Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday that the Narendra Modi government is spending six times more money annually on the railway network in Gujarat as compared to the previous UPA government.“The Congress government (UPA) in Delhi used to spend Rs 590 crore every year on the railway network in Gujarat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi increased this spending from Rs 590 crore to Rs 3,960 crore between 2014 and 2022,” said Shah, who was addressing a gathering at Chandlodiya locality of Ahmedabad.Pointing out that projects like Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and Sabarmati riverfront have been successful only in Ahmedabad, Shah said, “As far as development is concerned, PM Modi has done a lot of work for Ahmedabad. I have never seen a riverfront like this anywhere else in the country. Weddings, morning walks, boating, and picnics can all be done on the riverfront. Similarly, BRTS has not been successful anywhere else apart from Ahmedabad.”“The (Ahmedabad) metro project is also nearing completion. Once it finishes, people in the city will not have to burn petrol. Like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, they can simply hop on the metro and reach their workplace,” he said, speaking about Phase 1 of the project.On Saturday, Shah inaugurated projects worth Rs 33.29 crore carried out jointly by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and Western Railway. This includes improving the existing platform and building a new booking office at Chandlodiya station, a railway under bridge between Chandlodiya and Khodiyar and three waiting rooms and foot-over-bridge at Sabarmati railway station.In his speech, Shah said during the last three years, 10 over bridges or underpasses have been built in Sabarmati Assembly constituency (part of Ahmedabad city) and thus the government has eliminated the need for railway crossings. “From today, 10 trains, including Gorakhpur-Okha Express, Somnath-Jabalpur Express, Bandra-Veraval, Mumbai-Okha Express, Ahmedabad-Somnath Express, Vadodara-Jamnagar train, will have stoppages at Chandlodiya railway station,” Shah said.The Union minister also asked people of his Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency to plant trees. “There is no doubt in my mind that we will become the most developed constituency in the country. I have made a five-year plan. Covid-19 has punctured it a bit, but still development is on track,” he added.
A 21-year-old youth living in Satellite was knocked down by a BRTS bus on Monday, leaving him with a fracture in the skull. The incident took place while the youth was on his way to office and was walking on the zebra crossing. An FIR was registered against the BRTS bus driver at the N-traffic police station.Bhushan Patil (21), hailing from Maharashtra, lives in a PG accomodation near the Jhansi Ki Rani statue area in Satellite with his friend Pavan Marathe and others. Patil and Marathe work in a private bank. On Monday morning, they were crossing the road near Mangalya society on way to office when a BRTS bushit Patil.The bus driver stopped the bus, but Patil by then had fallen on the ground and injured his head. Marathe immediately took Patil to a nearby private hospital in an autorickshaw. CT scan and an X-ray revealed a fracture in the skull, which also caused a haemorrhage.Patil is admitted in the ICU ward. His friend Marathe said, “He received 12 stitches for the injury. The doctor is awaiting further reports to decide if he will need an operation.”An offence was registered against the BRTS bus driver, identified as Manu Pateliya. He was arrested and released on bail.When contacted, BRTS general manager Vishal Khanama said, “As part of the procedure, a notice has been issued to the contractor and penalty will be imposed for negligence.”
Ahmedabad: As the civic body’s bus rapid transit system (BRTS) is proving a white elephant in terms of revenue generation and has failed to provide effective public transport services, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) now aims to maximise its revenue by renting out its infrastructure.Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd (AJL), the special purpose vehicle of the AMC that manages the BRTS has decided to rent out its optical fibre cable network to private telecom providers.Smart City Ahmedabad Development Ltd (SCADL), another special purpose vehicle of the AMC and the state government, had laid an optic fibre cable network connecting BRTS stations, AMTS depots and zonal offices to AJL’s main data centre at the Usmanpura AMC zonal office and its disaster recovery site at the AMC headquarters in Danapith. The approximate length of this network is 170km. The civic body intends to monetize this dedicated optic fibre cable network to generate extra revenue.Currently, AMC is using part of the fibre for its own services. “However, some of the fibre core pairs are unused. The civic body intends to rent out this portion for a period of 10 years,” a senior AMC official said.The private player will have marketing rights for the optical fibre network and can use it on its own or sub-let it further to private entities.Sources said the leasing procedure will abide by the rules of the department of telecommunication, the official said. The AMC will initially lease out the network for a decade. Depending on the performance of the lessee, it may extend it for 10 more years. The official said it has already initiated the process for inviting bids and expects to complete the selection and finalize a lessee in the next few months.
The road to cycling in Ahmedabad has many bumps – disappearing cycle tracks, encroached bike lanes and a non-existent traffic sense to name a few.Interestingly, cycle tracks in Ahmedabad made a premature entry when the number of cyclists was relatively low. Now, as the world talks of sustainable living and reducing carbon footprint, the AMC seems to be going backwards as a sizeable number of cycling tracks have disappeared with no signs of their revival.Built on both sides of the BRT corridor, the city once boasted around 40 km of cycle tracks. The tracks and the BRT project won several accolades, but now as the number of cyclists goes up, less than 5 km of dedicated usable cycle tracks remain.Encroachments and misuse by other vehicles for parking and riding among other things have slowly eroded the cycle tracks. Today the Sabarmati Riverfront is among the only places where one finds cyclists riding at ease.The lack of dedicated tracks means, cycling enthusiasts mostly use it for health and hobby and not commuting.Cyclists on the riseCovid-19 and the closure of gyms led to a surge in the number of cyclists on Ahmedabad streets, especially for leisure and workouts. This trend continued even post-Covid.Rahul Parikh, who owns Revolution, the Cycle Shop, near Mansi and rents out high-end cycles said there has been a 20% surge in cyclists compared to the pre-Covid times. “Our weekend trips now have more cycling enthusiasts. Our batch size is restricted to 25 to 30 participants, but overall registration for weekend trips is very high,” said Parikh.Rahul organises 50km rides for cyclists to places such as Indroda and Thol on weekends. He said the surge in people taking up cycling happened during Covid when gyms were shut down.“Regular cycling helps in weight loss and aids in controlling diabetes and hypertension. We have doctors who are regular cyclists and vouch for its benefits,” said Parikh.Despite the surge, cyclists in the city run the risk of accidents and worry about other safety concerns due to the lack of dedicated cycling lanes.“The number of casual riders has increased, but the city needs dedicated lanes to help them commute which will also reduce pollution.”Arjit of My Byk, a private bike-share network which has 3,000 cycles across 150 bike stations in Ahmedabad said he started the company with a vision to make Ahmedabad the bicycle capital of India.The AMC gave the go-ahead for the bike share concept in December 2019 just before the pandemic. “After the lockdown in June 2020, 95% of the trips were for health and leisure. Now, 60% are for leisure and 40% are for commuting. But this statistic will be completely reversed if the city has a dedicated cycle lane,” said Arjit.He said the city needs a cohesive network of cycle lanes with an end to end journey that is protected, secure and shaded.“In the past Ahmedabad had a dedicated lane but no cyclists. Today we have cyclists and it is time to build the cycle lane,” he said.My Byk started with 1,000 bikes and now has 3,000. It has 3 lakh users with over 50,000 unique active users in a month.Middle path for lanesArjit believes that dedicated cycle lanes on the left side of the road make it prone to encroachment. “The left side is not linear and is unsafe for cyclists. It also blocks access to shops and is encroached for parking. Cycle lanes like the BRTS must be on the median side of the road,” Arjit said.Nikita Lalwani, 32, the first Bicycle Mayor of India and founder of the Crooze app, that rewards people for cycling said that Ahmedabad needs a comprehensive cycling plan with a focus on making cycling safe and accessible for all. “Constructing one or two cycle lanes cannot help promote cycling. A cyclist needs linear lanes and networked cycling paths. Other than that the city should also focus on behavioural engagement with citizens and people need to be nudged to use them,” said Lalwani.Routes along the BRTS approach routes are used by cyclists for commuting, while the roads between SG Highway and SP Ring Road including the Sindhu Bhavan Road, the Iskcon-Aambli Road, and the Zydus Hospital Road are used by those who cycle for leisure.Rahul said across the world cycle lanes are shaded by solar panels that help provide shade and generate electricity.A cyclist and associate professor at CEPT Rutul Joshi said that before committing to build dedicated cycle tracks the civic authorities must regulate footpaths for pedestrian access and parking.“The free left turn also needs to be redesigned as it will ensure pedestrian safety and create room for cycle paths. It is a misconception that a free left turn eases traffic congestion. Besides, there needs to be a separate junction box for cyclists at traffic junctions where they can proceed when the signal gets green,” said Joshi.Municipal Commissioner Lochan did not respond to calls and messages sent by Mirror.
Ahmedabad: The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) will press in AMTS and BRTS buses to ensure more people use public transport for the IPL matches on Friday and Sunday at Narendra Modi stadium in Motera.AMC officials in a statement said 56 special buses will be deployed for the match on Friday and the number will increase to 65 on Sunday. The AMC said 24 BRTS buses will ply from LD College to Zundal Circle via Shivranjani and Memnagar. Six buses will be deployed from Iskcon Circle to Visat Circle via Jodhpur, Shivranjani, Memnagar, Ranip, RTO and Visat Junction. On Friday, six buses will be available on this route while on Sunday the number will be seven.A special route from Nehrunagar to Visat will be available only on Sunday. A special route with 26 buses will also be plying from Narol to Zundal Circle, via Geeta Mandir, Kalupur and RTO. Return trips will be available from 11pm to 1.30am. Similarly, there will be 54 special AMTS buses from various parts of the city.
The Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department’s slogan “MP ajab hai, sab se gajab hai” has been much-talked about, but it is 100 per cent right in the context of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) as Rs 450 crore have been spent in making and maintaining it, and now the government may dismantle it.In a recent event in the state capital, the government representatives said that BRTS is a nuisance for people and that the decision to implement it was wrong and it should be removed.In Bhopal, a 24 km-long, BRTS was made in the middle of the road on which only city buses were run. When this corridor was made, it was said that it will provide easy public transport to more and more people.State Urban Development and Housing Minister Bhupendra Singh said, from time to time, demands for removal of the BRTS are being made and the government has also taken note of it.Instead of facilitating people, the BRTS is causing problems for them. Till the time it is not removed in Bhopal, it will be thrown open for the public for five hours.State Medical Education Minister Vishvas Sarang said that the BRTS corridor has been creating problems and it should be uprooted and thrown out.If what the two ministers say is followed, then around Rs 450 crore will have been wasted.State Congress President Abbas Haffex said that the ministers’ statements reveal that the government’s decision was short sighted.”It is wastage of taxpayers’ money. The government should fix the responsibility on the ministers and officials who made this project,” Abbas added..Construction of the BRTS started in 2009 and in 2011, it was constructed from Lalghati Chauraha to Veer Savarkar Setu to Board office Chauraha. In 2009, Rs 250 crore were spent on it while over Rs 200 crore have been spent on its maintenance.
As part of the Smart City Project, an AMC-operated company had installed a 180-km long Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) network at a cost ofRs 23 crore. The project was a part of the Rs 5,754 crore Smart City project under which 70 different proposals were made to make Ahmedabad a smart city. Floated back in 2016, the OFC project envisaged offering free high-speed internet at AMC offices and BRTS bus stands.However, after realising only 40-50% usage of the network and decreasing popularity of free internet service at BRTS bus stands, AMC has now decided to lease out50% of the network to private entities and generate crores of revenue to recover the cost of installation and maintenance. At present Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd, a subsidiary of AMC that operates BRTS buses, has been given the contract to maintain the network.An AMC official told Mirror, “AMC has laid OFC network which was much more than its requirements. At present, only 50% of the network is being used. It has been proposed to lease out half the network to private players and generate revenue. As AJL maintains the OFC network, it will come out with tenders shortly. First, EoI will be invited from private players. The process will start soon. It is difficult to project how much revenue will be generated from it.”There are those within the AMC who are opposed to the monetisation scheme. One such official told Mirror, “AMC or AJL are not internet service providers. When the 180-km network is leased out, the last mile connectivity needed by private players will pose huge problems. It will require laying down new cables. The proposal to lease out OFC is not as easy as it seems.”Citizens give lukewarm response to free wi-fiThe free wi-fi service was first provided at more than 150 BRTS bus stands in the city in 2016. At first it was a big hit among the citizens. Daily more than 15,000 people actively used it. The figure has drastically reduced to 4,000-5,000 per day. AMC had issued four lakh Janmitra cards out of which less than one lakh are active users today. AMC is making efforts to popularise free internet by launching publicity campaigns at BRTS bus stands. It is also being contemplated to offer free service to citizens for a fixed time even without Jamitra cards.
AHMEDABAD, India, March 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- In January 2022, Zero-Sum ITS Solutions India Private Limited, with approval from Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd, a special purpose vehicle of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation in INDIA, conducted a demonstration experiment showcasing a public transportation vehicle priority system. The project was supported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, JAPAN and ZERO-SUM, LTD., JAPAN. The system functions over 600MHz band running on Japanese originated, internationally standardized V2X communication technology. This experiment demonstrated the use of a public transportation vehicle priority system in which a public transport vehicle such as a bus running on the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) corridor communicates with traffic signals at the intersections through 600MHz band using V2X communication technology based on international standards that allows the bus to have priority passage at the intersections. This is the first demonstration of its kind in INDIA for a public vehicle on a public road such as BRTS corridor. The BRTS corridor in Ahmedabad by Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd with a route length of over 103 Kms is one of the largest in India. It has a fleet of 378 buses that cover 178 stations, completing over 3656 trips daily. It is rated as one of the best Mass Rapid Transport System in India and served as an ideal ground for the conduction of such an experiment. Goal of the experiment This demonstration experiment that uses the application of 600MHz band V2X communication technology, aims at enabling the higher adoption of public transport by reducing the stop time of the buses at signal intersections and improving their travel time and on-time performance. This will encourage the general public to adopt BRTS transportation, thereby reducing emissions and helping decongest the roads from traffic. This technology prompts traffic signals installed enroute the path of buses on the BRTS corridor to identify the approach of the buses. Upon the detection of an approaching bus, the traffic signal will identify the speed and distance of the approaching bus and thereafter map the traffic signal cycle to turn green by the time the bus reaches the intersection, thereby enabling the bus to get signal free passage at the intersections safely and reduce the travel time to its destination. The demonstration used 600MHz band frequency for the communication of information, as 600MHz band allows for real time communication that has high penetrability through buildings and natural obstructions and has less interference from other devices. Outline of experiment Several V2X communication devices that function on 600 MHz band were installed on buses that run on the BRTS corridor and at a busy traffic intersection on the BRTS corridor in Ahmedabad. When a bus that is equipped with a V2X communication device approaches the traffic intersection at which a V2X communication device is installed, the devices identify each other at over 400 meters. The V2X devices communicate with each other and the information that the bus is approaching the intersection along with parameters such as speed and position is immediately transmitted to the signaling system, enabling the system to modify and optimize the running signal cycle to turn green by the time the bus approaches within 100 to 150 meters of the intersection. This allows the priority passage of the bus over other modes of transportation at the intersection, enabling a reduction in travel time of the bus. Upon the bus, crossing the signal intersection, the system identifies the same and thereafter turns switches off the green corridor system for the BRTS lane, thereby ensuring a return to normal signal cycle for the non BRTS lanes. This system has helped demonstrate that a priority system for public transportation vehicles on public roads can be implemented. Location of experiment The experiment was conducted at the Panjrapool Traffic intersection on the BRTS corridor in the city of Ahmedabad which is the largest city in the western state of Gujarat in INDIA. This location was chosen as it is an important intersection on the BRTS corridor. Results of the experiment Upon completion of the demonstration, it was found that the emergency vehicle priority system that uses V2X communication technology running on 598-608 MHz that follow international standards set forth by ITU-R M.2084-1 and Japanese standard message set of ITS Connect TD-001, are very stable, as the communication between the V2X devices was confirmed. Furthermore, it was also observed that through the integration of the V2X system with the signaling system, the traffic signal in the direction of the approaching bus were successfully able to identify the bus and turn the traffic signal to green for the BRTS corridor, to provide priority passage to the bus at the intersection. Post the system implementation, it resulted in a reduction of 86.2% from the average waiting time of 33.1 seconds of the bus at the intersection without the system to the average 4.5 seconds with the system. And the bus travel time also reduced average 40%. The signal cycle was successfully optimized to allow a safe change of signal that not only provides priority passage to the BRTS corridor but also optimized the non BRTS lanes when there was no bus approaching the intersection. This allowed non-BRTS lanes to receive additional green cycle time which would have otherwise been wasted through allocation to the BRTS lane even when there was no bus passing through the intersection. The experiment helped demonstrate that the system does not have any adverse effect on non BRTS lanes or other vehicles on the road and in fact when implemented over a wider area, will help in reducing the waiting time for non BRTS lanes as well. The 598-608 MHz band used in the demonstration experiment was acquired under an experimental license from the Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC) Wing of the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, INDIA. Future steps Upon completion of the trial period of the experiment, Zero-Sum will have a public demonstration of the system to Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. From the initial results gathered from the experiment, Mr. Vishal Khanama, (General Manager, Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd) said, "The initial results seen from the experiment seems very promising and we are proud to be associated with Zero-Sum to conduct such a trial for the first time in the country. Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd is looking for improving the on-time performance and time frequency of its buses so that we aim at creating customer delight and this is one such initiative that we believe can make the travel experience of the commuters better and refine the overall quality of life for the citizens of Ahmedabad. We are impressed that the system allows for both priority of BRTS buses and at the same time does not cause any interruption for general traffic. We will study the results in detail and review the feasibility of expanding the V2X system across a wider area of the BRTS corridor in Ahmedabad." Mr. Chikara KIKUCHI (Managing Director, Zero-Sum ITS Solutions India Private Limited) informed, "Last year, we had successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of the V2X system in creating automated green corridors for emergency vehicles. The results of the experiment conducted this year on the BRTS corridor in Ahmedabad also seem very encouraging. We will shortly look at creating a standardized solution that can be implemented by bus corporations across the country on their BRTS corridors and by municipalities for providing priority passage for their emergency vehicles." Explanation of terms Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Ahmedabad city, Gujarat State, INDIA The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation is responsible for the civic infrastructure and administration of the city of Ahmedabad which is the largest city in the state of Gujarat, INDIA. Ahmedabad city has a population of 5.6 million people and is the seventh largest city in INDIA. Several Japanese automotive companies in recent years have setup their manufacturing facilities around Ahmedabad City. Ahmedabad city is also one of the first cities selected under the Smart City program implemented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has been at the forefront in the implementation of smart technologies for the betterment of its citizens. Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has incorporated "Special Purpose Vehicle" called Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd in order to run and to operate BRTS buses. Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd is registered under Companies Act, 1956 and is 100% subsidiary of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. In order to provide faster, reliable, eco-friendly and advanced Public Transportation Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd is committed to operate and run BRTS services for the citizen of Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd is responsible to operate buses, to decide fare, to maintain bus lanes and to maintain bus shelters. V2X - Vehicle to Everything(X). V2X is the collective term for technologies and systems for exchanging information between automobiles and other automobiles, automobiles and roadside equipment & automobiles and pedestrians using wireless communication system. Intelligent Transportation Systems Standard (ITU-R M.2084-1) The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies. ITU-R (Radio) aims at creating the conditions for harmonized development and efficient operation of existing and new radiocommunication systems, taking due account of all parties concerned. ITU-R M.2084-1 are recommendations that identifies specific radio interface standards of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications for Intelligent Transport System applications. WPC The WIRELESS PLANNING & COORDINATION (WPC) Wing of the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications INDIA is the National Radio Regulatory Authority responsible for Frequency Spectrum Management, including licensing and caters for the needs of all wireless users (Government and Private) in the country. It exercises the statutory functions of the Central Government and issues licenses to establish, maintain and operate wireless stations. "Research for the overseas expansion of ITS technologies in JAPAN" "Research for the overseas expansion of ITS technologies in JAPAN", is a research project funded by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Telecommunications, JAPAN. This project aims to undertake a study of the traffic accident information from several Asian countries and regions & thereafter implement demonstrations of the world standard based Japanese originated V2X technology to achieve improvements in the traffic safety conditions. This research will cover South Asia and South East Asia, including INDIA for the implementation of V2X experiments. About Zero-Sum ITS Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. Zero-Sum ITS Solutions India Private Limited introduced and operates a traffic congestion mitigation system in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat, India. ZERO-SUM, LTD., which is a parent company of Zero-Sum ITS Solutions India Private Limited, is in charge of the experiment component to be undertaken in INDIA for the project titled, "Research for the overseas expansion of ITS technologies in JAPAN" funded by Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, JAPAN. https://www.zero-sum-its.co.in Contact information Zero-Sum ITS Solutions India Private Limited Contact Person: Mallesh B.Phone Number: +91-80-41486275 (INDIA) Contact: https://zero-sum-its.co.in/contact-us/ Image: https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1759696/System_Overview.jpg Image: https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1759695/Panjrapool_Traffic_Intersection.jpg Image: https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1759694/BRTS_Bus_corridor.jpg PWR PWRYour support to NYOOOZ will help us to continue create and publish news for and from smaller cities, which also need equal voice as much as citizens living in bigger cities have through mainstream media organizations.
Ahmedabad: The Congress party in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) on Friday protested the dropping of the leader of opposition from the board of Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd (AJL), the special purpose vehicle of the AMC that manages the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS). Traditionally, the AJL board was made up of the mayor, chairman of the AMC standing committee, leader of opposition (LOP) in the civic body and the deputy municipal commissioner (BRTS). A proposal to replace the the LOP with the deputy mayor on the board has been approved by the standing committee.Shehzad Pathan, the Congress councillor from Danilimda and leader of opposition, said that the BJP has broken the tradition of including the leader of opposition on the AJL board, so that there is no member of the opposition to oversee the functioning of BRTS. tnn
Residents of Naranpura area around AEC crossroad on Tuesday morning blocked the 132-foot road and the BRTS track for close to 30 minutes leading to heavy traffic congestion. The protest took place over the AMC setting up a dumping site for demolition waste.The AMC had set up several dumping sites for disposal of construction waste and debris generated during demolition of old buildings in different parts of the city. Near the AEC crossroad in Naranpura, a dump site was set up on an open plot belonging to the AMC. Local residents have been objecting to this citing dust pollution and other issues.Talking to Mirror, local resident Hiraben Parikh said, “Dumping of construction waste has polluted the air here. Our homes also get filled with dust every day, and during night time the sound of the tempo is unbearable.”The residents have made several complaints to AMC in the past but no concrete action has been taken about the dumping site. On Tuesday morning, local residents gathered on the 132-foot road, blocking it as well as the BRTS bus route. Protestors shouted slogans against the AMC. Police officials rushed to the spot and tried to pacify the protestors but to no avail.Later, local BJP corporators which also includes deputy mayor Geetaben Patel visited the spot. Protesters were pacified only after assurance was given that the issue would be sorted out within 10 days.Geetaben Patel said, “A discussion on this issue has taken place in the AMC standing committee. The process of closing the dump site got blocked over some technical issues. The dumping site will be closed soon, and a gate and a wall will be built on the ground. Whatever debris has gathered, will be removed.”
Ahmedabad: The official dump of building debris at AEC crossroads at Naranpura is becoming a major bone of contention for almost 70-odd societies that are located near the site. Peeved by the inaction of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, residents sat in protest and blocked the main thoroughfare during peak hours on Tuesday morning.The large plot of land located at the crossroads is being been used as a ‘transfer station’ for construction waste. The site stages the waste temporarily before it is finally shifted to the Pirana dumpyard for recycling and processing. Municipal authorities have assured the residents that the area will be cleared within 10 days. “Yet, the debris lies here for several days and contractors do not attend to it. Dust from the debris blows into our societies. There is noise pollution because trucks constantly unload large amounts of debris at the site, which sometimes continues late into the night,” says Pratik Soni who lives in a society near Ghanshyam Park in Naranpura. Residents claim that several requests made to deputy mayor Gita Patel, who is also a municipal councillor representing Naranpura and lives a few hundred metres away from the dumpsite, did not yield results. Harsh Shah, a resident of Nirman Park, says, “We have demanded that the dumping site be removed from near AEC Crossroads. They cannot continue to harass us like this. We had even petitioned the state human rights commission to intervene and pressurize the municipal corporation to remove the site.”
A Dalit BRTS employee was hacked to death at CTM in the city on January 24 for standing his ground and not opening the barricade to the BRTS lane for a private vehicle. Private vehicles are not allowed in the BRTS lane.Jatin Parmar, 24, was stabbed to death after he refused to lift the barricade to the BRTS lane for a group of hooligans who came in a Verna car and a scooter. Police have detained the key accused in the case, Pintu Chauhan from Rajasthan and he has been sent for a Covid test.Two other accused in the case have tested positive for Covid and are under treatment. The investigations in the case have been handed to the SC/ST cell.ACP (SC/ST) cell Khusboo Kapadia, said the murder happened at around 9.30 pm near the BRT bus stand at CTM Road. “Four men in a Verna car came to the BRTS bus stand at CTM road and asked the two BRTS employees to open the automatic barricade,” she said.“Parmar and the other employee refused as private vehicles are not allowed in BRTS lanes. This angered the accused who beat them up and warned them of consequences. They returned later in a car and a scooter and caught hold of Parmar and stabbed him. He was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries,” said Kapadia.Sources said Parmar’s relatives refused to accept his body till the accused were arrested. The City Crime Branch, which probed the case, formed several teams and used technical and human surveillance to arrest the main accused from Rajasthan on Tuesday night, said sources.The accused will be interrogated once they test negative for Covid.
The city traffic police department has suggested drastic changes on roads near 37 busy junctions in the city to reduce traffic congestion after conducting a survey along with Central Road Research Institute (CRRI).Police have also drawn a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with CEPT University to explore technology-based solutions to traffic issues.The traffic department stated this in the Gujarat High Court during a hearing on a petition filed by a city resident Mustak Kadri, through his advocate Amit Panchal, over traffic and civic problems. The department suggested changes at various spots, including at Iscon crossroad, end of the flyover near Rajpath Club, Income Tax bridge, Gujarat University area, Anjali crossroad, Nava Vadaj, Akhbarnagar circle etc.The study suggested extending the bridge wall of Iskcon flyover towards Rajpath Club side by putting up a barricade in order to avoid vision obstruction at merging of traffic coming from the bridge and the road below. It is also suggested to extend metal fences by 30-40 metres in order to prevent entry of pedestrians from the bridge end, and to provide a higher metal fence from Iscon bridge till Pakwan crossroad to prevent pedestrians from crossing the road by jumping over the metal fence. It also suggested putting up proper reflectors at the start of the median, which divides the service road and main road, in front of Jade Blue showroom.The study suggested solutions to vision obstruction issues by putting road safety barriers before the start of the Thaltej underpass up to some distance towards Pakwan crossroad and providing a gap to join the service road before the start of the underpass.In order to reduce speeding issues, the report has suggested to provide tabletop pedestrian crossing inside BRTS corridor for the traffic coming from Ramdevnagar crossroad to Iscon crossroad.For pedestrians, it suggested providing a staggered pedestrian crossing on each side of the BRTS stand in the area.It has been suggested to provide footpaths on both sides of thenorth end of Anjali flyover to Vasna crossroad and also put up a metal fence on the median to prevent pedestrians crossing over medians at many places.
Ahmedabad: As Covid-19 cases surge in the city, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to run public transport buses at 50% of capacity from Wednesday. “We have decided to cut passenger capacity of AMTS and BRTS by 50% starting from Wednesday as one of the measures to control spread of the pandemic,” said Hitesh Barot, chairman of AMC’s standing committee.Two days before the lockdown was imposed on March 24, 2020, the civic authorities had closed public transport services. In September 2020, after when the Covid situation eased, AMTS, BRTS services resumed at 50% capacity. They were then halted on March 18, 2021, when the second wave of cases had peaked. Services were resumed at half capacity on June 7, 2021, when the number of cases reduced. In October 2021, authorities started operating public buses at full seating capacity. “Only passengers who have taken both doses of the Covid vaccine will be allowed to use our bus services,” Barot said.
Ahmedabad: While the number of Covid-19 cases in the city is spiking and fears of a third wave of cases gets stronger, a check how the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is implementing its old ‘no vaccine, no entry’ rule reveals utter carelessness on the civic body’s part. A TOI team visited the Usmanpura Riverfront Park, Flower Garden and Law Garden on Wednesday, and found that certificates were not asked for even at access-controlled public places. No certificates were sought for use of the BRTS or AMTS as well. Ironically, at a mall in Vastrapur a long queue was seen at the entrance and security guards were seen diligently checking certificates.In September, the AMC had announced that only those who had at least one vaccine dose would be able to avail of various municipal services. The civic body said it would deny entry at AMC facilities such as public gardens, swimming pools, civc centres and also at the AMTS and BRTS, to those who cannot furnish vaccine certificates. From November 12, the civic body made the rule stricter, making both doses mandatory for access.
At least 100 trees will need to be chopped to make way for the split flyover being constructed over the Pallav Crossroads in Naranpura area. Incidentally, the neem trees were planted along both sides of the BRTS corridor by the AMC about 10 years ago.The engineering department had estimated the loss of 100 trees while carrying out the survey before initiating the civil work on the project. Its officials are now reluctant to give an exact figure of the green loss.The Rs 90 crore flyover has been necessitated due to increase in traffic along the 132-feet Ringroad. The flyover’s one end will drop near the Akhbarnagar underpass while the other end will drop near the AEC crossroads.Earlier in 2011, the AMC had commissioned Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) to undertake a survey of 34 junctions across the city.CRRI had suggested a flyover at the Pallav crossroads while an underpass at the Pragatinagar crossroads in Naranpura. The ongoing civil work for the project was preceded by removal of overhead high-tension power distribution lines which took four years.Flyover with split lanesThe flyover will be 935-metre long and will have two split lanes, each with width of 7.50 metre. Its obligatory span over Pallav crossroads will be 40 metre while it will be 25 metre over the Pragatinagar crossroads.The design of the flyover, just like other flyovers along the 132-feet Ringroad, has been made in such a manner that it does not disturb the BRTS corridor or the stations. However, to save the BRTS corridor the trees on both sides of the road will need to be chopped off and footpaths made narrower.Regarding the damage to the BRTS corridor, Assistant Commissioner Vishal Khanama said, “Currently, one part of the corridor has been closed for construction of the flyover. The split design of the flyover will do away with the need to relocate BRTS stations.”
Tata Motors on Friday delivered 60 electric buses worth Rs 100 crore to Ahmedabad Janmarg Limited. The 24-seater, zero-emission buses will run on the BRTS corridor. Tata Motors will also set up charging infrastructure and support systems to ensure smooth functioning of the buses which were flagged off by the CM and mayor from the riverfront on Friday. TNN
AHMEDABAD: Even after an extensive vaccination drive in the city that started mid-September, as many as 9 lakh eligible citizens have still not taken the second dose of Covid 19 vaccine. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) data shows that as many as 9,30,754 people in the city remain partially vaccinated. Of this, 2,58,314 beneficiaries are overdue by more than six weeks for their second dose. In an extensive vaccination drive from September 17, AMC set up vaccination booths at various public buildings, AMTS, BRTS stops, and shopping malls. The civic body also converted five AMTS and one BRTS bus into mobile vaccination centres. The civic body started doorstep vaccination service for those who were physically challenged or aged 50 and above. âDespite all our efforts, it is very unfortunate that the city still has over 9 lakh people who have shown carelessness by not taking their second dose. At a time when we are witnessing a surge in Covid cases in other states in the country, this definitely is not the time to show such negligence,â said a senior AMC official. The official said that the highest number of overdue vaccinated people, 1,60,192, are from North Zone that includes areas such as Sardarnagar, Krishnagar, Saijpur, Naroda and Kubernagar. âThe second highest number of people who have not yet taken their second dose are residents of West Zone where 1,52,890 are yet to take the second vaccine dose,â the official said. Areas including Navrangpura, Paldi, Naranpura, Vadaj and Sabarmati fall under AMCâs west zone. The official said that as of November 11, AMC has administered a total of 73.84 lakh vaccine doses in the city out of which 46.91 lakh were first doses while the remaining 26.93 lakh were second doses of vaccine. âTo increase second dose coverage we have now decided against allowing people entry to AMC-run public facilities and will also request other private organizations to do the same,â the official said. He added that those who have not taken the second dose and want to will be directed to the nearest booth to take their second dose.
There are 9.3 lakh (9,30,754) people in the city jurisdiction who have not taken the second dose of the Covid vaccine even after the due date.Of these, 3.21 lakh people are late by 14 days past their appointment for the second dose, 2.84 lakh have waited 15-28 days beyond the due date. A further 65,689 people have not taken the second dose even after 29-42 days. There are many whose due date lapsed more than 42 days ago.According to a statement by the AMC, 73,84,603 doses have been administered in the city of which 46,91,647 were first doses and 26,93,046 second doses.In order to encourage complete immunisation, the AMC on Thursday said only those who could provide the vaccine certificate would be allowed to use services such as AMTS, BRTS, Kankaria Lakefront and Zoo, Sabarmati Riverfront, library, swimming pools, sports complexes, civic centres and all AMC buildings. This will come into effect from November 12, 2021.32L without second jab in stateMore than 32 lakh people in the state have not taken their second jabs. Of the total eligible population 92% have taken their first dose while 52% have taken both the doses, Minister of State for Health Rishikesh Patel said.He said that the state will launch a door-to-door campaign and ensure that maximum vaccination is done. In a video conference with Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday, Patel gave information about the total vaccination in the state. The Centre has directed all states to mop up strategies for strengthening the vaccination programme. Accordingly the state health department will form teams for door-to-door campaigns.Both jabs needed to board AMTS, BRTSTo encourage total immunisation, AMC on Thursday said that only those who have taken their second dose of vaccine will be allowed to board BRTS buses from Friday.Vaccination centres will be set up near the bus stops for passengers to avail of their second dose and ride the bus. Passengers will have to show their certificate at the ticket counter. At 163 bus stops, 40 ex-servicemen, 170 security guards, 180 ticketing staff will carry out checks at bus stops. Only those who provide vaccine certificate would be allowed to use services such as AMTS, BRTS, Kankaria lakefront, zoo, Sabarmati Riverfront, library, swimming pools, sports complexes, civic centres and all AMC buildings from Friday.
Ahmedabad: It is the holidays, and if you plan to spend some of your free time at the Sabarmati riverfront, Kankaria lakefront or the zoo, be sure you have taken both the shots and are carrying your vaccine certificate to gain entry. As the Covid curve rises in the city once again, the civic body has once again banned those who have not been vaccinated from using public facilities, like civic transport service and from entering public spaces. However, unlike the last time, the rule, which comes into effect from Friday, also restricts access to those who have taken only the first dose of Covid vaccine. Earlier in September, AMC had announced that only those who had got at least one dose of vaccine will be able to avail of various municipal services. Ahmedabad was the first among cities in India to make vaccination mandatory to access civic body-run facilities, services and buildings. “AMC has decided against allowing people who are not fully vaccinated in AMC-run facilities such as city civic centres, AMC buildings, gyms, sports complexes, swimming pools and even aboard AMTS and BRTS buses. This rule will come into effect from Friday,” said AMC’s standing committee chairman Hitesh Barot. He said that vaccine certificates shall be checked at entry point of such facilities. “People who want access to these facilities will have to show Covid vaccination certificate (physical or digital) of both the doses,” an AMC health department official said. The civic body officials said that the move is to give impetus to the ongoing drive to fully vaccinate the city's population. The officer said that the civic body has set up a number of vaccination booths at AMTS, BRTS stands, at civic centres, community centres, at shopping malls and hospitals. AMC to increase Covid testing Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation will also increase Covid testing activity as positive cases are showing a rise after the festive season. “We have decided to increase testing activity at various entry points in the city as the cases are on the rise. If needed we will set up testing domes at state transport bus stands, railway stations and, if needed, at road entry points,” said a senior AMC. The officer said that currently the civic body is carrying out around 2,000 testing every day in the city which will be doubled if needed. AMC standing committee chairman Hitesh Barot said that the civic body is currently surveying people who have tested Covid positive. “The civic body has started tracing contact history of people who have tested positive. We are surveying and if needed we will set up testing domes at every entry point,” Barot said.
Amid claims by the AMC of making Ahmedabad a model city, commuting between the Bopal Crossroads and the Bopal Gam during peak hours has become a nightmare for commuters. At times it takes 15 minutes to cross the 1-km stretch from the Bopal Crossroads to TRP (The Retail Park) Mall.Local residents say haphazard parking of two-wheelers and cars, hawkers setting shop by the roadside and the narrowing of the road due to the BRTS lanes are responsible for the traffic congestion, particularly during rush hours.Government employee K Karthik lives on the SG Highway and travels daily to his office in Bopal. Narrating his plight, Karthik says, “During the morning hours hawkers sell food, vegetables and sundry items on the footpath. Their customers park their vehicles on the side of the road obstructing the flow of traffic. Then there’s the petrol pump where the beeline of rickshaws extends outside on the road. The narrow road has been made narrower by the BRTS lane. AMC needs to do something as the traffic situation will turn worse once the TRP Mall becomes fully operational.”Bopal resident Abhishek Pandher, a private bank employee, says, “While returning home from work in the evening, it takes me 15-20 minutes more than the usual time due to the traffic congestion. Roadside hawkers, lack of civic sense among people has made our lives miserable.”AMC’s Town Planning and Estate Committee Chairman Devang Dani said, “We are aware about the encroachment on both the sides of the Bopal-Ghuma road. We abstained from taking strict action during Diwali but will be starting an anti-encroachment drive on the stretch. It will reduce traffic congestion to a great extent.”