Ahmedabad Gota News

AMC increases Covid surveillance as cases rise
Times of India | 3 weeks ago
Times of India
3 weeks ago

Ahmedabad: A concerned municipal corporation has upped its Covid surveillance activities since Monday after a steep rise in active Covid cases in the city. Right now there are approximately more than 206 active Covid cases in the city of which the maximum concentration is around areas like Jodhpur, Thaltej, Bodakdev, Navrangpura and Paldi which account for nearly 73% of the total active cases. A concerned municipal corporation has begun a ward wise awareness drive in these areas. More than 78% of the active cases are fully vaccinated and a majority of cases are in the 19 to 40 age group. A senior member of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) health committee told TOI that surveillance in areas like Gota, Chandlodiya, Sola, Ghatlodiya and Ranip has begun, “From past trends we have come to know that if the cases rise areas like Gota, Ghatlodiya and other nearby areas then there are chances that the Covid cases will spread rapidly in the city. Our medical teams are ensuring that proper reporting of these cases takes place,” says a senior AMC health committee member. The member also adds that though over the past nine days cases hovered between 20 and 25 cases per day, but over the last two days , cases crossed the 40 cases per day mark, which was a matter of concern for the health authorities. The state health department has asked the civic body to daily update on the Covid situation in the city. Pathological laboratories have been reminded of constant update on the Covid tests that take place in their laboratories and alert the AMC of any unusual trend.

AMC increases Covid surveillance as cases rise
Shortage of steel strainers delays work on borewells
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

Ahmedabad: City-based agencies digging borewells for water are now facing a severe shortage of steel screen strainers owing to fluctuating steel prices. Several agencies that supply the strainers to Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC)-appointed contractors have written to the civic body, complaining that the strainers are not available in the market. They said that because of this issue, work on 20-odd borewells for the AMC in areas like Shahibaug, Khadia, Maninagar, Danilimda, Raikhad, Maktampura, Sarkhej and Gota cannot be undertaken. Altaf Rangrez, the owner of a private agency says, “Quality steel strainers are manufactured by an American company and they are unavailable now because of the fluctuating steel prices. We are managing somehow with ordinary pipes.” Another owner of a borewell agency, Parag Patel, from Gota told TOI, “I supply steel strainers to a few agencies in Ahmedabad but these are in short supply for the last two months. Work orders have been reduced by at least 30% because of the shortage of strainers.” A senior AMC water supply department official claimed that owing to the shortage of strainers, work on one borewell gets delayed by 12-15 days. “It normally takes 25 days to dig a bore well. We will not be able to meet the demand for 20 borewells till December this year.” Meanwhile, leader of opposition in the AMC, Shehzad Pathan, told TOI, “The fundamental issue here is that several areas in the city get high TDS bore water mixed with Narmada water in their municipal supply. Does it not amount to discriminating against a section of people who also pay taxes?”

Shortage of steel strainers delays work on borewells
Bopal woman harassed by in-laws for property
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

Ahmedabad: A 32-year-old woman from Bopal on Monday filed a complaint with Sola police alleging that her in-laws harassed and threatened her, seeking documents of a house which was owned by her husband, who died of Covid-19 in May 2021.The complainant said in her FIR with Sola police that she got married with a man from Gota in 2014 according to wish of her family members. She said that her husband got transferred to Pune in Maharashtra in 2015 while her father-in-law, mother-in-law and brother-in-law lived in a house in Gota that belonged to her husband .She said that she along with her husband used to visit that house on festivals only.In 2020, the couple returned to their house in Gota due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.The woman and her husband, who both worked with a private firm, were working from their home in Gota due to the Covid-19 situation.The complainant’s husband got infected with Covid-19 and succumbed to it on May 19, 2021. After his death, she stayed with her in-laws at their home in Gota. During that time, her in-laws began seeking papers of the house from her and held her responsible for her husband’s death. The woman informed her family members about the harassment after which they took her to their home in Gota. Even after that, her in-laws continued to call and threaten her seeking the property document.

Bopal woman harassed by in-laws for property
  • Woman harassed by father-in-law
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: A woman from Bavla approached Abhayam 181 helpline over alleged harassment by her father-in-law. The woman said that her husband died six years ago. Out of their three children, a daughter was married off by her in-laws after taking money from the groom. Out of two sons, one was sent out to work, whereas another who has mental disability stays with her. She said that on pretext of helping her out, the father-in-law tried to exploit her sexually.“When she approached her mother-in-law over the issue, she instead blamed her and beaten her. They also stopped her from working outside. Even for the grains they charged her money. She then approached the helpline,” said a counsellor.The team members added that the father-in-law eventually admitted his folly and promised not to harass her after threatened with a case. In another case, a 24-year-old woman approached the helpline to prevent her marriage. She mentioned that she was being married off to a youth even as she was in love with another man. The woman threatened to commit suicide. Thus, she was sent to observation home. tnn

2 fatal mishaps on SG Highway in 24 hrs
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 month ago

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.

2 fatal mishaps on SG Highway in 24 hrs
Ahmedabad: Rs 200 crore land deal in Gota, luxury apartments to rise
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

AHMEDABAD: In a sign that the Ahmedabad real estate market is clearing the Covid debris, a mega deal has been finalized just 40 days after a similar sale went through. A developer has acquired a 21,000 square yard plot in the Gota area of the city. Market sources peg the deal size to be at Rs 200 crore. A luxury residential building is expected to come up on the plot bought by Shilp Group. In early April, TOI had reported that a plot in Bodakdev was acquired for Rs 250 crore, where a 30-storey residential scheme will come up. Confirming the deal, Yash Brahmbhatt, the chairman of Shilp Group, said: "The deal is set to be closed in a few days after the necessary paperwork is done. We are buying the plot in Gota, which is close to SG Road." Brahmbhatt added: "Premium apartments with 3 BHK and 4 BHK units will soon come up in the locality." Shilp Group plans to build about 300 apartments as part of its scheme. Since the plot has an FSI of 4.0, builders say it can be developed well. The recent opening of flyovers and better connectivity along SG Road has improved the accessibility of areas around the stretch. As a result, the demand and land prices have shot up. Ahmedabad is also going to be the home of the tallest building of the state - a 41-storey commercial project will be launched near Rajpath Club. Commenting on the deal, a real estate consultant said: "SG Road has seen great infrastructure push with the development of bridges. One can travel from Ahmedabad to Gandhinagar within minutes." The consultant added: "Therefore, the entire stretch is seeing good traction in terms of demand for both commercial and residential spaces." The consultant said that over the years, there has been an influx of corporate houses along the stretch from Vaishnodevi Circle to Sarkhej. "This has propelled the demand for residential as well as commercial properties in pockets close to SG Road," the consultant said.

Ahmedabad: Rs 200 crore land deal in Gota, luxury apartments to rise
Shilaj resident beaten up by money lender, aides
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 months ago

A 38-year-old Shilaj resident was assaulted by a man from whom he had borrowed money. An attempt to murder complaint was registered at Bopal police station.Hitesh Thakor (38), resident of Avnish Heights in Shilaj, had borrowed Rs 5 lakh from a Gota resident identified as Viraj Desai. In his complaint, Thakor stated that on Wednesday night Desai demanded Rs 25 lakh for the Rs 5 lakh loan.Thakor said he had taken a loan of only Rs 5 lakh and won’t be able to return it right away. At this Desai threatened to kill him. Desai and his accomplices then attacked Thakor with sticks and snatched his two gold chains worth Rs 4.5 lakh.Thakor has suffered multiple fractures and was admitted to a hospital. Bopal police filed an attempt to murder FIR against Desai and sevenothers who allegedly accompanied him.

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

    Ahmedabad: A moneylender and seven of his associates attacked a resident of the Shilaj at his apartment complex on Wednesday night, over a debt. Bopal police registered a case of attempted murder and are investigating further.Hiten Thakore, 38, in his complaint said that when he got to his house at Avinash Heights near Shilaj Crossroads on Wednesday night, Ankit Pandya and his friends Viraj Desai, Shelu Rabari, Kiran Rabari and four other persons were standing near his building.Thakore said he had borrowed Rs 5 lakh from Viraj a week ago, and Viraj was demanding Rs 25 lakh back. Thakore said Viraj and his men stopped him and demanded the money. Thakore told them that he had borrowed the money for a month and couldn’t return it immediately.The men with Viraj, who were armed with hockey sticks and baseball bats, then hit him on his head. As he began calling for help. Thakore’s friends, Vijay Sharma and Bhura Prajpati, tried to save him, but the accused attacked them both, injuring Sharma.Thakore said he was wearing two gold chains and had a high-end mobile phone, which the accused snatched. They left after threatening to kill him. He was admitted to a private hospital and on Friday lodged a complaint against these persons for attempted murder, robbery and criminal intimidation.

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation yet to issue notice to reconstruct burnt records
Times of India | 2 months ago
Times of India
2 months ago

Ahmedabad: Thousands of records of birth and death, marriage certificates and even estate and town planning documents were burnt after the ward office of Gota on Science City road was targeted by a mob during the Patidar agitation in August 2015. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is yet to issue a public notification for reconstruction of records as mandated by the state registrar for birth and death, K K Panchal, vide notification of May 8, 2012. A senior AMC official admitted that they reconstruct the records when Gota residents approach the ward office for a copy.“We have not issued any public notice or initiated the process for reconstruction. But, we help residents in procuring their records based on an application and copies of their IDs, since we had digital records of these certificates,” said a senior AMC official. The issue came to light following an RTI petition by a Kalupur resident, Pankaj Bhatt. He said, “The AMC has to issue a public notification and initiate the process of reconstruction of records. Also, residents of the ward have to be informed of the process.” According to the FIR lodged with the Gota police, on August 25, 2015 around 9pm a mob set fire to the records room of the ward office and in the ensuing fire, the AMC lost freshly prepared 300 birth certificates, 100 death certificates and 200 marriage certificates. Besides, the office lost marriage registers between 2008 and 2014, death registers between 2008 and 2015. Another issue that foxes the AMC is that according to the 2012 government notification for birth and death registry, the registers were to ideally be deposited with the central office of the AMC soon after a year. “But Gota office continued to store the registers from 2008 onwards,” Bhatt said. A senior AMC official said that the present records division of the AMC does not have space for storing the registers safely and had unofficially asked ward offices to store them.

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation yet to issue notice to reconstruct burnt records
Flying over accidents: 28% drop in mishaps on SG Road
Times of India | 3 months ago
Times of India
3 months ago

Ahmedabad: Call it the impact of six flyovers, an underpass or the long periods of night curfews imposed during past two years of the pandemic, the stretch between Sarkhej and Vaishnodevi circles on SG Road recorded an impressive drop of 28% in road traffic accident (RTA) calls received by EMRI 108 from 2019 to 2021. According to the EMRI 108 data, the city overall recorded 14% drop in RTA calls in 2021 compared to 2019. The drop in accidents on the stretch on the SG Road, which is one of the busiest in terms of vehicular volume and carries infamy of being one of the top accident hotspots in the city, was double as compared to the city average. The biggest drop was seen near Gota where the calls fell from 566 to 338, or about 40%. “The reduction should also be seen in the light that three new locations are added at Thaltej, Science City and Vaishnodevi circle in 2021. But even then, the numbers have decreased,” said a senior EMRI analyst. Tejas Patel, DCP of city police’s traffic branch, said night curfew due to the pandemic and road engineering interventions reduced collisions by a great margin. “The stretch has seen operationalization of several flyovers in the past couple of years that has eased traffic flow,” he said, adding that traffic bottlenecks are being identified and removed across the city. Amit Khatri, executive committee member of Gujarat Road Safety Authority, said that the past couple of years have witnessed operationalization of several road infrastructure projects including a few roads parallel to SG Road, which has reduced vehicle burden on the stretch. “Enforcement near Jagatpur and Gota has also improved which has reduced parked vehicles right on the road. The statistics are encouraging, and should motivate us to continue the trend,” he said.

Flying over accidents: 28% drop in mishaps on SG Road
  • Flying over danger: Ahmedabad's SG Road witnesses 28% drop in accidents
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: Call it the impact of six flyovers, an underpass or the long periods of night curfews imposed during past two years of the pandemic, the stretch between Sarkhej and Vaishnodevi circles on SG Road recorded an impressive drop of 28% in road traffic accident (RTA) calls received by EMRI 108 from 2019 to 2021.According to the EMRI 108 data, the city overall recorded 14% drop in RTA calls in 2021 compared to 2019. The drop in accidents on the stretch on the SG Road, which is one of the busiest in terms of vehicular volume and carries infamy of being one of the top accident hotspots in the city, was double as compared to the city average.The biggest drop was seen near Gota where the calls fell from 566 to 338, or about 40%. "The reduction should also be seen in the light that three new locations are added at Thaltej, Science City and Vaishnodevi circle in 2021. But even then, the numbers have decreased," said a senior EMRI analyst.Tejas Patel, DCP of city police's traffic branch, said night curfew due to the pandemic and road engineering interventions reduced collisions by a great margin."The stretch has seen operationalization of several flyovers in the past couple of years that has eased traffic flow," he said, adding that traffic bottlenecks are being identified and removed across the city.Amit Khatri, executive committee member of Gujarat Road Safety Authority, said that the past couple of years have witnessed operationalization of several road infrastructure projects including a few roads parallel to SG Road, which has reduced vehicle burden on the stretch. "Enforcement near Jagatpur and Gota has also improved which has reduced parked vehicles right on the road. The statistics are encouraging, and should motivate us to continue the trend," he said.