Concerned over members violating traffic rules and becoming likely causes of accidents, besides putting the club’s reputation at stake, the Rajpath Club management has advised its 15,000 members to avoid taking the wrong side to enter the main gate. It has even warned of suspension of membership of the traffic violators. The warning comes as accidents on SG Highway see a surge and a rise in complaints about club members riding on the wrong side.A board member of the club said many patrons were driving on the wrong side of the road while coming from SG Highway towards the club’s Mega Entry Gate.Raising concernNitesh Shah, a civil engineer and member of Rajpath Club for 30 years said he has been visiting the club on his cycle since 2016 to exercise.“I regularly see club members breaching traffic rules. When a bicycle or any other vehicle exits the club’s gate, it is assumed that there is no vehicular movement from the wrong side,” said Shah.As a result, cyclists and other members are put at risk for no fault of theirs when others drive on the wrong side, he said.Members driving on the wrong side has become common. As if driving on wrong side was not bad enough, many drive recklessly too–Sejal Purohit, BusinesswomanThe warningThe Rajpath Club in a message to its members said it has observed that several members drive on the wrong side of the road from SG Highway to enter the Mega Entry Gate near Ganpati Mandir. “Management is concerned about accidents in the area and the Club’s reputation. Members are advised to avoid it. Strict action including suspension of membership will be taken against such members,” the club said in a message.Senior Vice-President of the club Dr Vikram Shah said, “We were concerned and felt that such wrong practice should stop.” He said as a club they wanted to ensure that all members are safe. A traffic police official told Mirror that given the density of traccic near Rajpath Club “it’s club members’ responsibility to ensure that they obey the traffic rules”.
The Metro Rail is yet to commence operations in the city. However, traffic problems galore at places where the metro pillars have come up. In fact, chaos reigns on the roads through which the metro rail starts in western Ahmedabad. It is apparent that the metro rail and the traffic police are pulling in opposite directions and traffic management takes the biggest hit.Thaltej CrossroadsThe Thaltej crossroads on the SG Highway, from where the Metro Rail begins, is a picture of pandemonium and mismanagement. The divider built beneath the pillar right in the middle of the road forces the traffic coming from Titanium Square to head straight into traffic coming from the service road besides the crematorium. Drivers from the service road that want to go onto the Drive-In Road or on the service road besides Titanium Square cause chaos as they jostle with traffic from the opposite direction. To add to the chaos, the traffic from Titanium Square service also merges with the SG Highway at the point. The traffic cops simply remain mute spectators to the chaos.GurukulThe pillars in the middle of the road in front of Gurukul Swaminarayan Temple on the Drive In Road display a no parking sign but vehicle owners ignore it blatantly. There is no fear of vehicles being locked as the traffic police fail to take action against the violation.Commerce Six RoadsAt the Commerce Six Roads Metro Rail Station, construction work on the metro rail station has led to traffic from both sides running on single side. Parking of cars and bikes can be seen beneath the pillar right in the middle of the road at the place where the traffic separates. Thought traffic cops are just 50 metres away on the CG Road, they refuse to take action against the slow movement of traffic due to illegal parking beneath the metro rail pillars.Drive-In RoadThe intersection just before the Drive In Road along the Metro route is another bottleneck. A single track of the road opposite the ICICI Bank has become two-way with cars and bikes coming from the road besides Shivalik-3 heading the wrong way towards Reliance Mart. It creates a huge hurdle for traffic flowing from Himalaya Mall to SG Highway. Presence of a permanent traffic cop can stop the nuisance. However, the traffic police have allowed this problem to linger.Family CourtAt the Metro Rail passing close to the Family Court, one side of the road is being used as parking whereas a narrow strip is being used by traffic from both sides.
Based on an online survey conducted by the city police about issues relating to women’s safety in January-February, the city police has started a ground survey to identify 100 crime hotspots in the city under the ‘Nirbhaya Initiative’.The city police had started an online survey on issues related to women four months ago. More than 40,000 women pointed out the issues about safety. The identities of the women were kept confidential. Based on the survey, the city police have launched ground level action to identify crime hotspots in the city.In a letter written by Addl DGP Ajay Choudhry, the Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP), Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACP) and local police inspectors have been asked to identity crime hotspots and also identify places to put up poles on which PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) cameras can be fixed.Police officials said the initiative has been pushed hard by MoS Home Harsh Sanghavi for providing a safe, secure environment for women, other citizens, senior citizens and children. “The initiative will also empower women and ensure that they can move about safely without being troubled by roadside Romeos or becoming targets of eve-teasers. The hotspots to be identified within a week will also be based on our crime record,” Choudhry said. Police sources said they have roped in a private company to design the poles and implement the scheme.The ground survey will identify places where offences like eve-teasing, chain-snatching, vehicle thefts take place the most. “Crowded marketplaces in different areas, areas near malls, food bazaars, Bhadra Plaza, Sindhu Bhavan Road (SBR), SG Highway, Vastrapur and many other areas will be surveyed, where poles equipped with PTZ cameras will be set up. “We will also be able to identify drug peddlers who frequent SG highway,” said a police official.Seventy of the PTZ poles will be fixed permanently, while 30 will be mobile and set up as per requirement. ADGP Choudhary said that mobile poles will be kept at places where crowds are expected to gather. “The cameras will have a face recognition system which not only identifies offenders and sends the feed to the command-and-control but will also identify which political party they belong to and whom they are connected to on social media. This is much needed as very soon VVIP movement will start in the state” said Addl DGP Choudhary.Total of 600 PTZ camerasPolice sources said apart from 100 poles at crime hotspots, there will those fitted on AMTS bus stands, taking the total to 600 PTZ cameras.The cost of cameras and other 180 items needed to fit the poles will run into crores.
Days after a cyclist was hit by a speeding car on Iscon overbridge on SG highway, he succumbed to injuries on Monday. He was returning back home from work early morning when he was rammed by a car. A FIR was registered against the unknown vehicle driver at SG2 traffic police station.The deceased, Lakshman Mangtana, hailed from Nepal and worked as housekeeping staff at the Vedang Research Centre on SG highway. After night shift last Friday, he left office in the early morning with his cousin on bicycle. Both men were cycling towards their home in Thaltej when Mangtana’s cousin stopped to have tea near YMCA club while he continued on. While riding on Iscon flyover, Mangtana was knocked down by a speeding vehicle. He was admitted to Sola Civil hospital and was later taken to Asarwa civil hospital, where he passed away during treatment on Monday. An FIR was registered at SG2 traffic police station.
A 27-year-old woman died by suicide in hotel room on SG highway that she rented for a day. The married woman had separated from her husband owing to reservations from her father in law. An accidental death report was filed by the Vastrapur police but cops have found the incident intriguing.The deceased, identified as Devyani Macchar (27), was married to Amraiwadi resident Ashish Desai (26) since July 2019. Desai’s father had reservations as the couple had had a court marriage. The couple occasionally left home and stayed in hotels for a few days. Later, Desai’s father had passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer.On Monday, Desai received a call from his mother in law informing him that Devyani had left home and had not returned back. Desai searched for his wife at hotels they used to stay in. At Eden Hotel on SG highway, he showed Devyani’s photograph to the receptionist, who told him that his wife is staying in room no. 409. She did not open the door on knocking.Police were called who opened the door and found her hanging in the room.
An SUV driver rammed his car into a woman and injured her on the Sola Bhagwat flyover on SG Highway on Saturday evening. Interestingly, the man was drinking Scotch whiskey while driving.As per case details, the middle-aged man identified as Rajneesh Ranjan, a resident of Satellite was driving his white Mahindra Scorpio car on the Sola-Bhagwat flyover towards Vaishnodevi. He suddenly stopped the car on the busy flyover and reversed it.Two two-wheeler drivers who were behind the car tried to avert a collision on account of the car being reversed suddenly but, one of them, a woman, could not avoid a collision and her vehicle hit the four-wheeler.The woman suffered head injuries and commuters rushed her to the Sola Civil Hospital for treatment.When Mirror visited the spot, the car driver was in an inebriated state and could only tell his name after repeated requests.The SUV had a plastic glass with alcohol in it in the cup holder near the gear lever. There was a bottle of ‘Vat-69’ scotch whiskey on the backseat.Later the SG1 traffic police arrived at the spot and took the man to the police station.Tanker turns over on dividerAnother accident was reported on the SG Highway during the morning hours when a tanker turned over on the divider at the Thaltej underpass.
A 27 year old student and resident of Sola filed a complaint of theft after his Jeep Compass was stolen from the parking lot of a hotel on SG highway.Suraj Nayar had gone for lunch with his friends in the vehicle at 11.30 am on Friday after handing over the keys to the valet for parking in the hotel’s parking space. When he returned, he asked the valet to get back his car. The valet searched for the car in the parking lot but in vain. He said that someone stole the car. A complaint was filed at Satellite police station on Saturday. AM
To cater to the increasing air traffic in Rajkot, a new greenfield airport will be constructed in the biggest city of Saurashtra by the Airports Authority of India. The airport will be constructed at a cost of Rs 1,405 crore and will be capable of handling 1,800 passengers during peak hours. The airport will be ready for operation by March 2023.Spread over 2,534 acres, the new greenfield airport has been planned with modern facilities and conveniences for the travellers with increased number of counters and other necessary facilities. The location of new airport is approximately 30 km from Rajkot city and on the Rajkot-Ahmedabad highway. The total built-up area of the airport will be 23,000 sq metre excluding the basement.The terminal will be equipped with state-of-the-art passenger facilities, four passenger boarding bridges, three conveyor belts and 20 check-in counters along with modern firefighting and fire alarm system. The airport will have adequate parking facilities for car, taxi and buses along with landscaping. The runway length has been planned at 3,040 m to serve AB-321 type of aircraft. The airport will have enough space to park 14 aircraft at a time.Being located on Rajkot-Ahmedabad highway, this airport will reduce time and cost related to logistics for multiple industries in the region. More importantly, the ceramic industry of Morbi and other industries of Jamnagar also depend on Rajkot for air connectivity.
Following approval of iconic towers, with height between 100 and 150 metres, in the AMC jurisdiction the city is set to see its first iconic tower project in AUDA jurisdiction.According to sources, three residential towers of up to 34 floors under one scheme have been proposed in the Shela area that falls under AUDA. While two towers will be of ground plus 32 floors, the third one will be of ground plus 33 floors.The iconic tower residential project has been proposed in Sky City Township owned by Goyal and Co and HN Safal groups. A source close to the development said, “Collectively, the three towers will have 340 to 350 units and the height of the buildings will be between 100 and 120 meters.”The two buildings consisting of ground plus 32 floors will have 4BHK luxury apartments, the third building with ground plus 33 floors will have 5 BHK apartments.”A company source said, “The project will have construction of around 16 lakh sq ft and will have amenities like club house, gym, garden, etc. of its own on a 20,000 sq yard land. The Rs 800-crore project will have a saleable cost of Rs 5,500 per sq ft.”The company is also planning to come up with another five iconic building projects of above 100 meters which will have development of another 1 crore sq ft (10 million sq ft) in Sky City Township alone.”‘35-storey commercial’Director of HN Safal Group Uday Vora said, “Yes, we are coming up with an iconic tower in the residential segment in Sky City. Apart from this proposed iconic residential tower, we are also coming up with a 35-storey commercial building on the corner of SG Highway and Sindhu Bhavan Road (SBR), spread over around 6100 sq yard.”Both Goyal and HN Safal groups have proposed a 42-storey building on SG Highway which is awaiting approval from the special committee formed by Gujarat government’s Urban Development department.Likewise, the iconic residential towers project in Shela has also gone for approval to the special committee.
By Ojas Mehta and Asik BanerjeeOne in four vehicles on SP Ring Road drives at a speed of over 70kmph with Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) being the biggest offenders. This was revealed after Mirror teamed up with the traffic police keeping an eye on speed violators on SP Ring Road on Wednesday.Cops manning the speed guns on interceptor vehicles said the situation is no different on the Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway and the Sindhu Bhavan Road.Traffic police have amped up action against speeding vehicles, sending out more than 1800 e-memos every week to vehicle owners who violated the 70 kmph speed limit. The cops have intensified their efforts against speed violators to reduce the number of accidental deaths in the city.Earlier, Mirror had reported that the Ahmedabad Traffic Police had sent e-memos worth Rs 3.10 crore between February and May2022 penalising drivers of speeding vehicles.Joint Commissioner of Police (JCP), traffic, Mayanksinh Chavda said the intention behind the drive is to ensure that vehicles follow speed limit rules.“We have the speed guns and will enforce the speed limits. Our mission is to reduce road accidents and fatalities,” said Chavda.Police Inspector SG-2 traffic police station GK Bharvad said the eight interceptors that are active in the city send about 7,500 e-memos for speed violations every month. The fine for speeding is Rs 2,000.“Each interceptor roughly tracks about 170-180 vehicles per week. We have about 10-speed guns and this means about 1,800 e-memos are served to speeding vehicles each week. Roughly 7,500 e-memos are issued to speeding vehicles each month,” Bharvad said.The interceptors and speed guns are mostly stationed at various places on the Sardar Patel Ring Road, the SG Highway and Sindhu Bhavan Road where most of the speed violations happen.Mirror that joined a traffic police team with two interceptor vehicles on the SP Ring Road near the Ognaj Chokdi on Wednesday found that most vehicles slowed down on sighting the interceptor on the road. Some however whizzed past despite the speed limits set at 70kmph.About 20 vehicles passed the speed guns every minute and one in every four vehicles on the SP Ring Road was found to be violating the speed limit.“About 30% of the vehicles that pass by us exceed the speed limits,” Sanjaykumar Bharwad, the cop manning the machine, told Mirror.“We take about 60-65 photos of speeding vehicles every hour of which the registration numbers of 50 can be accurately seen.“Details about the type and make of the vehicle, the photo, the latitude and longitude, the speed of the vehicle and other details are sent to the traffic control room which sends e-memos to the vehicles by email,” said BharwadTraffic head constable JM Gadhvi said in the past they used to stop speeding vehicles and hand them speed-memos.“This resulted in a lot of heated exchanges with vehicle owners refusing to pay up and some even tearing up the fine receipts. But now we don’t worry about the altercations as the speed guns installed in the interceptor vehicle provide incontrovertible proof of speeding. Violators will have to eventually pay,” said Gadhvi.Bharvad said LMVs and SUVs are the biggest culprits when it comes to speeding. “The truck drivers are line drivers and drive at a certain speed in the lane. It is the LMVs that want to overtake and drive at great speed. Two-wheeler drivers mostly drive on the left side of the road and usually observe the speed limit,” he said.Ahmedabad traffic cops are now confident that they will catch up with violators and so willthe challans.
In Ahmedabad, the shortest wrong side turns are the biggest killers. Yet, Amdavadis fail to control their urge to drive on the wrong side, or take illegal U-turns, to save a few minutes of their commute time whether on a busy road in the heart of the city, or SG Highway and SP Ring Road on the outskirts. But now, the city traffic police have started a drive against the ‘wrong side Rajus’ who don’t care a dime about rules.The drive started on June 5 and will continue till June 11. It will also focus on vehicles that don’t have HSRP (High Security Registration Plates). Mirror had reported extensively about how wrong side commuters put their and others’ lives in danger.The haul on the first day of the drive was big. Traffic police booked 89 people driving on the wrong side, and collected fines of Rs 1.46 lakh from them. Most were vehicles plying on the wrong side, 20 of which were caught in Zone-7 area police jurisdiction that includes Anandnagar, Satellite, Paldi, a major part of SG Highway and Sindhu Bhavan Road (SBR). Zone-2 police jurisdiction, which covers most of the walled city, was second with 15 cases. According to figures, a majority of 38 drivers plying on the wrong side were caught in Traffic-West zone.As for HSRP number plate cases, a total of 595 cases were registered against drivers whose vehicles did not have proper number plates. A fine of Rs 2.23 lakh was recovered from them.Again, most of the vehicles without HSRP, 123 of them, were caught in the western part of the city in areas such as Satellite, Vejalpur, Anandnagar, SG highway, SBR , Anandnagar and SG Highway.What experts sayExperts said both two-wheeler and four-wheeler drivers in Ahmedabad violate traffic rules without thinking twice. For them, traffic violation, to save time and distance, is a way of life. What they don’t realise is that their actions often put them in harm’s way apart from endangering the lives of others.Dr Pravin Kanabar, president of Active Traffic Consultative Committee (ATCC) that works on road safety issues, had observed that accidents and deaths because of wrong side driving are much higher in Ahmedabad than the national average. Even for distances as short as 100 to 200 metres, people ride/drive on the wrong side and risk their lives.As per one report, in India about 75,000 people die within the first 15 minutes of Road Traffic Accidents (RTA). The situation is no better in Ahmedabad. According to another data, 38% of commuters driving on the wrong side die in accidents.Mirror Check had found gross violationTo assess the ground situation in Ahmedabad, Mirror had previously visited Gota crossroads, Bopal crossroads and SP Ring Road T Junction that connects South Bopal with YMCA. What emerged was nothing less than shocking. Commuters had no qualms taking the wrong side lane or illegal U-turns, whether traffic cops were present or not.‘Wrong side drivers will be dealt with strictly’:JCP (traffic)Joint Commissioner of Traffic, Mayank Chavda, told Mirror that people like shortcuts to reach their destination and that sometimes results in fatal accidents. “We have undertaken the drive to educate people how dangerous the consequences of wrong side commuting could be. The drive would become stricter over the next few days,” Chavda said.
PALANPUR: Three women, a man and a child were killed and five others injured after a mini-bus collided with their auto-rickshaw in Gujarat's Banaskantha district, police said on Tuesday. The accident took place on Monday evening near Vinchhiwadi village on a national highway connecting Dhanera in Banaskantha to Pratappura in neighbouring Rajasthan, an official from Dhanera police station said. The mini-bus was coming from Rajasthan when it collided head-on with the auto-rickshaw, the official said. Three occupants of the auto-rickshaw died on the spot and two others succumbed during treatment at a civil hospital, he said. The deceased included a 10-year-old boy and three women, in the age group of 20 to 50 years, the official said. Five others were injured. Two of them are undergoing treatment at the civil hospital in Palanpur, while the three others were discharged, the official said
As the world celebrates yet another World No Tobacco Day on May 31, de-addiction centres in the city are reporting an increase in teens addicted to tobacco products and narcotics.Long-term consumption of tobacco products either through smoking, or chewing and narcotics and other synthetic drugs like MD not only impact the throat and lungs but are also the causes of impotency.Dr Kalrav Mistry, a psychiatrist and de-addiction specialist with a reputed hospital on SG Highway said earlier the patients were middle-aged. “For the last four to five years we are getting teenagers and youth in the age group of 14 to 25 at our de-addiction centres. Many take to addictions over relationship troubles and social problems,” said Dr Mistry. “In the last five years there has been a 35% surge in teens coming to our centre to get help for addiction to cigarettes, alcohol, weed and MD drugs,” he said.He said most of the patients are from posh areas like Bodakdev, Judges Bungalow, Thaltej, Bopal, SG Highway, Sarkhej and Juhapura.Most young patients belong to upper or upper-middle-class families and are mainly addicted to cigarettes, weed and MD drugs.“Patients from the outskirts like Sanand, Bavla and Viramgam are mainly addicted to cough syrup, painkillers and Tramadol tablets (a form of painkiller). Often long term addiction leads to infertility issues and that is when they seek help,” he said.He recounted the case of a 15-year-old student, who initially experimented with cigarettes, alcohol and weed at farmhouse parties with his friends. The teen then moved on to MD drugs. His father who is a businessman and his mother who is a bank manager brought him to the de-addiction centre after his habit went out of hand and he began to misbehave with his mother. The teen is on the way to recovery, Dr Mistry said.In another case, a graduate from NID began to experiment with psychedelic substances while in Mumbai. His addictions led to him developing black patches where he used to inject drugs. The patient hid his drug use with body tattoos.Pulmonologist Dr Shweta Gargiya of Orchid ICU and Hospital said despite the efforts, much more needs to be done to create awareness about the harmful impact of tobacco.“In the long run tobacco consumption can lead to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), lung cancer and heart and brain stroke. Young people in the age group of 25 to 35 years are developing complications related to tobacco consumption. Flavoured cigarettes are not any better. We need more awareness,” said Dr Gargiya.Leading Head and Neck Cancer surgeon Dr Kaustubh Patel said that until two years ago, most cancers were a result of chewing tobacco. “Majority of them were oral cancer patients who chewed tobacco. Cancer due to smoking accounted for just 8% of total cases, but now they account for 15% of the cancer patients coming to us.”It won’t be wrong to say that smoking has resulted in rise in throat and lung cancers, he added.
Nikita Panchal wanted to make it big in the world of business after completing her MBA from Ganpat University. But fate had something else in store for her. On Monday morning, she was heading towards her college when she rammed her two-wheeler into a stationary dumper on the SG Highway. Nikita passed away on the spot due to the impact.SG Highway has become notorious for small and big accidents, prompting authorities to recently impose a speed limit of 70 km per hour on the stretch.However, another potential reason for the accidents is heavy vehicles plying on the Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway without tail lights and reflectors. Nikita is believed to have lost her life as she could not spot the parked dumper. Absence of these vital accessories increase chances of rear collision atnight as vehicles become difficult to spot, putting lives at risk. Two-wheeler drivers are particularly at risk. Though authorities claim that they penalise the offenders by imposing fines ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000, it does not minimise the risk as such vehicles continue to ply on the SG Highway.During the night time check by the Ahmedabad Mirror on the SG Highway, it was revealed that several commercial vehicles ranging from three-wheeler tempos, concrete-mix trucks, dumpers and tractor-trailers ply on the SG Highway without rear reflectors or tail lights. Without these, it becomes difficult to spot them from the rear. The Mirror reporter and photographer travelling on the stretch narrowly avoided colliding with a three-wheeler tempo that did not have tail lights or rear reflectors. The problem is compounded by absence of proper lighting on certain stretches of the road.Commenting on the issue, Ahmedabad Regional Transport Officer (RTO) RS Desai said, “It is mandatory for vehicles to have reflectors on the rear. The RTO fines such offenders during checks which are held from time to time.”Talking to Mirror, DCP Traffic (West) Neeta Desai said, “Vehicles without reflectors or tail lights are dangerous for others as they pose the risk of accidents. The traffic department regularly conducts drives against such vehicles. Their drivers are booked, penalised and sensitised towards appropriate maintenance of their vehicles.”
AHMEDABAD: Iscon-Ambli road is emerging as the next uber posh address in Ahmedabad with a series of swanky and upmarket residential and commercial properties fast coming up in the area. In fact, the high street saw some fast and furious real estate action following the ebbing of second wave of pandemic with the four kilometre stretch from Iscon Crossroads to Bopal Junction recording at least a dozen major land transactions worth Rs 1,500 crore in the past year. Land parcels along the road for which deals were sealed, range from 5,000 to 10,000 square yards and are priced between Rs 1.80 lakh per square yard and Rs 2.70 lakh per square yard. The road is already home to some premium luxury high-rise apartments in addition to upscale commercial and retail complexes and presence of a luxury hotel. It has good proximity to major clubs in the city and has good connectivity to different areas in the city as well as the highway. Dhruv Patel, vice-president, Credai Gihed, said, "Iscon-Ambli road has become the most sought-after pocket for premium residential development. Several leading developers are bullish about launching prospects in this area because demand is very good for ultra-luxurious houses." Higher FSI at Iscon-Ambli road leads to project viability' Leading developers such as Sun Builders, Swati Builders, Iscon Builders, Sheetal Infrastructure, Palak Group, Sankalp Group etc have invested in land along this stretch over the past one year and have launched or are planning to launch projects soon. "Developers get higher FSI of up to 5.4 along this stretch and therefore, project viability goes up. Moreover, the demand for both residential as well as commercial properties is high along this stretch as the road is well-connected with industrial hubs of Sanand and Changodar. As a result, a lot of industrialists and top-ranked executives are buying homes along this stretch. The demand for commercial property is also growing steadily here," said Praveen Bavadiya, an Ahmedabad-based real estate consultant. Industry players stated that the demand for luxury apartments went up significantly since the Covid-19 pandemic and people are seeking out safety, security in addition to various other amenities as they buy homes. "Iscon-Ambli Road is developing as a high-end residential stretch and interestingly, it does not have mixed development. Thus, it is pegged and promoted as a premium locality and projects are getting good response. It has better connectivity with SG highway and SP Ring Road too," said Saket Agrawal, an Ahmedabad-based developer.
Ahmedabad: Iscon-Ambli road is emerging as the next uber posh address in Ahmedabad with a series of swanky and upmarket residential and commercial properties fast coming up in the area. In fact, the high street saw some fast and furious real estate action following the ebbing of second wave of pandemic with the four kilometre stretch from Iscon Crossroads to Bopal Junction recording at least a dozen major land transactions worth Rs 1,500 crore in the past year. Land parcels along the road for which deals were sealed, range from 5,000 to 10,000 square yards and are priced between Rs 1.80 lakh per square yard and Rs 2.70 lakh per square yard. The road is already home to some premium luxury high-rise apartments in addition to upscale commercial and retail complexes and presence of a luxury hotel. It has good proximity to major clubs in the city and has good connectivity to different areas in the city as well as the highway. Dhruv Patel, vice-president, Credai Gihed, said, “Iscon-Ambli road has become the most sought-after pocket for premium residential development. Several leading developers are bullish about launching prospects in this area because demand is very good for ultra-luxurious houses.” Leading developers such as Sun Builders, Swati Builders, Iscon Builders, Sheetal Infrastructure, Palak Group, Sankalp Group etc have invested in land along this stretch over the past one year and have launched or are planning to launch projects soon. “Developers get higher FSI of up to 5.4 along this stretch and therefore, project viability goes up. Moreover, the demand for both residential as well as commercial properties is high along this stretch as the road is well-connected with industrial hubs of Sanand and Changodar. As a result, a lot of industrialists and top-ranked executives are buying homes along this stretch. The demand for commercial property is also growing steadily here,” said Praveen Bavadiya, an Ahmedabad-based real estate consultant. Industry players stated that the demand for luxury apartments went up significantly since the Covid-19 pandemic and people are seeking out safety, security in addition to various other amenities as they buy homes. “Iscon Ambli Road is developing as a high-end residential stretch and interestingly, it does not have mixed development. Thus, it is pegged and promoted as a premium locality and projects are getting good response. It has better connectivity with SG highway and SP Ring Road too,” said Saket Agrawal, an Ahmedabad-based developer.
With speed demons full throttle on new flyovers on SG Highway, road accidents have become frequent on these patches. Now, the city traffic police have imposed new speed limits for the highway and surrounding areas. According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Mayank Sinh Chavda, eight speed guns with interceptors have been placed hidden on SG Highway, Sardar Patel Ring Road, Sindhu Bhavan Road and Naroda Road which leads up the highway. These stretches will have a speed limit of 70 kmph.“Any vehicle caught overspeeding by the speed guns will be tracked and fined via e-memo. The fine for the first offence will be Rs 2,000, Rs 4,000 for the second one and thereafter the driving license will be suspended,” said JCP Chavda.The traffic department said officers of the motor vehicle department above the rank of deputy director or assistant inspector of the transport department or officer on special duty in the transport commissionerate will keep check on driving at excessive speed. For dangerous driving, police officers above the rank of head constable will be stationed at checkpoints. Officers of the motor vehicle department will also keep an eye for specially-abled driving normal vehicles.AM
Two persons lost their lives in two road accidents on Zydus bridge and Gota overbridge on SG highway in the past 24 hours. In the first case, a college student’s two-wheeler rammed into a stationary dumper on Zydus bridge, killing her. In another accident, a daily wager walking on the highway was knocked down by a car.Ghodasar resident Nikita Panchal, an MBA student in Ganpat University Interface, had left home on Monday morning for college. As she was passing through Zydus bridge, she lost control of her scooter and rammed into a dumper truck parked on the side of the road. According to police, there was no signboard or any indicator placed on the truck indicating it was stationary. She suffered injury on her head and face, killing her on the spot. An FIR was registered at the SG1 police station against the dumper driver. The vehicle also did not have a number plate.In the other case, Dungarpur native Dahya Raut, who lives in Gota and worked as a daily wager, was walking on the road on Sunday night when a speeding car knocked him down near Gota overbridge corner. Raut was taken to Civil hospital where he succumbed to the injuries. An FIR was registered but the car driver was yet to be identified.SG highway gains mishap notorietyBack in March, a group of college students who were out on a joyride to Gandhinagar late night rammed another car from rear resulting in an injury to the car occupants. In another case, a Ghatlodia resident whose car had developed a snag near Thaltej underpass was hit by a car, causing injuries. Recently, a 19-year-old youth died after the car in which he was travelling with his friends jumped over the divider and collided with a pillar of the overbridge outside Sola civil hospital.No action against accident accusedIn the assembly session in March, the state government had said that a total of 373 hit-and-run cases had been recorded in Ahmedabad city and its periphery over two years till December 2020 in which 217 people were killed. But the police have not made arrests in in any of the cases.
RAJKOT: Hundreds of vehicles including private and government buses were stranded on Ahmedabad-Kutch highway for nearly 34 hours due to the accident that occurred early on Saturday morning. The jam was cleared at around 3pm on Sunday only after five vehicles - two tankers and three trucks - were taken off the overbridge. The accident had happened on a a two-lane railway overbridge near Haripar village close to Dhrangadhra in Surendranagar district. As the tanker was carrying methanol, it exploded into flames, killing its driver on the spot. To make matters worst, another accident happened near Malvan toll plaza when three trucks collided with each other on Sunday afternoon. While hundreds of cars took the internal village roads, there was no option for heavy vehicles but to wait till the accident-hit vehicles were cleared. Vehicles coming from the Kutch direction took the road to Surendranagar from Malvan. As a result, there was complete chaos in Surendranagar town too. Maximum vehicles were stranded for around 30-35 km between Dhrangadhra and Viramgam. The highway witnesses massive movement of trucks and other heavy vehicles, mostly going to Kandla and Mundra ports. Meanwhile, the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) diverted all its buses originating from Kutch on Rajkot-Ahmedabad highway. The tanker was coming from Mundra to Ahmedabad, while the truck was going from Ahmedabad. Two other trucks which were closely following this truck also collided with it one after another and all the three caught fire. This overbridge is a two-lane stretch on the four-lane highway and an accident-prone zone.
A major fire broke out on the eighth floor of Ganesh Meridian on S G Highway on Friday night. Fire-fighting operations were under way to douse the flames till late in the night. The fire took place in the commercial building at night when all the offices were closed.As per reports, a call was made to the fire department at 9.51 pm about the incident at Ganesh Meridian after which over six fire engines rushed to the spot. A forklift was also dispatched to the spot as the fire was on an upper floor of the building. The cause of the fire was unknown till going to the press.
SURAT: At least five people died when a truck, carrying a container, overturned on a car in Navsari district of Gujrat on Monday evening. The car with a CNG cylinder got completely crushed leading to death of those inside. The deceased were from Samroli village near Chikhli in Navsari and preliminary police investigation revealed that the deceased were returning to their village after visiting Surat. The operation to recover the bodies continued for over two hours as the bodies were crushed within the car. The incident took place on Kasbapar to Dhola Pipla road that links Surat Navsari state highway and National Highway 48. It is a two-lane road and investigation revealed that the vehicles collided leading to the container driver losing control over the steering. The container overturned as it moved out of the road. Both the vehicles were off the road. "The exact details of the accident are yet to be investigated. Police are focusing on rescue operations at present as a couple of bodies are yet to be separated from the crushed car," said a police officer at Navsari rural police station.
Ahmedabad: Three men were arrested for peddling drugs to people along Sindhu Bhavan Road and in Thaltej cafes on Friday evening. Police arrested the trio from a service road on S G Highway and seized 18.96g of mephedrone from their possession.Tipped off, a team from the city crime branch arrested Sanand resident Shaktisinh Chauhan, Raikhad resident Rahil Kureshi, and Jamalpur resident Sohel Pathan. While Kureshi and Pathan were moving around in a mid-segment car, Chauhan was on a motorcycle. The cops found 13.8 grams of drugs and 90 empty zipper bags in the car. They seized 5.16 grams of drugs from Chauhan.Police said, “During interrogation, the three confessed that they had bought the drugs for Rs 1,500 to Rs 1,700 per gram, and were selling it for Rs 2,000 to Rs 2,500 per gram.”The Ahmedabad city crime branch, in an official release, stated, “The three confessed that they supplied drugs on Sindhu Bhavan Road and in cafes in Thaltej areas from late evening to midnight.”The cops are now searching for the person who supplied drugs to the three.The cops said, “The three have criminal records. Kureshi was earlier arrested in three offences committed in Gaekwad Haveli, Karanj, and SG Highway. Pathan and Chauhan have been booked in cases of attempted murder and murder, among others.”The cops said that the three also revealed the names of one Shahid Kureshi and Mumbai resident against whom a complaint has been registered. The FIR also mentioned that a woman was seated in the backseat of the car. However, she has not been named by the police.
AHMEDABAD: The city crime branch, Ahmedabad has arrested three persons and has recovered 18.96 grams of mephedrone drug from them. The three were arrested were supplying mephedrone drugs to various cafés on Sindhubhavan road. The officials said that on Friday evening acting on the top off the cops arrested Rahil alias Rahilbaba Kureshi, a resident of Raikhad, Sohel alias Hajibaba Pathan a resident of Jamalpur and Shaktisinh Chauhan a resident of Sanand. They recovered 13.80 gram of mephedrone from Sohel while from Rahil and Shaktisinh they found 5.16 gram of mephedrone. The two were moving in mid-segment car. The city crime branch officials also found 90 empty zipper bags which from their possession. The cops said that during interrogation the accused informed them that they were purchasing the drug at Rs 1,500 to Rs 1,700 and were selling the same at Rs 2,000 to Rs 2,500 per gram. An official release from the Ahmedabad city crime branch stated that the three informed the cops that they were supplying drugs from late evening till midnight on Sindhubhavan road and nearby areas including Bapa-no-Bagicho and Mahol Café. The release stated that the cops are now searching for the drug supplier. The cops said that Sohel and Shaktisinh had cases of murder and attempt to murder along with other IPC Sections against them while Rahil has been arrested for three different offences in Gaikwad Havel, Karanj and SG highway. The cops said that a complaint has been registered and it also names Amir, a resident of Andheri Mumbai and Shahid Kureshi. The Complaint mentions the mobile number of Kureshi. The FIR states that the three had gathered on the service road on SG highway. The FIR also mentions that a women was also seated on the back seat of the cart which was driven by Sohel.
Ahmedabad: The city urgently needs to reclaim its streets from dangerous drivers. Over the past five years, between 2015-16 and 2019-20, the number of accidents resulting from overspeeding has risen from 3% to 21%. This was pointed out by the comprehensive mobility plan for Ahmedabad drawn by the Central Road Research Institute, Delhi (CRRI), and submitted before the Gujarat High Court. The report also made another revelation — eight arterial corridors in the city were proving to be dangerous during peak hours. They include SG Highway, Sarkhej, Jetalpur, Naroda, Odhav, Narol and Ramol, which accounted for nearly 30% of the 1,620 road fatalities reported since 2015. The CRRI report has demanded that a proper safety audit for these roads be conducted and remedial measures immediately put in place to save lives. The report further focused on two roads — SP Ring Road and SG Highway — saying that at least 59 and 48 fatalities were reported from these road stretches respectively during the five years. The CRRI also analyzed 7,510 non-fatal accidents that had taken place during the period and found that 17.5% of them had occurred between 9am and 12 pm. Another 18% of accidents had occurred because of heavy vehicles, mainly trucks, that crashed into smaller vehicles and that too between 1 pm and 3 pm. On an average, 56% of the accidents occurred during the daytime and 44% during the night. The CRRI report also said that in 2015, 85% of the accidents were caused by the driver’s fault; this reduced to 64% in the year 2019-20. But during the same period, accidents due to overspeeding increased from 3% in 2015-16 to 21% in 2019-20. “The report also highlighted that accidents occurring due to drivers losing control of their vehicles had increased from 9.8% to 13% during the same period,” says a senior AMC official.
A 47-year-old staffer of a hotel on SG highway died by suicide by hanging himself in one of the hotel rooms where he used to work. An accidental death report was registered by Vastrapur police.The deceased was identified as Snehal Thakor (47), a resident of Maninagar. According to police, Thakor worked in Ginger Hotel situated on SG Highway. He was in the management team where his work included looking after the accounts along with taking care of CCTV recordings and related work.On Thursday afternoon, after having lunch with a colleague, Thakor went upstairs. Sometime later, the other staff who went to look for him found him hanging in room no. 204.Police were informed who filed an accidental death report. One official associated with the case said they have not come across any suicide note till now. The deceased’s family members told police that the family did not have any financial related issues. The body has been handed over to the family. Thakor leaves behind his wife and two young children. AM
BySarfaraz Shaikh & Ojas MehtaThe smooth SG Highway in Ahmedabad is the most accident-prone stretch in the city. The highway has nine of the 97 most accident-prone spots identified by the City Road Safety Committee in the past one year. Traffic officials said that the signal-free, smooth route with flyovers has vehicles travelling at high speed that leads to accidents at times. In the last month alone, four accidents were reported on this road.“We are working with the RTO, the civic body and the Roads and Building (R&B) department to reduce the numberof accidents on accident-prone spots in the city,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic) Mayank Chavda. He said they will also work with arious agencies and experts to rectify road engineering defects.The blood trail onSG HighwayAs per the city traffic police, the Andaz Party Plot junction on SG Highway tops the list with 15 road accidents followed by the ramp leading to the flyover near Rajpath Club which reported 13 accidents. The Iscon Crossroads comes third with 10 road accidents, while the underpass near Pakwan junction takes the fourth position. This stretch of road has seen nine accidents. Charodi Patiya is another accident-prone black spot along the stretch from Gurdwara to Hotel Grand Bhagwati, both of which have seen seven road accidents. The road leading from Karnavati Club to the AMTS bus stand and the one near Gota Crossroads has seen six and five accidents respectively.The other accident-prone black spots in the city include the stretch of road leading from Swastik crossroads to Municipal Market (8 accidents), Sal Hospital Cross Road (6 accidents), Income Tax Cross Road (6) the spot near Bhuyangdev BRTS bus stand (6) Ranip crossroads near D-Mart (5) and Commerce Six Roads (5).44 ‘trouble’ spots inAhmedabad distMeanwhile, Ahmedabad district has 44 such accident-prone black spots including the Pirana Circle, Sanand bypass road, Sachana and Jakhwada on the Sanand-Viramgam highway. Officials are working with various departments to create awareness about the areas and also train those living close to the black spots to provide first aid to victims.Plan to reduce accidents by 50% in the next 1 yearThe Ahmedabad District Road Safety Committee that helped identify the accident-prone spots plans to take corrective measures to help reduce accidents by 50% within the next year. The corrective measures include putting up signboards for speed limits, signages identifying accident-prone areas, closing dividers and medians, building speed breakers and putting reflectors on the road.In 2020, Ahmedabad district recorded 217 fatal accidents and 456 accidents which increased to 272 fatal accidents and 561 accidents in 2021. The areas that see high accidents including those on the Rajkot highway, the Ahmedabad Ring Road, the Bavla and Bagodara highways fall in the Ahmedabad district. Officials said the high speed of vehicles including trucks and other heavy automobiles on such roads results in higher accidents in the district areas.Comparatively, the vehicle speed is low in city areas and the overall road stretch is small which makes it easy to identify accident-prone areas and deploy more cops to avoid the same, said an official. The officials said faulty roads and engineering designs are also to be blamed. “In districts where trucks are allowed drivers put stones around a truck and park it on the road which leads to accidents. Vehicles usually speed on highways and ring roads,” said a top official.Ahmedabad Rural SP Virendra Singh Yadav said the roads in and around Ahmedabad rural are those where a lot of heavy vehicles ply. “The area is heavily industrialised too which sees a lot of people and vehicle movements leading to more accidents,” Yadav said.Action takenSubhash Bridge RTO Ruturaj Desai, a member of the Road Safety Committee told Mirror that corrective measures have already been taken on as many as 26 of the 44 accident-prone spots that fall under the Roads and Buildings department.Some of the other accident-prone zones also fall under AUDA,National Highways Authority of India, police and RTO and theGujarat State Road Development Corporation.Black spots : AccidentsAndaz Party Plot Junction15Beginning of Rajpath Club- Iscon flyover13Iscon Crossroad10Pakwan Junction-Thaltej underpass09Stretch of road from YMCA Club09Charodi Patiya07Stretch of Gurudwara to Grand Bhagwati07Karnavati Junction AMTS bus stand06Gota Crossroad05