household's consumption is between 22,500 litres and 30,000 litres a month, the owner will pay a maximum of Rs 75, at the rate of Rs 10 per 1,000 additional litres. For monthly consumption between 30,001 litres and 40,000 litres, Auda will Rs 20 per 1,000 litres. Similarly, the charge will be Rs 50 per thousand litres for consumption exceeding 60,001 litres. A copy of this policy is with TOI. "For commercial property, depending on type, Auda will charge between Rs 25 and Rs 40 per thousand litres of water consumed. The policy has further clarified that Rs 15 per will be charged per 1,000 litres from government or semi-government organizations such as government-aided schools, government colleges, universities, institutions and for religious places," said a senior Auda official. Five years ago, Auda sanctioned Rs 77.53 crore for the 24x7 metered water supply project for the Bopal-Ghuma municipality, Shela and its adjoining areas, mostly in TP Schemes 1, 2 and 3. Auda was to ensure metered household connections, mechanical, and electric instrumentation, and a central supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) management system. The project was inaugurated on July 27 this year. Auda had already identified an agency for operation and maintenance of its water supply in Bopal and Ghuma municipalities. This agency will prepare bills and collect user charges for a period of five years. "AMC will charge an annual water fee from Bopal-Ghuma residents as part of the property tax bill as these areas are now under the AMC. Auda will charge a monthly metered water usage charge as part of the 24x7 metered water supply project," said the senior Auda official.

Water charge by usage in Bopal soon
Auda frames policy to put water thieves in jail
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Stealing water from the main water supply trunk or distribution lines laid by the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (Auda) can land wrongdoers in jail. Under the Gujarat Domestic Water Supply (Protection) Act 2019, the apex urban planning authority of Ahmedabad has come up with a policy that has provisions to move criminal charges against individuals or societies caught pilfering water. The Water Distribution System Policy 2022, approved by the Auda board on October 7, includes a jail term of up to three months in case authorities detect unauthorized connections within the jurisdictions of Bopal, Ghuma and Shela. Auda officials, who are aware of the policy, say that a fine ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 1 lakh has been fixed for anyone caught drawing water illegally from the trunk lines. "If the fine is unpaid, the offender can face jail time ranging from a month to three months. The draft of the policy will be sent for approval to the state government shortly. In case the water is being drawn illegally from distribution lines, the fine amount will range from Rs 3,000 to Rs 20,000," an official said. Bopal, Ghuma, Shela covered The Auda official added, "In July 2019, the state government had passed the water supply act under which persons stealing water could face imprisonment up to two years. This was done to stop people and societies from drawing water illegally from pipelines or overdrawing water if they have a valid connection. There are also instances, wherein water distribution systems have either been contaminated, damaged or tampered with. The law was created to protect the domestic water supply." Five years ago, Auda had sanctioned a budget of Rs 77.53 crore to provide 24x7 water supply to Bopal-Ghuma municipality as well as Shela and its adjoining areas. Bopal-Ghuma's TP schemes 1, 2, and 3 were chosen for the scheme, and the water supply was to be provisioned from the Jaspur water treatment plant. The project involved individual house connections, water meters, civil work, instrumentation, and implementation of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) to manage the water supply for five years. Under the project, overhead tanks were to be constructed in various parts of the Bopal and Ghuma areas for Rs 12.41 crore. A separate provision of Rs 35 crore was made to lay the water distribution network and Rs 2.15 crore to set up household connections.

Auda frames policy to put water thieves in jail
Mukta A2 Cinemas Opens The First Of Its Kind Luxury Signature Cinema In Ahmedabad With The Launch Of Its New 6 Screens On The Auspicious Occasion Of Dussehra
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 month ago | |

October 7: Mukta A2 Cinemas, one of India’s fastest-growing cinema chains, has announced the opening of its six new screens, with acrème de la crèmeExperience in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, from the 5th October 2022 onwards to welcome the people of Ahmedabad to your most loved movie-watching destination at Mukta A2 Cinemas, TRP, BOPAL (Ahmedabad)The newly launched signature property in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, features 6screens and can accommodate 547guests. The property is further aided with Harkness 3D screens, 2K-Lazer projector & surround sound, which will ensure the best & immersive movie experience for every member of the audience. The new property focuses on a blissful experience owing to the seating arrangements comprising lounger beds, recliners & sofas only. The focus is to enhance the taste buds of the audiences through specially curated food and beverage options. The aim is to deliver an unforgettable culinary experience with a fresh & live kitchen & food options, which will be prepared in-house by our chefs.Commenting on the soon-to-open propertyRahul Puri, Managing Director, Mukta Arts Ltd., said, “We are excited to welcome the people of Ahmebdad at the Retail Park in Ahmedabad from 5th October onwards. Our 6-screen property, which has 547 luxurious seating with recliners and sofas, a Dolby Atmos Sound System, a 2K projection& laser projector, and Hardness screens, is designed to enhance the movie-watching experience. Adding to the charm of movie watching are facilities that include a live kitchen offering a variety of food. We firmly believe that films were made for the big screen and will continue to expand and diversify our footprint so that guests can enjoy the shared and unrivalled experience of seeing a movie at the cinema.Satwik Lele, COO of Mukta A2 Cinemas, said,’’ The city of Ahmedabad & the people have showered us with so much love & opportunities for future growth & expansion of our cinema business. With the opening of this 6-screen property at TRP, Bopal, Mukta A2 cinemas will stand at 16 operational screens in Ahmedabad, with six more to be added in the pipeline.The cinema will be open for commercial operations from 5th OCTOBER. With this launch; Mukta A2 Cinemas has now expanded its presence to 24 properties and 62 screens.- (please note have not included Chittorgarh 3 screens in this count)

Mukta A2 Cinemas Opens The First Of Its Kind Luxury Signature Cinema In Ahmedabad With The Launch Of Its New 6 Screens On The Auspicious Occasion Of Dussehra
Six accidents per night since start of Navratri
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 months ago | |

Ahmedabad road accident: Decked up Amdavadis have been caught up in an increasing number of accidents in the first four days of Navratri, if the accident figures of Emergency 108 service are anything to go by. There has been almost a 50% increase in night time accidents. EMRI 108 data shows that the number of accidents was 6 daily from September 26 to 29, a hike of 55% compared to the previous week’s per day average of 3.86 cases. As many as 245 accident cases were reported to 108 from September 26 to 29 compared to 469 accident cases reported to 108 from September 19 to 25.Accidents between midnight till 4 am have also gone up and so have early morning accidents. In the western part of the city, most accidents were reported from Sola, Thaltej, Vaishnodevi Circle, Sarkhej, Bopal and South Bopal, Shyamal crossroads, Vejalpur, Iskcon circle, YMCA circle, Karnavati Club crossroads, Prahladnagar, Makarba, Navrangpura, Paldi and Juhapura.Accidents were also reported from northern and eastern parts of the city like Ognaj, Chandkheda, Sabarmati, Kankaria, Nikol, Nava Naroda, Narol, Vastral, and Bapunagar among others.An EMRI 108 official said the rise in the movement of people at night has led to the surge in accidents.“The Ahmedabad road accident involve both two-wheelers and four-wheelers, but there are higher instances of the former,” said the official. Dr Pravin Kanabar, president of Active Traffic Consultative Committee (ATCC) trust that works on road safety issues said that rash driving, hurrying to reach from one place to another, not wearing a helmet and more people than mandated on two-wheelers are some of the major causes of accidents. He said talking and texting while driving, nonfunctional street lights creating blind spots and lack of traffic cops on crossroads also result in Ahmedabad road accident.

Six accidents per night since start of Navratri
South Bopal residents vigilant over child kidnapping rumours
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 months ago | |

Members of residential societies in South Bopal have decided to be alert after receiving social media forwards warning them of a gang involved in kidnapping children. The forwards told of a woman, a member of a gang specialising in kidnapping children, attempting to steal a child opposite Safal Parisar/ Kavisha Panorama in South Bopal. The members however verified the forwards by actually visiting the spot of the alleged incident and found that no such incident had taken place. They also got in touch with the police who confirmed that the reported kidnapping never took place in South Bopal. The society members said that forwards are the same as earlier such forwards with the same picture and video with only the crime spot changed as South Bopal.However residential societies have decided to be alert and many are doubling up guards and CCTV cameras in their respective buildings. Shailendra Shah, Secretary, Safal Parisar-1 said they did not want to create unnecessary panic and so verified the messages and found that it was false. “However, we have beefed up security for the night and have asked guards to keep an eye out for outsiders/strangers in the society,” said Shah.Amit Agrawal, Chairperson, Sun South Park said they have added two more security guards and have installed high-focus cameras at the main gate. “We have informed residents that there is no need to panic over the forwards,” said Agrawal.Prateek Tandon, Chairman, Orchid Paradise said there was a lot of uncertainty after reports of the alleged abduction. “Residents were scared but we talked to the cops and no one has reported such happenings. We however sensitised parents to be careful,” said Tandon.Shivrajsinh Vala, Chairperson, Gala Glory of South Bopal said about one and a half months ago cops had held meetings with various residential society members asking them to remain alert. Jaldhi Mehta, Vice-Chairman of Aarohi Crest said children in the society are not allowed out of society without an adult accompanying them. “We have also put two additional guards on duty,” he said.We have beefed up security for the night and have asked guards to keep an eye out for strangers in the society–Shailendra Shah, secretary,Safal Parisar-1

South Bopal residents vigilant over child kidnapping rumours
Ahmedabad: Septuagenarian pulled into sextortion trap
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A 75-year-old man from South Bopal on Monday filed a complaint with Bopal police stating that a woman from Delhi pressured him to go nude on a video call and later a man posing as a Delhi cop threatened to file a FIR. The complainant told police that he had received a WhatsApp message from the woman on September 9. "The woman started pressuring me to have sex on a video call. I told her to find another man," he said. "She then made a video call and she was nude in a bathroom. Seeing this, I immediately disconnected the call." The woman's insistence, the complainant said, wore him down in the end. "I thought that she was asking for just a five-minute nude video call and I would get rid of her after that," he said. "Though I have not been sexually active for about two years, I thought I might help a woman." The complainant worked as an advisor with a university in the city after retiring from a university in North Gujarat. On September 10, the woman sent a video of the call to him and threatened to post it on social media. He told her that he had her video too. She said that she would not mind if he circulated her video. Later, the complainant received a call from a man who identified himself as Vikramsinh Rathod of Delhi Police. Rathod threatened to file an FIR against the complainant. But the elderly man gathered courage and told Rathod that he would also file an FIR against him. Eventually, the septuagenarian approached Bopal police and filed a plea for an inquiry to be launched into the matter.

Ahmedabad: Septuagenarian pulled into sextortion trap
Amid protests, Nandoli to merge with AMC
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: For the past two days, residents of Nandoli in Kalol taluka of Gandhinagar have been sitting on a dharna near the village entrance. The banner reads ‘AMC bhagaado, Nandoli bachaao’, which translates to ‘stop AMC, save Nandoli’. The villagers have been organising meetings and dharnas to protest the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority’s proposal to merge their village with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. They claim that AUDA had prepared and submitted the proposal to the state government based on a single society’s demand. They allege that the AUDA did not consult the remaining residents of the village. While AUDA is keen on bringing Nandoli to AMC limits despite these protests, it is ignoring the demands made by residents of Shela village, which has developed in every aspect in the past few years. Residents of Shela village, which also falls under AUDA have been asking for the village to be merged with AMC as the area has developed quickly. “Two years ago, the state government merged around 150 survey number areas from AUDA with AMC. These areas included Bopal, Ghuma, Kathwada, Nana Chiloda, Sanathal, and Bisalpur. AMC also proposed bringing Zundal, Koteshwar, Khoraj, Khodiyar, and Sughad in its limits. However, the government did not sanction this and merged these areas with Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation. At the time, no civic body had proposed merging Nandoli village,” said the sources. Recently, members of a residential society in Nandoli wrote to the state housing and urban development department, suggesting that the village be merged with AMC to boost the development of the place. Soon after this letter, AUDA proposed to bring Nandoli under AMC and approved the proposal during a meeting. The proposal has been sent to the state government for final approval. The state government may soon issue a notification to merge Nandoli, which is located near Bhadaj and Shilaj areas, with AMC. Sources said that Nandoli village covers 375 land survey numbers and most of them include agricultural zones where farming is done. The residents, including the sarpanch of the village, have opposed this autocratic decision and are preparing to approach the state government to stop this merger. “We oppose AUDA’s decision. What kind of development can we expect from AMC which has failed to provide basic facilities in areas like Bopal and Ghuma? It is just a ploy to force farmers of this village to sell their lands at cheap rates,” said Rajuji Thakor, a Nandoli resident and a local leader. He said the village residents have decided to write to AUDA and the state government. Vishnuji Thakor, the village sarpanch said that the decision was not in the interests of the villagers.

Amid protests, Nandoli to merge with AMC
Bopal-Ghuma roads to be ready by Navratri
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 months ago | |

The monsoon-damaged roads of Bopal, South Bopal (SoBo) and Ghuma that fall under the AMC’s North-West and South-West zones will be repaired and resurfaced before Navratri if the civic bodies are to be believed.The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has requested the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) to work together to ensure that the main town planning roads in these areas are smoothened before the festival. The potholed roads in the area are a major concernfor residents.A source close to the development said AUDA is laying an estimated 90 km of water pipelines to provide Narmada water to every household in the area.“But after the areas came under the AMC, the road repair work is their responsibility. Since AMC lacks funds to repair the same, they have requested AUDA to build the roads once the water pipelines are laid,” said the source.An AUDA official said since the AMC has requested them to build the roads it will be done in thenext fortnight.He said the AMC will still have to do final resurfacing work on the roads. AUDA officials said the road repair work in Bopal and SoBo will be completed before Navratri but it will continue in Ghuma as the water pipeline project deadline is June 2023. The civic body may however hasten the pipeline project. An AUDA official said additional road work may cost the civic bodyRs 1.5 crore.AUDA agreed to the AMC’s request as AMC commissioner Lochan Sehra is also the chairman of AUDA and he had suggestedthe same.

Bopal-Ghuma roads to be ready by Navratri
Six safai kamdars attempt suicide over permanent jobs
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 months ago | |

Six AMC safai kamdars on Thursday attempted suicide in a bid to draw attention to their demands to make them permanent employees. Of the three men and three women, four consumed poison, while two doused themselves with petrol.GMERS, Sola Civil sources said the condition of all six – Parshottam Vala, Motibhai Vaghela, Ilaben Vala, Ashokbhai Vaghela, Hiraben Kabira and Dakshaben Haathiwala – is stable.The incident occurred after the sanitation workers went on strike demanding that they be made permanent. Earlier Union Home Minister Amit Shah had asked the Ahmedabad municipal commissioner to resolve the issue of Bopal-Ghuma and Ambli within three days. Later, the AMC made 53 safai kamdars permanent and asked them to join duty. However, the agitators wanted the rest of the workers to be made permanent as well.What AMC saysSources said the kamdars who were made permanent had been working as daily wagers since Bopal-Ghuma was a gram panchayat. “It later became a nagarpalika and was then merged with the AMC. The workers were never permanent staff. When it was a nagarpalika, they worked as contract employees and this was to continue after the area merged with the AMC,” said the source. Another official said that the contract workers have been on strike for over a year. “How do you expect us to pay them when they have not worked,” said the source.What activists sayMeanwhile, Kantilal Parmar, Human Rights Activist said as per a Supreme Court ruling class-4 employees have to be made permanent after working for 240 days. “ Temporary kamdars earn Rs 9,000 per month while it is Rs 25,00 for permanent workers. How can one survive on a Rs 9000 salary?” questioned Parmar.Parsottam Vaghela, Director of Manav Garima said the workers have worked during night shifts and many did not join the strike as they were working yet they were not paid their just dues.“After Bodakdev gram panchayat merged with the AMC, all those working with the panchayat were made permanent AMC employees. The same happened with Vejalpur and Jodhpur panchayat,” he said.Civic officials however said in those cases the employees were already permanent staff of the respective gram panchayats.The complaintContractor Jitu Dafda said the agitating workers don’t work nor let others work and threaten to slap him with atrocity charges. “When they were with me they did not work in Bopal- Ghuma for over a year and the state of cleanliness speaks for itself,” said Dafda.Bopal PI PR Jadeja said the demand for a permanent job is a longstanding one. “The local safai kamdars do not allow those from other areas to work in Bopal- Ghuma. On Thursday, the AMC got workers from other areas under SRP protection to enable them to work,” said Jadeja.He said the protesting workers brought small bottles of phenyl and inflammable liquid in minuscule quantities. “Those admitted for consuming phenyl and attempting to self-immolate are not on life support and are doing well. We detained 35 safai kamdars who were later released,” said Jadeja.

Six safai kamdars attempt suicide over permanent jobs
Clear garbage without delay: Union home minister Amit Shah to Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

GANDHINAGAR: After residents of certain areas in western Ahmedabad complained about uncollected garbage and sanitation problems, Union home minister Amit Shah directed the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to take quick action in the matter. Several areas of the western part of the city fall under the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency, which Amit Shah represents. Residents of Bopal, Ghuma and Ambli had publicly raised concerns about garbage on roads after which Shah directed the AMC to ensure that cleaning and removal of garbage is carried out within three days, a statement from the Gujarat BJP said on Friday. According to the BJP statement, Shah asked municipal commissioner Lochan Sehra to resolve the garbage disposal issues, which has been precipitated by the sanitation workers' strike. Bopal, Ghuma and Ambli were originally villages administered by a municipality. They are part of Shah's Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat. These localities are now in the jurisdiction of the AMC. About 500 AMC sanitation workers have been on strike for the last month, resulting in heaps of garbage accumulating on roads and in public spaces, as there is no one to collect it and dispose of it. "Some 200 sanitation workers employed by the erstwhile nagarpalika were not given jobs by the AMC after these areas were merged with the city. Moreover, the AMC is also refusing to give jobs to those who had taken long leaves due to some social or health issues. Thus some 500 workers from the area have been on strike for nearly a month," said Kalpesh Makwana, general secretary of the AMC Servants Association. Heaps of garbage can be seen in these areas as workers have refused to clear them till their demands are met, he said.

Clear garbage without delay: Union home minister Amit Shah to Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation
  • Clear garbage without delay: Amit Shah to AMC
  • Times of India

    GANDHINAGAR: After residents of certain areas in western Ahmedabad complained about uncollected garbage and sanitation problems, Union home minister Amit Shah directed the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to take quick action in the matter. Several areas of the western part of the city fall under the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency, which Amit Shah represents. Residents of Bopal, Ghuma and Ambli had publicly raised concerns about garbage on roads after which Shah directed the AMC to ensure that cleaning and removal of garbage is carried out within three days, a statement from the Gujarat BJP said on Friday. According to the BJP statement, Shah asked municipal commissioner Lochan Sehra to resolve the garbage disposal issues, which has been precipitated by the sanitation workers' strike. Bopal, Ghuma and Ambli were originally villages administered by a municipality. They are part of Shah's Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat. These localities are now in the jurisdiction of the AMC. About 500 AMC sanitation workers have been on strike for the last month, resulting in heaps of garbage accumulating on roads and in public spaces, as there is no one to collect it and dispose of it. "Some 200 sanitation workers employed by the erstwhile nagarpalika were not given jobs by the AMC after these areas were merged with the city. Moreover, the AMC is also refusing to give jobs to those who had taken long leaves due to some social or health issues. Thus some 500 workers from the area have been on strike for nearly a month," said Kalpesh Makwana, general secretary of the AMC Servants Association. Heaps of garbage can be seen in these areas as workers have refused to clear them till their demands are met, he said.

For local residents AMC is ‘zero’, earlier municipality ‘hero’
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 months ago | |

By Megha BhattIt took the second most powerful person in the country, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, to direct AMC Commissioner Lochan Sehra to resolve the garbage disposal issue in Bopal, Ghuma and Ambli. The incident shows the elected wing of the AMC in poor light in an election year.The posh areas, which were included in AMC jurisdiction 20 months ago, are facing month-long strike by contracted sanitation workers demanding permanent jobs. The workers have stopped picking up garbage which can be seen piled up at various spots in the three areas.On Thursday, in a bid to save its skin, the standing committee had reportedly tried to shift the blame to the administrative wing by “threatening” to go on hunger strike if it did not resolve the issue at the earliest.Residents at thereceiving endHowever, it is the residents of Bopal, Ghuma and Ambli who are at the receiving end. They claim that the issue of garbage disposal, particularly the green waste, cropped up after the merger of the areas with AMC. The municipality, before the merger with AMC, managed garbage disposal in a much better way, they told Mirror.Anita Sharma, a resident of Marutinandan Villa-1 in Bopal, said, “AMC’s apathy is apparent. The streets have not been swept for over a year and one can find them littered with waste. To add to our woes the green waste is not being picked up by AMC. We end up paying Rs 300 to Rs 500 to get it picked up.”Bhargav Joshi, a resident of Sun South Wind, South Bopal, said, “The Bopal municipality, before the merger with AMC, ensured the roads were swept daily. Those days are long gone. AMC is doing a poor job.”Incidentally, the areas fall under the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Ghatlodia Assembly constituency of Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel. Local residents rue that local councillors don’t pay heed to their requests for garbage disposal. Sumant Shah, a resident of Vrajnandan Bunglows-3, said, “The property tax has increased two-fold after AMC took over but there are hardly any civic services offered to us. Green waste is not picked up, roads not cleaned and worsening cattle menace.”Orchid Divine resident Yashpal Choudhary and Orchid Paradise resident Prateek Tandon said, “The SOBO ground is full of garbage which is producing mosquitoes. We will give zero marks to AMC when it comes to sweeping roads.”What sanitationworkers sayKalpesh Makwana, general secretary of AMC Servants Association said, “Nearly 200 sanitation workers of the nagarpalika were not given jobs by the AMC after the local body was merged into the city. Moreover, the AMC was also refusing to give jobs to those who had taken long leaves due to some social or health issues. Hence, nearly 500 workers of the area are on strike for nearly a month.Heaps of garbage can be spotted in the area as workers have refused to clear them till their demands are met, he said.“We have received a message that top AMC officials will hold a meeting with us on Friday evening to find an amicable solution,” Makwana said.What AMC standing comm chairman saysHitesh Barot told Mirror, “Sweeping of roads will begin within a week. The contracted sanitation workers are demanding permanent jobs from AMC which is not feasible. Hence, they have stopped working. When we sent safai kamdars from other areas to Bopal, Ghuma and Ambli, they were not allowed by striking workers. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had a talk with the AMC commissioner to come up with a solution.”When asked about AMC not picking up green waste, he said, “Green waste is picked up by AMC only from Town Planning roads. It is not AMC’s responsibility to pick it up from elsewhere. Societies have to pay for it. We do help out small societies but large societies need to pay up for it.”AMC sources said picking up green waste is a lucrative business for AMC which produces organic manure from it and sells it in the market. The wood can be used as fuel in crematoriums, a source added.

For local residents AMC is ‘zero’, earlier municipality ‘hero’